Smith: Debate Between Police Reform And Fighting Violent Crime Presents A False Choice

Reforming police doesn't have to come at the cost of fighting violent crime, former Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith told C4 on Monday. Smith, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic mayoral nomination, also spoke about the need to address the trauma felt by families and the community years after a homicide. He said he keeps a picture of his brother, Dionay Smith, in his living room. Dionay Smith was gunned down in 2017. (WBAL)

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Golden & Brown: More accessible testing needed in Maryland’s hardest hit communities

There’s an old adage used in the African American community to describe how communities of color suffer during national crises: “When white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia.” Now, when some white folks get COVID-19, countless Black and brown people perish.

The national health pandemic has brought to America’s communities of color an existential threat of epochal proportions. This should not surprise us: Those at highest risk for the worst of COVID-19 — Black and brown communities and people living with diabetes, as well as other chronic diseases — largely overlap, often in low-income and underserved communities.There’s an old adage used in the African American community to describe how communities of color suffer during national crises: “When white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia.” Now, when some white folks get COVID-19, countless Black and brown people perish. The national health pandemic has brought to America’s communities of color an existential threat of epochal proportions. This should not surprise us: Those at highest risk for the worst of COVID-19 — Black and brown communities and people living with diabetes, as well as other chronic diseases — largely overlap, often in low-income and underserved communities. (Balt Sun)

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Hodgson & Kavanaugh: How to fight election cyber attacks while protecting the health of voters during a pandemic

State and local elections officials — nervously eyeing the fall for a potential second wave of COVID-19 — are scrambling. With only five months before the presidential election, they are scouting larger polling places to enable social distancing and planning to mail and scan more absentee and mail-in ballots than ever. But in addition to keeping poll workers and voters safe from viral transmission, there is a second major risk: how to keep the election itself secure from cyber threats. (Balt Sun)

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Pitts Jr.: Aunt Jemima is off the pancake box

Now comes word Aunt Jemima will no longer be “on the pancake box.” She’s going away, and Uncle Ben, Mrs. Butterworth and “Rastus” from Cream of Wheat may soon follow. Meantime, the NFL now admits it was wrong to ignore racism, Commissioner Roger Goodell even going so far as to support the idea of Colin Kaepernick playing football again. NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate heroes are falling like rain. (Balt Sun)

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DeFilippo: The Different Interpretations of ‘Defund the Police’

Is there a college student alive who never began at least one freshman English essay with Voltaire’s quote: “If you want to converse with me, define your terms.” Apparently so. The new civic fight-song rising up from the asphalt lacks a theme. It’s a movement without a central intelligence and with an uncertain goal, except anger at police, differing in intent and intensity from the White House to state houses and city halls across the nation. (Md Matters)

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McGhee: Don't underestimate the power of education

A couple of incidents over the past week have made it clear that many conservatives still don’t understand the purpose or the importance of education. Let’s start with Tucker Carlson. The Fox News host decided to target the Heritage Foundation -- specifically its president, Kay Cole James -- in a monologue this weekend accusing the conservative think tank of wasting its donors’ contributions and failing to protect conservative ideals. As evidence, Carlson cited an op-ed James wrote in late May decrying the murder of George Floyd and the many other wrongful killings that stem from law enforcement abuse. (Wash Examiner)

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Marilyn Mosby: Rethink policing and restore Baltimore

Four years ago, I stood in front of Gilmor Homes and announced that my office was dropping the charges against the remaining officers charged and indicted for the death of Freddie Gray. I laid out the rationale in stark terms: “It has become clear to me that without being able to work with an independent investigatory agency from the start; without having a say on whether our cases will be seen in front of a judge or a jury; without community oversight of policing; and, without real substantive systemic reforms to the criminal justice system, we could try this case one hundred times, and cases just like it, and we would still end up with the same result.” (Balt Sun)

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Spiegel: Making progress against the pandemic

The end of the coronavirus pandemic has landed on the shoulders of biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and life sciences companies. But instead of crumbling under global pressure, these industries have come together, pooling their resources to fight COVID-19 and keep vulnerable Americans safe. (Daily Record)

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