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November 3, 2010

Shawntia Hardaway drops assault charges against R&B singer Mario

The mother of R&B singer Mario today dropped the assault charges she filed against her son in October, admitting she was intoxicated at the time.

Shawntia Hardaway, who accused the Baltimore-born performer on October 1 of assaulting her and trashing their Fells Point apartment, appeared before the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City this afternoon and asked for the charges to be dropped.

She has battled heroin addiction in the past.

Prosecutors dismissed all charges against the singer, whose full name is Mario Dewar Barrett.

Hardaway's attorney, Richard Woods, said she was upset when she filed the police report.

"It was much to do about nothing," he said. "I met with her, she told me what happened and there wasn't any criminal action on the part of Mario."

Barrett's attorney, William Murphy Jr.*, said her action vindicated his client.

For the full story, click here.

Photo: Central booking


*This post incorrectly stated the name of Mario's attorney; it is William H. Murphy Jr. 

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Posted by Erik Maza at 4:48 PM | | Comments (11)
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It's hard to think that anyone cares about this. Even you, Maza.

How about something relevant? Maybe? Please?

I mean between gossip like this, Liza Minelli and Deadhead downloads... it's just too much crap to sift through to get to relevant posts that incidentally, aren't even original, because (for example) the U2 article was on the freakin front page.

I get that you're trying to find a new direction for the blog, but it's been 2 months already. One of Baltimore's biggest problems is that it's perceived as a "boring town with not much to do," and you're not helping that image.

Agree, EBT.
So how about something that's relevant, like Rodney "The Pie Man" Henry's Area 405 Gallery Pie and Rock n' Roll Extravaganza? Friday, 8 pm. 405 Oliver Street.
Blatant shill, but a) it's something to do around town that has to do with the scene, and b) it's not warmed over news fluff.

"Eric Maza covers the city's after house scene"

really?! This is really going completely down hill. When was the last post about a bar in Baltimore?

How long has is been 10..11.. 13 posts?

Hi Dr. Cox, here are several posts from the past week about bars, parties, and drinking.

1. Leon's opens a new lounge:
2. Baltimore's Halloween parties, at The Annex, The G Spot, and Sonar:
3. Sully's Comedy Cellar:
4. Magooby's Joke House:
5. Election night parties:
6. Maryland colleges respond to Four Loko controversy:

Next time, make sure you've read the blog before complaining.

In music related news, Midnight Sun broke news of U2's Baltimore show announcement, and followed up with a front page analysis of Baltimore's concert venues. Just today, Midnight Sun also broke news of charges against R&B singer Mario being dropped, among several other things.

Thanks for reading!

Erik, I think the issue is that it looks like you never go out. Look at all the posts you mentioned - they're all second-hand reporting.

To keep things fresh and fun you gotta go out multiple nights a week, have drinks, report on the quality of those drinks, talk to bartenders, get some inside info, meet some interesting people and tell us all about it.

What this blog looks like is a 9-5 job, and then you go home and sit on front of the TV every night or something.

Now maybe my memory is hazy, but it really seems like Sam was out in places, hanging out for several hours at a time, then going to different places, sometimes even on the same night! We

I think that's what people are looking for - first-person reporting of what's going on out there.

I have agree with the comments by BaltoSteve here, often times your venue reviews contain no more insight than I would get from visiting a website, and I'm sorry a blog about MOM's party at AVAM (or a beverage ban on campuses) doesn't not count as a 'bar reviews'. Also I'm beginning to wonder if this blog is, how should I put this, 'changing lifestyles' from covereage of the Leather Lounge and mentions of Liza Manelli to tweets about GGB @ Mothers and an upcoming desire to do a straight man's guide to gay bars (not sure who the audience would even be for that) is this blog [finally] coming out of the closet?

"Not that there's anything wrong with that" -GC

alright, dr. cox, in the future ill refrain from writing about gay people or any other minorities.

As per usual, you're missing the point, Maza. A good reporter is "cold and wet" meaning that they're out getting their hands dirty, or in the case of a nightlife reporter, their lips wet out and about.
If the floor's filthy, we want to know. If the board guy ( or chick) is having a bad night and half the sound is screwed up, i want to know. Who slings a heavy drink, who puts so much ice in you've half wondering if you've been mistaken for a penguin?
I take issue with Dr Cox, cover the WHOLE scene; from Cat's Eye to The Hippo,on over to Sonar, then up to the Haven Lounge. Take a field trip to Micho's, even.

A friend of mine writes about Baltimore Bars on, here is the link:

Ah, the race card dropped at the first sign on disagreement, well played. I never said anything about minorities at all and for the record Baltimocker I have no problem with Midnight Sun covering gay bars. My point was the blog seems to have skewed its 'coverage' quite a bit lately. For every decent post about an Ale Wife there seems to be 1/2 a dozen post about gay bars and some random hip-hop artist. Erik doesn't seem to understand his audience very well.

What audience?

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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