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As if the long, slow decimation of Baltimore City's economy and population over the last several generations hadn't been enough to sow widespread anomie, the last several years have seen the rapid devastation of its daily newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, upon which Baltimoreans have relied to document the unmitigated decline. We have watched, aghast, as the ranks of the Sun's news-gatherers and the breadth and substance of its contents have been gutted under the ownership of the bankrupt Tribune Co., always holding out hope that another talented journalist won't be shed or seek greener pastures. Fortunately, Scott Calvert is still there, and this past year has continued to do stellar work as an enterprise reporter. His coverage this year of a nebulous drug-treatment provider, poor government conduct in dealing with a variety of lead-paint issues, and outlandish public spending on housing rehabs, all accomplished while continuing to pitch in on news-cycle coverage of developing events, are a comfort to those who worry that journalism in this town is dying.

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