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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

(Last Week: 2)

Wins showdown with Comptroller Joan Pratt when board of estimates shuts down Pratt’s telecommunications plan—Eat dial tone! Never challenge steely-eyed SRB to a staring contest!

2 David Cordish Live!

(Last Week: 5)

After years of legal battles, referenda, picketing, etc., the man who has done for exclamation points what Fat Elvis did for sequins just keeps piling on the good news: His Maryland Live! reaped $28.5 million in profits last months, and this week, he’s adding 500 more slot machines. Ka-ching! Live!

3 Baltimore Grand Prix

(Last Week: Not Ranked)

The third team to try and manage BGP 2012 finally scored some corporate sponsors, including Dr. Pepper, Sunoco, and Giant. They’re planning to lose money, but don’t worry, says Baltimore Racing Development, uh, no, Downforce Racing, LLC, no wait, Race On LLC: this time, we will pay those vendors. Ready! Go! Set!

4 City Fire Chief James Clack

(Last Week: 4)

Baltimore’s top smoke eater gets an 18 percent raise over five years, while the city shuts down three fire companies—good for the retirement fund, but watch out for colleagues bearing hatchets. Bonus good will: After fire union heads slam him for accepting raise, he publicly chastises rank and file for social media chatter. BCPR’s smoke detector just burst into flames.

9,245 Baltimore Gas and Electric

(Last Week: 8,564)

BGE managed to get the power back on for its customers after more than nine days, then came word that customers might have to pay the utility as though they were getting power. Bury the lines? Customers want to bury this useless utility company, along with the Public Service Commission, which is supposed to regulate it. Hearings pending. BCPR could reach negative integers

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