Politics

  • Historic impeachment hearings are set to begin, with GOP and Democrats pushing dueling messages on Trump’s conduct

    The House will begin the public phase of its impeachment inquiry Wednesday with Democrats and Republicans prepared to offer competing narratives of whether President Trump inappropriately pressured Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, during televised hearings that could determine the fate of his presidency. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore to stop taking public housing applications, citing average 5-year delay for those on wait list

    Baltimore’s public housing authority announced Tuesday that it will cease accepting applications from residents, citing more than 14,000 applications on a wait list and an average wait time of more than five years. Residents have until Dec. 20 to apply for public housing before the housing authority stops taking the applications, the authority said in a release. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mayor Jack Young Calls Recent Violent Incidents Involving Teenagers ‘Unacceptable’

    A brutal attack, a shooting outside of a school, and a stabbing next to the Inner Harbor- three violent attacks, and police say what they all have in common is that teenagers are involved. The picture of a badly beaten 52-year-old man in the emergency room is circulating on social media. According to the police report, the attack happened last Tuesday night. The victim was taking a shortcut through New Hope Circle when 15 teens surrounded him. He is now recovering at Shock Trauma. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Announce Funding To Assist Low-Income Families In Anne Arundel County With Home Repair

    U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin and Representative Steny Hoyer, announced $59,784 in federal funding for Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County. Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County is a nonprofit organization that repairs homes for low-income residents in need. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Housing Preservation Grants program, will be used by RTAAC to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low- and very-low-income residents in Anne Arundel County. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Conference Reading: Where Civility Is a Motto, a School Integration Fight Turns Bitter

    The planned community of Columbia, southwest of Baltimore, has prided itself on its ethos of inclusion ever since it was founded more than half a century ago. Racially integrated. Affordable apartments near big homes. “The Next America” was its optimistic, harmonious motto. But a recent proposal to restore some of that idealism by balancing the number of low-income children enrolled in schools across Howard County, including those in Columbia, has led to bitter divisions. Protesters in matching T-shirts have thronged school board meetings. Thousands of letters and emails opposing the redistricting plan, some of them overtly racist, have poured in to policymakers. One high school student made a death threat against the superintendent of schools, Michael J. Martirano. (NYT)Read Full Article

  • Ransom: Now is the time to think about your Health Insurance

    This is the season for Health Insurance Open enrollment. Many employers are having employees make decisions and general open enrollment to buy, change, or renew a qualified health plan for 2020 began Friday, November 1 and runs to Sunday, December 15 for healthcare starting on January 1, 2020.  MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, encourages all individuals to sign up for health insurance for themselves and their families.Read Full Article

  • Post-Conference Reading: Two families — one black, one white — shared a harrowing history. Then they met.

    The King family stepped carefully up the concrete steps, through the narrow doorway and into a two-story log cabin with a painful past. Inside, they examined every inch. The low ceiling. The peeling chestnut walls. Then, the second floor, a tiny space under a pitched cedar-shake roof, where sunlight slips through small windows onto uneven oak floorboards. John B. King Jr., education secretary for President Barack Obama, climbed up the wobbly ladder for a depressing glance at the sleeping quarters. But he quickly came down and crossed his arms, wondering about the people who lived in this cramped space more than 150 years earlier: His enslaved ancestors. Lydia King. Charles King. Anne King. So many Kings once lived here, on this Maryland farm, still owned by direct descendants of the slaveholder, Thomas Griffith. (Wash. Post)Read Full...

  • Post Conference Reading: Professor Rucker Johnson on why school integration works

    Brown v. Board of Education was hailed as a landmark decision for civil rights. But decades later, many consider school integration a failure. UC Berkeley professor Rucker C. Johnson’s new book Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works shows the exact opposite is true. The book looks at decades of studies to show that students of all races who attended integrated schools fared better than those who did not. In this interview with Goldman School of Public Policy Dean Henry E. Brady, which took place on Jan. 9, 2019, Johnson explains how he and his team analyzed the impact of not just integration, but school funding policies and the Head Start program. (Berkeley News)Read Full Article

Business

  • Stebbins Anderson will close its doors in December after 152 years of service

    After 152 years of service, Stebbins Anderson is closing its doors at the end of the year. Stebbins Anderson is known for their variety of goods from unique housewares and gifts to fabulous outdoor patio furniture, indoor decor and more. In an announcement on their Facebook page Tuesday the store said, "the retail environment has become increasingly more difficult for small businesses." (WBAL)Read Full Article

  • Md. losing 4 more Sears, Kmart stores

    Days after revealing sparse Black Friday ads, the company that owns Sears and Kmart announced plans Tuesday to close 96 additional stores, including four in Maryland. Transformco, which acquired the retailers out of bankruptcy, is set to shutter 51 Sears stores and 45 Kmart locations in February. Joining the list of closed stores is the Sears location in Cumberland at 1262 Vocke Road, as well as Kmart stores in Frederick, 1003 W. Patrick St.; Hagerstown, 1713 Massey Blvd.; and Hyattsville, 6411 Riggs Road. (Daily Record)Read Full Article

  • Parsons eclipses $1 billion in revenue, but falls short of estimates

    Parsons Corp.’s (NYSE: PSN) third quarter saw both the company’s largest single cybersecurity award and another new acquisition in its $215 million purchase of QRC LLC, but revenue estimates fell short of analysts’ expectations. The Centreville technology and infrastructure contractor inked $1 billion in revenue, a 5% gain over the prior year, but short of average estimates of $1.03 billion. That was partially impacted by $20 million in higher volume costs related to two federal contracts carried over from 2018, executives said. (Wash. Bus.) Read Full Article

