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    Jim Davis group identified as seeking to buy Sparrows Point

    Nothing is official yet, but no one is denying that Redwood Capital Investments is the party seeking to buy a large chunk of Sparrows Point. The group is headed by James C. (Jim) Davis, a longtime business partner of Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.

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    Who are the mystery buyers of Sparrows Point?

    A “local investment group” has agreed to buy a large chunk of the Sparrows Point peninsula south of Dundalk. A sale could breathe new life into plans for redeveloping the site of the world’s once-biggest steel mill. But who are the investors?

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    “Love Letter” mural seen as a shot of hope for struggling Westport

    “We’ve been a trampled-over section of Baltimore,” says a Westport business owner. A mural by a famous ex-graffiti artist is viewed as the first step in getting some respect for a South Baltimore community pockmarked by vacant lots and rundown rowhouses.

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    Get ready for some real big art: $103,000 allotted for five projects

    Amy Sherald and Rodney Carroll plan some dramatic public art for Station North and Pigtown as part of the PNC Transformative Art Prizes. Local artists and events are featured in the five awards.

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    More food distributed in Baltimore County

    Citing the needs of seniors and steelworkers displaced from the closed Sparrows Point mill, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that 126,000 pounds of supplemental food has been distributed through the Maryland Food Bank to county residents. A $75,000 supplemental appropriation was added to $325,000 already budgeted in fiscal 2014 (through June 30) to [...]

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    Elephant sculptures carry a heavy load: calming an intersection

    If you’ve been wondering why five painted pachyderms have been stationed along Druid Park Lake Drive, McCulloh Street and Auchentoroly Terrace, here’s the story behind the Druid Hill Park elephant project, to be officially unveiled today.

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    Old Dundalk gets new slogan: Live the Unexpected!

    The venerable working-class community in eastern Baltimore County – mocked by radio dj’s as “the Redneck Riviera,” lauded by residents as “humble” and “salt-of-the-earth” – was in the spotlight as a high-gloss marketing campaign was unveiled yesterday.

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    Inside City Hall: Facelift for an ugly duckling

    Home to about 1,200 employees, the Benton Building has been a poster child of the city’s poorly maintained infrastructure. Built atop a parking garage and beset by rodent infestation, the building now needs major repairs to its leaking limestone walls.

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    Food stamp participation rises sharply in Baltimore and Howard counties

    Grim, appalling, but sadly not a surprise – Baltimore city had the highest rates of overall, youth and senior citizen poverty in Maryland in a report compiled by advocates for the poor. Some of the stats from the suburbs, though, suggest financial insecurity in Maryland is not just a city thing.

  • Letter from 46th Legislative District to Douglas Paige, executive secretary, Baltimore Board of LIquor License Commissioners (4/30/14)

    Letter from 46th Legislative District to Douglas Paige, executive secretary, Baltimore Board of LIquor License Commissioners (4/30/14)

    Dear Mr. Paige: Over this past weekend, our Delegation was contacted by a number of concerned residents regarding two separate decisions of the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners, cases heard on Thursday, April 24, 2014 involving 4919 Belair, Inc. and Steel Drum Café, LLC. In both cases, the Board cited reference to a [...]

  • 4/30/14 letter from 46th Legislative District to Douglas Paige, executive director Baltimore City Board of Liquor of  Liquor License Commissioners

    4/30/14 letter from 46th Legislative District to Douglas Paige, executive director Baltimore City Board of Liquor of Liquor License Commissioners

    Dear Mr. Paige: Over this past weekend, our Delegation was contacted by a number of concerned residents regarding two separate decisions of the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners, cases heard on Thursday, April 24, 2014 involving 4919 Belair, Inc. and Steel Drum Café, LLC. In both cases, the Board cited reference to a [...]

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    Roof collapse at closed steel mill injures nine, three critically

    The roof of a building at the closed steel mill at Sparrows Point collapsed on workers doing demolition there today, injuring nine people, three of them critically, Baltimore County Fire Department officials said. The workers “were in the area of the old tin mill doing demolition work on the old cold strip mill,” according to [...]

