Wandering Eye: A former CPer helps bring down Cosby, Larry Hogan talks up bipartisanship, and more

Gawker's Tom Scocca is getting proper credit as a catalyst for the implosion of Bill Cosby's career, having in February reminded anyone who cared to notice that the family-friendly comedian has a long trail of sex-assault accusations. Seems like a good time to remind anyone who care to notice that Scocca had an excellent run here at City Paper in the late 1990s to early 2000s, including gems on Sleazefest '99, "Baby Flo-Jo," branding Baltimore, the wetlands of Fort McHenry, Ween, the death of Joey Ramone, and Cal Ripken Jr. Plus, here's the archive for 8 Upper, his singular, award-winning sports column. Enjoy! (Van Smith)


If you're wondering what "global warming" could possibly have to do with all this cold weather we're enjoying (and snow—holy crap so much snow—up in Buffalo, New York), well: It has everything to do with it. So says Rutgers' Jennifer Francis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Stephen Vavrus, who have studied arctic weather patterns for years. Chris Mooney of the WaPo's Wonk Blog lays out the case, along with its critics. "Warm air expands, and naturally there is much more warm air at the equator than at the poles. Thus, the atmosphere is thicker at the equator, and the jet stream's motion is driven by the decline in atmospheric thickness as one moves in a poleward direction—in effect, its atmospheric river flows 'downhill,' in Francis's words. However, if the Arctic is warming faster than the mid-latitudes, then the difference in thickness as you move in a poleward direction should decrease. And this should slow the jet stream, leading to more loops and turns—and consequently, weather of all types getting stuck in place for longer." Not everyone is convinced, of course, but more and more climate scientists seem to be coming around toward Francis' point of view. (Edward Ericson Jr.)


The Wall Street Journal has a dispatch from the Republican Governors Association meetings, where some of the GOP's freshly minted gubernatorial winners, including Maryland's own Larry Hogan, are talking up bipartisanship. Yeah, yeah, we've all heard that one before, right? But, as the Journal points out, Hogan, Bruce Rauner of Illinois, and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts "will join New Jersey's Chris Christie in states where government is truly divided with Democrats controlling both chambers of the legislature." Hogan was quoted as saying, "You can disagree on policy and stand up for your positions without being disagreeable." If Maryland is to achieve anything during Hogan's term, the governor-elect has to keep his word on that and then some. (Brandon Weigel)

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