Politics

  • Hogan cancels O'Malley-era 'zero waste' plan

    Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday night that he has canceled "zero-waste" landfill rules issued by Gov. Martin O'Malley a week before he left office in 2015. Speaking to the annual summer gathering of the Maryland Municipal League, the Republican governor said he was rescinding the policy in response to complaints from local governments. Hogan told the group of town and city officials that his Democratic predecessor's action "usurped local authority" and "created overflowing landfills and unnecessary hardships for local governments." (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Former Maryland senator found to have violated lawyer conduct rules

    A Circuit Court judge found that former state senator John Giannetti, Jr. violated the Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct after failing to file and pay taxes in a timely manner between 2008 and 2015. The court found Giannetti violated conduct rule 8.4, which states it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to violate the professional conduct rules, commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyers honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer, engage in dishonest, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation or engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, according to the court's findings on June 8. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Hogan's re-election controller running for Annapolis Ward 5 council seat

    A new challenger has arrived. James Appel has filed as a Republican candidate for the Ward 5 City Council race. His entrance in the race could pit him against Democratic candidate Marc Rodriguez, who announced his intention to run after incumbent Ward 5 Alderman Jared Littmann, a Democrat, decided not to seek re-election. Appel currently is the executive financial officer for the Maryland Department of Information Technology. It's an appointed position by Gov. Larry Hogan. He also serves as the controller for Hogan's re-election committee. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • New Md. law to protect Planned Parenthood funding could be in play

    If either of the Republican proposals to overhaul the nation’s health insurance rules become enacted, it would lead to an early use of Maryland’s new law providing funding for Planned Parenthood in the federal government’s place. Both the health insurance plan released by Senate Republicans last week and the bill passed by House Republicans last month would defund Planned Parenthood. (Daily Record) 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

  • Under Armour brings in new president; Plank remains CEO

    Under Armour is bringing in an outsider to become president of the Baltimore-based athletic brand as it strives to revive slowing sales and its deflated stock price. Under Armour founder Kevin Plank will remain chairman and CEO but relinquish the title of president to Patrik Frisk, who has deep experience in footwear as CEO at the Aldo shoe retailer and as a top executive for the parent company of Timberland and The North Face. Frisk, who will report to Plank after he starts July 10, is expected to bring a fresh perspective on brand building and management chops to Under Armour as it expands beyond its performance apparel roots, analysts said Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Maryland shortens crab season by 10 days in response to population loss

    Maryland will end the commercial crabbing season a week and a half early while also imposing late-season bushel limits in response to concerns over Chesapeake Bay blue crab population losses. The state Department of Natural Resources announced the decision Tuesday, a day after a scientific panel advised Maryland and Virginia officials to reduce this year’s crab harvest. While the decision does not affect harvesting during crab feast season from July 4 through Labor Day, it is based on information that suggests the catch could become scarcer during that busy period. There were about half as many juvenile crabs in the bay this winter as a year earlier, and nearly 100 million fewer crabs in all, according to an annual population survey. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Johns Hopkins Children's Center ranked among best children's hospitals in the country

    Johns Hopkins Children's Center was named the fifth best children's hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking of the top pediatric care centers in the country. Hopkins was the only Maryland children's hospital to make U.S. News' "honor roll," a list of 10 hospitals that excelled in the 10 specialties on which pediatric centers were evaluated. The Baltimore-based children's hospital did not make the top 10 last year. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • Maryland Paper Co. to expand, hire 50 more workers

    One of the nation's leading manufacturers of dry felt paper for construction and industrial uses plans to expand its operations in Williamsport, adding space and hiring about 50 more full-time employees, according to a county official. The Maryland Paper Co. will add about 35,000 square feet to its 65,000 square-foot facility, Kassie A. Lewis, director of the Washington County Department of Business Development, said Tuesday. The company currently employs 60 full-time workers, Lewis said. The expansion is to be completed by late next spring, company Business Operations Manager David Chakola said. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

Education

  • Maryland officials vote to conduct investigation of graduation rates in Prince George’s County

    Maryland education officials plan to bring in an independent investigator to examine claims that one of the state’s largest school systems fraudulently inflated its graduation rates by tampering with student grades and credit counts. The Maryland State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an external review of allegations of “widespread systemic corruption” in the Prince George’s County school system. “These are serious allegations, and we want to investigate, and we don’t want this to linger,” said Andrew Smarick, president of the state board, who emphasized that the panel has not drawn any conclusions. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Maryland board approves new rating system for schools

    Every public school in Maryland will be judged on a five-star rating system beginning next school year, under a plan the state school board approved Tuesday. The rating system, which will award one star to the lowest performing schools and five stars to the highest performing, is designed to give parents and others a simple guide to the quality of a school. For the first time, schools will be judged not just on test scores but on a whole list of factors — including academic achievement, parent surveys, attendance rates and student enrollment in a range of subjects. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • County asks USM for $10.5M credit for Hagerstown project

