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New CIA number two was once a Fells Point fixture

New CIA number two was once a Fells Point fixture

Yesterday, President Obama nominated Avril Haines to be deputy director of the CIA. Most people who have heard of Haines know her as a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office who has often served as a bridge between the president and the intelligence community. Here in Baltimore, we know her as the founder and co-owner of the once-awesome Fells Point bookstore, Adrian's Book Cafe, which was located at 714 S. Broadway, where CapitolMac is now. The place won

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's "Best Independent Bookstore" in 1997. Here's an excerpt of what we said then (sadly, not online):

As a

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in the Daily Beast today points out, Adrian's also held a regular "Erotica Night," hosted by Haines, which included dinner, readings, and red candles. Adrian's and Haines were mentioned several times in

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. The deserts at Adrian's were praised in our

. And in a 1998

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about onetime Fells fixture Steven Bunker, Haines was flagged as a potential local leader.

She hasn't returned to Baltimore yet, at least , as far as we know (she

does

work for the CIA), but maybe she'll come back when she's done with the cloak-and-dagger gig and reopen Adrian's. Fells could use a good bookstore.

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