I'm itchin' to get out of here, so just a few more clickables, and I'm gone:

Tear It Down: Yes, tear down the JFX, please. Downtown freeways are bad news urban-planning-wise. Don't think it'll ever happen, but a discussion surely couldn't hurt. But like someone in this kinda lame though thought-provoking Sun story says, it's Supermax, not the highway, that's stopping development between downtown and Johns Hopkins' East Baltimore medical campus.

Hack-in-Chief: Michael Dresser's profile of Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan--who's scheduled to go before sure-to-be-hostile legislative committees for the next few days regarding the port of Baltimore and James White's resignation--is a little too soft, but worth a read. Yes, the guy occassionally gets things done (it's his job), but he remains a Republican hack of not quite the worst sort.

Not in Their Back Yard: Matthew Mosk and Fredrick Kunkle, in the Post, get local with anti-slots activists, who, resigned to slots eventually becoming legal in Maryland, are working county and municipality officials to make sure slots don't end up in their counties or municipalities. Good, short story, packed with facts and color.

Litigator for Hire: Phil Jacobs, in the Jewish Times, talks tort with local trial lawyer Stephen L. Snyder (Mr. Snyder's web site is, um, interesting). Jacobs takes a while to get to the gist, but once he does, the story's fascinating.

There Goes the Neighborhood: The Capital's Jeff Horseman details Annapolis blacks' efforts to save their neighborhoods from gentrification and skyrocketing property taxes.

Friends Forever: They may not get along on slots, but when it comes to going after the Republican governor, Maryland's top Democrats--House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller--are on the same page. From The Washington Times, Busch joins Miller in calling for a joint legislative committee to investigate iffy hirings and firings in Robert Ehrlich's administration.

Christian Soldier: From the Carroll County Times, Sen. Larry E. Haines (R-District 5), Maryland's top right-wing fundamentalist, tries to reinstate Christian prayers at public meetings. Sun story.

Missed Them: Couple of interesting stories from Friday's Baltimore Business Journal: H&M and Macy's looking for downtown locations; and Towson University looking for downtown Towson locations for dorms.

National Spotlight: This AP story (that link's from the Seattle PI) on Gov. Bob Ehrlich and his future electablilty (he "still needs a big win," the story says) has been making the rounds. You know everything in it, but it's a good round-up for those not living in the Baltimore-Washington media circus.

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