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Baltimore to Celebrate Labor Day by Not Having a Grand Prix

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 11:10am

Baltimore Grand Prix

It’ll be ike this, but no barriers, bleachers, fans, or race cars.

For three years Baltimore has celebrated Labor Day, a holiday dedicated to the contributions of American workers, in a novel way. We installed a race course that impeded commutes and reduced the patronage of downtown restaurants. But now that the star-crossed Baltimore Grand Prix has been called off indefinitely, we can enjoy Labor Day weekend just like we used to: by not tearing out a bunch of trees; not cursing (more than usual) as we try to navigate through downtown Baltimore; not trying to figure out whether an Indy Car street race is a net gain, a net loss, or a net we-don’t-want-to-know.

Baltimore Business Journal conducted an informal poll of their readers’ opinions on the race and found that 42 percent of respondents said the Grand Prix “was a financial mess, kept normal customers away from downtown and caused long traffic backups.” Read More →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Iggy Azalea Was at Horseshoe Casino Tuesday

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 9:04am

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea at NYC’s Irving Plaza in May

Iggy Azalea must have felt particularly — what’s the word? – snazzy. The hit Australian rapper with the Southern American drawl performed a surprise set at the opening of Horseshoe Casino Tuesday night. That’s according to Baltimore Sun nightlife reporter Wesley Case. And there’s no reason not to believe him.

The very, uh, posh entertainment didn’t end there. Gladys Knight performed as well. And Pauly D (of Jersey Shore) did  90-minute DJ set. Not necessarily performers you would ever think of together, but something for everyone. Read More →

Money & Power, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Baltimore, Heaven for House-Flippers

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 10:38am


Sometimes, people who flip (or attempt to flip) houses are savvy real estate speculators willing to funnel money into a gentrifying neighborhood; sometimes they’re cynical parasites, out to make a buck–witness this month’s successful court case against one of Baltimore’s most infamous absentee landlords.

Whatever their stripes, house flippers will be pleased to learn that Baltimore is one of the nation’s best markets in which to flip a home, according to Business Insider.

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Money & Power

Maryland Mayor Evicted from City Hall, Moves into Tent on Front Lawn

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 25, 2014 10:08am

Photo via @MayorGrant

Photo via @MayorGrant

Yeah, politics in Congress are contentious. But they’ve got nothing on Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a small city (pop. 4,500) in Prince George’s County, where the city council has evicted the mayor from City Hall… and so he decided to erect a tent in front of the building and govern from there instead.

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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 →

Lifeline, Money & Power

Why Baltimore Hasn’t Sought to Ban Parking App Haystack

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 11:28am


Even as the Baltimore-designed parking app Haystack is being effectively banned in Boston, the service — which allows users to claim soon-to-be-vacated public parking spaces for a fee — has failed to provoke the same reaction back home. Apparently, that’s because city officials don’t expect the app to survive long enough to become a problem.

Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft told the Baltimore Business Journal that “we think it’s going to die an actual death, so at this point we’re letting it go. If it becomes more of a problem we’ll deal with it.” Read More →

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 →

Lifeline, Money & Power

Baltimore Casino Has a $1 Million Slot Machine

1 Written by: | Friday, Aug 15, 2014 10:12am


Slot machines are the worst kind of gambling. They draw you in with their flashing lights and goofy themes, but require nothing more of you than your ability to sit on a stool and spend increasing amounts of money. There’s none of the mathematics, bluffing, or complex decision-making required by actual card games. So the idea of a slot machine that costs $500 to play once is, frankly, a little horrifying to me.

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Featured, Lifeline, Money & Power

NFL Considers New Policy Amid Reaction to Ray Rice Suspension

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 15, 2014 8:57am

NFL reacts to Ray Rice reactionWord has leaked that the National Football League is considering increasing penalties for players accused of domestic violence. According to an anonymous NFL source speaking to the Washington Post, “A first offense could be four to six games, definitely more than two. A second offense might be a year.”

This potential new policy comes on the heels of intensely negative reaction to the two-game suspension Ravens running back Ray Rice received after Rice was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend Janay Palmer, apparently knocking her unconscious. Read More →

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