Baltimore Sun staffers make a pitch for pay raises

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“Rai$e Our Pay Now” balloons in The Sun’s newsroom. Image via the Baltimore Sun Guild’s Twitter.

As The Sun‘s newsroom heads toward negotiations with management over a new contract, staffers went on social media today to highlight one of their top priorities: pay raises.

Reporters posted pictures holding the green balloons with an upward-pointing arrow and the words “Rai$e Our Pay Now.” In a couple photos, the balloons appeared to be tied to nearly every desk in the paper’s Port Covington newsroom.

Winter Break in Israel with The Associated’s Family Mission

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The weather might be getting warmer, but it’s time to start thinking about winter break. Why stress over booking hotels or planning tours, when The Associated has put together the prefect trip for you and your family.

Just imagine your winter break in Israel. Rappelling into the Ramon Crater, digging at an ancient archaeological excavation, walking through ancient tunnels in Jerusalem, climbing Masada, floating in the Dead Sea and more.

Read on to learn why Family Mission Co-Chairs, Stacey & Randy Getz and Carol & Robert Keehn, do not want you to miss this opportunity.

Acting Mayor Young on prospect of Pugh returning: ‘I would hate to see it’

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Ex Officio Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young speaks at a press conference on April 2. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Four weeks into his tenure as ex officio mayor of Baltimore, Bernard C. “Jack” Young has steadfastly refused to join a chorus of calls for Catherine Pugh to resign following her “Healthy Holly” scandal resulting from Pugh selling of hundreds of thousands of children’s books to politically connected businesses, nonprofits and others.

But today on the air during “Midday” with Tom Hall on WYPR-FM, Young let slip that he’d really prefer she just step down as she simultaneously recovers from pneumonia.

Fed Hill’s Cross Street Market to add a vegan stall, cocktail bar and pizza

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Photo via Cross Street Market/Facebook

The overhauled Cross Street Market has a few new vendors on its roster, including a plant-based food stall called Gangster Vegan Organics, a bar from Highlandtown distillery Old Line Spirits and a fixed stall for traveling pizza purveyor Pizza di Joey.

Q&A: D. Watkins discusses his new book ‘We Speak For Ourselves,’ his new fiancée and annoying woke people

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D Watkins with his fiancée, Caron Brace.

My interview with D. Watkins got off to an awkward start. When he arrived for our appointment, I was standing in the street with tears pouring down my face and a copy of The Baltimore Sun in my hand–the cover of the Arts and Entertainment section featured an unflattering story about me under the headline “BURN BOOK” and a large photo captioned with a quote from D himself: “Marion’s not trying to win any popularity awards.” It was an odd choice to pluck that line out of this story about our time working together in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore, but that was just the beginning of the things that made me sad about this article.

Fortunately, my former student was the perfect person to help me get through my rocky morning. On the eve of publication of his third book of essays, “We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America” (Atria, 188 pp, $25), he’s learned a lot about dealing with the ups and downs of publicity. So that’s where our talk about his new book began. It was held over brunch at Johnny’s–chosen because we thought it would be quiet on a Sunday morning. We forgot about the Easter Bunny, who was brunching there as well, along with half of Roland Park and their kids.

Don’t Miss the Best Dressed Sale at the Shops at Kenilworth on May 10 & 11

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2019 BEST DRESSED SALES AND BOUTIQUE

Calling all fashionistas and and thrift-store addicts – you don’t want to miss this year’s Spring Best Dressed Sale. A fundraising project of the Women’s Board of The John’s Hopkins Hospital, shoppers can peruse through new and gently used designer and vintage clothing pieces, shoes, accessories, handbags and jewelry. Slatted for Friday, May 10 and Saturday May 11, grab your friends and head to the upper level of the Shops at Kenilworth. All proceeds will benefit patient care through annual grants to Johns Hopkins Hospital clinical departments and scholarships to the schools of medicine and nursing. Shopping for a good cause is the best shopping! For more information, please visit womensboard.jhmi.edu or call 410-955-934

County councilman blames city residents for fights at Eastpoint Mall carnival

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Photo via Jolly Shows

It was Baltimore City dwellers who crossed the county line and spoiled all the fun at the Eastpoint Mall spring carnival last night. At least that’s what Councilman Todd Crandell, whose district includes Dundalk, Sparrows Point and other sections of Southeast Baltimore County, has publicly said.