Wednesday Afternoon Headlines: Alan Gross Speaks After Release; Frank Perdue’s Example; SRB on Batts’ Protestor Comments; and More

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Alan Gross speaks after release from Cuban prison — CBS Baltimore

Mayor addresses Batts’ comments to protestors — WBAL-TV

Frank Perdue’s wife wants others to find success from his “tough” yet “tender” ways, BBJ

Former Towson President is new BSM chancellor — Baltimore Sun

Port of Baltimore announces record month for container shipments — Baltimore Sun

Can you balance Baltimore’s books? — Baltimore


House of the Day, Real Estate & Home

House of the Day: Charming Townhouse in Canton, Near Square

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Money & Power

Baseball Diplomacy: Revisiting the Orioles’ Role in Normalizing Relations with Cuba

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 4:31pm


Orioles and Cuba shake hands, circa 1999.

Orioles and Cubans shake hands, circa 1999.

American aid worker and Maryland resident Alan Gross was released from a Cuban prison after five years this morning. By noon, President Barack Obama announced a “new chapter” in relations with our Caribbean neighbor, which includes easing the ban on traveling to Cuba, and making moves to lift America’s longtime economic embargo against the Communist nation. The morning developments marked a swift turnaround after 50 years of hard-line stances toward Cuba that were filled with plenty of tense moments and high political theatre. In 1999, the Orioles were a part of the diplomatic dance. Read More →

Money & Power

Baltimore Basketball Phenom Aquille Carr is Struggling to Find a Foothold in the Pros

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 3:15pm

Aquille Carr

Aquille Carr

Aquille Carr, a former Patterson High School point guard, was a YouTube sensation in high school. But since skipping college to go pro last year, Carr has struggled to find a home. Read More →

Money & Power

Giant Drone-Hunting Blimp to Launch Over Baltimore

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 2:45pm

JLENS (via Raytheon)

JLENS (via Raytheon)

A giant blimp is set to hover over the Baltimore area this weekend, and the Ravens don’t even have a home game. Read More →

Catch of the Day, Giving

Give to the Maryland Food Bank for the Holidays

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 1:49pm

Food Bank

catch of the day fish (2)Though you might not know it, Maryland is the wealthiest state in the country. And yet, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  That’s more than ever before, and includes over a quarter of a million children. During the holidays, the need is especially great. Demand for food surges as the weather gets colder. And while many of us are able to put food on the holiday table without giving much thought to the cost of a few extra trimmings, the cost of feeding a whole family on a regular basis can be prohibitive for so many of our fellow Baltimoreans. So while you shop this year, we’d like to encourage you to also consider donating to an organization that will absolutely put your money to good use– The Maryland Food Bank.

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Shop Local

Sassanova’s 12 Days of Christmas, Day 9: Hammitt’s LAX Duffel Bag

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Welcome back to the Twelve Days of Christmas at Sassanova!  Each day we’ll delight you with a piece of eye candy from the store as we lead up to Christmas.  Check in each day for the latest special treat.

On the ninth day of Christmas, stop by Sassanova to pick up something extra special for your true love: Hammitt’s chic, well-constructed LAX duffel bag.

This soft Italian leather bag, with 24-karat gold-plated hardware and a long shoulder strap, is a luxe alternative to the standard airplane carry-on. The suede-lined interior includes two pockets and a large center opening; an additional zippered pocket, out the outside, is a convenient spot to stash passports and tickets.

At $1,250, the LAX bag is a durable investment piece designed to last – and to get better-looking with age. It’s a perfect gift for the special man in your life (or as a treat for yourself). Give the gift of the Hammitt LAX duffel – then begin planning the adventures you’ll take with it.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Sassanova’s next great gift recommendation. Like Sassanova on Facebook and follow Sassanova on Instagram. Sassanova is located at 805 Aliceanna Street in Harbor East.

Featured, Lifeline, My Real Life Modern Family

Gracious Receiving 101

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 12:00pm


What to do if we receive a Christmas present we hate? University of Baltimore MFA student Melinda Cianos gives it to us straight.

Okay, let’s review. This holiday season you are likely to receive, if you’re lucky and people like you, a nifty gift or two. Please do not forget the appropriate reaction to said gifts in order to avoid the severed relationships and tarnished reputation surely to follow you into the New Year if you do. Below: a few reminders to help you stay in good, gracious standing. Read More →

Gift Guides, Greenspring Valley, Lutherville, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

2014 Holiday Gift Guide from Green Spring Station

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Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Feel Guilty About Your Love for Serial? Here’s What to Do About It

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 10:22am

As we’ve chronicled a number of times before, we’re huge fans of This American Life alumna Sarah Koenig’s new podcast Serial, which centers on the murder of a Baltimore high school student in 1999. But as it becomes increasingly impossible to ignore that the case involves real people with real feelings, it’s getting harder to enjoy Koenig’s storytelling without guilt pangs.

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