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Political reporter Michael Dresser among first to take latest buyout offer at The Sun

Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

Longtime Baltimore Sun State House reporter Michael Dresser is among the first journalists at the city’s daily newspaper to go in the most recent round of buyouts from Tribune Publishing.

He announced his retirement in a Twitter post, and briefly acknowledged it at the end of a column sizing up his time covering Annapolis. A newsroom source confirmed Dresser accepted one of the company-wide buyouts being offered by the Chicago-based parent company.

Hot Plate: Ice Cream Everywhere, Farm Festivals, Wonders of Damascus at Hersh’s & More

Johnny’s Ice Cream Cart has taken up residence on Roland Avenue.

Summer has officially begun and the local food scene is ready to celebrate the season. This week brings ice cream news, farm festivals, outdoor parties and more. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Duff Goldman’s New Show, New Chef at Johnny’s, Busy Wednesday

Cellar Sessions. Photo courtesy of Wit & Wisdom
Cellar Sessions. Photo courtesy of Wit & Wisdom

Yes, it’s supposed to snow this weekend, but don’t let that get you down. The city has had good news this week, with the announcement that Chef Cindy Wolf has been named a James Beard Award finalist (for the fifth time!), and restaurants all over Baltimore are being optimistic – within the past week or so, Harbor East spots like Azumi and Wit & Wisdom have opened their patios. It’s time to dine outside.

Here’s what’s happening in and around Baltimore the first week of spring: