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Stuff drug dealers think they know

On May 21, 2014, veteran globe-trotting drug-dealer-turned-informant Fred Douglas Brooks III was on the phone with his friend and customer in Baltimore, Sean Wilson, also an old...

Wandering Eye: A neo-noir crime blotter, data on parking in Baltimore, and more

Routine police coverage, ever a staple of local reporting, was epitomized in Baltimore by The Sun's Dick Irwin, who ...

Wandering Eye: The University of Oregon's shady behavior in a sexual-assault case, new e-cig data, and more

Back in January, a sexual-assault survivor at University of Oregon filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school for its...

Former drug treatment executive charged with embezzlement

Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal information charging former Baltimore Behavioral Health CEO William Hathaway with theft from an employee benefit plan and failure to pay payroll taxes totaling nearly $2.5 million.

Wandering Eye: A bicycle shop/cafe opening soon?, hiring former prisoners for government jobs, and more

Back in 2011, shortly after she returned to her native Baltimore, mountain-biking champion Marla Streb told...

Woman's wayward tax refund reportedly recovered following publication of City Paper story

It looks like MECU came through after all. A day after City Paper published a story about her missing $1,000 state tax refund, Darschell Washington says she received a call from the credit union telling her they had recovered her money....

Wandering Eye: Fighting peanut allergies, a young IT guy gains 'internet millionaire' status, and more

The growing prevalence of peanut allergies among youngsters is a confounding public-health frustration, prompting institutional responses (e.g., schools banning kids from bringing to school anything with nuts...

Happening Sunday: Monster Jam, Ryes Up Against Cystic Fibrosis, and more

-Ryes Up Against Cystic Fibrosis: It’s comforting to know we can get drunk and do good at the same time, because more often whiskey makes us feel fairly useless. Support the fight against cystic fibrosis with a glass or five of rye...

Happening Saturday: Aesop Rock, Other People Play the Bobby Donnie Songs, and more

-World Sword Swallowers Day: Yes, there is a holiday for people with very controlled throats and lots of guts. And rightly so; they’re able to keep those guts in their bodies while sliding sharp weapons down into their stomachs. Watch...

Wandering Eye: Bad news for Martin O'Malley in Iowa, Dan Deacon plays the NPR offices, and more

We've told you about the ways Dan Deacon's new album, "Gliss Riffer," "splits the...

This Week in Alts: David Carr's time on the streets of Minneapolis, reporting a sexual assault in D.C., and more

City Pages, "Before The New York Times, David Carr Learned the...

In Hopkins lecture, Gloria Steinem outlines ways to fight the patriarchy but stumbles on question about inclusivity

Last night, anti-abortion activists held signs with the words "Did Roe really make abortion safe?" outside Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University campus. They were ignored by the predominantly female crowd (a few wearing "Hopkins...

The most imprisoned communities in Maryland are right next to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

Thanks to a new data-crunching report about incarceration in Maryland by the nonprofits&...

Wandering Eye: Brian Frosh's legislative priority, BPD releases a shooting report, and more

The Baltimore Police Force Investigation Team has posted its report of a year-ago shooting of an armed robber who was caught while...

MTA audit finds $10 million in fuel overpayments

Bus, light rail, and other transit fares will have to increase by more than the planned 10 cents this year in order for the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) to come close to reaching its mandate of having passengers pay at least 35...

Wandering Eye: The problems with wide-open networks, 'What Caused the Crime Decline?', and more

We're not entirely sure about the redesign of the New York Times Magazine, but it sure got one thing right when it brought in Teju Cole as a photography critic. Cole, the Nigerian-American author of the novel "Open City,"...

Happening Sunday: A look at Maryland's 'Jew Bill' and Fight The Fade

-How Jews Entered American Politics: The Curious Case of Maryland’s “Jew Bill”: Surprise! The United States has a regrettable history. In our own state, Jews and other non-Christians were not allowed to hold public...

Happening Saturday: 'Bubble Over Green' at The Contemporary, celebrate Billie Holiday, and more

-Victoria Fu: “Bubble Over Green”: The Contemporary has been up to some exciting work since it reopened as a nomadic museum in 2013, from the illustrious guests it brought in for the CoHosts Speaker Series to the new Grit Fund...

Wandering Eye: Support for liberalizing the Maryland Public Information Act, recession reforms haven't taken hold, and more

Journalists, good-government advocates, and lawyers are perhaps the most prolific pliers of the Maryland Public Information Act, which sets the ground rules for public access to government data and information, but Marylanders as a whole...

