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The Onion Uses Buck Showalter to Take Another Shot at Baltimore Crime

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 10:15am

Buck Showalter

After the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl victory, The Onion took a jab at Baltimore’s reputation for violent crime with an article titled “Baltimore Looking for Safer City to Host Super Bowl Parade.” A month later, they recycled the joke with an article that estimated the victory parade death toll at “only 20,000.” (I wonder whether the writer knew that the parade was in fact marred by the stabbing death of a 15-year-old.)

Now America’s finest news source has given the joke another try with Baltimore’s other major-league franchise in an article Wednesday titled “Buck Showalter Terrified to Walk Alone to Mound at Night.” For what it’s worth, it’s easily the funniest of the three. In it, a fictionalized Showalter reveals that during night games he is too scared to approach the pitcher’s mound without a catcher with him and always takes “a wide berth around Camden Yards’ perilous outfield, recounting how last fall he was robbed at knifepoint by Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis.” Read More →

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Ben Carson Out-raises Hillary Clinton in 2014 So Far

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 10:00am

Ben Carson

It takes money–a lot of money– to run for political office, and the candidate who raises the most money tends to come out on top. So it’s very interesting that Baltimore neurosurgeon Ben Carson ha raised $2.4 million toward his campaign for president in 2016, making him an early front-runner in the race–at least as far as money goes.
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Culture, Featured, Food & Drink

Duff Goldman’s Cakes Are All Over This New Katy Perry Video

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 10:01am

Charm City Cakes proprietor designed Katy Perry's "Birthday" cakes

If I had directed the video for Katy Perry’s new single “Birthday,” I definitely wouldn’t have decided to write the lyrics on cakes, notepads, and other props. With lines like “So let me get you in your birthday suit / It’s time to bring out the big balloons” I think I’d try to focus the viewer’s attention on something else. But then if I had directed the video it wouldn’t have turned into a three-and-a-half-minute showcase of Duff Goldman’s cake-making chops.

The Charm City Cakes proprietor was tapped to craft the ingenious confections for the video (though as you might expect, the cakes were created at Goldman’s Los Angeles-based Cakemix bakery). Standout include a suit cake, a hamburger cake, and a Rubik’s Cube cake. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Station North

New Yorker Writer Hung Out at North Ave. McDonald’s to Get Sources for His Story on Jail Corruption

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 10:06am

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If you read Jeffrey Toobin’s New Yorker article on the Baltimore jail scandal (which you should! it’s fascinating!), you may have wondered how he got so many people to open up about what it’s like inside the Baltimore City Detention Center. It turns out it wasn’t that hard at all: He went to McDonald’s.
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What I learned from Miley Cyrus

8 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 8:00am

Teen girl fans at the Miley Cyrus concert in DC

Jane and Lily

Last week I saw Miley Cyrus in concert at the Verizon Center in DC and what a crash course in modern culture it was. Wake up, Marion Winik, it is 2014 and WE ARE GOING ALL IN!

Having begun my own concert-going career in the 1970s, when a show consisted of a bunch of guys in blue jeans and t-shirts playing guitars under flashing purple lights, and not having kept up closely with the pop extravaganza developments of Gaga & Co., I spent much of the evening with my jaw literally hanging open. Though I doubt I can come up with any better phrase than did Washington Post music critic Chris Richards — “Twerk du Soleil” — let me tell you about my night with the lovely and talented badass, Ms. Destiny Hope Cyrus, aka Miley. (Billy Ray, what were you thinking?) Read More →

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Grand Ruxton Mansion on Bellona, Circa 1923: A Father’s Wedding Gift

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 12:00pm

Hot House: 7206 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton, Baltimore, 21204

bellona avenue mansion

Provencal style mansion in stucco with slate roof and copper trim, circa 1923, with later addition. Five bedrooms, 5 baths, 4,906 sq. feet over 3 stories. Marble foyer, formal living room with stone fireplace, formal dining room, sun room. Trish Houk custom kitchen leads to family room w fireplace, master suite w/ fireplace, separate spa tub, shower. Stone hardscaping and patio, unfinished basement, sound and security systems, heated 2-car garage, extensive landscaping with mature plantings on 2.5 acres: $2,595,000 Read More →

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Students Build Musical Staircase at Johns Hopkins

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 10:42am

In the course of daily life, most of us go up and down dozens of stairs every day. And usually, we don’t think much of it. But thanks to a transformation by undergrads in the Johns Hopkins Robotics Club, a staircase in one of the university’s academic buildings is now a whole different kind of experience.
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Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Setting Fire

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 10:32am

Photo via Wikipedia

Photo via Wikipedia

In September 2007, a fire broke out in a home on Myrtle Avenue in Halethorpe, destroying the building. It was just one of a series of suspicious fires in the area around that time–and last week, a volunteer firefighter who put out the blaze was accused of setting it.
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Cyclist Videotapes His Assault by Teenagers in Station North

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 9:52am

The attack occurred two blocks North of the Guilford Bike Boulevard. Photo by Payton Chung, via Flickr.

The attack occurred two blocks North of the Guilford Bike Boulevard. Photo by Payton Chung, via Flickr.

Michael Bowman was riding his bicycle on the Guilford Bike Boulevard in Station North on Saturday when he was attacked by a group of teenagers. He happened to be recording video at the time, and he uploaded footage of the incident — which cuts out as the kids appear to gang up on him and begin attacking him in earnest — to YouTube.

In the video description he said the attack left him with “damage” to his thumb after the youths “stomped it.” He said he “took punches” but didn’t end up with any marks. After the camera cut out Bowman yelled for help, which brought residents onto the street, and “a distant siren scared [the attackers] off.”

This incident is eerily similar to a spate of attacks that occurred on Guilford Avenue last April. In one instance, the intended victim was able to pedal away from his attackers. In another, the cyclist sustained “a few scrapes and a black eye” before residents came to his aid and the attackers fled. Read More →

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Old Fells Point Police Station Reopens as Mixed-Income Apartments

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 8:45am

fells-point-stationLease ‘em, Danno!

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thinks that Fells Point’s historic police-station-turned-apartment-building reminds residents of the “charm we all love so much about Baltimore.” But hopefully some of that police-station mojo has been lost. I mean, who wants to spend the night there?

Originally envisioned as luxury condos, Fells Point Station opened as a mixed-income project (though their slogan is “the definition of luxury”). 70 percent of the one- and two-bedroom units are income-based (qualifying tenants pay 30 percent of their income); the rest are leased at market rate, between $900 and $1,400 a month. Read More →

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