The New York Times, citing Johns Hopkins researchers, says most guns used in crimes come from gun dealers in states with lax gun laws. South Carolina and Georgia supply the guns New York criminals use, for example. The gangs of Chicago get their guns from Indiana, where gun dealers at shows need not do background checks. This isn't really news, of course. Here's The Sun's Justin Fenton reporting on this phenomenon in 2010, citing a study by "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." ("Mayors In Favor of Illegal Guns" did not provide a comment.) That study found Maryland a "net importer" of crime guns. "The state is sandwiched between two of the highest gun exporters in the country — Virginia and Pennsylvania — as well as West Virginia, the second-highest per capita exporter of weapons used in crimes," Fenton wrote then. Oddly, Maryland—and Baltimore—are not mentioned in the new Times piece. Nor is the 2010 study, which Boston Mayor Tom Menino called "a wake-up call to state legislators and Washington to close gaps in the laws that give criminals easy access to guns." Since then, of course, we've had Sandy Hook, Charleston, and many other shootings, plus the inevitable thousands of drug-related executions that help define inner-city life. New gun restrictions? Nah. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
The German performance artist Ulay is suing his former lover and creative partner Marina Abramovic, one of the most well-known contemporary performance artists. "Ulay claims that Abramovic has asked galleries to list her as the sole author of their joint works, contrary to the terms of the contract, has failed to provide him with accurate statements of sales, and has paid him only four times in the course of 16 years," the Guardian reports. Abramovic's lawyer vehemently denies the claims, calling them libelous. But Ulay says that she has purposefully written his name out of the works they made together and has thus capitalized off them. One of those pieces, 'The Lovers,' where the two start walking from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China and meet in the middle to embrace before going their separate ways, was a piece that signified the end of their relationship and collaboration. Talk about a relationship going sour. (Rebekah Kirkman)
The Ravens' bizarre, crushing loss on Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars—which the NFL now says should have been a win—is a breaking point for the team, or so says The Sun's Mike Preston. "[T]here were signs of a team falling apart, including numerous penalties, a lack of discipline and poor coaching, all of which led to a very quiet and frustrated locker room after the game," writes Preston. The number of crushing losses the Ravens have experienced this season has Preston questioning whether the team will fold or realize they've hit rock bottom and have nowhere to go but up. As fans in the middle of a lost season, it might be easy for us to look ahead to a high pick in the draft. But it's not as simple as that. Preston sees the potential for systemic problems. "[Coach John Harbaugh] better get them redirected soon, because a lot of teams don't survive their breaking point.
"They just break." (Brandon Weigel)