Politics

  • McCray Elected Chair of Baltimore City Senate Delegation

    Baltimore City’s state senators elected Sen. Cory V. McCray (D) chairman of their delegation on Friday. McCray’s election comes as one of his best friends, City Council President Brandon M. Scott (D), is set to be sworn in as mayor in two weeks. McCray was already going to be a key ally for Scott in Annapolis, and the new position will only enhance his ability to do so. (Md Matters)Read Full Article

  • Trump criticizes Hogan's purchase of South Korean Covid tests. The Md. governor tells Trump to 'Stop golfing and concede.'

    President Donald Trump took aim at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday, using his preferred medium of Twitter to criticize his fellow Republican after questions emerged about hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 tests Hogan purchased from a South Korean company in the spring. Hogan wasted little time firing back, telling Trump on Twitter he had to pursue the purchase of tests because the president wasn't doing his job. He also told Trump: “Stop golfing and concede” the presidential election. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Maryland awards $19.3M for local eviction prevention programs amid Covid-19

    The state on Monday announced a new round of grants to help stave off evictions in 17 Maryland jurisdictions. Gov. Larry Hogan awarded a total of $19.3 million — including a total of $5 million to Baltimore City and Baltimore County eviction prevention programs — as the economic impact of Covid-19 continues to slam renters throughout the state. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County improperly paid 20 employees both pension and salaries, inspector general finds

    Baltimore County government has improperly paid at least 20 employees both salaries and pensions at the same time, a new report from the county’s inspector general has found. In total, the county employees were paid more than $2.3 million in salaries through Sept. 30 and more than $1 million in pension benefits through Oct. 1, according to the report released Monday. Most of the employees were hired from 2018 to 2020. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Holmes: Hunger has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus, but these nutrition programs can feed kids and promote equity

    Childhood hunger was a problem in Maryland long before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it’s no secret that the ongoing economic crisis has made the situation much more dire for many families. Parents and caregivers have lost jobs and wages and are finding themselves struggling even more to pay bills and put food on the table. In August, No Kid Hungry Maryland released a new report based on data from the most recent Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey/Youth Tobacco Survey that showed 1 in every 4 middle and high school students in Maryland lacked consistent access to healthy food. Worse yet, these troubling rates of food insecurity were from before COVID-19. More recent data shows that food insecurity tripled in households with children in the first three months of the pandemic alone.Read Full Article

  • Neuroscience Has A Whiteness Problem. This Research Project Aims To Fix It

    Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families. His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals or who "went missing" and were discovered in alleyways. Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family." (NPR)Read Full Article

  • Irvin: Covering New Modalities is the Only Cure for the Opiod Crisis

    During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall. To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives.Read Full Article

  • 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

Business

  • Revolution's Steve Case backs new blank-check company led by former Md. congressman

    A blank-check company backed by Revolution LLC CEO Steve Case and a former presidential candidate is aiming to raise up to $287.5 million in a public offering to invest in an innovative technology company, according to a new Securities and Exchange Commission filing. (Wash Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Rockville biopharma to be acquired by Merck for $425M

    Rockville’s OncoImmune Inc., which is advancing its lead therapeutic candidate as a Covid-19 treatment, has inked a deal to be acquired by New Jersey pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK) for $425 million in cash. Under the transaction, announced Monday, OncoImmune’s shareholders could receive payments based on sales of that product and certain regulatory milestones. (Wash Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Deloitte taps new head of government advisory practice

    Deloitte Consulting LLP selected a new head of its government and public services advisory practice Monday, tapping the chief of its government innovations and platforms practice, Matt Gentile, to lead the group. Gentile, who has been with the consulting firm since 2010, has helped lead Deloitte’s work with the Department of Homeland Security as a principal at Deloitte's risk and financial advisory business segment, among other roles. (Wash Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Md. high court indefinitely suspends Greenbelt lawyer

    Maryland’s top court has indefinitely suspended a Greenbelt attorney who did not attend the trial of a client accused of causing a car crash, then lied to the client about trying to get the default judgment against him overturned, ignored discovery requests, failed to refund any of the client’s money and did not respond to bar counsel’s request for information. In its 7-0 decision Friday, the Court of Appeals said Ferdinand Ibebuchi’s ethical violations were made more egregious in that his client was a Guatemalan immigrant with little understanding of English, making him especially dependent on counsel’s advice. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Education

  • Baltimore County colleges and universities will be holding classes almost entirely online after Thanksgiving

    With the holiday season quickly approaching, colleges and universities in Baltimore County will be meeting almost entirely online after Thanksgiving for the rest of the semester to try to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the Community College of Baltimore County, which has a campus in Catonsville; Towson University, and Goucher College in Towson are either continuing to meet remotely or will be transitioning to almost entirely online learning to ensure the health and safety of their students, faculty and staff during the holiday season, officials at the various schools said. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Conflicting messages about COVID-19 confuse Montgomery County school leaders

