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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Marathoners

Those of us who can’t make it from the couch to the fridge without breaking a sweat were already in awe of what marathon racers do. After the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week, we were even more impressed with the compassion so many racers and observers showed, leaping into danger to help the injured, including many Marylanders. One of the racers was Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville, Md., who won the women’s wheelchair race and won again in this past weekend’s London Marathon, whose racers carried on—as marathoners do—after taking time for a moving tribute to Boston’s victims.

2 The Bay

Last week’s City Paper painted a pretty bleak picture for the Chesapeake (“Aquageddon,” Feature, April 17) as rising sea levels eat up massive chunks of toxin-filled ground and threaten to swallow whole islands. This week brings a new study that the bay’s crab population is the lowest it’s been in five years, off two-thirds from last year’s numbers. As officials tighten catch limits in an attempt to grow the population, the perennial question comes up: Is it too little too late?

3 The Sun

Jim Romensko’s media-watch blog quotes an anonymous Sun veteran who is revolted over the possibility of right-wing political funders the Koch brothers buying the paper: “It would be nice for the House of Horrors ride to stop,” the journo says, listing a litany of gripes, including having half of the once-bustling newsroom boarded up so House of Cards could create a mock newsroom on the other side. “Every time we’re sold, we tell ourselves it can’t get worse,” the vet writes, “but it does.”

4 BCPD

Baltimore City police seem to have timed their new dirt-bike crackdown to coincide with the publicity the release of 12 O’Clock Boys, the documentary about the culture of the riders, at Maryland Film Festival. This past weekend, the police raided a repair shop and confiscated bikes. Their other big move is an email address where citizens can send tips about offenders: dirtbikes@baltimorepolice.org. Not a bad idea: Just add murder@baltimorepolice.org and robbers@baltimorepolice.org and maybe they can just work from home!

5 Rex Ryan

Leave it to the Jets’ head blowhard/coach to be such as asshole in defending the Ravens—where he was once defensive coordinator—in the team’s scheduling conflict with the Orioles that even Ravens fans are telling him the shut the fuck up. “Who really cares?” he said about the Orioles game conflicting with the NFL’s opening night, when the Ravens were to play at home (the game will now be played in Denver). “You’ve got 81 of them things at home and maybe you could’ve done the right thing and given one up.” O’s skipper (and Raven-game regular) Buck Showalter advised Ryan to “be a little more concerned about November 24th, when the Jets come here.” To which we’d only add, “douchebag.”

 

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