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Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office files FCC complaint against WBFF alleging biased, inflammatory, dangerous coverage

The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office says it filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday requesting an investigation of WBFF, the Sinclair-owned Fox-affiliated TV station in Baltimore. The letter of complaint written by Zy Richardson, communications director, alleges a pattern of coverage of the state’s attorney’s office that is “blatantly slanted, dishonest, misleading, racist, and extremely dangerous.” It further charges that the station has engaged in what “appears to be an intentional crusade” against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, “which given today’s politically charged and divisive environment, is extremely dangerous.”

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A call for accountability in Maryland’s mishandling of education amid the pandemic

This year’s failures of Maryland’s educational establishment will soon be on display. Newly-passed House Bill 1372 requires all school districts to use standardized testing (independently validated, traditional and computer-adapted tests) that will assess learning loss due to COVID-related school closures. This testing is an important first step toward creating accountability for the state’s disastrously mishandled school year and healing the damage that it has caused. Nationwide standardized tests have already illuminated many of the failures of online learning.

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This is a photo of thoroughbred Gun Runner, 2018 Horse of the Year winning the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga - with jockey Florent Geroux.
As Preakness approaches, the real winner could be Pimlico and the surrounding neighborhood. Here’s why.

Yolanda Jiggetts will head to the Pimlico Race Course on May 15 for the Preakness race, but with an eye toward a future when crowds flock there more than once a year and for a range of events. Sandy Rosenberg will host his usual pre-Preakness brunch at home then walk over to the track, this year with “an extra bounce” in his step.

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Plans move ahead for 350-unit apartment building at Village of Cross Keys

The owner of The Village of Cross Keys plans to start building an upscale, 350-unit apartment building at the North Baltimore retail, residential and office complex through a joint venture announced Thursday. Towson-based Caves Valley Partners, which acquired the long-struggling center for $27 million in July, has entered a joint venture with Questar Properties to build the apartments on part of the former Cross Keys Tennis Club and an adjacent parking lot.

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Keep a wary eye on enrollment as Anne Arundel schools prepare for fall classes

Anne Arundel Schools Superintendent George Arlotto has been saying for months that planning was underway for a return to normal classroom instruction next fall. A letter released late last week formalized it in response to a request from the state. No one knows, however, how many students will show up. Enrollment in county schools dropped by about 2,400 students this year. The assumption is that most of these withdrawals are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maryland approves funding for First Amendment memorial honoring Capital Gazette after construction hiccup

Construction for the Guardians of the 1st Amendment Memorial, slated to be completed in June, is back on track after poor building conditions on the site required an additional $200,000 in construction work. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $300,000 grant Wednesday to partially fund the memorial at Newman Park in Annapolis. The original cost was budgeted for the grant amount, but soggy, unstable soil required the removal of dirt and rock, hauling in new soil and installing steel helical piles — a type of foundation anchor that screws into the earth. The project will now cost roughly half a million dollars.

Ellicott City cybersecurity firm Huntress raises $40 million to focus on threats to small business

Huntress, an Ellicott City-based cybersecurity firm, said Thursday that it has raised $40 million from an equity investment that will allow it to expand services to small businesses that are least prepared for cyberattacks. The investment round was led by JMI Equity, a private equity firm with offices in Baltimore and San Diego that invests in software companies. Other investors, including ForgePoint Capital and Columbia-based Gula Tech Adventures, have increased their stakes in Huntress to support the company’s goal of helping small businesses improve cybersecurity.

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Johnny Olszewski announces he will run for re-election in 2022

One of Maryland’s highest-profile Democrats is not running for governor in 2022. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Thursday announced his plans to run for re-election in 2022. Some had speculated that Olszewski might run for governor, but in an email and Facebook post, Olszewski said this is still more to be done in Baltimore County and he is seeking a second term.

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Gov. Hogan, Mayor Scott To Meet Next Week After Days Of Verbal Sparring Over How To Handle Baltimore Violence
After a war of words, Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott will be meeting next Thursday to discuss city violence. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison will also be at the meeting. The gathering will take place on May 13 at the State House. Hogan and Scott have been exchanging words through the media about how to address crime in Baltimore.

 

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Baltimore announces new round of grants for restaurants, caterers

A new round of aid is on its way to Baltimore City’s hospitality industry. Mayor Brandon M. Scott on Thursday announced another $2 million in grants available to caterers, restaurants and taverns struggling during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This latest financial infusion comes from the state and will be administered by the Baltimore Development Corp.

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