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Young will call on DOT to synchronize traffic lights ahead of Don’t Block the Box rollout

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Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will introduce a resolution at tonight’s council meeting calling on the Department of Transportation to properly synchronize traffic lights ahead of the Don’t Block the Box initiative.

Scheduled to start May 1 with a warning period, Don’t Block the Box would give a ticket to any driver caught in the intersection after the light has changed. Once the warning period ends, motorists found blocking the box will receive a ticket with a $90 fine and one point on their driver’s license.

Laurel-based Something Awesome wins Charles Town Classic

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With a determined surge in the home stretch, Laurel Park-based 7-year-old Something Awesome took home the $1.2 million Grade 2 Charles Town Classic on Saturday, dueling nose to nose with War Story before the finish line.

Universal Fan Con, billed as inclusionary celebration of ‘geek culture,’ postponed indefinitely one week beforehand

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Universal Fan Con, a convention dedicated to “geek culture” that billed itself as the first to celebrate women, the LGBTQ community and people of color, announced today that it would be postponed one week before it was set to take place.

There is no clear timetable for when the inaugural Universal Fan Con, which was originally scheduled to run April 27-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will happen.

Event Pick: Psychedelic rock group The Flying Eyes appropriately bids farewell on 4/20

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Like the best heavy psych rock bands before them, such as early Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer and Vanilla Fudge, local group The Flying Eyes has those enveloping, heavy, fuzzy guitar tones that are deployed in heady riffs and winding solos. Founded in 2007, the band got its name from “a 1962 science fiction novel about giant, disembodied eyes that descend from outer space to control humanity.”

Alec Ross is ‘s(toke)d’ about legal weed, as are some other candidates for governor

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It’s 4/20, which, if you didn’t know, is a big day for weed enthusiasts. Here’s CNN, no less, to explain why.

To mark the occasion, politicians both local and national (mostly Democrats) have been using social media to talk about how they’re ready to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.

Baltimore would be ‘clean energy capital’ under Baker’s new green industry plan

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan, according to polls, would make Baltimore “the nation’s clean energy capital” under a new green jobs plan announced today.

Orioles announce theme nights, including tributes to ‘The Sandlot,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and good dogs

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The Baltimore Orioles today announced a full slate of themed promotional events throughout the season, including a yoga night and games dedicated to classic kids’ baseball movie “The Sandlot,” HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” and good doggos.

De Sousa appears, alongside Pugh, at Eric B. and Rakim show, gets booed

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Mayor Catherine Pugh, right, and Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa address the media on April 4, 2018. Screengrab via Facebook Live.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, alongside Mayor Catherine Pugh, appeared onstage during last night’s Eric B. and Rakim show at Baltimore Soundstage to “apologize for all the things that the police have done, dating back 200 years.”

The apology was met with boos.

Event Pick: Malian musician Sidi Touré plays Creative Alliance

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Photo by Ismaël Diallo.

NPR once praised the music of Malian vocalist and guitarist Sidi Touré for the way “it beckons listeners to come closer.” Nowhere is that more true than in the musician’s most recent release, “Toubalbero,” a danceable and texturally rich album that Rolling Stone said “electroshocks the acoustic folk sounds dominating his prior four albums.” 

City will roll out Don’t Block the Box program next month

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Pratt Street downtown. Photo by Kimberlyshorter, via Wikimedia Commons.

Joining cities like Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C., Baltimore next month will begin penalizing drivers who block all or part of the middle of an intersection after the light has changed.