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Huffing and Puffing

Baltimore City Council considers bill to ban vaping wherever smoking's not allowed

A bill to restrict the use of vapor products, often called “electronic cigarettes” and “e-cigs,” is before the Baltimore City Council, prompting a well-attended Oct. 7...

Brutal Reckoning

Developers are anxious to tear down the Mechanic Theatre and McKeldin Fountain, even without a plan (or money) to replace them

The McKeldin Fountain (dedicated as The Waterfall), which is expected to be demolished in the next year, sits between the northbound and southbound lanes of Light Street at Pratt. Its upper reaches...

A New Struggle

Civil rights hero Helena Hicks is barred from an exhibit about civil rights heroes

The irony was lost on no one, least of all Dr. Helena Hicks. "Those white people who were with me suddenly got a taste of what it was like to be barred from a public building," she says. "They got a rude awakening. Especially from a bunch...

Love and Death in Liberia

Love and Death in Liberia

Six years ago, you meet a woman at Red Emma’s.  She passes through Baltimore a few times after, always doing medical studies and going on about African street kids. There is a loose...

High Stakes

High Stakes

It’s the highest-stakes lottery poor people play. Winners can get their rent paid for life. Losers may end up sleeping on the street. The last chance to play was in 2003.

Costello Goes To City Hall

Costello Goes To City Hall

Eric Costello was appointed to replace William Cole as the 11th District City Councilman on Sept. 23, after a four-hour public hearing and no deliberation by the committee empaneled to consider 14 candidates. Upon...

The Counselor

Did Baltimore super-lawyer Kenneth Ravenell serve as more than just a criminal-defense attorney for accused narco-mogul Richard Byrd?

Maryland criminal-defense attorney Kenneth Ravenell has been called the “MVP” of the Baltimore defense bar, a man whose arguments once convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a...

Put $4.5 Billion In Your Pipe

Baltimore Doubles Its Borrowing Cap For City Water And Sewer Service

The City Council Sept. 22 passed a bill that would more than double the borrowing limit of the Department of Public Works to $4.5 billion. 

Late to the Party

David D'Amico Extradited From Colombia To Answer 2010 Federal Pot-Trafficking And Money-Laundering Indictment In Maryland

David D’Amico turned 50 a week before his Aug. 28 appearance in Maryland U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, where he consented to pre-trial detention in a massive 2010 pot-trafficking and money-laundering case in which...

"We were just eviscerators"

State Autopsy Technicians Lawyer Up For Better Pay And Working Conditions

A dozen autopsy technicians who work at the Office of Chief State Medical Examiner have hired a private lawyer to advocate for better pay and fairer treatment. "The people who pick up our trash make more money than we do," Amanda McGinnis,...

Market Value

New Plans Aim to Change the Image, and Reality, of Lexington Market

Walk into Reading Terminal Market, an enclosed public market in downtown Philadelphia, and you'll find yourself surrounded by an assortment of rich smells and bright colors. You'll see fresh produce and sushi, specialty cheeses, artisanal...

Baltimore Police "Transparency" On Use Of Force Leaves Something To Be Desired

As the fallout from the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri reverberates, City Paper wondered where the Baltimore Police stand on their own use-of-force cases.

Up For Debate

A Rift In Urban Debate Groups Reflects Prickly Questions About The Role Of Nonprofit Groups In Minority Communities

Students are gathered around a long table in a research lab-turned classroom at Coppin Academy on the campus of Coppin State University. The white board is covered with formal debate rules and timing, and off to the side is a page with...

Hennessy Heist saga goes on

Hennessy Heist saga goes on

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.

All Wet?

All Wet?

After Baltimore City wrested its water and sewage system away from the private Baltimore Water Company in 1854, the municipal system expanded and made improvements, so much so that by 1914 the city crowed about its “...

Boys In Blue Blow It

Credibility issues involving Baltimore police officers prompted federal prosecutors to dismiss charges against two men on July 31. The exonerated defendants had been charged in separate cases.

Shot and Seized

Shot and Seized

Baltimore media erupted with coverage of a police-involved shooting in West Baltimore on April 22, 2013 that left one man dead and two injured. The two men who survived the cops’ barrage of bullets—23-year-...

Murder Ink

Murder Ink

A Break in the Hennessy Heist

A Break in the Hennessy Heist

Some of the half-million bucks’ worth of Hennessy VS cognac stolen on March 16 has been recovered. A northeast Baltimore liquor-store owner is charged with stealing less than $1,000 of it,...

