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News and Media Winners 2009

Best Dubious Urban Planning

"Transform Baltimore"

With its paeans to "sustainable development" and request for feedback, the city's planning department looks like it's doing everything it should to reform the city's land-use rules in a fair and open way. But confusion reigns: A city lawyer told a citizen that under the current code, anything not expressly prohibited is permitted, yet the law itself says the opposite. The proposed new code's most ... [MORE]

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Best Local Blog
Baltimore Brew
Though The Baltimore Sun has seemed as if it was on its last legs for years now, but few media outle...

Best Retired Blogger
Hilary Bok
For five years, Johns Hopkins University bioethics professor Hilary Bok--daughter of former Harvard ...

Best Citizen Journalism
Baltimore Slumlord Watch blog
From researching the owners of boarded-up drug houses to advising new residents on how to shop for a...

Best Newspaper Blog
Getting There
Like many medium-sized, older cities, Baltimore is a place where great public transit is both in its...

Best Journalist
Jacqueline Watts, Baltimore Guide
When the big media companies start talking about getting all "hyper-local," they seem to forget that...

Best Columnist
Peter Hermann
On any given day, Peter Hermann's cop column and blog is likely to be the most compelling thing in T...

Best New Media
Investigative Voice
With its tabloid sensibility, its shoestring budget, and its focus on daily outrages such as parking...

Best Embedded Journalism
The Sun's gang-takedown coverage
Law enforcers gave The Baltimore Sun a rare treat in May: a front-row seat at M&T Bank Stadium a...

Best Play by Play of the Sun Layoffs
DCRTV and Real Muck blogs
True to the times, we first heard that the Sun was hastily laying off 60 editorial employees from Tw...

Best Laid Off Sun Staffer
John McIntyre
It is almost quaint, in the era of instant information, to worry about such niceties as spelling, gr...

Best Local Magazine
Urbanite
Urbanite is really the only magazine in town that effectively brings all things urban, sociological,...

Best Baltimore-Related Web Site
bakerartistawards.org
We weren't sure what to make of the Baker Awards when they were announced: Would the set-up favor ar...

Best Twitter Feed
@baltimorebars
It took a while to come to this conclusion. We considered the "newsy" tweeps, who send us links of b...

Best Douchebag
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Best Thing We Still Don't Completely Understand
CITY PAPER IS THE RACHAEL RAY OF BALTIMORE stickers
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Best Technology Leapfrog
BPD on Twitter
When a new technology takes hold in a population that hasn't caught up with the last one, interestin...

Best Televised Appeal to Working People and Possibly Fetishists
The Law Office of Barry Glazer
Since we made some economic downturn moves and ditched the cable, we've been exposed to a lot of loc...

Best Local TV Personality Who Refuses to Go Away
Richard Sher
At this point in his career, Baltimore TV veteran Richard Sher may be more well-known for being the ...

Best News Anchor
Jeff Barnd's hair
We can't look away. The mound of hair on Channel 45 News at Ten anchor Jeff Barnd's head stops us in...

Best Comeback
Keith Mills
Keith Mills had a sweet gig on TV doing sports. He got hooked on prescription pain pills and made a ...

Best Way to Get Fired
Bright blue scrotum incident
Bright. Blue. Scrotum. There, we said it (and we may have chuckled). It's the distinguishing feature...

Best Radio Station for Talk
WOLB-am (1010)
As much as we love WEAA-FM and appreciate that it picked up Marc Steiner's show, WOLB on the AM dial...

Best Non-Music Radio Show
The Signal
Unlike most radio shows, with The Signal it's not the hosts' personalities that make the show--rathe...

Best Local Radio Personality
Tom Hall
If it were not for the interviews with authors, artists, and eclectics that punctuate the news, poli...

Best Reason to Turn Off WYPR
Midday with Dan Rodricks
While there is a certain confidence and homey assuredness in Dan Rodricks' writing, his radio style ...

Best Mistake
Passing the Slots Referendum
Maryland voters should have seen it coming: Last fall's slot-machine gambling referendum, which pass...

Best Dubious Urban Planning
"Transform Baltimore"
With its paeans to "sustainable development" and request for feedback, the city's planning departmen...

