Legal Fight Under Way Over Affordable Housing Project Some Say Threatens African American Community

Lennox Avenue in East Towson. Photo by John Lee.

The clash between residents of an historically African American neighborhood in East Towson and a developer of affordable housing is coming down to a final legal battle.

Hogan declares state of emergency ahead of presidential inauguration

Credit: Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons.

Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.

Ravens to donate $500,000 for Owings Mills playground

The entrance to Northwest Regional Park in Owings Mills, the future home to a new playground that will be funded in part by a $500,000 donation from the Baltimore Ravens. Image via Google Streetview.

The Baltimore Ravens have committed $500,000 to help build a playground near the team’s training facility and headquarters in Owings Mills, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced Friday.

Maryland awards $30M to entertainment venues, promoters

Image via Baltimore Center Stage’s Facebook page.

Maryland is awarding $30 million to more than 90 live music and performance venues, live entertainment promoters, and independently-owned local movie theaters, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday.

Local cultural institutions present alternate programs to make up for MLK Jr. Day parade cancellation

The Make Good Trouble exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Baltimore won’t have its annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade this weekend because of COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, but several local cultural institutions have come up with alternate ways to honor the civil rights leader.

Hot Plate: Ravens gameday specials, Lib’s Grill virtual wine dinner, Rally Around the Restaurants and more

The Ravens face off against the Bills on Saturday night and local restaurants are ready with tons of gameday specials – including a lot of wings. We prefer the Old Bay variety over Buffalo…this weekend, at least.

Despite COVID limitations, this week is a fun one in the Baltimore restaurant community, with Ravens playoff specials, a few ways to give back while eating and drinking well, and lots of new menus to peruse.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

Maryland reports 45 more coronavirus deaths as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise slightly

This is a picture of CDC’s laboratory test kit for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC tests are provided to U.S. state and local public health laboratories, Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and select international laboratories. Photo courtesy of CDC.

Maryland reported 45 additional deaths on Friday, raising the state’s total number of coronavirus fatalities to 6,322.