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Boot: The Senate got smoking-gun evidence of Trump’s guilt. 43 Republicans didn’t care.

In the 1987 movie “The Untouchables,” Eliot Ness, played by Kevin Costner, uncovers last-minute evidence that Al Capone (Robert De Niro) bribed the jury that is trying him on tax evasion charges. When Ness presents the evidence to the judge, the corrupt jury is dismissed and Capone is forced to plead guilty. Justice is done. Imagine if the judge ignored the evidence and the corrupt jury acquitted the mob boss anyway. That is essentially what occurred in former president Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Saturday when the Senate fell 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict, because 43 Republicans voted to acquit.

Rodricks: Maryland fares relatively well through the pandemic, but vaccine rollout needs a bigger brain

While attempting to get the COVID vaccine — a task that required making numerous inquiries to numerous websites instead of just one inquiry to a central website — I took a break for an hour and became a disease data nerd. I wanted to see how Maryland has fared through the pandemic compared to neighboring states. This wasn’t just a way of killing time between submitting applications for vaccinations, but something I’ve been curious about: Where does one of the wealthiest states in the country, with so many big brains in residence, stack up compared to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware?

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Oppenheim: Leveling the Unequal Pretrial System for the Poor

No one awaiting trial, presumed innocent, should be incarcerated based on their financial circumstances. Period. Maryland’s piecemeal pretrial home detention system, in actuality, is no system at all — yet it manages to keep individuals who cannot afford home detention in jail before being convicted of any crime.

Vidal: Is School Re-Opening Debate About COVID or Politics?

An elementary school girl disconnected from virtual class for months; a conscientious student unable to attend school due to caring for her preschool siblings; seniors who dropped their plans to go to college or left home; and several adolescents struggling with new symptoms of depression in their dragged-out days of turned-off cameras and isolation.

Our View: Success of Carroll County school board decision dependent on safe plan, teacher buy-in

The Board of Education is proceeding with the confidence of a red-hot blackjack player at a Las Vegas casino, doubling down, emboldened by the relative paucity of COVID-19 cases in Carroll County Public Schools over the past month of hybrid learning and the shifting opinion of the general public, politicians and the scientific community. The board, at its Wednesday meeting, voted to allow all students to return to schools in person four days a week by March 22 and five days a week at certain facilities (such as the Career and Tech Center).

Meet the man who defied skeptics to build a journalism school at Morgan State University in record time

The photo accompanied DeWayne Wickham’s last column at USA Today. He sits next to President Barack Obama around a large table in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Presidential aide Valerie Jarrett is there too, as well as other Black journalists. Obama listens as Wickham speaks. The image is a snapshot of the journalism prestige Wickham has gained in 40-plus years in the business.

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106 years later: Annapolis ‘grandfather clause’ Supreme Court decision helped catalyze Black political involvement

It is an election year in Annapolis. The mayor is running for a second term. Aldermen have started to announce re-election plans. And outsiders have begun to mount primary challenges to incumbents. When polls open on the city’s Sept. 21 primary election, nearly a third of its 25,000 eligible voters will be Black, and as many as three Black City Council incumbents could be on the ballot.

Maryland needs paid family leave

Remember the days when they thought of an unexpected illness in the family was a scary yet seemingly remote possibility? If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has done, it’s to demonstrate that such emergencies — from an incapacitated parent to a seriously ill spouse or child — are far more than theoretical. Further, it’s demonstrated that a lot of families, particularly those of limited means, reside dangerously near a financial precipice. Leaving a job behind temporarily with unpaid leave, a benefit all Americans enjoy under a 1993 federal law, is one thing. Keeping a single parent and the rest of her family above water during an extended emergency is quite another.

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What we can learn about cancer drug development from the COVID-19 approach

As an oncologist, I recognize the arduous path to make a new drug. It is a hard trek that lies between the bench and the patient’s bedside. Ordinarily, it takes five or more years just to get a new drug into the clinic for testing. Similar time is needed for clinical trials. Then comes Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, followed by the time it takes for licensing, manufacture, distribution and adoption by physicians. Ordinarily, this means that 12 or more years might pass before the FDA even begins its evaluation of a new drug or regimen. This is before any therapy becomes part of our disease-fighting armamentarium.

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The Dems’ Arrogance Just Might Keep a Republican in the Governor’s Mansion

If there’s one thing that Maryland Democrats never lack, it’s confidence. To a certain extent, they should be confident. Maryland Democrats continue to hold a massive registration advantage over Republicans, one that has been exacerbated by an exodus from the GOP in the wake of the Jan. 6 attempted coup d’etat at the U.S. Capitol. They also will continue to benefit electorally as long as Republicans, both at home and nationally, continue to embrace Donald Trump as a de facto party leader while refusing to do anything about the elements of the party that remain disconnected from reality. But Democratic confidence in Maryland continues to border on arrogance.

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