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Wandering Eye: A bougie hotel grows in midtown, the racial makeup of city police, and more

The Center for Public Integrity has an interesting series of charts plotting the racial makeup of city police forces against the racial makeup of the cities they police. Just about every...

Happening Sunday: Sowebo Arts and Music Festival, All Time Low, and more

-Sowebo Arts and Music Festival: During this season of neighborhood festivals and block parties, we most look forward to all-day live music, art, and food surrounding Hollins Market. The festival features a salon-style art exhibition,...

Happening Saturday: Yung Gutted, Brew at the Zoo, and more

-Yung Gutted, Eu1ogy, Shop, Dylijens, TRNGNDR/VHS, Sneaks, Yng Vapor, Neroscream, Lacanthrope: This is the one of the best lineups we’ve seen in a while, with an eclectic smorgasbord of dark, midnight beats, including Brooklyn’s...

Wandering Eye: Faked data in a gay marriage study, 6,500 new Scrabble words, and more

Yesterday, Edward Ericson Jr. called attention to a...

Grand jury indicts all six officers in Freddie Gray case

A grand jury brought charges against all six Baltimore Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced in a press conferecne this afternoon.

Wandering Eye: The 'planning vacuum' in City Hall, Delia's returns online, and more

Gerald Neilly at the Brew has a modest proposal: stop the auction of the old Social Security Administration...

Dreams Deferred: Greg Bailey, who allegedly cut a fire hose on CNN; Romell Turner, arrested for "gazing upon the stars"

A CNN newscaster is talking to local activist PFK Boom near the burning CVS at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues around 6:50 p.m. on Monday, April 27, when someone punctures the fire hose being used to...

General manager Jennifer Marsh leaves City Paper

Jennifer Marsh, who took over as general manager of City Paper when the Baltimore Sun Media Group (BSMG) bought it last year, is out as general manager.

Commissioner: Unrest puts police OT to about $12 million

The police department has spent about $12 million in overtime and other expenses to handle protests and unrest since last fall, Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters at a press conference today.

Wandering Eye: The right way to report on sexual assault, an update on SWAT culture, and more

On Monday, The Sun published an article by Ian Duncan about a new report from...

CP arts column Conflicts of Interest named a finalist for AAN award

Conflicts of Interest, Managing Editor Baynard Woods' column on arts and culture, which featured run-ins with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and...

Wandering Eye: What it's like to drive for Uber, Letterman's 'insouciance,' and more

If you are wondering what it's like to drive for Uber but don't have the time/guts/car to find out for yourself, check out Emily Guendelsberger's definitive report in the...

Happening Sunday: Art Outside, The Baltimore Challenge, and more

-Art Outside: Between 1953 and 1968, long before Artscape began to take hold in the ’80s, artists and community members gathered in Druid Hill Park annually for public art displays and sales. The festival re-emerged two years ago...

Happening Saturday: Preakness Stakes, 'Avenue Q,' and more

-140th Preakness Stakes: To many, the Preakness represents American greatness, athleticism, and spectacle. To everyone else, it’s a time to appreciate the always-entertaining grab-bagged horse names. Racing this year we have, of...

Wandering Eye: A short film on the Baltimore Uprising, Evander Holyfield fights Mitt Romney, and more

One encouraging byproduct of the thirst for coverage of the Baltimore Uprising is that it exposed those in the know to a number of new, young, and daring journalists and photojournalists. Namely, there's Baltimore's Devin Allen, who had the...

A Q&A with Devin Allen, the local photographer whose protest shot ended up on the cover of Time

Throughout the Freddie Gray protests, one photographer’s work stood out among the hundreds of images from local media, photo hobbyists, bloggers, and out-of-towners from Getty Images, AP, Reuters, and news...

Wandering Eye: The badass art of Okwui Enwezor, cops now say they're afraid to use force, and more

Graham Coreil-Allen almost died recently, City Paper contributor Michael Anthony Farley reports

Classless 'fans' mar ReOpening Day

The crowd outside Pickles was bigger than your typical Monday, but not Opening Day-big.

City leaders, school officials, and the ACLU pressure Hogan on school funding

Here is a news flash: Baltimore’s politicians, school officials, and activists would like, please, for Gov. Larry Hogan to release $11.6 million they say the state owes the school system under the state funding formula. 

