How to stop racism from winning on college campuses

American University has been seized by racial unease since a half-dozen pairs of bananas, their skins scrawled with toxic messages, were found hanging from black string nooses just after dawn early last week. The incident coincided with the ascension of the university’s first African American female student government president, Taylor Dumpson, a junior, who was subsequently placed under protection by campus police after a white supremacist urged others to troll her online. Two days after the banana nooses appeared at AU, campus police at the University of Maryland at College Park said they were investigating a noose found hanging in the school’s Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house. (Wash. Post)

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Rev. Connie Clark: A 'brutal irony' in bishop's lack of remorse

I am thinking of Thomas Palermo and his family today. I am thinking about them because I read that Heather Cook, former bishop in the church I serve as a priest, was denied parole. I am thinking of the Palermo family because I could easily have been in their place, and I am thinking of Heather Cook because I wonder how a person would not express sorrow for having taken a man's life. (Balt. Sun)

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Dan Rodricks: Pick a standard to judge Mosby

Next month marks four years since Marilyn Mosby, at the time a 33-year-old fraud investigator for an insurance company, started publicly criticizing the state's attorney of Baltimore and blaming him for a rise in violent crime. In announcing her candidacy for the office, Mosby, a former assistant state's attorney, called Gregg Bernstein, a former federal prosecutor and veteran trial attorney nearly 25 years her senior, ineffectual. "The police are doing their jobs," Mosby said. "The judges are doing their jobs. The only person that's not doing his job is the state's attorney." (Balt. Sun)

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Len Lazarick: More partisan spin on redistricting reform

Democrats were quick to jump on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for vetoing their version of alleged redistricting reform on Monday. The state party accused Hogan of pushing “a partisan redistricting plan that would help himself and Donald Trump pick up more votes in 2018 and 2020.” The charge is inaccurate since the independent commission that Hogan wants to draw congressional and legislative districts doesn’t start operating until 2021, the year after the 2020 census provides new population figures. (Md. Reporter)

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Deborah Simmons: Baltimore gun amnesty and a free ride

In jail and can’t afford to pay your bail? Well, there’s an app for that? It’s called GunBail and it works like this — for $99. After your arrest, someone contacts GunBail, offers a working firearm for bail, GunBail contacts law enforcement authorities, the exchange is made and quicker than you can say free at last the defendant is out on bail. Baltimore is considering adopting a GunBail proposition courtesy of Council member Brandon Scott, who offered a resolution Monday. (Wash. Times)

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May 10 // Trump's diss of historically black colleges

In late February, leaders from historically black colleges gathered in the Oval Office to meet with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in what they hoped would be a listening session and a chance to build a fruitful relationship. Progressive critics chided it as no more than a "photo op." Still, school leaders insisted that the door had been opened for "meaningful actions" from the president and perhaps even "additional resources and investments." What they might not have expected was the slap in the face the White House delivered last Friday in the form of a "signing statement" that questioned whether directing low-cost construction loans to historically black schools was constitutional. (Balt. Sun)

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Art Cohen: Bring streetcars back to Baltimore

Many cities across the United States have recently added modern streetcar lines, which have long been a staple in the cities of Europe and Asia, to their existing public transit systems, including Portland, Ore.; Cincinnati; Seattle; Salt Lake City; Atlanta and nearby Washington, D.C. Modern streetcar planning is currently underway in New York City, Detroit, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, among other areas. These new streetcars are helping to revive the convenience and excitement of city life. They are also serving as essential links to employment both for people who depend on public transportation and for those who prefer streetcars over driving and parking on crowded city streets. It is high time for Baltimore to join these other cities. (Balt. Sun)

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Addiction program quickly proves itself

With run-of-the-mill government programs, a lot of time can elapse before it becomes clear if any need is actually being met or anyone is interested in the service being offered. That's certainly not the case with Anne Arundel County's "safe stations" initiative, in which the City of Annapolis is also participating. Last month, about two hours after officials inaugurated the effort at the Brooklyn Park Volunteer Fire Company, a man showed up at that fire station asking for help with his addiction. (Capital)

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