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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Martin O’Malley

Finally, all of that sucking up to the Obama administration pays off for Maryland’s citizens, as the Gov successfully appeals to the Prez for disaster-relief funds for Sandy-ravaged Somerset County, after it was initially denied (though appeals on behalf of the state’s western counties failed). Also, the former mayor spoke out about the city’s error-plagued speed cameras and met with NAACP chief Ben Jealous to discuss a push to ban the death penalty. Maybe he’s our 2016 candidate after all.

2 Port of Baltimore

As of this past week, 1 million cruise passengers have passed through the port since it became a hub in 2006, with 221,000 crossing the gangway just this year. The hub is only growing, with modifications to handle the biggest ships in the world. One can only hope the success can spread to Sparrows Point, where the mill’s new owners announced plans to raze the industrial area. All aboard?

3 The Sun

Things were looking bleak when—weeks after buyouts of Sun vets like film critic Mike Sragow and tech reporter Gus Sentementes—the bosses at Tribune Company signaled they were looking to sell off their smaller newspapers at fire-sale prices. But a glimmer of hope emerged when local developer David Cordish expressed interest in buying it, which would return the paper to local ownership for the first time since 1986. Get ready for The Baltimore Sun Live!

4 Ravens

OK, the 34-17 drubbing by the Denver Broncos that capped a three-game losing streak looked pretty bad. But the Ravens are still 9-5—hardly the laughingstock of the NFL—and they backed into a playoff spot with a welcome Steelers’ loss. With key players like Ray Lewis and Bernard Pollard likely coming back, BCPR is betting on a resurgence against the tanking Giants.

5 Guns

On Saturday, a day after the horrific mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, 461 guns were turned over to the Baltimore Police Department to be melted down during a previously scheduled gun buyback (those turning in guns got a $100 gift card to ShopRite supermarkets). Baltimore knows only too well the devastation gun violence wreaks and one can only hope that some progress can come from the senseless tragedy.

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