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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 Orioles

For the first time since 1997, three Orioles were voted onto the American League All-Star Game roster, including Crush Davis, the leading vote-getter in the league. Add in Manny Machado, who was named as a reserve, and the O’s will be the most well-represented team during all-star weekend. Maybe with the Birds’ newly gained power, they can help right an injustice and get Wild Bill Hagy in the Baseball Hall of Fame! (See Spitballin’)

2 Casinos

Maryland casinos had a hard time getting going after voters approved them in 2008, but things finally seem to be humming at our revenue-generating temples of chance, as local casinos earned $66.5 million in June, capping a fiscal year with $608.3 million in revenue—$76.8 million more than the state had projected. Place your bets on how much revenue—and gambling addiction—will grow with the addition of two more sites in the next two years, including downtown Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino.

3 Baltimore Police Department

After a spike in violence at the start of the summer, BPD stepped up boldly, increasing patrols in trouble spots—even blocking traffic on the most problematic blocks—working overlapping shifts, and ordering every officer to work the July 4th holiday, which had been troublesome in the past. Their actions no doubt contributed to a relatively quiet holiday weekend. Let’s keep it up, BPD and Baltimore.

4 300 Man March

And while the cops were making hopeful strides, some local citizens—led by City Councilman Brandon Scott and friend Munir Bahar, who had become a youth mentor after a troubled childhood—took matters into their own hands, organizing a 10-mile march along North Avenue, encouraging men to spread a message of anti-violence. Needless to say, it’s going to take many contributions to change Baltimore’s culture of violence. This felt like an important start.

Mary Ellen Barbera

This week, Governor O’Malley named Barbera, a former Baltimore City Public Schools teacher who went to University of Maryland law school at night, Maryland’s chief judge, making her the first woman to hold the office. O’Malley also appointed Shirley M. Watts to the state high court, which, if approved by the State Senate, would make her the first African-American woman to serve on the court and give the state’s highest court a female majority.

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