A 'paradise' amid the rocks and weeds

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A 'paradise' amid the rocks and weeds

It has been years since visitors to North Gay and Washington in East Baltimore have seen anything much but blight. Boarded-up row houses line the streets. Weeds flourish in sidewalk cracks. But Walker Marsh looked at the Broadway East neighborhood and saw possibility. Marsh, 28, has created a flower...

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      Kevin Plank's Sagamore Ventures invests in Baltimore tote-bag maker and shop

      Under Armour's Kevin Plank has invested in a Baltimore-based tote and duffel bag maker and shop. Plank's Sagamore Ventures LLC has invested an undisclosed amount in Treason Toting Co., started in 2013 in by Baltimore craftsmen Jason Bass and Aaron Jones. The maker of leather and canvas bags and...

    • Baltimore food technology startup gets boost from German software company SAP

      Baltimore food technology startup gets boost from German software company SAP

      German software giant SAP SE is investing in a Baltimore-based startup that takes flavor "fingerprints" of people and food with technology initially developed at McCormick & Co. SAP said Wednesday it will invest an undisclosed amount in Vivanda, founded in December 2014 by a former executive of...

    • Hopkins to open multidisciplinary center focused on Zika

      Hopkins to open multidisciplinary center focused on Zika

      Johns Hopkins Medicine plans to open what officials said will be the world's first multidisciplinary Zika center, allowing infected patients to get care and researchers to investigate the virus in one place. The rapid spread of the Zika virus has alarmed public health officials and doctors because...

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    • The Maryland Renaissance Festival through the years

      The Maryland Renaissance Festival through the years

      This year marks the 40th annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, where for nine weekends in the fall, maidens, wenches and tosspots alike don their finest Elizabethan attire to eat turkey legs, take in some sword swallowing (and maybe get muddy). Here, a look back at some Renn Fests of yore. 

    • Baltimore's wine professionals hit the books — and the bottles

      Baltimore's wine professionals hit the books — and the bottles

      Sixteen years ago, when Chris Coker first started his career as a sommelier, Baltimore's community of wine professionals was practically nonexistent. Coker, who was working at the now-closed Corks restaurant in Federal Hill, was thrilled by his job. But he was lonely in his profession. Though some...

    • The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

      The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

      When the 135th Maryland State Fair revives it Grand Parade this weekend after a 35-year absence, Marvin and Libby Fox will be celebrating more than marching past the grandstand at the Timonium fairgrounds. After all, the Parkville couple met during the parade 57 years ago and were married three...

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    • Relief for 'deadbeat dads'

      One of the biggest hurdles many inmates recently released from prison face is the accumulated debt of child support payments they were unable to pay while behind bars. The courts generally issue child support orders based on the parents' income and ability to pay when their case is heard. But if...

    • Bathroom breakdown

      Bathroom breakdown

      Transgender individuals have been using their choice of bathrooms — yes, including school bathrooms — for decades, but thanks to a U.S. District Court judge, their ability to do so has once again been compromised. Monday's ill-timed injunction granted by Judge Reed O'Connor of Northern Texas will,...

    • Parallel dimensions

      Parallel dimensions

      Last year, officials at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration decided they would no longer test prospective drivers for parallel parking skills. A lot of folks immediately assumed this would substantially increase the pass rate. Guess what? They were right. Newly-released statistics show that...

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    • With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

      With Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at convention, GOP fundraising gets boost

      For the first time since he took office, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan attended the annual conference of local government officials in Ocean City this week, and his arrival ushered in more robust GOP fundraising. The three-day annual Maryland Association of Counties' summer conference has always...

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      Hatewatch blog led city to fire an attorney, but what is it?

      When a team of researchers in Alabama published a blog last week, they effectively ousted a veteran attorney working for the City of Baltimore. On Wednesday, team leader Heidi Beirich wrote online that Glen Keith Allen had been a dues-paying member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. On Thursday,...

    • Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

      Maryland public defenders juggle heavy caseloads; critics say indigent clients suffer

      The Annapolis district courts have not been gaveled into session for the day, but already more than a dozen criminal defendants and their relatives are milling around in the hallway when a public defender arrives, a stack of thick manila folders under his arm. He calls out a list of names. One...

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