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The Battle of Sandtown-Winchester: The police occupation of a West Baltimore neighborhood

The Battle of Sandtown-Winchester: The police occupation of a West Baltimore neighborhood

The scene at the corner of Gilmor Street and Riggs Avenue on Saturday night is not a protest. It is an occupation. The police, wearing riot gear and holding batons and shields, outnumber the protesters more than 3-to-1...

The Fight for Freddie Gray: Dispatches from last week's protests

The Fight for Freddie Gray: Dispatches from last week's protests

“All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.” Freddie Gray died on Sunday, April 19, a week after police took him into custody in Sandtown-Winchester’s Gilmor Homes. As news spread throughout the...

How drunk sports fans helped spark Saturday night's post-protest violence

How drunk sports fans helped spark Saturday night's post-protest violence

On Saturday night, following the violence that broke out near Camden Yards, a photo of me supposedly protecting a woman from violent protesters surfaced on BuzzFeed and then trickled down to the conservative armpit...

Grieving for a Nation: Reflection, hope, and dismay at the funeral of Freddie Gray

Grieving for a Nation: Reflection, hope, and dismay at the funeral of Freddie Gray

Dick Gregory came to Freddie Gray’s funeral.

Many organizers at the forefront of protests are women, despite men taking center stage

Many organizers at the forefront of protests are women, despite men taking center stage

The struggle to control the narrative of Saturday’s protests is part of a much longer struggle for control over the narratives of marginalized individuals and communities in the United States....

What happened to Freddie Gray? Former cops and arrestees shed light on the question tearing Baltimore apart

What happened to Freddie Gray? Former cops and arrestees shed light on the question tearing Baltimore apart

Nobody knows just how Freddie Gray’s spinal cord ended up severed in the back of a police transport wagon on April 12. Nobody knows why the cops are stationed behind barriers.

The Battles of Lexington: City Paper goes deep inside and under Baltimore's oldest market

The Battles of Lexington: City Paper goes deep inside and under Baltimore's oldest market

A serpentine line of people waits to order one of Nancy Faidley Devine’s crab cakes at Faidley’s, the fish market her grandfather, John Faidley Sr., established at the Lexington Market in...

City Paper takes a trip to D.C. to experience weed freedom

City Paper takes a trip to D.C. to experience weed freedom

People used to have to go all the way to Amsterdam to smoke some legal weed, but here I am, in an office/house on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., wearing a weird red smurf-looking hat and smoking a joint with Adam...

A stoner's guide to the nation's capital

A stoner's guide to the nation's capital

After you get legally high at your friend’s house in the district, what else is good to do? Our art team spent much of the day visiting the museums, which is always a great way to spend a day, but there’s a lot more that might...

The Lineup

The Lineup

Sun sports scribe Dan Connolly schools O's fans who think they know it all

Sun sports scribe Dan Connolly schools O's fans who think they know it all

Without giving it much thought, most Orioles fans would tell you Jim Palmer is the best pitcher in franchise history. They might not know about the right shoulder injury in 1968 that nearly ended his career—and...

Ballpark food, DIY-style

Ballpark food, DIY-style

Spring has been a total tease this year—how many times have we collectively thought “OK, that’s it for winter FINALLY!” and the next day the fucking harbor is frozen?—but I think now for...

The cheap bastard's guide to Baltimore baseball

The cheap bastard's guide to Baltimore baseball

My Depression-era parents never threw anything out. Dad would say, only half-joking, that he didn’t need to buy a new shirt because he already owned a shirt. I married into cheapness, too—my wife is so...

The State of the Orioles

The State of the Orioles

For the Baltimore Orioles, many of the questions heading into the 2015 season lead to bigger questions about the overall direction of the franchise. How will catcher Matt Wieters recover from Tommy John surgery on...

@Who_Is_U may be the funniest thing on Instagram

@Who_Is_U may be the funniest thing on Instagram

The gym, full of mid-twenty- and thirtysomethings in brightly colored Under Armour and Nike gear, was a box with slippery blue floors and cloudy backboards. I wasn’t the fattest dude in the gym, so I figured I could put on show or...

A convict, a war veteran, and a white guy walk into an art gallery: A conversation with Dark Mark, Ivan Martin, and Chris Colletti

A convict, a war veteran, and a white guy walk into an art gallery: A conversation with Dark Mark, Ivan Martin, and Chris Colletti

It all came together when Chris Colletti’s silver-sleeve jacket got stolen. “I think it was a moment of growth, because as soon as you lost that jacket we accomplished more,” Ivan...

Do not ask David Sedaris where his boyfriend is

Do not ask David Sedaris where his boyfriend is

David Sedaris is a funny person and the author of numerous books and a zillion stories and essays in publications such as The New Yorker, and is a darling of the Public Radio crowd,...

Benchmarks Revisited: New snapshots of 'The Greatest City in America'

Benchmarks Revisited: New snapshots of 'The Greatest City in America'

The last days of “The Greatest City in America” are upon us. On Jan. 20, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed an ordinance supplanting former Mayor Martin O’Malley’...

