Maryland incentivizing state employees to serve as election judges

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Photo by Karen Denny/Capital News Service.

Maryland is incentivizing state employees to serve as local election judges for the upcoming primary and general elections, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.

Baltimore street sweeping to resume July 13

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Photo by Marcus Dieterle.

Residential street sweeping in Baltimore City will resume July 13, the city’s public works and transportation departments announced Thursday.

The candidates on Baltimore’s challenges and their solutions: Katie Curran O’Malley

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Former judge and prosecutor Katie Curran O’Malley is seeking the Democratic nomination for Attorney General

Baltimore Fishbowl asked candidates running in this year’s election to share their views on the three most important challenges facing Baltimore and the region, and solutions they support to make progress.

We asked candidates to submit a video answering that question, so you can hear their ideas and goals in their own words.

Former Judge Katie Curran O’Malley, a Democrat and former prosecutor, is running for Attorney General, and named fighting violent crime, protecting a right to choose abortion, and combatting climate change the three most critical issues she would address as attorney general. (Incumbent Brian E. Frosh has announced his retirement and is not running for re-election).

Baltimore city bans pesticide use in public parks, private lawns

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Patterson Park in Baltimore. Image via Google Maps.

Toxic chemicals won’t be sprayed in city parks across Baltimore to kill weeds anymore starting on July 1.

Baltimore Weekend Events: Fourth of July Fireworks, Cherry Hill Festival, BSO Performances, and more

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Fourth of July fireworks in Baltimore. Photo by jankgo via Flickr Creative Commons.

It’s Fourth of July weekend in Baltimore, which means fireworks, festivals and fun with family. The city’s fireworks show at the Inner Harbor, which was cancelled the past two years due to the pandemic, will resume this year. This weekend also brings a plethora of music events, from raga jazz to chamber music to soul music to a Grateful Dead tribute.

Check it all out with our Baltimore weekend events calendar:

Poetry in Greektown, a place of roosters and rainbows

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A girl and her rooster. Credit: Macon Street Books

You might call it a poultry reading.

In the midst of an evening of poetry, storytelling, garbanzo bean salad and rice pudding at Karella’s on Newkirk Street in southeast Baltimore, a young Latina ran out of her rowhouse in pursuit of a rooster. As it jumped the curb and into the brick street, she swooped down and grabbed the cock by the neck. Pet bird safely in her arms, the girl smiled at the writers who’d come out to applaud and went inside.

It was one of those “only in Baltimore” moments, reminding me of good times once had at Miss Bonnie’s Elvis Bar (now an ugly, renovated private home) at the corner of Fleet and Port streets below Patterson Park. Miss Bonnie – Alabama-born Lavonda Hunt; barmaid, proprietor and sole resident of Graceland on the Patapsco – indulged us mightily in the late 1980s.

Banditos opens new location in Towson

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The Mexican-style restaurant Banditos Tacos and Tequila has opened a new Towson location on Allegheny Avenue off of the traffic circle. Photo by Latrice Hill.

Taco lovers are in for a treat in Towson.

Banditos Tacos and Tequila is having a soft opening at its new Towson location on Allegheny Avenue, near the traffic circle.