Midday Friday | WYPR

Midday Friday

May 23, 2014

Following up on interesting stories, people and ideas, from the Baltimore region and throughout Maryland.

During our first hour, we discuss the sudden pull out of a developer behind a long-planned for project in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood with WYPR news producer Bret Jaspers. Then, Baltimore officials recently announced new strategies aimed at preventing dirt bike riding on city streets – an activity given national attention by the documentary, The 12 O’Clock Boys. We’ll look at what drives dirt bike-riding controversy with Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby (District 7), and State House Delegate Shawn Tarrant. Also, should plastic bags be taxed to help curb the city’s troublesome litter problem? A bill moving through the City Council, if passed, would do just that. We hear from Julie Lawson of the Trash Free Maryland Alliance, and from Mark Daniels, chairman of the American Progressive Bag Alliance.

During our second hour, Midday contributor Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal joins us to discuss Governor Martin O’Malley's veto of a bill that would have potentially shut down a proposed wind energy farm in Somerset County.  Also on the green energy front, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is home to the nation’s first permanent solar-powered, trash sucking water wheel, which is projected to collect around 50,000 pounds of waste each day.  We’ll talk with Daniel Chase, one of the men who designed the wheel.  And, a Memorial day commemoration with local musician Carolyn Surrick, who performs weekly for wounded veterans as part of the ensemble Trio Galilei.

Baltimore harbor is home to the country's first "trash-sucking" water wheel.
Credit Water Wheel Factory

  Guest host Nathan Sterner