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Wednesday, August 11, 1999


On Location: Video-Store Chain Aims to Expand Local Film and Music Archive | Mobtown Beat by Adele Marley

Unsolved Mysteries: For months the Baltimore City Police Department has been trumpeting the news: The city’s homicide rate is down, way down. | The Nose

History Lessons: Quick—what do you know about Lawrence Bell III, City Council president and reputed front-runner in the mayoral race? If you read the local papers or watch the television news, you likely know Bell has had some personal financial problems, including lawsuits brought by his condo association and a car dealer. | Media Circus by Eileen Murphy

The Long and the Short of It: Where is the city’s very narrowest rowhouse? Known locally (and identified on its stained-glass transom) as “The Little House”, it's just under 9 feet wide. | Charmed Life by Tom Chalkley

Full Slate: Seventeen Vie for Seats in the 4th | Campaign Beat by Michael Anft

Correction: Due to an error by the editor, last week’s Campaign Beat story on the 3rd District City Council race (“Ticket Takers”) incorrectly reported that state Sen. | Campaign Beat

Strange Bedfellows: When making endorsements, political clubs and neighborhood groups concentrate on picking the best people for the job—often with little concern for how those people might work together. A case in point may be the Mount Royal Democratic Club’s choices, to be announced Aug. | Ballot Stuffing

Taking the Fourth: Rudyard Kipling could have been describing Baltimore politics when he uttered the infamous line, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” But while the maxim generally applies here, there are exceptions—even if they don’t necessarily disprove the rule. Take the seeming unlikely pairing of City Council member Agnes Welch (D-4th), stalwart of the West side, and liquor-board Executive Director Nathan Irby Jr., a former 2nd District council member and an East-side kind of guy. | Ballot Stuffing

Signed Over: Call it the Land of the Electorally Confused.  The lawns along a stretch of Cold Spring Lane from Hillen Road west to Greenmount Avenue in Northeast Baltimore have become a campaign-sign battlefield. | Ballot Stuffing

Public Spending: The next round of candidates’ campaign-finance reports aren’t due to city-elections officials until Aug. | Ballot Stuffing

BUILDing Support: Front-runners Give Thumbs-Up to Group’s Agenda | Campaign Beat by Molly Rath

Paid in Full: Bell-Campaign Contract With Ex-Council Staffer Was “Done Correctly,” Attorney Says | Campaign Beat by Molly Rath

Mayoral Race: Seeking the City's Top Job Becomes a Study in Black and White | Feature by Molly Rath

The Candidates: The Runners Sound Off on the Race Issue | Feature

The Mail



Nary A Drop: Curious sort of drought, isn’t it, where a bloke will never go thirsty, never want for water unless he’s stuck way out on the 11th hole of an 18-hole golf course on a hot and humid day in August? Now that’s thirst. | Urban Rhythms by Wiley Hall III

Boo Birds: By now it should be clear to any armchair baseball historian of baseball that Cal Ripken’s second trip to the disabled list was not what finished off the 1999 Orioles. The O’s were finished long before that. | 8 Upper by Tom Scocca

Stop Making Cents: Forget about that trivial no-rain, don’t-flush-for-number-one drought stuff, because there aren’t enough pennies. | Mr. Wrong by Joe MacLeod

Midnight at the Oasis: Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. | Germ Bag by Suz Redfearn



Venus and Mars: Exploring Women and the Romance of Ideas | Books by Sandy Asirvatham

The Main Disch: Two Science-Fiction Reissues Resurrect the Best Work of a Major Minor Author | Books by Scott Carlson

Zine Pool: The fallout from the end of the zine boom can be divided into three major categories—at least based on what I see when I walk into a zine store or, increasingly, turn on my computer. by Isaac Ramos

Period of Unemployment: The day rolls out before you like an uncracked sidewalk. | Bones by L. Maynard

Divine Writes: Two Playwrights-Fest Entries Ask the Big Questions | Stage by Brennen Jensen

Remembering When: Two Young Artists Capture Classical Art and Fuse It With the 20th Century | Art by Mike Giuliano



Basement Jaxx: Remedy | Review by Justin Hampton

The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin | Review by Michaelangelo Matos

GZA/Genius: Beneath the Surface | Review by Daniel Piotrowski

Ursula 1000: The Now Sound of Ursula 1000 | Review by Steve Gdula

Various Artists: Marvin Is 60 | Review by Vincent Williams



Bowfinger | Review by Jack Purdy

The King of Masks | Review by Luisa F. Ribeiro



The Wild Duck Café | Review by Susan Fradkin


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