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Matt Nicka, accused head of Sonar-tied pot conspiracy in Maryland, in U.S. custody

Nearly four years after a 2010 federal indictment named Matt Nicka as the leader of a decade-long, cross-country pot conspiracy based in Baltimore, he and his co-...

Your gas grill or hibachi is probably illegal in Baltimore. And luckily for you, a fine is coming

If you live in Baltimore, your cookout is probably against the law. So says City Councilman Warren Branch (13th District). On Oct. 6, Branch introduced a bill to add penalties for violating this law—a $500 fine for "open cooking...

Wandering Eye: NSA side businesses, shaky math from Baltimore's Department of Public Works, and more

Government pay is universally derided as below-market, so it is unsurprising that many government employees start side businesses to make ends meet. Now comes Buzzfeed with the news that the National Security Agency's signals intelligence...

New report offers suggestions to improve Baltimore City schools

Yesterday, the Fund for Educational Excellence released a highly anticipated report called "City Speaks: Community Voices on Baltimore Schools," which suggests that Baltimore City...

Wandering Eye: A trafficking organization's businesses, nuclear fusion reactors, and more

Lockheed Martin, the giant defense industry conglomerate headquartered round the way in Bethesda, announced that it is oh-so-close to having a workable nuclear fusion reactor. This could be big news, and even bigger could be the news that...

Wandering Eye: The future of poverty in America, SubBasement Art Gallery set to close, and more

Ted Rall, the cartoonist, warns in a column that pretty much everyone in America is going to be poor...

Baltimore attorney Kenneth Ravenell appears to have separated from Murphy, Falcon, & Murphy

Baltimore attorney Kenneth Ravenell appears to have separated from Murphy, Falcon, & Murphy, the prestigious firm in which he'd been a partner since 2007, when he left what was then known as Schulman, Treem, Kaminkow, Gilden & Ravenell PA.

Wandering Eye: An update in a murder-for-hire case, carrying your Nobel Prize in the airport, and more

The murder-for-hire case in Maryland federal court against Derrick Lamont...

Wandering Eye: Cops seizing property, militarized cops, and details about the Palin family brawl

The WaPo has been looking at the asset forfeiture law and how police use it. The law was passed more than 30 years ago to try to dent major drug traffickers' organizations. It allows law enforcement officers to take cash and stuff—...

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Wandering Eye: A look at the history of Bmore club, a study on "bad neighborhoods," and thoughts on brunch

On Thursday's episode of Baltimore's Future on WYPR, host David Warnock interviewed Sam Hopkins about club music. Hopkins is involved in a program that...

African-American museum executive explains his fear of nonviolent civil rights icon

The executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum held a press conference today to explain why he barred a local civil-rights activist from a panel discussion she had been invited to last week.

Of course charging for the Circulator is a terrible idea

At Monday night's meeting, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young

Wandering Eye: A deeper look at a 1970 murder case, Amazon heads to the Supreme Court, and more

Some of the best stories published about modern Baltimore have come from Tom Nugent, who for City Paper in 2005 did an exhaustive review of the mysterious unsolved...

Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office contends that prosecutors properly handled faked drug-dog certification

The attorney for Indiana real-estate investor Samantha Banks, whose $122,640 in cash was seized by authorities at Baltimore-Washington International Airport last year, in July argued that federal prosecutors knowingly passed off in...

Wandering Eye: Rising sea levels in Baltimore, Wayne Koestenbaum talks writing, and more

The Union of Concerned Scientists today released a new report,...

Prosecutors to seek extradition in stalled Bodog prosecution in Maryland

It's been more than two years since a federal grand jury in Maryland indicted the online sports-betting giant Bodog Entertainment Group and...

Wandering Eye: Feds setting up fake social media accounts, weed marketing, and water resources in Iraq

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Timothy Sinnigen set up a fake Facebook account, posing as drug defendant Sondra Arquiett, and used it to post Arquiett's photos and send out friend requests, including to a fugitive—all...

Costello sworn in as council members explain their votes

The City Council voted 12-0 and then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake confirmed Eric Costello as the 11th District city councilman tonight, after a series of speeches in which council members explained that, while they did not think the...

Sherwin Mark of Load of Fun responds to Jacques Kelly

Yesterday, we responded

Hey Jacques Kelly, it was called Load of Fun

Jacques Kelly is known for his reporting on "Retro Baltimore," as his Tumblr has it. So, when we were both at the fire at the historic Mayfair Theater a couple weeks ago, he offered an interesting perspective on the history of the nearby...

Ed Hale: trucking magnate, bank owner, spy...and bank robber?

Ed Hale, former CEO of First Mariner, owner of the Baltimore Arena, and all around local Big Deal made news this week with the announcement that 

Baltimore Orioles ALDS Game Two LIVE BLOG

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Wandering Eye: Checking in with David Simon, 3-D printed guns, and the benefits of being a Jewish Orioles fan

For those curious to know what David Simon's been doing and thinking about recently, check out this lengthy...

Ghosts of Black Guerrilla Family scandals past appear in new cases

As the few remaining defendants in the Tavon White-led Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison-gang conspiracy case involving Maryland correctional officers (CO) prepare for trial, two reminders emerged recently of how long gang-corrupted COs...

Wandering Eye: Another take on Eric Holder, hunting for sound, and income disparity

The Real News Network’s Sharmini Peries has an interesting interview with Shayana...

Wandering Eye: Hate for the national anthem, diversity at elite universities, and Wall Street crooks

Local writer and CP contributor D. Watkins, who CP contributor Bret...

South Paca Street building collapse traps one, injures another

A house near the stadiums collapsed today, trapping one person inside (who has since been

Maryland medical-marijuana commissioner under fire in lawsuit

Col. Harry "Buddy" Robshaw III, the police chief in Cheverly, sits on the Natalie M. Laprade Medical Marijuana Commission, which is charged with crafting the regulatory regime that intends to provide an avenue for lawful production and...

Wandering Eye: The criminal history of the man charged with murdering Tom Malenski, Facebook's new ad platform, and more

Nicholas Brandon Heath, the man charged with the murder of Ottobar bouncer Tom Malenski and the attempted murder of another Ottobar employee, has a lengthy history of involvement with the criminal-justice system. Online court records show...

Suspect Arrested in Ottobar Murder, Offers "Full Confession"

Baltimore police have arrested Nicholas Heath, 32, and charged him with the murder of Tom Malenski outside...

Update on murder of Ottobar employee Tom Malenski

Mike Bowen, one of the owners of the Ottobar, gave a few more details about the murder of Ottobar employee Tom...

Ottobar staffer murdered

According to sources close to the club, Tom Malenski, a beloved member of the Ottobar staff, died last night after being stabbed in the neck. Police were hailed at 1:54 a.m. after a show by the hardcore band GBH. The police found Malenski...

"K" Line charged in Maryland for violating Sherman Antitrust Act

“K” Line, the trade name for the Japanese transportation giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., the world’s 16th largest container transportation and shipping company,...

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