October 20 // The right fit for a new high school

A refreshing sense of urgency is engulfing discussions between the school board and county government leaders over where to build a new high school and how to pay for it. As the county formulates plans to some shift school district boundaries to ease crowding, the school system is expediting its review of the two east county sites – one near Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge and the other in Jessup. The building, known as High School No. 13, is seen as a relief valve primarily for Howard and Long Reach high schools and by speeding up construction, some controversial redistricting proposals could be avoided. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Athanasia Anagnostou: Md. is developing the next generation of life-saving vaccines

Flu season is upon us and the influenza vaccination is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the virus and related complications. Each year, millions of people are sickened by the flu, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die. Receiving the vaccine is the first and most important step to protect yourself. In fact, the shot can reduce children’s risk of flu-related hospitalizations by 75 percent and by 57 percent for adults over 50. When getting your vaccination, it is a perfect opportunity to talk with your health care provider to make sure you and your family are up-to-date on all vaccinations. (Balt. Sun)

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Hispanic outreach efforts strengthen Annapolis, Anne Arundel communities

Immigration has always been a core strength of America, meaning that assimilation has always been a major challenge. And it’s one past waves of immigrants had to meet with little outside assistance. Still, it’s a good idea — for immigrants, for their children and grandchildren, and for the communities in which they live — for governments to mount outreach efforts for such groups. Our story on Wednesday reviewed successful or promising efforts by the county and the City of Annapolis for Hispanics, an ethnic group now accounting for about 7.5 percent of the county’s population. (Capital)

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How did the Edgewood shooter get the gun?

Now that police have apprehended Radee Prince, the man accused of killing three co-workers, injuring two others and later shooting a sixth man on Wednesday, we may get some answers about what would lead someone to unleash such a murderous outburst. Mr. Prince had been accused of workplace violence and threatening behavior before, and he reportedly had a dispute with the Delaware man he is accused of shooting later on Wednesday morning. Whatever the explanation is, it is certain to be unsatisfactory. Nothing but madness could prompt such evil. But one question for which we should be able to get a concrete answer is how he got the gun. He should not have been able to. (Balt. Sun)

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C. Fraser Smith: Md. Democrats in a pickle

There’s been just a bit of a buzz recently about new hope for Democrats taking back the governorship in 2018. That very conversation, the buzz, would make some Democrats (and Republicans) wonder if they had fallen into a time warp. If there were a Republican governor, surely that was an aberration, something to be corrected. (Daily Record)

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October 19 // Christina Schoppert Devereux: 'No Thank You, Amazon.'

Thursday, local leaders will submit their case to Amazon that Baltimore should be the choice location for the company’s new headquarters (HQ2). This is a missed opportunity for Baltimore. Rather than spending time and resources putting together a proposal to woo Jeff Bezos, city and state officials could have said, “No thank you, Amazon. It seems what you're looking for would not be in the best interests of Baltimore.” (Balt. Sun)

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Karla Raettig: More renewable energy will help the climate, health and economy

Recently, two campaigns have been launched to jumpstart Maryland’s efforts to combat climate change, reduce harmful air pollution and establish Maryland as a national leader in clean, renewable energy. These campaigns share a common goal – a 100% clean energy future. The rationale is clear. Using dirty energy from fossil fuels contributes to climate change, hinders our economy and harms the health of Marylanders – especially vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, low-income communities, and communities of color. So how do we transform our energy sector away from harmful fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy? (Md. Reporter)

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Anne Arundel County Council must scrutinize Live casino tax break

The notables were on hand Tuesday for the “topping off” of the tallest building in Anne Arundel County — the 17-story hotel going up at the Live casino in Hanover. The project is the linchpin of efforts by the owners, The Cordish Cos., to compete now that the new MGM casino at National Harbor is cutting into gambling revenue. County Executive Steve Schuh and other dignitaries signed the 1,400-pound steel beam hoisted to the top of the structure, and the theme from “Rocky” was played. But the big question is whether the substantial tax break the county executive is engineering for the project is “gonna fly now.” (Capital)

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