March 16, 1992
"You don't look so good," says the cop, smiling. "You look like death."Possum nods, the gaunt face bobbing. The Virus hangs on him, hangs on everything in the rented room. Three decades of firing heroin and thieving and turning over criminals to police at $50 to $100 a head, but it isn't a penitentiary or a bullet or a lethal dose that claims him."Yeah, I been sick, you know," says Possum in a mumble, his stick-leg stretched over a table. "I been sick but I'm back now."Possum, showing some life, talking about working.
January 31, 2004
Maria Cristina Gutierrez, a criminal defense lawyer known in Maryland's legal community for her passionate and pugnacious style, died of a heart attack yesterday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. The 52-year-old woman's ailment was exacerbated by multiple sclerosis. Throughout the 1990s, Ms. Gutierrez argued cases with a tenacity that earned the respect of her peers. Upon graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1980, she began her career as an assistant public defender in Baltimore.
January 27, 2001
TAMPA, Fla. - Baltimore has a great football team, a beautiful new stadium and every reason to rejoice in its NFL renaissance, but old wounds are slow to heal. No one should know that better than NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who still is trying to live down one ill-advised comment in the aftermath of the city's unsuccessful bid for an expansion team in 1993. Maybe he didn't mean any disrespect when he told reporters that Baltimore might be better off using the money earmarked for a new football stadium to build a museum.
August 25, 2014
Drug sales in broad daylight at Lexington Market. An addict telling viewers Baltimore "is where you want to be for heroin," and then, after she scores, letting the camera watch her cook and shoot up in her car on a street that appears to be in Hampden. A masked drug dealer sitting at a table full of dope, pointing his gun at the camera and saying, "Coming to you live from Baltimore. " An on-screen headline that says, "Baltimore is the heroin capital of America. " This is how Baltimore is depicted in the National Geographic Channel's "Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire," which premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
December 5, 1992
Mano Swartz, a family business that has wrapped Baltimor women in mink and sable for 103 years, will close this month, saying it refuses to lower its quality standards to make the price cuts necessary to survive in today's market. "It is with emotions astir that I tell you that Mano Swartz will close its doors," company President Richard Swartz said in a letter to customers dated Wednesday. Mr. Swartz told customers that the Towson store would sell off its entire inventory to invited guests "at a fraction of retail value" // in a going-out-of-business sale Tuesday through Saturday.
November 15, 2013
Looks like the French may not be flocking to Charm City anytime soon. Seems Baltimore's not really a safe destination, at least as far as the French foreign ministry is concerned. Just as our state department warns about Americans traveling to certain places (it suggests avoiding North Korea, for example), the French are urged to exercise caution in certain U.S. locales. And what do the French say about Baltimore? "Considered a dangerous city except Downtown. " But don't feel too bad; few American cities fared that much better.