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This Week in Alts: The history of 'school choice' in Mississippi, 'Dreidel Rap '89,' and more

Jackson Free Press, "Then and Now: When ‘School Choice’ Creates a Divide" The Jackson, Mississippi alt-weekly takes an in-depth, historically informed look at the idea of "school...

Love that dirty water: New Blue Water Baltimore website maps how nasty Baltimore's water is

On Aug. 12 and Nov. 6, the entire Jones Falls—from Greenspring Valley down to where it empties into Baltimore's Inner Harbor—was contaminated with high-risk levels of poop-loving bacteria. Thus, anyone coming into contact with...

Drugs, lies, and license-plate readers: How a drugs-and-gun suspect got caught in a tangle of lies

Trezith Rashad Smart of North Carolina drove across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) into Maryland on April 27 and was pulled over for speeding in Worscester County. The immediate tangle of legal troubles that resulted—he ended...

Judge: 'Reasonable suspicion' of crime doesn't arise simply from being parked in a bad neighborhood, talking to someone

Moryne Louden's mugshot is all over the internet because the Baltimore Police Department on Oct. 16, 2013, tweeted it with the caption that he "was arrested by #...

Wandering Eye: Men are idiots, forfeiture gets the acknowledgment it deserves, and more

The Darwin Awards, doled out by an internet community that finds stories of lethal stupidity that theoretically aids the evolution of the human race, have been going on for 20 years...

Kids say the darndest things: 11-year-old's exclamation in play in Mondawmin Mall drug-arrests case

"Shut the fuck up!" Latoya Eaton yelled at her 11-year-old daughter. What the daughter had just said—"That's not my mom's money!"—is now in play in a $4,530 drug-money forfeiture case filed Dec. 9 in federal court in Maryland.

Wandering Eye: What's next for the H.L Mencken House, Vice publishes the campus rape story you should read, and more

The supremely flawed Rolling Stone story on sexual assault at University of Virginia has now become fodder to dispute all rape claims, it...

Police announce arrest in shooting of officer

The "strong odor of marijuana" led to the shooting of a Baltimore police officer last night, police said in a press conference. Although not all details are yet available, the department staged a press conference at 3 p.m. to brief the...

With more officers and accusations of hostility, are the police department and protesters entering a new stage?

Though the Army-Navy game was taking place at M&T Bank Stadium, the real tactical battle was between the Baltimore Police Department and the People's Power Assembly-led Day of Anger protesters. 

Happening Sunday: Bmore Into Comics #5, a battle of the bands, and more

-Bmore Into Comics #5: In some ways, Baltimore is like a comic book. We have good guys and bad guys, a cultural fascination with campiness, dark, dingy alleyways, and once a year, the Inner Harbor is flooded by anime characters. So grab a...

Happening Saturday: Santarchy 2014, a whiskey tasting with expert Lew Bryson, and more

-Santarchy 2014: Even with Krampus in town, there’s no need to succumb to holiday bah-humbuggery. Join the league of drunk Santas (and Mrs. Clauses and elves and reindeer and whatever other holiday getups are out there) and parade...

We can take our bikes on the MARC train!

OMFG we can take our full-size bikes on MARC trains! This is so exciting. Ok, it's only on weekends, and only on the Penn Line, and only at...

Wandering Eye: Baltimore's favorite rapper is actually from D.C., Marylanders must still declare their belief in God, and more

Although it pains us to admit this here at a militantly local alt-weekly, the biggest rapper in Baltimore really isn't Young Moose or Lor Scoota, but the similarly minded Shy Glizzy of nearby Washington, D.C. We point this out because as...

This Week in Alts: Chef Sean Brock on 'Heritage,' the dogs of search and rescue, and more

LA Weekly, "Sean Brock on Chefs as Academics, Southern Food and His New Cookbook 

Camp 83 Update: Homeless in hotels still await permanent housing but are making progress

Most of the 20 or so homeless people collected under I-83 on Nov. 13 and deposited in a (very modest) Knights Inn are doing better now, according to several of them. The city has them on track to get subsidized housing vouchers.

Wandering Eye: Charter schools are nonprofit in name only, an increase in lobbying money, and more

Economics reporter Binyamin Appelbaum has an intriguing piece in the New York Times...

Wandering Eye: White people say cops are A-OK, the price of incarcerating youths, and more

So with the horrible treatment of protestors by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed teen Michael Brown, and the videotaped death of Eric Garner after being put in a chokehold by a New York cop, a lot of...

