Politics

  • What we learned from Tuesday’s primary election in Maryland, from long lines to a mayoral short-timer

    While elections officials strongly encouraged voters to cast their ballots via the mail or drop boxes distributed across the state, voters proved that many still wanted to show up to the polls in person, particularly in Baltimore City. By the end of the day Tuesday, 42,451 people voted in person across the state, 6,236 of them in Baltimore. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Mfume wins primary as he seeks to keep US House seat he regained after Elijah Cummings’ death

    Kweisi Mfume, Maryland’s newest congressman, won Tuesday’s Democratic primary to secure his hold on the Baltimore-area seat long held by his late friend, Elijah Cummings. Baltimore-area U.S. Reps. John Sarbanes and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who are Democrats, and Andy Harris, a Republican, also won nominations to run for reelection in November. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Md. Gov. Larry Hogan agrees with Trump’s call for National Guard in cities

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who has publicly criticized President Trump’s rhetoric and response to protests over George Floyd’s death, appeared to embrace the president’s get-tough message this week in a private call between Trump and the nation’s governors. “Talking about everybody following with the National Guard, I couldn’t agree more with all the things that you said,” Hogan said to the president during the call Monday, according to a recording obtained by The Washington Post. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Sheila Dixon leads Baltimore mayor’s race in early returns

    Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon launched her campaign to return to office proposing something of a gambit for voters. If they could agree to forgive her for a public corruption scandal that forced her from City Hall a decade ago, Dixon would make good on her reputation for running a competent government: Clean the streets and bring down crime as she had before, while never again running afoul of the law. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • 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

  • The Do's and Don'ts of Face Coverings

    Researchers have recently learned that it is likely that asymptomatic (never having symptoms) and pre-symptomatic (developing symptoms later) carriers can spread the coronavirus (COVID-19) to others. This is why the CDC is now encouraging community members to wear cloth face coverings in public and why Governor Hogan is now requiring Marylanders to do so. Cloth face coverings are not the same as medical-grade masks – which need to be reserved for healthcare professionals who are treating patients. (GBMC HealthCare)Click Here to Read the Face Covering Guidelines 

Business

  • 'We won’t stand by and watch,' Toby Bozzuto tells workers amid unrest

    An appeal to level the playing field with more opportunity for the "historically oppressed" was made amid this week's unrest by one of Maryland's top developers. Toby Bozzuto, CEO of the Greenbelt-based Bozzuto Group, penned an emotional letter to his employees this past weekend as he watched protests to end police brutality and racism spread across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Survey Shows Child Care Centers May Close Without Financial Support

    More than half of child care providers in Maryland said that they may have to close their operations due to financial losses and restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although a reduced number of the state’s child care programs are currently open for children of essential workers, these programs are operating at reduced capacity. They are limited by strict ratios, such as no more than 10 children per classroom, to enforce physical distancing and other public health guidelines. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • ‘We Don’t Really Have The Space’ | Sip & Bite Diner Hopes To See Outdoor Dining Transition Into Limited Capacity Indoor Service

    Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan announced restaurants can reopen their outdoor seating areas to customers, a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t help everyone. The opportunity to open outdoor seating areas has been a minor reprieve for some local restaurants, but unfortunately, it’s a luxury not every restaurant shares. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • What Dick's Sports Goods' latest earnings report means for Under Armour

    Dick's Sporting Goods lost $143 million in the first quarter due to store closures, but the apparel retailer provided some reasons for optimism that could bode well for Under Armour Inc. and other brands. Like the vast majority of retailers, Dick's took a major hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Coraopolis, Pennsylvania-based company, which is Under Armour's biggest wholesale customer, reported Tuesday that same-store sales plunged 29% in the first quarter. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Institute Of Notre Dame Alums Hope To Save School From Shutting Its Doors For Good

    The Institute of Notre Dame is set to close June 30, but there’s a local group who is determined to save it. They’re called “Saving IND” and they’re trying to preserve over 170 years of history and education. Nearly a month after the prestigious Institute of Notre Dame announced they’d be closing their doors for good after years of financial trouble along with a worldwide health pandemic, the sense of denial was evident for those who call it home. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Universities Plan In-Person Learning For Fall Semester After Moving Online Due To Coronavirus

    With COVID-19 forcing most schools to finish out the year remotely, some local colleges and universities are now saying they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. Loyola University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Towson University and the University of Maryland all plan to open this fall. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Calais Campbell Foundation, Cohen & Dwin provide laptops for students in need

