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Being Joan Rivers (in Baltimore)

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 11:26am


University of Baltimore MFA student Nancy Murray recounts the day she got to know Joan Rivers quite personally.

In my acting days I had a reputation for being able to play any character at a moment’s notice. It didn’t matter if it was a murderous psychopath, a disco-dancing diva or a Puerto Rican man. If I played the character I could make it believable. I liked this about myself. I thought it said something about my ability to empathize with others. I was grateful for it because it meant that I always had work. Read More →

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Chris Davis Lifts Truck Off Accident Victim

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 10:03am


On Monday, a car accident on I-295 left one victim pinned underneath a pickup truck. A bunch of people gathered to help lift the pickup off the trapped man… and one of them happened to be Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis.

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We Won’t Stop! See the Schedule of Orioles Pep Rallies

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 9:40am


Photo by Amy Langrehr

Wow!  What a night.  The big win last night of the American League East Division thrilled all of Baltimore (and even brought some of us to tears…).  The Orioles want to keep the momentum going with a series of ‘We Won’t Stop’ rallies throughout Baltimore over the next few weeks, with appearances at the Hard Rock Café in the Inner Harbor on September 18 and October 1, Stevenson University on September 29, and the plaza at Pratt and Light Streets on October 3. Miller Lite will sponsor rallies at Mothers Bar and Grill in Federal Hill on October 4 and Bond Street Social in Fells Point on October 5. Read More →

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RoFo Arena: It Is What It Is

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8:06am

Get Ready for Royal Farms Arena

I don’t know. RoFo has been known to dress up nice. Via

Many are happy that the Baltimore Arena — formerly 1st Mariner Arena — just inked a new naming-rights deal. At $250,000 a year, it’s more than three times as lucrative as the old deal. Plus Royal Farms is a Baltimore-based company, and it’s nice to see that kind of engagement from a local company.

Comptroller Joan M. Pratt takes issue with the lack of transparency during the selection process. But most bones to pick have been aesthetic in nature. Royal Farms Arena, as it will be known beginning Nov. 1, doesn’t exactly sound upscale — even with the word royal in there. The deal has inspired some jokes about fried chicken on Twitter, as well as some sighs of misgivings.

Former executive director of the Baltimore Arena Charles A. Neustadt, who dislikes corporate naming-rights deals in general, told the Baltimore Sun: “Are there classier names than Royal Farms? Probably. Are there less classy names? Probably.” Read More →

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Towson Among the Most Livable Cities in the U.S.

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 7:09am

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Via’s annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list ranks small to mid-size U.S. cities in “livability,” taking into account a city’s economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. The study, a joint effort between and the Martin Prosperity Institute. This year, Towson, Md., was ranked 42nd.

The list noted Towson University, the Towson Town Center, and the Towson Bike Beltway. The Bike Beltway may have been the crucial factor. It was built just this year, and last year, Towson didn’t make it into the ranking’s top 100. Read More →

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Has All the Character ‘Vanished’ from Charles Street?

3 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 9:31am


Charles Street

Baltimore’s First Unitarian Church on Charles St. Photographed 1936 by E.H. Pickering

I moved to Baltimore in 2008, so what do I know? I walk North Charles Street and think it’s mostly pretty swell. Longtime Baltimore resident (and big-time publisher and columnist) Russ Smith sees it differently. He published a personal essay at his own Splice Today that states unequivocally that North Charles Street is a shadow of its former self.

Smith narrated a recent walk up Charles after a check-depositing excursion in which he noted a lack of a trashcans and a surfeit of Subway restaurants, 7-Elevens, and “filthy bodegas.” Read More →

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Video Shows Man Being Punched Repeatedly by a Baltimore Cop

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 8:57am


surveillance video of a violent Baltimore arrest

A still from the surveillance footage

A Baltimore City security camera captured surveillance video of a June 15 arrest outside of the Eric 500 liquor store on East North Avenue. The silent footage shows a man, Kollin Truss, arguing with an officer, Vincent E. Cosom, on his way out of the store. Truss is accompanied by a woman, his girlfriend Stephanie Coleman, who appears to urge him to cross the street and walk away, which the two do. Truss and two other officers follow the pair across the street. And, seemingly out of nowhere, Cosom begins punching Truss several times in the face and body while Truss is restrained by another one of the officers. The beating doesn’t stop until Coleman pushes Cosom away and stands in front of Truss.

Initially, Truss — who cannot be seen to throw a single punch in the video — was charged with assaulting Cosom and Coleman. (Cosom reported that Truss “pushed the female with open hands three times.”) Those charges have since been dropped, and Truss has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Cosom, alleging assault, battery, and false arrest, among other charges, according to the Baltimore Sun.

According to Cosom’s account of the arrest, Truss faced the officer with a fighting stance and clenched fist, which precipitated “a physical altercation due to me being in fear of my safety, and I received a punch to the body.”

Here’s the surveillance footage:


Pigtown Design: The Pride of Baltimore – A Recap of the Star-Spangled Spectacular

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 3:30pm

From Pigtown Design - If you’ve been reading Pigtown*Design for any length of time, you know that I am a big booster of Baltimore, my home town. This weekend gave me so much more to be proud of with the celebrations for the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem. There were loads of events happening in and around Baltimore, on the land, in the sea and in the air. I managed to take advantage of all three!




Friday started out by leaving the office at noon to join one of my best friends for drinks and lunch at the Four Seasons, which is right on the waterfront. We knew that the Blue Angels would be practicing in the afternoon, so we had a front row seat for that, and for watching the ships sail by. The one above is Pride of Baltimore II and is a gorgeous ship! Read More →

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SRB Discharged from Hospital, Cancels Appearances Today

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 11:18am

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

In the midst of what was by all accounts a truly spectacular Star Spangled Spectacular on Saturday night, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who has been “struggling with a case of bronchitis and an upper respiratory infection,” was rushed to University of Maryland Medical Center with shortness of breath and chest pains.

After the mayor was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon, she has canceled all public appearances Monday to “concentrate on returning to optimal health.” Read More →

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Say It Ain’t So: Oriole Chris Davis Suspended for Adderall Use

2 Written by: | Friday, Sep 12, 2014 12:51pm

Chris Davis Tests Positive for Adderall

Struggling Orioles slugger Chris Davis just tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine, and will be suspended for 25 games!

Adderall is a drug used to treat ADHD, and some Major League Baseball players are allowed to take it. (In 2013, 119 players were issued exemptions.) Some players without ADHD take Adderall as a performance-enhancing drug, with the hope that “performance and stamina can be enhanced.” Read More →

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