Politics

  • Prince George’s County exec says Gov. Hogan mocked her residents in letter accusing county of voter suppression

    Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan’s assertion this week that county officials are attempting to disenfranchise and suppress the vote of Maryland’s minority residents, accusing the governor of mocking the residents of her county for their concerns about COVID-19. In a statement issued late Wednesday, Alsobrooks said Hogan’s “disingenuous assertion” that the county’s election plan for November was an attempt to stop voters from participating in the election “flies in the face of the facts, and he knows it.” (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore City Council overrides mayor’s veto of charter amendment creating city administrator

    The Baltimore City Council unanimously voted Thursday to override Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s veto of a charter amendment that would create a city administrator position to oversee day-to-day operations. The proposed charter amendment became a sticking point between the outgoing mayor and his likely replacement, City Council President Brandon Scott, who defeated Young in June’s Democratic primary. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a county school superintendent is under fire for supporting Black Lives Matter

    An email message that Andrea Kane, the superintendent of schools in Queen Anne’s County, sent to parents at the end of the 2019-2020 school year started out unremarkably, listing achievements for the year and the dates of coming events. Then it pivoted into less familiar terrain, at least on Maryland’s largely conservative Eastern Shore. Kane called for more and better dialogue on racism in the county and voiced support for Black Lives Matter. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Police ask legislature to help bring about police reform, more accountability in the wake of George Floyd

    Baltimore Police leaders, citing the death of George Floyd that sparked protests across Maryland and the country, are joining a chorus of voices lobbying for substantial changes in how police officers in Maryland are investigated and held accountable for misconduct. Baltimore’s leadership is asking lawmakers to change the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, a decades-old law that grants Maryland police officers the right to due process and protects them against unnecessary investigation or prosecution. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

    Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority. Read Full Article

  • The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

    As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need. “We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House.Read Full Article

  • Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: Me Black Too

    One of the iconic images of the 1968 Riots was a Korean storeowner located within a community posting a hand printed sign on his store window saying, “Me Black Too.” The purpose of the signage was to prevent his store from being looted or burned by identifying with the angry Black people who had been extremely agitated by the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on that fateful day, April 4, 1968. That’s what occurred after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the powder keg of racial abuse and injustice exploded and cities throughout America were set on fire. Read Full Article

  • Toward a brighter Sun

    It’s as hard to imagine Baltimore without The Sun as a day without daylight. The newspaper’s motto, after all, is “Light For All,” an elegant and egalitarian expression of the desire to keep Baltimoreans and Marylanders as informed as good citizenship requires. Arunah Abell, the top-hatted founder of The Sun in 1837, charged only a penny for daily enlightenment. By the time his relatives and successors sold The Sun to a large media company 150 years later, it was worth a small fortune. (Dan Rodricks)Read Full Article

Business

  • Over 18K Marylanders Filed For Unemployment Last Week

    Over 18,000 Marylanders filed for unemployment in the last week, state labor officials say. The state reported 18,268 new unemployment insurance claims in the week ending on August 1. There have been 2,729 Baltimore residents and 2,700 Baltimore County residents who applied for unemployment insurance in that period. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • There are fewer than five Black-owned breweries in Maryland. Nationally, it's just as white.

    Black brewers in Maryland want to make one thing clear: Craft beer is for everyone. At a time when social movements such as Black Lives Matter are re-focusing attention on issues of race, it's hard to avoid the obvious: the craft beer and alcohol industry is pretty white, both here in Maryland and across the country. (Delmarva) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore restaurants can resume indoor dining at 25% capacity

    Baltimore will allow restaurants to reopen for indoor dining beginning Friday evening after a two-week shutdown of dining rooms in the city. Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young put a pause on indoor dining July 24 amid rising coronavirus case counts. On Thursday, he said restaurants will once again be permitted to serve patrons indoors, this time at 25% capacity. Restaurants can begin to offer indoor seating again on Friday at 5 p.m. Patrons will be required to wear face masks while dining unless they are eating or drinking. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Gaithersburg firm raising another $7M to attack superbugs — and eyeing much more

    The Gaithersburg biotech hunting superbugs is raising another $7 million, a precursor to a much larger Series B round on the horizon. Adaptive Phage Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage company targeting drug-resistant bacteria, has landed $1.75 million from Mayo Clinic — now a lead investor in the $7 million convertible note funding round. The company has about $2 million remaining in the round, and expects full subscription within the next few weeks, said APT co-founder and CEO Greg Merril in an email to the Washington Business Journal. (Wash Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Amid increase in coronavirus cases, Johns Hopkins, Loyola opt for online-only classes this fall

    Citing the rise in coronavirus cases both in Baltimore and nationwide, Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland became the latest colleges to announce that they would offer only online classes to undergraduates this fall. Hopkins officials said Thursday that the increased prevalence of infections among younger people, plus the fact that many of its students come from states considered COVID-19 hot spots, led them to reverse earlier plans to resume at least some instruction and activities on its Homewood campus in North Baltimore. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Maryland health secretary warns counties against blanket closures of private schools