City Paper Serial Coverage: A video tour of Leakin Park

Take a tour of Baltimore's infamous Leakin Park where the body of Hae Min Lee, the subject of the podcast Serial, and others have been dumped since 1946 with crime blogger Ellen...

Thinking of running a scheme? Don't fuck with Northrop Grumman

The aerospace-and-defense giant Northrop Grumman says it is out $11 million, thanks to an allegedly fraudulent billing scheme carried out for a decade by a Maryland company,...

The Black Guerrilla Family's Maryland chapter is all about 'ben'

Back in 2011, two years before Tavon White

Torture is normal. You should know this

Today the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released (here's the PDF) a voluminous report on the U.S. military and intelligence community's torture of suspects during the ongoing...

Wandering Eye: Proof that trickle-down economics are harmful, UVA fraternities fight back, and more

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD

An alleged anonymous 911 call made to Baltimore Police Department on Nov. 25 prompted a flare-up of...

Happening Sunday: Charlie Murphy, Joy Classic and Small Apartments, and more

-Charlie Murphy: Being a stand-up comedian must be tough. Being a stand-up comedian and Eddie Murphy’s older brother must be tougher. But Charlie Murphy has worked his chops in many reputable ventures, including as a writer and cast...

Happening Saturday: Carine McCandless, 'The Odyssey,' Twisted Knickers Burlesque, and more

-Carine McCandless: The Wild Truth: Even after 22 years, a book by Jon Krakauer, and a movie by Sean Penn, the death of adventurer Christopher McCandless remains somewhat a mystery. After giving up his savings and hitchhiking to Alaska on...

Wandering Eye: Cosmo has the best year-end music list, are sociologists irrelevant?, and more

The only interesting or daring year-end music list to come out so far in this list season comes from Cosmopolitan. On the website...

This Week in Alts: Churches confront homelessness, more cases of police brutality, and more

Eugene Weekly, "Good God: Churches and the Homeless" The Oregon paper focuses on homelessness in this week's issue, with three different stories profiling...

Amid protests, DPW selects efficiency consultant for water-treatment facilities

The Department of Public Works selected PA Consulting, a London-based company, to conduct a $500,000 "efficiency study" of the city's water treatment facilities. Normally such a small contract, which is not yet finalized, would not rate any...

Wandering Eye: America needs more sleep, the best innovations didn't come during the 2000s, and more

Sleep deprivation is much in the news right now, thanks in part to National Geographic's new documentary, "...

Two arrested and charged for rape at Johns Hopkins fraternity party

The Baltimore Police Department announced this morning that they had arrested and charged two men with the rape and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl at a Johns Hopkins University fraternity party. Chaz Haggins, 20, and Ethan...

Wandering Eye: Bad news for the Chesapeake Bay, local theater award nominees are announced, and more

The local theater blog The Bad Oracle just announced the nominees for the Baltimore United Local Stage and Hidden Independent...

How much Baltimore donors bet on Republican Larry Hogan's win for Maryland governor

Nearly $275,000 in donations from the Baltimore area flowed into two political committees supporting the successful bid of Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford for Maryland State House in 2014, according to campaign-finance data, compared to a...

Wandering Eye: Online threats head to the Supreme Court, Batts appointed to White House task force, and more

HBO has "probably 160 lawyers" vetting an in-the-works documentary that probes the Church of Scientology, according to The...

Wandering Eye: Andre Royo discusses 'The Wire' with Marc Maron, Janay Rice speaks out, and more

If the "Serial" break has you hungry for Baltimore-centric podcasts, then check out a relatively recent episode of comedian Marc Maron's podcast "WTF"...

Happening Sunday: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Interpol, and more

-George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: When recently asked why, at 73, he still spends so much time on tour, funkmaster George Clinton simply replied, “’Cause I got a booty. That speaks for itself.” We are very much...

Happening Saturday: Baltimore Beauty Pageant, Bazaart, and more

-Baltimore Beauty Pageant: Beauty pageants are usually horrifying: spray-tan-washed lines of cookie-cutter androids demonstrating talents in perpetuating inaccurate female stereotypes. But the thought of a beauty pageant doesn’t leave...

Remember the "golden age of radio" in the 1930s and '40s? When radio was drama and comedy and Orson Welles and all anyone could do after dinner was huddle 'round and listen? Of course you don't. Almost everyone who remembers that is dead....

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