Wandering Eye: A fishable Inner Harbor?, public officials using private emails, and more

Baltimore Office of Sustainability and Blue Water Baltimore have said they aim for people to be able to swim and fish in the Inner Harbor by 2020. Sun columnist Dan Rodricks was willing to move the goal posts on the fishing part, casting his line in the harbor waters last week. The result? As good as anything he's caught in places with cleaner water. "I caught a 20-inch rockfish the other day on my second cast, and he looked as healthy as any striper I've seen taken from the middle of the Chesapeake Bay," he writes. Rodricks found a fishing buddy in Tim Wolf, executive chef at Chiapparelli's. But he stops short of eating the fish. He's a catch-and-release guy, you see. However, Wolf says that "for 10 years I've been taking them to one of the women at work. She eats them all the time, and she is not glowing and can't wait until I bring her more." (Brandon Weigel)


We noted in March that the world's No. 3 tennis player Andy Murray would likely stop in Baltimore, home of Murray's sponsor Under Armour, during his appearance at Washington, D.C.'s Citi Open, which is taking place this week. As expected, Murray did stop by UA headquarters last week, and Under Armour posted a picture of the two-time Grand Slam champion signing a giant poster of himself on campus. His trip to the area will likely be a short one, though, because Murray lost his first match at the Citi Open last night to world No. 53, Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, in three hard-fought sets, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. Other top-10 players Japan's Kei Nishikori and Croatian Marin Cilic will be in action today. (Evan Serpick)


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press would like you, the reader, to know that your public officials are probably hiding official business from you just by using personal email accounts. Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is the obvious example here, whatever you think about the supposed scandal involving her keeping a personal email server. But Clinton is far from alone: "[I]n a survey of 412 high-level government employees conducted by Atlantic Media's Government Executive Media Group, one-third of the employees admitted they use their private email account for government business at least sometimes." That means, when a citizen or journalist asks for the official's official emails—as The Sun did recently to dig more deeply into Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration's decisions during the Freddie Gray unrest—they won't get everything they ask for. Although the federal law is now pretty tight, state open-record laws requiring officials to preserve work-related emails, even when they arrive on their private account, are much weaker. They sometimes allow the official themself to determine what emails ought to be saved, and delete all others automatically five days later. Says the Reporters Committee: "Ultimately, sunshine laws are only as strong as the underlying records management policies and practices, and spreading awareness helps to fight this limitation." (Edward Ericson Jr.)

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