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'Step' dance documentary is out to change the world's view of Baltimore

'Step' dance documentary is out to change the world's view of Baltimore

Even 19 years after leaving for New York City, Amanda Lipitz feels protective of her hometown. Which is one reason she’s so proud of her documentary, “Step,” and what she hopes it tells the world about Baltimore. “Every American city has problems,” says Lipitz, 37. “But it's important that — yes,...

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  • The great caterpillar factory

    The great caterpillar factory

    Turn the calendar back two months to early May, and the great caterpillar factories of eastern North America are in full production. If you stand quietly at night in any mature forest or woodlot, you'll hear it: a soft crackling and hissing in the dead leaves underneath the trees, an invisible...

  • Baltimore must fund an inclusionary housing study

    Baltimore must fund an inclusionary housing study

    According to a recent Abell Foundation report, 57 percent of all renters in Baltimore spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. This means that even Baltimoreans earning middle incomes ($40,000-$75,000 a year) are struggling to pay the rent, while the city’s poorest residents face slum...

  • Witcover: Our contemptible president

    Witcover: Our contemptible president

    With friends like President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs no enemies. The man who appointed Mr. Sessions to run his critical Department of Justice has rewarded him for his fawning loyalty with public humiliation that only magnifies Mr. Sessions’ own need for public approbation....

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  • Investors back out of Evergreen Health deal

    Investors back out of Evergreen Health deal

    A group of investors that had applied to acquire Evergreen Health said Wednesday that they were backing out of the deal, leaving the Baltimore-based health insurer’s future in doubt. The investors said in a joint statement that “new financial information came to light that raised significant concerns”...

  • Legg Mason earnings up for quarter

    Legg Mason earnings up for quarter

    Legg Mason reported a profit of $50.9 million for its first quarter, compared with $33.5 million in the same April- to-June period last year. Earnings per share rose to 52 cents from 31 cents a year ago, beating analysts expectations. The consensus analysts' expectation was 43 cents a share, according...

  • iPhone-maker Foxconn to open Wisconsin plant expected to create as many as 13,000 jobs

    iPhone-maker Foxconn to open Wisconsin plant expected to create as many as 13,000 jobs

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history. The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration...

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  • Bay Area on a budget: San Francisco and Napa Valley without the hefty price tag

    Bay Area on a budget: San Francisco and Napa Valley without the hefty price tag

    San Francisco and Napa Valley regularly are among the top U.S. vacation destinations — and for good reason. With its historic neighborhoods, homes in the hills and picturesque views of the bay, San Francisco is a cultural and food mecca bursting with diverse options sure to please the most discerning...

  • Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

    Sascha's 527 cafe to close next week

    Sascha’s 527 cafe will serve its last chopped salad next week. The Mount Vernon restaurant at 527 N. Charles St. is closing after service Aug. 4 as new owners take over the building. Owner Sascha Wolhandler put the building on the market in January*, and sold her catering business to Mallory Staley,...

  • Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

    Creative Alliance aims to tackle anti-Muslim bias by featuring renowned female Muslim performers

    Baltimore’s Creative Alliance announced Wednesday that it will tackle anti-Muslim bias by bringing a half-dozen renowned female Muslim performers to Baltimore. The “Nisa/Women” program — “Nisa" is the Arabic word for “women” — is funded by a $145,000 grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic...

  • Food truck owners continue fight to overturn city's '300-foot rule'

    Food truck owners continue fight to overturn city's '300-foot rule'

    Baltimore food truck owners continued their fight Wednesday to overturn a city rule that bars them from operating near brick-and-mortar restaurants. Attorneys representing food truck owners Joey Vanoni and Nikki Marks (nee McGowan) and lawyers for the city went before a Baltimore City Circuit Court...

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  • State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    Maryland has reached a $400,000 agreement to settle its share of a lawsuit in the 2013 death of Tyrone West from injuries received during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore. The settlement is scheduled for a vote Wednesday by the state Board of Public Works. It is part of the resolution of a...

  • Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    A young woman who says she carried a gun for her own protection. A truck driver passing through Baltimore with a gun in his cab. The manager of an optometrist’s office who, after a car accident, was found to have a gun in his vehicle. As Baltimore’s City Council considers a proposed one-year mandatory...

  • Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    John Seifert was having trouble renting out his shuttered flower shop in Baltimore County. Finally, a real estate agent found a potential tenant: a medical marijuana dispensary. Seifert signed a five-year lease with the firm, which wants to sell cannabis tinctures, oils and other products to patients...

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