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Issue 21: Charm Offensive

Photo: Courtesy Legends Football League, License: N/A

Courtesy Legends Football League

Photograph of Angela Rypien. To see more players visit

In this week's cover story, Violet LeVoit writes about the Baltimore Charm of the Legends (formerly Lingerie) Football League, which opens its season this weekend in Jacksonville. She talked to starting Charm quarterback Angela Rypien (daughter of Redskins Super Bowl MVP QB Mark Rypien) and other players, the founder/commissioner, doctors, and others about the controversial league, in which the athletes - who take the game very seriously - earn no pay, risk injury by wearing insufficient pads, and are forced to sign a Draconian contract that forbids them from wearing undergarments, allows the league to dismiss them for their appearance, and penalizes them $5,000 for quitting.

In Mobtown Beat, Edward Ericson Jr. breaks down the coming changes at the Liquor Board in the wake of a scathing state audit, and Van Smith updates us on the situation with the Harbor's last industrial holdout, Domino Sugar and the EPA, who had asked the manufacturer to reduce emissions last year. Don't miss the Baltimore City Power Rankings - featuring a BIG up to the MTA for green-lighting weekend MARC service - and Murder Ink.

In City Folk, Rafael Alvarez writes about longtime City Hall fixture Charlie Reimer, who died over the weekend. And Mr. Wrong takes in a day at the race before THE day at the races.

In A&E, Cara Ober explores the Baltimore Satellite Reef at Gallery CA and Lee Gardner reviews the new so-called "definitive" heavy metal opus "Louder Than Hell." In Music, Al Shipley hangs out with local music power couple Street Scott and Nova Starz, who collaborate on dark, diverse music and give a little credit to their cat, Shadow. Josh Sisk previews the can't-miss sets at Maryland Deathfest, and Baynard Woods breaks down the latest in country-type music in his column Strum and Twang.
  In Film, Jenn Ladd is pretty convinced by the grandeur of Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby, while Brandon Soderberg gets nostalgic about Kon Tiki. In Art, Marcus Civin looks into Timothy App's abstract work. And in Stage, Baynard Woods finds that Acme's You Get to Buffalo, about the internet crazy early days, has a lot to say about community generally.

Eats & Drinks features John Houser III's "meh" reaction to Mt. Washington's Blue Sage, while Martha Thomas run down all the latest changes in the local dining word in Comings & Goings. Also, Van Smith goes to "Crafternoons" at Wharf Rat for the City That Drinks column.

Don't miss Spitballin', which breaks down the O's woes, and Savage Love.

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