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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
A new top editor has taken the reins of Baltimore City Paper, the 35-year-old free weekly newspaper announced Monday. Evan Serpick, a former senior editor at Baltimore magazine, took over June 13, according to a statement from the paper. Serpick replaces Lee Gardner, who resigned last month after serving as the paper's editor for a decade. Serpick, who grew up in the Baltimore suburbs, has also worked as an associate editor of Rolling Stone magazine and as a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly.
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that a lawsuit brought against the Baltimore Police Department and three officers by a man who says he was wrongfully convicted of murder in a 1987 killing can proceed. James Owens was charged in the robbery, rape and murder of 24-year-old phone company employee and college student Colleen Williar in her Southeast Baltimore home. According to court records, Owens came under suspicion when a neighbor of Williar's, James Thompson, told police he found a knife outside Williar's apartment and retrieved it on behalf of Owens, a friend.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
The owner of the Baltimore City Paper said Monday that it's looking to sell as it focuses on the media market closer to its Pennsylvania base. Times-Shamrock Communications, based in Scranton, said it is marketing all five of its alternative weeklies — which cover areas outside Pennsylvania — and four daily newspapers. "Baltimore City Paper has been a strong, profitable investment for us for many years," said Scott Lynett, Times-Shamrock's CEO, in a statement. "As we look to diversify our family's holdings, it made sense for us to offer City Paper for sale to someone who could take it to the next level of growth.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2014
A recent spate of high-profile crimes in the area around Patterson Park has sparked new and warring commentary over the perennial issues of public safety and inequality in Baltimore. It started this week with a blog post titled " Baltimore City, You're Breaking My Heart " from Tracey Halvorsen, who lives in the area around Patterson Park. Her subheadline: "This is why people leave. " In the piece posted on Thursday, Halvorsen says there are many reasons to love her neighborhood, but that she's tired of hearing and worrying about crime and is unimpressed with the city's response.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Jennifer Marsh is out as publisher of the Baltimore City Paper after almost two years on the job. She resigned Monday, according to a statement from Times-Shamrock Communications, the Scranton-based company that owns the publication. "Jennifer has been a valuable member of the City Paper team for many years," Scott Lynett, CEO of Times-Shamrock, said in a statement announcing the resignation. "We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. " Michael Wagner, regional publisher for Times-Shamrock, will step in as interim publisher, according to the company statement.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2012
Lee Gardner, editor of Baltimore's City Paper, is leaving the alt-weekly to become a senior editor of the Washington-based Chronicle of Higher Education. Gardner, 47, said 17 years at the City Paper — including 10 as the editor — was simply enough time to be in one place. "When I got here, I figured I would stay about two years," he said. "Well, here I am. " Gardner, who studied English at the University of Tennessee and Towson University, began his tenure at City Paper as its music editor.
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By Laura Vozzella | July 25, 2011
Head-to-toe Blue Spandex, particularly on the campaign trail in triple-digit temperatures, is a sacrifice. Head-to-toe blue tattoos? That's real commitment. Before there was Blue Man, Jody Landers' Spandexed sidekick , there was Jim Hall, the retired city planner who covered nearly every inch of his body in blue-and-black tattooed swirls . Baltimore City Paper did a feature on Hall back in 2009. My colleague Richard Gorelick pointed that article out to me last week, as I was reporting on Blue Man. I wondered why The Sun had never profiled the guy -- until I read the story and realized how much the body art was intertwined with non-family newspaper fare.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2013
A federal grand jury in Baltimore indicted a man Tuesday in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme in which he allegedly bilked banks out of $2.5 million, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Joshua S. Goldberg was charged with three counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The indictment alleges Goldberg and others, through the Baltimore-based Worthington Mortgage Group, falsified applications and appraisals to get mortgages from 2004 to 2008 on at least five properties.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
A few years back, Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale had a public spat with “The Wire” creator David Simon over the extent to which he was an inspiration for drug boss Avon Barksdale in the series. All the while, he vowed that he was long out of the game. But now the Drug Enforcement Administration says Barksdale is a high-ranking member of the Black Guerrilla Family. U.S. marshals arrested him this week on federal heroin and gun charges after he spent a short spell on the run. Barksdale, 52, is accused of taking part in a heroin conspiracy with alleged drug supplier Suraj Tairu, who is also charged in the case.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2010
Richard Gorelick, a freelance writer known for his witty and insightful prose style, has been named The Baltimore Sun's new restaurant critic. When Gorelick joins the paper Monday, his duties will include reviewing the area's impressive array of restaurants and operating the Sun's successful food blog. Dining at Large was started by former restaurant critic Elizabeth Large, who retired in February after 37 years on the beat. "Richard will do a great job," Large said. "His reviews are very knowledgeable and fun to read.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
