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Michael Phelps arrested for DUI in Fort McHenry tunnel

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 12:51pm


Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps was caught drunk driving in Baltimore overnight. The Baltimore Bullet was arrested on DUI charges early Tuesday morning after he was seen going almost double the speed limit in the Fort McHenry tunnel. TMZ Sports was first to the story, while WJZ-TV obtained a full police report. Read More →

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Mayor SRB Talks Smack About DC, Its Mayor, Its Baseball Team and Possible ‘MARC Madness’

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 10:44am

Photo via the Baltimore Sun

Photo via the Baltimore Sun

Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals have made it to the playoffs this year, which means it’s possible–though not necessarily likely– that this will be the year of the Beltway World Series. Talk about some serious DC-Baltimore rivalry. And Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake isn’t afraid to get in on the fight.

The Washington Post asked Rawlings-Blake and DC Mayor Vincent Gray a number of hypothetical questions about a Os-Nats match up. Both mayors are politicians first, and that comes across in their answers; SRB manages to work in sentences like “I am committed to improving our communities” into her answers. Fortunately, we’ve scraped away all the fluff; here are the best examples of (gentle, political) smack-talk by SRB from the WaPo’s interview:

If you made a bet on the World Series, what would you wager with each other? Read More →

Culture, Featured, Food & Drink, Money & Power

John Oliver Reads The Helmand’s Yelp Reviews on Nat’l TV

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 8:38am

John Oliver Reads Helmand's Bad Yelp Reviews on TelevisionIn the middle of a bit on HBO’s Last Week Tonight about Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s America-dissing farewell address, John Oliver fired back. He noted that the former president’s brother Qayum Karzai “owns a restaurant in Baltimore” and proceeded to read negative Yelp reviews of Mt. Vernon’s beloved Helmand. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Can Endangered Penguins Save the Maryland Zoo?

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 29, 2014 1:51pm

The African black-footed penguin

The African black-footed penguin

In an ironic shifting of roles, it looks like an endangered species is being called upon to rescue a zoo. The Maryland Zoo in West Baltimore opened its new Penguin Coast exhibit on Saturday. The institution hopes the attraction, featuring 60-ish African black-footed penguins will “spark a renaissance,” according to the Baltimore Sun. But really, things have been looking up for the zoo for a few years now.

The Maryland Zoo was in deep trouble in 2008, when it nearly lost its accreditation over run-down facilities, low wages, & poor working conditions. It also had been struggling financially since 2004 and was forced to close several parts of the zoo. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

Police Beatings Are a Financial Drain on Baltimore City

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:37am

surveillance video of a violent Baltimore arrest

A Baltimore police officer assaulting a man on North Ave.

Well, here’s a novel way to look at police brutality. Besides being gross civil-rights violations, inordinately victimizing African-Americans, and increasing the mistrust of law enforcement, police beatings in Baltimore are also costing taxpayers some serious money!

An investigative piece in the Baltimore Sun looks at the dollars and cents of unduly violent police in the city. And it’s incredible! “Over the past four years,” according to the report, “more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations.” These beatings frequently took place during questionable arrests. Nearly all the victims had their charges dropped or were never charged with anything to begin with.

But back to the money! Since January 2011, the Sun found, the city paid out $5.7 million to victims of police beatings. Add to that the $5.8 million the city spent on legal fees associated with defending against these claims, and you’ve got $11.5 million of taxpayer money that could have gone to something good if only our police officers could refrain from beating up “a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette, and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson,” among others. Read More →

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Be Aware–Maryland’s New Laws Take Effect This Week

4 Written by: | Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:25am

Law and Marijuana

Starting on October 1 (this Wednesday), a number of new laws take effect in Maryland. They involve drugs, discrimination, domestic violence, and driving. Read on to be reminded how not to run afoul of the law:

Marijuana decriminalization. Stoners, rejoice: As of this week, if you’re caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana, you’ll face civil charges (instead of criminal ones). First time offenders can expect a $100 fine, rising to $500 the third time you get caught. Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Featured

SNL Tackles NFL, Ravens in Season-Opening Skit

0 Written by: | Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 12:03pm

prattSNLSaturday Night Live’s season premiere was timed to fall on the eve of Sunday’s Ravens-Panthers game. Since both teams have players who have been accused in domestic violence incidents, the NBC sketch comedy specialists used the opportunity to lampoon the NFL, and the massive fallout triggered by the release of video showing ex-Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Rice in an Atlantic City elevator.  Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Featured, Sponsored Post

The View From Halcyon Farm: How a House Becomes a Home

0 Written by: | Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10:03am


Halcyon House

Via roughluxeperspective.blogspot.com

When I look at some of the gorgeous houses featured in shelter magazines, my first question is always the same: where’s their stuff? Where are the books that they’re in the middle of reading? Where are the children’s toys, the dogs’ toys? Where are the family pictures, the treasures brought back from trips, the little pieces that show that you have interests and hobbies?

At Halcyon, you can read our interests the moment you walk through the door. There are paintings which reflect our interest in our history and in the history of Baltimore. The cookbooks, that are well-used and well-read, are close at hand in the kitchen. Flowers from the garden or greenhouse are arranged in old trophies, vases and glasses. Magazines are stacked and then read at leisure. Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Featured, Food & Drink, Lifeline

Happy Pumpkin Spice Latte Season. I Think.

1 Written by: | Friday, Sep 26, 2014 12:30pm


This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose: in our backyards, playgrounds and parks! Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you. 

The pumpkin spice latte is baaaack, and  “it’s pretty polarizing.” Here’s how to make one at home if you are in Camp Pumpkin Spice 4-Ever, as I am.

If the words “pumpkin” and “spice” are being bandied about it’s officially fall. That means I plug in my light box in the mornings from now until March because I am seasonally affected by this feeling that I call,  I-wish-I-could-hibernate-through-the-holidays-like-a-badger.

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Featured, Money & Power

Baltimore Is Rich. Wait, What?

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 26, 2014 10:04am


The richest metro area in the country bar far is Washington DC, with a median household income of around $90,000. That’s not too surprising, nor was I shocked to hear about #2 (San Francisco) or #3 (Boston). But who would’ve thought that the fourth-richest metro area in the country was… Baltimore!?

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