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Posted 6/21/2006

Gun Control, 100 Years Ago This Week

Source: The Baltimore News, June 21, 1906.

Arrest Under New Law. Wolf Becker, a dealer at 8 Harrison street, was arrested today...on the charge of violating the law concerning the registration of the numbers on pistols and the names of all persons purchasing firearms at his place. Under an ordinance passed by the City Council last winter, dealers are required to keep a registry of weapons and those to whom they are sold and to present it at police headquarters every 30 days. It is alleged that Becker did not comply with the ordinance.

Press Release of the Week

If the city ever does need a new slogan, we’ve got a suggestion: City of Dubious Honors.

Over the years we’ve ranked high on lists evaluating nation’s ugliest cities, cities with the highest rates of syphilis, cities with the worst air quality, and cities with heroin-addiction problems. Recently, Baltimore was bestowed the honor of 58th “sweatiest” city in America by Old Spice, which ranked the top 100 perspiration producers in the country.

According to the press release sent by the Old Spice company, the rankings were “based on the amount of sweat a person of average height and weight would produce walking around for an hour in the average summer high temperatures for each city.”

Catchy, eh?

Several weeks ago in Newshole, we ran a series of anagrams using the letters that make up the city’s new slogan, “Baltimore: Get in on it.” We invited intrepid readers to submit their own anagrams based on the slogan, and we are pleased to announce that we finally have one submission. Larry Mossman from Baltimore, thanks for sending us the following anagram—we hope that the folks who run the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association contact you next time they’re looking for a new catch phrase.

Great Ol’ Time Bonin’ it

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