  • Facebook Bug Accesses iPhone’s Camera While User Scrolls Through News Feed

    Facebook says a bug that inadvertently accesses a user’s iPhone camera while they’re scrolling through the News Feed will be fixed sometime today. The bug, which was discovered by Joshua Maddux, owner of web design firm 95Visual, appears to be exclusive to iOS and does not affect Android devices. Maddux took to Twitter to report his discovery, where he posted a video that showed his camera, pointing forward, was running in the background while he was scrolling Facebook. (CNN) Read Full Article

Education

  • Howard redistricting: School board moves past high schools, begins discussing middle and elementary levels

    Eight days out from the scheduled redistricting vote, the Howard County Board of Education discussed potential moves at all grade levels at a Tuesday work session. In the previous five work sessions, the conversation was dominated by tackling redistricting at the high school level. While the school board made several motions and reached consensus on various polygons moves, during those meetings, nothing is final until the scheduled Nov. 21 vote. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore school officials slow pace of school closures, seek to upgrade city’s historic institutions

    After years of shuttering dozens of schools as enrollment declined, Baltimore city school officials are recommending the closure of only three facilities in the next two years. At a school board meeting Tuesday night, officials said they are proposing to close one traditional elementary school and one school for students with special needs. The city school staff are also recommending that one charter school - NACA II Freedom and Democracy Academy - lose its license to operate and be closed at the end of the school year. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Supporters pack hearing in solidarity for sweeping education reforms outlined by Maryland’s Kirwan Commission

    Dozens of people in blue T-shirts packed a hearing room in Annapolis Tuesday night to deliver a message: Our kids can’t wait. They were part of a coalition offering support for sweeping — and expensive — reforms that are proposed for Maryland’s public schools. If the recommendations of the state’s Kirwan Commission are carried out, it will result in “the fundamental transformation of Maryland’s public schools,” said Joe Francaviglia of Strong Schools Maryland, one of the groups behind the blue shirt brigade that descended on Annapolis. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Superintendent listening session addresses WCPS equity policy

    Addressing a small crowd Tuesday, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said the district was in the early stages of forming its equity in education policy in response to a new state law. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Maryland, Virginia, plan to rebuild American Legion Bridge

    The governors of Maryland and Virginia have announced plans to rebuild and widen the American Legion Bridge, which connects the two states. Govs. Larry Hogan and Ralph Northam made the announcement Tuesday at the Capital Region Transportation Forum in Washington. The project will replace the existing lanes in each direction across the Potomac River. It also will add two new express lanes in each direction for about three miles, between the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia to the vicinity of River Road in Maryland. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Hagerstown and county work on plans for abandoned houses and emergency services

    City and county officials on Tuesday worked out a number of details relating to a proposal to deal with abandoned properties in Hagerstown and a separate proposal that determines how fire, rescue and emergency medical services are delivered in the county. The developments came during a joint meeting at Hagerstown City Hall between the Hagerstown City Council and the Washington County Board of Commissioners. (Herald-Mail)Read Full Article

  • Near posh Harbor East, Baltimore is razing old public housing to build new homes. What’s that mean for tenants?

    Shanay Waller cut a lonely figure as she crossed the quiet courtyard near her Perkins Homes apartment one recent afternoon, a nearby dumpster brimming with broken bed frames, cushionless couches and other discarded pieces of her neighbors’ disrupted lives. Most residents at this end of her East Baltimore public housing complex had already moved out, with new Section 8 vouchers to rent apartments elsewhere or new placements in other complexes not slated for demolition. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • $60,000 Awarded To Social Change Programs In Howard County

    The United Way of Central Maryland and the Horizon Foundation awarded thousands of dollars to people proposing social change in Howard County. The groups selected from 9 finalists who presented their big ideas to a live audience of 250 community members and a panel of judges. The four winners include Orlando Goncalves and Alfred Striano for their Upcycled Structures from Recycled Goods idea. For that they were awarded $25,000. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Rodricks: Vignarajah, candidate for mayor, pitches a plan to end Baltimore’s long, insane run of violence

    I don’t have the benefit of a poll to support this, but I am pretty confident that the vast majority of my fellow Baltimoreans would say the most serious issue facing the city is the insane level of violent crime. This is an easy call. You just have to talk to people. You’re bound to hear a story about a crime — maybe a son or nephew killed during the horrendous surge of violence that started in 2015, maybe someone who was assaulted on the street or a friend who was the victim of a carjacking. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: DACA should never have come to this: Supreme Court with future of ‘dreamers’ in its hand

    No matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the three consolidated immigration cases heard Tuesday, the fact that the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program came down to an up or down vote of six men and three women is itself a lesson in how Washington works — which is to say, not well. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Heuvel: From the hope of 1989 to a new Cold War

    On Nov. 9, 1989, East German border guards opened the Berlin Wall and changed the trajectory of history. The fall of the wall marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. It was also a moment of hope and possibility. Even before the wall came down, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was making the case for a “common European home” in which the United States and the Soviet Union would both play a role, winning cautious praise from Western leaders. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Edwards: The real impeachment inquiry is finally here. But the road is paved with potholes.

    And so the real impeachment inquiry begins. Some thought we would never get here; some think we shouldn’t be here. Public opinion is divided, though most Americans support the inquiry itself. We have thousands of pages of testimony, and the evidence against President Trump is mounting. But the road ahead is paved with potholes — for Democrats and Republicans alike. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article