Last week, as the trial for the first of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray began, our lame-duck mayor was out of town. $RB is in Paris representing Baltimore at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. And hey, climate change is a critical issue and all, but when she was on the Marc Steiner Show on Monday, before she took off for France, she hedged when Steiner asked her about the incinerator in Curtis Bay, refusing to articulate her position and saying she needed to study the issue. The incinerator, as the Brew pointed out, "would burn 4,000 tons of waste a day and emit a number of toxic particulates, including 240 pounds of mercury a year, under its permit." This is a big deal in our own backyard—she should know this stuff inside and out--though perhaps it's more evidence that our mayor has all but checked out of Baltimore.