Mainstream Extremism

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...

Murder Ink

Murder Ink

Heal Thyself

Heal Thyself

Anthony Black is not happy. As the husband of one of the 8,000 or so plaintiffs in a class action suit against Johns Hopkins Hospital, Black says the proposed $190 million settlement is “not fair” to the...

Frisky Business

Frisky Business

Early last year, the U.S. Supreme Court elevated the legal status of drug-detecting dogs, ruling that a police search can be presumed lawful if it is predicated on a positive alert by a well-...

Crime Coordinator Charged With Crimes

Crime Coordinator Charged With Crimes

A disbarred lawyer who has been working part time for a city agency on public safety matters has been charged in a theft scheme. 

Heroin Math

The figure was momentous: 20,000 people are thought to be addicted to drugs in Baltimore City, according to Rachel Indek, spokeswoman for Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the city’s quasi-...

The Dealer Returns

The Dealer Returns

By the time he was in his mid-20s in the early 1990s, Fred Douglas Brooks III claimed he was one of Baltimore’s biggest heroin dealers, using 50 aliases as he sat atop an organization with 30-plus employees and drug...

Elder Scare

Elder Scare

The Baltimore City fire marshal fined an assisted-living facility $2,500 for bolting five separate doors shut last week, after a medical call brought inspectors in for an unscheduled inspection. 

The Mizeur Effect

The Mizeur Effect

After the polls closed at 8 p.m. on June 24, it quickly became clear that Heather Mizeur was not going to be the Democrats’ standard-bearer heading into November’s general election, much less Maryland’s first gay, woman...

Brewing Up Change

Brewing Up Change

At the start of a recent morning interview in one of the book-lined rooms of Thomas Ward's Bolton Hill house, the former longtime Baltimore City Circuit Court judge and just-appointed chair of the Baltimore City Liquor...

The State of the State's Attorney Race

The State of the State's Attorney Race

Marilyn Mosby's campaign office is in a seemingly otherwise vacant building at the corner of Eutaw Place and North Avenue. In the basement, past several workers making signs, back next to what looks like an abandoned...

The State of Queer Politics

The State of Queer Politics

Meredith Moise has spent a lifetime working as a community organizer and offers a unique perspective on what has changed over the years and whether things have gotten better for LGBTQ folks.

Gifted and Budgeted

Gifted and Budgeted

Almost a year after Baltimore City Schools CEO Andrés Alonso left Baltimore, some city officials and nonprofit leaders are quietly trying to change a central pillar of his leadership policy. The battle has so far...

Pet Peeve

Pet Peeve

Last June, long before activists began a campaign to protest conditions and policies at the animal shelter run by Baltimore County Animal Services (BCAS) in Baldwin, Md., cat-rescuer Denise Arnot says she learned what can...

Tenant Council President Fights The Power

Tenant Council President Fights The Power

Floyd Vines steps through the door to the lobby of the J. Van Story Branch Apartments on the unit block of W. 20th St. and greets a series of people there. This is his lobby now, and these are his people, since he was...

Banned, On the Run

Banned, On the Run

Baltimore police stopped talking to Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton completely eight weeks ago after the paper published the name of a police officer who had been shot several hours before the cops made the...

CP Photographer Accused of Raping His Daughter

CP Photographer Accused of Raping His Daughter

Ryan "RaRah" Stevenson, a longtime, award-winning contributing photographer for City Paper, is awaiting a criminal jury trial scheduled for July on charges that he raped his 14-year-old daughter at his home last...

Positively 26th Street

Positively 26th Street

Residents of 26th Street displaced by the April 30 landslide were happy to see Reginald Scriber, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City's deputy commissioner for community services, after they were told they would have...

Raising a Stink

Raw sewage, which is supposed to be carried to treatment plants via underground pipes, overflowed 16 times since last summer along a five-block stretch of Greenspring Avenue between Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway...

How legislators in Baltimore City's six districts fared in Annapolis this election year

Now that primary elections in Maryland are held in June rather than September, state legislators' performances in the 90-day sessions in Annapolis, which end in April, are fresh meat on the campaign trail as voters...

Baltimore Sheriff John Anderson's re-election campaigns are getting harder

In the 1990s and 2000s, longtime Baltimore Sheriff John W. Anderson (D) coasted easily to re-election, swatting down perennial challenges by the man he succeeded, Shelton Stewart, who was forced out after a 1988...

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