• Baltimore voters expect Catherine Pugh to fix decades of problems. No pressure, right?

    Everywhere state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh goes these days, people expect big things. Kids in the schools she visits call her "the mayor." City Council members, desperate for change, approach her with ideas to reform the city. The senior citizens she meets at bingo say they're counting on her to address the blight and income inequality they see all around them. Baltimore's poverty, crime and vacant houses are problems that have confounded many a mayor. But don't tell city residents that Pugh, the Democratic nominee for mayor, must first win office to address them. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Former mayor Sheila Dixon sees herself as Baltimore's future, not its past

    Unlike most former Baltimore mayors, a portrait of Sheila Dixon does not hang in City Hall. That's because Dixon — who would need to commission such a work — isn't ready to think of herself as belonging to the past. She believes she's very much a part of Baltimore's future. As she travels the city, her supporters loudly agree. "We know you got robbed!" a man shouts to Dixon, the first female mayor of Baltimore, at an election rally at Mondawmin Mall. "We know you won!" another yells. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Green Party Senate Candidate Flowers Offers Grassroots Alternative

    Maryland voters will put a new face in the senate, choosing between Democrat Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Republican State Delegate Kathy Szeliga, and Green Party candidate Dr. Margaret Flowers, running her first political campaign. The only statewide race in Maryland because the U.S. senate seat is being vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. “The Green Party is a party that doesn’t take any corporate or PAC money and as a Green Party candidate I can say what needs to be said and advocate for peoples’ needs,” said Flowers. (WJZ-CBS) Read Full Article

  • Maryland candidate distances herself from Trump election comments

    Maryland's Republican candidate for U.S. Senate says she will respect the decision of the state's voters on Election Day. Del. Kathy Szeliga was asked Thursday about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments during the third presidential debate that he might not accept election results. Trump had said in the days leading up to Wednesday night's debate that the election would be "rigged." Szeliga says voter fraud exists, but she says "preemptively assuming the election is fixed only further erodes people's trust in our democracy." (Times-News-AP) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Gene Ransom: MEDICAID 50 Years Old and Still Going Strong

    This week Congressman Elijah Cummings keynoted an event celebrating the fifty years of Medicaid in Maryland. Medicaid launched in Maryland in July of 1966. In 1966, Maryland Medicaid provided coverage for over 113,000 Marylanders. Today, approximately 1.2 million Marylanders receive health insurance coverage under Medicaid. Read Full Article

  • Josh Kurtz: The Ficker Finger of Fate

    Whatever happened to the Good Old Days in Montgomery County, when Robin Ficker, consistently, was Public Enemy No. 1?Year after year, Ficker, the gadfly extraordinaire, the chronic candidate who lucked into a seat in the House of Delegates from 1979 to 1982 and has been trying to claw his way back to respectability ever since, has won the enmity of the Montgomery County political establishment by doing the things that gadflies do. Specifically, Ficker would advance a ballot question – usually to lower or limit taxes or to impose term limits on county officials – and watch with glee as the establishment scurried to defeat him. Read Entire Article 

  • Featured Content | Towson University Taps Margrave Strategies' Ulman to Advance Placemaking Strategies

    Towson University President Kim Schatzel announced on Sept. 27 that Margrave Strategies president Ken Ulman will help the university map future growth strategies. Schatzel made her announcement on the steps of the Old Courthouse building in downtown Towson along with Ulman and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Watch Entire Video

  • Center Maryland Op-Doc: Columbia, MD Named Money Magazine’s Best Place to Live in 2016

    Columbia was just named Money Magazine's #1 Best Place to Live. Howard County residents discuss their hopes to remain on top for the future.  Watch Entire Video


  • University of Maryland Medical System to own new hospital in Prince George's

    After years of negotiations and lobbying, state health officials voted Thursday to allow Dimensions Health Corp. to replace Prince George's Hospital Center with a new $543 million regional medical center in Largo that will be owned and operated by the University of Maryland Medical System. The New Prince George's Regional Medical Center will include 205 acute-inpatient beds and offer services available at the current hospital, including a 15-bed special pediatric unit at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital  which is part of the current hospital center complex. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • City Council gives preliminary approval to renewing franchise deal with Comcast Cable

    Baltimore's City Council on Thursday unanimously gave approval to a 10-year, $114 million deal with Comcast to continue providing cable television in the city. The franchise agreement allows Comcast of Baltimore City, LLC to "construct, operate, and maintain a cable communication system" across public property in exchange for 5 percent of the annual gross revenue the company receives from Baltimore customers. Comcast's current 12-year deal in Baltimore expires at the end of this year. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Upper Chesapeake Health will seek state approval for Havre de Grace, Bel Air hospital changes in early 2017

    A long regulatory road remains ahead as University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health seeks state approval to open a stand alone medical center at the Havre de Grace exit off of Interstate 95, close Harford Memorial Hospital and expand its Bel Air hospital, despite the approval earlier this year of state legislation designed to make the application process less cumbersome. Officials with the Harford County-based health system plan to file their applications for various approvals with the Maryland Health Care Commission during the first three months of 2017. The regulatory process is expected to take at least one year, Martha Mallonee, a spokesperson for Upper Chesapeake Health, said Wednesday. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Under Armour unveils wireless heart rate-tracking sport headphones

