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  • Judge rules Fancy Cats Rescue Team's free-speech and retaliation lawsuit against head of controversial local animal shelter can move forward

    Judge rules Fancy Cats Rescue Team's free-speech and retaliation lawsuit against head of controversial local animal shelter can move forward
    When a volunteer animal-rescuer coordinator for Virginia-based Fancy Cats Rescue Team sent an email critical of the care provided by Baltimore County Animal Services at its Baldwin shelter in 2013, which has been the subject of much public controversy over its high rate of euthanasia and low rate of adoption, she and Fancy Cats were promptly banned by the shelter's director from rescuing its animals. Last year, Fancy Cats and its volunteer, Denise Arnot, sued the director, Charlotte Crenson, alleging that by banning them, she had retaliated against them for exercising their free-speech rights. Since then, Crenson moved to have the suit decided in her favor. Yesterday, Maryland U.S. District Judge James Bredar denied Crenson's effort.
  • It's Gianna Bitch!: What's the proper way to use social media during moments of great upheaval? IDEK

    It's Gianna Bitch!: What's the proper way to use social media during moments of great upheaval? IDEK
    I must be listening to too much Taylor Swift because when I was trying to write a column last week my mind was the blankest of blank spaces. But really, I did feel a push to write about the injustices and the following protests involved with the killing...

    Wandering Eye: Heather Mizeur supporters express their dismay, the troubling rise in "sneak and peek" warrants, and more

    Wandering Eye: Heather Mizeur supporters express their dismay, the troubling rise in "sneak and peek" warrants, and more
    Looks like progressive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur's advice to her supporters—to not write her in on the general-election ballot after her strong but insufficient showing in June's primary—was pretty much taken to heart,...

    Talking To Your Teen: A Mom's Manifesto

    Talking To Your Teen: A Mom's Manifesto
    Because I am the mother of a teenage boy growing up on the streets of Baltimore; Because I am ambivalent about my son smoking weed; Because I wonder, sometimes, if weed-smoking helps alleviate the awful anxiety of being a teen in a troubled world;...

    Pussy Riot Hates Me

    Pussy Riot Hates Me
    On Friday morning, my wife told me Pussy Riot was in town filming “House of Cards.” She said she’d bumped into a friend who worked on the set the day before and forgot to mention it. When I brought it up at City Paper’s morning...