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Wandering Eye: Sip & Bite settles more lawsuits, 'The Wire' marathon begins, viral holiday stories, and more

The Sip & Bite Restaurant in Canton may be a beloved Baltimore institution, but it's had ongoing issues with how it pays its staff, and its legal costs continue to mount. Having already settled for $60,000 a former server's lawsuit claiming she was paid no wages and was only allowed to keep cash tips, the restaurant and its owners, Anthony and Sofia Vasiliades, are now being sued by five former employees for essentially the same thing. Just before Christmas, two of the plaintiffs agreed to accept money judgments to end their claims: $3,000 to Julie  Modrzyk and $6,000 to Russell Scheerer, with additional payments for costs and attorneys' fees to be determined later by the judge. Best for patrons to keep tipping their Sip & Bite servers in cash only, though, just to be sure. (Van Smith)

In the social-media-saturated world we live in, the holidays had no shortage of viral stories to delight and disappoint us. In case you missed them, there was the awesome story about a baby born on Philadelphia's El train on Christmas ("Philly, my baby is coming!" she reportedly shouted). Then there's the crazy-heartwarming video of the creator of the Videoshop app surprising his parents by paying off their mortgage as a Christmas present. Here in Charm City, someone posted a picture on the Baltimore Reddit page of a note left on a rowhouse door that reads, "To the person who stole our wreath, you're a grinch & you suck. Merry Christmas, jerk!" And God bless us, every one. (Evan Serpick)

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HBO will release one season per day of the remastered version of "The Wire" starting at noon today, resulting in a weekend of binge watching for many Americans and a new #TheWireMarathon hashtag on Twitter. We recently took a good look at what the remastering means and, while we're not so psyched about the aspect ratios, we are happy for the excuse to rewatch Simon's masterpiece. And, now that we're owned by The Sun, we might be a bit more sympathetic to season five's newspaper arc. (Baynard Woods)

On Christmas Eve, The New York Times published a

tracing the history of the gun that was used to

last weekend. The reporters trace it back to Arrowhead Pawn Shop near Atlanta, Georgia, where the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, was reportedly from. New York officials are reportedly very familiar with the store: "As recently as 2010," the Times writes, "Arrowhead was the leading out-of-state source of guns recovered by the New York Police Department in crimes, according to an article in The Daily News. Georgia is also part of the 'Iron Pipeline,' a chain of Southern states with looser gun laws that is responsible for sending a steady stream of firearms into New York and other Northern cities, where there are many more restrictions on who can purchase a gun." (Evan Serpick)

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