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  • Mr. Whine: It sucks to be anybody's roommate

    Mr. Whine: It sucks to be anybody's roommate

    I'd like to tell these freshman kids who've just met their new roommates: It sucks to be you. You'll see in about a month, maybe three weeks, that your rooms are the size of a McDonald's bathroom, and that your Crazy Roommate uses a suspiciously large amount of toilet paper. Really, I don't see...

  • Field Tripping: Back to school

    Field Tripping: Back to school

    It's back-to-school time, and that means lots of think pieces from professors full of gentle chiding at students, reminding them to read the syllabus and the books, put their phones away, and do their homework. I'm always struck by the harsh tone of that writing, as if professors have completely...

  • The Guns and Drugs (and Junk Food) of August

    The Guns and Drugs (and Junk Food) of August

    Our monthly wrap-up of all the guns and drugs confiscated by the BCPD and posted to their Twitter feed. 

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  • Kondwani Russell: Luzerne's poet laureate

    Kondwani Russell: Luzerne's poet laureate

    Kondwani Russell can be found sitting on his grandmother's step penning prose and pondering the perplex nature of black life in America. His recent poem 'The Baltimore Bullet Train,' a cinematic spoken-word video posted to YouTube, addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, black leadership, violence,...

  • Maryland Film Fest's director of programming reflects on Baltimore movie theaters of the past

    Maryland Film Fest's director of programming reflects on Baltimore movie theaters of the past

    Gaze north along the 500 block of Howard Street, and pause to absorb a beleaguered building you may have passed a hundred times without a second thought. Bruised and mottled by decades of weather, exhaust, and disuse—not to mention at least one fire—it may not be obvious that 508 N. Howard was...

  • Race and Music in Baltimore: Local musicians of color offer their perspectives

    Race and Music in Baltimore: Local musicians of color offer their perspectives

    A few years ago, a friend of mine showed me "The Color of Fear," a documentary released in 1994 structured as a round-table discussion about race relations in America. Along with Chinese-American director Lee Mun Wah, the discussion included two African-American men, two Mexican-American men, two...

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  • The Mail: 9/2-9/9

    The Mail: 9/2-9/9

    Correction: A caption with the story "The Resnickssance: Exploring the Wham City and Adult Swim connection" misspelled Connor M. Kizer's last name. City Paper regrets the error.

  • Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 222 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 7 murders this week, 222 murders this year

    The murder-per-day pace continues. A 93-year-old grandmother was grazed in a triple shooting. Police announced a lot more gun arrests and stated that they are being more diligent in pursuing the policy of sending cases to federal court, where penalties are steeper and sentencing totals more honest,...

  • Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 216 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 216 murders this year

    Police saw one of their own charged this week for an on-duty shooting. They arrested a slew of others on gun charges and attempted-murder charges, plus two homicide suspects. And the carnage continued, with eight more confirmed homicides amid a continuing wave of shootings. Police are also paying...

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