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January, 22nd 2014

Baltimore Wakes Up to Snow

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Your photos of the latest snowstorm.


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January, 17th 2014

Local Artist Makes Cover of Rolling Stone. Kind of.

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Frederick-based artist and sometime musician Stephen Blickenstaff—well-known in Baltimore circles—posted the photo of the latest Rolling Stone cover to his Facebook page this week, adding the comment, "I made the cover of Rolling Stone ... Sort of."

Which, after 30 years, sums up the story pretty well. 

Actually 17-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde is the person on the cover. However, she's wearing a black Cramps' T-shirt in her cover photo featuring album art created by Blickenstaff for the semi-legendary American punk band. Specifically, the hair-raising, bulging eye-balled, crazed character on the cover of their 1984 album, "Bad Music for Bad People."

Blickenstaff, who regularly exhibits his colorful, monster-driven art work at Comic-Con in...

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January, 14th 2014

Firefly Music Festival Lineup Released

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Music lovers up and down the East Coast have come to a halt in order to soak in Firefly's extensive lineup, released early Tuesday afternoon. Headliners for the festival are set to include OutKast, Jack Johnson, and Foo Fighters among others. This year's festival will run from June 19-22 in Dover, Delaware. 


Full lineup: 

A Great Big World, A-Trak, Aer, Airborne Toxic Event, American Authors, Amos Lee, Andrew Belle, Arctic Monkeys, Asaf Avidan, Bad Things, Band Of Horses, Basic Vacation, Bleachers, Breach The Summit, Bronze Radio Return, Cage The Elephant, Cash Cash, Chance The Rapper, Cherub, Childish Gambino, Christian Porter, City And Colour, Courrier, Courtney Barnett, Cruiser, Dan Croll, Foo Fighters, G-Eazy, Gemini Club, Geographer, Girl Talk, Goldroom, Gregory Alan...

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January, 14th 2014

Found: Cal Ripken's High School Scouting Report

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We knew Cal Ripken Jr. was considered more of a pitching prospect at Aberdeen High. Learning that he was described by one scout as "built like handsome Jim Palmer" comes as a surprise, though.

In a recently unearthed scouting report, posted by Deadspin last week, that's how longtime Pirate bird dog Joe Consoli depicted the 6-foot-3, 195-pound, 17-year-old righthander. 

Watching young Calvin Edwin Ripken pitch over two games, the scout characterized him as a good pitching prospect, in terms of physical tools, and an "excellent" prospect, in terms of habits and dedication. Not sure about the Jim Palmer comparison, but right on the money there, Joe.

More to the point, Consoli reports Cal "can hit," which of course the future Hall of Famer did pretty well in the big leagues. But he also notes that while Cal plays shortstop when not on the hill, a "lack of fluid mobility will limit the prospect here."

Can't be too hard on Consoli. Few people projected Cal to ever play shortstop at the Major League level. In fact, as Deadpsin adds,...

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January, 7th 2014

Lord of the Rings: Ravens' Super Bowl Jewelry Up for Bids

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Got a thing for bling? Or just a Ravens' memorabilia collector with a naked ring finger?

New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions announced Monday they're offering fans "the chance to slip their fingers into more than a dozen football championship and Super Bowl rings," including a ring from one of last year's Super Bowl-winning Ravens.

Damien Berry, a reserve running back for the Ravens from 2011-2013, has made his Super Bowl souvenir available. 

A ring from the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV win is up for grabs, too, courtesy of Jamie Sharper, as is a 1958 Baltimore Colts NFL Championship ring originally awarded to Colts' defensive back and kick returner Leonard Lyles.

According to the Baltimore Ravens' website, the team's ring last year was a 10-karat white and yellow gold ring, containing 243 round cut diamonds, and possibly, the flashiest Super Bowl ring ever. A recent New York Giants' Super Bowl...

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January, 2nd 2014

Towson Takes Off for Texas and FCS National Championship

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Football bowl games are (almost) as much about fun as winning. With that in mind, Denise Stokes, communications manager for the Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, helpfully sent along a list of Frisco attractions for visiting Towson fans, family, and alums—in town the next few days as the Tigers prepare to play for the FCS National Championship Saturday.

Stokes, coincidentally, born and raised in Baltimore, and attended Towson for two years. And, she notes, Frisco City Councilman John Keating happens to be a Towson alum. Hey, maybe these local connections are a sign of good things to come for Towson? Facing the two-time defending national champion North Dakota State Bison, currently riding a 23-game winning streak, the Tigers will take any cosmic help that comes their way.

Basic facts: Frisco is a town of 136,000 residents, located 25 miles north of Dallas.

Here's Denise's quick pitch for several places to play and eat in Frisco:


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December, 31st 2013

Poll: Which is your favorite Baltimore magazine cover from 2013?

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Take a look back at the covers from the past year. Which is your favorite? Take our poll below.


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December, 30th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Year

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When your best player is also your smallest player—and football is most likely his second favorite sport after soccer—it means your team probably didn't have a good year. Let's be honest. If the Ravens didn't rank nearly last in the NFL in red-zone touchdown efficiency, this guy wouldn't have had such a record-breaking year. That said, there's no denying No. 9 put together an incredible sophomore year following his great rookie season a year ago. There isn't anyone in the NFL at his position we'd take over him.

(Schadenfreude note of the week: Speaking of kickers, what a relief to see Kansas City's Ryan Succop miss a potential game-winning 41 yarder against San Diego. A kick, that if good, would've propelled Pittsburgh into the playoffs.)

Stud of the Year: 
Justin Tucker

The line:
Three for three, from 38, 22, and 34 yards, against the Bengals Sunday. What's new? On the season, he drilled a league-high...

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