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration on Thursday renewed its attempt to prevent counties from banning in-person classes at private schools during the coronavirus pandemic, sending a memo to health officers saying that blanket school closures are contrary to state policy. The memo comes as Hogan has disagreed with Montgomery County’s decision to order private and religious school buildings to remain closed through Oct. 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Harford school families holding protest Thursday evening, calling for reopening of HCPS, no virtual classes next year

    A Harford County Public Schools parent plans to hold a protest Thursday evening in Bel Air, urging school officials to allow part-time, in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 school year. The protest is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. along Courtland Place, between the A.A. Roberty Building — the school system headquarters — and the town parking garage at South Hickory Avenue and Courtland Place. Karen Schandelmeier, who is organizing the protest, said it will be held pending the evening’s weather. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • University System Of Maryland Chancellor Says Schools Won’t Hesitate To Shut Down If COVID-19 Cases Spike

    Less than 30 days from the start of the fall semester, the usual excitement on college campuses has given way to uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday, the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland described what the new school year will look like. From Western Maryland, to the Eastern Shore and in between, the 12 institutions in the University System Of Maryland will have to juggle plans on how to educate students this fall. (WJZ) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Eastern Shore sees sharp increase as Maryland reports 572 new coronavirus cases, 6 more deaths

    Maryland confirmed 572 new cases of the coronavirus and six more deaths Wednesday as the state saw significant decreases in testing positivity rates, but Worcester County on the Eastern Shore — home to Ocean City — continued to see a sharp increase in new cases. Wednesday marked the fifth day in a row that newly confirmed cases declined after rising through much of July. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Data analysis: Maryland’s coronavirus cases in July neared April’s numbers

    Maryland added nearly as many coronavirus cases in July as it did in April, when the pandemic began to ramp up in the United States, a data analysis by The Baltimore Sun shows. Last month, the Maryland Department of Health reported 20,428 cases of the coronavirus, a sharp rise from June’s case count of 14,591. July’s numbers account for 23% of the coronavirus cases Maryland has reported since the beginning of the pandemic, while June’s numbers made up 17% of total cases since the outbreak began in March. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Citing COVID-19 test result delays as long as 15 days, Carroll County switches to new lab

    With coronavirus cases climbing in Maryland throughout July, labs throughout the state have reportedly been flooded with new tests, causing a wait for test results that can reach as long as 15 days for those getting tested — including in Carroll County, health officials say. Carroll County Health Department spokespeople have said that some COVID-19 test results over the past month came in over two weeks after the testing date. (Carr Co Times) Read Full Article

  • Cecil County continues cleanup after flooding, damage from Tropical Storm Isaias

    Cecil County is continuing to clean up after a Tuesday lashing by Tropical Storm Isaias, which stranded some residents and flooded multiple areas of Maryland’s most northeastern county. Jennifer Lyall, a spokesperson for Cecil County government, said the cost of the storm is not yet known. County crews began taking inventory of the damages Tuesday afternoon. Cecil County government is not aware of any fatalities as a result of the storm, she said. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Worried about voting in the November election? We are, too; here’s how to request a Maryland mail-in ballot today

    As Gov. Larry Hogan digs in his heels on his potentially deadly demand for an in-person election this fall, despite a statewide shortage of judges, and the Maryland Board of Elections drags its feet in pushing for safer polling amid the pandemic, it seems like now is a good time to take the matter into your own hands and request a mail-in ballot. It’s true that the state elections’ board might automatically send you an application, as it’s been ordered to do, or it might find a way to skip that step and send the actual ballot, as we’ve urged. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Jay Brodie: The city's system for developing affordable housing is broken

    Without a doubt, one of Baltimore City's urgent needs is much more good housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. In our more than 200-year-old built-up city, that means finding or creating sites. And that's not easy. Even a half-block contains numerous properties and ownerships, from those held in fee simple to those in leaseholds and ground rents (in some cases, even sub-ground rents). Private acquisition and assemblage is, in almost every instance, unrealistic. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Rodricks: November election could be another ‘mitigated success’ for voting — if stubborn Hogan would change his mind

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called the state’s June primary election an “unmitigated disaster,” invoking a classic cliché that blustery people pull from the rhetoric holster when they want to make something sound totally horrific. It suggests that the disaster was avoidable, too. Call me (cliché warning) a glass-half-full guy, but, under the circumstances — a deadly pandemic that caused the election to be moved from April 28 to June 2 and to be conducted primarily by mail — wasn’t the June primary more like a “mitigated success”? Didn’t the changes instituted by the civil servants who stage our elections lead to a generally good outcome? (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Editorial: Pandemic has produced a dangerous outbreak of aggressive driving

    In Catonsville, there is a video camera keeping an unblinking vigil of the Baltimore Beltway at U.S. 40 where road construction currently limits the maximum speed to 55 miles per hour. It is turning out to be a busy little piece of automation. From March through June, the camera has caught a startling 6,929 drivers going 67 miles per hour or above speeding on this stretch of highway. Last year during the same time period, the camera generated 2,768 citations. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article