Baltimore isn't 'Boys Town,' Mayor Young, and boxing matches aren't going to end street violence

There’s a case to be made that providing at-risk youth with the opportunity to train as boxers — with all the discipline and dedication that entails — can help put them on a path to a better life. Baltimore has a long-standing and successful example of that in West Baltimore’s UMAR Boxing, where the motto is “no hooks before books” and where The Educated Boxer, Ph.D. candidate Dorian Bostic, trains. (He won his first professional fight last month.) Amid a crime surge in England in the early 2000s, some British politicians floated the idea of training young men in boxing as a means of reducing street violence, and the idea is the topic of a few sociological research papers, though conclusions are mixed. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's Preakness tent: The case for partying on the taxpayer's dime

The Baltimore Sun’s Pamela Wood recently provided details of the state government hospitality tent at last month’s Preakness Stakes, and the public reaction online was predictable. Many thought Gov. Larry Hogan and the other politicians and political appointees who spent $145,500 for food and booze at Pimlico Race Course could have used taxpayer dollars more wisely. And that’s putting it mildly. (Balt. Sun)

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UMD needs 'complete rebuilding' of policies in wake of student deaths

As a Terrapin alum, the wife of a current University of Maryland graduate student and the proud parent of an incoming University of Maryland freshman, I have actively followed the University of Maryland’s crises this past year: severe dormitory overcrowding, the wholly preventable death of a student athlete, mold-ridden dorms, an adenovirus outbreak and the potentially preventable death of a student infected by adenovirus. Bad things will inevitably happen on any college campus, but it is deeply disturbing when one of the country’s most prestigious public universities is so reluctant to admit and learn from its past mistakes. (Balt. Sun)

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Goldberg: The flaw in trying to paint Biden as another Hillary Clinton

Is Joe Biden Hillary Clinton -- or George W. Bush? The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he's neither. He's Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free Beacon, recently asked "Is Biden the new Hillary?" "Trump plans to wage the same sort of campaign against Biden that he did against Hillary Clinton in 2016," Mr. Continetti wrote for National Review. 

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Mohler: Let’s Turn It Down a Notch

Do we always have to be so damn angry? The answer to that question will go a long way toward determining what kind of legacy we leave for our children. And quite frankly, right now, the optimist in me (and I’m a pretty optimistic guy) is not very optimistic. Our anger is on display all of the time. You see it. I see it. Come on, we all see it. Just take a look at one of the many neighborhood alert community pages. Sure there is some interesting and helpful information posted on the site that from time-to-time helps people stay connected and feel good about where they live. (Md. Matters)

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Shelly: Maryland leaders, will you take a pledge to support black kids?

Sometimes racism is subtle. That was not the case with the inflammatory and offensive tweet dehumanizing black children posted by the Fraternal Order of Police last weekend. That message, and other recent comments expressed by public leaders, represent a disturbing return to overt racism. The coded language public servants and elected officials use and the racist themes they invoke set the tone for what is acceptable. We call on all public officials to pledge that they will not use and will not tolerate the use of disparaging and dehumanizing language about people of color, especially black children. (Balt. Sun)

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It's past time for a hard conversation about the BSO

The long-simmering problems that have long beset the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra bloomed into a full debacle Thursday when the BSO management suddenly canceled a summer concert series just hours before musicians went on stage to perform a Beethoven piano concerto and other works. It was shocking to symphony patrons, musicians who are now faced with a 20 percent pay cut, and lawmakers who thought they had worked out a deal to avoid just such an outcome. (Balt. Sun)

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Mackintosh: Taking the high road: A monorail would be a good component to fixing the region's transportation issues

While Frederick does have its share of legitimate traffic problems, residents from all over Frederick County and beyond suffer through a daily grueling commute to and from the D.C. metro area by plodding along, kissing bumpers down Interstate 270 or via a MARC train that putters its way through Point of Rocks into the D.C. metro employment hub. Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, recently proposed a widening of the entire I-270 corridor with toll lanes from Shady Grove Road south. His plan also calls for expanding the width of the Capital Beltway (aka Interstate 495) (News-Post).

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