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The District Score

The District Score

Mobtown Beat: How legislators in Baltimore City’s six districts fared in Annapolis this election year By Van Smith 4/23/2014
General Assembly 2014 Winners and Losers

General Assembly 2014 Winners and Losers

Mobtown Beat: Taking stock of the session that just ended By Van Smith 4/16/2014

Show us your licensing

Mobtown Beat: Following controversial case, new policy requires liquor board to make more decisions public By Edward Ericson Jr. 4/16/2014
Who Do We Love?

Who Do We Love?

Mobtown Beat: Maryland gives tax breaks to lots of businesses, not just Kevin Spacey’s By Edward Ericson Jr. 4/9/2014
Sale On

Sale On

Mobtown Beat: Baltimore is about to sell off its public housing. Someone is going to make money—and that’s the plan. By Edward Ericson Jr. 4/2/2014
Crews In For a Bruisin’?

Crews In For a Bruisin’?

Mobtown Beat: Local film crew vets question their future as House of Cards and Annapolis battle over tax credits By Lawrence Lanahan 4/2/2014
Talking Dread

Talking Dread

Mobtown Beat: Former Sonar and Talking Head co-owner Dan McIntosh got the best pot-conspiracy sentence he could: a decade in prison. By Van Smith 3/26/2014
Challenge Stage

Challenge Stage

Mobtown Beat: Baltimore Sheriff John Anderson’s re-election campaigns are getting harder By Van Smith 3/19/2014
Juris-imprudence?

Juris-imprudence?

Mobtown Beat: Former employee claims high-level cabal at Baltimore’s district court perpetuates longstanding discrimination By Van Smith 3/12/2014
Rocking the Vote

Rocking the Vote

Mobtown Beat: Baltimore legislator wants to invite third parties to the political process By Van Smith 3/5/2014
What Happens Now?

What Happens Now?

Mobtown Beat: A daily newspaper company buying the alt-weekly in its market is not unprecedented, though the results are varied By Edward Ericson Jr. 2/26/2014
Jailer Justice

Jailer Justice

Mobtown Beat: Correctional culture of retaliatory inmate beatings and cover-ups on trial in Baltimore By Van Smith 2/19/2014
Trans-Equality Time?

Trans-Equality Time?

Mobtown Beat: Maryland’s lack of transgender civil rights protections is becoming “embarrassing,” proponents say By Van Smith 2/12/2014
Creep Crusaders

Creep Crusaders

Mobtown Beat: Two Baltimore legislators take the lead on sex-crime reforms in Annapolis By Van Smith 2/12/2014
Weighty Issues

Weighty Issues

Mobtown Beat: Garnett Smith says bringing a ton of cocaine to Baltimore doesn’t make him a “monster” By Van Smith 2/5/2014
A Bigger Toolbox

A Bigger Toolbox

Mobtown Beat: Rawlings-Blake’s Annapolis agenda heavy on anti-crime proposals this year By Van Smith 1/29/2014
General Equivalence

General Equivalence

Mobtown Beat: A Baltimore company gave hundreds a chance—maybe their last chance—for a high school degree By Edward Ericson Jr. 1/22/2014
Booze News

Booze News

Mobtown Beat: Annapolis mulls liquor-law changes By Van Smith 1/22/2014
Doing Their Part

Doing Their Part

Mobtown Beat: Amid murder crisis, City Council looks for answers—any answers it can get By Edward Ericson Jr. 1/15/2014
Lasting Impression

Lasting Impression

Mobtown Beat: The BMA regains a long-lost Renoir By Baynard Woods 1/15/2014
NSFW

NSFW

Mobtown Beat: Porn-DVD incident spawns litigation revealing alleged Baltimore District Court gender hostilities By Van Smith 1/8/2014
The Colombian Connection

The Colombian Connection

Mobtown Beat: Feds say Baltimore man was trusted client of Colombian heroin traffickers By Van Smith 1/1/2014
Street Theater

Street Theater

Mobtown Beat: Sanctioned or not, Baltimore citizens use guerrilla art to slow traffic By Edward Ericson Jr. 12/25/2013
On the Rocks

On the Rocks

Mobtown Beat: Baltimore businessmen in federal crosshairs for massive cocaine conspiracy By Van Smith 12/18/2013
Poisoning Lead Lawsuits

Poisoning Lead Lawsuits

Mobtown Beat: New cases could make it harder to hold landlords accountable By Edward Ericson Jr. 12/10/2013

The Game Remains the Same

Mobtown Beat: Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale’s new charges ring familiar By Van Smith 12/10/2013
Brother, can you spare a crime?

Brother, can you spare a crime?

