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May 1, 2014

The end of this video is pretty much every urban automobile owner’s worst nightmare. :(  Dear Baltimore residents affected by this landslide: Our condolences.

19:21 // 4 months ago
April 11, 2014
The most heartbreaking part about this is that this clearly was what the man was meant to do with his life. (ht Romenesko)

The most heartbreaking part about this is that this clearly was what the man was meant to do with his life. (ht Romenesko)

19:52 // 5 months ago
August 10, 2013

Henrietta Lacks died 62 years ago, but her cells live on … this time, with her family’s consent.

  • 74k the number of studies that have been conducted using the cells of Henrietta Lacks, a Baltimore woman who died of cervical cancer more than 62 years ago. Lacks’ cells proved to be hugely influential to the medical community, providing building blocks to a number of major discoveries in the decades between. One problem: Lacks never agreed to this, nor did her family… until this week, that is. The family reached a deal with the National Institutes of Health over the issue, though the deal does not include compensation for usage of the cells by the medical community. source
22:45 // 1 year ago
January 26, 2013

Michael Bloomberg loves giving his old university money, guys

  • $350 million the amount Michael Bloomberg is giving his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, in the latest round of philantropy
  • $1.1 billion the amount Bloomberg has given the university over his entire lifetime; clearly, the alumni foundation didn’t lose his info source

» 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.

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20:21 // 1 year ago
December 1, 2012

Baltimore blogger James MacArthur in police standoff, refuses to leave home

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 @pbumpsource

(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.)

21:25 // 1 year ago
April 2, 2012
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?
19:57 // 2 years ago
October 8, 2011

Future Islands: Balance

(from On the Water)

Baltimore’s next breakout act? Future Islands’ next album, “On the Water,” hits next week, and with a winning formula of dramatic synths, deep bass and the totally-in-your-face vocals of Samuel Herring (who comes off like Jack Black meets Meatloaf, in a good way), they have a compelling formula already in the mix. Their last album, “In Evening Air,” amped up the dynamics, setting the stage for “Balance,” which most certainly has a danceable beat, but is far more cerebral than your normal indie dance night fare. Diamond Rings fans, give these guys a shot.

23:36 // 2 years ago
March 10, 2011
The Wire’s Snoop arrested in massive drug arrest: Remember Snoop (aka Felicia Pearson) from The Wire? She and 30 others got arrested in a massive Baltimore drug sting. She’s still totally one of the best parts of Season 4. (thanks Margaret Leist) source Follow ShortFormBlog

The Wire’s Snoop arrested in massive drug arrest: Remember Snoop (aka Felicia Pearson) from The Wire? She and 30 others got arrested in a massive Baltimore drug sting. She’s still totally one of the best parts of Season 4. (thanks Margaret Leist) source

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12:47 // 3 years ago
February 24, 2011

A bad day for the Baltimore Police Department

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

13:20 // 3 years ago
January 19, 2011

Charm City’s Top Cop: Frederick H. Bealefeld, Commissioner of Baltimore Police, does not care for your “critically acclaimed television.” Why couldn’t McNulty be a hip, cool CSI type? source

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15:33 // 3 years ago