Feds award $125M to help expand Howard Street Tunnel, which Hogan says is enough to proceed

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An archived image of the tunnel at Camden Station, Courtesy Library of Congress

After previously being turned down, the state has gotten its wish for federal assistance to expand the berth for trains in the Howard Street Tunnel, eventually allowing double-stacked train cars to travel to and from the Port of Baltimore.

The Ravens have finished upgrades to M&T Bank Stadium

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Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Three years and $120 million later, the Baltimore Ravens have finished upgrading M&T Bank Stadium, the team announced this morning.

As of today, the Ravens have completed the addition of escalators and elevators to take fans up to the 500 level–one escalator was open last season–and party suites below the four high-definition video boards added to the corners of the stadium last year.

Sonja Sohn arrested in Outer Banks on drug charges

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Sohn in “The Originals” in 2013. Photo by Richard Ducree/The CW, via IMDB.

Actress Sonja Sohn, best known locally as Det. Kima Greggs on “The Wire” and for her more recent HBO documentary “Baltimore Rising,” was arrested over the weekend on drug charges in the Outer Banks.

Artscape 2019 in photos

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In spite of the scorching temperatures, thousands showed up to Artscape over the weekend for music, food, dancing in the street, movies, installations and more. Check out these photos from our time there as we wandered from the free weekend-long outdoor festival to the indie music festival Ratscape, to new bars Rituals and the North Avenue Market, and to rapper Eze Jackson’s album release show at the Metro Gallery.

Baltimore Museum of Art shows off a more diverse collection

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Wangechi Mutu’s “Water Woman.” Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

One year after selling off part of its collection in order to acquire more works by women and artists of color, the Baltimore Museum of Art is showing off some of its purchases.

Directors this week unveiled a new exhibit in the museum’s contemporary wing, entitled “Every Day: Selections from the Collection.” Running until Jan. 5, the show required a complete re-installation of the contemporary collection galleries, the first since 2012, and features works by black artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, including many of the newly acquired pieces.

Baltimost: Jessica Watson, founder of the Have a Nice Day Project

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Credit: John Waire

Baltimost is a Baltimore Fishbowl feature series that asks locals what they love about their city. The idea is to celebrate Baltimore and the people who make it so unique.

So what makes Baltimore the Baltimost to you? It could be a favorite place, a great meal, a memorable interaction or something else entirely. Email suggestions to Karen at [email protected]

Jessica Watson, 35, is the founder of marketing firm Points North Design Studio and the Have a Nice Day Project.  

In her words: “I started the Have a Nice Day Project in 2015. It’s a happy hour, once a quarter in a local establishment in Baltimore. You’re essentially coloring at the bar, but really you’re writing positive messages to fellow neighbors in Baltimore who you’ll never meet.

Hot Plate: Atelier Culinaire reopens, La Calle turns one, Artscape, empanadas at Wishbone Reserve and more

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This week is all about the veg, with events including a summer vegetable cooking class at Gertrude’s and a dinner on Cunningham’s farm.

This week brings lots of good news for Baltimore restaurants, plus fun events to help keep your mind off the raging heat. Here’s a look at what’s coming up: