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What I learned from Miley Cyrus

9 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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Featured, Lifeline

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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Unbelievable Art and Process at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 4:44pm

Arts and Crafts Sugarloaf

catch of the day fish (2)You know the experience of going to an arts and crafts festival and wondering, “how in the world do they do that?” Of course, the answer is that many artists and artisans hone their craft for years, dedicating themselves to their studios and workshops in order to create objects of true beauty. And usually, we don’t get to see that process—the way that artists transform raw materials like wood or wool or silver into fantastically crafted works of art. But at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, April 25-27, 250 amazing artists will have finished works available for sale, but among those will be artists showcasing some pieces that have just begun, in order to give viewers a rare glimpse into the artistic process. There will be live demonstrations by master craftspeople in the process of creating all kind of usable, artistic objects. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

Day Care Costs More (A Lot More!) Than College in Maryland

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 10:11am

Graphic via the Washington Post

Graphic via the Washington Post

In recent years, there has been lots of press about the skyrocketing costs of college tuition. But parents in Maryland can expect to pay their heftiest education bills far earlier in their children’s lives; according to a report by Child Care Aware America, the annual cost of daycare in Maryland is nearly $5,000 more than the average tuition and fees of public college.
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Culture, Featured

A Book Lover’s Guide to Baltimore

2 Written by: | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 9:30am

literary guide to baltimore

You know how many New Yorkers have never visited the Statue of Liberty? I’m the same way about some of Baltimore’s most famous literary landmarks. I know they’re here, I’d love to pay a visit, but I somehow keep putting it off. That’s why I’m grateful for this thorough and useful “literary guide to Baltimore” by Book Riot. Sure, it features the usual suspects (the Poe gravestone; the H.L. Mencken house), but there are also a few hidden gems (the Dorothy Parker Memorial Garden at NAACP headquarters — who knew!?).
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Baltimore Man’s Robbery Attempt Spoiled by Laughter

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 9:15am


Baltimore man Ryan Michael Trembly, 29, walked up to the receptionist at Annapolis’s Bubbles Hair Salon and pointed what he hoped would like a gun at her from under his shirt. He whispered, “Give me all your money.” But instead of complying, Shomari Stone laughed at him, saying, “Not today!”

Stone was still laughing when she recounted the incident to NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate a couple days later. She said it was obvious that Trembly had nothing under his shirt but his fingers. Plus, in her words, “who tries to rob a hair salon? The bank’s right there.” Read More →

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