    School leaders in Montgomery County looking for guidance on whether to have in-person classes said Friday that conflicting messages from local, state and federal agencies complicate an already difficult situation. On Thursday, the county’s health officer, Dr. Travis Gayles, released new guidance, urging private schools to transition to a fully virtual instruction model as officials struggle to gain control of surging COVID-19 cases. (Bethesda Beat)Read Full Article

  • Maryland football to practice Monday, ‘optimistic’ to play Saturday after players test negative for coronavirus

    The Maryland football program was scheduled to return to practice Monday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s game at No. 12 Indiana at noon, the university announced. The Terps were set to practice for the first time since Nov. 11 when all football activities were suspended after eight players had tested positive for the coronavirus over the previous seven days. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Sabillasville Elementary to close at end of school year

    Sabillasville Elementary School will close at the end of the 2020-2021 school year after serving as a small-town public school and the center of the community for 56 years. The Frederick County Board of Education voted 5-1 to close the school at its meeting on Monday. Board member Rae Gallagher opposed the motion, and board member Liz Barrett was absent from the meeting. The motion received support from the student member. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Data analysis: Maryland’s fall coronavirus wave has rapidly eclipsed previous surges. Now at least 1 in 33 residents has had COVID-19.

    Amid a nationwide surge, the eighth full month of the pandemic has already broken several records in Maryland, including the most COVID-19 cases in a month. The most dramatic spikes have been in Western Maryland counties that previously had among the state’s lowest infection rates. Here’s a closer look at state and local trends and how they compare to the earlier swells. Coming into November, Maryland was averaging about 74 cases a week per 100,000 residents. This month the state is recording new cases more than twice as quickly. With all 24 jurisdictions outpacing their pre-November case rate, it took only 20 days to surpass May’s record of 31,036 cases in a month. With seven days left in November, the month’s count stood at 38,516 cases. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Faulty Maryland payment system threatens mental health and addiction professionals, providers say

    Dozens of mental health and addiction treatment providers in Maryland say a faulty state payment system is jeopardizing their work at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is increasing demand for their services. The problems have persisted all year but are being felt more acutely as more people enroll and seek care through Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low-income residents that typically manages more than $1 billion in payments a year for more than 200,000 Marylanders. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Maryland reports 1,658 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths as hospitalizations continue to rise

    Just days ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Maryland reported 1,658 new coronavirus cases Monday and 14 deaths tied to COVID-19, the disease the virus causes, with hospitalizations continuing to rise. Maryland has now reported 1,000 or more cases reported for 20 consecutive days and 2,000 or more cases for seven of the past 10 days, a daily total which hadn’t been reached once before this period. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • 300th Homicide Reported In Baltimore Monday

    Baltimore has reached a grim milestone Monday with its 300th homicide reported. A 44-year-old man was found suffering from several stab wounds in the 3300 block of Burleith Avenue around 7:44 a.m. He later died at Sinai Hospital. It marks the 300th homicide so far this year. In 2019, there were 348 total homicides in Baltimore. (WJZ) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Blauer & Nuzzo: Covid-19 Data Is a Mess. We Need a Way to Make Sense of It.

    The United States is more than eight months into the pandemic and people are back waiting in long lines to be tested as coronavirus infections surge again. And yet there is still no federal standard to ensure testing results are being uniformly reported. Without uniform results, it is impossible to track cases accurately or respond effectively. We test to identify coronavirus infections in communities. We can tell if we are casting a wide enough net by looking at test positivity — the percentage of people whose results are positive for the virus. The metric tells us whether we are testing enough or if the transmission of the virus is outpacing our efforts to slow it. (NYT)Read Full Article

  • DeFilippo: Some Hand-offs Are Easier Than Others

    Political transitions are passages in time. They are supposed to get us from here to there. For the most part, they are orderly affairs, as structured as a Mozart sonata. But occasionally dissonance arises out of defeat or defiance, or just plain runaway circumstances. In recent Maryland, there have been bends and bumps in the path, awkward moments and hurt feelings, but never a blatant attempt to subvert an election or the will of the voters. (Md Matters)Read Full Article

  • Our Say: Annapolis faces lots of budget pain unless someone (Hi, Joe!) comes to the rescue

    It would be a wonderfully egalitarian gesture for the Annapolis mayor and City Council to ask their constituents what they should cut and what they should save as they approach the budget. We’re going to bet none of the suggestions, if the city follows through and asks, will offer a surprising way out of this mess. (Cap Gazette)Read Full Article

  • Dear Sonja Santelises: Don’t go to D.C., Baltimore needs you | COMMENTARY

    By most traditional metrics, Baltimore’s public schools are struggling. Despite the presence of a handful of high-achieving schools, like Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, city school students, on average, are far less likely to meet math and reading standards for their age groups. They are far more apt to drop out and less likely to graduate than students elsewhere in Maryland, simply because many of them arrive at school with greater physical and emotional burdens to contend with — from lead poisoning to neighborhood violence, crime and poverty. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article