Politics & Business

The Other Michael Phelps LV Ad

Michael Phelps for Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton released pictures of the above ad late last week, which shows the superstar Olympian with Ukranian Olympic gymnast Larisa Latynina, whose 48-year Olympic record for most medals Phelps beat  last month.

Phelps looks quite dapper in the ad, impeccably groomed in an elegant suit.

The tag line reads:  “Two extraordinary journeys. Just one way to get there.”

The ad was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.


Michael Phelps in a Bit of Hot Water?


Michael Phelps may be in a little trouble with the Olympic committee for the leaked picture of his Louis Vuitton ad taken by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Kevin Plank’s Stake in Under Armour Up to $1.25 Billion


Courtesy Citybizlist – Kevin Plank owns 21.6 million shares in the company he created, Baltimore based Under Armour, according to a new regulatory filing disclosing his stake after the company’s 2 for 1 stock split.

O’Malley Plays Role of Partisan Attack Dog on “Meet the Press”


On Sunday morning, I took a walk with my son to the University Market in Charles Village. And whose face did I see beaming from the television monitor but that of our own Gov. Martin O’Malley, arguing with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, and former potential Romney running mate, on Meet the Press.

Coming Out about Parkinson’s: Public Health Visionary Peter Beilenson on Ambition, Obamacare, and What We Can Learn from “The Wire”


Dr. Peter Beilenson — the high-profile Howard County health officer — prefers to keep his personal life out of the press. When he announced publicly his Parkinson’s diagnosis last month, he did it for one reason: to support Obamacare. Diagnosed five years ago, Beilenson, 52, made public his health status the same day the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the central provisions of Obama’s federal health care overhaul.

“I disclosed it because I was so disgusted by the right wing’s constant vilification of the uninsured as ‘getting the poor health they deserve,’ and wanted to make the point that I have Parkinson’s but am fine — because I have insurance,” Beilenson says.

Undocumented Marylanders Have Something to Celebrate, Despite Looming Referendum

via MarylandReporter.com

Even as the Maryland Dream Act, which would grant instate tuition rates to eligible undocumented immigrants, faces a veto referendum in November, undocumented Marylanders have reason to celebrate. 1,000 or so “dreamers” came to CASA de Maryland in Langley Park Wednesday to begin applying to President Obama’s deferred deportation program.

Baltimore’s Country Clubs: Survival Skills 101



When a Baltimore private school family with several children applied for financial aid, the school politely suggested they reapply – after you have quit your country club. The story is true, and not even that uncommon, according to admissions staffers. It simply underlines the fact that for many well-off Baltimoreans, membership in a one of the area’s many country clubs  — Elkridge, Greenspring, Baltimore Country Club, Suburban, Caves Valley Golf Club, to name just a few — has been a part of life for as long as memory serves.

The bankruptcy last November of the Chestnut Ridge Country Club  has brought home to Baltimore the realization that club memberships are, in fact, a luxury that many people are having to reconsider in a down economy.  At clubs nationwide, members are quitting – a fact that can accelerate a club’s demise because, in the words of attorney Alan Bloom who represented a group of former Chestnut Ridge members, “It’s like a Catch-22. Every time someone leaves, dues go up.” And thus can begin a death spiral of less service, falling upkeep and further attrition.

Maryland Senate Ready to Let Pit Bull Legislation Die, Compromise Too “Difficult”


Remember that Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that determined pit bulls to be “inherently dangerous” and that would hold pit bull owners and landlords to much stricter liability in dog bites, you know the one that threatens to flood animal shelters and increase evictions? Well the General Assembly would love to help by passing non-breed-specific legislation that removes landlord liability, but it looks like it would actually be kind of hard to do.

What’s Next for North Avenue?

Carolyn Frenkil, co-owner of North Avenue Market. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy of Bmore Media – North Avenue, like much of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, gets a lot of its buzz from its nightlife and reputation for a thriving underground arts scene. Poetry readings at theWindup Space, music and pizza at Joe Squared, a play at Single Carrot Theatre or a drink at Liam Flynn’s Ale House might be a typical night out for twenty-and-thirty-something hipsters.

Maryland Poised to Be Major Player in Ever-Expanding Drone Industry


Maryland is on the cusp of welcoming full-blown casinos into the state, but a far more morally questionable industry has been fomenting here for a while now. Turns out, Maryland already boasts “two dozen” businesses that work on unmanned drone aircraft, and our odd collection of resources poises us to come out on top in the burgeoning weaponized-roomba-with-wings industry.