Roberts: How the White House ruined the hero dog

Conan the military dog is a good boy. Or is that a good girl? A U.S. Army canine was injured in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and now controversy has erupted in the least likely of places: between the hound’s hind legs. The Belgian Malinois garnered praise and plenty of pets for his/her/its service this week at a special Rose Garden gathering. Things immediately got weird. (Wash. Post)

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Our Say: Anne Arundel executive has more than traffic in mind with possible building moratorium

Should there be a residential building moratorium in parts of Anne Arundel County? It’s a question anyone familiar with civic life in Anne Arundel County and the rest of Central Maryland has heard. Frustrated with busy roads and crowded schools, community activists tend to utter this refrain often. Government leaders usually ignore them. So, last week’s transportation forum in Gambrills was one of those illuminating moments, a lighted road sign indicating where this county might be going in 2020. The person asking the question this time was County Executive Steuart Pittman. (Capital Gazette)

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DeFilippo: Baltimore, Take Me to Your Leader

If an alien dropped down from outer space and asked a Baltimorean to take me to your leader, the Baltimorean wouldn’t know where to go. Even more to the point of what ails the city, how would Bill Gates or Warren Buffett, or any other billionaire entrepreneur who’s seeking investment or relocation opportunities, react to the metastatic mess that is Baltimore? Jeffrey Bezos has already issued the city a rejection slip. Corporate leadership in Baltimore has disintegrated and is virtually nonexistent. Its major financial institutions have disappeared. (Md. Matters)

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Alternative Fact of the Week: Kirwan’s failure to do something it wasn’t supposed to do

In 2016, the General Assembly created the Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education to recommend how best to upgrade the performance of Maryland’s K-12 public schools and make state aid formulas more equitable. After several years of research and debate, the panel’s 25 members finalized their recommendations last week. They cover a lot of ground from expanded pre-kindergarten instruction to improved vocational training, as well as better pay and enhanced training for teachers. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Baltimore City Council crime plan bill appears caught up in political posturing

Crime ought not be fought in a law enforcement silo; it is, without a doubt, also a social, educational, economic and health issue. And we absolutely support the concept of including a broad array of city agencies in the development of a comprehensive crime plan, as Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott has suggested in a bill that would require a new city crime plan every two years. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Kudos to Maryland’s Gov. Hogan for paroling three ‘juvenile lifers,’ but we wish he weren’t involved at all

We applaud Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to honor the recommendations of the Maryland Parole Commission and allow the release of three men sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed as minors. It’s in line with actions by the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2012 retroactively outlawed mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders. And it fits the governor’s stated goal of trying to “bring balance to Maryland’s criminal justice system” by, among other things, “offering individuals who have paid their debt to society a second chance to live productive lives.” (Balt. Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Montgomery County’s leader prefers magical thinking to action on affordable housing

Building affordable housing requires local politicians with stiff spines who will fend off predictable and bitter opposition. Those who buckle to that opposition invite a future plagued with problems like San Francisco’s and Seattle’s — gilded playgrounds for the rich where middle-income residents are banished and the poor forced onto the streets. (Wash. Post)

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Sharp: Md. Leaders Must Step Up to Confront U.S. Bone Health Crisis

Our aging society is a daily topic of conversation, where dealing with ailments seem a normal occurrence – but sometimes it shouldn’t be. Imagine falling off a curb and breaking your wrist as you catch yourself. You might feel embarrassed, right? And maybe a year later, you slip in the bathroom and fracture your foot. You must be “just getting old,” huh? (Md. Matters)

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