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  • Wandering Eye: The NRA is winning the gun-control debate, how development works in Baltimore, and more

    Wandering Eye: The NRA is winning the gun-control debate, how development works in Baltimore, and more
    Here in Baltimore, where guns are used to shoot people pretty much every day, controlling the availability of firearms is perhaps seen as a fundamental public-health priority. Not so elsewhere in this country, though. Pew Research Center has been tracking the gun-control question since 1993, when 57 percent supported controlling gun ownership, versus 34 percent who supported protecting gun-ownership rights. This year, the poll found for the first time that most Americans—52 percent—say it is more important to protect the right to own guns.┬áThe Economist weighs in on this public-relations victory for the National Rifle Association by summarizing state legislatures' efforts to liberalize gun controls, and concludes that the drive is fueled by messages in which "fear smothers rational debate," as "it is meant to." It remains to be seen whether Maryland's new state police superintendent, William Pallozzi, will broaden what "good and substantial" reasons qualify gun owners here for concealed-carry permits, but gun-rights advocates are sure hoping he will. (Van Smith)
  • Wandering Eye: Gentrification in Baltimore, the BSO offers Golden Tickets for its 100th season, and more

    Wandering Eye: Gentrification in Baltimore, the BSO offers Golden Tickets for its 100th season, and more
    The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra may not be particularly happy with their employer at the moment—the players' committee, which leads the orchestra's union, recently aired frustrations over low pay and vacancies—but the BSO...

    Two for Two: One Democrat Steps Up To Challenge 2nd District's Self-Proclaimed "Old School" Councilman Nick D'Adamo

    Nicholas D'Adamo Jr. is still doing things the old way--answering constituent calls (up to 60 each day, he says), fighting for money for his district, trying to get a handle on crime. "I'm a nuts and bolts councilperson from the old school," says D'...

    Putting the art back in street art

    Putting the art back in street art
    I’ve recently spent some time planning a trip to Berlin and I’ve noticed that, on sites like Airbnb, “graffiti” and “street art” function almost as code. On reviews of apartments, the obviously bougie people complain...

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    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—...