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The Wandering Eye: A melee at Baltimore's new casino, income distribution in the city, the history of Labor Day, and more

The Wandering Eye is a new weekday blog series in which members of the City Paper staff give their take on the news of the day.

Informant's phone calls lead to massive federal drug-dealing indictment in Baltimore

The FBI had a busy day in Baltimore on Aug. 11, thanks to an informant's flurry of phone calls setting up drug deals that resulted in federal charges against nine men. The informant, dubbed "CW1" in court documents, had been arrested with...

Baltimore Police say we can't know which cops fired what shots, ever, ever

The Baltimore Police Department has denied City Paper's request to see records of police use of firearms, citing the provision of the law that exempts personnel records. 

Why the hell won't Baltimore City Social Services answer the damn phone?

Allen Savage is a friend of mine. He helps me make tasteless music video parodies like this

Baltimore police "credibility issues" in drug case stymie feds' effort to keep $106,000 in seized cash

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Bennett on Aug. 26 ruled that the federal government has no right to keep $106,467 in cash that a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge previously ruled had been seized illegally from a drug suspect by...

This week's 4 p.m.-Friday Sewer Spill Press Release: No, wait, it was actually 12 million gallons

And what drops in our email box at 4:38 p.m.? Presented without comment. Because why even bother?

Board of Elections rules against putting Neverdon on State's Attorney race ballot, candidate vows to appeal

The election race for Baltimore City State's Attorney is back on this week, as Russell A. Neverdon pledged to go to court to overturn the election board's decision not to put him on the ballot against Marilyn Mosby, who defeated incumbent...

At last night's rally protesting the deaths of Tyrone West and Mike Brown, a call for police accountability

For more than a year the family of Tyrone West, a 44-year-old African-American man who died in a police confrontation on July 18, 2013, has staged a protest and rally each Wednesday night in front of City Hall and/or the Baltimore State's...

311 is a Joke

Headed back from our morning coffee run today we noticed a large, sweet-looking black and white pit bull walking off the curb into the path of our car. The animal had no collar, looked a little scruffy, confused, and its face was scraped...

Three million gallons of sewage is a lot of sewage, and all of it spilled into the Patapsco River as a result of Tuesday's rain

Just before 4 p.m. on Friday, Baltimore Department of Public Works (DPW) helpfully reported that Tuesday's rain had caused more than 3 million gallons of untreated sewage to spill into the Patapsco River. 

Here is what the mayor's first veto is actually about

The Sun did a great service today in highlighting Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's first veto of her Mayorality-ship, but it failed to explain just what the veto was about.

More movement on the Hennessy Heist; 11 more bottles of stolen hooch found

In yet another crack in the Hennessy Heist, state comptroller agents issued a summons to the proprietor of Apple Tree Liquors at 4159 Patterson Ave. on Aug. 1 after they found 11 more bottles of the stolen hooch in the store.

Johns Hopkins University under investigation for sexual-assault complaint

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Johns Hopkins University for its handling of a sexual-assault complaint, the university announced in a campus-wide email on Tuesday. University officials were notified of the investigation...

End of the Rainbow: Our dispatch from the last night of one of Baltimore's best gay dive bars

For City Paper's annual Queer Issue, I explored my favorite off-the-beaten-track gay dive bars around the city....

Only God can make a tree, but this is pretty cool

Mark Supik in Butcher's Hill started some weeks ago "planting" parts of a turned-wood sculpture he's been making in the empty tree pit in front of his house on the 2200 block of E. Pratt Street. Starting on the stump of a maple tree the...

Celebrate Baltimore's place in bicycling history at the Olde Timey Bike Fest

Baltimore is the City of Firsts, as any visitor to the Museum of Industry knows. We boast the first umbrella factory, the first mass-produced ice cream for everyday consumption, the first Old Bay, the first purpose-built museum building...

Tensions run high as Harwood residents discuss a new methadone clinic

A crowd gathered on the corner of 25th Street and Brentwood Avenue last night, and they were angry. Concerted Care Group, LLC is opening a new health clinic there, and many residents are upset they were never consulted,...

Energy Answers, facing violations for its Baltimore incinerator project, says it now has required emissions offsets

Maryland regulators in June ordered Energy Answers to stop construction at its long-stalled, controversial waste-to-energy incinerator...

