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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Manny Machado

A day after the O’s honor slugger Eddie Murray, 20-year-old Machado hits his third home run in his first four major league games. With Birds contending for playoff spot down the stretch, a new chant is born: Man-ny! Man-ny!

2 Pit Bulls

Amid a special legislative session dominated by gambling, a bill making all dog owners liable for pet attacks looks slated for passage, after previous bill making only pit bull owners liable drew outrage. Now, local schnauzers, shih tzus, poodles outraged.

3 City Council

Attempt for yearly audits of all city departments—as most big cities have—gets shot down in committee. Watered-down bill with audits every two years gets shot down in council vote. Finally, bill with audits every four years of just 13 city departments passes, 14-1. Your tax dollars at work?

4 Sparrows Point

After this week’s sale to a liquidator, the 125-year-old steel mill that helped build the Bay Bridge and World War II ships appears finally headed for the scrap bin. BCPR sheds a tear for the 2,000 laid-off workers and their families, along with the hundreds of related businesses that will suffer—and for the end of a cherished way of life in east Baltimore.



5 White Power

Sikh shooter Wade Page’s Linthicum-based record company Label 56 scrambles to distance itself from the racist rage even as it touts albums like A Rebel Salute to the Oldschool of Hate. When Page played Baltimore in 2010, he was in all three bands on the bill. While Southern Poverty Law Center notes a 69-percent increase in hate groups, BCPR suspects it’s the same handful of potentially dangerous assholes making all the noise. Oy, oy, oy. . . vey.

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