Baltimore, Harry is back. Or at least...


April 29, 1991

WATCH OUT Baltimore, Harry is back. Or at least, Baltimore's underground newspaper of the late 1960s and early 1970s will be resurfacing early next month.

That's the timetable laid out by Harry's publisher/editor/writer/ad salesman and all-purpose handyman, Thomas V. D'Antoni, a mainstay of the weekly newspaper in its halcyon days.

Harry was the town's journalistic voice for the radical and anti-war left, even drawing the kind of ham-handed harassment from the Pomerleau-era police department that enamored the publication to local flower children. It was all written in good fun, though, and the 1990s monthly version probably will take the same tack.

Baltimore's major alternative newspaper, the City Paper, has lost much of its zest, according to editor D'Antoni. The second coming of Harry marks an attempt to win over old-fashioned liberals and young libertarians who no longer find the kinds of off-beat, entertaining but incisive socially significant stories in local publications that are ideologically appealing to them.

Is radical liberalism dead, or is it just dormant in Baltimore? The fortunes of the revivified Harry could give us an answer to that question.

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MARYLAND EMERGES as No. 1," said the news headline last Monday, in full. It was pleasant reading, after the recent headline aspersions about Baltimore.

In today's world the state is often up, the city down?

We aren't speaking of whole populations. We speak of David Baltimore, the Rockefeller University science biggie, and Russell Maryland, the University of Miami football very biggie. The one has been singled out in a false-data investigation; the other, in team draft selections.

The situation calls for a tiebreaker, to indicate whether a local patriot's thumb should be up or down.

We thought to phone Anne or Chris Chesapeake. But wouldn't you know, every one of the Chesapeakes seems to have an unlisted number.

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LIFERS AT Pennsylvania's Graterford Prison have formed their own chapter of the Gray Panthers to fight for things like lower bunks for those with arthritis (younger, tougher prisoners have been hogging them) and for better medical care.

The wave of the future? It could be, especially with more felons getting locked up for longer sentences.

Oldsters who have never been jailed, even some who've been victims of crime, have traveled to the prison to lend moral support. They say that, when you get past the reasons why these men are behind bars, the Striped Panthers have the same needs and concerns as their gray counterparts.

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