City Paper's Short Fiction and Poetry Contest issue features an introduction and the winners' work in fiction (Leslie F. Miller's The Pious Enigma, Scott Cech's A Late Breakfast, and Sarah Y. Durning's White) and poetry (Tuan Harap Ditulis' The Well, Sarah N. Coursey's Nuns, and Sandra Evans Falconer's The Dazzle of Beads). In Mobtown Beat: Magda Chia's American Government students at Baltimore City College High School write letters to Mayor Martin O'Malley and Terrie Snyder reports on a nearly one-hour breakdown in the city's entire public-safety communications system. The Nose mines data to undermine the Baltimore Police Department's crime-reduction claims. Campaign Beat is Van Smith, on C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger's run for U.S. Congress. Ballot Stuffing does an autopsy on Maryland's new, court-drawn redistricting map and reports that the League of Environmental Voters will endorse candidates by watershed, rather than by district boundaries. Charles Cohen's Charmed Life sits at the knee of Rowland Fontz to hear some Baltimore stories. The Mail has letters from Joe Stewart, Winifred DePalma, Bryon Predika, David A. Stepalovitch, Norris Walker, and Gras Reyes. The columns are: Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on god and government; Mink Stole's Think Mink, on tolerating louts and timid love; and Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms, on school vouchers. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog, Funny Paper, reads the comics so you don't have to. In Imprints: Heather Joslyn laps up the long-form gossip in Ross Wetzsteon's Republic of Dreams; Wendy Ward goes shallow with Dorothy Samuels' Filthy Rich; and Mahinder Kingra says Arthur Phillips' Prague shows that the author has potential. Art is Mike Giuliano, checking out the narrative paintings on display at School 33 Art Center. Lee Gardner tours Sam Christian Holmes' bus shelters, in The Arts. Vincent Williams' Music piece spells out the multiple talents of Will Smith and Mos Def. Know Your Product is Bret McCabe, wallowing in the poppy cleverness of Slow Jets' Good Morning, Stars. In Film: Eric Allen Hatch revels in the dread-filled perversity of The Piano Teacher; Anna Ditkoff bemoans The Powerpuff Girls Movie's lack of punch; Jack Purdy respects the understated menace of The Asphalt Jungle; and Luisa F. Ribeiro appreciates that The Best Years of Our Lives showcased the nation's post-war anomie. Michelle Gienow's Dish surveys Baltimore ice-cream parlors: Moxley's Ice Cream Parlor, Need Ice Cream, Sylvan Beach Cafe, Maggie Moo's Ice Cream and Treatery, and Simmons' Store. In Cheap Eats, Brennen Jensen goes to G&A Restaurant to chain-eat hot dogs.