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

Illustrations by Alex Fine


1 Arts

Baltimore artists are getting a lot of national exposure this week with Lotfy Nathan’s 12 O’Clock Boys opening around the country, Wye Oak releasing a new single, and Lindsay Ann Bottos’ troll-targeting Tumblr going viral. And not only are our artists reaching out, but the BMA’s German Expressionism show is exposing us to great international work.

2 General Assembly

At a time of endemic poverty and increasing income inequality, The Sun reports that state legislators are likely to effectively cut one tax this session, and it’s the one that applies exclusively to millionaires: the estate tax. Proponents of the cut, including many liberals trying to look “sensible,” say this will stop the moneyed class from moving out of state—even though Maryland has the highest concentration of millionaires in the country. BCPR calls bullshit.

3 $RB

Il Mayore said that URS Corp., the company hired to do the “secret” audit of the city’s speed cameras which became public last week, was not qualified to do the job. BCPR wonders why the city spent over a quarter-million dollars on the company last year. But $RB said she didn’t even read the audit—which said the cameras made 40 percent more mistakes than the city acknowledged—until it was published in The Sun. That’s an excuse?

4 Anthony Brown

Governor O’Malley reportedly gave Brown control of the state’s luxury box at D.C.’s FedEx Field for Redskins games, which the lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate used to host lobbyists, staffers, and others who contributed $20,000 to his campaign. Voters should boycott Brown, along with the franchise and bully owner Dan Snyder for refusing to change its racist nickname.

5 Transportation Department

First the Baltimore Brew discovers that the department, along with $RB and the Baltimore Development Corporation, quietly agreed that taxpayers will pay for whatever the expense remains for the bridge connecting Harbor East and Harbor Point after using a $107 million TIF (and after stating the TIF would cover it all), then The Sun finds emails where one official asked the director if he was able to “tap into” the emails of an employee suspected of leaking the city’s “secret” speed-camera audit. It’s a shady city-government double-double!

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