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Pronounced dead by the cops, she lives

March 24, 2014
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Pronounced dead by the cops, she lives

News of the first murder in five days in Baltimore came after 6 p.m. on Saturday, a woman on the 6000 block of Amberwood Road stabbed to death. The Sun‘s Justin George tweeted it out, relying on a police spokesman. Soon after the Sun had the story in an unbylined piece on its website....
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Peroutka, Dwyer, and theocratic, neo-Confederate politics in Maryland

March 21, 2014
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Peroutka, Dwyer, and theocratic, neo-Confederate politics in Maryland

An interesting post about an odd, under-scrutinized corner of Maryland politics went up Wednesday on the progressive blog Daily Kos. Written by Jonathan Hutson (pictured), treasurer of the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee campaign of his wife, Betsy Bury, it examines the phenomenon of what he calls “neo-confederate Democrats” here in the Free...
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Airbnb offers a chance to “Live like McNulty”

March 20, 2014
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Airbnb offers a chance to “Live like McNulty”

We were a bit surprised when we saw a sponsored ad pop up on our Facebook page advertising a contest, sponsored by Comcast’s Xfinity and Airbnb, promising us the opportunity to “Live like McNulty.” Does that mean we could drive drunk? Sleep with prostitutes we’re supposed to be investigating? Piss off the police brass?...
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Former Sonar owner Dan McIntosh gets 10 years for pot conspiracy

March 20, 2014
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Former Sonar owner Dan McIntosh gets 10 years for pot conspiracy

Dan McIntosh, the former Sonar nightclub co-owner who was convicted in 2012 for participating in a massive, cross-country pot conspiracy based in Baltimore, today was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison, half what federal prosecutors had asked for. “A 10-year sentence for what this man has been involved in...
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Another Governor Guitar Sighting

March 20, 2014
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Martin O’Malley’s office has a history of sending out videos of the governor and frontman for O’Malley’s March singing and playing guitar. This week O’Pac—O’Malley’s political action group—sends this adorable video: O’Malley’s media minder says in the email: Our greatest assets as a state, and a country, are the talents and skills of our...
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The longest season: Offseason

March 19, 2014
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The longest season: Offseason

There’s a famous baseball cliché that’s referenced frequently by baseball people during the winter months, attributed to a salty old Hall of Famer named Rogers Hornsby, the greatest hitter in the National League and a reputed racist during the days of segregated baseball. “People ask me what I do in the winter when there...
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Maryland men sentenced in Philadelphia Outlaws Motorcycle Club meth-conspiracy case

March 18, 2014
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Maryland men sentenced in Philadelphia Outlaws Motorcycle Club meth-conspiracy case

Michael James “Maniac” Privett and Ronald “Bugs” Sells must be relieved their recent law-enforcement ordeals are now over – especially since the Maryland men, from Baltimore and Churchville, respectively, who pleaded guilty last May in Philadelphia federal court to participating in a methamphetamine conspiracy in connection with the Philly chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle...
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Lights out for Bethlehem star? UPDATE and CLARIFICATION

March 14, 2014
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CLARIFICATION: City Paper has received confirmation that there was an implosion scheduled for Sunday, which has been postponed due to weather conditions. It was not the L furnace that was to be demolished, but the Basic Oxygen Furnace, which is not the iconic furnace that has the Bethlehem Steel star on it.  UPDATE: Don...
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Wergy tergy! Judge gives Baltimore drug lord Anthony Ayeni Jones a small sip of sympathy

March 13, 2014
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The nation’s most secure prison is officially known as United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility, but most simply call it ADX Florence or, to be colorful, the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Located in Fremont County, Colorado, near the small city of Florence, in it live almost 500 of the best known names in the...
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Study: bogus debts still plague Maryland courts and consumers

March 12, 2014
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Thanks to Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism, we have word today of an important analysis of 4400 debt collection lawsuits in Maryland by Peter A. Holland at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Here’s Smith’s summary: As readers presumably know well, in the overwhelming majority of cases, these are junk...
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One year after Camp 83 evictions, Christina Flowers is back and looking for help

March 7, 2014
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One year after Camp 83 evictions, Christina Flowers is back and looking for help

Delegate candidate Marvin Doc Cheatham, activist Rev. C.D. Witherspoon and others are gathered on a spit of curb at the I-83 entrance ramp from Madison Street, in front of a wood lectern with a hand drawn paper sign on it. Women in scarves have brought coffee and donuts. Larry the Celebrity Cab Driver brought...
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Public Service Commission fines power company $350,000

March 7, 2014
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Public Service Commission fines power company $350,000

False promises, sudden price increases and switching people to their service without even informing them are just three of the violations the Maryland Public Service Commission cited against Starion Energy today, levying a $350,000 fine. Delaware-based Starion has resold electric power in Maryland since 2011. But hundreds of people complained about the company’s solicitation...
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