Politics

  • Rosenstein poised for confirmation as deputy attorney general

    Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein is poised to be confirmed to serve as deputy attorney general after clearing a procedural vote Monday with bipartisan support. The Senate voted 92-6 to cut off debate on Rosenstein's nomination to be the No. 2 official at the Department of Justice and move to a final vote, which is expected on Wednesday. Rosenstein's otherwise uncontroversial appointment has drawn additional scrutiny after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would recuse himself from investigations into the Trump campaign's interaction with Russia. Rosenstein will now have to decide whether to appoint an independent prosecutor in the case. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Senate president talks about the General Assembly, presidential politics and 2018

    Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. remembers meeting Larry Hogan when the now-governor was just a child. Miller, who was then working as a driver for a Republican candidate for governor, is a staunch Democrat, but thinks the opposing party might increase their ranks in his chamber after the 2018 elections. The governor’s got a decent shot at re-election, too, Miller said. “He’ll run for re-election. And right now, it looks like he’s got a clear field,” said Miller, who had his own disagreements with Hogan this past General Assembly session over controversial Cabinet nominees. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • GOP members on Baltimore County Council to propose immigration screening in jail

    Republican members of the Baltimore County Council are seeking to require the county's jail to participate in a controversial federal immigration screening program. If the three Republicans can get a bill passed, they are facing a certain veto from Democratic County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who dismissed the effort as inspired by President Donald J. Trump. "I'm certainly dismayed that the three Republicans are attempting to inject a little of this Trump fever that they've been infected with," Kamenetz said. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland bill gives first responders protections when aiding pets

    Police, firefighters and medics who provide aid to animals during emergencies would get new protection from liability under legislation that cleared the General Assembly this month. First responders in Maryland haven't been covered by Good Samaritan laws when treating animals — whether they were trying to stop bleeding, rinse soot from a pet's eyes or use an oxygen mask on an animal — because it was considered practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Del. Clarence Lam, the lead sponsor of legislation to change the law, said about 20 states have similar statutes and a number of first responders testified in favor of the change. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Invites Next Generation of Home Buyers to Bayside Baltimore County

    Diane Lesman, Marketing and Development Director for the Dundalk Renassiance Corporation, discusses the tremendous job growth and rising home values in Dundalk. The DRC's housing fair on Saturday, April 22 will provide information and exhibits on housing and financing, including grants for first-time home buyers, to welcome new families and professionals to Bayside Baltimore County.  Watch Full Video

  • Jay Perman & Freeman Hrabowski: March for Science

    On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in Washington, DC, to celebrate and defend science—at a time when many believe that science does, in fact, need defending. President Trump’s budget proposal cuts 31 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, slashes the Department of Energy’s basic science research program, and zeroes out a program that supports early-stage research into technologies that can reduce our national dependence on fossil fuels.Read Full Article

  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Executive Director on Bayside Baltimore County’s Opportunities and Value

    Big things are happening in Dundalk. With great schools and 43 miles of waterfront, this collection of authentic neighborhoods is poised for a renaissance with new developments like Tradepoint Atlantic making it a prime value investment opportunity for local and prospective homeowners. Tom Stewart sits down with Amy Menzer, Executive Director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation that are strengthening current homeowners and attracting new families to buy into Bayside Baltimore County.Watch Full Video

  • Inside the Headlines with Amy Cavanaugh Royce: Maryland Art Place and SHADE 2017

    Mayor Pugh’s Hire One Youth Summer Jobs Initiative provides students throughout Baltimore the opportunity to gain the skills and experience to succeed in the workforce. Watch below to hear Amy Cavanaugh Royce, Executive Director of Maryland Art Place, share the program's impact on one student. Once you're inspired, support the program and the future of Baltimore’s youth by attending SHADE 2017, Baltimore’s hottest Preakness after-party, on Saturday, May 20, 8:30 PM – 1:30 AM at Port Discovery.Watch Full Video

