Robert C. Embry Jr.: To stop the killings, Baltimore needs more data

As Baltimoreans seek to address the city’s out of control murder rate, they need more information as to what works and what does not. For example, there is considerable pressure for the Baltimore Police Department to put more police on the street in high crime areas, but the public has no information on the impact of X number of additional police on Y area for Z length of time on gun-related crime. (Balt. Sun)

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Michael Sokolove: The U-Md. debacle is what happens when a university cares about sports above all else

Before the University of Maryland's Board of Regents essentially pushed him out for daring to challenge the football coach, Wallace D. Loh, the school's president, liked to refer to the athletic department as the school's "front porch." In recent years, this has become a kind of a trope of American universities, and I heard about the "front porch" countless times while reporting a new book on the University of Louisville. It is meant to signify that their football and basketball teams will attract interest and engage people from around the nation who might otherwise just pass the place by. (Wash. Post)

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Valerie Strauss: Why three University of Maryland football players are the best teachers of the week

This week, it seems appropriate to make three University of Maryland football players our teachers of the week. Every so often, I pick the best or worst teacher of the week from the pool of public figures whose job it is to serve as role models for young people. This week, it was the young people on the College Park campus who taught the adults a lesson. These three college students — offensive lineman Ellis McKennie, tight end Avery Edwards and offensive lineman Brendan Moore — took a stand about something when adult leaders of the university failed to do so in rather spectacular fashion. It couldn’t have been easy for them to do, but they did. (Wash. Post)

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November 2 // The University of Maryland can — and must — recover from this week's debacle. Here's how.

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Josh Kurtz: The Franchot Factor

Halloween just passed, so it’s fair to ask: Is state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) merely masquerading as a Democrat? Franchot’s third term as the state’s tax collector has been defined, more than anything, by his buddy-buddy relationship with Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and his growing estrangement from the state’s Democratic establishment – or “the Annapolis machine,” as he likes to call it. More than any other Democrat, Franchot has given cover to Hogan’s favored narrative that he operates in a bipartisan fashion. (Md. Matters)

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Vote ‘Yes’ on Baltimore City Question F

We encourage Baltimore City voters to vote “Yes” on Question F, a Charter Amendment that would create an independent Office of the Inspector General.  Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore City Council publicly support passage of Question F. The city’s voters need to do their part and pass this ballot measure. Under the ballot measure, the Office of Inspector General would be transformed from a unit supervised by the City Solicitor created by an O’Malley era executive order into an independent unit of city government recognized in the City Charter. (Daily Record)

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Michael Millemann: Vote ‘No’ on Question G

By the time many voters get past the candidates for office and are down to the bottom of the ballot, they may be tempted to vote “yes” on the remaining measures, whether from voter fatigue or a general trust in our governmental leaders. On this year’s ballot, however, there is a very good reason to vote “no” on Question G. It would gut the ability of the Department of Legislative Reference to operate in a bipartisan, professional, and objective way, as it has for over a century. The department performs essential tasks that often generate political infighting and deeply held partisan battles. It drafts the ordinances for the city, supervises law revisions and administers the city’s ethics code, among other duties. (Daily Record)

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Patrick Ronk, Zachary Cohen: University of Maryland President Loh should rescind his retirement and stay on

One of the University of Maryland’s admissions slogans is: “There is no better time to be a Terp.” In many ways this should be true: President Wallace Loh has shepherded the university to the best academic rankings in school history, overseen a building boom and ushered in major improvements to the surrounding community. But as a result of the university system Board of Regents’ decision Tuesday to retain football coach DJ Durkin, despite the death of a student player, forcing Mr. Loh to announce his retirement, this slogan feels further from the truth than ever. (Balt. Sun)

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