Politics

  • Hogan eyes White House in 2024, not interested in Senate

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is weighing a bid for the presidency in 2024, embarking on a virtual book tour this month that will continue to elevate his national profile in Republican circles. Hogan, now in his second term, emerged this spring as a leading Republican voice for an aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic. He delayed publication of his previously drafted memoir, “Still Standing,” by nearly two months because of the virus and added a section about dealing with the health emergency. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Maryland gets $45k to stop drug-impaired driving

    The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Association (MDOT MVA) has been awarded a grant aimed at reducing drug-impaired driving in the state. The nearly $45,000 grant — awarded by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) in partnership with Responsibility.org — will be used to better prepare state law enforcement to recognize and respond to the signs of drug-impaired driving. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Republican Delegate Seeks Stiffer Penalties For Defacing, Destroying Monuments

    A Baltimore County Republican announced Tuesday he has pre-filed a bill that would institute harsher penalties for damaging a monument, memorial or statue. Del. Nino Mangione's draft legislation would call for six months to 10 years in prison and/or hundreds of dollars in fines for destroying, damaging, vandalizing or desecrating a monument, memorial or statue of historical significance anywhere in the state. (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • Maryland GOP governor releasing book on his tenure, politics

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who considered a primary challenge to President Donald Trump last year, said Tuesday he is releasing a book about national politics and his experiences as governor this month after its publication was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Such books often serve as an introduction for politicians to a national audience and Hogan, a popular Republican in a heavily Democratic state, has not ruled out a run for his party’s 2024 nomination. (AP) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: Me Black Too

    One of the iconic images of the 1968 Riots was a Korean storeowner located within a community posting a hand printed sign on his store window saying, “Me Black Too.” The purpose of the signage was to prevent his store from being looted or burned by identifying with the angry Black people who had been extremely agitated by the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on that fateful day, April 4, 1968. That’s what occurred after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the powder keg of racial abuse and injustice exploded and cities throughout America were set on fire. Read Full Article

  • Toward a brighter Sun

    It’s as hard to imagine Baltimore without The Sun as a day without daylight. The newspaper’s motto, after all, is “Light For All,” an elegant and egalitarian expression of the desire to keep Baltimoreans and Marylanders as informed as good citizenship requires. Arunah Abell, the top-hatted founder of The Sun in 1837, charged only a penny for daily enlightenment. By the time his relatives and successors sold The Sun to a large media company 150 years later, it was worth a small fortune. (Dan Rodricks)Read Full Article

  • Venetoulis: Saving Private Biden

    To my friends in the media writing about Joe Biden’s allegation in an “impartial” search for the “truth,”  please realize that, unwittingly, you are doing Trump’s dirty work. No matter how it’s rationalized there is no conceivable journalistic concept of “impartially seeking truth” that can encourage taking down a decent man to allow the re-election of the most evil, cruel and corrupt president in our nation’s history. Read Full Article

  • Buckler: Dentistry in Unprecedented Times

    According to Merriam-Webster.com “common good” is defined as “the public good: the advantage of everyone.” Over the last many weeks, we’ve all been asked to perform a lot of “common good” for our friends, neighbors, communities, state, and country. As confirmed cases of and deaths from COVID-19 continue to mount, it’s a task that many of us accept willingly in the midst of one of the greatest health crises of our time. Read Full Article

Business

  • Maryland biotech firm wins $1.6 billion to develop coronavirus vaccine

    The Trump administration has awarded a contract worth $1.6 billion to a Maryland biotechnology company to develop a coronavirus vaccine, the largest bet yet by the federal government on an individual vaccine to combat the pandemic. The deal with Novavax, a publicly traded company based in Gaithersburg, will pay for late-stage clinical trials and secure 100 million doses of the vaccine to be used by the United States, the company said Tuesday. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Montgomery Co. OKs $14 million program to help with reopenings

    Montgomery County, Maryland, is making another move in hopes of helping many businesses that are struggling to reopen during the pandemic. The County Council on Tuesday created the Reopen Montgomery Business Assistance program, which sets aside $14 million for businesses and nonprofits that are racking up costs to comply with state and county COVID-19 health regulations. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Girls in the Game awarded $100K to support social justice programming in Baltimore

    Girls in the Game Tuesday announced it received a $100,000 grant to support social justice programming for young women in Baltimore, Dallas and Chicago. The grant is part of a commitment from The Kevin Durant Charitable Foundation, Degree and the Laureus Sport for Good Response Fund to donate $1 million to multiple organizations that help teach children the power of sports in combating social issues. Girls in the Game is one of the 10 recipient organizations who use movement and sports to improve the health, education and employment outcomes of kids in their communities. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Property managers see an 'uphill battle' to revive Baltimore's downtown

    The struggles of Baltimore's downtown core in attracting businesses, reducing crime and lowering vacancy rates have become magnified as the city aims to pull out of the Covid-19 pandemic. That was a theme during an hour-long webinar Tuesday that featured three of central Baltimore's top property owners and managers: Terry Cotten, a manager at Southern Management, Jeff Clary, partner at Grander Capital Partners LLC, and Louis J. Kousouris III, executive vice president of Artemis Properties, Inc. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • University of Maryland to hold ‘about 20%' of undergraduate courses partially in-person, keep larger classes online

