Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]

NBC video of Trump, Epstein at party has brief appearance by former congressman, UMD great Tom McMillen

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NBC News this morning released a video of President Donald Trump and financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was recently charged with sex trafficking of minors, at a party in 1992, with Trump in one moment slapping a woman’s rear and in another, leering at women with Epstein.

Trump, then approaching the height of his (inflated) celebrity as a real estate mogul, pointed to a woman and tells Epstein, “She’s hot.” Moments later, he said something that causes Epstein to double over with laughter.

Security tightened at city buildings after fired employee gained access to sensitive areas

The Abel Wolman Municipal Building. Photo via Google Street View.

The Department of General Services tightened security at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, home to multiple agencies, and other city buildings after an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General revealed a former Department of Public Works employee who had been fired was able to gain access to sensitive areas.

BSO management says audit results show ‘substantial uncertainty,’ but doesn’t release report

Photo by Maryland GovPics on Flickr.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra said today that it has the results of an audit looking into the organization’s finances, and there is “substantial uncertainty about the BSO’s ability to continue as a going concern.”

Two days before management and the musicians are due for another round of federally mediated bargaining, BSO leadership said the review of financial statements ending in August 2018 shows it will be difficult for the orchestra to meet its forecasts for contributed revenue and earned revenue.

Suspect dead, officer in stable condition after shooting in methadone clinic

Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, center, speaks outside Shock Trauma. Image via WBAL-TV’s Facebook Live stream.

A man who brought a gun into an Old Goucher methadone clinic has died, and a Baltimore Police Department sergeant is in stable condition after an exchange of gunfire this morning inside the medical center in the 2100 block of Maryland Avenue, police said.

A man with gunshot wounds who was found in a different part of the building has also died. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who said he’s viewed all the body-worn camera footage from the incident, told reporters that officers only fired at the man who brought a gun into the clinic after he started shooting at them.

A female worker at the clinic sustained non-life threatening injuries during the incident, Harrison said.

Arcade, restaurant planned for old Red Emma’s space in Station North

The space at 30 W. North Ave as workers prepare the North Avenue Market for Artscape. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

An arcade with new and classic cabinet games and a restaurant helmed by Secret Sauce Co. is coming to the former home of Red Emma’s in Station North.

Michael Shecter, one of the co-owners of the North Avenue Market building, is partnering with MAGFest, the locally run nonprofit dedicated to gaming and video game music, Secret Sauce and other vendors to make the new space, which will take the name of the old market.

Orioles announce crab feast on the field at Oriole Park

Photo via the Governor’s Office on Flickr.

Despite the squeamishness of some people recently quoted in The Washington Post, sitting down to pick crabs and drink beer is a rite of summer most Marylanders enjoy, a sacred part of the state’s identity.

To add an extra heap of state pride onto this beloved ritual, the Orioles are for the first time inviting fans to have a crab feast right on the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Twenty One Pilots coming to Royal Farms Arena in October

Image courtesy of Fueled by Ramen.

Twenty One Pilots, the massively successful duo blending alternative rock, electronic music and hip-hop, is coming to Baltimore this fall.

Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun today announced another U.S. leg of the group’s BANDITØ TOUR, with a stop at Royal Farms Arena on Oct. 15.

Report: BPD wasted thousands salvaging a boat, when the state would have done it at no cost

The boat, impaled on pilings in the harbor, as it appeared in December 2016. Image courtesy of the Office of the Inspector General.

Members of the Baltimore Police Department’s Marine Unit were determined to remove a 32-foot boat impaled on pilings in the Inner Harbor.

Starting in December 2016, they tried towing the vessel with a smaller police boat to dislodge it. When that didn’t work, they followed Brody’s advice in “Jaws” and got a bigger boat. The vessel remained stuck.

Moving to land, they hooked a cable from a truck on Thames Street to the boat and tried pulling it in that way. No luck.

Still stymied, they asked the bomb squad for detonation cords filled with explosives to wrap around the pilings to–I guess?–blast the boat free. That request was declined.

Young convinces U.S. mayors not to pay ransoms to hackers

Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

The U.S. Conference of Mayors last month passed a resolution put forth by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young calling on city leaders not to pay hackers who cripple municipal computer networks, Young’s office announced today.

Baltimore was targeted by such in attack in May and is still working to regain a number of online operations, including the ability to pay water bills through the city’s web interface. But from the start, officials have maintained they would not pay the ransom of 13 bitcoins–roughly $161,000 according to today’s exchange rates–to recover city networks, saying it would encourage similar attacks.

Here’s your report on the sewage overflows from Monday’s rainfall

Photo by Ethan McLeod

There was a lot of rain on Monday, and you know what that means, Baltimore: the city’s aging sewer system sent our sewage into the harbor.

According to the Department of Public Works, 1.3 million gallons of stormwater mixed with sewer water entered the Jones Falls thanks to the downpour.