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In This Week's City Paper

On the cover, Edward Ericson Jr.

with West Baltimore

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Van Freeman. After reading, your first visit, of course, should be

, where you can spend a few minutes looking around, though it hasn't been updated for what looks like more than two years. Most of the Los Angeles press stories mentioned in "20/20 Vision" are offline now, but VanFreeman.com's

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, thankfully, has archived them. Ron Stringer's

piece--

--is the only necessary reading, but some of the others are good, too.

In Mobtown Beat, John Barry, usually on the theater-review beat,

, checking out the city Liquor Board's recent crackdown on Texas hold 'em games. Much of the Liquor Board's justification for its crackdown depends on Maryland's gambling laws, so

. And Ron Cassie writes, hopefully,

on

's search for a new home. Since the Book Thing ended up in

, why not check out this

from the

City Paper

vault.

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In Arts & Entertainment,

CP

's film critics don't [heart] the Oscars with the

. If you must, Oscar info can be had

. J. Bowers gives the

Swiss Contemporary Ceramics

exhibit

. A little searching will turn up online galleries for a number of the exhibited artists. Here's one to get you started:

. Finally, Van Smith

William Keisling and his recent book

The Midnight Ride of Jonathan Luna

. For more on Keisling, check out his publishing house,

--an interesting catalog there, if nothing else. For more on Luna, the Baltimore-based federal prosecutor found dead in a Lancaster County, Pa., stream on the eve of a big case, check out the

Sun

's

on the case.

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