Politics

  • Maryland Revenues Improve, But Officials Warn Of Uncertainty

    Maryland’s projected revenues improved by $1.4 billion in the current fiscal year with huge help from the federal government in response to the coronavirus, but state officials warned Tuesday of continued financial uncertainty amid the pandemic and Washington’s response to it. The state’s Board of Revenue Estimates raised revenue projections to $18.7 billion for the current fiscal year, which began in July. (AP)Read Full Article

  • Fact-checking Trump and Biden on COVID-19, health care, SCOTUS and more in the first presidential debate

    President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming that the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing. (AP) Read Full Article

  • New report underscores conditions that made Prince George’s vulnerable to covid-19

    Long before Prince George’s County reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in Maryland, the conditions that would make the majority-Black suburb vulnerable to the virus were present, according to a report released Tuesday. Overcrowded housing, high rates of uninsurance and preexisting health conditions are all more prevalent in the county than in the state and are concentrated in communities that have been hit particularly hard by covid-19, the report by the Rand Corp. said. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • State Lawmakers Vow To Pursue Stronger Legislation After Unruly Weekend

    The resort area’s representatives in Annapolis have vowed to pursue even stronger legislation aimed at thwarting some of the behavior associated with the pop-up car rally that inundated Ocean City again last weekend. State Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-38C), who represents Ocean City and Worcester County, was on the front lines for much of the weekend, riding along with the Ocean City Police Department on Friday and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. (Dispatch) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Neuroscience Has A Whiteness Problem. This Research Project Aims To Fix It

    Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families. His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals or who "went missing" and were discovered in alleyways. Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family." (NPR)Read Full Article

  • Irvin: Covering New Modalities is the Only Cure for the Opiod Crisis

    During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall. To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives.Read Full Article

  • Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

    Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority. Read Full Article

  • The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

    As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need. “We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House.Read Full Article

Business

  • Maryland’s hotels need assistance from the state to survive, industry representative says

    The coronavirus pandemic has hit Maryland’s hotel industry extremely hard and the situation will only get worse if the state does not step in to help, according to the President and CEO of the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association. “You’re going to see hotels going into bankruptcy. And permanent closures. And you’re going to see a lot more layoffs,” Amy Rohrer told MarylandReporter.com in a phone interview. Rohrer said Maryland’s hotels are in the same boat as hotels throughout the nation. (Md Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore-based e-commerce company Whitebox raises $18 million

    An e-commerce start-up headquartered in a Curtis Bay warehouse — once home to Under Armour’s distribution center — has raised $18 million in private equity investment and venture capital. Whitebox offers e-commerce solutions to companies such as McCormick & Co., Ricola and ChicoBag, managing sales across multiple channels and fulfilling those orders wherever consumers choose to buy. Its clients sell through such sites as Amazon, BJ’s, Costco, eBay, Target, Walmart, Wayfair and their own branded sites. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Giant Food pledges $500K to organizations that support racial equality

    Landover-based grocer Giant Food announced Tuesday a commitment of $500,000 to support long-standing community partner organizations and local historically Black colleges and universities to support their work and engagement to address equity across efforts in education, mentorships, programming and nutrition for children and adults. Groups receiving $50,000 each include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Common Threads, Community Youth Advance, Greater Baltimore Urban League, Greater Washington Urban League and the US Dream Academy. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Greenberg Gibbons adds 3 businesses to Annapolis Town Center

    Owings Mills-based developer Greenberg Gibbons announced Tuesday that three new retailers will join the buildings it owns and manages within Annapolis Town Center, the Whole Foods-anchored destination in Parole. PAINT Nail Bar, A Taste of New Orleans and Nothing Bundt Cakes are expected to open this fall. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Education

  • Study of Baltimore County high school buildings calls for $1.2 billion in renovations and expansions, but not rebuilds

    A study of construction needs at Baltimore County’s 24 high schools has concluded that none of the buildings require replacement, but should collectively undergo renovations and expansions that could cost up to $1.2 billion. County board of education members heard a presentation Tuesday night on the study’s findings, which were generated by the consulting firm CannonDesign. The county and school system hired the firm to develop construction priorities for a joint Multi-Year Improvement Plan for All Schools by assessing capacity concerns, educational equity and the condition of facilities. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • 'This is a crisis’: Baltimore-area school districts expect enrollment to decline this fall — and funding to follow

