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]

New water feature planned for McKeldin Square near Inner Harbor

A rendering of the new fountain at McKeldin Square. Courtesy of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

McKeldin Square is getting a new common area dedicated to its namesake.

A circular stone terrace with a central misting fountain will be installed in the park sandwiched between Pratt and Light streets near Harborplace, and a side wall will honor the man for whom the entire plaza is named, Gov. Theodore McKeldin.

A paved pathway will wind around the perimeter of the fountain, featuring uplighting that changes colors at night, to offer a slightly elevated view.

Hogan says third span near existing Bay Bridge is ‘only’ option he’ll consider

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A day after state officials presented three possible options for another Chesapeake Bay crossing, Gov. Larry Hogan said he would only accept the one that calls for a third span near the existing Bay Bridge.

“While the federal process requires multiple proposals, the data is indisputable— this option would maximize congestion relief & minimize environmental impact,” he posted on Twitter.

Young says he is scheduled to meet with FOP; union says otherwise

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said today he is scheduled to meet with leadership from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 as the police union continues to lob social media criticism of the city’s crime-fighting efforts.

The union representing sworn officers, sergeants and lieutenants, however, said the meeting was supposed to take place this past Monday, and Young cancelled “citing his disagreement with the main topic.”

At this point, there’s nothing scheduled, per the FOP.

Just what they will talk–or would have talked–about is a bit unclear.

DOJ sues Baltimore Co. police, alleging discrimination against black applicants

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The U.S. Department of Justice today filed a lawsuit against Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Police Department, alleging a written exam used to hire police officers and cadets discriminates against African-American applicants.

According to the DOJ’s complaint, a passing score is needed to be considered for a position within the department, even though is “not job related.” Prosecutors say the test does not comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

High Zero Festival of improvisational music returns next month

Biliana Voutchkova. Credit: Photomusix/Cristina Marx

After hitting the road last year, the High Zero Festival, an annual showcase of improvised, experimental music, is staying grounded in its home base of Baltimore.

The non-profit foundation that runs the festival is taking over the Baltimore Theatre Project from Sept. 19-22, bringing together performers from across the country–and in some cases, much further–to collaborate with musicians here in town.

Indie bookstore Greedy Reads expanding to Remington

The future home of Greedy Reads in Remington. Image via Google Street View.

A year and a half after opening in Fells Point, indie bookstore Greedy Reads is opening a new location in Remington, owner Julia Fleischaker announced on Friday.

The store, in the former home of Twenty 20 Cycling on W. 29th Street, is scheduled to open in time for holiday shopping. The building is also home to Clipper City Crossfit and the Johns Hopkins Fast Forward student incubator space.

DPW worker may have posted bigoted tweets on the clock, OIG says he no longer works there

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A Department of Public Works employee who made racist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT and pro-Nazi posts on social media may have done so while on the clock for the city, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

But no further action can be taken because Crescenzo Gizzi, who wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he worked as a project analyst with the agency’s Office of Engineering and Construction, is no longer employed by the city.

You can see every Orioles home game in September for $30

Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a July 16 game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Say what you will about the state of the 2019 Orioles, winners of two games in a row, but a great deal is a great deal.

The team is offering a new O’s Unlimited pass offering general admission to all 13 home games in the month of September for $30. Yep, just $30 for two weeks of baseball in one of the best ballparks on the planet.

The tickets are for designated standing room only sections.

With city’s trash still in headlines, Young and residents tout BMORE Beautiful program

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With volunteer crews still fanning out to pick up trash after President Trump’s derogatory comments calling Baltimore “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and local community leaders today touted the efforts they’re already making to keep neighborhoods clean.

At a press conference at City Hall, they highlighted the work of BMORE Beautiful, a program that provides resources to neighborhood associations to keep their communities clean.

Cunningham stepping down as Ravens public-address announcer

Bruce Cunningham covering the Orioles for Fox 45. Image via Facebook.

After more than 20 years as the public-address announcer for the Baltimore Ravens, Fox 45’s Bruce Cunningham is stepping down effective immediately, he announced in a post on Fox’s website.

Last Thursday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers’ was Cunningham’s final time in the booth recapping plays and making public service announcements.