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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Bar Owners

In a case involving a man who had bought 20 drinks over six hours at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg before driving 98 miles per hour into another car and killing a 10-year-old girl, the Maryland Court of Appeals narrowly upheld a lower court’s ruling that found the bar owner not liable for the driver’s victim. The 4-3 decision maintains Maryland’s status as one of only seven states without a so-called “dram shop liability” statute. If common sense was truly common, such laws would be unnecessary.

2 The Baltimore Sun

Our paper of record is shrinking again. Sports columnist Kevin Cowherd and entertainment editor Sam Sessa (pictured, sort of) are among eight Sun staffers to hit the road in the span of six weeks. And given Tribune Company’s addiction to downsizing, BCPR bets that few if any of those positions will be filled. Meanwhile, for its “50 Women to Watch in Baltimore” feature, The Sun Magazine posed heavy hitters like the mayor and interim Schools CEO Tisha Edwards in expensive evening gowns and shiny baubles—as if ogling the mayor’s cleavage is key to measuring her accomplishments.


Unfortunately, agreeing to such a photo shoot is just the latest of Il Mayore’s misjudgments and among the least consequential. BCPR doesn’t relish taking its cues from Beantown, but the previously unknown Boston Streets blog got our attention this week, asking “Who is the worst mayor it America?” and coming up with Il Mayore: “Rawlings-Blake’s reign has been characterized by a lack of vision, bungled projects, and ineptitude,” they said, citing her cuts to the parks and rec budget, tax breaks for developers, and especially her continuing embrace of the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Boston might have a point on this one.

David Ortiz

But the Red Sox still suck. It’s not enough that we have to endure BoSox bozos pahking their cahs all over downtown when we play their team—though we thank them for their local-economy-boosting tourism dollahs—we have to watch this psycho David Ortiz pummel a phone in the Camden Yards visitors dugout after striking out. Big Papi can take out his big checkbook and send some more dollahs Baltimore’s way for that one.

City Schools

Every month, it seems, there’s some laughably high expense coming out of the city schools system. This month, it’s $150,000 paid to outgoing schools CEO Andres Alonso as a credit for unused leave time—while teachers are using their own money to pay for paper towels and books. Payroll experts mocked the exorbitant payment, which reinforces the idea that the school board is spending our money recklessly, without accountability. Priceline Negotiator William Shatner is in town this week (see page 9)—maybe the school board can retain his services before they hire the next CEO of schools.


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