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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Annapolis, Curtis Bay, Featured, Lifeline

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 →

Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

Police, Doctors Trying to Figure Out Md.’s New Marijuana Laws

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 8:45am

medical marijuana revived in Maryland

Maryland’s 2014 legislative session expanded the state’s medical marijuana program and decriminalized small amounts of the drug (though tacked on steeply escalating civil fines). But that doesn’t mean anything has been simplified. As the Baltimore Sun reports, both measures have left much unclear for law enforcement and doctors, not to mention the many patients waiting for access to their medicine.

Regarding medical marijuana:

+ The chairman of Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Commission expects it to take “until the third quarter of 2015″ before patients actually have access to the drug. Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink

Hampden Pizzeria Is Evicted, Ceases Operations

7 Written by: | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 10:45am

Photo via Yelp

Photo via Yelp

Angelo’s Pizza in Baltimore boasted “the world’s biggest slice” on its sign. Alas, that questionable claim is no longer true; as the Baltimore Sun reports, the Hampden pizza place has been evicted from its Keswick Street building, and has no plans to re-open.
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Culture, Featured, Station North

2014 Maryland Film Festival Announces First 10 Films in Lineup

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 10:15am

Ping Pong Summer (Tully, 2014)

Ping Pong Summer (Tully, 2014)

Though it’s only just started to feel like spring, the Maryland Film Festival is just around the corner. The five-day 2014 installment begins May 7, and the festival has made its first announcement of 10 films to be screened this year. Like always, the selections are a diverse mix of thought-provoking documentaries and adventurous, poignant fiction with casts and crews that run the gamut of name recognition. It even includes the Maryland-centric Ping Pong Summer, “a sweet and hilarious love letter to summers spent in Ocean City,” but it’s a period piece so there may be scenes that feature swearing on the boardwalk.

Here they are, descriptions per the MFF blog:

Club Sandwich (Fernando Eimbcke) Poignant drama, gentle comedy, and a hint of transgression mix brilliantly as we observe the coming of age of a 15-year-old teen vacationing with his single mother in a sleepy Mexican beachfront resort. From the director of Lake Tahoe and Duck Season.

Fight Church (Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel) Christianity and the world of Mixed Martial Arts collide in this thought-provoking and expectation-challenging documentary from Academy Award Winner Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel. Read More →

Featured, Inner Harbor, Lifeline, Money & Power, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Check Out This Fancy Residential Skyscraper Proposed for the Inner Harbor

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 11, 2014 9:01am

Baltimore’s skyline may get a little bit of a tweak in the near future. 414 Light Street, across from the Inner Harbor, was formerly a McCormick & Co. manufacturing plant and lately just a parking lot. But if Questar Properties moves forward with its development plans, it will become a luxury residential tower unlike Baltimore has yet seen.

The newly unveiled design for the building received preliminary approval from Baltimore’s Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel. It will be 43-stories, and at 485 feet, the city’s fourth-tallest building. According to Baltimore Business Journal, the architecture firm responsible for the design intends the tower’s “sail-like” top and blue glass walls to evoke the Inner Harbor’s “maritime history.” Read More →

Featured, Food & Drink

Help The Brewer’s Art Rename Its Ozzy Ale

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 11:25am


In March, Ozzy Osbourne sent The Brewer’s Art a cease-and-desist letter regarding the beloved micro-brewery’s Ozzy Ale that comes in cans sporting an “Ozzy” knuckle tattoo and bunch of bats, both with and without heads. So now Ozzy needs a new name, and The Brewer’s Art is keen to crowdsource it. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Orioles Adam Jones May Face Discipline for Candid Remarks

0 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 9:35am


Despite Tuesday’s Orioles-Yankees game ending in an astounding 14-5 win for the birds, center-fielder Adam Jones managed to have his mood soured by a fan who interrupted play by running onto the field at Yankee Stadium. The frequently candid Jones had harsh words for the trespasser after the game. Read More →

Featured, Money & Power

Baltimore’s Tech Industry Gender Gap

1 Written by: | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 9:15am

women programmers

We’ve heard a lot of great news about Baltimore’s tech community in recent months–not least that our city’s tech workers have the second-highest average salaries in the nation. But things aren’t entirely utopian in Baltimore’s cyber-world: 72% of tech jobs in the city are held by men.
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Featured, Lifeline, My Real Life Modern Family

Let It Be: The Complex Story of Coming Out to Family

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 10:10am



Baltimore writer Danielle Ariano tells a complex story of coming out to her family…but sometimes shrinking back in.

“You can’t tell your grandfather,” my mother said to me on one of my visits home.

We were sitting in the den watching TV. In recent months I’d started to consider the possibility of coming out to my extended family. I looked at her. Read More →

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