Politics

  • Hogan provides another $250M in relief to small businesses while comptroller says it's 'not enough'

    Gov. Larry Hogan announced $250 million in funding for small businesses on Thursday, doubling the state's relief efforts as the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the U.S. continues to rise. Hogan, a Republican, said Maryland's metrics "remain low and stable." Despite moving Maryland into the last stage of his economic reopening plan, Hogan said small businesses continue to feel the impact of the pandemic. He called for Congress to pass another round of federal stimulus funding but said the state could not sit back and wait. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Mayoral Candidates Make Their Pitch To Voters At Virtual Forum Ahead Of Election

    Thursday marked one of the last opportunities for voters to hear from Baltimore’s mayoral candidates. Community leaders submitted questions as part of a virtual forum that was hosted by the NAACP Baltimore branch. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Gov. Larry Hogan Calls On Remaining Counties, Baltimore City To Move To Third Phase Of Coronavirus Recovery Plan

    Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday called for all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland to move to the third phase of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan, which several counties have not yet done. Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as Baltimore City, remain in the second phase of the recovery plan, according to the governor’s office. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • More Howard residents request mail ballots than any other county in Baltimore area, second most in Maryland

    More Howard County residents are voting via mail ballot in the 2020 general election than almost any county in the state, according to data from the Maryland State Board of Elections. A little more than 47% of Howard’s registered voters have requested mail ballots for the Nov. 3 election amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is more than any county in the Baltimore area and only trailing Montgomery County in the state. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Neuroscience Has A Whiteness Problem. This Research Project Aims To Fix It

    Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families. His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals or who "went missing" and were discovered in alleyways. Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family." (NPR)Read Full Article

  • Irvin: Covering New Modalities is the Only Cure for the Opiod Crisis

    During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall. To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives.Read Full Article

  • Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

    Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority. Read Full Article

  • The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

    As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need. “We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House.Read Full Article

Business

  • Orioles lose appeal in MASN TV broadcast rights fees dispute with Nationals and MLB

    The Orioles on Thursday lost their appeal of a decision ordering their regional television network to pay the neighboring Washington Nationals tens of millions of dollars more in broadcast rights fees. The Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network — which broadcasts both teams' games — had argued that Major League Baseball had a conflict of interest when its arbitration panel awarded the Nationals nearly $100 million in additional rights fees last year. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • New Baltimore architecture hub opens at downtown's One Charles Center next week

    After 10 months of construction at the street level of Baltimore’s iconic One Charles Center tower downtown, the city’s American Institute of Architects chapter is ready to move in. AIA Baltimore and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation will both open offices at the newly built-out Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design, set to debut to the public at a virtual opening and ribbon cutting on Oct. 30. Both organizations have bid farewell to their former headquarters in Mount Vernon, a rowhouse at 11 1/2 W. Chase St. where AIA was based for 31 years. (Balt Bus Journal)Read Full Article

  • Election Day as a holiday? Baltimore-area companies take new steps to encourage employees and customers to vote.

    Just weeks away from a contentious presidential election amid a pandemic, Baltimore-area companies are joining corporate America’s growing movement to boost voter engagement. Employers such as Under Armour, CareFirst/Blue Cross Blue Shield and DTLR have launched election-related campaigns in recent weeks aimed at their employees and customers. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • This restaurant is paying homage to Baltimore’s iconic lake trout — and helping other Black female chefs in the process

    For Keyia Yalcin, preparing lake trout is more than getting the perfect cornmeal batter encrusted on the flaky white fish or pairing it with soft, sliced white bread and the right hot sauce. It’s also about acknowledging a sense of history and supporting other Black women in the process. That’s why during October, Yalcin, who owns Fishnet, a pescatarian-focused food stall in Mount Vernon Marketplace, is offering a special on the iconic Baltimore dish. A portion of the proceeds from each dish — which is actually whiting — will be donated to Just Call Me Chef, a local organization that supports and showcases Black women in the culinary industry. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Here's how much those pay cuts for University System of Maryland presidents will actually save

    Salary reductions for nearly every president of the University System of Maryland's member colleges this year will yield about $450,000 in savings, accounting for nearly 0.1% of a projected $500 million systemwide budget shortfall. Higher education institutions in Maryland and across the country are scrambling to address unprecedented blows to their bottom lines from the impacts of Covid-19. (Balt Bus Journal)Read Full Article

  • Anne Arundel Board of Education candidates weigh in on use of school resource officers

    Anne Arundel County Board of Education candidates for the most part supported having officers in schools, with the District 6 candidates most heavily criticizing school resource officers. While candidates in District 2 and District 3 told The Capital in a wide-ranging discussion that having officers in schools is important, they did point to ways they believed relationships could improve, such as changing the selection process or the role officers play. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • ‘No win’: Parents of Maryland special ed students worry about online learning, but also the risks of returning to schools amid pandemic

    The desk from which Landon Stewart attends third grade looks less like a dining table these days and more like a high-tech command center, decked with two computer screens and colored pencils. To attend school online this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 9-year-old, who is nonverbal, requires a myriad of devices, including one that allows him to select words on a screen with eye movements so he can communicate with his teacher. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • What COVID-19 data for Carroll County Public Schools will be released? Health officer describes ‘tough balancing act.’