I.M.P. loses long-fought antitrust suit against Live Nation

Concert promotion is a cut-throat business, and local promoters like It's My Party (IMP) and It's My Ampitheater (IMA), which promote shows for and operate Merriweather Post...

Wandering Eye: State lawmakers take on police misconduct, Oliver Sacks stares down death, and more

Heightened public concern over misconduct by law enforcers has spawned two bills in the Maryland General Assembly proposed by Baltimore City Hall that would crack down on law-breaking cops. House Bill 363 would prohibit a “law...

Wandering Eye: The budget for city schools is worse than expected, a look inside Fort Carroll, and more

A literal wandering eye—a drone—captured footage last November of the long-...

Wandering Eye: Baltimore infrastructure takes a beating, how many calories do you eat at Chipotle?, and more

The public defender's office in New York City has compiled a ...

UPDATED: Setback for Energy Answers' proposed incinerator in Baltimore: purchase contracts terminated

Big news on the proposed trash-to-energy incinerator slated to be built by Energy Answers on Baltimore's Fairfield...

Happening Sunday: Charlie Wilson, Love On the Line, and more

-Charlie Wilson, Kem, Joe: If you do partake in romance on Saturday, don’t let it end there: Uncle Charlie and his bejeweled fedoras are here to help with fellow R&B hunks Kem and Joe. Learn from his mastery of suaveness, or become...

Happening Saturday: Valentine's Day events, TT the Artist release show, and more

-Valentine’s Day: If, like us, you share a certain level of cynicism toward giant stuffed bears, heart shapes, serenades, and oppressive shades of red, you can seek shelter from the gooey sentimental storm tonight at Rough Trade&...

City Paper remembers alt-weekly hero David Carr

Like a lot of people around the country, and especially media folks, the City Paper staff is deeply saddened by the loss of author and New York Times media critic David Carr. We're especially saddened because Carr, who spent his earliest...

This Week in Alts: Rest in peace, David Carr, a pack of bears in Eugene, and more

Rest in Peace, David Carr: New York Times media critic David Carr died...

Judge calls Baltimore City's argument in discrimination case 'abhorrent'

Elie Arsham used to be an engineer at Baltimore's Department of Public Works, until she was terminated in early 2014, after many years of service during which, she claims, she suffered such ill treatment at the hands of her supervisor,...

With the help of a local fashion designer, Hopkins designs a new suit to fight Ebola

While they won't look like pieces by Versace or Gucci, new suits for fighting Ebola, designed by Johns Hopkins University with the help of local clothing designer Jill Andrews, will be on display at New York Fashion Week tomorrow.

Wandering Eye: Under Armour sues Skechers, Google aims to compete with Uber, and more

Google is planning to compete with Uber, Bloomberg News reported on Feb. 2. The company is invested in...

MTA official under criminal investigation after $6 million contract audit

An unidentified former official at the Maryland Transit Authority is under criminal investigation for contracting irregularities that cost the state some $6.3 million between 2010 and 2013, according to a state audit report.

Scouting for Huge Arm Penises: A preview of City Paper's sex issue

Tomorrow you'll be seeing our third annual Sex Issue in the big yellow boxes or wherever you pick up your print edition of the City Paper. We've been hard at work designing it, trying to figure out how a block of text could...

Wandering Eye: An increase in distressed home sales, reckoning with America's history of lynchings, and more

The shortage of Nicorette lozenges, prompted by maker GlaxoSmithKline's voluntary recall due to manufacturing issues, has left ex-smokers who habitually use...

Wandering Eye: A huge percentage of rich people are criminals, NBC investigates Williams' reporting on Katrina, and more

For those surprised that elected Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is trying to block a federal order that same-sex...

Happening Sunday: Sketchy Dating, Eyehategod, and more

-Sketchy Dating: Finally, an excuse to make scary intense eye contact with random strangers. What better way to meet your next special someone than by drawing their inevitably unflattering portrait in five minutes or less? Ten bucks gets...

Happening Saturday: 'The Symposium,' Clay Davis, and more

-“The Symposium”: Because we live in a culture where the discourse on love and desire is often limited to and by Cosmopolitan and BuzzFeed, we wish we could turn back to the time of the ancient Greek symposium. But through a...