    Thousands of students are missing from Baltimore-area classes this September, some because they don’t have internet access and others who may have dropped out of the public schools during the pandemic. The exact enrollment numbers won’t be known for several weeks, but on Wednesday every school system in the state will tally its students as part of an annual count required by state law. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Carroll County Schools Faces Teacher Shortage Amid Plans To Switch To Hybrid Learning

    As Carroll County Schools get ready to switch over from all virtual learning to a hybrid model with some in-person classes, WJZ has learned the school system is facing a critical teacher shortage. Officials say about 280 teachers are not returning due to personal reasons. The Board of Education is meeting virtually Wednesday to discuss the issue. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Howard County Board of Education candidate Larry Pretlow II suspends his campaign for District 2 seat

    Howard County Board of Education candidate Larry Pretlow II announced the suspension of his campaign in a social media post last week. Pretlow is running against Antonia Barkley Watts for the District 2 seat on the board. With the Nov. 3 election about five weeks away, and mail ballots being sent and filled out by voters, it is too late for Pretlow to officially drop out of the race and remove his name from the ballot. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Consumers may be able to test for Covid-19 with devices they already own, Hopkins finds

    A group of Johns Hopkins researchers are developing a new low-cost Covid-19 testing method, drawing inspiration from a device that millions of people already have in their homes. A research team led by Netz Arroyo, assistant professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, Jamie Spangler, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Taekjip Ha, a professor of biophysics and biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins, is aiming to develop a test for the novel coronavirus that could be distributed quickly and widely across the globe, at a relatively low cost. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • University Of Maryland Researchers Team Up With Facebook For Worldwide COVID-19 Survey

    In just nine months, more than one million people have died from the coronavirus worldwide. Now, the University of Maryland is teaming up with Facebook to try to get a better understanding of the global impact of the pandemic. People in nearly every country will log on to Facebook and be invited to take a survey put together by University of Maryland researchers. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Mental Health Crisis Hotline Seeing Surge In Calls Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    As the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, it continues to take its toll on mental health, leading to a surge in calls to mental health resources. Elijah McBride, a counselor for Baltimore’s Crisis Response’s Here2Help Hotline, said the hotline is among those seeing a spike in call volume. “Since the pandemic, these calls are starting to be more and more,” McBride said Tuesday. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Family members of owners, trainers will be able to see Preakness in person

    An executive order issued Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan will allow up to 250 family members of participating owners and trainers to attend Saturday's Preakness Stakes. The family members of connections will be the only people allowed to attend the race at Pimlico Race Course. The grandstand and infield will otherwise be closed to spectators. (WBAL) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • EDITORIAL: Survey of Baltimore police officers uncovers suspicion and distrust

    Say what you will about the recent anonymous survey of Baltimore police officers that got only one out of 10 officers to fill out the form — the effort was revealing, just not in the way its creators had envisioned. That roughly 90% of the city’s 2,800 sworn officers declined to fill out the anonymous form speaks volumes of the level of distrust and suspicion surrounding recent efforts to root out misconduct. Blame it on management, blame it on nationwide concerns about racial discrimination and police brutality, or blame it on how the volatile issue has been made all the more inflamed by a presidential election where there’s a self-described “law and order” candidate in deep denial over racism. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Roberts: The ‘nothing matters’ mentality is a trap

    “Nothing matters.” This bleak sense that Donald Trump could not be stopped became a refrain for battered progressives when he was first elected four years ago. Now, with the next election a month away and long-buried tax returns unearthed by the New York Times, the phrase is undergoing a worrisome revival. The returns reveal the president as a failure and a possible fraud, yet few people seem to believe in the power of this revelation to provoke any meaningful reaction. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Lee: Repeal Hyde Amendment and expand federal funding of abortions

    As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I believe that all people should be able to access the health care they need. Though large strides have been made in health care equity in Maryland, people’s ability to get quality health care in our state and across the country still depends largely on where they live, how much money they make, and the resources available to them, all of which are influenced by systemic racism. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Foley: Three easy steps to help prevent a calamitous election failure

    The window has closed for some changes to this year’s election procedures that would have been desirable, especially those involving how votes are cast. But it’s not too late to take steps to improve how votes are counted — changes that could significantly bolster confidence in the outcome of the election. The bad news: Installing secure drop boxes, as an alternative way to return absentee ballots rather than relying on the U.S. Postal Service, is a proven success in some states. (Wash Post) Read Full Article