September 15 // Kevin Kamenetz: Amazon HQ2 belongs in the city

Port Covington is the place for Amazon to build its second headquarters campus, Amazon HQ2. That might seem an unusual statement from the Baltimore County executive, since Port Covington is located in Baltimore City. But a project of this scope requires a broader vision, one that recognizes that a strong and vibrant Baltimore City is good for Baltimore County, the region and the state. (Balt. Sun)

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Here's why getting rid of unenforceable racial housing covenants matters

Before Alison Knezevich’s story in The Sun on Sunday, most Rodgers Forge residents probably had no idea that the deeds on many of their houses contain covenants banning non-whites from living there. The rule is legally unenforceable, and we suspect title companies don’t highlight it among the piles of paperwork at closing. Indeed, a vestigial bit of language in a document attached to a deed probably seems altogether irrelevant to life in 2017 in what is genuinely one of the friendliest, neighborliest neighborhoods around. Yet nearly 70 years after the Supreme Court ruled such covenants unenforceable, Rodgers Forge remains overwhelmingly segregated. (Balt. Sun)

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Andrew Sharp: Why Oasis should cancel its 'Midget Paintball Manhunt'

It’s OK to demean people, as long as they’re different. If you buy that idea, you might enjoy an event coming up at Oasis Bar ‘N’ Grill in Whaleyville, the “Midget Paintball Manhunt.” It’s part of the bar’s lineup during Bike Week. One group is not on board: Little People of America’s District 3 Ches-Del-Bays chapter. It represents people with dwarfism or other forms of short stature, the ones referred to by the word “midget” in the event’s title. (Daily Times)

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Westminster merchants should make more out of Wine Festival weekend

One of the largest annual events in Carroll County, the Maryland Wine Festival, returns this weekend at the Farm Museum. With its bucolic scenery, the Farm Museum is the perfect venue for the Maryland Wine Festival for attendees to unwind. But once it’s over, there isn’t much within walking distance for festival-goers to do. It’s too late this year, but in future years, perhaps some sort of partnership could be formed between the City of Westminster and the Farm Museum to direct more festival-goers downtown. (Carr. Co. Times)

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A prime prospect in Amazon

All up and down the Eastern Seaboard, the rush is on to lure one of the biggest corporate projects in generations: a second headquarters location for Amazon.com. The Seattle company and its billionaire founder Jeff Bezos have redefined retail and internet services and now they’re looking at an expansion that could bring up to 50,000 jobs and a corporate campus presence valued at $5 billion. Economic developers are salivating at the opportunity, giddy at the prospect of being home to Amazon’s HQ2. Here’s a boilerplate quote issued this week from one: “We hit the marks in every category — land availability, business friendly environment, labor force, logistics, cultural community fit and so much more.” Sound like Howard County? It very well could be. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Endorsements: In wards 6-8, Henson, Savidge, Arnett

Like their counterparts in wards 1 and 4 discussed in this space yesterday, the Democratic voters in wards 6, 7 and 8 face choices Tuesday not just among mayoral candidates but among City Council aspirants. The endorsements that follow, like those Thursday, are based not just on The Capital's reporting but on in-person meetings with the candidates. (Capital)

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September 14 // L. Tracy Brown: Baltimore stands with the Dreamers

This week, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined attorneys general in California, Maine and Minnesota in a lawsuit against the Trump administration, claiming it violated the Constitution and federal laws by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). This move, along with reassuring and proactive responses to the decision to eliminate DACA from Mayor Catherine Pugh and other local officials, demonstrate that local government will again serve as a balance to defend our families, friends and neighbors against federal policies thought to be unconstitutional, and reinforce core values of fairness and decency cherished by most Americans. (Balt. Sun)

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Endorsements in wards 1, 4: Tierney, Finlayson

Annapolis’ primary election on Tuesday has an unusual number of choices: not only races within each party for the mayoral nomination but challenges from fellow Democrats to three incumbent aldermen. The aldermanic endorsements that follow today and Friday, and the mayoral endorsements on Sunday, are based not only on The Capital’s reporting but on in-person interviews with the candidates. We appreciate their consideration in coming to our offices. (Capital)

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