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Baltimore City Power Rankings

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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Linemen

The past week saw a high honor for one great local lineman—offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, who became the first Baltimore Raven to be inducted into the Hall of Fame—and a sad goodbye to another, defensive lineman Art Donovan, the first Baltimore Colt inducted into the Hall of Fame, who died this week at 89. May Baltimore continue to welcome such talented, great-spirited men onto our teams and into our hearts.

2 Convention Center

With last weekend’s BronyCon and this weekend’s Otakon, along with Comic-Con and other annual events, Baltimore’s downtown meeting hub seems to have found its niche in cosplay and comic books. Say goodbye to the days of cigar-chomping Shriners meandering through downtown and hello to smiling, white-maned bronies, and we may have the face of the city’s new prosperity.

3 O’Malley

The governor makes his presidential ambitions a bit more official this week, telling reporters at the National Governors Association meeting that he’s laying “the framework of a candidacy in 2016” and disclosing that he’s raised $500,000 for the effort, which might be a good sign if he were running for president in 1916.

4 School Board

Just as the board was trying to recover from the heat it took for departing CEO Alonso’s $150,000 payout for unused leave, its credibility takes another hit as recent board appointee Anthony Hamilton is forced to resign after WBAL revealed that he did not in fact have a Master’s in Educational Administration from Hopkins, as he claimed. If school leaders were held to the same standards as the kids they oversee, they’d be failing miserably.

5 Bob Curran

The councilman from the 3rd District in Northeast Baltimore filed for personal bankruptcy, with over $224,000 in debts, to prevent his house from falling into foreclosure. Sounds like a solid fiscal manager for our perennially over-budget city. When it’s time for the city to declare bankruptcy, a la Detroit, at least we’ll have someone with solid experience on our side.


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