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  • Baltimore's narcotic history dates back to the 19th-century shipping-driven boom, quietly aided by bringing Turkish opium to China

    Baltimore's narcotic history dates back to the 19th-century shipping-driven boom, quietly aided by bringing Turkish opium to China
    With its longstanding reputation as a high-volume heroin town, Baltimore’s modern black-market economy is openly opiated, driving sizeable budgets for maintaining the criminal-justice apparatus to combat it. Far less appreciated, and only opaquely understood, is the role another poppy-derived narcotic—opium—had in forming Baltimore’s 19th-century fortunes, when trade with China helped fuel the city’s shipping boom.  In fact, merchant John O’Donnell was the first to bring goods from the Chinese city Canton to Baltimore and it was such a boon that he named his waterfront plantation Canton, and the name for the area persists today (along with its O’Donnell Square).
  • Best Baltimorean

    Best Baltimorean
    The recent Old Bay ad campaign has been up all over town, on billboards and TV screens, featuring black-and-white photos of people from all walks of life, and those images are the work of the late great photographer Sam Holden, who passed, much too soon,...

    Up For Debate

    Up For Debate
    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 ideas for arguments...

    Blue Notes

    Blue Notes
    - The best news to hit the blues world in some time was the release this year of two impressive albums by young, Southern, African-American singer-guitarists on Alligator Records, the genre’s biggest label. Mississippi’s Jarekus Singleton...

    Johns Hopkins University under investigation for sexual-assault complaint

    Johns Hopkins University under investigation for sexual-assault complaint
    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Johns Hopkins University for its handling of a sexual-assault complaint, the university announced in a campus-wide email on Tuesday. University officials were notified of the investigation on Friday,...