President Barack Obama, arguably the most famous fan of HBO's "The Wire," spoke to the series' creator David Simon about issues within the country's criminal justice system, the man who inspired the character of Omar Little ("my favorite character," Obama said) and more in a one-on-one conversation from earlier this week.
The Silver Spring native who graduated from Towson University in 2008 with degrees in acting and electronic media and film, is the ringmaster for "The Xperiment," a daily comedic varietyshow premiering 5 p.m. March 2 on BET.
The incident near the Inner Harbor began with a jubilant 8-year-old reaching from her wheelchair to pet a horse in the Baltimore Police Department's mounted unit. It ended with the horse maiming the child's hand – according to a $1 million lawsuit filed by her family.
After an interview last week with me that will appear later this month in Sun Magazine, Mike Rowe talked off the record about a project he hoped to become involved in aimed at changing Baltimore's image away from the one he saw largely created by such TV shows as "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The Wire."
Baltimore's self-image seems at odds with the relentless optimism of Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. Plank wants – perhaps needs – the city to shed its inferiority complex if he is to keep growing the thriving company and lure thousands more employees to the city.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought against the Baltimore Police Department and three officers by a man who says he was wrongfully convicted of murder in a 1987 killing can proceed.
Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski recently acknowledged that "the crisis of increased heroin use in Baltimore and across America is destroying families and ravaging communities." To those of us in the trenches working with treatment providers and schools, we already knew this.
The Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library has issued an invitation to Meet the Author during a continuing speaker series geared to senior citizens this fall. The four, hour-long programs sponsored by the Friends of Towson Library will feature former Sun writers Rafael Alvarez and Michael Olesker; Master bugler and "Taps" historian Jari Villaneuva and Ruxton writer Evan L. Balkan, lover of all things Baltimore and a writing teacher.
Drug sales in broad daylight at Lexington Market. An addict telling viewers Baltimore "is where you want to be for heroin," and then letting the camera watch her cook and shoot up in her car on a street that appears to be in Hampden after she scores.
Pit beef is a long-standing Baltimore tradition but making a business model work hasn't been easy. For a while, the stretch of U.S. 40 in eastern Baltimore and Baltimore County was known as "pit beef row," with Chaps, Big Al's and Big Fat Daddy's calling the strip home. Chaps is still there — and is a Baltimore legend.
While describing the potentially devastating effects of climate change during a recent segment of "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert warned that if climate change continues unabated, much of the planet will turn into an uninhabitable wasteland, just like — wait for it — Baltimore. Why does the pernicious myth of Baltimore decay persist? And, more importantly, what can we do about it?
Dying is too easy in Baltimore, and neither death nor we should be proud. Even before summer officially arrives, nearly 90 people have been slain. Sages of street life here forecast long hot deadly days ahead.