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The Burning Question: Can cops still get all up in my grill just because I'm smoking herb?

The Burning Question: Can cops still get all up in my grill just because I'm smoking herb?

For decades police have followed their noses into people’s personal effects, using the smell of burning marijuana as “probable cause” for an arrest. Then they search the suspect&...

Op-Alt: Transgender in America hits critical mass

Op-Alt: Transgender in America hits critical mass

Last week in Chicago, the Trans 100 ceremony celebrated 100 transgender women and men who made a significant difference within the trans community in 2014. The keynote speakers were Lana Wachowski, half of the...

Lawsuits mount over wrongful murder convictions in Baltimore

Lawsuits mount over wrongful murder convictions in Baltimore

While the City of Baltimore has been fighting back hard against lawsuits brought by two men who were wrongfully convicted of murder and each spent decades in prison, it now faces a new suit brought in late March by a...

Kevin Plank's plans for Port Covington include evicting boat owners at the Baltimore Yacht Basin

Kevin Plank's plans for Port Covington include evicting boat owners at the Baltimore Yacht Basin

On March 25, about 35 boats were afloat at their slips in the Baltimore Yacht Basin (BYB), the marina next to Nick’s Fish House in Port Covington. Eight days later, many of them will need to be gone. In a...

Op-Alt: The injustice of a two-tiered education system in Baltimore City

Op-Alt: The injustice of a two-tiered education system in Baltimore City

“Class size doesn’t matter,” said no teacher ever. At Southwest Baltimore Charter School and City Neighbors High School (also a charter school), we have an average of 23 students in our sixth-...

Critics say locally born 'male enhancement' product S.W.A.G. packaging promotes rape and the FDA warns consumers about its contents

Critics say locally born 'male enhancement' product S.W.A.G. packaging promotes rape and the FDA warns consumers about its contents

It’s Baltimore-born, maybe Maryland-made, and supposedly contains “caterpillar fungus,” but one woman’s main concern about  Sex With A Grudge (S.W.A.G.)-brand male...

Grease Patrol: The city steps up enforcement on restaurants dumping grease in the sewers

Grease Patrol: The city steps up enforcement on restaurants dumping grease in the sewers

On a recent cold morning, environmental scientist Douglas Talaber uses a crowbar to dislodge two manhole covers, each engraved with the word “grease.” Talaber’s job is to make sure food-service...

Unintended Consequences: How making sex trafficking a felony might hurt 'sex slaves'

Unintended Consequences: How making sex trafficking a felony might hurt 'sex slaves'

Susan L. Aumann, a Republican delegate from Baltimore County, looked stern as she testified on HB 241, a bill that will make it harder for kidnappers to keep people in sexual slavery (it has a companion bill in the...

Op-Alt: An open letter to the mayor

Op-Alt: An open letter to the mayor

Dear Mayor Rawlings-Blake,

After losing an eye for not helping Black Guerrilla Family prison-gang conspiracy, a Baltimore man wants his jailers to pay

After losing an eye for not helping Black Guerrilla Family prison-gang conspiracy, a Baltimore man wants his jailers to pay

The notorious Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison-gang leader Tavon White, now serving a 12-year prison sentence for leading a massive racketeering conspiracy inside the Baltimore City Detention...

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

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&...

Military retirees have it pretty good, so why does Gov. Hogan want to cut their taxes?

Military retirees have it pretty good, so why does Gov. Hogan want to cut their taxes?

If Gov. Larry Hogan gets his way, James M. Drake will get to retire free of state income tax. Hogan wants the state to exempt the pensions of military retirees and first responders from state...

Annapolis considers tossing the state-run, scandal-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center back into the city's hands

Annapolis considers tossing the state-run, scandal-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center back into the city's hands

State Del. John Cluster (R-Baltimore County) and state Sen. Michael Hough (R-Carroll and Frederick counties) have become experts on matters involving the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC), the...

A campaign to undermine a controversial Baltimore waste-burning power plant appears to be working

A campaign to undermine a controversial Baltimore waste-burning power plant appears to be working

In 2010, the Albany, New York-based company Energy Answers (EA) got the green light from Maryland authorities to build the nation’s largest waste-to-energy (WTE) power plant on Baltimore’s...

