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Baltimore Blast to return to MASL, ending bid for new league

The city's arena soccer team, the Baltimore Blast, will return to the Major Arena Soccer League, ending a bid to create a separate league with a different structure.

As City Paper detailed in a cover story earlier this year on the team in the midst of its most recent championship run, owner Edwin F. Hale Sr.

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In the current City Paper: Fiction and Poetry, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, and more

In recent years, our Fiction and Poetry issue has featured a contest that let readers submit their own works. This year we decided to switch things up, inviting local fiction writer Susan Muaddi Darraj to edit and curate this year's selections. In the issue you'll find poems and short stories from published authors here in Baltimore and much, much more.

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Scott: Council needs to know more about surveillance program

City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the 2nd District and serves as vice chair of the council's Public Safety Committee, said most council members don't know enough about a surveillance program that flies a plane mounted with cameras over the city—and that's the problem.

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Private eye in the sky sees half the city; police see no problems

A Texas-based hedge fund operator has funded more than 300 hours of surveillance flights over Baltimore by a private company. The Baltimore Police Department neglected to inform the public or most elected officials, and insists this is routine. 

"This is effectively a mobile Citiwatch camera," BPD Spokesman T.J.

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Former Talking Head/Sonar operator loses appeal in federal pot conviction

Former Talking Head and Sonar impresario Daniel McIntosh is still in federal prison, and will likely stay there until the end of his 10-year sentence.

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City Solicitor's Office hired lawyer with ties to neo-Nazi group; city fires lawyer after his ties come to light

Baltimore's city government employed a lawyer with ties to a neo-Nazi group, and he was (until an hour or two ago) defending the city and the Baltimore Police Department against an African-American man's claims of wrongful conviction. 

The plaintiff in that case, Sabein Burgess, spent 19 years in prison for murder before he was released in 2014.

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