A string of GOP heavyweights, including several presidential candidates, have campaigned in Maryland in recent months, despite the state's reputation as a Democratic stronghold. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is to visit this week.
Expect an influx of starchily-dressed and municipally-minded visitors this weekend, as more than 1,100 elected officials and staff members from around the country descend on Baltimore for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Maybe it didn't have the Atlantic at its doorstep, but Baltimore turned out to be an agreeable place to enjoy the outdoors for many city residents and visitors on a day when summer served notice that it would be taking over for the next several months.
Last month's horrific crash that threw a 70-year-old off the Bay Bridge and killed him underscores the fact that long bridges and tunnels are especially dangerous place for drivers to be on less than their best behavior.
From Faidley's at Lexington Market to the Washington Monument, from Camden Yards to the Inner Harbor, a motorcade will ferry the body of William Donald Schaefer Monday afternoon on a two-hour farewell trip through the hometown that he loved and led.