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Money-laundering case sheds new light on Maryland’s grease-theft economy

February 27, 2014
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Money-laundering case sheds new light on Maryland’s grease-theft economy

Law enforcers have been moving in on people who make money by stealing and selling used cooking oil from behind restaurants, as City Paper reported in an in-depth story last fall. The latest wrinkle in a federally prosecuted probe conducted by Baltimore County police involves a 40-year-old Odenton man, Anthony Jean Claude, who was...
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Jury acquits former Maryland corrections lieutenant accused of helping cover up inmate beating

February 25, 2014
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Jury acquits former Maryland corrections lieutenant accused of helping cover up inmate beating

Of the 15 Maryland corrections staff charged federally last year on civil-rights and obstruction-of-justice conspiracy charges for a 2008 series of retaliatory inmate beatings and subsequent cover-up, only three – Josh Hummer, James Kalbflesh, and Jason Weicht – opted to assert their innocence before juries. Of those, only Weicht prevailed, winning a rare jury...
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Former prosecutor Croyder runs against judge known for “subtle sexual harassment”

February 24, 2014
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Former prosecutor Croyder runs against judge known for “subtle sexual harassment”

Page Croyder, a retired assistant states attorney who for years has blogged about the internal workings of the justice system in Baltimore, announced today that she is running for circuit court judge. “I stand for truth, transparency, and fairness in the court system,” Croyder said from the steps of the Mitchell Courthouse on Calvert...
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F.U. Kevin Spacey

February 24, 2014
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F.U. Kevin Spacey

Last Friday the Washington Post broke the story of Netflix’s “House of Cards” production company trying to shake down Maryland Taxpayers for at least $10 million: Give us millions more dollars in tax credits, or we will “break down our stage, sets and offices and set up in another state.” The newspaper helpfully posted...
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Maryland Senate committee approves transgender-equality bill

February 24, 2014
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Maryland Senate committee approves transgender-equality bill

With eight Maryland state senators voting “yea,” the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which seeks to include transgender people in the state’s anti-discrimination laws, emerged with a favorable report from the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Feb. 20. Three senators – James Brochin (D-42nd District), Anthony Muse (D-26th District), and Norman Stone (D-6th...
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Sun Media Group Buys City Paper

February 20, 2014
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Sun Media Group Buys City Paper

The Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) announced today that it will purchase the City Paper from Times-Shamrock Communications. City Paper‘s operations will move to the Baltimore Sun offices at 501 N. Calvert St., but City Paper‘s editorial and sales teams will remain independent from the Sun. Financial terms of the deal have not been...
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How Baltimore drug trafficker “Richie Rich” Wilford destroyed his own defense

February 19, 2014
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How Baltimore drug trafficker “Richie Rich” Wilford destroyed his own defense

For those fighting federal drug-trafficking charges, the story of Richard Anthony “Richie Rich” Wilford is a cautionary tale. As was eventually proven at a December trial that ended with a jury conviction on his 41st birthday, Wilford would ship cash to California in hollowed-out DVD players and VCRs, and receive coke from California in...
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Commenters question honesty of D. Watkins’ Salon story, author responds

February 6, 2014
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Commenters question honesty of D. Watkins’ Salon story, author responds

On Tuesday evening, Salon published a piece by Baltimore writer D. Watkins in which the author details poverty emblematic of East Baltimore, setting a scene where he and three of his friends eke out a living and can only afford simple pleasures like cheap vodka and cards instead of iPhones for taking selfies and...
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How Clean Currents’ demise is going to cost you

February 5, 2014
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How Clean Currents’ demise is going to cost you

Clean Currents, a green electricity supplier to customers in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. shut down abruptly on Friday, January 31, leaving a message on its web site: “With deep regret, we have to announce that the recent extreme weather, which sent the wholesale electricity market into unchartered territories, has fatally compromised our...
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Better dying through chemistry

February 3, 2014
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Better dying through chemistry

The Medical Examiner’s office last Thursday released some alarming information, saying 37 Marylanders had been killed since September by overdoses of fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that has long been used as a heroin substitute. The Sun’s Andrea K. Walker reported that, according to the ME’s statistics, 12 percent of the state’s 318 overdose deaths...
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Pop up suit shop for women and trans* men comes to town

January 31, 2014
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Pop up suit shop for women and trans* men comes to town

If you’re in the market for a wedding dress or suit in Baltimore, this is your weekend. The Wedding Experience will take over the Convention Center, and after you’re done stuffing your face with cake samples and picking out your tiara or tie clip, you can head home happy. Unless, of course, you’re in...
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Council Bags Tax

January 28, 2014
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Council Bags Tax

The city council rejected a proposed tax on grocery bags at its meeting last night, with only six members voting for the bill that was sponsored by Second District Councilman Brandon Scott. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” says Scott. “I tried to talk about using the place most like Baltimore, Washington D.C.,...
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