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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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UPDATE: Speed Camera Audit’s Not A Secret Anymore

January 23, 2014
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UPDATE: Speed Camera Audit’s Not A Secret Anymore

The Sun managed to obtain a copy of the heretofore confidential audit of the city’s speed camera vendor, Xerox, and—lo and behold—the error rate reported was not the “less than a quarter of one percent” city officials claimed but 10 percent. The Sun does the math: “The city issued roughly 700,000 speed camera tickets...
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Speed Camera Audit Confidential, Expensive

January 20, 2014
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Speed Camera Audit Confidential, Expensive

Citizens and city officials hoping to see the results of an audit done on Xerox State and Local Solutions, Baltimore City’s former speed camera operator, were disappointed Wednesday when the Law Department asserted that the $278,000 document was confidential. As the Baltimore Sun reported: City Solicitor George Nilson, the administration’s chief lawyer, said releasing...
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Kiss My Bumper? Senate Insurance in Bankruptcy, Called Ponzi Scheme

January 20, 2014
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Kiss My Bumper? Senate Insurance in Bankruptcy, Called Ponzi Scheme

Senate Insurance bills itself as “a local company that looks out for you,” not like those big nationwide insurance companies. Selling car insurance for 25 years out of an office in Laurel, the company is locally famous for its upbeat radio ads with the tagline “Kiss My Bumper.” But Senate, owned and operated by...
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Nathan Barksdale likely to plead guilty in heroin-and-firearm conspiracy case

January 8, 2014
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Nathan Barksdale likely to plead guilty in heroin-and-firearm conspiracy case

Nathan Barksdale, the legendary Baltimore  gangster turned gang interventionist at Safe Streets, is due to appear in Maryland U.S. District Court on Jan. 15 for re-arraignment in a heroin-and-firearm conspiracy case in which he’d previously entered a plea of not guilty. Notice of the hearing was docketed this morning. Re-arraignments usually entail pleading guilty...
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Whatever Happened to Roscoe Bartlett?

January 6, 2014
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Whatever Happened to Roscoe Bartlett?

Politico Mag went “off the grid” and found Maryland’s most conservative former congressman, at age 87, building a new cabin for himself and his family. So he’s in a doomsday compound now. But remember: he’s not your everyday wingnut. He was at IBM in the early days. He has 19 patents. He worked at...
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Wait, you mean I gotta live in my district? No way!

December 20, 2013
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Wait, you mean I gotta live in my district? No way!

So this is sort of fascinating. This week The Dagger, the sharp-edged Harford County website, noticed that the state senate campaign of a former state senator named Art Helton had been stopped in its tracks. The reason: Helton does not live in the district. This is actually amazing news, because in Maryland it has...
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Lawsuits follow Wall Hunters Project

December 20, 2013
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Lawsuits follow Wall Hunters Project

Two limited liability companies associated with Stanley Rochkind are suing Slumlord Watch founder Carol Ott. The suits, filed in District Court on Dec. 4 but not yet served on Ott, demand a total of $5,000 in damages for repairs made to two properties after murals were installed on them earlier this year, according to...
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State Tax Assessors defy the law because they’re under-staffed

December 20, 2013
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State Tax Assessors defy the law because they’re under-staffed

State property assessors did not physically visit the buildings they assessed, a state audit found, and the State Department of Assessment and Taxation says it doesn’t plan to inspect the state’s 2.1 million properties in the future either, even though the law requires it: The Auditor also notes that the Department has 78 fewer...
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Jury convicts “Richie Rich” Wilford in cocaine conspiracy

December 19, 2013
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Jury convicts “Richie Rich” Wilford in cocaine conspiracy

After a prolonged and Herculean effort to claim the government unconstitutionally monitored his movements to build its drug case against him, Richard Anthony “Richie Rich” Wilford yesterday was found guilty of cocaine-conspiracy charges by a federal jury. He now faces the maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and a mandatory minimum of 20 years in...
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Stop Fucking Snitching’s “Goose” Gets Cooked for Slinging Heroin in Prison

December 19, 2013
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Stop Fucking Snitching’s “Goose” Gets Cooked for Slinging Heroin in Prison

Sherman “Goose” Kemp, one of the cash-loving, drug-dealing stars of 2004′s anti-rat Baltimore street-culture documentary Stop Fucking Snitching, already had a prodigious list of prior drug-related convictions before he was charged anew in early 2012 with conspiring to smuggle heroin into federal prison, where he was serving a 30-year sentence, and sell it at...
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Armed drug dealer released from prison on dirty cop’s lies

December 16, 2013
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Armed drug dealer released from prison on dirty cop’s lies

With his 2008 firearm conviction overturned by a federal appellate court earlier this year, 39-year-old Cortez Fisher recently opted to plead guilty to the gun charge again, rather than face a second prosecution that included a crack-cocaine charge. On Dec. 4, Fisher was sentenced to time served, and he was freed from prison on...
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