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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 →

Culture, Featured, Lifeline

Nat Geo Is About to Make Baltimore Look Pretty Terrible

62 Written by: | Monday, Aug 25, 2014 10:13am

The National Geographic Channel’s next episode of Drugs, Inc. will focus on Baltimore, “the heroin capital of America,” where “everyone on street [sic] is on the hustle.” It’s called “The High Wire,” and, yeah, it’s not about circus performers.

According to the Baltimore Sun‘s TV critic David Zurawik, the one-hour episode “is filled with unnamed men in masks sitting behind bags full of dope and tables filled with guns, pills and money saying things like, ‘Life is definitely cheap in Baltimore … somebody kill you for free.’”

“The High Wire” highlights Lexington Market, not for its incredible selection of food, but for being (along with Pennsylvania Avenue) “the heart of Baltimore’s drug trade.” And it presents one junkie’s testimonial: Baltimore “is where you want to be for heroin.” Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink, Lifeline

The Unexpected Downside of Maryland’s Grain Alcohol Ban

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 25, 2014 9:27am


Earlier this year, Maryland enacted a ban on grain alcohol. Considering the epidemic of binge drinking on college campuses, the ban seemed like a pretty good idea. At least if college kids were getting wasted, they could no longer use something that was one step away from rubbing alcohol to do so.

But it turns out that the grain alcohol ban isn’t just affecting college kids mixing up dorm room jungle juice. As the Washington Post reports, there are other people bemoaning the ban–and it’s not who you’d expect.

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Michael Phelps Wins Three Gold Medals at Pan Pacific Championships

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 25, 2014 9:25am

Michael Phelps wins three gold medals at Pan Pacific Championships

Michael Phelps at the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials

The Baltimore-born swimmer Michael Phelps — also known as the greatest Olympian of all-time — is getting his comeback into full swing, winning three gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia, which ended Sunday.

It’s an improvement over his performance at the US Championships earlier this month, where he didn’t win a thing. All in all, he’s only four months in on a comeback following an abbreviated “retirement.” As far as he’s right on track. “I think for my first real international meet back we accomplished everything we wanted to,” he said. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Peacock Loose in Baltimore County

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:37am


Just a peacock, peacocking.

There used to be two peacocks on Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in Parkville. Now there is only one. “He was in his cage nd he was on the ground and he just flew straight up out of the hole at the top,” Jo-Ann Weber told WJZ. “He’s been on the prowl ever since.”

They’ve been trying to recover the bird ever for three weeks, and so far, they’ve been foiled at every turn. A worker on the farm recalls a near catch: “We got there and we had it cornered. We thought for sure we had him. But darn if these birds don’t just fly right up. Within five feet, he was just gone.” Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Md. Landlord from Hell Tried to Violently Evict Tenants

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 22, 2014 8:56am

landlord from hell

Everyone has at least one “landlord from hell” story, but not many would top this. Martin Winepol, 71, stands accused of hiring a man to violently evict a 71-year-old woman and her adult son from an illegal basement apartment in Olney.

The woman claims she entered her bedroom at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 to find four men and a woman who “yelled at her to take her things and leave.” The woman and her son were then grabbed and forcibly removed from the home. When the woman tried to dial 911, one of the intruders broke her phone. Then (for good measure?) they stole her son’s phone and left. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

Baltimore to Consider Having All Cops Wear Body Cameras

3 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 9:15am

Baltimore looks into equipping police with body cameras

Equipping all police with body cameras is an idea gaining proponents around the country, after the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., was followed by two very different accounts of what happened. The concept isn’t exactly new to Maryland. Del. Frank Conaway floated the idea in 2012 after a spate of deaths in police custody. And they’ve actually been doing it in Laurel for years. But the idea is back in the air, and at a recent public safety forum Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that Baltimore is “taking a look at” the policy.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal she was less than gung-ho. “I can think of a hundred ways that could be useful,” she said. “I can also think of 101 that it could potentially be a privacy issue that I don’t think any of us want to sign up for.” Still, she said the city is looking at how jurisdictions that already use body cameras handle privacy issues. Read More →

Charles Village, Featured, Health and Fitness

Baltimore’s Best New Addition: The Wyman Park Ping Pong Table

2 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 9:09am

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

Photo via Friends of Wyman Park Facebook page

After years of publicity, fundraising, and galvanizing community support, Ping Pong Baltimore has accomplished one of its longtime goals: Installing a permanent ping pong table in Wyman Park Dell.

The idea arose out of community building workshops dating back to 2011, which happened to be attended by representatives from Friends of Wyman Park Dell, landscape architecture/urban design firm Mahan Rykiel Associates, and Ping Pong Baltimore: Why not put a ping pong table in the park? Fast forward three years, one successful online fundraising campaign, several grants, and lots of city paperwork later, and there’s now a ping pong table installed on a concrete pad near the corner of 29th and Charles Streets.

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Summer Vacation, 2014: Buddhists of Boulder

7 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 8:00am



“Do you want to meet Chris?” asked Emma after dinner our first night in Boulder, Colorado. “He’s working at a restaurant on the Pearl Street mall.”

“Umm….” said Chris uncertainly when she called him to check. “Isn’t kind of soon for me to meet your family?”

“It’s not my real family,” Emma assured him, in case he was picturing Bubbe and Zeyde from Pikesville, Mamaleh and Aunt Monica in tow. “It’s my ex-stepmother and my fourteen-year-old half-sister.”

While it’s hard to know exactly what the ex-stepmother relationship should consist of seven years post-breakup, I miss Emma and her brother Sam, and making a visit with their little sister seemed like a good idea. I tried to get their grandmother (my ex-mother-in-law) to come too, but she eluded me with some crap about being almost 90 and recently recovered from a bout with colon cancer.

Emma, 26, just got her masters from Naropa. She is a Buddhist-Jewish chaplain, a Bujew, as they say. Sam, 23, graduated from the University of Colorado in Environmental Studies. Since Boulder is America’s number one city for both Buddhism and the environment, neither seems inclined to leave. 

It’s also the capital of microbreweries, recycling, gluten-free cuisine, hiking, biking, clean air and legal marijuana. “Nestled between the mountains and reality,” its tourist board proclaims.   Read More →

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