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Happening Sunday: Ladyfest Benefit Craft Fair, Golden Tarot Night, and more

-Ladyfest Benefit Craft Fair: Despite receiving loads of hate mail last year and initially planning not to recur, our Best Music Festival of 2014 is returning next month for another three days of live musical brilliance by women and feminist artists. Get yourself some handmade jewelry, apparel,...

Happening Saturday: The EmporiYum, Record Store Day, and more

-The EmporiYum: To prepare for Monday’s festively vicious snacking, stock up on good artisanal grub so you’re not just going through bags of stale Doritos. Dozens of local foodie businesses, including Hex Ferments, Dooby’...

Farewell to City Paper icon Van Smith

City Paper is sad to announce that senior staff writer Van Smith has decided to leave the paper to pursue other opportunities. His last day will be April 27.

Collaborating with killer cops? Angry Baltimoreans school DOJ official on city police tactics

Nothing exciting will happen tonight, according to Shorty.

Why we're not running 'Maakies' anymore

City Paper has been running the syndicated comic "Maakies" by Tony Millionaire (aka Scott Richardson) for 15 years, but this week we decided to stop running it. We told Millionaire our decision and explained the reasons, and were...

Wandering Eye: Dissecting the Ray Rice redemption narrative, the new rules for Uber and Lyft, and more

Over at Deadspin, senior editor and occasional City Paper contributor Puja Patel wrote "Leave Janay Rice Out of Her Husband's...

Wandering Eye: Sondheim Prize finalists, the shrinking value of a taxi medallion, and more

MarylandReporter.com's Rebecca Lessner has some compelling coverage of yesterday's Maryland Board of Public...

UPDATED: Feds sue Maryland Insurance Administration for 'willful' equal-pay violations

On April 15, the day after National Equal Pay Day, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a class-action lawsuit against the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), claiming that women investigators and enforcement...

Wide Stance: What's next for LGBTQ Marylanders?

Quick—what is the big issue facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Marylanders in 2015?

Wandering Eye: Why Hillary Clinton could benefit from Martin O'Malley, 'Trickle-Down Gentrification,' and more

Jacobin Magazine's "Trickle-Down Gentrification" makes the larger point that for some reason needs constant repetition: that building lots and...

O'Malley email implies a candidacy announcement: 'New leadership is needed to move our country forward'

This morning, a day after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president in a video, Martin O'Malley sent...

Happening Sunday: Sara VanDerBeek, OK Go, and more

-Sara VanDerBeek: Known for her uncanny photographs of sculptural assemblages handmade in her studio, Baltimore native Sara VanDerBeek recently returned to her home city to investigate the BMA's collection, UMBC dancers, and architectural...

Happening Saturday: 'Mr. Eddy Lives!', Bob Dylan, and more

-"Mr. Eddy Lives!": Painting provides an instantaneous release and preserves vitality, all while life tries to keep you down with shit like the death of a loved one, an art teacher trashing your first attempts, and diabetes resulting in...

City Paper's Orioles Opening Day live blog

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DNA crime analysis skewed by Baltimore City Police Department's failure to report data

The Baltimore City Police Department did not report its DNA processing data to a state agency for the past two years, hobbling the agency's effort to track how well police crime labs handle crucial evidence in thousands of criminal cases, a...

Wandering Eye: 'Inside the Kremlin's Hall of Mirrors,' the Pentagon's policy on transgender personnel, and more

As Rand Paul makes his inevitable Libertarian-ish presidential run official, it's time for some big thinking on the optimal size of the federal government. Paul will say it ought to be no bigger than a toy poodle—perhaps an unweaned...

Wandering Eye: The internet has been an 'economic disappointment,' Ben Carson hates selfies, and more

The internet, says William H. Davidow in the Harvard Business Review, has been "a colossal economic disappointment." He is...

Wandering Eye: A new podcast on the 'Serial' case, California places water restrictions, and more

Last week, California Gov. Edmund Brown released an executive order

Wandering Eye: The trans community reacts to the NSA deaths, meet one of rock's great drummers, and more

Meet "Mykel, Shannen, Buttacup, Esha" in The Washington Post as former Sun reporter Peter Herman goes back to his old beat. The trans women hanging around 22nd and North Charles streets knew and mourn the two who made national news last...

