Feature Hole

Time to play catch-up again. Most of these links are from Monday and over the weekend.

Town and Gown: City Paper freelance music critic Robbie Whelan, writing for The Johns Hopkins News-Letter, investigates community involvement, among both students and the institution itself, at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. By comparing it to the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, he finds it lagging. The first of a two-part series. Looks good so far.

The Almighty and the Dollar: Two good, long, in-depth, fair pieces on the stem-cell research funding debate in the General Assembly showed up over the past few days. In the Jewish Times, Barbara Pash and Neil Rubin take a look at the religious overtones that have entered the debate. And in the Baltimore Business Journal, Alan Zibel looks at how an infusion of state dollars for stem-cell research would affect the state's economy.

Making Yuan: Also in the Baltimore Business Journal, Robert J. Terry goes East with Maryland businesses doing business in China.

Kodachromic Art: Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik doesn't use any kind of onomatopoeia or anything to describe the sound of a slide-show projector's carousel moving in his Sunday review of the BMA's SlideShow exhibit. He likes it: The exhibited slide shows are "carefully structured to force us to confront the radical disjunctions that reality throws up at us. They're like complex collages stretched out over time. At best you can get an overall impression of the way things work--in the world, or in its slide-show equivalent--but there's no time to reach final conclusions."

Muscle Tussle: Post editorial writer Lee Hockstader lifts weights with Mayor Martin O'Malley in this Sunday sort-of profile/sort-of preview of 2006 governor's race. The gist: "For all the mayor's talents … the homicide rate at home may sound a discordant note in a statewide race."

Celtic Tiger: The Towerlight's Brian Stelter marches with St. Patrick's Day Parade chairman and president Darby Simmons, a 1990 Towson University grad.

Tiimmmberrrr! In Monday's Salisbury Daily Times, James Fisher sawmills arguments for and against tree removal in Eastern Shore development.

Giddy-up: In Sunday's Sun, art critic Glenn McNatt rides with horse painter George Stubbs (1724-1806), the focus of a new exhibit at the Walters Art Museum.

Key to the City: In Monday's Sun, architecture critic Edward Gunts anthems key Key Highway corridor architect Paul Marks.

Not Quite News, Not Quite a Feature: In today's Sun, state political writer Andrew A. Green catches up on the odds on slots passing the General Assembly this year: not good. In addition, Green and David Nitkin do their Tuesday Political Game column: Despite Sarbanes' retirement, oldsters Schaefer and Curran not likely to follow suit (I bet at least one does, though); and Bob Ehrlich ramps up O'Rumors debate, saying Dems owe him an apology, or something like that (I'm getting tired of apology demands, from either side of the aisle; hasn't anyone ever seen "Peter and the Wolf"?).

Sunk: Finally, also in today's Sun, Annie Linskey essays Cry From the Deep: The Submarine Disaster That Riveted the World and Put the New Russia to the Ultimate Test author/former B-mag editor Ramsey Flynn's disillusionment with book publishing (1,500 copies sold since December). Good story, especially if you ever plan on writing a nonfiction book.

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