Politics

  • 18 Anne Arundel County ballot drop boxes open Thursday as the first-wave of requested absentee ballots sent to voters

    Anne Arundel County voters can begin casting their votes for president, Congressional representatives, charter amendments, and depending on their district, school board members as early as Thursday, when 18 ballot drop boxes open. The first wave of absentee ballots have been mailed to voters who requested them. The ballots should arrive by early next week, officials said. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • President Donald Trump Nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

    President Trump on Saturday announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last week, leaving the Republican-controlled Senate little time if they opt to confirm the nominee ahead of Election Day. Senate Judiciary chair Lindsey Graham announced late Saturday that confirmation hearings would begin on October 12. (CBS) Read Full Article

  • Cardin, Van Hollen Pan Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

    Maryland Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D) expressed dismay Saturday with President Trump’s pick of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They warned that abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act are in jeopardy and decried the speed at which Republicans plan to fill the high court vacancy. Trump at the White House on Saturday introduced Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, setting off a confirmation battle that could secure a conservative court for generations. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Counties’ Concern For 2021 Session? Their Bottom Lines

    The coronavirus pandemic decimated county budgets across Maryland, with many local governments digging into their own pockets before federal funding was available. Now, the Maryland Association of Counties wants state legislators to help counties fill in those funding gaps during the next legislative session. Natasha Mehu, the legislative director at MACo, outlined the association’s four policy initiatives for 2021 in an interview with Maryland Matters. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • 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

  • The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

    As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need. “We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House.Read Full Article

Business

  • Despite Purple Line problems, Maryland will pursue public-private partnership for toll lane plan

    Even as Maryland’s $5.6 billion public-private partnership for the Purple Line project is on the verge of collapsing mid-construction, the state is continuing to pursue a similar arrangement to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. State highway officials said they will work with companies earlier on the toll lane project to refine designs and cost estimates before any deal is signed. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • McCormick donates $500K to social justice organizations in support of Black communities

    McCormick & Co. Inc. has unveiled a list of more than 25 organizations to which it will donate a total of $500,000 as part of the spice maker's commitment to standing up for Black lives announced earlier this year. Greater Baltimore's largest public company, like many other companies across the U.S., promised a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police this past spring. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • With Save A Lot closing in Oliver, East Baltimore’s food desert grows

    Protective metal barriers have been pulled down over the entries and windows of the Save A Lot grocery store in Oliver, and no shopping carts remain in the parking lot. In the same shopping center, the Chinese takeout spot, as well as the Hip Hop Fish & Chicken, appear to be doing just fine. Save A Lot, at 929 North Caroline Street, closed this week following a 50%-off sale, leaving no more fresh food options in this East Baltimore community located just west of the Johns Hopkins Medical complex. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • How Under Armour is using technology to help consumers during the pandemic

    Amid the turmoil caused by the Covid-19 pandemic this year, a bright spot for Under Armour Inc. has been the success of the sportswear maker's digital fitness applications and technology-connected footwear. Baltimore-based Under Armour had just unveiled a new major marketing campaign when the term "novel coronavirus" first became a part of the everyday lexicon at the beginning of the year. The company had to change its messaging and find a way to continue connecting with consumers as their behavior changed during lockdowns.  (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Doctor worried delay on in person schooling will hurt students, parents

    As public schools develop plans to reopen their buildings to in person learning, a pediatrician believes schools should be able to offer some in person learning before the end of the calendar year. "I think our positivity rate, our infection rate is down enough in the State of Maryland, the community spread is low enough that it is safe enough for children to go back to school," said  Dr. Theresa Nguyen, assistant chairman of pediatrics at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel school board candidates split over reopening public schools

    Anne Arundel school board candidates are divided on the school system’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, with half supporting the superintendent’s approach and half pointing out flaws in decision making for the online semester. Candidates in District 6, which includes the Annapolis area, gave schools Superintendent George Arlotto a five out of 10 rating in its hybrid learning system, while District 3 candidate Corine Frank of Pasadena said the school system was wrong to follow guidelines for reopening set by the county health officer. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Montgomery Co. schools, unions work toward reopening

