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The world of television tipped more deeply than ever in the digital direction last week when NBC debuted its new drama "Aquarius" starring David Duchovny and made all 13 episodes instantly available online.

It was the first time any network had gone that far in imitating the model embraced by such video-on-demand services as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

Thursday's move also marked the opening of a summer TV season in which streaming rules, and for the first time, the best place to see great TV is online. A viewer could do no traditional network or cable TV viewing this summer and still see the finest the medium has to offer.

Streaming video has been widely discussed since 2012, when Netflix announced that it was investing $100 million in the first two seasons of "House of Cards." But no one thought that Internet TV would so quickly become the main ring in which to find quality programming.

Not to overstate the case, network and cable TV will still earn 10 times what digital does this year,...

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Marilyn Mosby, Nick Mosby to serve as circus ringmasters

What a busy few weeks Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has had. 

She appeared onstage with Prince. Sat down for an interview with Vogue

And, of course, she made national news by pressing charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

Now Mosby and her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby, are about to be guest ringmasters for the UniverSoul Circus. 

The couple is also slated to accept the "UniverSoul Circus Community Service Award for their commitment to the well-being of the Baltimore community" at Friday afternoon's performance, according to a press release from the circus.

The theme for this year's performance is "Your life matters." The circus opens today and runs through June 7 at Security Square Mall.

A spokesman for the circus said that the award had long been planned and was not connected to Mosby's involvement in the Freddie Gray case. 

"She's doing positive things in the community," said Hank...

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Rolling racks: a fashion truck roundup

You might have noticed fashion trucks rolling around town, popping up at venues that include local farmers' markets and college campuses.

Like food trucks, fashion trucks offer an assortment of goods, often with a theme. Some trucks focus on accessories. Others feature budget merchandise. One in the Baltimore area specializes in fair-trade products.

And like food trucks, fashion trucks are attractive to business owners because of their lower startup costs, which can be as little as $10,000. Traditional stores can cost $200,000, with annual rent topping $30,000, plus utilities and other costs, according to industry experts.

"It was less expensive than a brick-and-mortar store," said Laura Green, owner of Go Gorgeous, a newly launched fashion truck. "I didn't have to take out a loan."

Almost all of the Baltimore fashion trucks are owned and operated by women, something that appealed to Stacey Chambers, owner of Go-Go's Retread Threads, which specializes in vintage and thrift clothing.

"I have...

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Prince releases mastered version of Freddie Gray protest song, 'Baltimore'
Heading into Sweetlife Festival, Pixies happily keep focus on present

Black Francis, leader of the seminal alternative-rock band the Pixies, has little time for nostalgia.

Once in a while, the 50-year-old singer/songwriter would come across an old band photo and reflect for a moment — but no longer. And if it is a truly resonant relic, he might post the shot on his Facebook page.

But ask Black Francis to look back at his band's undeniable place in rock 'n' roll history, and expect a tepid response.

“Oh, I wonder just how great I really am?” Black Francis said, in a higher, mocking pitch, on the phone last week from a tour stop in Vermont. “It's just exhausting. It's like, whatever, man. Let's go see the 'Mad Max' movie.”

His nonchalance makes sense, given the band's current situation. After more than a decade-long disbandment, the quartet arguably sparked music's now-ubiquitous reunion-tour trend in 2004, and has not slowed down since. While other reunited acts have temporarily regained relevancy by strictly playing early material, the Pixies are now supporting...

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Marilyn Mosby, prosecutor in Freddie Gray case, made an early court appearance -- on 'Judge Judy'

The college student, a model of poise, pleads her case to Judge Judy:

A neighbor trashed her apartment while she was away on summer break, knocking down the door, leaving cigarette burns on the walls, a "disgusting" mess in the bathtub.

Judge Judy's eyebrows practically fly off her forehead as she listens to the facts of the case.  She rules for the plaintiff, a young woman with a cardigan tied around her shoulders.

That young woman is none other than Marilyn James, the future Mrs. Mosby, who would one day become the State's Attorney for Baltimore City.

A spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office confirmed that the youthful plaintiff was Mosby.

Mosby, of course, drew national attention this month when she announced charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a West Baltimore man who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in police custody.

Mosby, 35, would have been a student at Tuskegee University in 2000, when the episode was filmed.

And she certainly pleads her case...

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