Politics

  • Luiz Simmons: What they're not telling you about Md.'s rape paternity bill

    The social media campaign that pretends to explain Maryland's controversial rape paternity bill is another example of how state and national politics have been consumed by the politics of personal destruction as opposed to reasoned and detailed debate. If a child is conceived as the result of a sexual assault, everyone is pretty much in agreement that the "rapist" or perpetrator of the act should not have custody or access to the child. But the real issue in this legislation has always been how to determine if a child was conceived as the result of a sexual assault or consensual sex without a criminal trial. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Gov. Hogan, Comptroller Franchot criticize brewery bill, Democrats at luncheon

    "The legislature passed law that is an existential threat to the growth of small businesses in Maryland," Comptroller Peter Franchot said. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • Pugh: Hopkins investing in future of Baltimore with new FastForward accelerator

    Businesses developing in Hopkins's accelerator spaces will hopefully bring more jobs to the city, as they are given the room and resources to grow locally. (Balt. Bus. Journal)Read Full Article

  • Union walkout, board grilling on safety, leave Metro GM Wiedefeld on the defensive

    Federal concerns about worker safety lapses combined with growing union tensions and an early morning Red Line meltdown culminated in one of the most contentious board meetings of Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld’s tenure Thursday. As board members scrutinized Wiedefeld’s progress on safety, scores of union workers stormed out of the agency’s headquarters chanting “Who moves this city? We move this city!” in the latest example of rising tensions between the two sides during contentious labor negotiations. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Tessemae's scouts for larger HQ, seeks Maryland assistance to stay local

    Tessemae's All Natural, the homegrown salad dressing and condiment maker, is on the hunt for larger space and not ruling out a move to outside the state. The eight-year-old company currently occupies 36,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space in Essex. Tessemae's lease is set to expire at the end of May, CEO Greg Vetter said, and is looking for new digs of between 100,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Invites Next Generation of Home Buyers to Bayside Baltimore County

    Diane Lesman, Marketing and Development Director for the Dundalk Renassiance Corporation, discusses the tremendous job growth and rising home values in Dundalk. The DRC's housing fair on Saturday, April 22 will provide information and exhibits on housing and financing, including grants for first-time home buyers, to welcome new families and professionals to Bayside Baltimore County.  Watch Full Video

  • Jay Perman & Freeman Hrabowski: March for Science

    On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in Washington, DC, to celebrate and defend science—at a time when many believe that science does, in fact, need defending. President Trump’s budget proposal cuts 31 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, slashes the Department of Energy’s basic science research program, and zeroes out a program that supports early-stage research into technologies that can reduce our national dependence on fossil fuels.Read Full Article

  • Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Executive Director on Bayside Baltimore County’s Opportunities and Value

    Big things are happening in Dundalk. With great schools and 43 miles of waterfront, this collection of authentic neighborhoods is poised for a renaissance with new developments like Tradepoint Atlantic making it a prime value investment opportunity for local and prospective homeowners. Tom Stewart sits down with Amy Menzer, Executive Director of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation that are strengthening current homeowners and attracting new families to buy into Bayside Baltimore County.Watch Full Video

Business

  • Under Armour posts its first quarterly loss but stock soars

    After years of rapid growth, Under Armour has no plans this year to jump into new businesses or look for new U.S. retail partners to sell its products. Instead, this is a year to step back and reset. That message, delivered Thursday by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, came as the Baltimore-based brand announced its first quarterly loss since it became a public company in 2005. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Department of Liquor Control plans to approve ‘agency’ liquor stores by January

    More liquor stores could be coming to Montgomery County soon. Robert Dorfman, director of the county's Department of Liquor Control, said Thursday he's looking into establishing criteria so the department can contract with privately owned beer and wine stores to sell spirits such as vodka, rum or whiskey. A state bill approved by the General Assembly this year gave the county the right to establish "agency" stores to sell liquor and enabled the DLC to determine the criteria by which the department will approve stores to sell spirits. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Ronald McDonald House to start construction on long-awaited $30M project

    The long-anticipated start to construction of a new Ronald McDonald House in Jonestown is set to take place next week. A groundbreaking for the $30 million project is scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1 Aisquith St. in East Baltimore. The development will total 60,000 square feet and is expected to house 2,200 families each year. That will more than double the current accommodations at the existing Ronald McDonald House, located at 635 W. Lexington St. downtown. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

  • Baby box startup wins $25,000 through Hopkins Social Innovation Lab

    A mother looking to prevent cases of sudden infant death syndrome in Maryland has won $25,000 to help fund her "baby box" startup concept. As a member of Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab's 2016-2017 cohort, Shantell Roberts has been working on a venture around Portable Alternative Cribs, through her nonprofit Touching Young Lives Inc. (Balt. Bus. Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Anne Arundel county executive plans $10 million more toward health care fund

    County Executive Steve Schuh announced Thursday a two-year plan that includes financial contributions from the school system, county government and the school employee unions to eliminate the $20 million deficit in Anne Arundel County Public School system's health care fund. His budget proposal also would give school systems employees a step increase. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • St. John's College names new president for Annapolis campus

