Politics

  • August 17 // In a polarized era, this 2020 presidential candidate is preaching pragmatism

    At 7 a.m. on a recent weekday, Rep. John Delaney was on a sidewalk here showing off his presidential campaign’s newest toy: a 36-foot-long motor coach, his name embossed in large letters next to renderings of the American flag, a barn, and a stalk of corn. In the past year, Delaney (D-Md.), the first Democrat to declare his candidacy, has traveled to Iowa 14 times and visited each of the state’s 99 counties, a milestone he hopes proves that his campaign is more than the equivalent of fantasy camp for a largely unknown tycoon-turned-politician. “It has given us a great opportunity to listen to Iowans,” the three-term congressman told reporters. But is anyone listening to John Delaney? (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Gov. Hogan pledges $20 million in state funds for Ocean City convention center renovation

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is backing a plan to renovate and expand the convention center in Ocean City, pledging $20 million in state funds for the project. He said Thursday he would submit 2019 legislation seeking money for the $34 million upgrade, which will be overseen by the Maryland Stadium Authority. Hogan’s support comes after a legislative effort this spring to secure the funds for the project failed. “We’re really excited,” Hogan said at the announcement in Ocean City. “It’s a wonderful facility, but it needs to be expanded and updated.” (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Democrat Ben Jealous offers plan to combat lead poisoning while criticizing Gov. Hogan's efforts

    Ben Jealous, the Democratic nominee for governor, offered a plan Thursday to fight lead poisoning in Maryland, saying Gov. Larry Hogan hasn’t done enough to alleviate a problem that has afflicted Baltimore and other parts of Maryland for generations. The governor’s office quickly pushed back, accusing Jealous of following Hogan’s lead and failing to do his homework. Holding a news conference in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, Jealous proposed giving the Maryland Department of the Environment $5 million in extra funding to hire additional inspectors to identify lead paint hazards. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Melania Trump to address cyberbullying summit in Maryland

    Melania Trump plans to address a cyberbullying summit in Maryland next week. The White House says the first lady will deliver remarks "addressing the positive and negative effects of social media on youth." She'll also attend a panel discussion with representatives from various social media platforms participating in the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Cyberbullying Prevention Summit, which is being held Monday in Rockville. (Balt. Sun-AP)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Chris West: Single-Payer Healthcare – Another View

    On August 6, my good friend, State Delegate Kirill Reznik, posted a blog on Center Maryland (“Single Payer Healthcare”) in which he took aim at a Baltimore Sun analysis of Ben Jealous’s proposed single-payer healthcare plan. Delegate Reznik criticized the Baltimore Sun and launched a pretty bitter partisan attack on Governor Hogan and all Maryland Republicans because they are not swooning at the prospect of socialized medicine in Maryland. Read Full Article

  • Kirill Reznik: Single Payer Healthcare

    There’s a lot of controversy over a Baltimore Sun article that says single-payer healthcare costs $24 billion, and Larry Hogan is having a field day with that misinformation.  This is what happens when you Govern by polls and slogans.  But the truth is not scary, and in fact, quite commonplace. Read Full Article

  • Aaron Tomarchio: How Kevin Kamenetz Steered Sparrows Point Toward The Future

    In 2010, during his first campaign for Baltimore County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz said something about Sparrows Point that seemed politically risky at the time: Maybe it’s time to think about a future beyond steel production. His words seemed prescient two years later when, after cycling through five owners in a decade, the steel mill closed, putting 2,200 men and women out of work.Read Full Article

  • Delegate Sandy Rosenberg: A Vision to Keep the Preakness in Baltimore

    Legendary horse trainer Bob Baffert wants the Preakness to stay in Baltimore. He told the Baltimore Sun, “To me, it’s magical in here. There’s something about it. I’ve been watching it since I was 10, 11 years old…There’s so much history here.”Read Full Article

Business

  • August 17 // $36 million grant to fund development of vaccine for Lassa virus in Baltimore

