Weekend Events Calendar: Charm City Django Jazz Fest, American Craft Show and more

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Photo via the American Craft Council’s Facebook page.

Feeling like winter is dragging on? Well, luckily there are chicken nuggets. This weekend, the poultry form is celebrated with a fest all its own. Plus, check out gypsy jazz, crafts and Baltimore’s version of Mardi Gras. Here’s the lineup:

Hogan, Young, Democratic state legislators continue back-and-forth comments about violent crime in Baltimore

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Gov. Larry Hogan announces the redesignation of the bills in his violent crime package as emergency legislation Thursday. Photo courtesy of Governor’s Office.

Frustrated with the lack of movement on proposals he submitted to combat violent crime in Baltimore, Gov. Larry Hogan redesignated the four bills as emergency legislation today, saying “there can be no more excuses or delays” for not taking action.

“We need to stop playing politics,” he said at a press conference today. “Pass these bills, get them to my desk so I can sign them and we can begin. Stop the killings and get these violent shooters and murderers off the streets and behind bars so that the people of Baltimore can take back their communities once and for all.”

Trump’s proposed Chesapeake Bay cleanup cuts draw fire

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Credit: Ben Schumin, via Wikimedia Commons

By Bryan Gallion
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress, state lawmakers and environmental groups are rallying against President Donald Trump’s 91 percent funding cut for Chesapeake Bay cleanup and restoration included in his 2021 fiscal budget.

“While the Trump administration continues to turn its back on the bay, we will keep fighting to protect one of our most precious natural assets,” Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said in a statement.

For the fourth year in a row, Trump has suggested a drastic reduction in funding for the Annapolis-based Chesapeake Bay Program, which is managed by the Environmental Protection Agency and coordinates bay cleanup efforts by the federal government, the watershed’s six surrounding states–Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York–and the District of Columbia.

Former rye whiskey warehouse near Inner Harbor to be converted into apartment units

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Osprey Property Company will convert the Lanahan Building, a former rye whiskey warehouse at 22 Light Street, into multifamily housing units. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.

A former liquor warehouse that once produced rye whiskey in downtown Baltimore will be converted into a residential building with 40 multifamily units, as well as a ground floor restaurant.

Osprey Property Company bought the nearly 52,000-square-foot, six-story Lanahan Building at 22 Light St., for $4.25 million from the previous owner MCF Capital, said Brad Byrnes, principal at Byrnes & Associates, Inc., the Baltimore-based commercial real estate and investment firm that brokered the deal.

BALTIMORE CHAMBER JAZZ SOCIETY HOSTS GRAMMY NOMINATED JAZZ VOCALIST CATHERINE RUSSELL IN CONCERT

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The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society hosts recent Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Catherine Russell in concert Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 5pm. The concert will take place at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Enjoy an evening of jazz and purchase your tickets today. For more information, please visit baltimorechamberjazz.org.

With her recent GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Alone Together, Russell solidifies her reputation as one of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. She is a rare talent, a genuine jazz and blues vocalist who can sing virtually anything. Her repertoire features gems from the 1920s through the present—vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor.

According to JazzWeek, which announced Russell’s recent album was #1 on its 2019 Year End Jazz Chart, “Alone Together offers a welcome reminder that there’s no one else in jazz doing what [Catherine] does, and that the scene would be immeasurably poorer without her.”

Bill looks to make single-occupant restrooms gender-neutral

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Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

By Fatemeh Paryavi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Many public places in Maryland would be required to make their single-occupant bathrooms gender neutral under legislation in the state’s General Assembly.

The proposed law would require public facilities to change their pictorial or gender-exclusive signage for single-toilet bathrooms to gender neutral, according to the bill’s state legislative analysis.

Mayor builds on ‘Clean It Up!’ campaign with initiatives to enhance vacant lots, reduce illegal dumping

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Baltimore City hopes to repurpose and beautify vacant lots like this one with the help of community organizations as part of Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign. Photo via Green Network Plan/Baltimore City Department of Planning.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young rolled out the latest additions to his “Clean It Up!” campaign today, including initiatives aimed at repurposing and beautifying some of the city’s vacant lots and surveilling frequently used illegal dumping sites.

Young first launched the campaign last month, branding it an “all-hands-on-deck” effort to clean up “crime and grime” in Baltimore.

Cardin and Van Hollen aim for zero greenhouse gases by 2050

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Credit: Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons.

By Anna Hovey
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by no later than 2050 has been introduced by Maryland Democratic Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen.

The United States produced 16 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2016, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. That is second only to China, the world’s most populous country, which accounted for 29 percent.