Business

  • Hopkins gets $10 million federal grant to continue efforts to control, end malaria

    Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute will continue its efforts to control and eliminate malaria in Africa with a seven-year, $10 million federal grant. The funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases follows a previous seven-year grants that was used by researchers from Hopkins in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa. The new funds will allow expansion in central Africa. The effort helped to reduce the cases of the disease and the death rate, though malaria remains a significant killer globally. The World Health Organization reports that there were 212 million people who suffered from malaria in 2015 and 429,000 who died. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore medical device startup raises $3 million

    Sonavex, a medical device company in Baltimore, has raised $3 million to push the firm through the regulatory approval process for its device to detect blood clots. The round was led by Grey Sky Venture Partners with investments from CRCM Venture Capital, TEDCO, the Abell Foundation and individual private investors. The round includes $2.2 million in equity and a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation worth $750,000. In response to strong interest from investors, the company plans to raise an additional $1.3 million. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • McCormick & Co. lists existing headquarter buildings in Baltimore County

    McCormick & Co. Inc. has placed its two corporate complexes totaling 60 acres in Hunt Valley on the market. The move came Monday as the spice giant continues a push to consolidate its workforce and move into larger, new office space in 2019. It will make available a total of 273,742 square feet of office space along the busy Interstate 83 North corridor in Baltimore County, home to other corporate offices like Bank of America, PayPal and Tessco Technologies. CBRE Vice President Kevin Wille, who is marketing the properties, declined to reveal a listing price Monday. McCormick owns both buildings. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • City Paper names new editor

    The City Paper has promoted Brandon Soderberg to editor of the free alternative publication, part of the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Soderberg, who had been deputy editor and arts editor, will oversee the print and online editions, the company said Monday. He has been writing for City Paper since 2007. Before taking on the deputy editor role in 2015, Soderberg had served as music, film and special issues editor. He was a contributing writer to SPIN Magazine prior to that and also had written for The Independent Weekly, the Museum of Moving Image, Vice, the Village Voice and Washington City Paper. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Grange honored for boosting breakfast program

    We've all heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” At Grange Elementary School, however, it's not just a motto — it's a mission. To that end, members of the school community celebrated last Wednesday as the school was named a district-level winner in No Kid Hungry's 2017 Maryland Breakfast Challenge. Part of the larger Share our Strength nonprofit, the mission of No Kid Hungry is to put an end to childhood hunger. (Dundalk Eagle)Read Full Article

  • Maryland high schools rank as the best in the country, U.S. News says

    Maryland high schools are the best in the nation, with four ranking among the top 150 in the country, according to a new list from U.S. News & World Report. The list, published Tuesday morning, ranks more than 2,600 high schools across the country based on state high school proficiency tests, disadvantaged students’ performance on those tests, graduation rate, and then Advanced Placement test data. On a state-by-state level, U.S. News said Maryland schools performed best by their measures, with 5.9 percent of the public schools achieving “Gold Medal” status and 21.6 percent achieving “Silver Medal” status. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Spring breaks next year will shrink to comply with Hogan Labor Day order

    The week-long spring break that Maryland schoolchildren just enjoyed will be much shorter next year in some counties. Several school systems in the state have shortened their 2018 spring breaks to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order mandating that the school year start after Labor Day and end by June 15. In Anne Arundel County, education administrators had to rework 10 days on the calendar for the next school year to meet the new requirements. They sliced the number of days built into the schedule for snow day closures from five to three, and added four days to the end of the school year. Winter break will be one day shorter and spring break will go from six business days to three. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Howard board, superintendent in legal battle as they run county school system

    A new majority took over the Howard County school board in December and passed sweeping measures to assert its authority over superintendent Renee Foose. In response, she sued them. Now the superintendent and school board are locked in a costly power struggle with dueling accusations and no lack of recrimination. The internal strife threatens to disrupt Maryland's sixth-largest school system, a district with 76 schools and 55,000 students that consistently ranks among the best in the nation. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Md. Medical Cannabis Commission launches patient open enrollment