What happens when a tax refund is sent to the wrong taxpayer?

What happens when a tax refund is sent to the wrong taxpayer?

A woman whose $1,000 state income-tax refund was misrouted has not been able to get the money back, and every institution involved has pointed at the others.

MTA's much-delayed bus-tracker beta launch shows real-time arrivals, at least for the buses it can find

MTA's much-delayed bus-tracker beta launch shows real-time arrivals, at least for the buses it can find

Mass transit news rarely makes people ecstatic, but early last week, local Twitter erupted in exclamation points.

As cremation becomes more common, new regulations could make it harder for crematoria to thrive

As cremation becomes more common, new regulations could make it harder for crematoria to thrive

It was in the late ’90s when Joseph H. Brown III first noticed a shift in cremation services. Up until that time the funeral ritual—which reduces human remains into bone fragments through...

A 'Yelp' for Migrant Workers: Local nonprofit's tool spreads the word about abusive and deceitful employers and recruiters

A 'Yelp' for Migrant Workers: Local nonprofit's tool spreads the word about abusive and deceitful employers and recruiters

Migrants working legally in the U.S. on temporary visas can end up as virtual slaves. They can’t change jobs, they’re often paid less than minimum wage for 80 or more...

The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later

The Nose on the Senate's 'porn rock' hearings, 30 years later

The parents of many, if not most, of the Nose’s gentle readers might not yet have had the sex that spawned them when, in 1985, the issue of raunchy rock lyrics erupted in the U.S. Senate’s...

Another arabber exodus? After one of the last stables is raided, the future of Baltimore's produce peddlers is uncertain

Another arabber exodus? After one of the last stables is raided, the future of Baltimore's produce peddlers is uncertain

On a Monday night two weeks after Baltimore City Animal Control officers raided the arabber stables on South Carlton Street in West Baltimore, Dion Dorsey, 37, still can’t believe he’s staring at an empty...

A Baltimore transplant to Atlanta gets caught in a glitzy drug conspiracy, again

A Baltimore transplant to Atlanta gets caught in a glitzy drug conspiracy, again

Dec. 8, 2011, was the beginning of the end of Eugene Arnell Thomas’ second career as a major drug trafficker. That’s when a young man, Christopher Alves, was murdered in Edgewood,...

Three-plus hours at the City Council Public Safety Committee hearing on police procedures

Three-plus hours at the City Council Public Safety Committee hearing on police procedures

There are two, maybe three, important things to take from the three-plus-hour hearing on police procedures the City Council’s Public Safety Committee held last Tuesday.

Nose-picking, cringe-worthy Skynyrd tunes, and automatic defibrillators: The Nose goes to Gov. Hogan's inaugural gala

Nose-picking, cringe-worthy Skynyrd tunes, and automatic defibrillators: The Nose goes to Gov. Hogan's inaugural gala

Daniella, the new Maryland governor’s 2-year-old granddaughter, just wouldn’t quit. There she was, up on the stage in her mom’s arms, right next to Larry Hogan at his...

Whistleblower cop Joseph Crystal recalls his battles with Baltimore's blue wall of silence

Whistleblower cop Joseph Crystal recalls his battles with Baltimore's blue wall of silence

Faced with a potentially life-changing dilemma, Joseph Crystal asked his parents what to do. “Both my parents were NYPD police,” Crystal says by phone from a law office in New York City.

Baltimore's iconic Pratt Library is getting a 100 million dollar makeover, but where are all of the books going?

Baltimore's iconic Pratt Library is getting a 100 million dollar makeover, but where are all of the books going?

In the great wainscotted conference room on the second floor of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Dr. Carla Hayden, the library’s longtime director, apologizes for her casual dress, declines...

The Mosby Effect: The inauguration of Baltimore's new state's attorney was a godly rebuke of her critics

The Mosby Effect: The inauguration of Baltimore's new state's attorney was a godly rebuke of her critics

As a candidate last year for Baltimore City state’s attorney, Marilyn J. Mosby cast herself as a crime crusader who, unlike incumbent Gregg Bernstein, would sow dread among Baltimore criminals....

