Rodricks: Fix hundreds of vacant houses in Baltimore or run for president in 2020? What should a billionaire do?

Nobody asked me, but, if I had a billion bucks, I would spend it on vacant houses in Baltimore, like the ones I saw on Rayner Avenue the other day: three eyesores in the midst of a block where most homeowners seem to be working hard at keeping their places looking good. I’d make a deal to buy hundreds of vacants from the city, organize a legal team to expedite the sales, make arrangements with Habitat for Humanity and contracting companies to renovate them all within five years and sell them at affordable rates. That’s what I’d do. On the other hand, if I were Michael Bloomberg, with a net worth of $52 billion, and believed I had to get Donald J. Trump out of the White House and keep Elizabeth Warren from getting there, yeah, I guess I’d run for president. (Balt. Sun)

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Boulton: Is traffic thwarting Maryland’s cyber growth?

As the cybersecurity and information technology industries grow, so too must the opportunities for education in those fields. Cybersecurity and information technology are ever-growing industries in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., region that need qualified workforces. According to statistics from the Frederick County government, jobs in information security and computer and information systems have grown 11.3 percent in the last 10 years. By 2029, that number is expected to grow by an additional 10 percent. In the state of Maryland, these jobs have grown nearly 50 percent in the last 10 years and are expected to grow another 15 percent by 2029. (News-Post)

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DeFilippo: What to do About D.C.? Leave Md. Alone

The District of Columbia is an orphan. Nobody claims ownership. It’s not part of Maryland. It doesn’t belong to Virginia. The District is a company town. Wilmington, Del., manufactures chemicals. Detroit makes cars. The District’s only product is itself. It floats on its own gases. The best jobs on earth are the District’s shadow senator and shadow representative, not to be confused with non-voting representative. They are titular only. They do nothing. Their singular mission is to gain voting rights in Congress. That’ll give them something to do. (Md. Matters)

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Rubin: Republicans admit they have no fact witnesses — and Trump did it

House Republicans acknowledged that they have no witnesses and no documents to dispute the main facts concerning President Trump’s impeachable conduct: a demand from Ukraine for dirt on a political rival; withholding of aid vital to Ukraine’s defense against Russia; concealing evidence of the scheme by moving a transcript to a secret server; and threatening the tipster who alerted Congress to gross malfeasance. They admitted all that? Well, in a manner of speaking they did. (Wash. Post)

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EDITORIAL: Removing bad judges from the bench

The Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities investigates complaints against judges, but even if the independent body decides an offense warrants suspension or removal from office, it won’t happen right away. Maryland’s highest court must weigh in after a review of the case, which will include a hearing in which accused judges can further defend themselves. It could take months. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: In Baltimore’s Coppin Heights, a big opportunity comes into view

Until a few years ago, there were five vacant houses and an abandoned mill along North Avenue, just to the west of Coppin State University and the overhead railroad bridge that bears the university’s name. Not a pretty site, by any means, and not a good look for prospective students on college scouting trips with their parents. (Balt. Sun)

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EDITORIAL: As problems mount, Anne Arundel schools bus system in need of some magic

In the 1994 children’s animated series “The Magic School Bus,” teacher Valerie Frizzle takes her class on adventurous trips to exotic locations and times to learn about the wonders of science. Oh, and Little Richard sang the theme song. (Capital)

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Hernick: Don’t Underestimate the Power of ‘And’ for Climate Action

Earlier this month Gov. Larry Hogan released his long-anticipated draft greenhouse gas plan. It was published 10 months later than expected and that fact alone was enough to turn some onlookers negative. Critics were “distressed” calling the plan “hollow” and paying “inattention to detail.” The news cycled in less than a day, and my only question was: how did they read so fast? (Md. Matters)

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