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Top Stories: Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments Come Down, Activist Sculpture Toppled, Hate is Alive in Md.

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 18, 2017 5:05pm

Our top story this week marked what will likely prove to be a pivotal moment in 2017: City lawmakers voted unanimously to tear down four controversial statues honoring the Confederate legacy in Baltimore.

Following last weekend’s violent, hate-motivated unrest that began with protests about a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va., cities around the country moved to eject their controversial monuments with lightning speed. While Baltimore didn’t beat out the citizens of Durham, N.C., lawmakers here nonetheless acted quickly. Over the weekend, Councilman Brandon Scott drafted a resolution that called for the city to “destroy” the statues. On Monday night, right after he modified the proposal by subbing out “deconstruct” for “destroy,” he and his colleagues all voted in favor.

The following night, Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered all of them to be torn and carted off, and the rest was…actually, that history is still playing out.

Here were the other most popular stories from Baltimore Fishbowl this week:

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Lifeline, Ravens Nation

In Sad Announcement, Former Raven Zach Orr Says He is Retiring, After All

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 18, 2017 4:00pm

Credit: Sabina Moran/PressBox

At 25, Zachary Orr didn’t foresee ending his professional football career after just three years, particularly after his breakout 2016 season. Sadly, injuries can overpower even the most persistent of athletes possessing a wealth of potential.

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Featured, Lifeline

Five Places Around Maryland to Watch Monday’s Rare Solar Eclipse

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 18, 2017 2:35pm

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

As we inch closer to the much-awaited solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, you might want to start considering where you’ll take it all in.

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Featured, Lifeline, Schools

Coppin State to Waive Tuition for Local High School Grads Who Earn Their Associate’s Degree

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 18, 2017 11:38am

Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex. Photo via Visit Baltimore.

Coppin State University is piggybacking off of Mayor Catherine Pugh’s plan to send more city youth to college at no cost.

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Featured, Money & Power

Md. Senate Prez Irked by How His Colleagues Went About Voting to Remove Taney Statue

1 Written by: | Friday, Aug 18, 2017 10:03am

Roger Taney’s since-removed statue in Annapolis. Photo via City of Annapolis.

The Democratic president of Maryland’s senate is upset about emails – specifically those relating to the removal of Roger Taney’s bronze likeness outside the State House.

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Links

Friday Morning Headlines: Roger Taney’s Statue Removed in Annapolis; Heat Advisory in Effect for City; and More

0 Written by: | Friday, Aug 18, 2017 7:25am

Dutch company moving its executive team to downtown Baltimore — BBJ

A “Tent City” outside City Hall to press the mayor on homelessness and more — Baltimore Brew

Roger B. Taney statue removed from State Hose grounds Friday morning — AP

Mallett uneven again as Ravens’ starting offense struggles in 31-7 win over Dolphins — Baltimore Sun

Heat Advisory For Baltimore Area On Friday — WBAL

Culture, Featured

Someone Toppled the ‘Madre Luz’ Sculpture that Briefly Replaced Baltimore’s Lee-Jackson Monument

2 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 5:29pm

“Madre Luz,” by Pablo Machioli, knocked down in the Wyman Park Dell.

On Thursday morning, Pablo Machioli’s sculpture depicting a pregnant black woman with her fist raised, child on her back, stood proudly atop a marble base in the Wyman Park Dell. By the late afternoon, someone had knocked over and destroyed the sculpture; on a step nearby were the words, “Honor History,” painted in gold.

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Culture, Featured, Station North

‘Showroom,’ a Café, Bar and Performance Venue, to Open at Station North’s Motor House

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 3:14pm

Andre Mazlin, managing director of Motor House, inside the space that will house Showroom. Photo by Tori Munoz.

Motor House is getting an additional concert space, complete with an attached bar and restaurant.

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Featured, Food & Drink

Local Eateries Band Together for City’s First-Ever Vegan Restaurant Week

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 11:32am

A plate of French toast from Golden West Cafe. Photo by Balance Photography.

Naijha Wright-Brown, owner of Mount Vernon-based vegan soul food spot The Land of Kush, enjoys getting out of her own kitchen to dine at other restaurants around the city. However, she’s grown tired of servers offering her a salad as her only option or, worse, being urged to head around the corner for something suiting her dietary restrictions.

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Featured, Money & Power

State House Trust Votes to Remove Statue of Roger Taney in Annapolis

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 9:29am

Roger Taney’s statue in Annapolis. Photo via City of Annapolis.

With Baltimore’s Confederate memorials now gone, the political fight against Maryland’s commemorations of those who supported or advanced the Lost Cause has shifted to Annapolis.

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