Images that change how America thinks: Can a photo of a drowned father and daughter shift the immigration debate?

It was painful to look at the photo of the lifeless bodies of a father and his infant daughter face down in the muddy waters of the Rio Grande, their tragic fate sealed after trying to cross the perilous river in search of asylum in America. Typically news organizations, including The Sun, won’t use disturbing photos like this because it can seem sensational or exploitative, and these types of images often do little to add to the narrative and understanding of even the most harrowing stories. Photos of dead bodies at crime scenes, car crashes or accidental drownings rarely make the newspaper pages. (Balt. Sun)

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Almeter: Everything is awful in Baltimore, except for when it's not

Everything is awful in Baltimore. It really is. There are drugs, poverty, potholes, hyper-aggressive homeless people, hyper-aggressive squeegee kids, hyper-aggressive racist cops, consent decrees, blight, hyper-aggressive dirt bike riders, and the Preakness might pull a Colts. And the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have just been locked out of their home. Not only is everything awful, but summer is here and everything is awful and humid! We will soon be walking around our awful city and we will be sweaty and our clothes will stick to us and our hair will have a mind of its own amid all the humid awfulness. (Balt. Sun)

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Fry: New solutions needed to end culture of violence

As we near the midpoint of the year it’s shaping up to be another grim one for Baltimore in terms of violent crime. As of June 26, there were 152 homicides in the city, compared to 133 at the same time last year, according to Baltimore City Police Department data, an increase of 14 percent. If the pace continues the city will regrettably book more than 300 murders for another consecutive year dating back to 2015. The majority of the deaths – 137 or 90 percent – are the result of gun violence. While that is a deeply disturbing number, it doesn’t paint the whole picture when it comes to the gun violence occurring in Baltimore. (Daily Record)

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Editorial: A year after the Capital shootings, the journalists of Annapolis honor their fallen colleagues every day

Today at 2:33 p.m., journalists at The Baltimore Sun and in newsrooms across the nation will pause for a moment of silence to honor our five colleagues from the Annapolis Capital who were killed one year ago: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith. This morning, the city of Annapolis will formally dedicate a memorial park in their honor at a spot overlooking the water, and plans are underway for a freedom of the press memorial in the city. There has been a gun violence summit in the city this week, and tonight there will be a memorial concert at the Maryland Hall. Gov. Larry Hogan named June 28 Freedom of the Press Day. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Forget Russian hackers, the Supreme Court's gerrymandering decision just crippled American democracy

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts finds extreme partisan gerrymandering “unjust.” He doesn’t condone it himself. He doesn’t even defend it as constitutional. But he just issued the 5-4 majority opinion, with all five Republican appointees on one side and all four Democrats on the other, in a case that opens the door to politicians drawing district lines to favor their party without any fear of constitutional challenge. Given the extreme examples of gerrymandering in the two states whose maps were before the court — Maryland and North Carolina — not to mention plenty of others like Wisconsin and Texas, we shudder to imagine how badly political hacks with mapping software are about to fracture our democracy. (Balt. Sun)

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Turner: Pimlico isn’t just Baltimore’s problem

I find it somewhat ironic that a study developed by the Maryland Stadium Authority with the input of The Stronach Group, Baltimore City officials, and the general public about the future of racing and the cost of reviving Pimlico Race Course can be so easily minimized. The Maryland racing industry is much larger than Pimlico and the Preakness. There are approximately 21,000 jobs that directly or indirectly depend on this industry. Maryland has hundreds of breeding farms, boarding stables, dressage stables, horse leasing stables, horse trainers, jockeys and more that depend on this industry. According to a report published by the American Horse Council, there are over 101,000 horses in Maryland, and the economic impact of this industry is estimated at $1.3 billion. (Daily Record)

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Tobias: Confirm Gallagher to district court

On June 7, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Stephanie Gallagher, who has long been a U.S. magistrate judge in the District of Maryland, to the court. This occurred nearly three years after President Barack Obama nominated her to the identical vacancy. Gallagher is an experienced, mainstream nominee who earned the powerful 2015 support of Maryland Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and possesses similar backing now from Cardin and Chris Van Hollen. The Senate Judiciary Committee reported Gallagher in May 2016 and last year. (Daily Record)

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O'Malley: Electric grid operator PJM must enable Md. clean energy transformation

Not that long ago, during my time as governor, Maryland was a national leader in clean energy goals, requiring 25 percent renewable energy by 2020. Today, we again join the top, with the Maryland legislature’s passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act last month, requiring that half our state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2030. (Balt. Sun)

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