Wandering Eye: Larry Hogan vs. Mayor SRB, examining previous efforts to revitalize Sandtown, and more

If Seymour Hersh is right—and his prior work suggests that is more likely than not—almost everything the U.S. media reported...

Happening Sunday: Eternal Summers, 'Heaven Adores You,' and more

-Eternal Summers, Princess Reason, Amanda Glasser: Roanoke-based trio Eternal Summers sounds like exactly that: the fuzzed-out beach-punk soundtrack to an eternal summer. The title track off their upcoming fourth album “Gold and...

On first try, Mosby convicts rapist acquitted in four earlier trials under Bernstein

During Marilyn Mosby's campaign to unseat State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein last year, she often hammered him on the case of Nelson Clifford, who Bernstein's office had tried four times in four different sexual assault cases, each time...

Machine Gun Mama Returns: Lightly sentenced machine-gun seller gets another 6 months in prison for again violating the terms of her release

“Leave the girl alone,” Richard Debois says to a reporter entering Maryland U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett’s courtroom on Apr. 16 to cover the violation-of-supervised-release hearing...

Wandering Eye: Fact-checking the number of police killings, learning from 'Black Panthers,' and more

Eddie Conway has a lot of juice in Baltimore. A Black Panther who spent 44 years in state prison—he was convicted of killing a police officer named Donald Sager; many in the city's left community believe he was unjustly convicted&...

At a 10 am press conference, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will announce a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department's use of force. You can stream the press conference here:

Gang member says 'Dixon for mayor!'; she says she's been mulling a run

The Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerrilla Family—Baltimore's three biggest gangs—are among those unhappy with the leadership of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Flex, a member of the Bloods and an author (under his real name Eric...

Obama administration officials visit Douglass, youth feel like their message heard

On Monday April 27, the scene at Frederick Douglass High School, across from Mondawmin Mall, was one of chaos and war as hundreds of students, many stranded after public transportation there had been shut down, squared off with Baltimore...

Wandering Eye: Rethinking police methods, a look at the 300 Men March, and more

Police have long practiced policy which allows them to shoot people holding knives or other hand weapons. It emphasizes "center mass" shooting, never leg shots or other attempts to wound, and there are dozens of other rules of engagement...

A roundup of events to build community and continue the #BaltimoreUprising

Though a shoddy piece of journalism by Fox News caused tensions to briefly rise, the city has shown the last couple of days that it's ready to reflect and heal after the death of Freddie Gray. Several events have been planned to help...

Wandering Eye: A rebuke of Marilyn Mosby, Obama talks Baltimore with Letterman, and more

Page Croyder has a scathing rebuke of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's decision to charge all six officers in the death of Freddie...

At the City Council, passion from protesters and councilmembers

Baltimore Bloc activists chanting "drop the charges, drop the bail" interrupted the Baltimore City Council meeting tonight. 

WYPR and WEAA will share resources to cover Freddie Gray story

In a move that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago, public radio stations WYPR and WEAA today announced a collaboration to cover stories following the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death.

It is peaceful an hour and a half before curfew on Saturday night at Penn North, where the CVS burned earlier in the week. Several African-American women police officers stand around the intersection in a small group of people, actually...

After release from jail, Joseph Kent prominent in Friday demonstrations

Joseph Kent, the activist who was dramatically ...

The postmodern relationship between press and police during unrest

I was pissed off when I saw the Baltimore Police order regarding "Media Zones at Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue or Areas with Other Large Congregations of People" last night.

Union for Baltimore police attempts to raise funds for arrested officers, gets fundraiser almost immediately shut down

It hasn't been a good day for the Baltimore Fraternity Order of Police Lodge 3 (FOP). The police union published a public letter this morning that asked State's...

'Star-Spangled Banner' manuscript taken from Baltimore for safekeeeping

On Tuesday the National Archives came to Baltimore to take our handwritten copy of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' from the Maryland Historical...

Bail for youth who broke police-car window dramatically higher than that for officer charged with second-degree murder of Freddie Gray

Allen Bullock, the young man who helped smash the windows out of a police car last Saturday, is being held on $500,000 bail for one count of riot, two counts of malicious destruction of property over $1,000, two counts of rogue and...

Curfew, safety concerns affecting businesses and service-industry workers

Since the announcement of the city-wide 10 p.m. curfew, service industry workers in Baltimore have had to deal with curtailed or nonexistent hours and the reduction in wages that comes with it. The city's many waiters, bartenders,...