    In an email to students Tuesday, the University of Maryland, College Park said it plans to hold “about 20%” of undergraduate courses at least partially in-person for the fall semester due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, the university’s senior vice president and provost, said all courses of more than 50 students would be delivered online due to social distancing limits and that priority for in-person courses would be given to some labs, performance courses, senior capstone projects, clinical instruction and internships. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County school board member apologizes for Black Lives Matter comments as district prepares for discussion on race

    A Baltimore County School Board member created fireworks during Independence Day weekend when she called the Black Lives Matter movement “political” in a Facebook post that has been deleted. “Our resolve that black lives matter is the only point that matters,” Julie Henn stated in an apology posted Monday on Twitter. “I apologize for diverting the conversation and losing focus on what is truly important.” (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel Board of Education to hear update on reopening plans

    The Anne Arundel Board of Education will receive an update on reopening plans, including results of a school-based community survey, at the Wednesday morning meeting. On a county press call, school spokesperson Bob Mosier said a final decision regarding fall reopen plans will be announced no later than late July. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Johns Hopkins University Officials ‘Deeply Concerned’ About New Student And Exchange Visitor Program Guidance

    Officials at Johns Hopkins University said they’re “deeply concerned” by the new guidance regarding the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. ICE announced Monday if universities switch to all online learning this fall, international students will be forced to leave the country or risk deportation. In a statement Ronald J. Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University, said this guidance dismisses the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic and ignores current travel restrictions. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Columbia Association files lawsuit to halt annual Symphony of Lights event, citing violation of access rights

    The Columbia Association and Inner Arbor Trust have filed a lawsuit in Howard County Circuit Court in an attempt to halt this year’s annual Symphony of Lights drive-thru event in Columbia. The lights tour during the holiday season draws thousands of people to Columbia each December. The suit, filed June 12, names the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission and It’s My Amphitheater Inc. as defendants. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Red Line train derails outside Silver Spring Metro station

    Metro riders should expect delays after an outbound Red Line train derailed outside the Silver Spring station, on Colesville Road, on Tuesday morning. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said the train derailed at low speed at the platform and that no one was hurt. Spokesman Pete Piringer said it took a while to get the conductor and one passenger off the train because the doors were jammed. “Things were pretty stable when I left the platform,” Piringer said. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Coronavirus In Maryland: Baltimore Among Hardest Hit Areas; Health Officials Remind Residents To ‘Be Vigilant’

    Maryland has surpassed 70,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and a total of 3,140 people have died as a result of the virus. The 21224 zip code runs from the water to the county line. It has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in the state. “I’m just real paranoid. It’s best to be paranoid right now. You don’t know what’s going on. Too many people are dying,” said Baltimore resident Deborah Trusty. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • ‘We’d like to stay Boring': Baltimore County residents worry zoning process has shut them out of fire hall decision

    There’s a small community in northern Baltimore County that’s Boring, and residents say that’s just fine with them. “We’d like to stay Boring,” said resident Katherine Fanning during an online hearing to consider zoning changes. “We are asking for the support of our neighbors, of our councilman and Baltimore County, for the rejection of [proposed] zoning in the town of Boring.” Fanning and her neighbors are opposed to a plan to sell the Boring Volunteer Fire Company property on Old Hanover Road and rezone the property. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • McArdle: Three steps to consider for a more pre-pandemic normal

    Every war begins with people thinking it will all be over in a few months, and the war on covid-19 has been no exception. At present, we’re in the midst of the inevitable psychological shift as everyone realizes that no, things can’t go back to normal anytime soon. Now that the virus is endemic, Americans will be only as safe as our least competent county health department can make us. Whatever is happening 3,000 miles away will eventually show up at your doorstep. Until a vaccine is created or herd immunity is reached, we are going to have to adapt to the constant threat. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Hawn, Chibani, Avruch: Police shouldn’t be handling mental health crises

    In Northeast Baltimore last week, city police responded to a mental health crisis with gunfire, and a man was hospitalized in critical condition. In the words of City Councilman Zeke Cohen on Twitter: “I wonder if this situation could have been deescalated by a clinician.” In October 2016, on the Muckleshoot Native American reservation in Washington State, police fatally shot Renee Davis, a 23-year-old tribal member. She was five months pregnant. The police were sent to her house after her boyfriend expressed concerns about Ms. Davis being suicidal and had asked them to conduct a “welfare check.” (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: Myths, reality and perspective on Christopher Columbus, statues and protesters

    Christopher Columbus did not set out to prove that the world was round (educated people had proven the flat-Earthers wrong centuries earlier). He was not the first European to cross the Atlantic (that title goes to Norse Viking Leif Eriksson). And he never, ever — not once — set foot on what is today the United States of America; he didn’t even make it to the North American continent. (He landed on a Bahamian island during his famous 1492 journey.) Even the story of his ship names is false: The Niña and the Pinta you were told about in school? (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: Trump uses the coronavirus to impede immigration. His aim at foreign students is a new low.

    The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus as license to indiscriminately kill off and impede every sort of immigration — legal and illegal, permanent and temporary, work- and family-based. On Monday, it took aim at the more than 1 million international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities, threatening them with deportation if their classes move online, as many already have. (Wash Post) Read Full Article