Master Of Puppets: Kevin Sherry brings kids' imaginations to life

Master Of Puppets: Kevin Sherry brings kids' imaginations to life

Kevin Sherry describes a letter from Quentin Blake, illustrator of Roald Dahl’s many children’s books, as his “best possession.” It’s fitting for someone who is now in the business of...

Indie mom of comedy Meshelle's tips for raising a kid you'd want to know as an adult

Indie mom of comedy Meshelle's tips for raising a kid you'd want to know as an adult

Have you ever been in the midst of a great conversation, two-stepping with a dance partner, or laughing uncontrollably with someone and thought, “wow, this person used to be a kid”?

Time Will Tell: Passing Bob Marley and other music down to my daughter, responsibly

Time Will Tell: Passing Bob Marley and other music down to my daughter, responsibly

“You always got a request . . . ”

A Wrinkle In Storytime: A parent thinks too hard about children's stories

A Wrinkle In Storytime: A parent thinks too hard about children's stories

When you have a baby, you imagine reading to them, snuggled up in a rocking chair, sharing beloved stories. And it’s like that, in the early days, when your baby is an adorable casing for...

Luke Skywalker Is a Lie: One dad attempts to counteract the lessons his kids learned from movies

Luke Skywalker Is a Lie: One dad attempts to counteract the lessons his kids learned from movies

Who wouldn’t want to be Luke Skywalker? Not Luke when we meet him, of course. At the outset of the “Star Wars” saga, he’s just another nobody, stuck doing chores and huffing failure fumes at...

Movie Magic: Family Saturdays at the Senator will get your kids to appreciate great films

Movie Magic: Family Saturdays at the Senator will get your kids to appreciate great films

The first time I took my kids to the Family Saturdays series at the Senator, which usually runs every other Saturday at 10 a.m., we saw “The Black Stallion,” the Oscar-nominated 1979 adaptation of...

Why So Much P.R.?: WYPR seems to routinely trade underwriting for air time. Is that a problem?

Why So Much P.R.?: WYPR seems to routinely trade underwriting for air time. Is that a problem?

At 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 10, the voice of John Hoey comes over the public’s airwaves on 88.1 FM, WYPR. The short segment—a monthly show Hoey says he does for free at the behest of station...

Exile On Charles Street: Restaurateur Qayum Karzai's life is split between Baltimore and his native Afghanistan

Exile On Charles Street: Restaurateur Qayum Karzai's life is split between Baltimore and his native Afghanistan

Last September, Hamid Karzai, the outgoing president of Afghanistan, made a number of disparaging remarks about U.S. involvement in that country. “America did not want peace for Afghanistan because it had its own...

The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life

The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life

Dan Deacon pulls open two unassuming, boarded and chained-up doors to reveal his Charles Street studio. The walls are covered with wires of varying lengths, all hanging on top of a huge multicolor...

A Dog In the Fight: Baltimore's enforcement of animal-cruelty laws is getting some bite

A Dog In the Fight: Baltimore's enforcement of animal-cruelty laws is getting some bite

Last March, the door of a vacant house at 6203 York Road in Baltimore was forced open by police to reveal a scene of prolonged horror. The broad contours of what happened were pieced together by...

Bone To Run: Porn star and MICA grad Colby Keller hits the road, searching for sex and art in every state

Bone To Run: Porn star and MICA grad Colby Keller hits the road, searching for sex and art in every state

Marxist porn star Colby Keller towers over the well-dressed, slightly stooped forms of the pilgrims to the Phillips Collection of Modern Art in Washington, DC., where he stopped en...

Columnist and activist Dan Savage on his toughest questions, alt-weeklies, and raising a son who might've beaten him up in high school

Columnist and activist Dan Savage on his toughest questions, alt-weeklies, and raising a son who might've beaten him up in high school

Mondays at City Paper are crazy, as the staff hurries to make sure everything is in place for another delicious steaming-hot pile of Baltimore’s Best...

The Pussy Economy: A cam girl talks Dungeons and Dragons, capitalism, and cash with City Paper

The Pussy Economy: A cam girl talks Dungeons and Dragons, capitalism, and cash with City Paper

Like a lot of women, we investigated sex work a few times in our more desperate years. But despite modeling nude for almost a decade,  we never made an entry...

One night at a Curtis Bay Sex Party

One night at a Curtis Bay Sex Party

Sir Loyal Wolfe starts drawing across Kitten¿s back with a dull butter knife. It leaves a red mark, but doesn¿t appear to be painful. He draws one line straight down her spine this time, which makes her wiggle around and playfully squeak,...

Devil in the Details: A local pastor says he wants to help the helpless, but everything is not as it seems

Devil in the Details: A local pastor says he wants to help the helpless, but everything is not as it seems

Greg Gilchrist lost everything. His furniture, his car, and all of his belongings were swallowed and scattered during the deadliest and most destructive tornado outbreak in recorded history. In late April 2011, 355...

Wonder Drug

Wonder Drug

Standing outside of Man Alive on Maryland Avenue on a cold March morning, it is impossible to divine what goes on inside. The facade is pure bricks and mortar, concrete, and unembellished stone. There's no...

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