Michael Olesker

Columnist

Recent Articles

  • Is Steffen ready to come clean on his dirt?

    Joseph F. Steffen Jr., dubbed the "Prince of Darkness" by his former boss, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., has emerged from the shadows eight months after he was banished from the political light of day. He says he wants to bare his soul. He says he just remembered he has one. For those of you who have forgotten...

  • As 'burbs go urban, city retail must keep identity

    By all reliable accounts, including leaks from highly placed confidential sources inside the White House, I am among the last people in America to visit Wegmans, the new food store at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. The TV news trumpeted Wegmans like the second coming of Harborplace. A lady in the...

  • Film shows when press issues were black, white

    Some of us went to the Charles Theatre the other night to see Good Night, and Good Luck, a movie about a distant era when people still had faith in reporters. This is only part of the problem today. Now reporters have to have faith in ourselves. Good Night, and Good Luck is about Edward R. Murrow's...

  • Steele needs to find his voice on race issues

    At Prince George's Community College today, Michael Steele is expected to announce his Republican candidacy for the U.S. Senate. He wanted to make the grand announcement at the Elkridge Country Club, but they told him they were already booked. No, please, I joke. But I only joke because I know the...

  • Political promises, vacant rowhouses

    On Druid Hill Avenue yesterday, from North Avenue down to the Union Baptist Church, a distance of about 10 blocks, you could count the abandoned rowhouses by the dozen. Each one damaged the eyeballs. There were 32 decayed houses in the 2200 block alone, and on the few blocks where life seemed to...

  • City crime stats a sitting duck as Duncan targets state office

    At the Edward F. Borgerding District Court Building in the city of Baltimore yesterday, there was nothing special. Defendants marched in, with the usual respect for the law, wearing hooded sweat shirts and jeans with the belt lines yielding to gravity. They mumbled into their sneakers when they...

  • Wrestling with our perceptions of the sacred

    Yesterday was the sacred Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, during which my people do not eat or drink for 24 hours. "May you have an easy fast," we tell each other. In solemn preparation, some of us make our deep spiritual pilgrimage earlier in the week to Attman's Deli on Lombard Street for a corned...

  • Ravens give Angelos a respite, but not for long

    Yesterday morning's talk radio sounded like the end of the world. The Baltimore Ravens lose another football game, and the armies of the faithful make it seem tragic as earthquakes in Pakistan. From his temporarily safe ground, Peter Angelos could lift his head for a few minutes without somebody...

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