The world’s attention is naturally focused upon the athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympics. But in the shadows of the bright lights of the games is a country facing deep political unrest and social inequality.
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Local performer Ruby Rockafella pays tribute to Blaze Starr, the Godmother of Baltimore Burlesque, with photos by Steve Parke, formerly Prince’s art director.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Ellicott City following heavy flooding there last night. “It seems that Ellicott City has come in for an inordinate amount of disasters from floods, fires and railroad wrecks since its founding in 1772,” Fred Rasmussen wrote in The Sun in 2012.
Until 1963, streetcars zigged and zagged their way through the streets of Baltimore, carrying passengers from jobs in Sparrows Point to homes on Edmonson Avenue, or on day trips to the beach at Bay Shore Park. In the days before air conditioning, the “cool-off” ride program let Baltimoreans escape the heat of their homes by riding breezy streetcars — unlimited rides for one set fare.
Turkey’s Interior Ministry has fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following the attempted coup, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Monday. Warplanes patrolled Turkey’s skies overnight in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government was not yet over, despite official assurances that life has returned to normal.
“Kids these days!” is the perennial judgment of anyone over thirty of anyone a day younger. Today it’s millennials and their trigger warnings, yesterday it was slackers and their grunge music, and the day before that it was surfers, those dangerous hooligans, reigning terror over America’s beaches with their great bodies and their lack of ambition.