Observations after curfew: Arrests in East Baltimore, but downtown, Mount Vernon appear empty of police

It was a few minutes after 10 p.m. Thursday night, when curfew went into effect across Baltimore, but bells near City Hall started to ring, marking the change of the hour.

A 'Who's Who' in Baltimore police prosecution (and journalism)

On Friday Gene Ryan, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, sent an open letter to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby asking her to appoint a special prosecutor because of the "many conflicts of interest presented by your...

Police officers charged in death of Freddie Gray

All six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray are being charged criminally for his death.

Baltimore Has No Chill: A compilation of residents calling people on their bullshit

Baltimore has no chill this week. National journalists and television crews with their own personal security teams have rolled into town...

Joseph Kent free, vows to keep up struggle for peaceful protest

Joseph Kent, the activist who was...

Videos show police throwing smoke bombs, shooting, apparently unprovoked

Video production company 8704Media has sent City Paper two videos, one of which seems to show police thowing a smoke bomb at protesters without any apparent provocation,...

A hundred protesters released without charges, but claims of mistreatment

Late Wednesday evening, Evan Davis was walking down the sidewalk beside the jail where he had been held since Monday night without charges.

Local activist Joseph Kent, shown 'disappearing' on CNN, is in jail, waiting to be processed

Joseph Kent, a Morgan State University student and activist who was a major leader in local police-...

After Riots, a tense city, peaceful demonstrations, waiting for what's next

It is not clear yet whether Tuesday is the day after, or Day Two. 

Update: Mayor denounces rioters as 'thugs'

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake went full thug in her first press conference since children started throwing rocks at police and looting and burning shit up after school let out this afternoon. 

Police say 'credible threat' of gang attacks; protester in video says of police, 'We going at them'

The police this morning announced a "credible threat" posed by members of the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips joining together to "take-out" law enforecement officers. Other sources claiming gang ties have told City Paper they...

Wandering Eye: Revisiting 'In Defense of Looting,' the effectiveness of charter schools, and more

Considering the amount of attention that's been given to the vandalism that occurred during...

City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest

City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano was tackled and beaten by Baltimore City police outside of Western District headquarters last night while covering protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

Happening Saturday: Freddie Gray protests

As you may have seen in our continuing coverage, the city has been filled with protests over the death of Freddie Gray, and today is no different. There are two...

Big Easy Cabaret's liquor license revoked after manager caught with 'softball sized' lumps of coke

The Baltimore Liquor Board revoked the license of a Fells Point strip club this week. Part of the reason: Police allegedly caught the former manager with two "softball sized" lumps of cocaine.

Happening Sunday: African Collection Opening Celebration, Prettyboy Tapwater, and more

-African Collection Opening Celebration: We’ve missed the BMA’s African Art collection, but we expect the reopening to be worth the wait. The new exhibit will be three times its original size, and the celebration will include...

Still seeking answers, protesters young and old march through downtown Thursday

As helicopters flew low over downtown Baltimore and dozens of police officers stood in formation behind the barricades separating City Hall from the plaza in front of it, Rev. Jamal H. Bryant of the Empowerment Temple, addressed hundreds of...

UPDATED: City Paper's Brew Fest postponed, The Gathering cancelled in anticipation of protests

City Paper's 20th annual Brew Fest, set to take place tomorrow afternoon at Power Plant Live, has been postponed as a result of large protests over Freddie Gray's death expected to take place downtown.

Wandering Eye: Officer suspended in Freddie Gray's death accused of domestic violence; researching MDMA; and more

While young gun writers have to worry about their writing disappearing from the web when the websites they're writing for do a redesign, switch servers, or just plain die out, retired film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum has taken the time to...

Fundraiser for Mayor, scheduled two days before the release of Freddie Gray report, cancelled

A fundraiser at the Hippodrome Theatre for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, boasting $6,000 VIP access and scheduled to happen two days before the Baltimore Police Department is set to release its report on the death of Freddie Gray, has...

Amidst carnival atmosphere of last night's protests, a leader of the #blacklivesmatter movement returns home

As the national media continues to descend on the West Baltimore neighborhood surrounding Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray lived and was arrested before suffering fatal injuries in police custody, so do activists from other areas.

Hundreds take to West Baltimore streets to protest Freddie Gray's death

On Tuesday night, two days after Freddie Gray died from injuries he received a...

