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Bucket of gray crabs
Bad year for crabs can still be a good year for Chesapeake Bay

Summer approaches, and it’s traditionally a time when a Marylander’s fancy turns to a dozen Number One Jimmies steamed. The bad news is that Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are running especially scarce this year, a combination of a cool spring that reduces crab movement (and thus prevents watermen from catching them) following a bad year for reproduction. The official word on this came recently from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The state agency announced that overall crab stocks are at their lowest ever recorded by the winter dredge survey, which was started in 1990.

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A lot of sound and fury over Maryland’s gas tax

Gov. Larry Hogan’s political brand has been about being the no-nonsense guy who doesn’t play games but tells it like it is, especially in recent months as he attempts to define himself to a national audience for a potential presidential candidacy in 2024. We know this because he’s made whole speeches on the topic, including at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library several weeks ago where he expressed a preference for “work horses” over “show ponies.”

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Graduates have shown strength, resolve in pandemic times

The joyous graduation celebrations of Frederick’s high schools and colleges are back at Mount St. Mary’s University for the first time since 2019, and it is worth remembering something: These students have been through a lot. At Frederick High School’s ceremony in the Mount’s Knott Arena, home to FCPS graduations for decades but not since 2019, the choir once again sang the classic Simon & Garfunkel song “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Rodricks: Leave the Yock, Maryland’s officially ‘wild’ river, alone

The Youghiogheny River, in Western Maryland, is considered a Scenic and Wild River by the Department of Natural Resources. A few years ago, I hiked along four tough miles of the river and learned firsthand to appreciate what that special designation means. The Youghiogheny, or the Yock, flows for miles through Garrett County into Pennsylvania. The Maryland section, upstream of the town of Oakland to the town of Friendsville, is well known to white-water kayakers and rafters, visitors to Swallow Falls State Park and people who fish the Yock’s long pools and riffles.

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Policeman watching the St Patrick's parade
How to reduce Baltimore’s violent crime: Do everything possible

Baltimore suffers no shortage of reminders that it has a gun violence problem. From this week’s trial of the man accused of killing Safe Streets leader Dante Barksdale last year to the man found dead Sunday in his home in Better Waverly, rare are the days when the city’s nearly one-a-day homicide pace is interrupted. It is enough to make anyone, at least with an ounce of human compassion, scream — perhaps like the fictional TV anchorman Howard Beale from the 1976 movie “Network” who encouraged viewers to shout, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

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Lack of Polling Has Voters, Media, Gubernatorial Debate Planners Flying Blind. Here’s Why It Matters.

Maryland voters will begin casting mail-in ballots early next month and the primary is less than 60 days away. But there is a nagging question that just about everyone in Maryland politics is asking: What’s going on in the race for governor? The lack of independent polling has left journalists, debate planners and — most importantly — voters in the dark about the Democratic and Republican primary contests that will shape the general election in November.

Climate Justice Means Putting Frontline Families Like Mine at the Front

Like many immigrants fleeing poverty after a natural disaster, my family and I immigrated from El Salvador after the 2001 earthquakes devastated our country. With a lot of hard work, we opened a family restaurant where we all worked, and we bought houses in the neighborhood of Brooklyn to live close to each other. Baltimore became our home, and we feel we’re part of the hard-working and diverse community that lives here.

Are police consent decrees an asset? Depends on whom you ask.

The Minneapolis Police Department will face the intense scrutiny of a federal program after a state investigation spurred by the killing of George Floyd concluded that the city’s officers stop and arrest Black people more than white people, use force more often on people of color, and maintain a culture in which racist language is tolerated. The court enforced plan, known as a consent decree, has been credited with bringing significant reform in some places but scorned by critics elsewhere as ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money.

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University of Maryland’s Collins Plaza a reminder that tolerance is not enough; we must embrace one another

Five years ago on Friday, Lt. Richard Collins III, a young Black man, was killed at a bus stop on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. His murderer was a man with white supremacist ties, who demanded Richard step aside and then stabbed him to death when Richard refused. Lt. Collins was the best of America. He was a leader and a student athlete; he was kind and compassionate and had a deep desire to serve his country.

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Infrastructure that works for the bay and for the people

The largest increase in federal funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration in recent memory is quickly headed to on-the-ground projects where communities need them most. The announcement from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials earlier this month is cause for celebration, and reason to take careful note of what works. The Chesapeake Bay and the 18 million of us who share its 64,000-square-mile watershed face interconnected challenges.

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