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Climate Change Deniers, Marijuana Diversion Programs, City Council, Orioles, and Under Armour.

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1 Climate Change Deniers

As the Mobtown Shank first reported, the Sun’s Reader’s Poll includes a number of climate change deniers and skeptics among the contenders for top meteorologist. WBAL forecaster Tony Pann, who has claimed that the American Meteorology Service (of which he boasts about being a member) is corrupt for its statements of facts about human-caused climate change (“follow the money,” he said in one exchange), and Justin Berk, formerly of WMAR and now the most popular local weatherman on Facebook, with 118,000 likes, has also challenged accepted science on climate change. Vote science, Baltimore! Vote Tom Tasselmeyer!

2 Marijuana Diversion Programs

The Sun reports that the number of people who went into so-called “diversion programs” has tripled since last year, with 4,500 going into the programs rather than face other criminal penalties. The program allows community service to push the case to an inactive docket, with the possibility of future expungement. Better than the 90 days you can get for possessing under 10 grams, but seriously, get into the 21st century, folks, and legalize. You are on the wrong side of history.

3 City Council

The council at first struck down an attempt to launch an investigation into Il Mayore’s error-riddled, mismanaged speed camera program by councilman Carl Stokes (12th district), the project’s biggest critic, in the taxation committee he chairs, but then supported a similar investigation proposed by James Kraft, chair of the judiciary committee. Stokes worries the new investigation with be a “whitewash,” but Kraft delivered a letter to the mayor’s office last week requesting 31 batches of documents related to the programs and threatened to subpoena them if necessary.

4 Orioles

After an almost completely inactive off-season in which executive vice president Dan Duquette seemed to drain whatever momentum and excitement had built around the Birds over the last two promising seasons, he signed starting pitchers Suk-min Yoon and Ubaldo Jimenez (pending physical)—not exactly earth-shattering, but it shows some sign of hope for the team’s uncertain pitching rotation heading into spring training.

5 Under Armour

The Baltimore-based “performance apparel” company might be having some performance anxiety this week after being slammed on the biggest stage, at the Olympic Games in Sochi. The U.S. speedskating team, after failing to win any medals in the first week of races, including several in which U.S. skaters were favored, blamed flaws in their UA Olympic uniforms and opted to use previous suits designed by UA. BCPR thinks the under-performing skaters might be looking for a scapegoat, but either way, not good for Under Armour’s rep to be under attack on the international stage.

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