    Washington County is seeking a $10.5 million line of credit from the University System of Maryland to help start more work on a downtown Hagerstown revitalization project, while another part of the development has hit a snag. If approved, the $10.5 million request would forward fund $7.5 million in state funds that Gov. Larry Hogan has committed and $3 million the state Interagency Committee on School Construction has dedicated toward the Washington County Board of Education's portion of the project, according to an email Tuesday from County Administrator Rob Slocum. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

  • Teachers get hands-on lesson to bring nature into the classroom

    Boating along the Nanticoke River, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Adam Wickline spots a bald eagle perched on a tree. He points to it and the boat’s passengers shift to spot the bird for themselves. This is the theme for the early morning boat trip: Identify all of the wildlife that populates the area in and around one of the many bodies of water along the Eastern Shore. From June 26-30, a group of Wicomico County Public Schools teachers is participating in the “Summer Institute” program, sponsored by the foundation. The program is an initiative to bring nature back into the classroom. (Daily Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Pugh appoints nine to Baltimore Civilian Oversight Task Force mandated by consent decree

    Mayor Catherine Pugh appointed nine city residents Tuesday to a panel tasked with reviewing and recommending reforms to the current system of civilian oversight of the Baltimore Police Department. The creation of the Civilian Oversight Task Force was one of many police reform measures mandated under the consent decree reached between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice and accepted by a federal judge this year. Pugh selected the nine appointees from more than 100 applicants, her office said. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Proposed bill would protect Montgomery burial sites from development

    Old cemeteries and burial grounds that may lay in the path of new development would receive better protection under legislation introduced Tuesday by a trio of Montgomery County Council members. The county has a list of more than 250 burial sites established by churches, families, and enslaved and free black communities, some dating back to the early 18th century. But in many cases the boundaries are not exact, and the information is fragmentary. The measure requires that when land earmarked for new construction includes a burial site listed in county records, the developer must “use best historical and archaeological practices” to establish the exact location. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article...

  • Baltimore spending panel expected to approve lease for drug treatment center

    Baltimore officials are expected to approve a 15-year lease at the old Hebrew Orphan Asylum in West Baltimore, where they plan to open a center to help people addicted to heroin and other drugs so they're not taking up emergency room beds. The stabilization or sobering center at 2700 Rayner Ave. in Mosher would serve around 30 patients at a time, helping them sober up safely and then connecting them with long-term drug treatment and other social services. The city Board of Estimates, controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, is scheduled to vote on the lease agreement Wednesday morning. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Settlement reached on future of Baltimore's Potomac Street bike lane

    The Potomac Street protected bike lane will remain in place after cycling advocates and Baltimore officials reached a settlement agreement on Tuesday evening. Bikemore, a leading advocacy group, had sued the city after officials announced plans to tear out the cycle track after hearing residents' concerns that it would make it harder for emergency vehicles to travel down the street. Anthony McCarthy, a spokesman for Mayor Catherine Pugh, confirmed the settlement but declined to comment further. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • What has MTA wrought?

    One can scarcely imagine a more yawning chasm than the difference between the Maryland Transit Administration’s public assessments of BaltimoreLink, the state agency’s $135 million program to “fix” city transit, and the experience of actual bus riders frustrated by the program’s first week. To the MTA, things are going swimmingly. To the 200 or so angry people who gathered Monday night in the War Memorial Building for a town hall sponsored by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300, it’s been an unmitigated disaster. Who is correct? The MTA? The unhappy customers? Both? Neither? (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Len Lucchi: How the drug industry blew it in Md.

    Over the last decade, the prescription drug industry has spent $2.3 billion in federal lobbying, plus more in the state capitals. According the Center for Responsive Politics, the pharmaceutical and health products industry spent more on federal lobbying in 2015 than any other industry. No wonder no legislative proposal to curb skyrocketing prescription drug costs has passed anywhere in this nation. That is until now. Last month, Maryland became the first state in the nation to enact a law that protects people from price gouging by prescription drug manufacturers. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Market House may be bound for more trouble

    What could be more awkward than a small city government, most of whose officials lack business experience, trying to be the landlord of a struggling commercial property in one of the most prominent locations in town? Well, how about this: Leases for the property expire at the end of an election year, forcing city officials to weigh bidders just as the campaign is heating up. The incumbent mayor makes a point of noting that the commercial property is at least nominally making money — and that he, unlike his predecessor, managed to keep its doors open. Oh, and one of those trying to become the new tenant for the property happens to be a rival mayoral candidate. Gee, what could possibly go wrong? (Capital)Read Full Article

  • E.R. Shipp: #BaltimoreCeaseFire effort sad, yet necessary

    If you don’t have to be on constant alert the way soldiers are as they tread through danger zones, mindful that bullets could come from any direction, then Baltimore can be a lovely city. But for too many Baltimoreans this city might as well be Aleppo in Syria or Kabul in Afghanistan or Mosul in Iraq. No one with street cred has emerged to stand atop a car— like the infamous Little Willie Adams supposedly did during the 1968 riots — and demand that the mayhem end. No children’s crusades. No hundreds or even dozens of men uniting to take back the streets. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article