TEDx Baltimore vids are posted

How to draw without looking, why Stephen Hawking is wrong about artificial intelligence, how to get high legally, how to make sure farmworkers get a decent deal, and why the "sharing economy" is undermining civilization are among the...

This Week in Alts: The road to 2030, 'Hands Up,' and more

Houston Press, "The Road to 2030: Self-driving Cars, Big Data and the Future of Texas" Robotic exoskeletons! Self-driving cars! A healthy...

Dude, where's my schools? City's plan to modernize school buildings falls short of original estimates

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young wants to know where 20 new schools went. "I know we started out with 50 schools," he said. "Now we find there is going to be less schools we're able to renovate. I am saddened to hear it, and I...

Wandering Eye: A local sex shop takes on '50 Shades of Grey,' remembering Babe Ruth's local roots, and more

A brand-new Johns Hopkins University-led study published in Plos One has found that...

Five of eight Black Guerrilla Family defendants convicted in Baltimore federal court

The Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office just issued a press release on the jury verdict in the racketeering trial against the eight remaining defendants in the 44-defendant Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison-gang case involving Baltimore...

Wandering Eye: Marylanders are buying more wine and spirits, the disruption of higher ed, and more

Booze news flash! Over the past decade, Marylanders and Baltimoreans have been drinking much less beer and much more wine and spirits, while cigarette consumption has seen a huge decline: 31 percent statewide. The Free State's revenuers...

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts talks to reporters, which is a big deal

As he strode into his second floor conference room, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts joked about giving reporters "a foot rub" and said, laughing, "welcome to my home."

Hopkins professor, CP co-founder accused of racism

Late last month, City Paper received an unsigned email drawing attention to what the writer described as "anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hate speech" by Craig Hankin, a Johns Hopkins professor and director of the Hopkins Art Workshops. Hankin...

Wandering Eye: Ed Hale is still talking about the CIA, tax breaks for development only help the rich, and more

The cinephiles at sobernation.com have put out a top-10 list of movies about their obsession: addiction. For junkies there's...

Happening Sunday: Art-Part'heid, Evan Dando

-Art-Part'heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Arts Scene: In our last Fall Arts Guide, we addressed some of the racial gaps and silos within the local art scene. This was not the first time these issues were...

Happening Saturday: Orioles FanFest, a new project from Height Keech, and more

-Orioles FanFest: We enjoy ourselves some FanFest, always have. We've enjoyed it ever since we went for the first time in the '90s, and it was still at the warehouse, instead of the Convention Center, and we got the autographs of Mike...

Wandering Eye: A deep look at drug treatment, what rights do you have while driving?, and more

In "Why I Am Not A Maker," Debbie Chachra writes in the Atlantic how the invisible superstructure of gendered norms...

Parents organize opposition to Hogan's education cuts

Hundreds of parents, teachers, and activists gathered at Waverly Elementary School last night to organize opposition to Gov. Larry Hogan's announced plan to cut $35.5 million in funding for Baltimore City Public Schools. (Disclosure: My...

Baltimore City now lets you look up lawsuits against the cops

Baltimore City added a digest of lawsuits against police officers to its online searchable database at Open Baltimore. The law-case database lets you search by...

UPDATED: Faked drug-dog certification case ends without a ruling on alleged prosecutorial misconduct

UPDATE (Jan. 29): The U.S. Attorney’s Office provided the following statement to the City Paper:

Wandering Eye: The economic effects of climate change, inside the world of spies, and more

We're excited about the opening of Amanda Burnham's "RFP" at EMP Collective this weekend and seeing how the exhibit changes over the course of the next month as visitors collaborate with the artist to modify the cityscape of her work. You...

First kilo-quantity drug dealer pleads guilty in Mondawmin Mall sting case

Last Aug. 11, nine men were arrested in Baltimore after a major...

Wandering Eye: Local for-profit education company gets sued, a Free Mumia update in 2015, and more

Doctoral students of Walden University yesterday sued Walden's owner, Laureate Education, a for-profit college outfit based in...

Wandering Eye: The unregulated poultry industry, Maryland still has the most millionaires, and more

Baltimore-based writer Wil Hylton has a piece in the new New Yorker about food safety, or, more...

Happening Sunday: Creative Differences, Extreme, and more

-Creative Differences: Food: Saxophonist Iain Ballamy and drummer Thomas Strønen are some sneaky motherfuckers: calling themselves Food to draw in audiences expecting free grub, only to receive improvised electro-acoustic vibrations....

