Turning over a new leaf in Towson gas station dispute

The Baltimore County Council wisely elected to go with negotiation over litigation earlier this week when it tabled a resolution that would have prevented a Royal Farms gas station from being built in Towson. Going forward, the real questions are who should have been monitoring this public-private partnership venture and stewarding the public assets accordingly? (Daily Record)

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Bishops: anti-immigrant sentiment a test of our faith

As faith leaders, we are called to love our neighbors, to welcome the stranger and to stand with the vulnerable. We find ourselves struggling to live up to that calling in a nation where our highest leaders espouse anti-immigrant rhetoric. Just two weeks ago, we witnessed the inhumane separation of yet another family: Lizandro (19) and Diego Claros (22) were detained on July 28 at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement check-in and were deported to El Salvador within days. The Claros bothers came to the U.S. as children fleeing violence, and they now leave behind their parents, a brother and a sister in Gaithersburg. Our national leadership knowingly dismantles families and sends young men like the Claros brothers to countries ravaged by gang violence. Therefore, we must abide by the tenets of our faith and decry current immigration policies. (Balt. Sun)

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August 10 // The cost of eroding trust in Baltimore police

The 41 cases Baltimore prosecutors have dropped so far as a result of a police body camera video appearing to show an officer manipulating evidence while two others looked on may well result in violent, repeat offenders going free. We can’t say, of course, how many of those arrested by the officers were guilty, but thanks to an analysis of court records by The Sun’s Kevin Rector, Catherine Rentz and Tim Prudente, we know that eight of them were accused of gun law violations, and many had long criminal records including convictions for violent offenses. Were at least some of them the “bad guys with guns” that Baltimore police have been talking about getting off the streets for years? That could well be, but for now, they remain free. (Balt. Sun)

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Tony Clifford: Strengthening Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would be a win for Marylanders

In the next few weeks, Gov. Larry Hogan has a chance to secure a big win for our state’s economy and cleaner air. The pioneering Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which has already helped slash carbon pollution from Maryland power plants by more than 40% and is a key pillar in our state’s plan to address climate change, is undergoing a review. (Md. Reporter)

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Sam Faddis: Democrats have failed Baltimore — and Maryland

As of this writing, more than 200 people have been murdered in the city of Baltimore so far this year. Mayor Catherine Pugh, who until recently seemed primarily focused on finding out why the police were working so much overtime, waited for months to unveil a crime strategy. Attorney General Brian Frosh, whose office has a charter to target organized crime like the heroin smuggling networks turning Baltimore into a shooting gallery, is busy suing President Trump. Our senior United States Senator, Ben Cardin, who is from Baltimore, is busy with a social media blitz designed to find somebody else to blame for the fact that the FBI is not moving to Prince George’s County. (Balt. Sun)

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More proof that police in Annapolis, Anne Arundel get it

If you need evidence that police in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County increasingly understand how to build confidence with the public, Monday would be a good place to start. In Annapolis, Police Chief Scott Baker said he is moving toward creating a panel of city residents who would review complaints against police officers. (Capital)

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McDaniel partnership could address CCPS diversity hiring, if not for cost

Carroll County’s Board of Education, in recent years, has publicly stated that increasing diversity among its workforce is a priority, in an attempt to bring the percentage of teachers and other staff more in-line with those of the minority populations in the county and the school system’s student body. Minorities made up just 4.1 percent of Carroll County Public Schools’ staff in 2016, according to the data from the Maryland State Department of Education. The county’s entire population is 8.2 percent minorities and the student population is 14 percent minority. A program that could help the school system address this, and was recently lauded as a “Model of Excellence,” is actually located right here in Westminster. (Carr. Co. Times)

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August 9 // Jess McIntosh: Politics, Not As Usual

Ever wonder why the hairstyles of female politicians seem stuck in the suffragette era? Here's your answer: The first job of candidates and elected officials is to represent huge swaths of incredibly disparate people. Conventional wisdom holds that challenging one's audience via personal style is counterproductive to the role. It's not all that different for political staffers, lobbyists, and people like me—whose job is getting politicians elected, advocating for issues, speaking on behalf of marginalized communities, and generally convincing the media (and thereby the public) that X organization/cause/politician is great. (Elle)

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