Politics

  • Hogan talks business in Salisbury

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said when he was elected two years ago, he made a commitment to make the state more business friendly and to focus on rural areas of the state he felt had been neglected. “There’s no longer a disconnect between the Shore and Annapolis,” he told members of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce at a lunch meeting Monday. (Daily Times)   Read Full Article

  • Harris sponsors bill to honor Frederick Douglass bicentennial

    As President Donald Trump told a group of African-American leaders in February, "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more." He wasn't kidding. If Congress approves a bill co-sponsored by Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, a commission will be created to organize activities commemorating the bicentennial of Douglass' birth. (Daily Times)   Read Full Article

  • Closely watched race for Baltimore County executive opens with Olszewski announcement

    The 2018 campaign for leadership of Baltimore County — Maryland's third-most populous jurisdiction — gets underway Tuesday as Democrat Johnny Olszewski Jr. officially launches his bid for county executive. Olszewski, 34, a former teacher and state delegate from Dundalk, is scheduled to announce his candidacy during a morning event in Woodlawn. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Leventhal formally kicks off Montgomery County Executive campaign

    Four-term Montgomery County Council member George Leventhal formally kicked off his campaign for county executive in 2018 on Saturday, saying he will put his experience to work for all county residents. The Takoma Park resident, a Democrat, said during the kickoff event at Wheaton Regional Park that he would advocate for transportation projects such as the light-rail Purple Line and work to address congestion on I-270. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • National Brain Tumor Society: 2nd Annual Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk

    Kelsey sat in the doctor’s office with her family looking at an MRI that showed a visible white mass. Her doctor confirmed the diagnosis and said the four words she feared most: it’s a brain tumor. Overcome with anxiety and confusion, she asked the doctor about her options and what would happen next. Read Full Article

  • Dr. Leana Wen: Senate Health Care Proposal will Hurt the Health of Vulnerable Populations

    Despite promises that the Senate would propose legislation that would support the health of all Americans, the bill released today would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. In particular, this proposal contains four provisions that would be extremely harmful to health.Read Full Article

  • Steve Kearney: Among the Bushes

    Like many reality shows, the rolling White House crisis seems to have no beginning or end.  It just is.  But it’s instructive to remember where the current, more intense series of episodes began. May 10, 2017.  There was yet another crisis to manage.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was furious at the Washington Post – outraged by its reporting on the aftermath of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Read Full Article

  • Dr. Leana Wen: President Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Harms the Health of Baltimoreans

    The federal budget proposal released on Tuesday by President Trump cuts life-saving services and will harm the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Baltimoreans. It will particularly affect the following individuals: Seniors, children, individuals with substance use and mental health disorders, and people with chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.Read Full Article 

Business

  • State Center attorney accuses governor of shopping development site

    The attorney for the developer of the troubled State Center redevelopment accused Gov. Larry Hogan of shopping the site to other builders, violating his client’s exclusive development rights. Michael Edney, a partner at Norton Rose Fulbirght, made the comments during arguments in Baltimore City Circuit Court on Monday regarding a motion to compel the state to turn over documents related to the state canceling leases at the proposed redevelopment. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Botanical research company moves to Baltimore, plans to create 200 jobs

    A company that researches how plants can be used to make medicine is moving from Northern Virginia to Baltimore — and bringing with it 200 jobs. Vitreon America is taking space on the seventh floor of 1100 Wicomico St. to relocate its headquarters from Linden, Va. The company currently has 23 employees, and plans to add at least 177 more over the next two years. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • McDonald's launches delivery service in Baltimore through UberEATS

    McDelivery has come to Baltimore. McDonald's began Monday offering delivery service through UberEATS. The service was rolled out at 44 Baltimore-area McDonald's. Customers can place orders on the UberEATS mobile app or on UberEATS.com and can use their Uber ride accounts. They will be charged an UberEATS booking fee. Everything on the menu is available except soft serve cones. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Osiris Therapeutics names new CEO — again

    Osiris Therapeutics Inc. has hired a new CEO — its fourth since February 2016. Linda Palczuk, 55, will start in the position July 10, replacing Interim CEO David A. Dresner. She takes over a company that has been plagued by a slumping stock price, a federal investigation into reporting of its financial statements and management shakeups. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Baltimore Youth offered a record number of summer jobs

    A record number of Baltimore teens went to work Monday morning. More than 8,300 were offered jobs through YouthWorks. The program run by the city's Office of Employment Development aims to give young people a way to earn money and work experience over the summer and perhaps avoid the lure of the streets. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • UMBC to train military veterans for Amazon jobs