    New Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell and his CRC Foundation have partnered with Baltimore law firm Cohen & Dwin to provide new laptops for 100 disadvantaged high school students. The new laptops will be distributed by the YMCA of Central Maryland so the students can successfully participate in distance learning during the COVID-19 shutdown. A $10,000 donation from the CRC Foundation was matched by Cohen & Dwin, which was founded in Baltimore in 1977 and now has offices on Patterson and Greenmount avenues. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • College Board suspends plan for at-home SAT, urges colleges not to punish applicants who can’t submit scores

    The College Board is halting plans to offer the SAT admissions test at home in coming months and is urging schools not to punish students who do not submit scores, further demonstrating how the coronavirus crisis has upended college admissions. In backing away from at-home exams, the testing organization cited concerns that many students would not have access at home to the three hours of reliable Internet service that would be required to complete the multiple-choice exam. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Young, Harrison Cheer Officers, Protesters For Ensuring Rallies, Marches Remain Peaceful

    altimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison on Tuesday thanked police and protesters for their roles in ensuring Baltimore continues to avoid the chaotic scenes between civilians and law enforcement that have played out elsewhere. "I love seeing the energy and passion from so many young people while leading the city today," Young said during a news conference at police headquarters.  (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • Coronavirus Response: Maryland Health Department Launching Campaign To Highlight Importance Of Contact Tracing

    As the number of coronavirus cases in Maryland continues to climb, the state’s health department is launching a new campaign to educate people about the importance of contact tracing. The campaign aims to highlight how contact tracing, which involves identifying other people a person who tests positive for COVID-19 may have come into contact with, can help slow the spread of the virus, the department said in a news release. It will include public service announcements and social media posts, among other items. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • This Maryland mayor has overseen his town’s virus response. Up next: National Guard deployment.

    For the past 11 years, Jake Day knew this day was coming. He knew when he signed up for the Army National Guard that he would probably face deployment. That was back in 2009, before he was elected to the Salisbury City Council, before he was elected mayor, before he was elected to a second term, before the city he leads on Maryland’s Eastern Shore faced a crisis that would make national headlines. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Turns out, Baltimore's field hospital had a lot more capacity than was needed — so far

    The emergency field hospital erected inside the Baltimore Convention Center is equipped to treat 250 coronavirus patients recovering at a time. Five weeks after its opening, it has treated fewer than 100 patients in total. The field hospital operation cost about $5 million to stand up, including about $1.2 million in rent and utilities, according to state records. On a recent day, data provided by Johns Hopkins showed just 16 of the hospital's 250 available beds were occupied. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • EDITORIAL: Cops nationwide react with violence toward people protesting police brutality

    As demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the nation to decry police brutality in the wake of the ruthless killing of yet another unarmed black man by a white police officer, law enforcement throughout the country again and again reacted with violence. They used tear gas, Tasers, rubber bullets, police vehicles and their fists against people posing little to no threat — repeatedly proving the protesters’ painful point. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Feldman: Want police reform? We need independent medical examiners and coroners.

    There is a clear takeaway from the video of George Floyd dying while Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee is pressed into his neck: Floyd was suffocated by the Minneapolis police officer. So how is it possible that preliminary findings from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report emphasized underlying health conditions and “potential intoxicants” while ruling out asphyxiation? (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: Md. primary: We must learn from election failures

    The dates on the vote-by-mail ballots were wrong. They falsely claimed postage was required. Many were late to be mailed to voters, particularly in Baltimore City and in Montgomery County. The Maryland State Board of Elections blamed an out-of-state vendor, SeaChange Print Innovations, for the delay and for misrepresenting the timetable. SeaChange has pointed its finger at the elections board for computer snafus. Meanwhile, some households received multiple ballots addressed to people who hadn’t lived there in years. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: Trump’s threats to deploy troops move America closer to anarchy

    Attorney General William P. Barr on Monday ordered federal police and National Guard forces to disperse protesters who were peacefully gathered in front of the White House. As flash munitions exploded and tear gas swirled, President Trump delivered a Rose Garden rant denouncing “acts of domestic terror” he said had taken place in Washington and other U.S. cities, and threatened to “deploy the United States military” to those that fail to “dominate the streets.” (Wash Post) Read Full Article