Baltimore police missteps prompt dismissal of federal charges in two separate cases

Credibility issues involving Baltimore police officers prompted federal prosecutors to dismiss charges against two men yesterday. The exonerated defendants had been charged in separate cases.

A break in the Hennessy Heist: bottles found, man faces five years

Some of the half-million bucks worth of Hennessy VS cognac stolen on March 16 has been recovered. A Northeast Baltimore liquor store owner...

At last night's forum on youth curfews, few questions and even fewer answers

The University of Baltimore Law Center opened its door last night for the second of two community forums on Baltimore's new curfew ordinance that will replace the city's 20-year-old ordinance, doing away with incarceration as a penalty...

The back story on Michael Peroutka, the Maryland GOP candidate with secessionist ties

When the GOP's candidate for Anne Arundel County's Fifth Councilmanic District, Michael Anthony Peroutka, was running as the Constitution Party's candidate for U.S....

Rather than life in prison, 51 months is sought for Baltimore cocaine trafficker and money launderer George Frink

After being caught red-handed with kilograms of cocaine, and after bank records showed him repeatedly laundering money, prosecutors last fall said George Sylvester Frink, Jr. of Baltimore was looking at a maximum sentence of life in prison....

From a small slice of Maryland, Michael Peroutka seeks to mainstream extremism

Anne Arundel County's Fifth Councilmanic District is the whitest, most educated, and richest of the county's seven districts, and its voters lean heavily in favor of Republicans. If that pattern holds true in November's general election for...

Baltimore's bond rating was raised by Standard & Poor's. But what's in a rating?

There was good news in recent days: Standard & Poor’s, the big bond-rating agency, raised Baltimore City's bond rating one notch to AA, up from AA-.

SEIU "labor thugs" highlighted by Maryland Reporter

Maryland Reporter published some important political reporting by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf yesterday, exploring a debate among...

Faked drug-dog certification puts Baltimore drug-money forfeiture at risk

Early last year, the U.S. Supreme Court elevated the legal status of drug-detecting dogs, ruling that a police search...

Remembering Nelson Carey

When I first met Nelson Carey I was broke and unemployed. I had...

Hampdenfest is back on, organizers say

After facing cancellation because of a conflicting date with the Star-Spangled Spectacular downtown, Hampdenfest, the longtime street fair held on The Avenue, is back on, pushed from its original date of Sept. 13 to Sept. 20.

Grand Cru owner Nelson Carey dies of a heart attack

Nelson Carey, the owner of the Grand Cru bar in Belvedere Square died of a heart attack last night. He was 50 years old.

Hopkins settles Levy allegations for $190 million

Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to pay former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, and their lawyers, $190 million to settle allegations of sexual misconduct by the gynecologist.

In a letter to supporters, the GLCCB pleads for help, says Pride Festival is in danger

In a letter released before a GLCCB townhall meeting, the interim executive director of the leading center for the city's LGBTQ residents called the gay community and its allies "detached, indifferent, and apathetic" and said that the ...

Criminal Justice Blogger calls it quits

Page Croyder, the former city prosecutor who lost her primary challenge targeting Circuit Court Judge Alfred Nance, says she's done with her Criminal Justice Blog.

Study: East Coast flooding increasing

Reuters, the wire service, is in the midst of a big data project looking at flooding on the East Coast. Today they published their first bit...

"Trigger Happy"

On June 30, 2014, the Baltimore City Police Department released a video to celebrate surpassing 50,000 followers on the social media site Twitter. Holding signs reading ¿50,000,¿ officers from many of the department¿s sections danced and...

Sympathy for the plagiarist

Plagiarism is charged too often and to no good end. The rules are more strict because of the technology that itself is disseminated and at times created by plagiarism.

David Simon was totally NOT fired

David Simon writes about being libeled by the Huffington Post and an academic author.

Baltimore stevedores' union sued for payment of illegal-strike award

Last fall, a brief strike by Local 333 of the International Longshoremen's Association shut down operations at the Seagirt and Dundalk marine terminals in Baltimore, affecting commerce for numerous shippers. When an arbitrator ruled the...

The 2014 Baltimore City primary election results: the "City Paper" skinny

With 294 out of 296 precincts reporting, and absentee and provisional ballots not yet counted, today’s results of yesterday’s Baltimore City primary elections are preliminary and based on what appears to have been a dismal...

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