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Posted 2/11/2004

In reference to the "Cop Shoot Cop" article in the Nose on Jan. 28, City Paper claims that Baltimore Police Chief of Detectives Antonio Williams reported that officer John Dolly "was shot by another police officer, not the armed suspect" during a New Year's Eve exchange in the eastern part of the city.

Three times within this article reporter Terrie Snyder mentions this piece of information and attributes it to Chief Williams. Your readers should know that Chief Williams denies ever confirming this information.

Chief Williams agrees that he spoke with Ms. Snyder regarding this investigation, telling her that it would be impossible to confirm where the bullet that struck Dolly came from because the bullet is still in his body.

Matt Jablow
Director of Public Affairs, Baltimore Police Department

Terrie Snyder responds: I stand by the details as reported in my story.

Busker Blues

Allow me to add to my comments that appeared in Anna Ditkoff's "Pay to Play" piece, which included my photo (Mobtown Beat, Feb. 4). Ms. Ditkoff reported that City Council member Catherine Pugh (D-4th District) is pushing an ordinance to require Baltimore's street performers to pay a $25 registration fee and buy an annual $75 license. Even more bizarre, the good councilwoman is proposing a nine-member board to oversee the city's street performers. Seeing there may be only nine active street performers in the whole city, what's that about? Is Ms. Pugh's "board" yet another ploy to get friends and relatives onto the city payroll, or what?

Ditkoff's article correctly cited the Rouse Co.'s Harborplace venue as the one site in the city where street performers do flock. But she should have added the caveat "used to." Offering a totally senseless rationale, Rouse recently eliminated weekday/evening performances for six and a half months of the year and prohibits performances between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends, the peak tourist hours! Is this nutso, or what? While the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, under new leadership, is trying to put a better tourist destination face on the city, Councilwoman Pugh and the Rouse Co. seem to be plotting to return the place to its former Sleepy Hollow self. For decades, the Rouse Co. has had a stranglehold on the Harborplace street performers program. Maybe it's time for a change.

Aha! Maybe taking over from Rouse in Harborplace would be a legitimate function for Ms. Pugh's board.

Herman Heyn
Baltimore's Street Corner Astronomer

Little Big Guys

Hello, I'm Toad's mom. I was very glad to see these guys are getting some recognition here (Bar Scars, Feb. 4). They are just as good as the "big guys." I'm proud of my son and all his fellow little people.

Because "little people" have always gotten a bad rap, through the MWF hopefully people will see that they are not just entertainers, but real people who have families. My son's wife is 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8, and she walks proud when she's with Toad.

One of the guys in your picture is my son Toad. It takes a lot of motivation and endurance for these guys to get up there in front of an audience. And I hope the people appreciate what these guys do.

Yes, the heckling is all a part of it. Never forget these are guys with feelings. And are there to entertain everyone. I guess I don't like the word "midget" because I watched the hard times my son went through growing up.

Pam Bateman
North Vernon, In.

Father Knows Best

Please move This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow back to the front of the paper where it needs to be instead of the back section where the spidery, scabrous 'toons abide.

D.C. Gardner
Knoxville, Tenn.

The writer is editor Lee Gardner's father.

Editor's note: We are enormously proud to announce that City Paper arts editor Blake de Pastino won the 2004 Emmart Award for his story "In His Words" (Dec. 10, 2003), and that staff writer Anna Ditkoff won one of two honorable mentions for her story "Time Served" (Oct. 15, 2003). The Emmart Award, which is named for the late Sun writer A.D. Emmart and each year honors writing focusing on the humanities, will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Maryland Institute College of Art; a panel discussion on Baltimore media and culture will follow. Hearty congratulations to Blake and Anna.

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