    Two Baltimore firms will work to develop and manufacture a vaccine for the Lassa virus, a deadly emerging threat in Africa, under a $36 million grant from a global disease preparedness organization. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations will provide up to $36 million over five years to Baltimore-based Profectus BioSciences and its contractor Emergent BioSolutions, which is based in Gaithersburg but has significant operations in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • New retail planned in heart of downtown Baltimore at Pratt and Light streets

    Work will begin next year on a glassy pavilion to house shops and restaurants on a prominent block in downtown Baltimore near the Inner Harbor. The unit block of East Pratt Street between Light and Charles streets features an underused strip of land in front of the Transamerica building, the city’s tallest office tower. “The site is one of the most important intersections in the city of Baltimore,” Tom Kelley, director of design for COPT, told the city’s Urban Design and Architectural Advisory Panel during the board’s first look at possible designs of the new building that it must approve. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Stanley Black & Decker touts Baltimore as 'new home' of Craftsman brand

    Stanley Black & Decker is trying to create its own "Craftsman story," touting Baltimore as the "new home" for the 90-year old brand bought from Sears last year. Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker welcomed almost 200 auto enthusiasts and tool aficionados to Baltimore this week for the relaunch of the Craftsman tools brand, which included rolling out a lineup of more than 1,200 new products. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • Well-known 'Sun' signage comes off newspaper's former Calvert Street headquarters

    Signage that long announced The Baltimore Sun’s presence near the city’s downtown core — reading “THE SUN” in massive letters visible from the Jones Falls Expressway — came down Thursday from atop the newspaper’s former headquarters on Calvert Street, bound for storage. When Tribune Co. spun off its newspapers in 2014 and became the Tribune Media television company, it retained much of the newspapers’ real estate and began selling it off. Atapco Properties acquired the Sun building in May 2017. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

Education

  • August 17 // Kirwan commission wrangles over who will oversee increased education funding, school reform

    As the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education moved closer to recommending billion-dollar increases in K-12 funding along with major structural changes, commission Chairman Brit Kirwan again stressed his repeated calls for accountability. “This accountability has to be real and it has to have teeth,” said Kirwan, former chancellor of the university system. Kirwan said he has been advised by many people across the state that “without a credible accountability system,” the commission’s final recommendations are likely to fail. (Md. Reporter)Read Full Article

  • Montgomery Co. to name new school after Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader

    In September, Montgomery County, Maryland, will open a new elementary school named for Bayard Rustin, a not oft remembered leader who played a pivotal role in the burgeoning civil rights era. Rustin helped spark a movement that would change the course of American history — even if his name might not be as instantly recognizable as others in the civil rights movement. He was an adviser and an intellectual who, unlike some of his fellow organizers, kept a relatively low profile. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • University System of Maryland Board of Regents to meet about Jordan McNair

    The University System of Maryland’s governing board is holding a special meeting Friday to discuss actions taken by the state’s flagship university after the death of football player Jordan McNair. The Board of Regents is expected to meet in closed session to hear updates on the university’s response to the 19-year-old offensive lineman’s death and to discuss legal and personnel issues. McNair, a former McDonogh standout, suffered heatstroke during a team workout May 29 and died 15 days later. University President Wallace Loh said this week that the school takes “legal and moral responsibility” for mistakes in treating him. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Money magazine ranks Maryland's 'Best Colleges for Your Money'

    The University System of Maryland's flagship school offers prospective students the greatest value for their money in the state, new rankings show. Time Inc.'s Money magazine ranked 727 schools across the country for its 2018 "Best Colleges for Your Money" list. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • August 17 // As another surge of stormwater and pollution flows through Conowingo Dam, scientists worry about impact on oysters, grasses