Best Development Project
Mercy's Mary Catherine Bunting Center
In June 2007, Mercy Medical Center announced that its new 18-floor, $400 million hospital would be b...

Best Politician, Getting the Job Done
Mayor Sheila Dixon
Mayor Dixon is imperious, inarticulate, and ethically challenged. And yet, under her reign, during a...

Best Politician, Personality
City Councilman Nicholas D'Adamo
Nick D'Adamo's rambling, off-the-cuff soliloquies on everything from the shopping (and looting) habi...

Best Politician in Need of a Slap Upside the Head
Del. Jon S. Cardin
We were going bestow this coveted award on the Hon. Gov. Martin O'Malley, for his continued PR-drive...

Best Panhandler
City of Baltimore
On July 13, the Baltimore City Council said to the federal government, in effect, "gimme fitty mil,"...

Best Public Servant
Tony Geraci, Baltimore Schools Director of Food and Nutrition
Hiring Tony Geraci would be a huge coup even if he were merely blunt, plainspoken, brilliant, and ti...

Best Talent Grab
Baltimore Health Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein goes to the FDA
Joshua Sharfstein came here in 2005, baby-faced and Harvard educated, and he proved to be the kind o...

Best Hope Over Experience
Obama sending people to study Baltimore's drug-treatment system
In May and June, President Barack Obama sent Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Ker...

Best Local Scandal
Mayor sheila Dixon's Endless Case
First, she's indicted. Then, she gets the charges dropped, because they were based in part on "offic...

Best Local Issue We're Sick of
Senator Theatre
Blogger Astrogirl gets it; Baltimore's more conventional media--City Paper included--does not. The T...

Best Reason to Stay Bought
The Speech and Debate Clause of the Maryland Constitution
Say you're a politician who wants to take a bribe. You get the money, and you agree to do something-...

Best Fundraiser
Sheila Dixon's
A telling gauge of the forgiving nature of Baltimore political culture is the fact that, on the morn...

Best Ne'er Do Well
Wells Fargo Bank
Last year, Baltimore sued Wells Fargo Bank for alleged "reverse red-lining" practices intentionally ...

Best Bankruptcy
Vito Simone
As president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, Vito Simone typified the smooth confidence ...

Best Fumble
city Schools CEO Andrés Alonso appointing school board chief Brian D. Morris to $175,000 deputy's job
We like Andrés Alonso's get-it-done ethic, but he really tripped over his own self by failing t...

Best Nice Try
City Councilman Bill Henry's pitch for "Vacant Property Security"
Plywood door and window covers are too weak to keep junkies out of the city's 4,000 or so vacants, C...

Best what was the point of that?
Arrest of Obama Supporters on Election Night
For many, it was an evening to rejoice: Democratic candidate Barack Obama had been elected the first...

Best Gambler
Randall Carrow
The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division's special agent Randall Carrow has been...

Best Search-Warrant Writer
Det. William Nickoles, Baltimore Police Department
When Baltimore Police and federal agents arrested 24 alleged members and associates of a prison gang...

Best Shadow-Economy Business Name
Keeping It In The Community, Inc.
Nominally an East Baltimore cellphone and pager store, Keeping It in the Community, Inc. (DBA Keepin...

Best Place to Buy Guns and a Snack
Lexington Market Utz Stand
There's one-stop shopping, and then there's one-stop shopping. Let's say you're a little hungry, but...

Best Proof That No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
The Shooting of an Operation Safe Streets Worker
When it first came to Baltimore in 2007, Operation Safe Streets, a violent-crime reduction program t...

Best Proof that the police and State's Attorney's Office Can Work Together
The Family Crimes Unit
In 2007, Assistant State's Attorney Julie Drake and Baltimore Police Lt. Vernell Shaheed pitched a j...

Best Early Warning Sign
Recent Spate of Animal Cruelty in Baltimore
In May, a police officer came across an appalling scene: a pit bull that had been set on fire was ro...

Best Proof That Baltimore Is Outrage Proof
Children Shot in Crossfire
Want to ruin your whole day? Type "12-year-old shot Baltimore" into a search engine, then keeping lo...

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