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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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New noise ordinance at Rehoboth Beach suffers backlash in gay community

The first big test of a new noise ordinance in Rehoboth Beach over the Memorial Day holiday weekend had some unexpected blowback for city officials.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports emails from about three dozen people went to city officials and the media alleging that enforcement of the new ordinance targeted the city's gay community. There were also concerns about citations for minor violations handed out at the beach area most popular with gay residents and visitors.

City officials revised their noise ordinance in April. Included was a quiet time of 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Rehoboth's police chief says that he and his force have no animosity against the beach town's gay community and had not targeted them over the weekend.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

 

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Great Baltimore cocktails: The Lady Baltimore at LB Tavern

The recent renovation of the Lord Baltimore Hotel has given downtown Baltimore a pretty nifty example of what a hotel bar can be.

The LB Tavern's cocktail list is a crafty nod to the hotel's glory days. The star concoction is the Diamond Back, a semi-famous cocktail that was invented in, and named for, the hotel's old cocktail lounge.

Then there are offerings that sound like they're classic cocktails but aren't. One of them, the Lady Baltimore, was created by the hotel's staff for a gala event last year at the Maryland Historical Society that celebrated the installation of "Lady Baltimore," a statue that had been relocated from its home atop the Battle Monument to the museum for safekeeping. (The statue has been replaced on the monument with a replica.)

A potent mix of gin, St. Germain, fresh grapefruit and lemon juices and Lillet, the cocktail is a corker.

Served in a long-stemmed cocktail glass, this Lady Baltimore has an intoxicating golden glow. And the garnish, an elegantly long grapefruit...

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