C. Fraser Smith: A slain cop’s legacy?

The mayor says violence in Baltimore is “out of control.” Hard to disagree — unless you consider a dark rebuttal: The head-shooting street assassins  — these guys are in control. And their grip is tightening. We sped past 300 and last year’s death toll with more than a month left in 2017. (Daily Record)

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Expanding training in important trades

The county’s ideas incubator high school, the Applications and Research Laboratory, is branching out in the next school year to offer courses in agricultural science and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. In high-achieving Howard County, where nine out of 10 students move on to higher education after receiving a high school diploma, promoting career tracks in farming and building mechanical systems might seem out of place. It shouldn’t. (Ho. Co. Times)

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The lesson of the Russian Facebook ads in Maryland: They're getting smarter

There’s a certain clumsiness about the Facebook ad that congressional investigators say Kremlin-connected Russian internet trolls targeted at Marylanders in 2015. Along with pictures of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, it included the slightly off-key text, “Join us because we care. Black Matters!” — as if it were the color that was important and not the lives of black people. The ad sent those who clicked on it to a Facebook page called Black Matters U.S. — again, not quite getting the phrase right — that appears associated with a website that included pointed but stilted commentary about matters including race and policing. (Balt. Sun)

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November 30 // The sick leave showdown

If you can get through all the gratuitous shots at the Democrats in the General Assembly, the report Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration released about paid sick leave in Maryland makes some good points and contains some good ideas — including a few that are actually more favorable to workers than the “horrible” bill he vetoed this spring. Too bad none of it will probably matter when the legislature returns to Annapolis in January and makes an override of the veto its first order of business and a marker for what is likely to be a contentious election-year session. (Balt. Sun)

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Raimee Eck: Md. should consider health and social costs of alcohol industry, not just economics

With barely half of Maryland adults (55 percent) reporting consuming alcohol in the past 30 days, Comptroller Peter Franchot’s focus on increasing alcohol production, sales and consumption without review of the health consequences and costs is misguided. Segments of the alcohol industry have welcomed Mr. Franchot’s initiative, “Reform on Tap,” but the complete lack of public health and safety input into his recommendations has left the interests of the rest of Maryland out of the picture. (Balt. Sun)

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Paul DeWolfe: Baltimore youth need services, not prison

Anyone who has tried to debate a high school freshman knows perhaps one of the world’s universal truths: Teenagers are not rational adults. This simple truism, experienced by parents the world over, is also why children should not be tried as adults. The leadership in the Baltimore City Police Department and State’s Attorney’s Office disagree. They claim that some children are not “regular kids,” but “violent offenders” who should be treated as adults and locked up. (Balt. Sun)

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Katherine Phillips: Seasonal migrations mean changes for the coastal bays

All around the world and throughout all seasons, migration is seen in a wide variety of animals ranging from mammals and avians to fish, reptiles, and insects. Migration is the movement of a species from one location to another at certain times of the year or during specific stages of their life cycles. On the Eastern Shore and coastal bays, many species can be seen migrating both to and from the area. Animals migrate for a variety of different reasons, such as traveling to a particular breeding ground, lack of food supply or seasonal changes. There are several types of migration based on differences in direction, timing and purpose. (Daily Times)

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November 29 // Dave Anderson: Treat North Korea like China

President Trump essentially congratulated the Chinese several weeks ago when he said that he did not blame them for taking advantage of the United States in gaining such a great trade balance in their favor. President Trump is eminently clear that he intends to change this situation, but he said that the United States, and especially prior Presidents, are to blame for the situation, not China. The approach the President is now taking toward China should also be taken toward North Korea, for Kim Jong Un and his predecessors have shown great ingenuity in defying international law and their own commitments about not developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. (Global Policy)

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