» The inevitable fawning regarding the idea: ”Words can simply not capture the incredible debt of gratitude that we owe to Mike and the amazing sense of fortune that we have in being able to claim him not merely as a graduate but as a graduate who so clearly understands us and has given so much of his time, his passion and his philanthropy,” Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said regarding the donation. “We’re just incredibly fortunate.” Yeah, pretty much, bro.
He’s now live-broadcasting a conversation with the police outside his house. Hard to believe.— Philip Bump (@pbump) December 2, 2012
Police officer explains to James MacArthur that the “tweets he put out earlier today” are why a tactical team were used to serve warrant.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) December 2, 2012
We just started listening to his live broadcast. His conversation with a Baltimore police Lieutenant is still in progress. The sticking point seems to relate to MacArthur’s failure to receive a warrant, issued by a probation agent relating to a 2009 charge. (h/t @pbump) source
(Update: MacArthur went off the air after negotiating the terms of his leaving home, specifically that he be allowed to lock his door behind him — to both keep out the Baltimore Police Department, and protect himself against theft. He surrendered peacefully and is currently in police custody, according to The Baltimore Sun.)
I never expected, based on that story, that this is the actual winner. We really won’t believe anybody till they walk in with a ticket and the ticket is valid — and they have identification.Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett • Throwing skepticism at a New York Post story that claims a Baltimore McDonald’s employee bought a winning ticket in last week’s massive Mega Millions jackpot — but that her co-workers are upset with the woman, saying that the ticket was bought as part of a pool, but she refuses to share. Mirlande Wilson, when getting interviewed, didn’t present a winning ticket to the state lottery, nor has she shown off the ticket, leading Maryland Lottery officials to (at least for now) dismiss her story — though they admit that a winning ticket was bought in Maryland. If she did win, think her co-workers have a claim?
Baltimore cops busted for kickbacks: Reports have come out that the Baltimore Police Department is charging seventeen officers, as well as a pair of brother auto mechanics, with running an extortion scheme through a towing company. Basically, the cops took bribes from the mechanics, proprietors of Rosedale’s Majestic Auto Repair shop, to steer accident tows and repair to their business instead of a city-authorized one. This scheme lasted two years, and now stands to cost those involved a maximum of twenty years in prison. source