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October, 23rd 2013

Amazon to Open Massive 'Fulfillment Center' in Baltimore

Baltimore magazine

The online retailing giant Amazon.com has announced plans to build a 1 million-square-foot distribution center in southeast Baltimore, bringing more than a 1,000 full-time jobs to the area.

The massive warehouse—referred to as a "fulfillment center" by Amazon—will be located at the former General Motors site on Holabird Avenue near Broening Highway, convenient to both I-95 and the Port of Baltimore. At the facility, Amazon employees will pick, pack, and ship books, electronics, and consumer goods, according to an Amazon press release.

"We are proud to be bringing more than 1,000 full-time jobs with great wages and benefits to Baltimore,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations in a statement. “These are full-time jobs that offer company stock awards, 401(k) and programs like Career Choice where Amazon will pre-pay the cost of tuition for employees to go back to school. We are grateful to the state and local elected officials who supported Amazon coming to ...

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October, 21st 2013

New York Magazine Publishes Baltimore Travel Piece, Gets it Mostly Right

Baltimore magazine

We always get a kick out of seeing Baltimore celebrated in high-profile media outlets. I mean, we know Baltimore is awesome, but the rest of the world needs to do some catching up. 

So we were delighted to see that New York Magazine chose Baltimore as the subject of its most recent weekend travel piece. The piece, dated October 18, and titled "Go Neighborhood-Hopping in Baltimore" does a pretty good job of eschewing the most obvious tourist traps in favor of slightly more ecclectic picks. The writer seems to have spent a lot of time in Hampden and the piece reflects that focus. Several of the neighborhood's eateries including Golden West Cafe, 13.5% Wine Bar, Artifact Coffee, The Food Market, and Woodberry Kitchen are mentioned, as are art dens Gallery 788 and Minas Gallery and Boutique. Station North and Remington also get shout outs via the Open Walls mural project, Area 405, and Joe Squared and WC Harlan, respectively. The Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Fells Point, and Mt. Vernon also get cursory nods, but really, in this write-up, it's all about Hampden. 

Which we guess makes sense. You can't capture the entirety...

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October, 21st 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

This honor might actually be past due. A couple of weeks ago in Miami, this guy made several clutch plays, including the game-winner. Yesterday, he again accounted for most of the Ravens' offense. Okay, that's not saying a lot, but while the Ravens' offense continues to struggle, this undrafted former University of Texas Longhorn is putting together a strong sophomore campaign.

Week Four stud: 

Kicker Justin Tucker

The line:

Three for three versus Pittsburgh, including blasts from 46, 38, and 32 yards.

Studliest moment:

The onside kick attempt. It didn't work out, one, because another Raven was offsides, and two, because Tucker was flagged for touching the ball just short of 10 yards, but the 181-pounder WENT AFTER IT and took a big shot in the head from a Steeler linebacker trying to make a play. In the lockeroom afterward, he didn't make excuses and said he loved the aggressive call.

The clincher:

Tucker had a huge...

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October, 15th 2013

Baltimore County Educator Named Maryland Teacher of the Year

Baltimore magazine

For the second time in three years, a Baltimore County educator was awarded the state's top teaching honor.

Congrats to Sean McComb, who teaches English at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Dundalk and was named Maryland’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014 at a Martin's West event Friday night in Woodlawn.

McComb, a seven-year teaching veteran, was one of seven finalists vying for top honors among teachers of the year from all 24 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. 

In addition to teaching English, McComb has been the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) coordinator at Patapsco since 2007. The program provides support to students who show promise but are meeting with limited success in school. McComb, according to a county schools' press release, also has served as an adjunct instructor at Towson University’s School of Education since 2009. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and has coached tennis and track at Patapsco.

“We are excited that the Maryland State Department of Education recognized what we in Baltimore County Public Schools already know about Sean McComb — he is a passionate and effective teacher who...

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October, 14th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Given the Ravens' less than stellar performance, we almost choose Baltimore Ravens' photographer Phil Hoffman, who tore his achilles tendon Sunday during a sideline collision with a player and then returned to his job later with a boot on his leg. Gutsy performance, Phil.

But we're actually going with the guy who crashed into Hoffman.

Week five stud: 
Tandon Doss.

