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  • Best Actual Cave-In

    If you saw it in a movie, you would say it looked fake. The most-viewed video of the incident—shot by the custodian of a nearby church—opens with the south side of 26th Street, between Charles and St. Paul streets, tilting ominously toward the CSX tracks below. Slowly, the hapless cars ebb from view and then everything—cars, streetlamps, trees—disappears from view in a giant crash and a mist of dust rises from the chasm. Remarkably no one was killed or even injured in the collapse, which residents had warned the city and CSX about for years, only to be ignored. Even many of the cars seemed to drift down intact, only to be purposefully destroyed by CSX in a Mussolinian effort to get the trains to run on time. Of course, it was only the beginning of the ordeal for 26th Street residents, who were displaced from their homes for over a month, but for the awesome display of destruction—and a demonstration of the state of our crumbling infrastructure—the spectacle could not be beat.
  • News & Media

    News & Media
    BEST POLITICIAN Martin O’Malley Love him or hate him, this has been a good year for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D). Two O’Malley-backed laws got the nods of the majorities of Maryland voters in last fall’s elections—...

    Mandated Health Insurance? How UnAmerican!

    Today I received the first of what I expect will be a million billion (more) e-mails focused on the tyranny of forcing people to buy health insurance. It came from Joe of Towanda, Pa. (he doesn't want his name used here—"I know where you're coming...

    Jack Yates' Family Settles in Lawsuit Against Truck Driver Who Killed Him

    In August 2009, John R. "Jack" Yates was riding his bike south on Maryland Avenue approaching Lafayette Street behind a large cement truck. Said truck made a right hand turn at the intersection, and Yates collided with the truck's rear wheels, killing...

    UPDATE: CSX train collision with commercial truck caused derailment, explosion

    [caption id="attachment_16775" align="alignleft" width="225"] Photo by Noah Scialom[/caption] A CSX freight train collided with a tractor trailer truck Tuesday afternoon, derailing the 15 car train, which, according to CSX, was carrying sodium chlorate,...