The owner of the Baltimore City Paper said Monday it is in negotiations with a potential buyer, the same day it announced the collective sale of its four other alternative weekly newspapers. Scott Lynett, CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications, which has operated the City Paper for about 25 years, confirmed the negotiations but declined to identify the potential buyer. He also said he will directly oversee the publishing of the City Paper for now, after the paper's interim publisher, Michael Wagner, departed Times-Shamrock on Monday as part of the separate sale of its other alternative weeklies.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
A few years back, Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale had a public spat with “The Wire” creator David Simon over the extent to which he was an inspiration for drug boss Avon Barksdale in the series. All the while, he vowed that he was long out of the game. But now the Drug Enforcement Administration says Barksdale is a high-ranking member of the Black Guerrilla Family. U.S. marshals arrested him this week on federal heroin and gun charges after he spent a short spell on the run. Barksdale, 52, is accused of taking part in a heroin conspiracy with alleged drug supplier Suraj Tairu, who is also charged in the case.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 1, 2013
Skateboarding enthusiast Stephanie Murdock was 21 when she placed an ad in the Baltimore City Paper in 2004, looking for help in bringing a skate park to Hampden. "This is going to be easy," she thought. Nine years of hard work later, Murdock, now an aide to Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, basked in accolades from a large crowd of skateboarders, parents and city officials - some of whom she said doubted she would succeed - at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 1, behind Roosevelt Park, where a 5,000-square-foot concrete bowl for skateboarding was scheduled to be built starting the next day. Then, Murdock climbed into the seat of a Bobcat on the grassy site at 1221 W. 36th St. and dug up ceremonial dirt like a seasoned construction worker.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
A Baltimore City Paper reporter testified in a federal murder-for-hire trial Thursday, drawn into the story of a man whose career as a builder and petty criminal he has covered for more than half a decade. Edward Ericson Jr., a staff writer for the alternative weekly, first wrote about defendant Jose Morales in 2006 in an article questioning his building practices. Morales was later convicted on federal drug charges. He's now on trial in the death of Robert Long, a man who had been working with authorities against Morales in a theft case.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
The owner of the Baltimore City Paper said Monday that it's looking to sell as it focuses on the media market closer to its Pennsylvania base. Times-Shamrock Communications, based in Scranton, said it is marketing all five of its alternative weeklies — which cover areas outside Pennsylvania — and four daily newspapers. "Baltimore City Paper has been a strong, profitable investment for us for many years," said Scott Lynett, Times-Shamrock's CEO, in a statement. "As we look to diversify our family's holdings, it made sense for us to offer City Paper for sale to someone who could take it to the next level of growth.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Jennifer Marsh is out as publisher of the Baltimore City Paper after almost two years on the job. She resigned Monday, according to a statement from Times-Shamrock Communications, the Scranton-based company that owns the publication. "Jennifer has been a valuable member of the City Paper team for many years," Scott Lynett, CEO of Times-Shamrock, said in a statement announcing the resignation. "We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. " Michael Wagner, regional publisher for Times-Shamrock, will step in as interim publisher, according to the company statement.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
The owner of the Baltimore City Paper said Monday it is in negotiations with a potential buyer, the same day it announced the collective sale of its four other alternative weekly newspapers. Scott Lynett, CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications, which has operated the City Paper for about 25 years, confirmed the negotiations but declined to identify the potential buyer. He also said he will directly oversee the publishing of the City Paper for now, after the paper's interim publisher, Michael Wagner, departed Times-Shamrock on Monday as part of the separate sale of its other alternative weeklies.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | October 1, 2013
Skateboarding enthusiast Stephanie Murdock was 21 when she placed an ad in the Baltimore City Paper in 2004, looking for help in bringing a skate park to Hampden. "This is going to be easy," she thought. Nine years of hard work later, Murdock, now an aide to Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, basked in accolades from a large crowd of skateboarders, parents and city officials - some of whom she said doubted she would succeed - at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 1, behind Roosevelt Park, where a 5,000-square-foot concrete bowl for skateboarding was scheduled to be built starting the next day. Then, Murdock climbed into the seat of a Bobcat on the grassy site at 1221 W. 36th St. and dug up ceremonial dirt like a seasoned construction worker.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Need a reminder of how lucky Baltimore music lovers are sometimes? Just pull out a calendar. Between May and September, thousands gather in West Mount Vernon Park to see rising bands, sip local beer and generally have a good time in the sun. Add the fact that the concert is free, and it has made WTMD's First Thursdays concert series - which starts this week - an essential spring and summer activity in the city. According to WTMD program director Scott Mullins, the planning for First Thursdays begins when we're all bundled up in heavy coats.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
Margaret C. Doyle, a retired public school English teacher and poet who later taught for many years at the Renaissance Institute, died Thursday from complications following surgery at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. The former longtime Pikesville resident was 85. "Margaret was a magnificent woman. She was brilliant and loving," said Jim Holechek, a retired Baltimore public relations executive and author. "Her husband was an artist and she was a poet, and it was always wonderful to interface with her. She was a very sensitive person and able to express herself very well.
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