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Guide to the High Life

Guide to the High Life

Feature: For the first time in ages, you are not afraid that the police will come and kick down your door because you might have a little bit of weed inside. 4/16/2014
High Times

High Times

Feature: The winners and losers in Maryland’s pot debate in 2014 By Van Smith 4/16/2014
Scratch ’N’ Sniff Product Reviews

Scratch ’N’ Sniff Product Reviews

Feature: your intrepid City Paper staff offers reviews that are as fragrant as they are flagrant, and super-helpful too! 4/16/2014
Putting the High in High Art

Putting the High in High Art

Feature: Sometimes, at its best, a little toke can wake you up to the splendor that surrounds you every day. By Aynardbay Oodsway 4/16/2014
Baltimore’s Biggest Hits

Baltimore’s Biggest Hits

Feature: Ten artists to toke to By Brandon Soderberg 4/16/2014
City Paper 420 Dj Mix

City Paper 420 Dj Mix

Feature: DJ James Nasty spins a Weed-centric Baltimore club mix, recorded live 4/16/2014
Get Outside

Get Outside

Feature: There’s nothing like being high in the great outdoors By Aynardbay Oodsway 4/16/2014
Ricky Eat Acid

Ricky Eat Acid

Feature: The new one from Baltimore’s Sam Ray By Andonbray Oderbergsay 4/16/2014
Talking To Your Teen

Talking To Your Teen

Feature: A Mom’s Manifesto 4/16/2014


Feature: An old head remembers blazing up back in the day By As told to Danielle Sweeney 4/16/2014

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  • Parts & Labor’s Butcher Shop Opens Today

    Planning on unleashing a post-lent meat spectacular for Easter dinner?  Parts & Labor’s butcher shop has you covered.  Ribeye? Check. Bone-in pork chops cut to your liking? Sure. Local guinea hen? Yup. Mutton? Obviously. Opening today, the locally-sourced shop will not only offer raw cuts but also cured meats, pâtés, milk, butter, pickled vegetables, and other comestibles such as their signature Snake Oil hot sauce to take home. Lead by head butcher and executive chef George Marsh (profiled here), the shop specializes in seam butchery, a method referring to following a bone, tendon, or muscle seam as you cut to minimalize any waste. With products sourced from local farms such as Liberty Delight (beef), Whistle Pig Hollow (pork), Rettland Farm (pork), and Many Rocks (goat) it’s clear our protein choices just got upgraded from the plastic-wrapped options available elsewhere. Cured meats will include kielbasa, salami, mortadella and country ham and we’re told the staff will be on hand to talk cooking methods for various far-out cuts like bavette and culotte. We’re intrigued by the sound of those. If you aren’t quite ready to tackle cooking said cuts yourself, fear not, the restaurant and pub, featuring over 20 regional and farm […]

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  • Remembering Children’s Books of Yesteryear during National Library Week

    Feeling rebellious over our dizzying speed-mad era of e-books, e-readers, digital and virtual realities, I want to advocate for the practice of borrowing a good old-fashioned book from the library—especially now, during National Library Week. I want to remind everyone of the simple joy of settling down in a cozy nook, turning well-worn pages, and reading aloud to a child. To read a book we once loved as a child to a child today is like soldering silver chains between the generations. Why silver? Because silver is just as beautiful as gold, but if you want to see it gleam, you must polish it. Besides, it is not intergenerational bonds alone that are being polished when you do this but links between actual childhoods. To read a book you once loved is to connect a 21st century child with worlds gone by. Recall how milk was delivered in clanking metal cans or later in bowling pin-shaped bottles of stamped glass with wired paper tops; how dresses with scratchy layers of tulle crinoline had to be pulled over little girls’ cringing heads; how children hid with pounding hearts behind parterre drapes when the dreaded tutor or sitter arrived. By ambience and innuendo, […]

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  • New Liquor Board administrator is outsider

    Outgoing Baltimore Liquor Board Chairman Steve Fogleman sounds giddy as he announces that Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the Capitol Heights Town Administrator, will be taking the executive secretary post at the liquor board. “She doesn’t know anybody,” Fogleman says. “She doesn’t know the mayor.” He recounts Bailey-Hedgepeth’s credentials, which include a master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University and a certificate in public management from the International City/County Management Association, again marveling that she is not politically connected in Baltimore or the state, as were pretty much all her predecessors. Which is weird, because Bailey-Hedgepeth is effectively the hired-on mayor of a DC suburb. Not sure how a person would not get some political connections doing that job. “That’s the good thing about me,” Bailey-Hedgepeth says over the phone from her office in Capitol Heights, where, at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, she says she’s waiting by the fax machine for the offer of employment. “I’ve seen Mayor Rawlings-Blake,” Bailey-Hedgepeth says. “I’ve been to events with her. But I have not met her in person.” So Bailey-Hedgepeth is pretty much an outsider, with an administrative technocrat’s professional history. She cut her working teeth in North Las Vegas, spending seven years as […]

