The Year in News
Republican rule was supposed to be good for Maryland, tightening up the fiscal scene and challenging the Democratic hegemony in the Free State with a bit of house-cleaning. It didn't turn out as hoped. The rainmakers and puppet masters just switched sides in 2002, ushering in Robert Ehrlich as GOP governor for business as usual--the same old cronyism, the same old culture of corruption, the same old structural deficit. This year, Maryland tradition was restored as the Dems took back the governorship--and gained even more of an advantage in the legislature. Meanwhile, on the national scene, the GOP still has the White House, but it lost both houses of Congress. Thus, 2006 brought partisan change, but in many ways the song remains the same, especially here in Baltimore--the gap separating rich from poor continued to widen, ethics stayed low on the priority list for leaders, power kept being abused, children continued to be left behind, corporate handouts remained the norm, and the media itself stayed in the news. What changed is the economic trend: After tech stocks crested and fell at the turn of the century, real-estate became the hot-ticket item, but now it's cooling off, too. Just in time for winter. Brrrr.
The Year In Tracks (12/15/2009)
. . . just in the case the album really is dead.
The Year in News (12/9/2009)
The Year in Movies (12/9/2009)
Two Maryland Men indicted in Arizona for illegal machine guns
The Big Hurt (8/4/2010)
Inmate claims gang-tied correctional officer ordered "hit"
Not a Snitch (7/22/2010)
Court filing mistakenly called murdered activist an informant, police say
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