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Progressive Jewish group J Street comes to Hopkins

April 7, 2014
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Progressive Jewish group J Street comes to Hopkins

When Rachel Cohen turned 22 on Sunday, she didn’t go clubbing with her fellow Hopkins students or enjoy a romantic escape with her boyfriend. Instead, the native of the Philly suburbs, a double major in history and sociology, spent hours listening to panels of experts debating the finer points of U.S. Middle East policy....
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Interns to the rescue?

April 6, 2014
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Interns to the rescue?

Because paying actual lawyers and/or judges to do their jobs as the constitution requires is, apparently, a non-starter, Del. Jon Cardin (D-Baltimore County) has come up with a brilliant plan to save taxpayers $30 (or maybe $55) million while providing those accused of crimes with legal representation it their initial bail hearings. The idea:...
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MICA, Payscale, and more about statistical sampling than you want to know

April 1, 2014
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MICA, Payscale, and more about statistical sampling than you want to know

MICA’s media spokesman has been working hard to counter a Payscale.com survey, mentioned last week in The Atlantic, that found MICA to be one of the least cost-effective colleges in the country. City Paper had some fun with it as well, comparing the Payscale-derived annual projected income of MICA grads to both high school grads in...
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Hatching A Protest In Front Of The Sun Building

April 1, 2014
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chickenportest

A chicken on a toilet and someone dressed as Gov. Martin O’Malley staged a protest in front of The Sun building at noon today. An “invoice” was handed out which accused so-called “Big Chicken” companies like Perdue of providing 1.5 billion pounds of manure every year and billing taxpayers $501 million to clean up...
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Sun Spikes City Paper April Fools’ Day Issue

April 1, 2014
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Sun Spikes City Paper April Fools’ Day Issue

Just weeks after the Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) took ownership of City Paper, the new boss asserted its authority, refusing to publish a planned April Fools’ Day Special Issue which was to come out today. The Special Issue – including the new tagline, “Get It Tuesday” – was to include stories about former...
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The federal fake-pot crackdown continues as real pot gains growing legality

March 28, 2014
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The federal fake-pot crackdown continues as real pot gains growing legality

When the counterculture business-to-business trade show, CHAMPS, came to Atlantic City Convention Center in May 2012, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was there, checking out the glassware and smoking paraphernalia. The wink-wink aspect of such trade shows is obvious: no one really believes bongs are going to be used to smoke tobacco. But...
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House of not-smart people

March 28, 2014
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House of not-smart people

So yesterday Marylanders were treated to what the papers (here and here, for example) depicted as an entertaining “zing” by a lawmaker at the company that produces Netflix’s hit “House of Cards.” Availing themselves to yet another opportunity to publish photos of Kevin Spacey (or the snippets of the show’s audio), both the Baltimore Sun...
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Fear of a free planet: Maryland’s passage of transgen-rights bill riles the crazies

March 28, 2014
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Fear of a free planet: Maryland’s passage of transgen-rights bill riles the crazies

The stories scrolling on the Federalist’s homepage this morning come in this order: strip clubs, strip malls, Obama’s fiscal policy, and Maryland’s passage of a civil-rights bill protecting transgender people. Written by Stella Morabito (pictured), it’s entitled “If we can pick our gender, can we pick our age? Our race?” While mainstream coverage of...
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But really: do what you love

March 27, 2014
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But really: do what you love

Well here’s some food for thought from PayScale (via The Atlantic). It’s a list of the least valuable universities, by degree. MICA comes in 10th (from the bottom) with a 20-year earning potential of minus $34,200. If the average MICA graduate faces two decades in which the value of their degree, compared to not...
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Judge rules false-arrest lawsuit brought by Charles Village rape suspect may go forward

March 26, 2014
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Judge rules false-arrest lawsuit brought by Charles Village rape suspect may go forward

Marlow Humbert, the man who spent 14 months in a Baltimore jail before rape charges against him were dropped in July 2009, during which time he was dubbed the “Charles Village Rapist,” has prevailed in the Baltimore City Police Department’s attempt to swat down his $10 million false-arrest and malicious-prosecution lawsuit in federal court....
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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

March 26, 2014
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Who really lost that $3.7 million?

Homeless service providers packed a city council hearing last night hoping to defend their reputations after a federal audit required the city to return $3.7 million slated for homeless services. The big payback was not the hearing’s subject—but it’s been front and center in City Hall for months as city officials blame the federal...
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Duclaw sues Left Hand over trademarked beers

March 26, 2014
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Duclaw sues Left Hand over trademarked beers

Among the very first beers that Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Co., received awards for were Sawtooth Ale and Black Jack Porter, which earned gold and bronze medals, respectively, at the 1994 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. In Maryland in 1998, DuClaw Brewing Company introduced Sawtooth Belgian White and Black Jack Stout, which...
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