X-Content: Ten Years Ago in City Paper: Aug. 14, 2002

Ericka Blount Danois' feature profiles

, Baltimore City public-schools students beating the odds in a troubled system. In Mobtown Beat, Waris Banks reports on Baltimore's


. The Nose attempts an autopsy on

and compares Mayor Martin O'Malley to

. Campaign Beat is Brennen Jensen, covering a

, and Natalie Davis, weighing the

of gubernatorial candidates Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Robert Ehrlich. Ballot Stuffing reports on the political abandonment of incumbent

, a scathing audit of

, and the latest theatrics of


shows how to navigate campaign-finance reports. Charles Cohen's Charmed Life tours

of Middle River.

has letters from Pete Ross, Dana Maier, J.R. Menning, and A. Robert Kaufman. The columns are: Sandy Asirvatham's Underwhelmed, on

; Mink Stole's Think Mink, on

; and Wiley Hall III's Urban Rhythms, on

. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,


, reads the comics so you don't have to. In Art, Mike Giuliano checks out the latest at

and Bret McCabe reviews the work of

at Mission Space. The Arts is Benn Ray, profiling

, a one-man, traveling thrift store. In Stage, Brennen Jensen likes the set of Paragon Theatre's production of Brad Rogers'

, but nothing else about it. Michaelangelo Matos' Music profiles

. Bret McCabe interviews Baltimore's chart-climbing

for No Cover. In Film: Adele Marley likes the deft nuances of

and the literary genius of

; and Eric Allen Hatch's patience is tested by

. Michelle Gienow's Dish still likes

. In Cheap Eats, Christopher Skokna gets his cheap meat on a stick at

. Anna Ditkoff gets hip with