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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).
  • Free Will Astrology

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Situation No. 1: If you meet resistance or doubt, say this: “Ha! This diversion can’t slow me down, because I am in possession of an invisible magical sword!” And then brandish a few charismatic swipes of...

    A Slimy Recess

    A Slimy Recess
    I for one am swollen with relief at the realization that our long national nightmare of never being able to sue the President of the United States of America is nearly at a close. Gone are the dark days spent looking for someone to blame and...

    Campaign Constant: Enigmatic Perennial Candidate Charles U. Smith Launches Campaign For Council President

    YOU GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT: This year Charles Ulysses Smith is embarking on his seventh campaign for political office. | Image by Frank Klein Waiting next to the copy machine in the post office on Fayette Street, Charles Ulysses Smith doesn't look...

    X-Content: Ten years ago in City Paper: August 21, 2002

    Tom Chalkley's feature is a zoological field guide to Baltimore politics. In Mobtown Beat, Charles Cohen examines community resistance to a biotechnology park that would dislocate East Baltimore homeowners. The Nose notes renovations underway at the long-...