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  • Five Things Baltimore McDonald’s’s are known for

    The humble Mickey D’s is one of the last bedrock cultural experiences that all Americans share. But despite the corporate concentration on standardization, every McDonald’s reflects its surroundings. We were reminded of this fact the other day when the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin published some observations from his recent Baltimore jaunt. He needed to speak with people who had experienced the city jail. He was directed to a McDonald’s on North Avenue, where he found many folks experienced with and willing to talk about the horrendous jail.  So, besides being brimming with ex-cons (which is Number 1 on our listicle), what are Baltimore Micky-D’s famous for? 2. Being unable to produce a Diet Coke in three months of trying!  (North Avenue at Charles Street—the same one that Toobin visited) 3. Fake lottery winners! A woman who worked at a Mindsor Mill McDonalds infuriated 15 co-workers in April, 2012, after claiming that she had one of three tickets for a $105 million jackpot—but that the winner was not one of the one’s she’d purchased as part of the pool with her co-workers. Later it was revealed that she did not have any winning ticket, though that apparently stokes the conspiracy theory her […]

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  • “Super-kingpin” Tommy Lee Canty Jr. may return to Baltimore

    Since suffering a stroke six years ago that paralyzed the right side of his body, Tommy Lee Canty Jr.—the first drug dealer convicted as a federal “super-kingpin” in Maryland, under a 1988 law—has been virtually helpless, requiring a lift to get to and from his bed and wheelchair and a catheter to urinate. Yesterday, his prosecutor, veteran assistant U.S. attorney Andrea Smith, filed a motion to reduce Canty’s life sentence to time served, so that he can move to a Baltimore nursing home to live out his days on federal probation. He was convicted in 1990, when he was 24 years old, and now is 48 and living at a prison hospital in Minnesota called Federal Medical Center, Rochester. Smith’s motion says Canty’s “life expectancy is indeterminate, but his long-term prognosis is poor due to a high risk of injury from seizures [or] another stroke or heart attack due to poorly controlled hypertension.” Though he “can understand what is being said to him,” Canty “is unable to speak,” the motion adds. Canty’s prosecution was a major feather in the cap of law enforcers in the late 1980s, when he was considered one of a new breed of young dealers, who, […]

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  • Shake Shack is coming to Baltimore

    Shake Shack, the New York-based burger joint that has also become a favorite in Washington, D.C., is opening its first Baltimore location, at 400 E. Pratt St., according to a tweet from Downtown Partnership president Kirby Fowler. According to a press release, the eatery is aiming to start serving delicious hot dogs and its ShackBurger with the signature ShackSauce in early 2015. This much is certain: the place will be mobbed when the Yankees are in town for a series at Camden Yards.

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Cleaning Up: Federal money is expanding drug treatment in Baltimore--and causing providers headaches.

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Cleaning Up

Federal money is expanding drug treatment in Baltimore--and causing providers headaches.

Baltimore’s well-known illegal drug industry, which City Paper examined in 2008, has a flip side—the mostly federally-funded $50-million-per-year drug treatment industry. Because city leaders have for decades spoken of the need to better serve the city’s (seemingly never diminished) 60,000 substance abusers while wrapping pleas for more public funding in the slogan “treatment works,” we decided to examine drug treatment as a business and ask how well it actually does work—and for whom. A series by Edward Ericson Jr.

PART 1: Cleaning Up: Federal money is expanding drug treatment in Baltimore--and causing providers headaches. 06/22/2010

PART 2: Old Habits: Medicalization is the hot new thing in drug treatment. Just like in 1970. 07/27/2010

PART 3: "We Are Not In the Housing Business": Baltimore's recovering addicts need a clean, affordable, safe place to live. Somebody's making money on it--but don't ask who, or how. 9/29/2010

PART 4: "Waiting for the Plan": As more money flows into drug treatment centers and the number of addicts rises, Baltimore can't determine which programs actually work. 11/10/2010

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