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Troubled Waters

March 11, 2005
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Now, I suspected that the story of the former port of Baltimore executive director James White’s resignation last month would have legs–and that it would hurt the Ehrlich administration more than even the O’Rumors–but it’s getting quite a bit more byzantine and harmful to the gov than I expected. The Sun today plays it...
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News Hole

March 11, 2005
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Sarbanes retiring: Sen. Paul Sarbanes says he’s retiring next year. New York Times story, Washington Post story. Complete Control: Baltimore City Public School System takes big step back from city’s request to assume maintenance responsibility for the system’s facilities, metaphorically tearing up a verbal agreement it had made with the city. Now, I had...
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Feature Hole

March 11, 2005
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Hack the Grid: Speaking of hackers and other miscreants–these ones quite a bit more malevolent–Justin Blum, of The Washington Post, takes a look at how power companies, including Baltimore’s Constellation Energy Group (that’s BGE), are fighting against hackers trying to break into the nation’s power grids. Good story. Ca-click: Michael O’Sullivan, in The Washington...
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The Mail

March 11, 2005
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Helen Delich Bentley’s proposal isn’t to privatize the port of Baltimore; it’s to make the Maryland Port Administration a separate state agency from the DOT. It would still be a public entity, run by the state of Maryland. The reasoning, however, is that the port is a vastly different animal than the rest of...
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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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