    The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission launched open enrollment Monday for the MMCC’s Patient Registry. Prior to Monday’s open enrollment launch, patients and caregivers could register based on the first letter of their last name in a phased rollout over the past two weeks. Approximately 4,000 patients and 100 caregivers have applied to register. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Authorities brace for more overdoses after Maryland deaths linked to elephant sedative

    Health and law enforcement officials around the state are bracing for an uptick in drug overdoses as a deadly synthetic opioid only meant for use in large animals so has hit Maryland streets. The drug, carfentanil, already has been linked to two overdose deaths in Anne Arundel County and one in Frederick County. The drug is potent it was never meant for use in humans and is normally used as a tranquilizer for elephants, hippos and other large animals. It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 5,000 times more potent than heroin, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Light rail's promise remains unfulfilled - except on game days

    Initially estimated at $290 million, project costs ballooned amid overruns and adjustments to appease neighborhoods and businesses. To cut opening costs to nearly $370 million, the decision was made to only use a single track on 9.4 miles of the line's northern stretch. The federal government paid $120 million for extensions south to BWI Airport, north to Hunt Valley and into Penn Station in 1997. A discussed extension to Annapolis never materialized. Eventual double-tracking and other upgrades brought the total price tag to about $680 million, the MTA told The Baltimore Sun in 2006. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore City Council considers naming Oct. 4 for Henrietta Lacks

    City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed wants every Oct. 4 in Baltimore to be known as "Henrietta Lacks Day," to observe the late woman's contribution to medical research through her cells. Sneed, of East Baltimore, filed legislation Monday to establish the commemorative day. Lacks, a mother of five from Turners Station, died more than 65 years ago of cervical cancer at age 31. Before her death, doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine took her cells without her consent during a diagnostic procedure. Her cells, known as HeLa cells, have helped in the development of vaccines, cancer treatments and other medical advances. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Employed and struggling in Md.

    By traditional measures, Maryland looks like a prosperous place. Not only is the typical household income here among the highest in the nation, but the poverty rate, at about 10 percent, is among the lowest. But hidden in plain sight are another quarter of the state's households for whom meeting the basic necessities of life is a daily struggle. These are the ALICE families. A concept developed by researchers at the United Way in New Jersey and now documented in an increasing number of states, including Maryland, the acronym stands for Assets Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Carl Snowden: Mitchell and Holt should be honored

    Former Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones recently wrote to Gov. Larry Hogan asking if there are any plans to name a state park, highway or building after the late U.S. Rep. Parren J. Mitchell, Maryland's first African-American congressman. Mr. Mitchell was elected in 1971 and served for 16 years. He was the chairman and one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus. His oratorical skills won him national acclaim. Mr. Jones' inquiry triggered a thought. Why isn't there more effort to preserve our history? As an eyewitness to that history, I am amazed by how few people understand the importance of preserving it. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Annapolis candidates need vision for parks and recreation

    We have called on this year's candidates for office in Annapolis to spell out their vision for the city, most recently touching on proposals to improve the business climate. But they also need to talk about recreation and parks programs. A few things have made us wonder if there are better ways to provide these services: This winter, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County wrestled over the sale of the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, owned by the city but leased by the county for 50 years. Mayor Mike Pantelides and the City Council sold the course, despite some irritation over the county first skimping on maintenance, then offering a price tied to the run-down state of the facility. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • City manager idea deserves a full airing — after the next election

    Kudos to Alderman Josh Bokee for proposing that Frederick switch from the mayor-council form of government to one where the city’s day-to-day operations are run by a city manager. It’s an idea worth considering. But let’s wait until after the election, at least. In cities over a few thousand people, the council-manager form of government is the most common, according to the National League of Cities. Under that structure, an elected council sets policy and establishes a budget, but the city is run by a professionally trained manager who is hired by the council. The mayor is part of the council and has less authority than Frederick’s mayor today. (News-Post) Read Full Article