Baltimore City Power Rankings: Branded Polorses, fickle Ravens fans, the Fatberg, more

⬆︎ Baltimore Clayworks

Over the summer we all thought Baltimore Clayworks was gonna be gone for good—with over $1 million in debt and a failed attempt to leverage the sale of their buildings in order to stay open, its board decided abruptly to close and file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. But after some tension between board members and a grassroots fundraising campaign to save Clayworks, the old board resigned and a new board agreed to take on that massive debt and revive the 37-year-old Mount Washington ceramic institution. That debt is daunting, but the new board says they've already been making payments toward what they owe, and donors have helped raise $350,000. Maybe the new board has a few more ideas for repairing those cracks.

⬆︎ Our Lunch

Last month, a sewer overflow dumped 1.2 million gallons of sewage into the Jones Falls. As if poo water wasn't gross enough, the Department of Public Works reported finding the cause to be a mass of congealed fat, otherwise known as a "fatberg," clogging a sewage main between Penn Station and the 1700 block of Charles Street. The fatberg has since been scraped off—our condolences to whoever got stuck with that job—and sent to a landfill. We'll say this once, people: Do not pour your cooking grease down the drain. To properly dispose of your grease, let it solidify in the fridge and throw it away with the rest of your solid garbage. Don't let this happen again; our stomachs can't take the thought.

⬇︎ Polorses

7-Eleven recently named and donated a horse to the Baltimore Police Department: A four-year-old chocolate draft horse named Slurpee, who's taking the place of another polorse (that's police horse, obviously), a 17-year-old also named Slurpee, that the convenience store donated about 10 years ago and has since retired. We've got nothing against the polorses themselves—they don't know who they're working for—but it's doubtful they can do too much to help the image of a police department that systematically harms citizens (see Freddie Gray, see DOJ report), or plants drugs on civilians and steals from them (see Gun Trace Task Force federal indictments). After this summer's Under Armour-branded Western District renovation, the 7-Eleven polorse seems like another attempt for the force to simply #rebrand.

⬇︎ Ravens Fans

Before Sunday's game with the Steelers, the Ravens asked fans to join them in a prayer before the national anthem, a prayer for "kindness, unity, equality, and justice for all Americans." Many fans in the stands cheered. Then players, coaches, and staff all stepped forward and took a knee. Many fans booed. Reminder: This all took place before the singing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Fans were so hopped up on flag-waving and what the anthem supposedly means that they booed their own team for kneeling in prayer to ask for human decency. Talk about stupid. Oh, and the offense looked like total polorse shit for the second week in a row, giving fans who booed and those who didn't little to cheer about.

⬇︎ WEAA

"The Marc Steiner Show" went off the air back in July with the heavy hand of DeWayne Wickham, the Dean of the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State, at least in part to blame. What followed was a radically clueless reboot of the station with an alleged focus on student involvement and the end of a number of shows. And last week, Sean Yoes quit on the air in protest, and this past Saturday Papa WaBe, host of the crucial "Reggae, Roots & Culture," did his final show. This week, Kaye Wise Whitehead debuted "Today with Dr. Kaye" and we're very excited about that one, at least, but WEAA looks like its crumbling all because of Wickham's big ego and small vision.

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