A two-pack of features – with Waris Banks examiningand Earl Byrd telling the story of- puts the spotlight on higher education. In Mobtown Beat, Van Smith looks at how Baltimore isThe Nose gets indignant overand bounces, Baltimore lawyer Anton Keating's answer to Mayor Martin O'Malley's BELIEVE campaign. Brennen Jensen's Charmed Life visits the graves of. Uli Loskot'sgets answers from Lewis Thomas, Sally Roby, and Ernest Woodward.has letters from Carlo Carlini, Frank Pratka, Shijuana Fay Hanson, Jamie Hunt, Mike Dieter, Daylin C. Louderback, Alix Tobey Southwick, and Joseph Giordano and Amanda Ripley. The columns are: Brian Morton's Political Animal, on; Eddie Matz' Shirts and Skins, on; Afefe Tyehimba's Third Eye, on; and Mink Stole's Think Mink, on. Scocca & MacLeod's proto-blog,, reads the comics so you don't have to. Emily Flake'sgives the toys' side of the story. In Imprints, Lizzie Skurnick likes the sum and substance of Steven Brill'sAfter: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, Scott Carlson enjoys the "constant pleasure" of reading Mary Roach'sStiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and Amy M. Bruce finds Robert Hough'sThe Final Confession of Mabel Starka bit over the Big Top. Art is Gadi Dechter, impressed by the political art of Laura Burns and Rachel Schrieber, on display at a School 33 Art Center exhibit entitledBread and Roses: 100 Years From the Lower East Side to the Maquiladoras.advisesThe Sun's faux alt-weekly,Live!, that it was dissed by the record industry when it got an interview with the Foo Fighters' drummer. In Stage, Brennen Jensen tips his hat to Howard Community College's production of Steve Martin'sPicasso at the Lapin Agileand John Barry gets lost in Villa Julie Player's production of Tom Stoppard'sHapgood. Feeback is Michael Perone on theat Recher Theatre and Geoffrey Himes on theat the Baltimore Museum of Art Auditorium. Bret McCabe's Know Your Product is kind to Garfunkle'sSplash, barks for the Swiv-O-Matics'Charm City Surfer, and gives the Set-Up'sSend More Copsa surprise pat on the back. In Film:are accompanied by; Joe MacLeod is satisfied by the X-Men action inX2; Tom Siebert saysIt Runs in the Familyruns the gamut of bad, from fake to mediocre; Eric Allen Hatch likesIdentity, even though he didn't expect to; Blake de Pastino has no faith inConfidence; and Anna Ditkoff enjoys the mock-fest that isThe Real Cancun. Richard Gorelick's Omnivore loves the entrees at pricey, but the rest is disappointing. In Cheap Eats, Eric Allen Hatch goes gonzo for.