When the Baltimore County school board meets, it takes full advantage of the time left in the evening. Meetings often stretch for hours, straining more than attention spans.
By 10 p.m., 2 1/2 hours into a meeting, everyone is more than ready for a bathroom break, which is sometimes called.
Not last Tuesday night, though.
Concluding the meeting at 9 p.m., President James R. Sasiadek proudly noted there was no need for a break.
Then he invoked parliamentary procedure to end the meeting, saying, "I will take a movement - a move - to adjourn."
He meant "motion to adjourn."
- Jonathan D. Rockoff
At pools and on beaches, we all expect much skin to be exposed, usually quite deliberately.
In private changing rooms, however, most people hope that whatever flesh they flash, purely by accident, will be of little interest to those around them. Apparently, this has not been the case.
At the White Marsh Family Branch of the YMCA of Central Maryland, management has posted this warning by the pool, at entrances to the locker rooms:
"Cellular phones now have the capacity to take pictures.
"Please protect yourself from having your picture taken without your permission.
"Anyone caught taking inappropriate pictures of another person without their permission and knowledge will forfeit their facility privileges and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
- Norine Schiller
Return to El Dorado
Kenny Bird's back in the skin business.
Kenneth A. Jackson and his mother, Rosalie, are rejoining Baltimore's adult entertainment industry. K.A.J. Enterprises, held solely by Rosalie Jackson, is buying Chevelle's in Highlandtown. Plans call for a "grand" overhaul into a top-of-the-line gentlemen's club, says Jackson attorney Lisa Harris Jones, with Kenneth possibly managing day-to-day affairs.
One of the first changes will be the name, if the Baltimore liquor board approves the license transfer Thursday. The Jacksons plan to call it the El Dorado Lounge, the same as the West Baltimore Street strip club they owned for decades. The city forced it to close to make way for the Centerpoint redevelopment project - but paid the Jacksons $700,000.
"Welcome back," said Samuel T. Daniels Jr., liquor board chief inspector. He noted this will be the city's second African-American-owned strip joint and said, "I always like to see a brother do well."
- Scott Calvert
Sounds of citation
The four compact discs circulating through City Hall could make for a soundtrack to a Baltimore-based Broadway musical rival to John Waters' Hairspray.
OK, maybe not. But the homemade two-volume compilation, entitled Civil Citations I and II/Various Artists, is a clever pairing of songs with the appropriate prohibited behaviors that police are beginning to fight with fines.
For loitering: "Standing on the Corner" by the Four Lads.
For prostitution: "She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer.
For panhandling: "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" by the Temptations.
For soliciting customers: "Big Spender" by Shirley Bassey.
For burning waste: "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash.
Disc One presents patriotically themed songs related to Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark's successful struggle to implement the new citations as a way to improve policing. These include such hits as "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen and "Bad Boys," the theme for the television show COPS, by Inner Circle.
Later songs document the public's reaction: "Lies" by Linda Ronstadt; "Money" from Cabaret; and "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The only clue to who made the CDs is in the fine print, which reads, "Avery Productions." The mystery producer had better hope the police do not catch him, or her, playing the music too loud. Otherwise they may issue a ticket for "loud or raucous music," a restriction represented on Disc Four by the Isley Brothers' "Shout."
- Doug Donovan