Being candid with police camera video

The Howard County Police Department has been behind the curve in equipping its officers with body cameras that record encounters with the public. A work group formed more than a year ago is close to an agreement with a camera vendor to start a pilot program involving 10 patrol and community resource officers. Their experiences will be reviewed by a university consultant and others after two testing phases lasting about two months. Once any wrinkles are removed, it's presumed that about half of the county's 475 officers will get the devices. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Grant Samms: Maryland environmental policies should be national model

From behind his desk in the Oval Office, our president has declared loud and clear that climate change is "a hoax." He pledges to withdraw from the newly struck Paris climate agreement. He claims that no one is "ever going to really know" about the "very complex subject." Clearly, the commander in chief has neither the time nor the desire to understand climate change or the benefits that we can reap from addressing it. But Gov. Larry Hogan knows. He knows about the many programs that Maryland has in place to address climate change while also saving money. Our EmPOWER program was recently found to return $1.81 for every dollar we put into the efficiency program. (Capital)

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Trump should thank Rosenstein for naming a special counsel

President Donald Trump was fuming on Twitter this morning about Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible ties between his campaign and Russian hackers in the lead-up to November's election. He called the investigation "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history" and said "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!" (Balt. Sun)

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May 18 // Bobby Zirkin and Michael Hough: Finding common political ground for the common good

We are a Democrat and a Republican, members of the Maryland Senate from different parts of the state who serve together on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. The most important word in that first sentence is "together." Not Democrat. Not Republican. Because we believe that even in this new era of political divisiveness, the most important thing that we do as legislators is to work together for the common good. (Balt. Sun)

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Preakness at Laurel? The New Coke of horse racing

The Stronach Group can't help themselves, we suppose. Just three months ago, the owner of Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course responded to a Maryland Stadium Authority study of what it would take to bring the latter track to Triple Crown caliber with a willingness to engage in talks about a public-private partnership to finance upgrades. But with the Preakness fast approaching on Saturday, they're back to their old tricks, intimating that the second leg of the Triple Crown might not be run in Baltimore much longer. (Balt. Sun)

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Claudia Cubas: Immigrants need sanctuary - and lawyers

Ali, a green card holder and father of three young daughters in Baltimore, was driving his friend home when they were pulled over by police in a routine traffic stop. Ali's friend, who was undocumented, had a baggie of marijuana in his possession, and Ali, wanting to save his friend, took the blame. Ali believed his own immigration status would protect him even if convicted of possession. But a year later, he was threatened with deportation. (Balt. Sun)

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For police chief, mayor picks a familiar face

The pattern is familiar: A government makes a major point of conducting a nationwide search to fill an important position, then winds up promoting someone who is already there, a known and trusted figure from within the same agency. It happens a lot, and it has just happened again in the selection of a new chief for the Annapolis Police Department — a process that, according to Mayor Mike Pantelides, involved processing 72 applications and conducting five interviews. But we're not surprised and certainly not disappointed by Pantelides' decision, announced Wednesday, to nominate Maj. Scott Baker, the acting head of the department since police Chief Michael Pristoop was fired in February. (Capital)

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May 17 // Dave Anderson: Why the 'radical center' must be the future of American politics

The election of Emmauel Macron to the presidency of France means different things to different people. To Democrats in the United States and those who opposed Brexit, it means a victory against the forces of change that brought about Brexit and the Trump presidency. But to others, Macron’s victory in France signals a victory for those independent-minded politicians and citizens who wish to transcend the polarized politics of establishment liberals and establishment conservatives in the name of a new center, not a moderate center associated with United States and United Kingdom “Third Way” politics but what has been described as Macron’s “radical center” point of view. (thehill)

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