Sen. Bill Ferguson, Del. Luke Clippinger: Two teens caught up in the justice system have lessons for Md.

This year, Dawnta Harris, 16, was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly running over Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio in a stolen Jeep while facilitating home burglaries. Two years ago, Lavar Douglas, 18, was shot by a Coppin State University police officer after allegedly opening fire on a moving car. Two Baltimore City teens: one charged with killing a police officer, the other killed by a police officer. Both had previous encounters with the juvenile justice system. (Balt. Sun)

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Our criticism of Rep. Andy Harris was wrong. It was not nearly harsh enough.

On Wednesday, we published an editorial excoriating Rep. Andy Harris for turning a blind eye to President Donald Trump’s disastrous news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and suggesting that the whole controversy about his flagrant denial of the truth related to Russian interference in the 2016 election was irrelevant because it had been reported in the mainstream media. We went on to question whether his contempt for the press explained in some way his hesitation to join the other nine members of Maryland’s congressional delegation in urging President Trump to award the late Capital reporter Wendi Winters with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her efforts to save her colleagues during last month’s attack on the paper’s newsroom even at the sacrifice of her own life. We apologize. We were wrong. We were not nearly harsh enough. (Balt. Sun)

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Congress needs to put the FAA on notice over NextGen noise

Anyone who has ever had anything to do with the Federal Aviation Administration knows that it thrives on government double talk. Meetings with a community group about flight noise at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport were so dense with technical language at some points, that even members of the BWI Community Roundtable admitted it sometimes sounded like intentional gobbledygook. So, now that the FAA has decided to stop talking about airport noise, a casual observer might wonder if this is a blessing in disguise. The talks were going nowhere, or at least nowhere in the sense of making progress in addressing the underlying problem. (Capital)

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Nancy R. Smit: How Maryland is playing a leading role in the primary care revolution

Maryland is in the process of transitioning to a Total Cost of Care All-Payer Model for Medicare beneficiaries. Transforming the role that primary care physicians play is a key component of this new model. To drive this transformation, the Maryland Department of Health is launching a new initiative — the Maryland Primary Care Program. Under this pilot program, based on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model, Maryland Medicare beneficiaries will have their care proactively managed by an interdisciplinary care team led by a primary care physician. Currently, people seek out their primary care physician when they’re ill or it’s time for their annual exam. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maheen Haq: A message for Hagerstown's anti-Muslim mayor

Dear Hagerstown mayor Robert Bruchey II: Recently, you wrote on your Facebook page that you didn’t blame President Donald Trump for canceling a January trip to London, and you posted a picture of London’s mayor, the first Muslim elected to the post, followed by this comment: “Who would want to visit with this terrorist leading London." So, you inherently associate Muslims with terrorists. Not knowing who we are you lump us into the category of murderers. (Balt. Sun)

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July 18 // Jim Burton: Reading the turnout tea leaves

Last month's primary elections demonstrated Marylanders are not as energized as we have seen voters in many other states' elections since President Trump took office. Over the past 18 months, there have been multiple special, statewide and legislative elections around the country in which Democrats have turned out at much higher rates than in previous elections in those districts -- not only in general elections but in primaries, too. But in Maryland, enthusiasm and interest among Democratic Party voters appears tempered compared to Democratic turnout in other states. (Md. Matters)

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Dan Rodricks: Oaks leaves his mark in the annals of Maryland corruption

By now there have been so many cases of political corruption in Maryland, you can understand why the sentencing judge in the Nat Oaks case took a minute Tuesday to determine if there was something unique about it. Was history being made here? If not history, then at least trivia? Surely there must be something before the court besides an old-school pol who put his palm out for a cash bribe from an undercover FBI informant. (Balt. Sun)

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$24 billion for single payer in Maryland sounds like a lot — until you consider how much we spend now

You can feel the glee radiating from Gov. Larry Hogan’s re-election campaign at The Sun’s report Tuesday on a Department of Legislative Services estimate of what it would cost to implement a Maryland single-payer health care plan like the one Democrat Ben Jealous is proposing in this year’s election. The grand total — about $24 billion in new state spending, which is more than half of the entire existing state budget — sounds like an enormous amount of money, and it fits right in with the Hogan campaign’s efforts to paint Mr. Jealous as a wild-eyed tax-and-spend liberal, if not outright socialist. (Balt. Sun)

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