May 9, 2005
IT'S HARD TO ARGUE with the latest plan to tinker with Maryland's lumbering juvenile justice system. After all, we've seen much of it before: Calls for smaller facilities, more mental and physical health care before and during incarceration, and more and better training for staff at the Department of Juvenile Services have come from advocates, legislators, this newspaper and DJS itself. Some specifics, though, are worth attention - and action. The 10-point plan offered by Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley reflects lessons learned during the city's running of such services as Operation Safe Kids, an intensive, cooperative intervention program for juveniles in greatest danger of being shot or shooting someone.
November 14, 1996
Because trip-hop is not band music, some people think it will never succeed in a concert format. As they see it, how exciting could it be to watch a couple of DJs?Obviously, these folks have never seen the Chemical Brothers. Although this British duo -- Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands -- work with the usual assortment of samples and loops, they approach trip-hop with a rock and roll attitude, emphasizing aggression as much as groove. In fact, the group's current single, "Setting Sun," quotes "Tomorrow Never Knows" and boasts a vocal from Oasis' Noel Gallagher.
April 7, 2005
MARYLAND'S beleaguered juvenile justice system needs more money, more transparency, better focus on the basics and a greater sense of urgency. A revised House bill would help with the last three, as well as enforce the idea that it also is the legislature's duty to ensure that the state helps, not harms, its wards. It is not acceptable, for example, that the Department of Juvenile Services has been reminded repeatedly, for years, to fix the broken locks on cell doors at the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School.
March 31, 2011
"It's raw, simple, almost primal music that is meant to be the soundtrack to the time of your life. " That's DJ James Nasty talking about Baltimore club music. He's a longtime fan. But for an upcoming gig, he's been researching it and other historic Baltimore sounds more meticulously than he would for his weekly Mustache party at the Ottobar . The online magazine Gutter asked him and DJ Benny Stixx to come up with a dance party where they'd spin only Baltimore music. The two will finally show off their set lists tonight at the Windup Space at a party where they'll play songs that stretch as far back as the 1940s.
April 27, 1996
Rock and roll is here to stay. Unless you're in the habit of listening to WGRX-FM (100.7), where its days are definitely numbered.Reacting to persistently low ratings that have left it one of the least-heard stations on Baltimore's FM dial, management at the modern rock station has fired its program director and its six disc jockeys in preparation for a major format change.General Manager Roy Deutschman said he is not ready to announce the format, but confirmed it would be announced soon, and would have nothing to do with rock.
March 31, 2005
AT THE RELATIVELY new juvenile holding tank at the Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center, where the staff is supposedly freshly trained in best practices and state law, children have been badly, apparently illegally, treated. At the well-established Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center in Rockville, there are new reports of the old, familiar "fight clubs," as well as allegations that a staffer ran a gang -- with shame and physical abuse as hazing -- in one of the units. Apparently, not much has changed as the Ehrlich administration rolls into its third year of juvenile justice "reform."