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]

Feds charge man with making threatening calls to Owings Mills synagogue

Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation. Image via Google Street View.

A federal grand jury yesterday indicted 64-year-old man Stephen Lyle Orback for making threatening calls to the Rosh Pina Messianic Congregation in Owings Mills, suggesting there would be a mass shooting at the synagogue.

MD joins lawsuit over ‘public charge’ immigration rule; Young calls policy ‘anti-immigrant’

Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today slammed the final version of a Department of Homeland Security rule that would make it harder for immigrants to be admitted to the United States if they receive public assistance, saying the policy adversely affects people of color and is “anti-immigrant.”

Following June outage, DPW to refurbish water mains outside Poe Homes

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After a main break in June left the Poe Homes without water service for eight days, the Department of Public Works announced today it is beginning to replace or repair pipes, some a century old, near the public housing complex.

The project, coordinated with input from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, will take about three months, and eventually lead to better water pressure for homes and businesses in the Poppleton area, the agency said.

Outgoing Councilman Ed Reisinger backs Phylicia Porter for his seat

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Outgoing City Councilman Ed Reisinger (D-10th District) has endorsed healthcare consultant and Democratic Central Committee member Phylicia Porter in the upcoming election to fill his seat, Porter’s campaign announced today.

The two will appear together during a Sept. 16 campaign event at Baltimore Soundstage.

JPEGMAFIA announces a pair of homecoming shows at Ottobar

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Damn, Peggy is back!

The L.A.-based rapper JPEGMAFIA, who cut his teeth and put out several acclaimed albums here in Baltimore, today released the incredibly titled single “Jesus Forgive Me, I’m a Thot.” In typical fashion, JPEG’s bars teeter between a winking, extremely online humor (“SMH, no ASMR”) and a kind of frenetic edge–and this time Peggy, a.k.a. Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, threw in dashes of mainstream R&B into his ominous, avant-garde production.

The Ivy Bookshop is moving several blocks down Falls Road and into the city

The future home of The Ivy Bookshop.

The Ivy Bookshop is moving, but the beloved store is not going very far.

In a letter to customers, owner Emma Snyder wrote that she purchased a building at 5928 Falls Road, just south of The Ivy’s longtime home in the Lake Falls Village shopping center just over the city-county line.

Monument City, Wine Source team up on IPA to benefit Hampden Family Center

Image courtesy of Monument City Brewing.

For the second year in a row, Hampden booze merchant The Wine Source and Highlandtown brewery Monument City Brewing are teaming up to release a hazy IPA named for one of the North Baltimore neighborhood’s most famous spots, The Avenue.

This time around, the businesses will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Hampden Family Center, which offers support services for people of all ages.

All lanes of Pratt Street are reopened as work to repair sinkhole continues

A shot of the sinkhole from July 10. Photo via Council President Brandon Scott/Twitter.

A month after a sinkhole swallowed part of the Baltimore Convention Center Light Rail stop and snarled downtown traffic, all lanes of Pratt Street near S. Howard Street have reopened, the Department of Transportation announced today.

Q&A: Director Danielle Criqui discusses her Fields Festival documentary

Future Islands performs at the 2016 Fields Festival. Credit: Lauren Castellana.

Looking over the wreckage of the last three years, Fields Festival almost doesn’t seem real, like the whole experience was a wonderful fever dream that was somehow imprinted on many of our memories. In 2014 and 2016, Baltimore’s independent and avant-garde music scene was uprooted and placed at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland, and hundreds of people came along for a full weekend of camping that included music, performance art, poetry, theater, comedy and, yes, incredible pool parties.

Orioles go back to 1989 prices as part of Why Not? celebration

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A year after the dreadful 1988 season that started 0-21, the Baltimore Orioles shocked the world with a squad of young players and a few cast-offs who managed to stay in playoff contention until the bitter end.

As the wins kept piling up, Baltimore collectively asked, “Why Not?” The 1989 Orioles might not be the best team in club history, but they did renew the fans’ faith in Baltimore baseball and inspired an incredible, only-in-the-’80s song and home video.