Baltimore City Power Rankings: Brandon Scott, Marilyn Mosby, the Copycat, more

The Baltimore Sun

Last week, The Baltimore Sun posted "Unsettled Journeys," by reporter Liz Bowie and photographer Amy Davis, a three-part multi-media series which followed immigrant students at Patterson High School for almost a year. In addition to stellar reporting and gorgeous photography, The Sun made the piece look exquisite (and easy to navigate!) on the web, which will hopefully draw readers and immerse them in these kids' difficult lives. This long-term reporting project shows a dedication to the craft of journalism that's rare these days and tackles an issue of growing importance to our city, immigration. Take a read; walk a while in these teens' shoes.

City Councilman Brandon Scott

At the end of a City Council meeting Scott implored the spectators to volunteer as mentors for city youth. In the wake of last April's riots, about 1,700 men said they were interested in becoming mentors with Big Brothers, Scott said. But only 73 of them followed through, and as of November 2, only 14 had been matched with Baltimore boys. He asked for 100 more volunteers to help serve the 250 boys on a waiting list. Six council members, two state senators and the police and fire chiefs joined Scott to create a campaign called "Bmore, Be BIG."

Martin O'Malley

On Thursday, a screenshot of a week-old Wall Street Journal article started spreading around Twitter. Why? A photo of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley was accompanied by a caption ID'ing Clinton and Sanders, along with "an unidentified man." Did the Journal really make that big of a bonehead mistake? No, says the Journal's editorial page editor, Paul Gigot, it was in fact a joke at O'Malley's expense. "The caption is a joke about Martin O'Malley's obscurity as a Democratic presidential candidate," he said in a statement to The Washington Post. "The photo ran with a column by James Taranto, who sometimes refers to 'Martin O'Malley, whoever he is.' Liberals need a better sense of humor." Ouch. You have to know your campaign is in trouble when the stodgy Wall Street Journal is taking potshots at you.

Marilyn Mosby

The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office subpoenaed the Afro-American newspaper reporter Roberto Alejandro's "investigatory files" pertaining to the newspaper's coverage of the sexual assault and rape allegations against several Baltimore Housing employees. The Afro broke the story months ago, but a civil suit filed last month made it big news, and victims have been coming forward. It would seem a simple matter for the state's attorney and police to investigate the events in Gilmor Homes. Demanding a reporter's notes would seem unnecessary, at best, and chilling at worst.

Racist Vandals

Last Thursday night in the Copycat, someone vandalized Pablo Machioli's anti-Confederate statue of a pregnant black woman with her fist up by spray-painting it with the word "nigger" multiple times. Members of La Bodega Gallery, where Machioli is a resident artist, believe it was someone who lives in the Copycat (the gallery is hosting workshops this week to discuss the incident). Poet Fire Angelou who also lives in the building posted poems on the wall in response ("Your racism is not creative," she wrote), which she says someone later removed. We'd like to think a community full of mostly artistic types would have certain views in common (like, "don't be a racist jerk"), but clearly that's not always the case.

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