Politics

  • Report: State Close to Releasing Metro Funds

    A drama that began in early July, when Maryland withheld more than $40 million in capital funding that was due to be provided to the Washington, D.C. area’s transit agency, is likely to be resolved in the next couple weeks. The Washington Post first reported that the state is expected to release the funds before the end of the month — in response to actions taken by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board and its general manager, Paul J. Wiedefeld. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Harris joins brief in Supreme Court case over LGBTQ discrimination

    With oral arguments set to be heard next month before the Supreme Court, Congressman Andy Harris and 47 other lawmakers have signed onto a brief arguing against the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The question in three cases under review is whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act can be interpreted to include sexual orientation within the protections falling under the provision “because of ... sex.” An amicus brief is a filing by someone or a group of people with a strong interest in a matter before the courts but part of the litigation. In this case, Harris, R-Md.-1st, is joined by eight Republican U.S. senators and 39 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives. (Star Dem.) Read Full Article

  • As Council President Scott rolls out campaign for Baltimore mayor, potential rivals take aim

    Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott had barely finished announcing his run for mayor Friday when his potential rivals took aim. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon branded him an “opportunist.” Former state Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah blamed him for helping to install a police commissioner who ended up in jail. And Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young smiled and responded dismissively. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Report: Montgomery program shows value of publicly funded elections

    Advocates of publicly financed political campaigns in Maryland say they are encouraged by the initial results of a small-donor fund in Montgomery County. The program, used for the first time in the 2018 election, is credited with opening the doors for a number of candidates who otherwise might have considered fundraising too much of a barrier, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan MaryPirg Foundation. Emily Scarr, state director for MaryPIRG, said initial results point to a successful first election cycle. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Post-Conference Reading: Officials set regional housing targets, call for collaboration to address production and affordability challenges

    Today at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia adopted three regional targets on housing, agreeing to collaboratively address the area’s production and affordability challenges. This collective action, outlined in a resolution approved by the COG Board of Directors, is the culmination of a year-long effort by local planning and housing director staff and COG to determine 1) how much housing is needed to address the area’s current shortage and whether the region could produce more, 2) the ideal location for new housing to optimize and balance its proximity to jobs, and 3) the appropriate cost of new housing to ensure it is priced for those who need it. (MWCOG)Read Full Article 

  • Ted Venetoulis - Welcome to Baltimore, Mr. President

    It appears our president is coming to our city, home of some of his most recent verbal vitriol. Welcome Mr. President. We suggest you be careful. There's a new infestation of crabs coming into our city. They pour in every day. We actually eat them. Perhaps another infestation you can knock. After all, you are a first class “knocker” — war heroes, hispanic judges, four star parents, immigrants, women who are not your type, long time global allies, members of congress.Read Full Article

  • Malone: Katrina’s Legacy

    This summer, my father died; he was 89 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's.  I loved my Father and miss him very much, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a full life.  He received excellent medical care until the end of his life, and he died comfortably in hospice. My father was of Irish American descent. Read Full Article

  • Conference Reading: In Howard County, a ‘courageous’ plan to redraw school boundaries tests community’s commitment to diversity

    In Howard County, people pride themselves on making everyone feel welcome. Bumper stickers say “Choose Civility.” The county’s pioneering newtown, Columbia, was founded on the premise that people of different races and economic status should live side by side. Now, those convictions are being tested by a proposal that seeks to redistribute some 7,400 of the school system’s 58,000 children to different schools — in part to address socioeconomic segregation that leaves children from poor families concentrated in certain schools. Signs like “No Forced Busing" and “Don’t Dismantle Communities” are appearing in protests in front of River Hill High School, where nearly everyone is affluent and very few are black or Hispanic. A Facebook page called “Howard County School Redistricting Opposition” has more than 1,900 members. (Balt. Sun) Read Full ArticleRegister...

Business

  • Bank of America widens lead as Greater Baltimore's biggest bank

    Bank of America Corp. remains Greater Baltimore's biggest bank after it continued to widen the gap between itself and its largest competitors during the last year, according to data released Friday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The Charlotte-based banking giant's deposits increased 3.2% to $22 billion as of June 30, compared to $21.3 billion the same time a year ago. Bank of America's market share rose slightly from 29.4% to 29.6%. With $1.4 trillion in deposits nationally, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) is the second-largest bank in the U.S. behind JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Nearly 50,000 General Motors employees go on strike after union talks break down

    About 49,000 General Motors employees walked off the job at 12 a.m. Monday after negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and the Detroit-based carmaker broke down. The union had announced plans for the nationwide strike Sunday afternoon, and no deal was reached before the midnight deadline. It is the first national UAW strike since 2007. Despite ongoing talks since July, when the union met with GM leadership to renew an arrangement in place since 2015, the parties remain divided on several key issues. The UAW said it is aiming to secure fair wages, affordable health care and better job security, among other things. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • BSO’s opener was postponed amid a labor dispute. Instead musicians played to crowd at West Baltimore church.