The line:
The third-year wideout led the Ravens with 99 receiving yards and four catches, including a 63-yard strike that set up the Ravens' second TD and got them back in the game. He also busted loose on a 38-yard punt return earlier in the game. Doss is now second in the NFL in punt return yardage and has caught 11 passes in the last three games.

Studliest moment:
Late in the fourth quarter, on 4th-and-21 from the Ravens' own 19, Doss hauled in a Joe Flacco throw and ran for a 63-yard gain, putting the Ravens in position, at least, for a comeback.

The clincher:
There's nothing about sports we like more than...

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October, 11th 2013

Take Home Test: Packers at Baltimore Sunday

Baltimore magazine
If the Ravens have proved anything over the last few years, it’s that they're resilient. They fight through the inevitable turnovers and bad plays of games better than anyone and battle through their schedule no matter the vagaries—the injuries, bad calls, poor performances, etc.—of a 16-game season.
 
And they’re doing it again. They’re 3-2 and technically leading the AFC North. They’re playing great defense since the opening-season loss at Denver (the Broncos have put up 50 points twice since then so that game doesn’t look so bad in retrospect).
 
Still, two questions remain. Will the offense get on track this season with new faces on the O-line and in the receiving corps? Can the Ravens still beat elite NFL teams with all their roster changes?
 
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October, 7th 2013

B'more History: Edgar Allan Poe Died 164 Years Ago Today

Baltimore magazine

Edgar Allan Poe's not-long-for-this-world life came to an end on this day in 1849. The exact cause remains unknown, but was rumored to have been everything from alcohol and opium, to syphilis, cholera, tuberculosis, rabies, and "brain congestion."

Most likely, he simply drank himself to death at age 40. Apparently, he was found in a stupor at a local Irish bar named Gunners Hall on Oct. 3. He died four days later at a nearby hospital. In the morning hours of Oct. 7 he is said to have calmly breathed and prayed, "Lord, help my poor soul" after days of having passed back and forth between delirium tremens (presumably from alcohol withdrawal) and unconsciousness.

Poe is widely considered to have invented the modern detective story with the "Murders at Rue Morgue," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," and "The Purloined Letter," and the creation of fictional detective C. Auguste Dupin, who appears in each story.

However, it is not all dark news today regarding Poe: This past Saturday the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in west Baltimore — closed...

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October, 7th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Justin Tucker drilled four field goals, including a 50-yard blast and the 44-yard game winner, making a strong case for our Ravens Stud of the Week. (An alert Baltimore magazine reader, btw, spotted the kicker at Subway in Locust Point Saturday so now we expect to see him there every weekend for good luck.) But we went with the guy who promised his wife three sacks and delivered — and who we profiled in our September issue.

Week five stud: 
Terrell Suggs

The line:
Suggs posted five solo tackles, second on the team after middle linebacker Daryl Smith, and three sacks — half of the Ravens' six sack total. He's registered seven QB takedowns in five games already and is having a monster comeback year after serious heel and bicep injuries a season ago.

Studliest moment:
T-Sizzle took over the game as few defensive players can in the fourth quarter. Personal favorite yesterday:...

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October, 2nd 2013

Tom Clancy dies at 66

Baltimore magazine

Baltimore lost one its most famous authors Tuesday with the death of Tom Clancy.

The Baltimore native, who died at The Johns Hopkins Hospital after a brief illness at age 66, went from insurance salesman to a best-selling author of technically detailed espionage and military science books, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears—all of which were adapted into major Hollywood films.

In the late ‘90s, he also co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment.

In 2002, Forbes wrote, “Clancy can produce a guaranteed bestseller just by writing two words: his name.”

A lifetime supporter of conservative causes and a member of the National Rifle Association  since 1978, he was also a part-owner of the  Baltimore Orioles.

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September, 30th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Year

The 2013 Orioles season was certainly filled with plenty of highlights—and, yes, its fair share of lowlights, as well. While we weren't able to have another nearly storybook ending like 2012, there was one player whose superhero-like feats consistently impressed us all season.

Orioles Stud Of The Week

Stud of the Year for April-September 2013:
Chris Davis

The line:
Davis slugged 53 homers, becoming the most prolific single-season home-run hitter in club history. Additionally, he's among only 17...

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