Police need to stop the practice of detaining people on the ground except in extreme cases

The recent video of an incident in Aurora, Colorado where police officers forced a 6-year-old girl, her teenage sister, two cousins and an aunt to lay face down on hot asphalt was for me the last straw. It was heart wrenching to hear the child crying and pleading to be moved next to her sister. This family had committed no crimes, but they were victims of police misidentification and an horrendous police practice that must be curtailed by law. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Kamala Harris - historic, tested, measured

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s choice of Sen. Kamala Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, as his running mate made history. She is the first woman of color named to a national ticket for a major party. But it is just the latest honor in a list of firsts for the Democratic senator from the West Coast, who is also the country’s first South Asian American senator and both California’s first female and first Black attorney general. (Balt Sun)

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Risman: A new Works Progress Administration could create ‘learning pods’ for all schoolchildren

We are facing so many crises all at the same time. COVID-19 cases are again rising statewide, a pandemic of racial oppression has spawned an uprising in our city as well as around the globe, and sky-high unemployment rates threaten the stability of Illinois families. But our most immediate crisis is what to do with the kids this fall. Chicago Public Schools are starting the year online entirely, perhaps offering a hybrid model in the next quarter. Can this really work — for children and for their parents? (Cap Gazette)

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Zurawik: Coverage of virtual political party conventions: democracy filtered through a screen

With media coverage of the Democratic National Convention scheduled to start Monday, most of the advance reporting and analyses are about the ways in which COVID-19 will change it. There is nothing wrong with that. Changes in what viewers will see and hear is certainly one of the bigger stories in advance of an event that has been televised every four years for more than eight decades. (Balt Sun)

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Our Say: Dispute over Black Lives Matter shows just how much Queen Anne’s schools need Andrea Kane

Good schools, among their many roles, are intended to make students good citizens. In 2020, that means discussing the Black Lives Matter movement and the historic discrimination against Blacks in America it has forced the nation to consider. Anne Arundel County Public Schools added a mandatory Global Citizenship course last year after a series of racist incidents involving students at several schools, and school Superintendent George Arlotto has said it will be a greater focus this semester given the national dialogue. (Cap Gazette)

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EDITORIAL: Is BGE fixing its aging underground gas lines fast enough?

Investigators won’t know for certain the cause of Monday’s fatal explosion in Reisterstown Station for weeks, perhaps months, yet. As devastating as it proved to be — killing at least two people, injuring seven others and turning three row homes to rubble — such disasters are mercifully uncommon; federal authorities reported about a dozen deaths from “significant” gas distribution incidents in all of last year. But what is far more common are leaky natural gas pipes, particularly in older cities such as Baltimore, which still have some antique cast iron infrastructure underground. (Balt Sun)

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Wen: Stop justifying school reopening based on false statements

Can people please stop saying that children don’t get sick from the coronavirus and don’t spread it? These statements are being used to justify school reopening, and they’re just not true. We heard this again from the president on Monday, but he’s not the only guilty party. If the goal is to safely return our children to schools for all the reasons that are important, we’ll need to build on what we know — so let’s start with that: First, children do get infected. (Wash Post)

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Rodricks: In Baltimore and across America, bills coming due for long neglected problems

Some days — and certainly more days than we want to admit — life in the United States seems fraught with more risks and worries than the people of a wealthy, advanced country ought to endure, and I’m not talking about the pandemic. I’m talking about problems that have been looming and ticking for a long time. Who among some 680,000 Baltimore-area customers of BGE feels safer today after Monday morning’s deadly explosion on Labyrinth Road? Who doesn’t wonder, given the recent history of leaks, about the state of the pipes that bring gas into our homes and businesses? (Balt Sun)

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