Legend has it that Phidippedes ran 26 miles to Athens from Marathon to announce the success of the Athenian army's surprise suicide attack against the far larger Persian army, starting a grand tradition: Dying during marathons. [more inside]
posted by minimii
on Dec 26, 2009 -
Crime: A Tale of Two Cities. When "The Wire" gained popularity in Great Britain, we were contacted by a London-based journalist who proposed a job swap. Mark Hughes, a crime reporter with The Independent, a national newspaper in the United Kingdom, wanted to come to Baltimore to see if the city’s police officers, drug dealers, prosecutors and politicians bore any resemblance to those on show. We agreed to complete the exchange by sending our police reporter, Justin Fenton, to London to compare crime trends. [more inside]
posted by HumanComplex
on Nov 12, 2009 -
is a Baltimore phenomenon that allows citizens to get cheap "illegal" rides across town. A hack indicates they want a ride by motioning their pointer finger towards the ground as they walk along the street. Inevitably a driver will stop, the two parties will negotiate a price and a ride will be given. It is both a dangerous
part of the blighted Baltimore economy.
posted by cloeburner
on Nov 9, 2009 -
John Pontolillo, a student at Johns Hopkins University, had just had laptops and a game console stolen from his house. Hours later, he heard a noise from the garage. Before he went to investigate, he grabbed
... [more inside]
posted by ChurchHatesTucker
on Sep 18, 2009 -
"'I am not a defendant,' Mitchell declared. 'I do not have attorneys.' The court 'lacks territorial jurisdiction over me,' he argued, to the amazement of his lawyers. To support these contentions, he cited decades-old acts of Congress involving the abandonment of the gold standard and the creation of the Federal Reserve ... Judge Davis ordered the three defendants to be removed from the court, and turned to Gardner, who had, until then, remained quiet. But Gardner, too, intoned the same strange speech. 'I am Shawn Earl Gardner, live man, flesh and blood,' he proclaimed." Too Weird for the Wire: How black Baltimore drug dealers are using white supremacist legal theories to confound the Feds. [via]
posted by nasreddin
on Jul 15, 2008 -
Prior to his critically acclaimed program The Wire, creator Edward Burns wrote the HBO miniseries The Corner
, which also focused on the drug trade in Baltimore. Charles S. Dutton
, an African-American Baltimore native and former convict probably best known to most as TV's "Roc," was chosen to direct the miniseries. Who Gets To Tell a Black Story?
, part of a Pulitzer-prize winning NYT series
on race in America, examines Dutton's take on how to make a TV program which portrays a mostly African-American cast of characters, the struggles and differing perspectives of Dutton and Burns, and how race is portrayed in Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by whir
on Dec 17, 2007 -
Public gatherings restricted? Check. Shutdown of independent businesses? Check. Lockdown on traffic and transportation in the area? You bet. Lawmakers in Baltimore trying to curb the city's homicide rate (already 108 this year) have come up with some "desperate measures"
of questionable constitutional legality, including heightening police presence in order to lockdown streets in "emergency areas." It has been called, "partial martial law" by some, and one has to wonder if the city of Baltimore may not do better to take a page from The Wire's Hamsterdam
for a solution to their inextricably linked drug and homicide issues.
posted by dead_
on May 17, 2007 -
Baltimore House is the New Dylan?
Probably not, but Baltimore Club
is an interesting sub-genre of dance music, anyway-- taking influences from Hip-Hop, House, Go-Go, Miami Bass, Detroit Ghettotech, Rave and TV theme songs(!) and merging them into a sound that's unique to Charm City's underground dance clubs. You can sample (and buy) some of the classics here.
(warning, horrible web design, IE only) or listen to a whole mix CD here here.
posted by empath
on May 8, 2006 -
Half-Life meets Matisse
in a virtual reconstruction of the apartment of Etta and Claribel Cone
. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, the sisters amassed one of America's foremost collections of modern art. Today, many of the pieces can be viewed in the Cone Collection
at the Baltimore Museum of Art. As part of the 50th
anniversary celebration of the museum's acquisition of the collection, the Imaging Research Center
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County designed a digital walkthrough
of their apartment so that visitors could see the art in its original context.
posted by Aaaugh!
on May 4, 2003 -
At least this guy’s not giving up. "I can't quite figure out what's going on at 1704. From the landlord on down, they seem to have a pact with the devil. Other than the roof over there, every other aspect of that building is wrong. Everything. 1704 is a malignancy killing this whole block."
Amazing documentation of someone not afraid to take a stand in Baltimore. (more inside)
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Dec 6, 2002 -
Those Crazy birds
The birdwatchers of Ireland were atwitter Tuesday after spotting a Baltimore oriole in a seaside village named Baltimore.
posted by aj100
on Oct 9, 2001 -
Quoth the Ravens, nevermore
. 34 - 7, and the Vince Lombardi trophy goes back to Baltimore. My favorite spots were...
posted by baylink
on Jan 28, 2001 -
The Baltimore Sun has a series of articles that explore the possible failure of Columbia, MD
to live up to expectations after 30 years.
posted by rorschach
on Dec 28, 2000 -