‘Tucker Carlson Live,’ originally set for Oct. 5, called off at Modell Lyric

Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons

Conservative talking head and Baltimore agitator Tucker Carlson’s early October appearance at the Modell Lyric has been called off.

Why The Sun is missing many of its reporters’ and photographers’ bylines this week

The front page of today’s Baltimore Sun, with multiple bylines missing. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

You might have noticed something amiss today if you browsed Baltimore’s flagship daily in print or online: A number of reporters and photographers aren’t credited for their work.

In new contract negotiations with Tribune, Baltimore Sun union seeks elusive pay bump

The Sun’s Port Covington printing plant. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore Sun union reps are back at the negotiating table today with management.

U.S. Court of Appeals: City’s ‘gag orders’ in BPD misconduct settlements violate 1st Amendment

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Reversing an earlier ruling by a lower court, a panel of federal appellate judges today sided with a Baltimore woman and local news website the Baltimore Brew in a free speech lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department.

The publication and the woman, Ashley Overbey, sued the city over its frequent use of gag orders in settlements for past police misconduct lawsuits, arguing they violate accusers’ First Amendment rights and hamper the press in obtaining crucial details to accurately report on such cases.

WJZ reporter Ron Matz is retiring this month

Still via clip from WJZ-TV

For more than two decades, Ron Matz has appeared down in Fells Point bright and early every week, hosting guests and strangers belting out the Bangles’ “Manic Monday” live on-air for WJZ-TV.

Alex DeMetrick retires after 35 years reporting for WJZ

Alex DeMetrick in his final report for WJZ on Thursday night. Still via WJZ-TV.

After more than four decades in the news business, most of them spent with WJZ-TV here in Baltimore, Alex DeMetrick has left the building.

Literally. We tried to reach him Thursday afternoon, but he’d already left for the day, and when we called again this morning on his final day, an assignment desk staffer said he stopped by around 5 a.m. to get his things: “He’s already gone.”

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.

Watch Keith Mills obliterate a computer to celebrate his semi-retirement

Still via WBAL Radio/YouTube

In case you didn’t know, longtime Baltimore sportscaster Keith Mills is retiring, sort of, with plans to step back from his full-time gigs with WBAL Radio, WBAL-TV and 98 Rock.

Coalition of journalists, watchdogs sue for right to broadcast court recordings

Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse. Photo via Baltimore City Circuit Courts.

A coalition of local journalists, watchdogs and legal groups filed a federal lawsuit today arguing for the right to broadcast recordings of criminal trials in Maryland.

Under a section of Maryland’s Code of Criminal Procedure, the publication of audio and visual records from a trial, hearing, motion or argument during a criminal proceeding is forbidden, even though citizens can purchase audio recordings and review video–complete with bench conferences–at the courthouse.

This ban, the plaintiffs argue, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. In asking for it to be removed, the plaintiffs say putting these materials into the public sphere would provide greater government transparency and accountability.

‘Out of the Blocks’ wins third National Endowment for the Arts grant

Image via WYPR-FM

“Out of the Blocks,” Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick’s WYPR show chronicling the lives of people on individual city blocks, has received its third grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the station announced today.

The $20,000 grant is one of 977 awarded in the Art Works category by the federal agency.

“We’re extremely grateful for the NEA’s ongoing trust in the philosophy and methodology of ‘Out of the Blocks,'” Henkin, producer of the series, said in a statement. “This award is a real validation of the belief that everyone’s story is worth listening to and learning from.”