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Bar Clark:

No one looked good in

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--what with expletive-laden instant-messages, a police chief never really leaving his hometown, domestic-abuse investigations, etc., etc.--but Ex-Baltimore Police Chief

always seemed to look worst. So it comes as no surprise that he has

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, which claimed O'Mayor illegally fired him and sought his job back and $120 million. City Circuit Court Judge Joseph Kaplan put it best in a previous ruling, comparing the whole ordeal to a "dime novel."

Missed It:

For those in the media, asking a legislator to introduce a bill is considered verboten. TV reporter

of WBAL--who asked Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. (D-Laurel) to introduce a bill that would allow TV cameras in criminal courtrooms--is, according to this Friday

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Gazette

papers story by Catherine Dolinski,

. To be fair, Collins' mistake seems innocent enough, and the bill's not a bad idea; he just should have gotten his union or trade association to do the asking.

Speaking of media faux pas, according to this recent but undated

Sentinel

papers story by Kelli Gavant, apparently

a public meeting at Bethesda's

. Blogged about

Cop Shoot Cop:

.

Barclay Bounce:

The

Sun

's Eric Siegel reports that the city is

at rejuvenating Greater Charles Village's

neighborhood through the purchase/renovation of dozens of rowhouses.

Fosterity:

The

Post

's David Snyder reports on a new

report which says that the state's foster-care system

, including kids not going to school and not meeting with caseworkers.

.

Generally Assembled:

The

Sun

's David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green on Democrats seeking

in 2006, which would give them time to raise more money for the general election. Also by Nitkin, some legislators saying

over House's plan to cut the state property tax may be ploy to

. (

Washington Times

.) It's a theory . . .

Post

's Amit R. Paley on

. If I read this right,

Sun

's Andrea F. Siegel on a bill that would

, now in the governor's hands.

Diamondback

's Scott Dance on

.

Hey Hey Hey:

, wife of

,

to East Baltimore's

.

Oella Oella Oella:

on

's plan to convert

, across the river from Ellicott City in Baltimore County, into condos.

Missed 'Em:

The

Afro American

's Sean Yoes on

(oh, and the

Baltimore Times

' Janine Guerrier-Smith

) and

.

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