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Beyond the Beltway

March 11, 2005
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Boston Bound: From the Boston Herald, Baltimore’s Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse to “overhaul gritty streets” around Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Missed It: From USA Today, Governor Bob to executive-chair the National Anthem Project–the campaign, according to the web site, “to get America singing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ while spotlighting the...
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Port of Call

March 10, 2005
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The idea of making the port of Baltimore independent should get some more traction now that former Republican congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley has made that recommendation. As a lefty, I get hives whenever someone brings up privatization, but this proposal makes some sense. “The port is a business and needs to be administered as...
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News Hole

March 10, 2005
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Free Money: The extension of Key Highway from its endpoint at the Domino Sugar plant to Nicholson Street and Tide Point is much needed. And kudos to the Board of Estimates for coming up with a deal to finance it. But I don’t see anything in there about Struever Bros. Eccles and Rouse, surely...
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Feature Hole

March 10, 2005
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Speaking of Christian Soldiers: The Sun‘s Dan Thanh Dang joins the crusade so that fundamentalists never have to see anyone they disagree with ever again. Wasn’t it only a few years ago that every story about religion was about how no one ever goes to church anymore? Was there that big a turnaround after...
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Beyond the Beltway

March 10, 2005
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Blogghorea: Anyone else tired of the endless series of thumbsuckers about whether or not bloggers are journalists, bloggers taking down newscasters/politicians/(non)journalistis, blahg, blahg, blahg? Too bad: Here’s another one, by The American Prospect‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, which ties together bloggers’ take-downs of “Jeff Gannon” and Eason Jordan with Joseph Steffen’s take-down of himself, and all...
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In This Week’s City Paper

March 9, 2005
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On the cover, Stephen Janis talks with activists, academics, and government officials who are trying to get the lead out of Baltimore City homes. In it, Janis references a Feb. 13 Sun story about Philip E. Parker, who was killed on a state prison bus, and his suspected killer, Kevin G. Johns Jr., who,...
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More Stuff

March 9, 2005
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I’m itchin’ to get out of here, so just a few more clickables, and I’m gone: Tear It Down: Yes, tear down the JFX, please. Downtown freeways are bad news urban-planning-wise. Don’t think it’ll ever happen, but a discussion surely couldn’t hurt. But like someone in this kinda lame though thought-provoking Sun story says,...
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Catch-Up

March 8, 2005
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I’ve been super-busy the past few days, so let’s catch up on some pretty decent and/or distressing stories from over the weekend and other stuff I’ve found, with maybe a short News Hole later. Charm City Massacre: The fact that 50 Cent‘s new album, The Massacre, features a song, “A Baltimore Love Thing,” that...
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Beyond the Beltway

March 8, 2005
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Missed It: As a journalist, I’m practically required to check out Jim Romenesko’s media news blog daily, but I don’t, so I missed C-Span CEO Brian Lamb‘s Feb. 27 interview with Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. In it, Steele, says he has “no use” for The Sun due to that long-ago editorial that said the...
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News Hole

March 7, 2005
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Play-by-Play Man: Personally, I can’t eulogize Chuck Thompson, as I grew up listening to Jon Miller on the radio (and didn’t pay much attention to the Colts at all), thinking Thompson was just a guy who did commercials. But obviously the guy was huge in Baltimore, and his death is today’s top story. Besides...
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News Hole

March 4, 2005
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Bombs Abay: Pax River Naval Air Systems Command resumes weapons testing on lower Eastern Shore’s Bloodsworth Island. Watermen and residents not happy. “This would be devastating to the watermen,” Ben Parks, president of the Dorchester County Seafood Harvesters Association, tells The Sun. “You’ve got God knows how many watermen using that area, and you’re...
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News Hole

March 3, 2005
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No huge news today, so let’s get straight to the News Hole: One Step Closer: City Council committee votes 5-0 to support Leonard Hamm’s appointment to the position of city police chief. Hamm goes before the full council March 14 for final confirmation. Like yesterday’s preview story, hardly any mention was made of Hamm’s...
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