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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Anne Arundel Police

Just days after the Dark Knight Rises shooting in Colorado, AAPD acted promptly on a tip from a former co-worker of Crofton’s Neil Prescott, who reportedly said, “I am a joker. I’m going to load my guns,” and threatened to splatter his supervisor’s brains on the sidewalk. They searched his house and discovered shotguns, handguns, and a tactical rifle, potentially thwarting a copycat crime. Guns don’t kill people, but this joker might have. Thanks AAPD.

2 Michael Phelps

Flipper got off to a rough start in London, missing the medals in the 400-meter individual medley, but came back
with a strong showing in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. In any case, we’ll take our Towson pothead over that Ryan Lochte any day—did that jackass really wear a grill to the medal ceremony? Stay in the kiddie pool, Ryan.

3 Legg Mason

Local financial services firm lost $9.5 million last quarter, its first loss since 2009, on debt restructuring. Could be just an accounting-related dip, as the company claims, but it makes BCPR nervous: We need those jobs—and we’re still saving up for a night at that snazzy new Four Seasons in Legg’s
Harbor East digs.

4 Martin O’Malley

Remember Gov’s principled objections
to allowing slot machines in Maryland—how gambling ruins families
and entrenches poverty? Neither does he: Our presidential-candidatein-(
barely)-waiting (who formed a federal PAC this week, the first step in his inevitable 2016 run) called a special session of the General Assembly to approve a Vegas-style casino in PG County and legalize table games at the existing hubs, which should win him high-roller contributors to the campaign: O, say can you see 2016, Marty?


9,852 Baltimore Gas and Electric

We didn’t think BGE could sink any lower after it tried to charge customers for power they didn’t have during the seemingly endless outage last month. But just weeks later, with tempers still fuming and a regulatory probe underway, the public utility asks permission to raise rates by an average of $11.80/month. Hey Baltimore Gall and Errors, if you won’t bury power cables, maybe sink a few bucks into a better PR strategy.

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