    St. John's College named Panayiotis Kanelos, dean of Christ College at Valparaiso University in Indiana, to be its Annapolis campus president. Christopher B. Nelson retires June 30, after serving 26 years as president. "St. John's is, quite simply, the paragon of liberal learning, and I am honored to be joining such a storied institution and such an extraordinary community," Kanelos said in a prepared statement. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Sherwood High School junior wins election as next student member of school board

    High school junior Matthew Post on Wednesday won election as the 40th student member of the Montgomery County Board of Education and the first ever from Sherwood High School. The roughly 70,800 middle- and high-schoolers who participated in the vote chose Post by a decisive margin, with about 62.7 percent picking him over his rival, Alexander Abrosimov of Richard Montgomery High School. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Worcester Tech’s SkillsUSA program excelling; advisor earns regional award

    New national and state recognitions highlight the success of Worcester Technical High School’s SkillsUSA program. Worcester Tech’s SkillsUSA program has been named the 2017 Career and Technology Education Outstanding Program of Excellence by the Maryland State Department of Education. Rick Stevens, the welding teacher who leads the chapter at Worcester Tech, has been named the 2017 Advisor of the Year for Region 1 by SkillsUSA Inc. (Dispatch) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • MTA still won't release or allow review of Mondawmin unrest footage two years later, claiming it would compromise security

    When police and local residents began squaring off near Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore two years ago today — precipitating widespread rioting, looting and arson in the city — it was captured in part by a network of government surveillance cameras in and around the nearby metro station. What the footage shows, however, is still a secret. The Maryland Transit Administration, which operates the station and its camera system, has refused to release any of the footage despite ongoing requests by The Baltimore Sun and questions from city officials, activists and others about the role the MTA and the city police department might have played in escalating the tensions on the day of 25-year-old Freddie Gray's funeral. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Leggett says proposed nonprofit funding cut was mistake

    Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said Wednesday his staff is working to correct a mistake that resulted in the inclusion of a 1 percent cut to nonprofit grant funding in the proposed fiscal 2018 budget. Leggett said in an interview with Bethesda Beat that he intended to increase the grant funding to certain nonprofits by 1 percent, rather than cut grant funding by $600,000 as recommended in his proposed $5.44 billion budget submitted to the County Council last month. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Record amount of Chesapeake Bay underwater grass acres reported

    A record amount of underwater grass has been reported in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that there are 59,277 acres of underwater grass in the state's portion of the nation's largest estuary. Underwater grass is important, because it is a key indicator of improving water clarity and quality. (AP) Read Full Article

  • Health Department to start needle exchange in Frederick

    The Frederick County Health Department has been awarded nearly $23,000 in grant funding from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to start a syringe service program — commonly called needle exchange, said Andrea Walker, the director of mental health services. Syringe service programs had previously been restricted to Baltimore and Prince George’s County, but a 2016 bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly allowed counties across the state to establish them. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Purging voter rolls doesn’t weed out fraud — it weeds out voters

    Maryland has found itself in the crosshairs of the conservative activist group Judicial Watch, which has thereatened to sue the state if a better effort isn’t made to clean up its voter rolls. Earlier this month, the group sent a letter to the Maryland State Board of Elections to complain that there are more registered voters in Montgomery County than there are voting-age residents. Judicial Watch argues the overage demonstrates that there is “strong circumstantial evidence” that non-citizens may be registered to vote in heavily-Democratic Montgomery County, which is also Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Tricia Bishop - Out of bounds: redistricting Baltimore's schools

    I've been looking at houses in Baltimore's Roland Park school district (along with several thousand others, apparently; there was a line to get into one open house last weekend) and posted a question Sunday about a neighborhood on the outskirts of the boundary to a Facebook mom's group I belong to. Then one mama dropped this bombshell: "FYI, the city is looking at rezoning schools. There are meetings happening this spring for community feedback. Not sure how this might affect that area, but I would think places more on the edges may be more at risk [of being rezoned] than those closer" to the school. Wait — what?! (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Drivers, pedestrians: It's deadly out there

    We're used to statistics that show public safety improving — making it jarring when the numbers go into reverse. That's a big reason the increase in overdose deaths prompted state and county governments to declare opioid abuse a public health crisis. But something else appears to be getting more dangerous — simply driving on our roads or walking along them. The Department of Transportation called a press conference in Linthicum to announce that last year 523 people were killed in Maryland in motor vehicle accidents — and that 111, more than a fifth, were pedestrians. Given such numbers, local leaders should listen to state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn as he calls for them to draw up "strategic highway management plans" to address the issue. (Capital)Read Full Article

  • Rob Bindeman: Judge Leon should relinquish control over the Purple Line

    Enough time has been wasted over the past eight months since U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon frivolously brought the Purple Line rail project to an abrupt halt. Leon’s decision to freeze federal funding on the Purple Line was an economically damaging move that stopped this multibillion-dollar transportation and job-saving solution from moving forward. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article