Monday, April 22, 2024 | Baltimore, MD


Mosby, Cohen and Sneed spar in City Council president TV debate

The three Democratic candidates for the Baltimore’s City Council president clashed in a televised debate Wednesday, with incumbent Nick Mosby taking the offensive against both of his challengers. Councilman Zeke Cohen, former Councilwoman Shannon Sneed and Mosby took turns in the debate hosted by WBAL-TV, WBAL Radio and Maryland Public Television staking their positions on issues ranging from a proposed ballot measure to slash the city’s property tax rate to enforcement of low-level crimes to controversial plans for the redevelopment Harborplace.

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Maryland dispensaries brace for a ‘very busy’ 4/20

This Saturday is April 20, which is something of a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts — and it marks the first 4/20 in Maryland since the state launched its recreational marijuana market last July. Stores that are licensed to sell recreational pot are bracing for heavy foot traffic. “I think they’re going to be very busy,” said Wendy Bronfein, co-founder and chief brand officer with Curio Wellness, which sells cannabis products to dispensaries in Maryland.

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Pickleball franchise opening corporate-operated club in Glen Burnie

PickleRage, an indoor pickleball club franchisor, Thursday announced its expansion into Maryland with the upcoming opening of a new corporate-operated club in Glen Burnie. The soon-to-be-constructed 26,550-square-foot club will have 10 CushionX courts designed to be joint friendly and be equipped with advanced video recording and livestreaming capabilities.

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Several dozen ships lost propulsion in Maryland waters before Key Bridge collapse: ‘You’re basically just drifting’

After delivering a load of sugar to the Domino refinery in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor two winters ago, a 567-foot bulk carrier departed for Georgia but didn’t get very far before experiencing engine trouble. Not long after the Nazenin sailed underneath the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a mechanical malfunction cut the flow of cooling water to the ship’s main engine, disrupting the ship’s propulsion.

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Board approves deadline for state agencies to submit documents for education reform plan

Five state agencies that are key stakeholders in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future have less than two months to submit documents for implementing that education reform plan. The June 15 deadline was set Thursday by the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB), which oversees the $3.8 billion plan through 2032.

Endorsement game intensifies in Democratic Senate primary

With mail-in voting already under way, and the election less than a month from now, the number and pace of high-profile endorsements is intensifying in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. On Thursday, two powerful Black women officeholders from Prince George’s County announced they were backing U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-6th) over their own county executive, Angela Alsobrooks (D), who is bidding to become the first Black woman to win statewide office in Maryland, and just the third elected to the U.S. Senate.

Fact-checking Brandon Scott’s claims about Sheila Dixon’s record on crime

Mayor Brandon Scott’s latest television campaign ad on Baltimore’s mayoral race makes two assertions about his opponent former Mayor Sheila Dixon’s record on crime that are deserving of scrutiny. According to polls, Scott, who is seeking a second term, has opened a lead over Dixon, his chief competition in the Democratic primary that begins with early voting beginning May 2 and Primary Day on May 14.

Md. health dept. processed 1.5 million Medicaid enrollees in 12 months; one month left in ‘unwinding’

In March 2023, the Maryland Department of Health began sifting through almost 1.8 million Medicaid enrollees to see who still qualifies for the federal health care plan for low-income households. A year later, the department has processed over 1.5 million Medicaid enrollees, and has determined that most people still qualified, while hundreds of thousands of others were no longer eligible.

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MDEC finally comes to Baltimore

The day that many of us thought never would arrive finally is imminent. Baltimore City is becoming the last jurisdiction to implement electronic filing in its courts. The rollout of Maryland Electronic Courts began in Anne Arundel County in 2014. When Prince George’s County implemented MDEC in October 2022, Baltimore City was the last jurisdiction in Maryland without electronic filing.


‘Why is nothing being done?’: Concerns grow about drug use, fighting in Montgomery Co. school bathrooms

For many students in Montgomery County public schools, the bathrooms remain a no-go zone due to drug use and fighting. That’s according to testimony at the most recent Board of Education meeting on April 11. During the public comment segment of the meeting, David Gebler, an English teacher at Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, told board members that often, “the halls reek of marijuana.”

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