No one goes to the fair looking for healthy food (deep fried cream cheese worm balls, anyone?), but at the very least, it would be nice if the food were sanitary. That was emphatically not the case at last year’s Great Frederick Fair, where more than 80 percent of the vendors were found to be using unsafe food practices, resulting in hundreds of food safety violations.
I guess I’m just the bearer of upsetting news today. Brace yourself, because this is a sad one: Last month, 26 year-old Robert Saylor (who has Down syndrome) went to watch Zero Dark Thirty with a health aid at a movie theater in Frederick. After the movie ended, Saylor refused to leave the theater — he loved the film so much he wanted to see it again, according to his mom. The movie theater called the cops; the cops wrestled Saylor to the floor, where he suffered “a medical emergency.” This week, the Baltimore County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide by asphyxiation.
To those who have never heard of the CIA’s old MK-ULTRA program this is going to sound pretty Weekly-World-News-ish, but here’s what is not disputed: the CIA, in the 1950s and ’60s, conducted mind control experiments that involved covertly dosing people with LSD.
Eric and Nils Olson of Frederick were told simply that their Cold War scientist father Frank Olson had been in an accident, when he plunged to his death in 1953. Later on, the Olson’s had reason to believe their father had been slipped LSD by the CIA weeks before his death and were given a large sum of money from the government not to sue. Now, the brothers are suing the CIA for murder, alleging that their father was killed after voicing dissent over the agency’s interrogation techniques.
The best ghost towns may be west of the Mississippi, but that doesn’t mean that Maryland doesn’t have its very own spooky/abandoned spots. According to the experts at ghosttowns.com, there are ten such haunted, empty places in Maryland. Although many of them are more along the lines of “spooky abandoned military base from the 1980s!” instead of “spooky abandoned prospectors village from the 19th century!” we still think they count. Explore at your own risk!
If there’s one thing I know about running a political campaign (and it’s more likely that I know nothing) it’s that when it comes down to the wire and you don’t have a comfortable lead on your opponent, you should release evidence of a scandal just before the vote.
That’s what supporters of US Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who has represented Maryland’s recently gerrymandered sixth district for ten terms, have done. The group, called “Victory for Bartlett,” sent a mass email to registered Republicans in the district smearing Bartlett’s stiffest competition in the primary, state Sen. David Brinkley, who actually lives in the eighth district. The email links to three YouTube videos: two concerning alleged domestic disputes between Brinkley and his former wife, another falsely accusing Brinkley of never voting against Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state budgets.
I’m sure that if I had a job I needed to reapply for every two years, I could get a little cut-throat — and of course Bartlett’s actual connection to the group is uncertain — but after twenty years serving (albeit of a differently bounded district), I’d say you’re a known quantity. If people don’t want you anymore, they don’t want you anymore.
The most recent poll puts Bartlett and Brinkley in a statistical dead heat — Bartlett at 34 percent, Brinkley at 31. Even if Bartlett wins the nomination, he’ll have a real fight on his hands in the general election — his is the seat Democrats were hoping to nab from Republicans in the recent redistricting.
Any sixth district Republicans out there? What’s your take?
Looks like Maryland’s culinary stars are on the rise. The James Beard Foundation announced Baltimore chefs Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Cindy Wolf of Charleston and Frederick chef Bryan Voltaggio of Volt as Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic Semifinalists for its annual award. All three chefs have been nominated before.
Charleston received more recognition with two national nominations: one in the Outstanding Restaurant category and another in the Outstanding Wine Program category. It is the first time the restaurant, considered Baltimore’s finest, has received those nominations.
The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The Awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The winners will be announced May 7.
Check out the complete list of nominees, to see all the restaurants across the country that were nominated.