Wandering Eye: 'The Myth of Baltimore as a Cheap Place to Live,' the Billie Holiday centennial, and more

On the eve of Billie Holiday's centennial tomorrow, The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith takes a...

Happening Sunday: Curren$y, Big Ups, and more

From the Short List: Rhode Island indie rap veteran Sage Francis headlines Metro Gallery with Cubbiebear and Seez Mics opening. Local noise rock band Hive Bent plays the Ottobar with Big Ups. Don’t miss: Baltimore rapper Damond Blue,...

Happening Saturday: '90s Prom, Res-Erection, and more

-Windup High's '90s Prom: The incessant '90s nostalgia that has everyone repeating questionable fashion choices is starting to wear on us, but this isn't your average '90s party. This the chance to redo your prom experience: to go back...

A second Title IX complaint has been filed against Johns Hopkins University

A second Title IX complaint has been filed with the Department of Education against Johns Hopkins University, according to Laura Dunn, a lawyer and the executive director of SurvJustice, a nonprofit activist group working to decrease sexual...

Federal judge in Baltimore rebukes state judges while overturning conviction in 1997 murder

Baltimore murder convict Richard Nicolas*, who was found guilty of the 1997 murder of his 2-year-old daughter, Aja, has been seeking federal review of his conviction since 2006, claiming it was wrongfully obtained. On March 30, U.S....

Wandering Eye: The NRA is winning the gun-control debate, how development works in Baltimore, and more

Here in Baltimore, where guns are used to shoot people pretty much every day, controlling the availability of firearms is perhaps seen as a fundamental public-health priority. Not so elsewhere in this country, though. Pew Research Center...

Tubman for the 20? A City Councilman launches a social media blitz

Baltimore is pushing hard to put abolitionist and underground railroad icon Harriet Tubman's portrait on the 20-dollar bill, replacing the War of 1812...

Wandering Eye: Not all Maryland crab cakes have Maryland crab, today in asshole bosses, and more

The latest in the ongoing can-there-ever-again-be-a-Republican-president debate is ...

Wandering Eye: The end of the '15-minute rule' in Baltimore, the sad backstory of the NSA shooting, and more

By next month, double-parking near a school—or leaving your car running while stopped in a traffic lane—could garner a...

Wandering Eye: India's 'sand mafia,' a medical report on marijuana edibles, and more

Wired has a gripping story about India's "sand mafia." The idea that there might be criminal syndicates concerned with the provision, theft, and control of,...

Happening Sunday: Wine on the Water Festival, Sound & Text, and more

-Wine on the Water Festival: It’s always a good idea to pair something vintage with something modern, like leggings with toeshoes and dubstep-swing mash-ups . . . On second thought, keep that shit separate. But at least wine always...

Happening Saturday: Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Future Fest, and more

-Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair: Over the course of 50 years, a low-income couple by the names of Herb and Dorothy Vogel amassed one of the most important private collections in the 20th century. The moral of the story: Buying artwork...

Wandering Eye: Governments attack e-cigs, of course Ted Cruz likes country, and more

The governments of the U.S. and California now have advertising campaigns to scare people away from...

Watch President Obama interview David Simon about "The Wire." Yes, really.

Today the White House YouTube channel posted a 12-minute video of President Obama interviewing David Simon about "The Wire." The conversation focused...

Forbes says the Orioles are worth $1 billion, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can spend more

Though people often like to say baseball is dying, the attendance figures and mega-cable deals, as ESPN's Darren Rovell recently...

Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate

A controversial state Senate bill that would have increased penalties for "human trafficking" is dead. Sen. Justin Ready withdrew SB 904 just before a scheduled 1 p.m. hearing today. An aide in his office confirmed that the bill is...

Wandering Eye: Medicine's gender bias, critiquing technology, and more

Josh Leopold and Helen Ho's analysis for the Urban...

Evidence revealed in the long-running Matt Nicka globe-trotting pot-conspiracy case in Maryland

It's been nearly half a decade since Matt Nicka, allegedly the shadow owner of the now-defunct downtown Baltimore nightclub Sonar, was first...

No grades for Baltimore restaurants after City Council bill fails to collect enough votes

The City Council narrowly rejected a bill tonight that would have mandated the posting of health inspection grades in restaurants. The bill needed eight votes from the council, but it received only seven. Six members voted against,...