    Under Armour's new wireless sport headphones keep the beat while monitoring your heart rate. The sports brand and Harman International Industries Inc. unveiled two headphone models Thursday, including one that tracks heart rate and plays music, for $199.95. The headphones can be pre-ordered at UA.com and JBL.com starting Thursday and will be sold at Best Buy starting Oct. 30. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article


  • Hopkins gets $25 million NIH grant for innovation center

    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine won a 7-year, $25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to form a trial innovation center with Tufts University School of Medicine. NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences awarded the grant to Hopkins' Brain Injury Outcomes program and its Institute for Clinical and Translational Research to develop a framework for studies conducted between different institutions by collaborating with Tufts. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Technology program offers free associate's degree, mentoring to Baltimore students

    Since she was 8 years old, Dazhnae Nixon has been tinkering with computers and cell phones, taking them apart and fixing them for friends and family. This fall, the 15-year-old freshman at Carver-Vocational Technical High School is in the first cohort of students in a new program called Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH. Her future is mapped for the next six years, with promised one-on-one mentoring, paid internships, a free associate's degree and the potential for a job at a technology company. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Montgomery middle schoolers to learn to use technology responsibly, safely

    Montgomery County’s middle school students are learning about digital citizenship this year, part of a new initiative to boost understanding of how to use technology responsibly and keep safe online. The program, announced Wednesday, includes four hours of instruction a year covering issues, such as privacy, cyberbullying, reputation, Internet safety, digital drama and information literacy. Though it starts with middle schoolers, it will extend to grades 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10 next year, and include all grades by 2018. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Committee begins to assess ideas for school funding solutions

    After about four months of meetings, a committee tasked with assessing how best to solve Carroll County's schools funding gap began narrowing down ideas for how to do so. The Combined Education Committee met again Thursday to discuss possible options for the school system. The committee was developed during the county's budget process as a way for community members and officials to look together at funding problems, with the goal of developing possible solutions. (Carr. Co. Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Mosby announces slate of proposals to reform process for investigating, prosecuting police misconduct

    Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby proposed a slate of reforms Thursday for investigating and prosecuting police officers accused of misconduct, citing her failure to convict a single officer in the Freddie Gray case as her motivation. "Equality must be a felt reality" in Baltimore, said Mosby, adding that her proposed reforms — including giving investigators in her office police powers and prosecutors the right to reject a criminal defendant's request for a bench trial — would go a long way toward leveling the playing field between regular citizens and police officers accused of similar offenses. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • More Maryland tax-filers move out than move in

    Maryland had more tax-filers move out than move in last year, as families headed south to states such as Virginia and Florida. The state saw a net loss of nearly 8,000 households, as 68,384 families opted to go abroad or to another state but just 60,429 moved in, according to new Internal Revenue Service data. About 63,356 households relocated within the state, said the IRS, which tracked the number of filers using a different address in 2015 than in 2014. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore surveillance plane operator had urged police to be upfront with public

    Before the first plane left the ground, the company operating an aerial surveillance program for the Baltimore Police Department recommended that the department conduct focus groups and other outreach efforts to gauge community acceptance and concerns. But the department did not hold any such meetings. By the time the program was revealed publicly a year later, in August, it had collected more than 300 hours of surveillance footage secretly over eight months and police still were trying to figure out how to inform the community, according to emails obtained Thursday by The Baltimore Sun through a public records request. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore City Council to consider changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

    The Baltimore City Council is considering a bill that would change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day within the city limits. City Councilman Brandon Scott introduced the legislation Thursday after students at City Neighbors High School suggested it. "We shouldn't celebrate terrorists," Scott said of the bill's purpose. "That's what celebrating Christopher Columbus does. Very rarely do we have a chance to correct the wrongs of history. This is about Christopher Columbus. This is not anything against Italian-Americans." (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article


  • Padraic Kennedy: Another turning point nears in the history of Columbia

    When I came to Columbia from Washington, D.C., in 1972, there was great interest in the new city being planned to the north. The very idea of starting a city completely from scratch was incredibly bold. We sit here today on the cusp of Columbia's 50th birthday and it is tempting to congratulate ourselves on all that has been accomplished. But we should also be thinking of what we have left to do because we have not realized our full potential. (Howard Co. Times)Read Full Article

  • Dr. Jay Perman, Wallace D. Loh: UMD, UMB research collaboration aims to demystify brain trauma

    More than 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths each year are associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such trauma is one of today's most important medical issues — and one of the most enigmatic. These injuries can cause depression, brain atrophy and cognitive decline, damaging victims' memory and ability to reason or communicate. And scientists know that there's still much more to learn about preventing brain trauma and reversing damage once an injury has occurred. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Marilyn Mosby: We must protect good officers

    Having learned the hard way through first-hand experience, when allegations of police misconduct arise, prosecutors are often seen as protective of police and unlikely to prosecute cases of wrongdoing. Despite taking an oath to administer justice equally and fairly to everyone regardless of one's race, sex, religion, socio-economic status or occupation, exacerbating factors, such as a fear of straining the police-prosecutor relationship that other casework depends upon, can make looking the other way on police misconduct seem like the lesser of two evils. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Seema D. Iyer: A $225 million investment in Baltimore

    Recently in Baltimore, I had the chance to hear 2015 MacArthur Genius Fellow Matthew Desmond, author of "Evicted," discuss his research on the impact of evictions on low-income households and how crucial addressing this issue is for alleviating poverty in the U.S.. The statistics are sobering: 1 in 5 African American women will experience an eviction in her lifetime, and low-income households with children are three times more likely to be evicted. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article