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]

BSO donors step up to fund healthcare for musicians

Still via video from Baltimore Symphony Musicians/Twitter

A group of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra donors and several members of the board of directors stepped up to fund healthcare and dental benefits for musicians as they remain locked out for the summer, the orchestra announced today.

Adam Jones, others roast radio host Jerry Coleman for booing Machado

105.7 The Fan personality Jerry Coleman boos Manny Machado. Image still via Facebook.

Third baseman Manny Machado returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the first time since his mid-season departure last year, and Orioles fans welcomed back the All-Star with a long standing ovation before his first at-bat.

After briefly standing in the batter’s box, Machado stepped out and acknowledged the cheers with two waves and a salute to the fans.

Almost all city workers are back online after ransomware attack, but hurdles remain

Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

Weeks after ransomware crippled the city’s computer networks, almost all city employees are back online and able to use their work computers, officials said today. But hurdles remain before some financial operations, such as water billing, can be brought back.

Organizers share details about merger of Baltimore Book Festival and Light City

Photo by J.M. Giordano

To bring together the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City, organizers are bringing light displays and programming to community hubs all across town: branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

City Schools offering free meals this summer at more than 120 sites

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Baltimore City Public Schools will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to students during the summer at more than 120 locations, the school system announced today.

At most of those, breakfast is served at either 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., with lunch following at 11:30 a.m. or noon. A complete list of locations and times can be found here, through the Maryland Summer Meals Site Search or by calling 211.

Mary J. Blige and Nas bringing co-headlining tour to Royal Farms Arena

Image via YouTube.

After collaborating earlier this year on “Thriving,” Mary J. Blige and Nas announced a 22-city co-headlining tour for the summer. Now, they’re adding more dates, and the show is coming to Baltimore.

BSO, players remain at impasse after latest bargaining session

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It appears the labor battle between the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians is no closer to reaching a resolution.

Baltimore Symphony Musicians, a group representing the orchestra’s players, blasted management this afternoon for keeping its “draconian” demands to cut the concert schedule by 20 percent during a federally mediated bargaining session today.

DPW cites broken valve for lack of water at Poe Homes, continues work on ‘complex situation’

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As crews work to restore water to the Poe Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore, the Department of Public Works released a statement today trying to explain the complex infrastructure failure.