Wandering Eye: MTA head quietly removed, BPD settles lawsuit, and more

Timothy Ashe, a man who claims to have incurred $55,000 in medical expenses as a result of being punched out by a Baltimore City police officer in Jan. 2011, is set to receive $80,000 in city funds to settle the resulting lawsuit. According...

In Freddie Gray's death, police say they're stumped

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he doesn't know how Freddie Gray died, but that he will find out "and we will take corrective action wherever and whenever necessary."

The Maryland GOP on Pot: Free State Republicans have been warming to marijuana reform, but support for legalization so far remains a pipe dream

While 2014 was a watershed year in the annals of liberalizing Maryland’s pot laws, ringing in decriminalization and revamped medical-marijuana laws, 2003 was a big one, too.

Happening Sunday: Ladyfest Benefit Craft Fair, Golden Tarot Night, and more

-Ladyfest Benefit Craft Fair: Despite receiving loads of hate mail last year and initially planning not to recur, our Best Music Festival of 2014 is returning next month for another three days of live musical brilliance by women and...

Happening Saturday: The EmporiYum, Record Store Day, and more

-The EmporiYum: To prepare for Monday’s festively vicious snacking, stock up on good artisanal grub so you’re not just going through bags of stale Doritos. Dozens of local foodie businesses, including Hex Ferments, Dooby’...

Farewell to City Paper icon Van Smith

City Paper is sad to announce that senior staff writer Van Smith has decided to leave the paper to pursue other opportunities. His last day will be April 27.

Collaborating with killer cops? Angry Baltimoreans school DOJ official on city police tactics

Nothing exciting will happen tonight, according to Shorty.

Why we're not running 'Maakies' anymore

City Paper has been running the syndicated comic "Maakies" by Tony Millionaire (aka Scott Richardson) for 15 years, but this week we decided to stop running it. We told Millionaire our decision and explained the reasons, and were...

Wandering Eye: Dissecting the Ray Rice redemption narrative, the new rules for Uber and Lyft, and more

Over at Deadspin, senior editor and occasional City Paper contributor Puja Patel wrote "Leave Janay Rice Out of Her Husband's...

Wandering Eye: Sondheim Prize finalists, the shrinking value of a taxi medallion, and more

MarylandReporter.com's Rebecca Lessner has some compelling coverage of yesterday's Maryland Board of Public...

UPDATED: Feds sue Maryland Insurance Administration for 'willful' equal-pay violations

On April 15, the day after National Equal Pay Day, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a class-action lawsuit against the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), claiming that women investigators and enforcement...

Wide Stance: What's next for LGBTQ Marylanders?

Quick—what is the big issue facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Marylanders in 2015?

Wandering Eye: Why Hillary Clinton could benefit from Martin O'Malley, 'Trickle-Down Gentrification,' and more

Jacobin Magazine's "Trickle-Down Gentrification" makes the larger point that for some reason needs constant repetition: that building lots and...

O'Malley email implies a candidacy announcement: 'New leadership is needed to move our country forward'

This morning, a day after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president in a video, Martin O'Malley sent...

Happening Sunday: Sara VanDerBeek, OK Go, and more

-Sara VanDerBeek: Known for her uncanny photographs of sculptural assemblages handmade in her studio, Baltimore native Sara VanDerBeek recently returned to her home city to investigate the BMA's collection, UMBC dancers, and architectural...

Happening Saturday: 'Mr. Eddy Lives!', Bob Dylan, and more

-"Mr. Eddy Lives!": Painting provides an instantaneous release and preserves vitality, all while life tries to keep you down with shit like the death of a loved one, an art teacher trashing your first attempts, and diabetes resulting in...

City Paper's Orioles Opening Day live blog

5:57 p.m.

DNA crime analysis skewed by Baltimore City Police Department's failure to report data

The Baltimore City Police Department did not report its DNA processing data to a state agency for the past two years, hobbling the agency's effort to track how well police crime labs handle crucial evidence in thousands of criminal cases, a...

Wandering Eye: 'Inside the Kremlin's Hall of Mirrors,' the Pentagon's policy on transgender personnel, and more

As Rand Paul makes his inevitable Libertarian-ish presidential run official, it's time for some big thinking on the optimal size of the federal government. Paul will say it ought to be no bigger than a toy poodle—perhaps an unweaned...