    Now that public schools in Carroll County are back to in-person learning, at least partially, how much information will the health department and the school system make available to the public about confirmed or potential COVID-19 cases among those who are using school facilities? That’s what Board of County Commissioners President Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, asked of county Health Officer Ed Singer during Thursday morning’s weekly commissioners meeting, sparking a discussion about balancing individual privacy rights against the public’s right to know. (Carr Co Times) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • New opioid texting program launched from 211 Maryland and RALI

    A new texting program recently launched by 211 Maryland and Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative for Marylanders suffering from opioid addiction, as well as their family and friends. Now, all they have to do is text MDHope to 898-211 to be connected to information. “It supports individuals who are suffering from opioid addictions, family members and friends where they can quickly and easily get hope for informational resources related to opioid use,” Quinton Askew, President and CEO of 211 Maryland, said. (WMDT)Read Full Article

  • Maryland reports 743 new coronavirus cases and 12 deaths — the highest daily death count since August

    Maryland reported 743 new coronavirus cases Thursday and 12 new deaths tied to COVID-19, the highest number of reported deaths in a day since late August. Cases are rising across the country, with 34 states seeing weekly increases in cases as of Wednesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center. While Hopkins considers Maryland to be level over the past week, the state’s 14-day average of newly reported cases has grown from a recent low of 488 Sept. 30 to 611 as of Thursday.  (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Maryland, U.S. are realizing that day care is an economic problem, not a women’s issue. That was before the pandemic.

    Shanea Napper’s distress is evident in every line of the email she sent to Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “There is no way I can go to work and home-school my 8-year-old son, and I cannot afford to pay someone to do it," wrote Napper, a 35-year-old mother who made ends meet with two custodial jobs. “There are many single parents like me that need to know what can we do so we don’t have to choose between working and our kids' learning. I DESPERATELY NEED SOME HELP WITH THIS.” (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Howard County Board of Elections gets $700k COVID-19 response grant

    Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Board of Elections announced Thursday the county received a COVID-19 response grant of $688,226 from the Center for Tech and Civic Life to assist in the upcoming general election with increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life comes from a $400 million donation from Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg to promote safe and reliable voting around the nation and provide Board of Elections officials with additional funds for staffing, training and equipment necessary to ensure a fair and equitable election. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Finding a silver lining in a pandemic

    In a conventional war, if you know where the enemy is you know where to take a stand. Famous front lines have even gone down in history — Gettysburg, Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge. This war against the coronavirus is different though. Early on New York’s Gov. Cuomo told us, “The front line battle Is going to be hospitals and the soldiers in this fight are our health care professionals.” To this day when I see doctors and nurses decontaminating at the end of a grueling shift like disaster workers at Chernobyl, I am stunned by their heroism under fire — I just hope Congress creates a special medal for first responders.  (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Maryland Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights: an impediment to accountability | COMMENTARY

    The 9-5 vote this month by a state House of Delegates work group to recommend repealing Maryland’s Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights may seem incremental, one step in a long, uncertain road ahead. But given strong police union pushback and the failure in past years to even do so much as meaningfully reform the problematic statute, it could be monumental. State lawmakers have never before endorsed rescinding the law, which critics frequently blame for protecting the jobs of cops who’ve committed misconduct and have no business on the force — not even after Freddie Gray was fatally injured while in Baltimore police custody in 2015. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Janet Holbrook: What role should partisan politics play in Anne Arundel school board election?

    After this election, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education will be entirely composed of elected members for the first time. Four seats were filled in 2018 (districts 1, 4, 5 and 7) and three seats (districts 2, 3 and 6) will be filled by this year’s winners. Prior to this change in the County Charter, the Governor appointed the members. There are many reasons to support an elected school board. Intuitively it sounds like an elected board would be more accountable to the citizens. (Cap Gazette)Read Full Article

  • Maryland voters can balance the budget process

    Voters have the opportunity this election to make Maryland government far more democratic and responsive to the people. This year’s first statewide ballot issue, Question 1, would make a much-needed adjustment in the state Constitution to provide a better balance of budget authority between the governor and the General Assembly while maintaining the requirement of a balanced and fiscally sound budget. Passing Question 1 is an essential change that would give more people a voice in how we allocate precious state resources. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article