Happening Saturday: 'Dirt! The Movie,' Parquet Courts, and more

-“DIRT! The Movie”: Dirt: It’s fun to garden in, fun to roll in, and fun to eat. But we often fail to recognize the intimate relationship the human race has with soil, which preceded civilization and has been continually...

At press conference for police-involved shooting, a deputy commissioner tells reporters to use their imagination

A city cop shot a man last night and so the Baltimore Police Department staged a press conference this morning to explain their position.

Wandering Eye: The continuing legal troubles for Sip & Bite, the end of the world draws closer, and more

The arrest of Sip & Bite Restaurant owner Anthony Vasiliades for ...

Judge rules Fancy Cats Rescue Team's free-speech and retaliation lawsuit against head of controversial local animal shelter can move forward

When a volunteer animal-rescuer coordinator for Virginia-based Fancy Cats Rescue Team sent an email critical of the care provided by Baltimore County Animal Services at its Baldwin shelter in 2013, which has been the subject of much...

Wandering Eye: The story behind black squirrels, Frank O'Hara's New York School, and more

About a decade ago, when City Paper was still at 812 Park Ave. in Mount Vernon, one day a black squirrel just up and died in the parking lot behind the building. An unmolested specimen, it seemed to have gone lifeless spontaneously, its...

Baltimore Police deny Twitter-related public records request we did not make

The Baltimore Police Twitter Transparency saga continues today as the department, through a young lawyer in the City Solicitor's Office, denied City Paper's request for the list of Twitter accounts it has "muted."

Wandering Eye: A glimpse at new Gov. Larry Hogan, Clint Eastwood's antiwar politics, and more

Back in 2011, Angello Osborne was arrested and jailed in Harford County for more than eight months on charges that he raped and sodomized his 5-year-old daughter in...

In front of a packed house at Loyola University, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates reaffirms 'The Case for Reparations'

As he grew up in West Baltimore in the 1980s, attending troubled schools such as Lemmel Middle, Ta-Nehisi Coates' environment was disfigured by crime, drugs, and poverty. He constantly feared for his safety. Despite two loving parents and a...

Wandering Eye: Anne Arundel County's checkered voting history, before Baltimore embraced Poe, and more

Today's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. gives good reason to consider Maryland's electoral history in the era of this country's civil-rights struggle, along with a contemporary fact: that a majority of Anne Arundel County's wealthy,...

Happening Sunday: 'Frankenhooker' and 'Basketcase,' Chippendales, and more

-Pizza Party After Dark: "Frankenhooker" and "Basketcase": The smart-dumb movies of Frank Henenlotter are the focus of this double feature hosted by design, illustration, and screen-printing company, Pizza Party Printing. First up is...

Happening Saturday: Lewis Black, Elvis Birthday Fight Club, and more

-Lewis Black: When Lewis Black graces “The Daily Show,” he makes Jon Stewart appear calm and collected. The polar opposite of deadpan, Black’s fury over the utter stupidity of the modern world is like if your super-hyped-...

Maryland judge draws line on 'overpolicing' in gun case

This afternoon, Maryland U.S. District Judge James Bredar granted federal prosecutors' motion, filed yesterday, to dismiss the gun indictment against Moryne Louden, a man with a felony background who in 2013 was found in possession of a...

This Week in Alts: Minnesota's DIY solar movement, Law & Order: C.L.E., and more

City Pages, "Minnesota's Do-It-Yourself Solar Movement Explodes" The...

Wandering Eye: A plan for Larry Hogan to save a little money, the Duquette-to-Toronto saga continues, and more

Thomas Firey at the Maryland Public Policy Institute has a minor money-saving idea Maryland can...

UPDATED Arabber stable near Hollins Market raided, horses and other animals taken

UPDATE: Baltimore City Health Department public information officer Michael Schwartzberg has issued the following statement: "On...

Wandering Eye: Congress weakens Dodd-Frank, the oedipal drama of Silver Jews frontman David Berman, and more

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration manager from Maryland, Patricia Littleton, learned the hard way yesterday what not to do with a government-issued credit card: buy school and craft supplies. She's now charged in federal court with...

Spector takes some heat from council colleagues for multimember council districts bill

City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector (5th District) took some lip from colleagues Monday night after introducing a bill calling for a return to multimember council districts. The City Council was revamped a decade ago when "Question...

