Politics

  • Nearly 100 Employees of Motor Vehicle Branches Tested Positive for COVID-19; 3 Dead

    At least 93 local employees of motor vehicle administration branches in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. have tested positive for COVID-19, according to public records obtained by the News4 I-Team. Three of the cases were fatal. A large concentration of cases, at least 28 of them, occurred at the MVA's Glen Burnie offices. (NBC Wash)Read Full Article

  • Maryland, D.C., Fairfax officials urge voters to avoid mailing ballots, use drop boxes instead

    With less than a week until Election Day, elections officials in Maryland and the District are urging voters to put mail-in ballots into drop boxes, saying that with U.S. Postal Service delays, it may be too late to return them by mail. “Delivery times continue to be considerably longer than normal,” Maryland Elections Administrator Linda Lamone said in a statement that encouraged voters to drop off ballots at any authorized drop box. “This will allow them to be confident their vote will be received and counted in a timely fashion.” (Wash Post)Read Full Article

  • ‘A tsunami waiting to happen’: Lawmakers, advocates say Maryland needs to fix help line for utility bill assistance

    Maryland has $176 million set aside to assist eligible families who cannot afford their utility bills, but lawmakers and advocates are worried that many won’t be able to access the money as Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. and other utilities resume sending service turn-off notices. The Department of Human Service’s toll-free phone number is advertised as the best way to apply for Office of Home Energy Program funds. But it’s “nearly impossible” to navigate the system and get a customer-service representative, according to lawmakers who represent Baltimore. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hogan Signs Regional Compact to Promote Offshore Wind — But Md. Projects Move Slowly

    The headline news is that the governors of Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia signed a compact on Thursday to collaborate and advance offshore wind projects and to promote the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast as hubs for the industry. In reality, it’s another twist in the tortured debate over bringing wind turbines to Maryland’s waters. The announcement by Maryland Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) of his pact with Virginia Gov. Ralph S. Northam (D) and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) was pure Hogan, on-brand with his oft-repeated message of bipartisanship and collaboration. (Md Matters)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Holmes: Hunger has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus, but these nutrition programs can feed kids and promote equity

    Childhood hunger was a problem in Maryland long before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it’s no secret that the ongoing economic crisis has made the situation much more dire for many families. Parents and caregivers have lost jobs and wages and are finding themselves struggling even more to pay bills and put food on the table. In August, No Kid Hungry Maryland released a new report based on data from the most recent Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey/Youth Tobacco Survey that showed 1 in every 4 middle and high school students in Maryland lacked consistent access to healthy food. Worse yet, these troubling rates of food insecurity were from before COVID-19. More recent data shows that food insecurity tripled in households with children in the first three months of the pandemic alone.Read Full Article

  • Neuroscience Has A Whiteness Problem. This Research Project Aims To Fix It

    Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families. His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals or who "went missing" and were discovered in alleyways. Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family." (NPR)Read Full Article

  • Irvin: Covering New Modalities is the Only Cure for the Opiod Crisis

    During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall. To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives.Read Full Article

  • Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

    Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority. Read Full Article

Business

  • T. Rowe Price CEO on upcoming election: 'Markets dislike uncertainty more than anything'

    With less than a week to go until Election Day, the U.S. presidential race is at the top of mind for investors and executives at the country's top financial investment companies. It remains to be seen whether President Donald Trump will win a second term or if Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden will unseat him, but the result will undoubtedly have an impact one way or the other on the stock market. (Balt Bus Journal)Read Full Article

  • Spice maker McCormick & Co. plans to open its largest-ever distribution center in Sparrows Point

    McCormick & Co. plans to open its largest-ever distribution center in Sparrows Point to meet growing demand in the Americas region, the Hunt Valley-based spice and flavorings maker said Thursday. The manufacturer will lease a 1.8 million-square-foot warehouse in Tradepoint Atlantic Industrial Park on the former site of Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore County. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore-area sellers bask in hot housing market as eager homebuyers benefit from low interest rates, drive prices up

    Within a week of listing her Pikesville home for sale in September, Cyndi Crowl received multiple offers over the $299,900 asking price, ultimately accepting one for $310,000. The decision to sell the house was a no-brainer for Crowl, the chief financial officer of a Planet Fitness gym ownership group, who said the red-hot state of the Baltimore-area housing market sparked her interest in selling. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore among cities named in nationwide housing discrimination complaint against brokerage Redfin

    A nonprofit organization founded to end racial discrimination in housing filed a federal complaint against a national real estate firm, alleging that the company’s online listing services unlawfully favor white consumers and neighborhoods compared to their nonwhite counterparts in Baltimore and nine other cities. The National Fair Housing Alliance’s complaint, filed Wednesday, said Seattle-based Redfin’s policies “operate as a discriminatory stranglehold on communities of color,” arguing that its minimum home listing price guidelines violate the Fair Housing Act by denying service to customers in largely segregated communities. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Anne Arundel Board of Education hears live testimony for first time since March

