Between The Lines


November 10, 2003


How do you say Believe?

Mayor Martin O'Malley's Office of Neighborhoods has issued 56,000 "Believe" pins in six languages, distributing them throughout the city. There are 44,000 pins in English, 4,000 in Spanish, 4,000 in Korean, 2,000 in Hebrew, 1,000 in Arabic and, in honor of visitors from the Irish-American mayor's homeland, 1,000 in Gaelic.

"They're way more popular than we ever expected," said Israel C. "Izzy" Patoka, director of the Office of Neighborhoods.

The underlying language of all the pins is money. They cost the city 13 cents apiece, or $7,280 for the batch.

"It's a small price to pay to instill pride in communities in our city and also to celebrate our diversity," Patoka said.

-- Doug Donovan

Not exactly retiring

Today is Baltimore County Circuit Judge John A. Fader II's last day on the bench before retirement. But woe to any lawyers who thought they could put one by him in his final days.

"You're mixing apples and oranges, and I'm not interested," he told an attorney for the Greater Patapsco Community Association during a hearing last week. "I hate V-8 Juice."

The other side in that case didn't get away free, either. The lawyer for Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church got his when he gave Fader some page references to look up in a transcript.

"I'm a judge," he said. "I don't read. I get read to."

Don't worry. If you missed Fader the first time around, he'll be doing encore performances for the next three months as a recall judge.

-- Andrew A. Green

One for the books

The mayor was there, the congressman was there, but the governor was missing. At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's opening of an annex last week, Mayor Martin O'Malley and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings spoke feelingly about the first expansion of the Cathedral Street building since it opened in 1933. But even though the state is funding the lion's share of the central library's renovation, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. declined the invitation to partake of the party thrown by Pratt Director Carla D. Hayden. Does he have overdue books perhaps?

-- Jamie Stiehm

Blue blood

More than 120 homicide detectives, former investigators, friends and family packed into Baltimore police headquarters Friday afternoon to honor Sgt. John Barrick, a 40-year veteran who spent the past 22 in the city's homicide unit.

A hard-charging detective and stern supervisor who investigated more than 1,000 homicides, Barrick did not have patience for lackadaisical officers.

One of his principal axioms, which he repeated to the throng Friday afternoon: "Do it the right way, or don't do it."

Barrick, 62, won't be retiring to a golf course and says he will probably return to police work to supplement his pension. "I am law enforcement," Barrick said. "If you cut me, I'd bleed blue."

-- Del Quentin Wilber

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