Happening Sunday: Weyes Blood, Civil Twilight, and more

-Weyes Blood, Fountain of Youth, Amanda Schmidt, Nerftoss: Weyes Blood, aka Natalie Mering of Jackie-O Motherfucker and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, weaves utterly haunting gothic folk songs in the fashion of a deeply morose Joan...

Happening Saturday: 'Is Anything Yet?', Lithuanian Hall 100-Year Celebration, and more

-"Is Anything Yet?": The feeling among young artists—and young people in general, taking their first blundering steps into adulthood—is “fuck.” With more obstacles constantly popping up in this new hyperconnected...

City College students stage sit-in at city schools headquarters

Dozens of students from Baltimore City College high school walked out of the school building today and marched to Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue, where they demanded to speak to schools CEO Gregory Thornton about...

This Week in Alts: Eleanor Roosevelt's great lesbian love affair, the breakthrough in medicine you've never heard of, and more

East Bay Express, "Eleanor Roosevelt's Great Lesbian Love Affair" Eleanor Roosevelt is famous for a...

Bishop's drunk driving and texting led to bicyclist's death, prosecutor says

Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook of the Episcopal Diocese was drunk and texting when her car collided with Thomas Palermo’s bicycle on the afternoon of Dec. 27, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told a packed press conference shortly...

Wandering Eye: Hypocrisy on free speech, 'The Lemon Cake Male Objectification Experiment,' and more

Glen Greenwald holds up British hypocrisy on free speech to the light, detailing how Muslims who post...

Little to change at the Dundalk Eagle despite sale, outgoing publisher says

The "Mystery Beauty" is staying right where she is, for now. One of the most popular features of the Dundalk Eagle, Beauty, along with other columns in the paper, isn't going to change despite the recent sale to the Minneapolis-based...

Baltimore Police Department unblocks Twitter users, then mutes them

The Baltimore City Police's Media Relations Section abruptly began unblocking users from its Twitter account Wednesday, a day after City Paper asked for a list of its blocked accounts.

Dope Service: Postal worker special-delivered weed packages to Baltimore dealers, cops say

Usually, mail sent to undeliverable addresses are returned to the senders or end up in the so-called "dead letter office" of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in Atlanta. But in Baltimore, USPS letter carrier Antoinette McDaniels accepted $100...

City Schools CEO Thornton apologizes to parents after opening schools on time today

In a robocall sent to parents of Baltimore City Public School students, schools CEO Gregory Thornton apologized for the inconveniences parents faced in getting their children to school on time today.

Kids, teachers mock Thornton's decision to open schools on time today

Baltimore city kids, parents, and teachers were generally shocked this morning that despite several inches of snowfall, freezing temperatures, and dangerous driving conditions, Baltimore City Public Schools opened on time. It was the...

Baltimore City legislators prepare for new Annapolis session with a slew of bills

Two Maryland state senators and two delegates representing Baltimore City have pre-filed a total of 15 bills for consideration in the upcoming 2015 Maryland...

Homeless sweep leaves residents at Camp 83 confused

The trucks came a little before noon today, first a pickup and then a packer truck from Public Works, sweeping out the clothes, tents, and other possessions of the people who make their homes under the Jones Falls Expressway across from...

Wandering Eye: The Tiki Barge is for sale, the art world's 'Patron Satan,' and more

Hello, fellow yachtspeople! As the snow rolls in on winter's winds, every sailing man and woman turns lightly to thoughts of a new boat. Now, sure, that Hatteras GT63 is a stunner, and that Catalina Ocean Series 45 is kinda cute. But,...

Happening Sunday: Tijuana Panthers, Glue, and more

-Glue, Pure Disgust, Birth (Defects), The Emmies: Austin has a notoriously impressive hardcore scene, but we’re too lazy to drive all the way to Texas/do not want to deal with Texas to experience it firsthand. Luckily one of the city&...

Happening Saturday: 'Survey Says,' 'Clay In Common,' and more

-"Survey Says": There’s something shamefully entertaining about those idiotic Buzzfeed quizzes—who hasn’t wondered what Disney princess they’d be in another life? Now you can even take an online quiz to get matched...

This Week in Alts: Anonymous notes of encouragement for St. Louis, the best documentary films of 2014, and more

Riverfront Times, "Dear St. Louis: Anonymous Notes of Encouragement and Love for 2015"&...

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