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RoFo Arena: It Is What It Is

1 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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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:

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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 →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

City Detective Uses Baltimore Rapper Young Moose’s Lyrics Against Him

1 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:49am

Young Moose

Kevron Evans, aka Young Moose, center, rapping in the video for “Wats the Reason”

Kevron Evans is currently sitting in jail after a raid of his East Baltimore home turned up 160 heroin gel caps, according to police. The Baltimore Sun reports that to get the warrant, Det. Daniel Hersl described YouTube music videos that feature Evans rapping as Young Moose and include Evans and others carrying guns. Hersl also included a reference to Young Moose’s lyrics which, the detective wrote, are “about distributing narcotics, violence and using a firearm to commit violence.” Sounds like a lot of rap lyrics I know. Read More →

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Johns Hopkins Tuition Is Less Expensive Than You Think

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:40am


JHU's Baltimore Scholars program is one reason the school has seen increased economic diversity in recent years.

JHU’s Baltimore Scholars program is one reason the school has seen increased economic diversity in recent years.

If you look at the sticker price, the cost of college tuition has gone up alarmingly in recent years. Luckily, many families with children attending top schools don’t have to pay full price to do so, thanks to scholarships, grants, financial aid, and other funding sources. Take Johns Hopkins, for example.

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Maryland: Another Study Suggests Fracking May Be Bad for You

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 12, 2014 10:04am

fracking in Maryland

Maryland officials are currently taking public comment on a University of Maryland study on the likely effects of fracking in the state. The report includes “52 recommendations for assessing and offsetting potential impacts.” They’re preparing to make a final decision on the practice in consultation with an O’Malley-appointed advisory panel — sometime in the next few months.

Meanwhile, Yale researchers have determined — from a survey of 180 households living off well water in southwestern Pennsylvania — that people who live closer to natural gas wells are more likely to report certain upper respiratory ailments and skin conditions. The correlation holds up even when results were adjusted for “gender, age, educational level, smoking, and awareness of environmental risk factors.” Read More →

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O’Malley’s Moving Back to Baltimore

0 Written by: | Friday, Sep 12, 2014 9:30am

moving back to baltimore

Northern Baltimore residents, get ready to welcome some new neighbors. Gov. Martin O’Malley and family are moving back to Baltimore city, and they’re looking for a house in your neck of the woods!

According to the Baltimore Sun, the term-limited governor and his wife, Baltimore District Court Judge Katie O’Malley, are “actively house shopping” as they prepare to leave Government House in 2015. (Maybe they’ll peruse some of our “House of the Day” listings.) Read More →

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Baltimore Police Dept. Tweets Gun Grab

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 12:15pm

A rifle seized by the Baltimore Police Dept. in July (via BPD Twitter account).

A rifle seized by the Baltimore Police Dept. in July (via BPD Twitter account).

Like many Marylanders, the Baltimore Police Department made sure they found some time to show off their guns this summer.

Over the last few months, BPD units seized numerous illegal guns from the streets. One of them was pink. Sometimes, drugs and money were also involved. To give the public a better idea of what they’re collecting, BPD posts pictures of these guns to theĀ departmentā€™s Twitter account with the hashtags #ASaferBaltimore and #NoMoreViolence. The posts go up year-round, but we’ve particularly been admiring the summer collection. Here’s a few highlights : Read More →

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Some Baltimore Restaurants Are Resistant to Letter Grades

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 10:18am

Baltimore restaurants

City Councilman Brandon Scott is trying to bring Baltimore in line with nearly every other major city in the United States by making health-inspection data for local restaurants searchable online and posting letter grades in windows. And the Restaurant Association of Maryland isn’t into it.

The association’s vice president Melvin R. Thompson doesn’t support what he calls an “unfair, subjective, confusing and potentially costly letter-grading system with no quantifiable public health benefit,” according to the Baltimore Sun. Thompson told the City Council’s Health Committee he saw no reason for a tiered grading system: “Either a food service facility is safe enough to remain open or it is not, period.”

(Scott disputes the notion that there is “no quantifiable public health benefit,” pointing to a 14-percent drop in salmonella infections in New York a year after implementing the grading system.) Read More →

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Ray Rice’s Wife Posts Statement on Instagram

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 9:29am


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