In this week's cover story, Charles Cohen explores the Ravens' history of "winning ugly" and how the ethos is a perfect match for this resilient city and its fans, creating a slogan and test-marketing it among the purple masses along the way (hint: it doesn't go well). Read the story and watch the hilarious video of his efforts.
In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. chronicles the bankruptcy of controversial non-profit Baltimore Behavioral Health and the resulting recriminations, while Van Smith follows the travails of a "Spice" dealer using "Newprot" packaging made to look like a pack of Newports. Also, don't miss Murder Ink and the Baltimore City Power Rankings, where Ray Lewis and the Terps are up, while speed cameras and Del. Pat McDonough are down.
In the arts sections, Jim Meyer profiles magician David London, Ray Cummings reviews George Saunders' Tenth of December, Jenn Ladd talks to the directors of Central Park Five, Joe MacLeod reviews David Chase-directed Not Fade Away, Josh Sisk profiles the founder of local heavy music label A389 Records, Al Shipley gives the latest hip-hop lowdown in Rap Sheet, and Baynard Woods reviews Gallery CA's Smörgåsbord show.
In Eats and Drinks, Michele Gienow samples the complex ciders coming out of Monkton's latest cidery (yes, cidery), Millstone Cellars. Henry Hong explores the joys of cooking in the dishwasher and on a car engine. And Athena Towery tries the Cheap Eats at Peace A Pizza.
Don't miss Jim Meyer's Spitballin' column, which is all about number 52... Go Ravens!