    On the day that but for a bitter labor dispute would have been the opening of their annual season, the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and their conductor still played to large audience at a West Baltimore church. The Rev. Harold A. Carter, the church’s pastor, welcomed the musicians, who received cheers and a standing ovation before even playing their first piece. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Prince George's County company moving headquarters, 150 employees to Howard County

    Long Fence and Home LLLP is moving its headquarters and 150 employees to Howard County from Prince George's County as part of a deal with two local partners to buy three Howard County office buildings for $11.88 million. Long Fence and VersaTech Inc. entered into a partnership led by Feldman Bergin Properties, a Fulton real estate development and investment firm. The partnership said Friday it has acquired 8510, 8520 and 8530 Corridor Road, a trio of buildings totaling 130,000 square feet. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Making the Grade: Private schools are expanding their campuses to keep up with education trends

    Innovation labs. New, high-tech classrooms. Spa-like bathroom facilities. Cafes with sofas and easy chairs. Performing arts centers and athletic fields that could rival college-level turf. Baltimore's unmistakable stock of private and independent schools have campuses that boast all the above — and more. On most of the campuses this year, there is a development boom going on. Just as college campuses have boosted enrollment with new academic, research and residential space, local private and independent schools are following suit as a way to stay competitive and vital. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • 'I Am Pro Good Schools.' Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate Charter Schools, Equity

    People who've pushed for more discussion of education in the presidential primary got their wish Thursday when Democratic candidates debating in Houston spent several minutes discussing equity and support for K-12 schools. The discussion touched on charter schools—which have been an especially divisive subject on the trail—and led to answers that touched on school funding, Title I grants, teacher pay, and how factors like residential segregation affect educational equity. But the candidates largely focused on their established educational positions. And they largely avoided specifics. (Ed Week)Read Full Article

  • The long and short of a Maryland school’s dress code sparks protest

    The dress code memo to students and parents at a suburban Maryland high school didn’t leave much to the imagination. “Skirts and dresses must not show private areas when sitting, walking, climbing stairs or doing normal school activities,” the new principal at Albert Einstein High School, Christine C. Handy, wrote in an email last week. “Shorts must not expose private areas when sitting, walking, climbing stairs, or doing normal school activities.” (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Schools are a growing target for cyberattacks

    The past summer was especially challenging for at least three American schools. Monroe College, in New York City, Regis University, in Denver, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, all were victims of cyberattacks that, to varying degrees and for varying lengths of time, crippled the schools’ systems. The incidents were just the latest to highlight the emergence of a relatively new target for cyber hackers: colleges and universities. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Report: Region needs to add even more housing than planned in next decade

     The Washington, D.C., area will need to add more than 75,000 homes over about the next 10 years than currently projected to keep up with the number of new jobs expected in the region, according to a report released this week. The region is expected to add about 413,000 new jobs between 2020 and 2030, but is expected to add only 245,000 new housing units over that time, according to the report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. (News-Post)  Read Full Article

  • Residents Rally In Support Of Solidarity For #WeAreBaltimore

    We Are Baltimore. That was the message from dozens of city residents Saturday demonstrating their support for the city in the face of recent attacks by President Donald Trump. The demonstrations come as the annual Congressional Republicans’ retreat wrapped up downtown. The We Are Baltimore rally highlighted Baltimore’s strengths and diversity while calling for meaningful change to address its challenges. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • 15 people in Md. contract vaping-related illness

    As of Sept. 10, 15 people in Maryland have contracted the mysterious vaping-related illness that has afflicted hundreds across the country and left at least six dead. The Maryland Department of Health said an investigation into the causes of a severe lung illness is currently underway. Patients show no clear signs of an infectious cause, but each reported the use of a range of devices that deliver vaporized nicotine, THC — which is the primary psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis — or CBD. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Union Warns About Using State Police Helicopters To Fight Baltimore Crime

    Maryland's governor has pledged Baltimore the help of helicopter missions to fight crime, but the union representing pilots says understaffing will leave the promise unfulfilled. The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland State Police is down to less than 50 pilots from the more than 70 it had in recent years. Gov. Larry Hogan this week told Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young that state police would carry out "tactical flights over Baltimore whenever their duties bring them into or near the city." (WBAL) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Rodricks: In Trump crackdown on immigrants and refugees, America loses its way

    We are squandering a beautiful inheritance that Americans accepted with pride and preserved for generations — our reputation as a country that can be as humane and as decent as it is powerful and prosperous. When the Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the Trump administration in its feverish efforts to close the door on asylum seekers from Central America, the decision pushed us closer to final divorce from our ancestors who persevered through the Great Depression, defeated fascism and helped other nations rebuild after World War II. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Editorial: Trump’s plan to monitor the mentally ill to curb gun violence is messy and flawed

    “MULTI-MODALITY solution.” “Real-time data analytics.” “Breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity.” These empty buzzwords take on an eerie edge when you hear their aim: “early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence.” The White House is considering a plan to study whether monitoring the mentally ill could prevent mass shootings. The proposal is at once a distraction and too dangerous to ignore. The Post reports that President Trump has been briefed by a longtime associate on a campaign to create an arm of government called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, or HARPA. This counterpart to the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, would marry scientific discoveries coming from the National Institutes of Health to the day’s most innovative technologies. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article...

  • Joe Biden holds his own with a little help from some debate rivals. That aid could be the real news here.

    Joe Biden held his own Thursday night on the stage of Texas Southern University, which means the two-hour-and-45-minute debate presented by ABC probably won’t result in any major change in the standings among the top Democratic candidates. But something more subtle happened in tandem with Biden’s performance that could make a big difference in the former vice president ultimately locking down the party’s nomination. Some ground shifted under the feet of the 10 candidates on that stage, and it was mostly to Biden’s advantage. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Manno: Charter schools point to new ways of racially integrating public schools

    The racial integration or segregation of K-12 schools is again a debate topic in education circles. Today’s controversy has a new twist: casting charter schools (independently operated public schools of choice) as the main antagonist to integration, claiming they resegregate public schools. This accusation obscures how three factors not controlled by charters interact to shape a school’s racial composition: housing patterns, school district boundaries, and changing school-age demographics. (Wash. Examiner) Read Full Article