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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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Bohemian Rhapsody, Featured, Lifeline

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 →

Featured, Fells Point, Food & Drink

Wow! Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to Come to Fells Point!

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 10:29am

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

The original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Photo via tripadvisor.com

Baltimore, this is the best restaurant news I’ve heard in a long while. The biker- and blues-oriented barbecue chain Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is finally venturing south of New Jersey. And Fells Point is going to be its first location!

When you think of great American barbecue, you probably don’t think of Upstate New York, but you should! The original Dinosaur location in Syracuse was crowned America’s best barbecue by Good Morning America in 2009. And as crazy as that may sound, it is not undeserved. In fact, it was a long time coming. I can tell you from experience that their ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, salmon fritters, and fried green tomatoes are all show stoppers.

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, the 8,295 square-foot space at 1401 Fleet Street will seat 251 (including 19 at the bar). The restaurateurs will meet with the liquor board on Sept. 4.

Featured, Fells Point, Lifeline

Meet Baltimore’s First Female Bricklayer

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 10:06am

Photo via NPR/by Olivia Fite

Photo via NPR/by Olivia Fite

Bricklaying is a predominantly male profession; that was even more true 40 years ago, when Baltimorean Barbara Moore got her start. “It was kind of rough at first ’cause, you know, a lot of the older guys didn’t think I should be there and I was taking a job from a man,” Moore said in an NPR StoryCorps interview with her daughter, Olivia Fite. “But I believed that I could do that job.”

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Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Chelsea Plymale, Ocean City’s ‘Pole Doll’

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 9:18am

Chelsea Plymale, Ocean City’s no-longer-all-that-mysterious boardwalk pole dancer, told WJZ she “didn’t know [she] was going to be pushed into the spotlight like this.” She’s referring to the national coverage (in outlets like USA Today and The Blaze) of the controversy that erupted after Plymale set up a pole and performed in a bikini on the resort town’s boardwalk on August 9.

But even if she couldn’t have seen this sudden fame coming, she’s ready to capitalize on it. Plymale has returned at least twice to the boardwalk, branded herself “OC’s only Pole Doll,” and wondered aloud (half jokingly?): “Maybe there’s a reality show in the mix for me. That would be a lot of fun. I could be, like, the next Snooki.” Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

Report Blames 26th St. on Unqualified Maintenance Crews

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 9:39am

Maintenance crews weren't qualified to inspect 26th street

Neither the city of Baltimore nor CSX will take credit for the dramatic collapse of a block of E. 26th Street that sent cars, asphalt, and street lamps onto railroad tracks below, preferring instead to blame the weather. A report released Sunday seems to place the fault with both, finding that the City Department of Transportation and CSX responded inadequately to residents’ complaints. Read More →

Featured, Lifeline

Where Do Marylanders Come From?

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 9:22am


Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 10.29.36 PMIt’s common wisdom that immigration patterns have changed dramatically over the past 100 years–but those changes vary greatly from state to state. While many states have seen an influx of residents from other states, others are seeing much less in-migration. For example, in 1900, only 55 percent of Massachusetts residents had been born in the state; by 2012, the state’s residents were 63 percent Massachusetts-born.

This data comes from a fascinating interactive story from the New York Times, which minutely traces each state’s patterns of migration. So what of Maryland?

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Featured, Lifeline

The Bug That’s Killing All the Ash Trees in America Is in Baltimore

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 18, 2014 8:31am

The emerald ash borer threatens all the ash trees of North America

The emerald ash borer, an invasive Asian beetle that threatens North America’s entire ash tree population was spotted in Druid Hill Park in June! The green beetle has already killed “tens of millions” of North American ash trees since it was found over here 12 years ago.

According to the Baltimore Sun, as of 2009, there are around 212,000 ash trees in the city, which amounts to 9 percent of all the trees in Baltimore. The emerald ash borer threatens our tree canopy (which is already pretty sparse), our ecosystem, our culture, and our budget! Read More →

Featured, Schools

Johns Hopkins Astronomer Helps Solve Stardust Mystery

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 15, 2014 9:30am


Images of the Milky Way show lots of stars, of course–but they also reveal lots of other stuff, including mysterious dark bands emanating from starlight. These are called diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs), and they’ve baffled astronomers since they were first discovered in 1922 by Mary Lea Hager, a graduate student at the time.

Astronomers study objects in space by looking at the light they emit. DIBs are interruptions in the light spectrum–which indicates that something between Earth and the star had absorbed that light. But what, and how? The going theory is that unusually large, complex molecules are the culprits, but there’s been no way for astronomers to prove that one way or another. Read More →

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