Your 'Rain Tax' Dollars at Work: Baltimore's mandatory stormwater-management improvement plan is out for public review

Your 'Rain Tax' Dollars at Work: Baltimore's mandatory stormwater-management improvement plan is out for public review

The City of Baltimore will soon start using almost $80 million in revenues from its stormwater-management fees on property owners—what detractors call the “rain tax”—on 95...

The Year in Murder: 211 murders in 2014

The Year in Murder: 211 murders in 2014

Baltimore had 211 murders in 2014—two dozen fewer than in 2013 but still up from 2011’s low of only 197. When you look back on the year in murders the patterns look pretty similar to...

Whistle-blowing former Baltimore police detective sues department for retaliation

Whistle-blowing former Baltimore police detective sues department for retaliation

The end of former Baltimore Police Department (BPD) detective Joseph Crystal’s career was well-documented in the media this year, as two of his colleagues were convicted of misconduct arising...

FBI's release of confidential memo about BGF targeting 'white cops' becomes issue in Baltimore gang trial

FBI's release of confidential memo about BGF targeting 'white cops' becomes issue in Baltimore gang trial

Buried in Justin Fenton’s article in The Baltimore Sun on Dec. 20 about the killings of two New York City police officers, reportedly by a man who had shot his girlfriend in the Baltimore...

The real battle over protest events in Baltimore are on social media, where control of the narrative is on the line

The real battle over protest events in Baltimore are on social media, where control of the narrative is on the line

Following Saturday’s murder of two police officers in New York by Ismaaiyl Brinsley (who announced his intentions via Instagram and included the hashtags “#RIPErivGardner [sic] and #RIPMikeBrown), the...

Kids say the darndest things: 11-year-old's exclamation in play in Mondawmin Mall drug-arrests case

Kids say the darndest things: 11-year-old's exclamation in play in Mondawmin Mall drug-arrests case

"Shut the fuck up!" Latoya Eaton yelled at her 11-year-old daughter. What the daughter had just said—"That's not my mom's money!"—is now in play in a $4,530 drug-money forfeiture case filed Dec. 9 in federal court in Maryland.

Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins

Victims of a 'unique' Baltimore parking problem fight the law, and the law wins

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District) thinks it might take an act of Congress to adjust Baltimore’s parking laws.

Pot decriminalization brings sharp drop in arrests in Baltimore City

Pot decriminalization brings sharp drop in arrests in Baltimore City

On Oct. 1, the Maryland law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect. In Baltimore City, law enforcers immediately started making far fewer arrests: nearly a fifth...

As campaign-finance rules change, Baltimore developer Edward St. John floods Maryland politics with cash

As campaign-finance rules change, Baltimore developer Edward St. John floods Maryland politics with cash

In April, the Maryland Board of Elections made a momentous announcement: In order to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the total amount of money Maryland political donors may lawfully...

On the night of Ferguson grand jury decision, the MICA community grapples with racist graffiti

On the night of Ferguson grand jury decision, the MICA community grapples with racist graffiti

Less than two hours after the verdict of the Darren Wilson case was announced in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 24, more than 200 MICA students, as well as members of the administration, faculty, and...

Baltimore's All-State Career School is in federal law-enforcers' cross-hairs

Baltimore's All-State Career School is in federal law-enforcers' cross-hairs

All-State Career School, a trade school in Baltimore for would-be truckers, healthcare workers, and others seeking a route to gainful employment, is apparently under federal criminal investigation...

Transgender Victims Remembered: Despite legal progress, 233 were killed in anti-transgender violence over the last year

Transgender Victims Remembered: Despite legal progress, 233 were killed in anti-transgender violence over the last year

Two lines of people holding unlit candles stretched down the long center aisle at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore last Thursday. As the service attendees—more than a hundred total&...

Whose Poop?: A new project measures sewage and dog waste entering the Jones Falls from stormwater

Whose Poop?: A new project measures sewage and dog waste entering the Jones Falls from stormwater

A slight scent of detergent is in the air as Alice Volpitta, Water Quality Manager for the clean-water advocacy group Blue Water Baltimore (BWB), takes a few careful steps down the top of a poured-...

WYPR management hires union-busting law firm to quash union efforts

WYPR management hires union-busting law firm to quash union efforts

Workers at the NPR-affiliated radio station WYPR are raising questions about the station’s policies in the wake of their failure to form a labor union. At the forefront: How does a station...

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