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Elephant Dreams Thirty years ago, Steven and Linda Rivelis bought out the Brass Elephant for their wedding. Now they’re buying it for good.

Mallory Staley remembers how they came up with the name. On one of the “discovery”—or maybe it was a “rediscovery”—walks through the restaurant, the group stopped on the ground floor to consider the stair rails. Thick-tarnished balustrades led a couple of steps down to a sunken space with large windows …

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Ladies Who Watch Female fans of the Ravens wear their team colors and their allegiance on their sleeves. Don’t underestimate these cheering women, though. Their technical knowledge of the sport is as important to them as the tailgating and the community connectivity.

>> Much fuss was made in the summer of 2014 about the possibility of the NFL losing points from their highly valuable female fan base in the wake of two players’ heated scandals—Baltimore Raven Ray Rice’s domestic assault caught on hotel videotape and Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson’s child abuse charges. …

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Governing Purple in a Blue State Gov. Larry Hogan’s surprising victory last fall gave conservatives in Maryland hope that their deep-blue state might begin taking on a purple hue.

You win a big office, it gets people interested in running for office excited about their potential,” explained Irwin Morris, chair of the government and politics program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Knowing that presidential election years galvanize voters, conservatives are building up their grassroots efforts, says Ryan …

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Playing Solitaire

We’ve all seen one at some point: a lone rowhome in a now-vacant lot, resistant to the forces that demolished its neighbors. These houses, whether monuments to socio-economic devastation or the will to survive (or both), are the subjects of artist Ben Marcin’s “Last House Standing” photography series. “My intention …

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Reality Check What's the meaning of real life in 2015? Baltimore-based fiction writer Kathy Flann lets us have it-in formidable short story form.

Goucher professor Kathy Flann’s second collection of stories, “Get a Grip”—released last month through Texas Review Press—recalls the hilariously hyperbolic energy of an early T.C. Boyle meets Lorrie Moore’s angst-ridden, comically absurd population. But Flann’s own lilting, funny/angry/astute music finally makes such comparisons simplistic. I should say that I know …

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Savvy Shopper: November 2015

Razzle Dazzle NOTHING—and we mean nothing—can ruinSavvy’s day like a ripped pair of pantyhose, so maybe it’s time she chucks the cheapies and stocks up at B’Dazzle. What started 23 years ago as a home-based hosiery business has turned into a brick-and-mortar boutique that still offers stockings and socks from …

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