    Parents, teachers and other school staff were able to speak to the Anne Arundel Board of Education in a public hearing on Wednesday night over a controversial topic — hybrid reopening. Since the school board pivoted to online meetings, the public has communicated with members mostly over email or sending written comments on board action until Wednesday night with the first live public hearing. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • University Of Maryland To Release New ‘End Racism’ PSA During Terps-Gophers Game

    When the Terrapins take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday night, fans watching the game will see the University of Maryland’s new public service announcement dedicated to ending racism. The 30-second ad, which the Terrapins shared on Facebook this week, said the university is “committed to addressing the most urgent issues of our time.” (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Commission hears from community about open Washington County school board seat

    The number of people seeking to fill a vacant seat on the Washington County Board of Education dropped by one Thursday night when one of the individuals informed a nominating commission that she is withdrawing from consideration. The decision came from April A. Zentmeyer, who is running for school board in next Tuesday's general election. (Herald Mail) Read Full Article

  • Lawsuit says Towson’s Concordia Preparatory School ignored student’s reports of assault, harassment on campus

    The family of a former Concordia Preparatory School student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the private Towson school ignored reports that she was repeatedly sexually harassed and assaulted on campus. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court Thursday, states Concordia’s administrators and staff failed to investigate when a sexually explicit video of the underage girl — taken without her consent — was circulated around the student body. Male students then repeatedly harassed the teen, who was later sexually assaulted in a religion class and a locker room, the suit states. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Maryland reports its most daily cases and hospitalizations since early August

    Maryland reported 962 new coronavirus cases Thursday — the most new daily cases since Aug. 1 — and 11 deaths tied to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Thursday’s reported 502 current hospitalizations, one more than Wednesday, set a new high in active hospitalizations since early August. The state has seen increasing hospitalizations since late September, when there was a low since March of 281 people hospitalized. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Hospitals are prepared as Maryland sees uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations

    While the state is going through an uptick in the number of coronavirus hospitalizations, hospitals across Maryland are ready to receive more patients. Because of the dramatic surge of coronavirus cases in other states and the uptick in Maryland, 11 News checked in with the Maryland Hospital Association. The bottom line -- Maryland is in good shape in terms of capacity, staff and personal protective equipment. (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore is hiring more police officers than it is losing, but officials tell judge more recruits are needed

    Baltimore police officials said during a court hearing Thursday that, for the first time in years, the department is hiring more officers than it is losing, although more work needs to be done to address staffing shortages. Eric Melancon, the chief of staff for Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, said the department has hired 180 officers this year while 175 have left for various reasons. It is a turnaround from 2019, when the department finished the year with 31 fewer officers than it started with, leaving officials worried staffing shortages would hinder efforts to reform the department. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mother of unarmed man killed by Baltimore County police officer files federal suit

    “My son was not a criminal,” Catherine Sopp said recently. “He suffered from a disease called alcoholism.” When she dialed 911 one night last November, she wanted to let the Baltimore County police know that her adult son Eric had left their house drunk and could be a danger to others. “Little did I know,” she said, “the help sent turned out to cost him his life.” (Wash Post) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Rodricks: Through hard times, violence and virus, a stubborn and determined Baltimore still standing

    The other day, on the north side of the city, I stopped to look at an unusual project and immediately recognized it as metaphor. There, I said it. I put it right in front of you. I found a metaphor for Baltimore in the 3900 block of Roland Avenue. Of course, I was in the mood for metaphor. Like me, residents of Baltimore, Our City of Perpetual Recovery, constantly look for signs of life, hope for the future and all that. It’s essential for citizen wellness. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore parks are unifiers, but that wasn’t always the case

    Baltimore has historically been deeply divided by race, wealth and health outcomes. The city’s legacy of racially-motivated investment in white neighborhoods and disinvestment in Black ones has turned some streets, such as Greenmount Avenue, into deeply etched dividing lines that separate communities. Sadly, these neighborhood boundaries are more than just symbolic. They are physical manifestations of historic social injustices that perpetuate concentrations of poverty and uneven investment. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Proper testing vital before we’re all in on return of sports

    Pandemic fatigue is sweeping over the country as surely and as dangerously as the COVID-19 virus itself. Everywhere you look, you can see the signs that many people are desperate to get back to the old “normal.” We are sick and tired of fighting the virus. Unfortunately, the virus is not tired of making us sick. New infections are soaring to record levels, as are hospitalizations. While we hope not, a spike in deaths may not be far behind. (News-Post)Read Full Article

  • Berry: For all the things that went wrong in 2020, there’s only ourselves to blame

    This has not been a very good year, which goes without saying. So why am I writing about it? Well, it needs some analysis as to its dimensions and who is responsible for it. On the responsibility issue, let’s dismiss the absurd belief that God is to blame. No, we are, all of us. The coronavirus looms over all the malaise in so many ways. Deaths and disease have swept the world, with the United States one of, if not, the worst. (Cap Gazette)Read Full Article