Protecting humans from 'superbugs'

Perdue Farms, the giant Eastern Shore poultry producer, has eliminated the use of antibiotics for chickens that aren't sick for a simple reason: It's great for business. Certainly, if you talk to the company's chairman, Jim Perdue, or its other top executives, they'll express concern for the wellbeing of the chickens farmers grow for them and for the public health effects on humans caused by the overuse of antibiotics, but they have taken aggressive steps — limiting even the use of a class of antibiotics that aren't used in humans — because the market for chicken that can be labeled antibiotic free is growing much faster than the market for conventional chicken. (Balt. Sun)

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Rascovar: Saving the Preakness and Pimlico’s future

Thanks to revenue from Maryland’s successful slots casinos, the state’s thoroughbred racing industry has seen a re-birth that hints at prosperity for the Free State’s billion-dollar horse industry in future decades. Breeders are returning to Maryland to take advantage of the huge jump in purse money fueled by slots proceeds. Off-track gambling revenue is rising. And the state’s most important day of sports entertainment, the Preakness, is breaking attendance and wagering records nearly every year. To keep those good times a-rollin’, though, will require a major investment by Annapolis political leaders and by their counterparts in Baltimore City. (Md. Reporter)

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Alderman Ross Arnett: We need real, not illusory, planning

A Las Vegas-like illusion act showed up at the Planning Commission meeting in City Hall recently. Regarding a proposal for redevelopment of the Eastport Shopping Center, the commissioners were told about moving Adam's Ribs to a new location, with an adjacent market space containing stalls for use by a butcher and fishmonger, plus a new community meeting room where artists could hang their pictures near a mews covered with strings of lights where musicians play for the shopping center customers. While the commission was admiring the show — shazam! — a four-to-five story, 127-unit apartment building was plunked down in the shopping center. (Capital)

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Lawmakers must find a healthy middle ground on paid sick leave bill

Gov. Larry Hogan has promised to veto a bill that would grant paid leave time to workers at companies with 15 or more employees, and he might be able to make good on that vow if the House of Delegates and Senate fail to come to terms on a compromise bill of their own. Hogan declared both the House bill and the Senate version “dead on arrival” despite both bills passing by veto-proof margins in their respective chambers. But the House and Senate will have to reconcile their different bills. (News-Post)

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Phoebe Stein: America needs the humanities more than ever

Anne Arundel County students trained in oral history techniques interviewed veterans and Vietnamese Marylanders about their experiences during the Vietnam war as part of a project dubbed "A Journey through Vietnam." The recorded interviews will be housed at the Maryland State Archives as a resource for future generations. Without this project, these stories would likely be lost to time. (Balt. Sun)

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March 17 // A foe Naval Academy has yet to totally defeat

Women have been admitted to the Naval Academy for more than 50 years, and the school has made huge strides since then toward providing female midshipmen with an environment in which sexual harassment — and sexual assault — aren't tolerated. Like its fellow service academies, the Naval Academy now has an active sexual harassment and assault prevention program; it has full-time personnel in place to respond to incidents and help and counsel victims. But even allowing for this, the numbers in a Department of Defense report released this week — and accessible on our website — can't be construed as a good report card. (Capital)

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Saving paid sick leave

Del. Luke Clippinger is right when he says the effort in the General Assembly to require employers to provide paid sick leave for most workers is not a nefarious Democratic plot to "get" Gov. Larry Hogan. Advocates were pushing the issue long before Mr. Hogan was elected, and they have finally arrived at the point where their goal is within sight. But unless some pragmatism rules the day, sick leave backers risk having their efforts stymied this year and potentially for years to come. (Balt. Sun)

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Another travel ban on standby

For those keeping score, it's now Trump Travel Bans 0, Federal Courts 2 (or 3 if you count the fact two judges, one in Honolulu and one in Maryland, ruled against the second ban hours before it was set to go into effect this week). You can bet that's how President Donald Trump sees it, which is ironic given that he and his top advisers are the individuals most responsible for the adverse court rulings. At the heart of these decisions is the collision between a president's broad authority to set immigration policy and the First Amendment's prohibition against a state-sponsored religion. Banning Muslims represents the latter. (Balt. Sun)

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