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  • No grades for Baltimore restaurants after City Council bill fails to collect enough votes

    No grades for Baltimore restaurants after City Council bill fails to collect enough votes
    The City Council narrowly rejected a bill tonight that would have mandated the posting of health inspection grades in restaurants. The bill needed eight votes from the council, but it received only seven. Six members voted against, Councilman William "Pete" Welch (9th District) voted "pass," and one, Warren Branch (13th District), was absent.
  • Council approves body camera and bag-ban bills

    The City Council Monday night passed one bill equipping police officers with body cameras, and another banning plastic bags from the city, with exceptions for carry-out restaurants. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has promised to veto both bills, but it...

    Baltimore City Council's vaping-ban bill set for second public hearing on Nov. 5

    Baltimore City Council's vaping-ban bill set for second public hearing on Nov. 5
    Anyone interested in the bill to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as "vaping," wherever smoking is already prohibited, take note: A second hearing on the bill, continuing the one held on Oct. 7, is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. in...

    Wandering Eye: The cult of "Too Many Cooks," a plastic-bag ban, and jury selection begins for the BGF, with some truly crazy juror responses

    Wandering Eye: The cult of "Too Many Cooks," a plastic-bag ban, and jury selection begins for the BGF, with some truly crazy juror responses
    Over the weekend, Adult Swim premiered the short "Too Many Cooks," and the internet promptly freaked out over what it called "an instant cult classic." The 11-minute-long video, which starts as a fake title sequence to an '80s sitcom and then devolves...

    Huffing and Puffing

    Huffing and Puffing
    A bill to restrict the use of vapor products, often called “electronic cigarettes” and “e-cigs,” is before the Baltimore City Council, prompting a well-attended Oct. 7 public hearing on the bill before the council’s Judiciary...