As you've probably heard by now, thanks to the





, the

is pretty much a done deal. Well, there goes our $305 million. To find out how it happened, dig deep in the


's "Hilton Proposal"

, which includes good stories on the success and failure of taxpayer-funded hotels elsewhere, how this is a preview of the next citywide elections (anyone have

for Mayor T-shirts printed up yet?), how this sets our

straight with the unions, etc. And, of course,

has stuck his nose in this business, thanks to the city, according to this


report by

, asking for state funds to help build the Hilton.

More from today's



: In better news,

reports that Johns Hopkins prof

just got a $7.5 million

grant to set up a center at Homeland to investigate the accuracy of electronic voting machines. Rubin, of course, is

to readers of

City Paper


And, in case you missed it,


, and

has a story on the new job for the former police commissioner, who's back in town doing community service:

talk-show host.

Around the Horn:

In a pretty puffy but informative piece, the



introduces us to F. Brooks Royster III, the

's new executive director. You may recall some

about this earlier in the year.

In the Patuxent papers, the

Towson Times


catches up with former Republican state delegate from northern Baltimore County/two-time gubernatorial loser

. The

Laurel Leader


reports on how local leaders plan to deal with job growth at

and the

. And the

Northeast Booster



' plans for East Baltimore's demolished

housing project; nothing exciting--it's to be an office park.

Talk about burying the lead: As is to be expected Dundalk residents, according to this

Dundalk Eagle

story by

, oppose some new condo development, ho-hum, but when you get a quote this good you put it in the lead, not the closing graph no one may get to: "I praise you," one man said at the meeting between residents and developers. "Dundalk is a slum, and that's how people from outside view it. I think [Sheltered Harbor] is what Dundalk needs. We need more life, class and money." Another member of the audience retorted: "We have that reputation so we can keep outside people from moving here."

Beyond the Beltway:

In the

LA Times


gets medieval on a pretty awesome new Hopkins

that presents old manuscripts in digital form. And in the

Wall Street Journal


watches as Republican governors, including

, try to gut