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Grand Prix Of Baltimore, Gambling, Al-Jazeera, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Aquille Carr

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

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1 Grand Prix Of Baltimore

Two weeks before gentlemen in ad-covered jumpsuits start their engines, GP of B scores Chrysler Group’s SRT as a presenting sponsor—something it didn’t have last year that may mean a smoother financial road ahead. Add in speedy construction and minimal traffic snarls so far and BCPR might be ready to jump on-board, but first let’s see if downtown vendors get a sip from the victory cup.

2 Gambling

The once anti-slots Gov took a moment out of his busy schedule of Meet the Press appearances to sign the bill that came out of the General Assembly’s special session, which allows for table games at existing casinos and a new casino in Prince George’s County. The bill now goes to voters in a November referendum. BCPR is betting on another endless season of annoying pro- and anti-referendum ads.

3 Al-Jazeera

Qatar (or “KHTHRR,” as newscasters call it)-based network’s English-language station comes to Charm City to make Baltimore: Anatomy of an American City, which reportedly drains our burg of the charm, focuses on murder, drugs, gangs, etc. Hmm. . . this show sounds familiar—don’t they have HBO in KHTHRR? We hear Bubs makes a twitchy host.

4 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

First the city ethics board announces that its looking into free tickets to events at 1st Mariner Arena given to SRB as a potential violation, then a Federal appeals court grants a hearing to consider whether the mayor’s pet bill, requiring faith-based pregnancy counseling centers to post notices saying they don’t offer abortions or birth control, is legal. Her honor, heading to California this week, picked a good time to go on vacation.



5 Aquille Carr

The star basketball player for Patterson High School, nicknamed “Crimestopper” because east Baltimore corners supposedly go quiet when he’s on the court, was allegedly a crime-doer over the weekend, charged with assaulting his girlfriend after she broke up with him. Carr, considered the country’s top high school point guard, had committed to play for Seton Hall, but for now he’s benched until he can think up a more accurate nickname.

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