    A surge of stormwater and pollution from Pennsylvania and New York was flowing into the Chesapeake Bay through the Conowingo Dam again Thursday, raising concerns that the relentlessly rainy summer could threaten oyster reproduction and throw off bay ecology for some time to come. Even as scientists were assessing the environmental impact from recent storms, rising Susquehanna River waters were prompting dam operator Exelon Corp. to open Conowingo floodgates for the second time in three weeks, sending a deluge of muddy brown waters into the upper Chesapeake. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Catholic Church: No reports of abuse in Maryland by priest accused in Pennsylvania

    A priest who was accused of improper sexual relationships with girls in Pennsylvania and later allowed to minister in Baltimore was not the subject of any abuse reports in Maryland, according to the priest’s religious order and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Rev. Arthur Long, who died in 2004, was among hundreds of priests named as alleged abusers in a report this week from a grand jury in Pennsylvania. After Long was reported for having inappropriate relationships with girls in 1987, he continued serving as a priest and was allowed to come to Baltimore by the late Cardinal William H. Keeler. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Blandair's next phase has a focus on inclusive play

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the biggest, most expensive — and most inclusive — playground in a Howard County-owned park will take place at 9 a.m. Wednesday in east Columbia, as development of the third phase of Blandair Regional Park gets underway. County Executive Allan Kittleman and other officials are expected to attend the event, which is open to the public and will take place in a field at the site off Oakland Mills Road. County Recreation and Parks Department officials estimate the $10.9 million project will take 18 months to complete and will open in the late spring or early summer of 2020. (Ho. Co. Times) Read Full Article

  • Goats take a bite out of invasive plants in Whitehall Bay project

    It turns out that goats, and their voracious appetites and hearty digestive systems, are pretty good for Maryland’s wetlands. On Wednesday morning a herd of around 20 of the four-legged eating machines were unleashed on Whitehall Bay’s shores where they were crucial players in an effort to eliminate invasive plants. Their job? Eat their way through a ¼-acre lot filled with phragmites, an invasive grass that arrived from Europe in the 19th century. After the goats do their thing, volunteers will hand-plant native grasses to help reclaim the shoreline. (Capital)Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Drunk driving vigilance

    Maryland residents might be forgiven for feeling momentarily cheered by a brief news item that appeared in The Baltimore Sun this week heralding the state’s positive ranking in alcohol-impaired driving deaths. The study by SafeWise, an organization best known for its online reviews of safety and home security systems, reported that Maryland ranked 43rd in the nation when analyzing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics from 2016 for drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people. In other words, the state has far fewer deaths relative to its population then the vast majority of states. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Off-track betting coming back to Frederick

    The Maryland Jockey Club has announced plans to put a new off-track betting parlor in the restaurant at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center near Francis Scott Key Mall. It seems like a good location for a gambling business, away from residential neighborhoods, churches and schools, adjacent to Interstates 270 and 70, and with plenty of parking. If approved by the Maryland Racing Commission, the hotel’s existing restaurant would be converted into a sports bar, and that will be the home of the gambling center. (News-Post)Read Full Article

  • Jimmy DeButts: Bumper sticker rhetoric no way to solve Linthicum light rail quandary

    Shutter Royal Farms on Camp Meade Road. No more panhandlers. Problem solved. You are welcome, Linthicum. Wouldn’t it be great if all issues were so easy to fix?  But wait, won’t panhandlers just move down the light rail line to the next convenience store or shopping center? Right. Better close those businesses, too. Pause. Breathe. We understand many in the Linthicum community blame the light rail for frequent episodes of public urination, prostitution and persistent panhandling. They want it shut down. The best answer isn’t the always simplest. Often, long-term fixes to complex problems require a multi-pronged approach. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Vandana Sinha: University of Maryland football scandal should spark a new movement

    It’s hard not to be sickened by the descriptions of student abuse being reported about University of Maryland’s football program. It’s equally hard not to wonder if such behavior is more universal than we think. If behind the closed locker doors of other testosterone-bathed college football programs, players are routinely compared to ineffectual felines for failing to run as fast, throw as hard or lift as much as the trainers think they should. (Wash. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article