    A return to in-person learning is being discussed in Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County Public Schools employees received a letter Friday stating that the heads of the school system and the labor unions representing teachers and staff are exploring ways to reopen classrooms safely. Citing “mutual interest” toward developing a “comprehensive plan for the eventual return to in-person instruction,” the letter said MCPS formally provided unions “the minimum 45-day notice required” by agreements to “legally honor and preserve timelines.” (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • New group aims to support Black students and families with virtual learning

    Virtual learning can be challenging for families and educators, and while some D.C. area parents have hired teachers to come in and tutor small groups of students, one Black educator worries about families who can’t afford it. When Natalie Thomas saw “pods” forming — groups generated by parents who paid tutors or teachers to assist small groups of students in their homes — she grew concerned for children, particularly Black children, whose parents couldn’t afford that kind of support. (WTOP) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Protesters march through Baltimore in protest of Breonna Taylor death; federal courthouse sprayed with graffiti

    About 75 people marched Sunday through Baltimore to show solidarity with Louisville after a Kentucky grand jury charged no officers in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Activists then sprayed Baltimore’s federal courthouse with graffiti in support of Black Lives Matter and opposing President Donald Trump and Gov. Larry Hogan. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • More Than 100 Arrested As Police From All Over The Eastern Shore Are Called To Ocean City After Pop-Up Car Rally Turns ‘Destructive’

    Ocean City Police needed to call for backup overnight after they say more than 100 people were arrested Saturday after a gathering for a pop-up car rally turned destructive and violent. Police from all over the Eastern Shore were called to Ocean City around 11:50 p.m. Saturday evening as incidents throughout the town progressed from social gatherings to unruly and violent, specifically in the downtown area. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Maryland ban on foam food containers to take effect

    A Maryland law banning restaurants, schools and other food servers from using foam containers takes effect next week. The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland will become the first state in the nation to ban polystyrene food containers when the law goes into effect on Thursday. The law’s advocates say replacing containers made with fossil fuels with ones made from more sustainable materials will help reduce pollution and other harmful environmental impacts. (AP) Read Full Article

  • Howard County Department Of Corrections Updates ICE Policy To Only Hold ICE Detainees Convicted Of Crime Of Violence

    The Howard County Department of Corrections will be applying an updated policy to only hold ICE detainees at the Howard County Detention Center who have been convicted of a crime of violence as defined in Md. Criminal Law Code Annotated section 14-101. Under the previous policy, the Department of Corrections can house ICE detainees who have been charged with or convicted of jailable offenses. During the COVID-19 pandemic detainees in the Detention Center under the contract with ICE generally have been convicted or charged with serious crimes. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • EDITORIAL: Biden for president - please

    We enthusiastically endorse Democrat Joe Biden for president. The Scranton-Pennsylvania-born, six-term senator from Delaware and two-term vice president alongside President Barack Obama has half a century’s worth of experience in public service. He has a solid respect for the democratic process and has a demonstrated history of working across divides to bring people together — but he also has wisdom enough to know when to scrap efforts at compromise and fight like hell for what’s right. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Downie: The new charade around Amy Coney Barrett

    Whatever one thinks of a president’s right to nominate Supreme Court justices in an election year, it’s clear that Americans don’t buy Republicans’ flip-flop since 2016. When President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a Washington Post/ABC poll found that 63 percent of Americans believed the Senate should vote on his confirmation. Now, four years after GOP senators’ obstructionism hijacked one seat, 57 percent — including 61 percent of independents — say the next president should fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat. (Wash Post)Read Full Article

  • Wolk, McKeown & Cox: Amy Coney Barrett was our professor. She'll serve America as well as she served her students.

    President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday to serve on the United States Supreme Court. We all have had the privilege of being Judge Barrett’s students. While we hold a variety of views regarding how best to interpret statutes and the Constitution, we all agree on this: The nation could not ask for a more qualified candidate than the professor we have come to know and revere. (USAToday) Read Full Article

  • Goldberg: A GOP deal with Dems on court vacancy makes sense, but was never going to happen

    I’ll confess: There was a time when I would have considered the question facing Republicans a no-brainer. Of course they should seize this opportunity to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a conservative. Moving the courts — especially the Supreme Court — rightward has been a conservative lodestar for generations. It remains one of the last tenets of pre-Trump conservatism that still largely unites the right. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article