Keeping Bike Howard in motion

For 10 years now, a devoted group of Howard County cyclists has assembled in May for Bike to Work Day, a promotional and educational event that germinated from National Bike Month established six decades ago. Last Friday during the regional event, the emerging bike rental system, Bikeshare, was touted as one of the latest examples of Howard's embrace of cycling and its benefits. (Howard)

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Would positions chip away at mayor's power?

Annapolis' form of government is often described as a "weak mayor" system — with reason. While he proposes budgets, gives State of the City addresses and has many of the traditional trappings of executive leadership, the mayor is just one member of a nine-member City Council. He has no veto, just a vote. Many day-to-day decisions of government are in the hands of a city manager the council can fire. (Capital)

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Elizabeth Paul: Politicizing the school board nominating commission

Why would our five Washington County commissioners think it’s a good idea to select a highly partisan person as the committee chairman for a nonpartisan appointment? I don’t know Jerry DeWolf; this isn’t personal. It’s about appropriateness and ethics. The commissioners mentioned no unique credentials they believe DeWolf brings to the Washington County School Board Nominating Commission as chairman, and DeWolf immediately made clear his absolutely partisan view about how things should go with this selection. (Herald-Mail)

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May 24 // Michael Collins: Double or nothing, Pimlico is a bad bet

Last weekend should have been the last Preakness at Pimlico, but it probably won’t be. Pimlico needs $300-$500 million overhaul to remain viable as the home of the Preakness, and its owners, the Stronach Group of Ontario, Canada, don’t want to pay for it. They could be betting that the tradition of the Preakness at Pimlico along with Baltimore’s inferiority complex will guilt-trip our state’s politicians into ponying up a half-billion dollars needed to make Pimlico a winner—socializing risk while privatizing reward. (Md. Reporter)

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To judge Gray officers, go outside BPD

Though we still don't know the details of what investigators from the Howard and Montgomery county police departments found in their lengthy review of the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray two years ago, the potential discipline faced by the officers involved tracks with what we do know about the level of involvement each had in the events leading up to his fatal injuries. But whether the outcome will be viewed as fair by all those with a stake in this case — both in the community and within the police department — depends on how the process plays out from here. (Balt. Sun)

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Dan Morhaim and Chris West: Maryland procurement reform could save millions

In the 2017 Maryland legislative session, major changes were taken to save taxpayers millions of dollars and increase state revenues without raising taxes or cutting programs. The state, along with counties and school systems, spends billions of dollars each year purchasing good and services via a process known as "procurement." The issues surrounding procurement are dense, bureaucratic and hard to understand or explain, and so they rarely get attention from media or citizens, despite their importance. As a result, this is one of the most overlooked sectors of state government. (Balt. Sun)

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Was a Maryland stabbing death a hate crime?

Would 23-year-old Richard W. Collins III be alive today if he had been white and not black? That essentially is the question authorities must answer in determining whether to bring hate-crime charges against his alleged killer. But it is also a question that — more than ever in these unsettling times of rising racial tensions — the country as a whole would do well to confront. (Wash. Post)

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Tragedy of University of Maryland murder should focus attention on disturbing ideas

The murder of a Bowie State senior at the University of Maryland and the subsequent arrest of a Maryland student from Severna Park is a tragedy no matter the circumstances. Several factors, though, make this crime all the more disturbing. Prince George's County and university police have sketched out what they believe happened at 3 a.m. Saturday as Richard Wilbur Collins III and some friends waited for a bus on the College Park campus. After initially saying that race was not a factor, though, police and the FBI now are working to determine if Collins was targeted for violence because he was an African-American. (Capital)

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