Good golly, don't lose Ms. Molly!

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December 16, 2005|By LAURA VOZZELLA

One of Baltimore's biggest companies, Constellation Energy Group, could be gobbled up by a Florida utility. What's the most serious fallout for Charm City?

Losing one of Baltimore's last Fortune 500 companies? Bummer, but we'd get over it.

Losing thousands of jobs. Even bigger bummer.

Losing Molly Shattuck as a Ravens cheerleader. Ugh! Perish the thought!

I phoned Ms. Molly the other day as news of the merger was spreading to ask what it meant for her cheerleading career. If CEO-hubby Mayo had to look for a new job, would she limit his search to NFL cities?

"Maybe I could be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader," she said.

That was about all Shattuck said, since she was dashing out to take the kids to see Santa.

Bet they didn't bother asking St. Nick to bring anything to Dad. He and other Constellation execs have already given themselves a big, fat present by rejiggering their benefits in the event of a sale. Shattuck would reap millions in one lump payment.

Even for an energy guy, that beats a lump of coal.

A clean closet, a clear conscience

They tell us "fur is murder" and "fur is dead." But the folks at PETA will tacitly admit today that fur also is warm.

Why else would People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals set aside another one of its slogans - "There is simply no excuse for fur" - to hand out dozens of fur coats to the homeless in Baltimore?

"We can't bring these animals back, but we can send a message that only people who are truly struggling to survive have any excuse for wearing fur," says PETA's national president, Ingrid Newkirk.

The give-away takes place at 1 p.m. at Karis House, 1228 E. Baltimore St.

The animal rights group did not sweep into Kent Fisher, the Towson boutique that bills itself as Baltimore's furrier, and buy everything on the racks for the event. The coats were donated by one-time fur-wearers who, PETA says, have come to see the light.

PETA suggests that you "clean your closet and your conscience" by calling it fur give-away hotline, 1-888-FUR-AWAY.

Here's my question: The coats will help protect the homeless from the elements, but who's going to protect them from PETA spray painters?

Making the pitch for a luxury loft

Somebody moving into the Canal Street Malt House is going to have a whole lot of Jockey underwear to unpack.

That's the rumor anyway - Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer is buying one of the 38 luxury lofts, which are under construction not far from Whole Foods Market in Harbor East.

Long and Foster's David Martz, one of two listing agents for the 38-unit building, seemed to playfully confirm it the other day to the Baltimore Business Journal.

"That's the rumor," he told the paper.

Martz gave me a more circumspect "no comment."

But he was chatty about the project, which he says has seven units under "hard contract" and seven more reserved. Prices range from $529,000 to more than $1 million. All of those under contract have been in the middle range, he said.

That all-important core constituency

Martin O'Malley has gotten all the attention lately in the governor's race. So the call went out to Doug Duncan volunteers to talk up the Montgomery County executive.

Where?

In Montgomery County, where he's best known and already has locked up endorsements from local officials. This coming Monday afternoon, they're distributing literature in downtown Rockville. They'll return there Tuesday evening for a "Montgomery Matters" event.

"These events are fun opportunities for everyone to meet up and spread the word about Doug throughout Montgomery County," the message says.

Only 23 more jurisdictions to go!

A crime platform, in 36 words

Mayor Martin O'Malley's folks are asking for a correction because I wrote that Hizzoner and Anthony Brown made "passing references" to crime on the day the two officially teamed up in the governor's race.

For the record, here's what was said about crime on the stump:

"We need to do everything we can to improve public safety, including getting state agencies into the game to make every neighborhood in our state safe," Brown said. "Every child, every senior, everywhere in Maryland should be safe."

So here's the question: When does a passing reference become a substantive reference?

Apparently for the O'Malley camp, it's somewhere between the first and second sentences.

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