Mobtown Beat: City Council to revisit anti-panhandling bill, with a narrower focus By Edward Ericson Jr. 12/4/2013

The new strategic policing plan, same as the old strategic policing plans?

Mobtown Beat: For $285,000, consultants offer familiar-sounding recommendations By Edward Ericson Jr. 12/4/2013
Stalled Walmart’s New Start

Stalled Walmart’s New Start

Mobtown Beat: Streamlined, smaller plan approved unanimously after contentious planning commission hearing By Edward Ericson Jr. 11/27/2013

Prisons Scandal Grows

Mobtown Beat: Another massive indictment, new details in Baltimore’s ongoing correctional corruption debacle By Van Smith 11/27/2013
In the Red Zone

In the Red Zone

Mobtown Beat: ESPN Zone employees, abruptly laid off three years ago, get meager payday By Edward Ericson Jr. 11/20/2013
Special Treatment

Special Treatment

Mobtown Beat: Tracy Love’s killing snuffs out a snitch-filled Baltimore life By Van Smith 11/20/2013
Arrested Development

Arrested Development

Mobtown Beat: Police lied for Baltimore raid warrant to arrest innocent man, lawsuit claims By Van Smith 11/13/2013

In the Red

Mobtown Beat: Disabilities Administration CFO says she was fired for blowing the whistle By Edward Ericson Jr. 11/6/2013
<em>CP</em> photographer arrested at concert

CP photographer arrested at concert

Mobtown Beat: Just before midnight on Friday, Nov. 1, police shut down a concert at Summa 11/6/2013
Need a Lyft?

Need a Lyft?

Mobtown Beat: Ride-sharing companies push the limits of real-world peer-to-peer services By Edward Ericson Jr. 10/30/2013
Party Crasher

Party Crasher

Mobtown Beat: Clean-water group’s failed legal effort to help oversee Baltimore’s sewage-repair plan exposes lax enforcement By Van Smith 10/30/2013
Panhandlers’ lament

Panhandlers’ lament

Mobtown Beat: Mean Eggs and Pan By Edward Ericson Jr. 10/30/2013
Habitat for Calamity

Habitat for Calamity

Mobtown Beat: East Baltimore neighbors, each living in Habitat for Humanity homes, struggle to be neighborly By Edward Ericson Jr. 10/23/2013
Get out of jail free?

Get out of jail free?

Mobtown Beat: Dirty cop undermines gun convict’s guilty plea By Van Smith 10/16/2013
Public Enemy or Public Relations?

Public Enemy or Public Relations?

Mobtown Beat: Baltimore’s four 2013 Public Enemies in handy chart form. By Edward Ericson Jr. 10/16/2013
Cop Accuses Cop of Copping a Feel

Cop Accuses Cop of Copping a Feel

Mobtown Beat: Police department quietly files charges against veteran officer By Edward Ericson Jr. 10/9/2013
Stripper Rights

Stripper Rights

Nose: Alleged violations of state and federal minimum-wage laws 10/9/2013
Down for the Undercount

Down for the Undercount

Mobtown Beat: Baltimore’s homeless count is a fluke this year By Van Smith 10/2/2013
What to Doo?

What to Doo?

Mobtown Beat: Legal fight over city’s sewer-fixing program erupts as Baltimore’s polluted water puts on a show By Van Smith 9/25/2013

Fraudster Hired by Mayor’s Office Goes to Prison

Mobtown Beat: Renita Franklin-Thrower was sentenced to nine months in federal prison after a judge revoked her supervised release in an embezzlement case. 9/25/2013

Baltimore-West Africa Heroin-trade Figure Emerges

Mobtown Beat: The man previously known only as “Wagba,” now has a name: George Frimpong Ebo-Amissah. 9/25/2013

Daniel McIntosh’s Pot-conspiracy Sentencing Postponed Again

Mobtown Beat: Former Sonar nightclub co-owner Daniel McIntosh was convicted by a federal jury last November of participating in a massive decade-long cross-country pot conspiracy. 9/25/2013

Local Activist Group Pranks Playboy

Mobtown Beat: FORCE: Upsetting Rape culture, the group behind the takeover of Victoria’s Secret website late last year, struck again last week 9/25/2013
Whose Cops Are These?

Whose Cops Are These?

Mobtown Beat: Police raid on a private party raises questions about “private duty” cops By Edward Ericson Jr. 9/11/2013

Busting “Bubbles”

Mobtown Beat: Feds take whacks at the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang’s street-level operations in Baltimore By Van Smith 9/11/2013
Here’s Mud on Your Robes

Here’s Mud on Your Robes

Nose: The Nose is aware of a long history of racially troublesome neighbors here in the Mobtown region. By The Nose 9/11/2013

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