Wandering Eye: The internet has been an 'economic disappointment,' Ben Carson hates selfies, and more

The internet, says William H. Davidow in the Harvard Business Review, has been "a colossal economic disappointment." He is...

Wandering Eye: A new podcast on the 'Serial' case, California places water restrictions, and more

Last week, California Gov. Edmund Brown released an executive order

Wandering Eye: The trans community reacts to the NSA deaths, meet one of rock's great drummers, and more

Meet "Mykel, Shannen, Buttacup, Esha" in The Washington Post as former Sun reporter Peter Herman goes back to his old beat. The trans women hanging around 22nd and North Charles streets knew and mourn the two who made national news last...

Wandering Eye: 'The Myth of Baltimore as a Cheap Place to Live,' the Billie Holiday centennial, and more

On the eve of Billie Holiday's centennial tomorrow, The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith takes a...

Happening Sunday: Curren$y, Big Ups, and more

From the Short List: Rhode Island indie rap veteran Sage Francis headlines Metro Gallery with Cubbiebear and Seez Mics opening. Local noise rock band Hive Bent plays the Ottobar with Big Ups. Don’t miss: Baltimore rapper Damond Blue,...

Happening Saturday: '90s Prom, Res-Erection, and more

-Windup High's '90s Prom: The incessant '90s nostalgia that has everyone repeating questionable fashion choices is starting to wear on us, but this isn't your average '90s party. This the chance to redo your prom experience: to go back...

A second Title IX complaint has been filed against Johns Hopkins University

A second Title IX complaint has been filed with the Department of Education against Johns Hopkins University, according to Laura Dunn, a lawyer and the executive director of SurvJustice, a nonprofit activist group working to decrease sexual...

Federal judge in Baltimore rebukes state judges while overturning conviction in 1997 murder

Baltimore murder convict Richard Nicolas*, who was found guilty of the 1997 murder of his 2-year-old daughter, Aja, has been seeking federal review of his conviction since 2006, claiming it was wrongfully obtained. On March 30, U.S....

Wandering Eye: The NRA is winning the gun-control debate, how development works in Baltimore, and more

Here in Baltimore, where guns are used to shoot people pretty much every day, controlling the availability of firearms is perhaps seen as a fundamental public-health priority. Not so elsewhere in this country, though. Pew Research Center...

Tubman for the 20? A City Councilman launches a social media blitz

Baltimore is pushing hard to put abolitionist and underground railroad icon Harriet Tubman's portrait on the 20-dollar bill, replacing the War of 1812...

Wandering Eye: Not all Maryland crab cakes have Maryland crab, today in asshole bosses, and more

The latest in the ongoing can-there-ever-again-be-a-Republican-president debate is ...

Wandering Eye: The end of the '15-minute rule' in Baltimore, the sad backstory of the NSA shooting, and more

By next month, double-parking near a school—or leaving your car running while stopped in a traffic lane—could garner a...

Wandering Eye: India's 'sand mafia,' a medical report on marijuana edibles, and more

Wired has a gripping story about India's "sand mafia." The idea that there might be criminal syndicates concerned with the provision, theft, and control of,...

Happening Sunday: Wine on the Water Festival, Sound & Text, and more

-Wine on the Water Festival: It’s always a good idea to pair something vintage with something modern, like leggings with toeshoes and dubstep-swing mash-ups . . . On second thought, keep that shit separate. But at least wine always...

Happening Saturday: Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Future Fest, and more

-Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair: Over the course of 50 years, a low-income couple by the names of Herb and Dorothy Vogel amassed one of the most important private collections in the 20th century. The moral of the story: Buying artwork...

Wandering Eye: Governments attack e-cigs, of course Ted Cruz likes country, and more

The governments of the U.S. and California now have advertising campaigns to scare people away from...

Watch President Obama interview David Simon about "The Wire." Yes, really.

Today the White House YouTube channel posted a 12-minute video of President Obama interviewing David Simon about "The Wire." The conversation focused...

Forbes says the Orioles are worth $1 billion, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can spend more

Though people often like to say baseball is dying, the attendance figures and mega-cable deals, as ESPN's Darren Rovell recently...

Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate

A controversial state Senate bill that would have increased penalties for "human trafficking" is dead. Sen. Justin Ready withdrew SB 904 just before a scheduled 1 p.m. hearing today. An aide in his office confirmed that the bill is...

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