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Shooting Survivor Turned Trauma Surgeon Fights Against Gun Violence

Sometimes, Dr. Joseph Sakran catches himself looking through the waiting room glass in the Johns Hopkins emergency room before delivering the news. He thinks about how his parents must have felt when Dr. Ahmed came to talk to them all those years ago. And he thinks about the 17-year-old version of himself who lived through the trauma and survived. “It never gets easy,” he says of breaking the tragic news to the families of victims of gun violence. “It’s heart-wrenching to watch that anguish, to listen to those screams.”

Baltimore Streetcar Museum Rebuilds From Ironic Accident

“Hello sir, how can I help you?” the man dressed like a conductor asks from just inside the front door of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. He’s John La Costa, a 69-year-old, semi-retired electrical and systems engineer. Since the mid-1970s, he and small group of volunteers have spent much of their free time here, keeping alive the history of Baltimoreans’ primary form of public transportation during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Review: Well Crafted Kitchen

The seed for Well Crafted Kitchen—the pizza counter serving delicious wood-fired pies from a space at Union Collective—was planted six years ago when co-owners Liz and Ryan Bower, then working as local wedding photographers, were taking engagement shots of their best friends Laura and Tom Wagner. After the session, the four Bucknell University alums sat around a campfire in Upstate New York and mulled the idea of running a food business together, though they relegated it to their wish list at t

Review: Moby Dick House of Kabob

Let’s start with the name, Moby Dick. Not every restaurant is named after an epic piece of American literature, and the title’s attention-grabbing use is even more interesting when you consider it’s for a Persian fast-casual restaurant. The inspiration is of the second order. The franchise’s founder, Iranian immigrant Mike Daryoush, loved a famous restaurant of the same name in his country’s capital of Tehran, whose owner was rumored to be a fan of Herman Melville and his classic 1851 novel abo

Review: Vinny’s Italian Café

It feels funny to describe a restaurant that has been in business since 1999 as “off the eaten path,” but that’s exactly what Vinny’s Italian Café is. A five-minute drive east from the edge of Canton is all it takes to get you there, but you might as well be a world, not a neighborhood, away. Auto-body shops on the industrial drive that is Holabird Avenue surround the white, L-shaped building with red ceramic shingles that owner Vinny Scotto helped build.

Aaron Maybin Helps Shine Spotlight on Cold Schools

“What’s the day been like for you guys today?” Aaron Maybin asked the kids in his class at Henson Elementary School in West Baltimore. “Cold!” more than a few replied with uninhibited childhood screams. “Very, very, very, very cold,” said one in particular. Maybin, a former defensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets and the No. 11 overall NFL draft pick out of Penn State in 2009, is now a teacher in his hometown of Baltimore. Since his four-year professional football career ended, he’s lived and worked here, pursuing art and activism.

Lyle Thompson | Overtime with Paul Carcaterra - YouTube

I love interviews and interview shows. In 2015, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to delve into long-form video production. Working with our then US Lacrosse video manager, Josh Rottman, and ESPN analyst and reporter Paul Carcaterra, I produced the “Overtime,” interview series for Lacrosse Magazine. Parts of this piece, with two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Lyle Thompson, aired on ESPN television.
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