Jawbox headlining Metro Gallery for club’s 12th anniversary

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Photo by Shane Gardner.

Jawbox, the highly regarded 1990s post-hardcore band, will grace the Metro Gallery’s stage on Saturday to mark the club’s 12th anniversary, the venue announced today.

Fronted by J. Robbins, who now runs the Magpie Cage Recording Studio here in Baltimore, the group released two LPs on the seminal punk label Dischord Records before scoring a deal with Atlantic.

Monument to Revolutionary War hero at Patterson Park defaced with graffiti

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Photo courtesy of Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks

The city is working with a conservator to remove a graffiti tag recently discovered scrawled on a monument to Revolutionary War general Casimir Pulaski at Patterson Park.

Maryland Congress members ask FBI for ransomware briefing

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Photo by Christopher Sessums, via Flickr

We’re now past the two-week mark of city computer networks sitting hobbled by a ransomware attack, and Maryland’s federal lawmakers are keen on getting some answers from federal authorities investigating the hacking.

Baltimore County Public Schools puts it to the people: When should classes start?

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A Baltimore County Public Schools bus. Image via Facebook.

The issue of school start times has been one of Maryland’s hottest political footballs in recent years.

Gov. Larry Hogan, with the support of Comptroller Peter Franchot, issued an executive order in 2016 that required schools to start after Labor Day and end before June 15. He heralded the move as a boon for tourist destinations in the state, like Ocean City, and said it “will help protect the traditional end of summer.”

Earlier this year, however, the Maryland General Assembly put an end to that, passing a bill to return the power of start dates to the individual school boards. Hogan vetoed the measure, but legislators overrode it.

An Evening of Art and Music with BMA’s Art After Hours Party

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BMA - Art After Hours

When the gallery lights go down, the party lights come up for Art After Hours, a lively series of evening events with activities, inspired by the BMA’s current exhibitions. Boost yourself with a beer & a bite, groove to music from house musician, Hans Berg, enjoy surreal games and pop-up performances and experience art in new ways.

With the closing weekend of two special exhibitions at the Museum: Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s and Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg: Delights of an Undirected Mind, the BMA will be celebrating by hosting a surrealism-inspired Art After Hours Party this Friday, May 24, from 8pm – 11pm. The party will include an evening of music, art-making, drinks and lite bites and late-night access to galleries and special exhibitions. Tickets are $25 ($20 for BMA Members), for ages 21+ and can be purchased here.

State police talking with BPD about re-investigating Sean Suiter’s death

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Det. Sean Suiter. Photo via Baltimore Police Department.

Eighteen months out from the perplexing and unsolved on-the-job death of Det. Sean Suiter, the Baltimore Police Department and Maryland State Police are in talks to conduct a joint investigation of the case.

The data behind the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session

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The inside of the General Assembly chambers in Annapolis. Photo by Roxanne Ready, via Flickr, used with a Creative Commons license.

By Daniel Oyefusi and Jake Gluck
Capital News Service

Only 40 out of the 188 legislators in the Maryland General Assembly passed at least 50 percent of bills they introduced, and the average success rate for passing bills was 30.6 percent.

Ten lawmakers passed every bill for which they were the primary sponsor.

While some legislators were able to pass multiple bills, others struck out in their attempts and a few didn’t introduce any legislation.

Capital News Service gathered data from the 2019 legislative session and conducted an analysis to report on some of the most striking takeaways from the General Assembly.