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Ocean City Decides to Implement Convoluted Smoking ‘Ban’

1 Written by: | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10:52am

Ocean City to Institute Smoking Ban

Ocean City has gone and done it, almost. They’ve voted to kinda ban smoking on the beach and boardwalk beginning May 1, 2015.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the new rule will work like this. Upwards of 150 red metal ash cans will be placed on the beach at intersecting streets and “near entry points on the east side of the dune.” Several others will be placed on the boardwalk. You can smoke as long as you are within fifty feet of a receptacle.

Outside of that radius, smokers will be charged fines anywhere from $25 to $1,000, the upper limit representing “a ‘worst-case scenario’ for non-compliance.” (What could they possible imagine is going to happen in a worst-case scenario?) Read More →

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NFL Institutes “Banishment” for 2nd Domestic Violence Offense

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 9:44am

Ray Rice's domestic violence incident preciptates NFL's new domestic violence policy

Ray Rice

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners outlining the league’s brand new policies regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to expanding programs to educate players and personnel and to provide confidential assistance to those at risk of violence, the NFL has increased the penalties for “assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force” to a six-game suspension without pay for a first offense and “banishment” for a second offense. That might not satisfy the governor of Maine, but it’s something.

The policy shift comes in the wake of the outrage over the slap on the wrist given to Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice after the running back assaulted his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. Critics of his two-game suspension contrasted it with much stiffer penalties for violations like drug offenses and dog fighting. Read More →

Featured, Health and Fitness, Money & Power, Schools

Hopkins Students One Step Closer to Winning $10 Million Prize

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 29, 2014 9:00am

They look like undergrads today, but they may well be millionaires soon. Photo via Aezon Health

They look like undergrads today, but they may well be millionaires soon. Photo via Aezon Health

Six months ago, we reported on the group of Johns Hopkins undergraduates who were in the running to win the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Then, they were one of 30 qualifying teams vying for the award. This week, the odds got even better when the group advanced to the finalist stage, making them one of only 10 groups still in the running.

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Featured, Food & Drink

A Review of the State Fair’s Deep Fried Cream Cheese Worm Balls

1 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 10:23am


Deep-fried Twinkies? How 2007. At the 2014 Maryland State Fair, you can get deep-fried Berger cookies… or deep-fried cream cheese larva balls. Yes, larva as in edible worms. “By the time you’re 30, you’ve already eaten 20 bugs in your sleep anyway,” Brian Shenkman, the dish’s creator, told Baltimore Magazine. Hmmm.

Hearing about the deep-fried cream cheese worm balls put me in an odd position. I really, really wanted to know what they tasted like, but I also really, really didn’t want to eat them. Lucky for me, Baltimore Fishbowl correspondent Justin Getka is a man of adventurous tastes. He went to the fair last night, ate the worms, and lived to tell the tale. This is his report:

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Featured, Lifeline

Sun Columnist Refutes Nat Geo’s Baltimore Heroin Claim

1 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 9:36am

Nat Geo episode on the Baltimore drug trade

Photo via National Geographic

Last night, the National Geographic Channel aired an episode of their Drugs, Inc. series that was all about Baltimore and its status as “the heroin capital of America.” While many saw the episode as an inconvenient truth for those who would like to attract new non-heroin-seeking residents to the city, Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodrick’s takes Nat Geo’s claim head-on. Baltimore is no heroin capital, he says.

According to Rodricks, the data point that Drugs, Inc. — and others before them — have used to decide that Baltimore is Heroin Town and that as many as one in 10 Baltimoreans are addicted is spurious. Sixty-thousand was a number come up with “years ago to quantify Baltimoreans with some sort of substance abuse problem,” Rodricks writes, and it stuck. As vague as that is already, the Sun determined in 2005 that it “was, at best, a hit-or-miss guess to begin with. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Schools

Johns Hopkins Invites Journalist, One-Armed Adventurer, and Breaking Bad Actor to Campus

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 9:12am


It’s late August, which means it’s time for Johns Hopkins to announce the speakers for its annual MSE Symposium. The student-run speaker series always brings an interesting cross-section of famous folks, including everyone from Jerry Springer to Malcolm Gladwell to Will Ferrell to speak for free at the school. This year’s slate of speakers is eclectic, as usual.

This year’s theme is Learning From Experience: The Path Ahead for Generation Y. The speakers include:

Aron Ralston (September 17, 7 PM) – The guy who got trapped in a canyon and cut his own arm off to escape; he was played by James Franco in the 2010 movie 127 Hours, which was based on Ralston’s best-selling book. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Iggy Azalea Was at Horseshoe Casino Tuesday

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 9:04am

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea at NYC’s Irving Plaza in May

Iggy Azalea must have felt particularly — what’s the word? – snazzy. The hit Australian rapper with the Southern American drawl performed a surprise set at the opening of Horseshoe Casino Tuesday night. That’s according to Baltimore Sun nightlife reporter Wesley Case. And there’s no reason not to believe him.

The very, uh, posh entertainment didn’t end there. Gladys Knight performed as well. And Pauly D (of Jersey Shore) did  90-minute DJ set. Not necessarily performers you would ever think of together, but something for everyone. Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink

What Guy Fieri Thinks About Baltimore

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 10:53am


You may know Fieri from his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives–or from the famously bad review his Times Square restaurant got in the New York Times. He’s also the man behind the flagship restaurant at Baltimore’s just-opened Horseshoe Casino.

The obvious selling point of Fieri’s new restaurant is Fieri himself. Maybe that’s why they named the place (no kidding) “Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar.” At GFBK&B you can get Guy Fries, Guy-Carb Dippers and Guy-Talian Deli Salad, as well as a host of other menu items that you may be too embarrassed to say out loud (The Off-Da-Hook Original Burger; Brutha’s Badass Caes-Uh Salad; Righteous Rojo Rings).
Fieri has been promoting the restaurant by giving interviews about how much he loves Baltimore. Here’s what Fieri appreciates about us, according to a recent Daily Record interview:

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Featured, Lifeline

Medical Marijuana May Reduce Painkiller Overdose Deaths

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 8:52am

Medical marijuana programs may reduce painkiller overdose deaths

Maryland lawmakers recently voted to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. (Though it will likely take another year before patients can actually access the drug.) As a fight rages over how the program will be carried out, a new study has been released that medical cannabis advocates are will no doubt begin touting.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine find a correlation between medical marijuana programs and lower rates of painkiller overdose deaths. “[T]he 13 states that had legalized medical marijuana prior to 2010 had a 25 percent lower rate of opioid mortality than those that didn’t.” Read More →

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Spring Garden Farm: Renovated Stone Farm House And 97 Acres In the Western Run Valley

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 2:13pm

Hot House: 2017 Western Run Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030


Historic stone farmhouse with slate roof, circa 1807, completely renovated, with 2007 expansion. Five bedrooms, 7 baths, 4,640 sq. ft. over three stories. Living room, library, formal dining room, updated kitchen, family room with views. Large master bedroom suite with two bathrooms and dressing room. Lower level family room with walk out patio,wet bar. Four fireplaces. Zoned heat, central a/c. Partially finished basement, carport, historic farm structures, bank barn, fenced paddock, 4-stall horse barn. Ninety-seven acres on Black Rock and Western Run. Includes 3-acre building lot: $2,985,000 (recent $465,000 price reduction) Read More →

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