Really, it's just to protect the PowerPoint. Really


May 13, 2007|By LAURA VOZZELLA

Al Gore may or may not be running for president, but he is running around the world with his famous slide show. Naturally, he wants all the press he can get, right? Wrong. Gore banned reporters from his appearance last week at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. There was a no-media clause right in his contract. Same for other stops on the "Goracle" tour.

Is this what Gore really means by Inconvenient Truth?

"The slideshows are always closed to the media due to issues of copyright," Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said Friday by e-mail from Argentina, where her boss was doing his climate-change shtick for a biofuels conference. "He updates the material weekly, sometimes daily, and so we cannot secure permissions in time for the shows."

Probably hard to get a model release every time a stranded polar bear is added to the show.

The Sun covered the event anyway. (Nothing like an ex-vice-presidential ban to make reporters really, really want to sit through a long PowerPoint presentation.)

The Sun's Gadi Dechter found a ticket for sale for $65 on craigslist. The reporter covering the event, Nia-Malika Henderson, actually ended up paying $63 because the "hipster kid" selling the ticket did not have change. Face value was $25.

Belatedly it dawned on The Sun to ask, was that legal? City code prohibits scalping, but the ticket changed hands in the county, at the golden retriever statue on campus.

The attorney general's office was not sure at first, but then called back with a reassuring citation from ... The Sun: "Maryland law does not deal with the reselling of tickets."

Dump the day job! Make big bucks!

Psst! Wanna make a bundle?

A Baltimore newsletter company known for over-hyped stock tips is offering yet another sure bet. And the insider information has gotta be good, because it concerns Stansberry Research's own little corner of the spam industry.

"Writers who want to make $100,000+," reads the headline on Stansberry's big help-wanted ad in City Paper. It lists plenty of perks to go along with the six figures.

"You will have the opportunity to travel the world," it says. "Recent destinations: China, Japan, London, Vancouver, Switzerland, Florida, San Francisco and more."

No experience? No problem!

"We will teach you everything you need to know," the ad says. "One of our copywriters, for example, went from delivering pizza to a 6-figure income. Another was a ticket-taker at a movie theater ... and now makes 5-times his previous salary."

I'm not sure how the Domino's-Muvico Cinderella stories jibe with the Web site, which describes a staff with fancier resumes. (No one at Stansberry called me back to explain.)

"These folks have worked in the financial industry as stockbrokers, mutual fund vice presidents, hedge fund managers, and equity analysts at some of the most important money-management firms in the world," the site says.

Sound too good to be true? If the job doesn't work out, you can always play the market.

"Click here," the site says, "to learn how this $7 stock could make you a quick 100% gain in less than 12 months."

Connect the dots

Some local Democrats are heading west this month to whoop it up in Vegas, but they won't be alone. Bob Ehrlich is having a pool party! The ex-gov's new law firm sent out invitations for an International Council of Shopping Centers convention breakfast May 21 at the Wynn Hotel's Fairway Pool, Cabanas 203, 204 and 206. ... Maybe state Senate President Mike Miller really isn't retiring. He's having a fundraiser at Da Mimmo's in Little Italy tomorrow night, The Sun's Jennifer Skalka reports. Sources tell her tickets are $1,000 a pop. ... Former Public Service Commission Chairman Ken Schisler has a new job in - you guessed it! - the energy industry. He is "leading our regulatory affairs and public policy team for the eastern U.S.," said a spokesman for EnerNoc, "a leading developer and provider of clean and intelligent power solutions," according to the company's Web site. ... Forget who said what about the vandalism of Baltimore's Rush Limbaugh billboard. Consider the illicit paint job itself. This was no simple spray-paint attack. There were big red and black splashes, with a touch of yellow. Even WCBM general manager Robert Pettit thought it was kind of artful - so much so that he suspects the culprit hails from the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art. "Looked like you had some art students using their creativity there," he said, noting that it was "very unusual to use multiple colors." ... Not us, said MICA spokeswoman Kim Carlin. "Graffiti is not very funny to us. It's an art form that's shown in galleries, but we have a very, very strict policy that students who do graffiti can be expelled. We think artists should be responsible citizens."

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