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    Greg Hadjian blasts the city for planning to eliminate parking and encourage more traffic through a street in historic Fells Point.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    In the face of intense criticism from Fells Point residents and city cycling and pedestrian advocates, DOT said last night that just one block on Aliceanna would lose parking as a fix for traffic congestion. They then got an earful about the poor planning that residents feel created the problem.

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    HAPPIER TIMES: With Pless Jones at her side, Mayor Rawlings-Blake addresses the Maryland Minority Contractors at their summer banquet at Martin’s West in 2011.

    Photo by: Mark Reutter

    An outburst by Baltimore’s “demolition king,” Pless Jones, may have been about a low bid denied to a fellow minority contractor. But it also has political implications for next year’s election. Is former mayor Sheila Dixon waiting in the wings?

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    Inspectors are complaining that new leadership under chairman Tom Ward (at left, facing camera) is pushing them too hard.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    Eight inspectors have signed a letter of complaint to the liquor board, saying they are being asked to inspect too many establishments and fear for their safety. The chief inspector shoots back that the inspectors are just resisting needed reform. “They want to go back to the old way.”

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  • police car at Horseshoe Casino

    Officers who watch over Horseshoe Casino (shown here at the valet parking plaza) are paid from community impact funds and police overtime.

    Photo by: Fern Shen

    The latest estimate is $4 million above the $29 million spent by the department in 2014 – and $2 million over the previous high water mark of $31 million recorded under Mayor Martin O’Malley. How police overtime is partly offset in the budget books by “funded vacancies.”

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Harsh words from the Liquor Board chairman (and sympathy from a former chairman) for the liquor inspectors who complain about having to work nights. Meanwhile, the state’s audit of the agency said inspectors were anything but productive.

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