The Baltimore Blast lost the MASL championship in heartbreaking fashion, but hey, arena soccer is still awesome

The Baltimore Blast lost the MASL championshp in heartbreaking fashion. On Friday, they were edged by the Monterrey Flash 6-4 in a double overtime game at the Royal Farms Arena. Then they traveled to Monterrey and beat the Flash 6-4...

Wandering Eye: Inside city schools' budget woes, making energy out of chicken shit, and more

Erica Green's piece in yesterday's Baltimore Sun, summarizing her analysis of Baltimore City...

Happening Sunday: Baltimore Cocktail Week, 'From the Back of the Room,' and more

-Baltimore Cocktail Week Launch Party and Cocktail Contest: This week, local bartenders are battling it out with olives, cherries, and liquor. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a welcome cocktail as competing bartenders shake and stir up their...

Happening Saturday: $pread Magazine Anthology Launch, Rod Lee, and more

-$pread Magazine Anthology Launch: Ten years ago, the first U.S. magazine written by and for sex workers and their allies launched, giving voice to the frequently overlooked, mistreated, and misunderstood. It ceased publication in 2011....

Baltimore stevedores' union sues International Longshoremen's Association and shippers' organization

The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore (STA) were sued today in Maryland U.S. District Court by Baltimore's ILA Local 333, which accuses the union and the shippers' organization...

Wandering Eye: The future of art museums, President Obama shirks FOIA, and more

The spring issue of the journal Democracy has a pretty fascinating essay by Michael O'Hare on the purpose and future of art museums. It's...

Wandering Eye: If the Dems consider Martin O'Malley, did the Terps get screwed?, and more

Many years after other states have them, Maryland is contemplating the creation of a State Public Information...

Happening Saturday: Small Foods, Spring Fest, and more

-Spring Fest with Keith Sweat: Like early Cartoon Network shows and ugly sweaters, '90s R&B has seen a recent surge in nostalgic appreciation. So for Keith Sweat, Ginuwine, SWV, and Dru Hill to join forces on a tour hosted by Slick Rick...

Introducing the Baltimore City Paper Podcast!

Introducing the Baltimore City Paper Podcast, because who couldn't use more City Paper?

Wandering Eye: We're running out of groundwater, Ed Schrader calls in to 'Best Show,' and more

Using groundwater for drinking, raising crops, and industrial production is like withdrawing cash from savings accounts, and in large portions of the U.S., the savings are being depleted so rapidly that future crises appear to be...

Fox 45's McDonald's 'gaffe' fits a pattern of product placement

Last week, when Fox 45 weather reporter Candace Dold tossed to "Traffic Jam Jimmy" for an update during the morning newscast, she seemed to catch the traffic reporter off-guard, as he was pulling into the drive-thru lane at...

Wandering Eye: Good news for local tennis fans, a 'marketplace for privilege,' and more

The French singer Siska's profile has been raised considerably by Guillaume Panariello

Baltimore businessman formally targeted for federal criminal prosecution

Gerald Lamont Jones, the Baltimore body-builder who owns a Gold's Gym franchise in Owings Mills, the Pimlico...

Baltimore Spectator's A.F. James MacArthur outs racist Facebook comments on a Bowleys Quarters community page

The Bowleys Quarters Social Club Facebook page is a public forum for discussing neighborhood topics in the waterfront Baltimore County community, whose...

A few notes on the mayor's State of the City address

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave her annual "State of the City" address today. It was a speech like the others she's given since 2011. There's a template for...

On International Women's Day, activists keep attention on prisons, police brutality, and women heroes throughout history

When global corporations such as BP and Accenture become vaunted sponsors of International Women's Day, it's easy to worry that the holiday&...

Wandering Eye: Robert Putnam's final crusade, energy companies fight renewables, and more

Robert Putnam (of "Bowling Alone" fame) is gearing up for a final crusade. As Emily...

Happening Sunday: 'Curationism' and Dominick Murray

-David Balzer presents “Curationism”: Artists are at the mercy of curators, who control the pit of despair that is arguably the New York-centered art world. But the definition of “curating” is expanding to include,...

Happening Saturday: Canton Irish Stroll, KAHLON, and more

-Canton Irish Stroll: Some people really can’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to don oppressive shades of green and drown themselves in Guinness. Celebrate 10 days early and spend the evening crawling from bar to pub with...

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...

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...

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