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Ray Rice is Now a High School Running Backs Coach in his Hometown

Rice signing autographs in 2009, via Wikimedia Commons

Former Ravens standout Ray Rice has finally made his way back to a career in football. It’s just not exactly what he was aspiring for.

Parents of Racist Baltimore Man Charged in NYC Murder Stop Paying for His Attorney

Photos via NYPD/Twitter

A 28-year-old Hampden man likely sitting in a cell in Riker’s Island at this very moment needs a new attorney, according to his now-former attorney.

Made-in-Baltimore ‘Fearless Girl’ Sculpture Gets a Reprieve, Will Remain on Display in New York

Photo via Adweek/Change.org

“Fearless Girl,” the sculpture made in Baltimore that has attracted national attention for staring down a charging bull in lower Manhattan, just received permission to remain on display until early next year.

Hampden Army Vet Indicted on Hate Crime, Terrorism Murder Charges for Killing Black Man in New York

Photos via NYPD/Twitter

A 28-year-old racist Hampden resident now faces a terrorism murder charge in the fatal stabbing of a 66-year-old black man in New York last week.

Baltimore’s Book Thing: New Yorkers Just Don’t Understand


When I want to give out-of-town visitors a snippet of Baltimore life, I take them to the Book Thing in Waverly. We walk down a semi-creepy alley, aiming for a one-story warehouse. “Where are you taking me, again?” the visitor asks suspiciously. And then we get inside where the visitor sees the rows and rows of books — around 200,000 old dictionaries and romance novels and sci-fi trilogies and James Michener epics — and the visitor’s eyes get big, but in a good way. “Oh yeah,” I say casually. “All these books are free. Take as many as you want.” My New York friends are uneasy at this generosity, and are always looking for a secret tip jar or something. But no:  books at the Book Thing aren’t fake-free, or free-with-donation. They’re really free.

Over at the Electric Literature blog, another New Yorker muses about a recent visit to the Book Thing (“Soon The Book Thing seems instead like a Pynchon-concoction – a vast network of arcane knowledge spread around the globe by unseen hands”). He makes the classic first-time visitor mistake: picking up a book he already owns (“I already had a copy at home but… well… it was free”). A more seasoned Book Thing fan has a different approach:  “voids picking up books if he already owns at least one other book by that author which he hasn’t read yet.”

So, what is the value of a free book — or free culture in general? Take a look at Jansma’s ideas, then tell us yours in the comments below… or in the aisles of the Book Thing this weekend.

SAT Cheating Scandal: Just the Tip of the Iceberg?


Schools worry about test-hackers and computer-aided cheating, but Sam Eshaghoff pulled an SAT scam the old-fashioned way… by using fake IDs. According to allegations, the 19-year old from Long Island took the test seven times, once on his own behalf and then passing as six others (including a girl with a gender-neutral name!).

The fraud itself sounds so basic that Eshagoff can’t be the only mastermind attempting something like this: