Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway: Poverty to Prosperity

Rev. Alvin C. Hathaway, pastor of Union Baptist Church joined WYPR to talk about moving people past poverty. (WYPR)

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Expanding buprenorphine access is a key step in Baltimore's long struggle against addiction

As the scourge of addiction continues to claim hundreds of lives in Baltimore City, health officials are racing to expand access to buprenorphine, a medication that blocks addicts’ craving for heroin and other opioids. There’s no silver bullet to solve the city’s mounting epidemic of drug overdose deaths; there were 694 such fatalities last year — more than double the number killed by violence over the same period — and the toll keeps rising. But buprenorphine can significantly reduce overdose fatalities as part of a comprehensive approach that treats addiction as a disease rather than a crime, and the city must do whatever it takes to make sure everyone who needs it can get it. (Balt. Sun)

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Torrey Snow: We have to make education a priority

Most of us remember the massive ideological battle over the implementation of Common Core throughout the nation. Maryland's own flavor of this is the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards. Along with revised curriculum standards, these standards required students to take a standardized test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. This test analyzes a student’s proficiency in math and English language arts. I’m not a big fan of standardized tests, but they can give new insights into systemic problems. (Capital)

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Carmel Roques: The state should support elderly adults who want to age in place

In honor of National Adult Day Services Week (September 17-23), medical adult day services providers across Maryland have been welcoming local and state legislators to their facilities to tour and learn just how important these programs are to our communities. Medical adult day services are community-based programs that allow the elderly and adults with physical and/or mental disabilities to remain in their homes and receive health monitoring, socialization, daily meals and nursing care in a safe and structured environment during the day. (Balt. Sun)

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A community institution changes hands in Annapolis

Change is inevitable and often healthy. But one change we didn’t look forward to, and had scarcely contemplated, was Chick & Ruth’s Delly being owned and run by someone not named Levitt. But owner Ted Levitt announced this week that the eatery and the Scotlaur Inn, the 10-room bed-and-breakfast that shares the building, had been sold to Keith Jones, who owns Five Guys outlets in the area. Jones said he intends “to keep things the same, preserving the traditions that Ted and his family have spent so many years trying to build.” (Capital)

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Laslo Boyd: Amazon HQ2 Skirmishes

Let me start by saying that Jeff Bezos has not yet responded to my offer to help with site selection for his new headquarters. My comments are not based on inside information, but reflect only my own observations. On the other hand, they are not influenced by a personal or professional stake in the outcome. The war of words that broke out this week between the Baltimore Sun and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, on the other hand, demonstrated yet again that where you stand depends on where you sit. (fromacertainpointofview)

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Laslo Boyd: Chasing Amazon HQ2

Jeff Bezos will soon be confronted with a fascinating decision. Public officials all over the country are claiming that they can provide the perfect site for Amazon’s new second national headquarters.  And who can blame them if they engage in a little hyperbole. After all, the winner of this sweepstakes is looking at the prospect of 50,000 new jobs and being home–or at least partial home–to one of the world’s leading tech giants. (From a Certain Point of View)

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Amazon HQ2: Et tu, Rushern?

Dear Rushern, Why you gotta be that way? We understand you’re the Prince George’s County executive and that you’ve spent two terms working to improve your county’s reputation as a place to do business. We applaud you for it, and we in Baltimore have had your back in your effort to lure the FBI’s new headquarters. Yet you repay us by trying to steal whatever slim glimmer of hope we have to land the Powerball jackpot of economic development that is Amazon’s second headquarters? (Balt. Sun)

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