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County Training Centers is launching a new program for veterans in Amazon web support jobs. Amazon Web Services is the cloud services technology of the online retail giant. The goal of the new program is to train transitioning military members and veterans at Fort Meade as Amazon cloud support associates.  (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Inspector general’s report finds no evidence of wrongdoing by Montgomery College president

    An investigation into allegations of excessive travel spending by the president of Montgomery College did not identify any wrongdoing, but did lead to a call for transparency. A Montgomery County Council committee on Monday reviewed the office of the inspector general inquiry prompted by an NBC4 TV news story questioning college President DeRionne Pollard's official expenses. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • BOE outlines opposition to North Carroll move

    The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education remains strong in its opposition to a move of its central offices to the former North Carroll High School building — this time sending a letter to the Board of County Commissioners that cites case law and raises the specter of legal action. (Carr. Co. Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Judge denies state’s request for stay in Purple Line lawsuit

    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon on Monday denied Maryland's request for a stay of his decision to vacate the Purple Line's federal approval—a ruling that the state expected after a hearing in front of Leon earlier this month. The state was requesting the stay so it could access part of the $900 million in federal funds budgeted for the project. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Riders criticize BaltimoreLink at meeting while MTA tweaks service

    One week into the BaltimoreLink bus route overhaul, Towanda Barnhill, 42, said she's been getting into trouble with her boss because she's been a half hour late to her job at a bakery on Hollins Ferry Road. Barnhill was one of several bus riders who openly worried about losing their jobs because of bus delays at a town hall meeting Monday evening at the War Memorial building downtown. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Cardin: $3M beach nourishment is a great investment for Ocean City

      Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) highlighted on Monday an advance in the $3 million federal investment necessary for Ocean City's beach nourishment. Cardin hosted a press conference on the Ocean City Boardwalk along with other officials, including Mayor Richard Meehan, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager Justin Callahan to discuss critical infrastructure projects. (Daily Times)   Read Full Article

  • Scientists recommend limiting crab harvest in second half of 2017 season

    Maryland crabs could be more scarce — and possibly more expensive — in the second half of the summer if state officials heed a call from scientists to limit harvests this fall. Biologists said Monday they are concerned about a decline in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population over the past year — and in the number of juvenile crabs, in particular. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • The Senate health care bill is bad for everyone — but especially Maryland

    From a political standpoint, Gov. Larry Hogan’s swift statement of disapproval for the Senate’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill was remarkable. Mr. Hogan, a moderate Republican, opposed President Donald Trump in last year’s election but has sought assiduously to stay out of national politics ever since. From a governance standpoint, though, it was a no-brainer. The Senate health care bill would be a disaster for America’s health care system generally, but its effects would be even worse for Maryland. Here’s why. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Deborah Simmons: Larry Hogan puts schools probe on right track

    Maryland’s probe into whether Prince George’s County administrators, teachers and others changed students’ grades and credits to boost graduation rates is no small undertaking. Currently, fraud and corruption are the chief allegations. Indeed, Prince George’s graduation rates have risen dramatically. In 2013 the rate was 74.1 percent, and in 2016 it was 81.4 percent — a 2 percent increase over last year. For instance, the rate at Surrattsville High School in Clinton rose from 80 percent to 90 percent. If those numbers reflect the truth, then students, their families and school officials have every reason to shout from Prince George’s school headquarters in Upper Marlboro to the state Capitol in Annapolis. (Wash. Times)Read Full Article

  • Carmela Coyle and Hank Greenberg: Costs too great in Senate health care bill

    The U.S. Senate’s health care bill, set to be voted on this week, carries worrisome ramifications for every one of us in Maryland — not just for those who will lose their health care coverage. Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act meant an additional 450,000 Marylanders over the past five years gained access to affordable, quality health care at the right time, in the right setting: doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes and more. But that progress, the well-being of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders and the cost of health care for each of us is in jeopardy. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Setting a transparent standard

    The Howard County Public School System might not deserve a failing grade for how well it has kept the public informed over the years, but it sure hasn’t merited any A’s either. That was more or less the conclusion of the state’s public access ombudsman last year, and it wasn’t hard to see why: While the system handled the vast majority of requests acceptably, it failed miserably with a handful. Of particular note, a controversial 13-page interim report on special education was quite the debacle, an 8-month-long legal tug-of-war that included claims by at least two staffers that the report didn’t even exist. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article