1 Port of Baltimore This week marked the end of a 20-year project that shuttled uranium formerly used to pack Russian nuclear warheads through the port, on the way to a Kentucky processing plant. While we take a collective sigh of relief, let's remember that accidents are often worse than malice, and plenty of hazardous materials still pass through our city's waterways. Any mishap could be truly disastrous.
2 $RB Il Mayore continues her rise up the ranks of the Democratic Party, this time with the help of the Ravens. The Democratic National Committee is offering an opportunity to watch the Super Bowl champs with Rawlings-Blake as a fundraising incentive. Maybe we should all chip in and send some city workers whose pensions $RB cut or residents from neighborhoods neglected while Harbor East was declared a low-income "Enterprise Zone." She'll already be surrounded by fans screwed by her wicked embrace of Ticketmaster.
3 BPD Armed drug dealer Cortez Fisher's 2008 conviction was recently overturned and he was released on time served this week thanks to Mark Lunsford, a dirty Baltimore police detective who lied in a search-warrant affidavit while investigating Fisher's crimes in 2007. Lunsford's criminal conduct has had lots of repercussions for prosecutors, including in Fisher's appeal and in a complex 2011 case with ties to Mexican cartels. One dirty cop not only makes the department look bad, it makes our city less safe.
4 Dallas Dance After criticism, the Baltimore County Schools Superintendent quit a paid consulting job with SUPES Academy, a Chicago-based company that trains administrators and which Dance had authorized the school system to pay $875,000 to in order to train 25 local principals. Even in quitting the consulting gig, he insisted, "nothing is being done wrong." He needs a remedial course in ethics.
5 Gary Maynard After almost seven years in the position and one solid year of an endlessly unfolding scandal that has seen 27 correctional officers charged with, among other things, colluding with the Black Guerrilla Family to sell drugs in local prisons, the head of Maryland's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services resigned-and just as the Maryland General Assembly prepares to release reform proposals. Long overdue.