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    CSX to pay for, city to supervise the stabilization of collapsed 26th Street

    Who, if anyone, will be held responsible for the 26th Street railroad wall collapse? Community leaders say they were told at a weekend meeting with the mayor and railroad officials that the city will supervise – and CSX will foot the bill – for the wall to be stabilized with steel columns. Work could begin as soon as this week.

  • A review of Jason Aldean’s 1/1/14 concert at Baltimore Arena

    A review of Jason Aldean’s 1/1/14 concert at Baltimore Arena

    (With the author’s permission, we reprint this review in full. -Brew editors) Baltimore Arena smelled like the inside of a Spearmint Rhino Saturday night. Reams of rednecks streamed in from every direction across Baltimore Street and it took a half hour to get through the line and inside to will call. They all came to [...]

  • Sparrows Point workers tell their stories today at the Windup Space

    Their steel mill is gone, but their stories are still being told. Former Sparrows Point steelworkers Mike Lewis, Len Shindel, Chris MacLarion and Jerry Ernest will be sharing their stories of working “down the ‘Point,” at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Avenue from 5-7 p.m.. Organized by Roots of Steel author Deborah Rudacille, the [...]

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    Best of Brew Comments

    Your neighbors – you maybe – speaking up about being shot by robbers in Highlandtown, getting the brush-off by officials in City Hall, watching blue-collar jobs swirl down the drain like Rinso and seeing the narrative distorted or exploited as the city grapples with crime, poverty and more. Commenters this week go deep.

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    Another piece of industrial Baltimore succumbs to changing economics

    This little corner of southeast Baltimore had a solid 12,000 union jobs working around the clock and, after their shifts, the men and some of the ladies poured into the taverns along Holabird Avenue, joining autoworkers from GM and steelworkers from Sparrows Point.

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    Metro population trends over two centuries chart Baltimore’s steady slide

    A data nerd who normally compiles mountain-peak elevations tries his hand at plotting the course of population changes in major metropolitan areas. His results put a two-centuries perspective on Baltimore’s attraction as a place to live.

  • Judge approves wider study of pollution around Sparrows Point

    Environmentalists win an important victory that will permit testing for pollutants that may lurk in the water and bottom sediment around the former Sparrows Point steel mill. Judge Frederick Motz vacates his previous order to limit tests to no more than 50 feet into Bear Creek and the Patapsco River.

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    City agrees to cough up $236,000 more to Sparrows Point owners

    For years, it was an easy way for the city to meet its sewage discharge permit at the Back River Treatment Plant: divert a portion of its wastewater to the big steel mill at Sparrows Point. But now there is no steel mill – and the city is stuck with paying big bucks to get rid of the effluent.

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    Hard-core Baltimore, at Freddies

    If you’re free on Monday night, consider joining Dundalk-born “Roots of Steel” author Deborah Rudacille and three other venerable figures in the Baltimore arts and letters landscape. It’s happening on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at Freddies Ale House (7209 Harford Road) where fiction writer, Wire screenwriter, former reporter, arts impresario, deviled-egg devotee and sometime [...]

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    A French film crew visits a ghost town on Baltimore’s harbor

    Once again, The Brew heads down the Patapsco River to another world – the world of Sparrows Point, where the industrial remains of that once-mighty empire impress a French film crew doing a documentary on the steel industry.

  • City given month to work out dispute with Sparrows Point

    City given month to work out dispute with Sparrows Point

    A Baltimore judge told the city and the owners of Sparrows Point to resolve their differences over the discharge of municipal sewage by mid-November. Until then, the city can continue to discharge as much as 40 million gallons of treated sewage a day from its Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant through a pipeline owned by [...]

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    Best of Brew Comments

    Our story about Walmart’s seemingly inexorable march into Remington had readers flocking to comments like a Black Friday sale. Sewage flowing in the Gwynns Falls – and, expensively, through Sparrows Point – stirred them as well.

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    City granted temporary order against sewage shutdown by Sparrows Point owners

    In a haunting (and smelly) reminder of the past glories of Sparrows Point, a system for the reuse and discharge of wastewater from Baltimore city comes under fire by the new owners. A legacy of famed sanitary engineer Abel Wolman.

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