December 12, 2003 |
Baltimore Think of John Waters as a racy Wizard of Oz. Generations of American storytellers have chronicled provincial misfits and artists leaving their homes and finding their true colors in Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco. But Waters does the reverse, attracting international talent to his native Baltimore and convincing them that Charm City and the Emerald City are fully equal. This fall he did it again while shooting "A Dirty Shame." Conceptually, it's a hoot.
December 16, 2002 |
Murder charges against 34 people were dropped in the last 19 months because evidence didn't support the charges, a review of Baltimore police records showed. Some of the dropped cases involved claims of self-defense, later proved to be valid, and two cases involved armed robbers who were slain by their victims, the Baltimore Sun reported Sunday. In one case, detectives charged a man who died a year before the murder occurred.
July 19, 2005 |
The expected appointment of one of the world's top female conductors to lead the Baltimore Symphony is premature, a group of orchestra members said Monday, asking that the search for a music director continue. Marin Alsop, an American who is principal conductor at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Britain, told Associated Press last week that she expected the Baltimore Symphony's board to approve her appointment today.
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May 26, 2004 |
A 10-year-old boy kidnapped by his mother in Baltimore had been attending school in Riverside, but the pair are believed to be on the run after being profiled on "America's Most Wanted" on Saturday, police said Tuesday. Police say Rayon Kirkland Gray was kidnapped by his mother on Oct. 18 after his father dropped him off at her house for a two-hour visit.
December 18, 2002 |
The palm-sized Bible that Dontee Stokes carried with him into the dimly lit courtroom had blue ink scrawled around a verse from the book of Timothy. "My son, be strong" were the words his mother circled just hours after a Baltimore jury acquitted him of shooting a Catholic priest who Stokes claims molested him a decade ago. Speaking in a whisper when a judge called on him Tuesday, the former altar boy accepted a sentencing deal with Baltimore city prosecutors.
November 15, 2006 |
With just a coin, people can help turn despair into hope. New parking meters, debuting today in downtown Baltimore, are part of the city's freshly launched effort to erase homelessness in 10 years. These old-fashioned meters, which Baltimore began retiring last year, have reemerged with bright paint and a new mission. They have nothing to do with parking fines and everything to do with getting people off the street.
September 2, 2002 |
It is a simple pleasantry, bandied on row house stoops and in hair salons and greasy spoons, a glottal Chesapeake endearment that has come to embody the off-kilter charm of this harbor city. For years, out of shared instinct and habit, Baltimoreans have addressed customers, strangers and each other as "hon." In a tough town that cherishes its idiosyncrasies like dueling scars, the word has taken on a life of its own.
December 23, 2002 |
The BB gun is a traditional Christmas gift that always has come wrapped in a certain risk. Now, the toy carries a threat that has nothing to do with putting an eye out: a $500 fine and two months in jail. It is a misdemeanor in Baltimore to sell or give a BB gun to anyone younger than age 18, under an ordinance adopted by the City Council this month.
January 24, 2007 |
A federal agency has committed itself to a $330-million long-term lease for a new bioresearch building in Baltimore, but its occupancy is stalled while officials grapple with an issue that first surfaced before construction even began. The 10-story building vibrates, particularly in its upper floors. Now, as engineers try once again to sort out the problem, questions remain about whether highly sensitive scientific research can ever be performed in the structure.