Politics

  • ‘It’s Still Not Helping Everybody’: Hogan Lays Part Of Blame For Unemployment Issues With Federal Government

    Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday addressed the continued hurdles some Marylanders have had trying to get unemployment benefits, saying that while the state has processed more than 400,000 unemployment claims, the system is “still not helping everybody.” At a news conference Wednesday evening, Hogan laid some of the blame for Maryland residents’ struggles to get benefits with the federal government, saying not all of the factors causing delays are under the state’s control. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Haven't received your mail-in ballot for Maryland primary? Here's what to do

    The "vast majority" of eligible voters in Maryland have already received their mail-in ballots for the June 2 primary, according to the State Board of Elections. Anyone who hasn't seen the postage hit their doorstep is now being encouraged by the board to request it themselves. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Continuing Maryland’s reopening, Gov. Hogan lifts restrictions on outdoor dining, youth sports, camps, pools and drive-in movies

    Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday the state would ease more restrictions on businesses and gatherings due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic ― moving to permit outdoor dining at restaurants, the return of youth sports and camps, and the reopening of pools and drive-in movies. Even as the number of infections and deaths continues to rise in Maryland, the Republican governor said the state is making progress against the virus ― which has claimed the lives of more than 2,200 Marylanders ― and has significantly cut its rate of residents testing positive. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore mayoral candidates zero in on violent crime during debate in race’s closing days

    The recent spate of crime in Baltimore — nine people were killed over Memorial Day weekend and a police officer was shot overnight — loomed large over a mayoral debate Wednesday. In a forum hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee and WBAL-AM, the six leading Democratic candidates either sought to distance themselves from the violent status quo or pointed to work they’ve done while in office to address the problem. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • 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 

  • Why We Haven't Found a Cure for COVID-19

    Several months into the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many are asking why experts haven’t been able to find a treatment or cure for the virus. The simple answer: there’s too much we don’t know. Several months feels like a long time, but when it comes to medical research, it’s almost no time at all. COVID-19 is a novel (new) virus, which means that no one has natural immunity to it, and experts couldn’t research it prior to the outbreak in December of 2019. (GBMC HealthCare)Click here to read more

Business

  • Reopening Maryland: Curbside Retail Now Open In Baltimore As Mayor Lifts More Coronavirus Restrictions

    Curbside retail pickup is now available in Baltimore City Wednesday, after the city’s mayor lifted additional coronavirus restrictions. In addition to the opening of curbside retail, the city will create pick-up, drop-off zones to make it easier for customers and delivery drivers to pick up the food or goods. Those zones will be created in commercial districts. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • How a bad crab harvest and a pandemic dealt one Ocean City eatery a double whammy

    It was lunch time Tuesday when six people disembarked from a Virginia-plated SUV and tried to enter the carry-out door of the Crab Bag, the longtime Ocean City seafood spot for both locals and tourists. No one in the group was wearing a mask. (Delmarva) Read Full Article

  • Scoop by scoop, The Charmery's owners push forward with expansion plans

    This time of year, David and Laura Alima are usually in prep mode. They're normally preparing for the families and neighborhood folks who will inevitably line the sidewalks by The Charmery as the weather warms and the desire for ice cream intensifies. But for now there are no crowds, and no summer nights at the scoop shop. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Kevin Plank to Under Armour shareholders: 'It's tough right now' but we'll get better

    Patrik Frisk could not have envisioned his first annual shareholders meeting as CEO of Under Armour Inc. would be held virtually over the internet. Kevin Plank, Under Armour's founder, executive chairman and brand chief, perhaps said it best when he described Frisk's first few months as CEO as "trial by fire." Less than six months after succeeding Plank as Baltimore-based Under Armour's chief executive, Frisk is leading the company through a global pandemic that has left most of its stores closed and thousands of retail employees temporarily laid off. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Public schools face a fall with a lot more costs and a lot less funding

    As school districts consider how and when to get students back to classrooms, they are facing a financial riddle with enormous implications: Every back-to-school plan involves new spending at a time when states and districts are bracing for significant cuts. The needs are enormous. Students who fell behind this spring will require extra help. Counselors will be needed to help children who have lost family or suffered trauma. Nurses will be called on to assure students and staff are healthy. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • As university enrollment dips loom, community colleges are ready to pick up slack

    Community colleges are already to planning to target local students who may be reconsidering a fall semester at a larger university for recruitment. Sandra Kurtinitis, president of the Community College of Baltimore County, said is as uncertain as everyone else about what the higher education market could look like in the fall. But she believes there is a chance for her school and others to see swells in enrollment. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Salisbury University's conference adds schools from California, Michigan to remain intact

    The Capital Athletic Conference — which houses institutions like Salisbury University — has found a solution to remain intact for the foreseeable future. The conference announced Tuesday it would expand to 11 member institutions June 15. Six schools accepted invitations to join the CAC and will join present members Salisbury, Christopher Newport, Mary Washington, Southern Virginia and St. Mary’s. (Delmarva) Read Full Article

  • The arts online: Middle school students use nature to create art

    When the COVID-19 pandemic halted all in-classroom instruction at Frederick County schools, Carroll Creek Montessori School art teacher Lisa Reed had to get creative. A longtime fan of land art, she decided now would be the perfect time to have her students create earthworks in various natural spots throughout the county and take photos of their endeavors. The result was a variety of beautiful photos, which the students created in a social distanced environment and shared online. (News-Post) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Maryland reports 736 new coronavirus infections as hospitalizations climb again

    Maryland officials reported 736 new cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the state to 48,423 confirmed infections of COVID-19, the disease associated with the virus. Combined with Tuesday’s 535 new cases, the state has reported its lowest two-day increase of infections since April 21 and 22. Another 53 deaths were reported, though fatalities are not always reported on the day they happen; 14 of the 53 victims reported Wednesday died before this week, according to state data. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore officer injured in Federal Hill shooting also went by ‘Saint,’ an artist who made national headlines rapping about policing

    The Baltimore police officer who was shot Tuesday night during a chase in Federal Hill is Officer Joshua Jackson, a 27-year-old officer from the department’s Central District who once made headlines for his musical talent as “Saint, the Rapping Cop.” Baltimore Police confirmed Wednesday that Jackson is the officer who was shot by an unknown assailant Tuesday night while he was pursuing him in the 1000 block of Light St. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Police investigating one Reopen Anne Arundel County social media post as a possible threat; group removes member

    The Anne Arundel County Police Department is investigating one post on the Reopen Anne Arundel County Facebook page following three instances of a veiled threat against County Executive Steuart Pittman, police said Wednesday. Sgt. Jacklyn Davis, a police spokeswoman, declined to say more about the threats, citing the ongoing investigation but said that most of the posts on the page are protected free speech. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore’s Catholic Churches May Reopen At The End Of The Month, But Only At A Third Of Their Capacities

    Catholic churches in Baltimore may reopen for mass at the end of the month, but only at the third of the seating capacity. In a letter to parishioners, Archbishop William E. Lori said Catholic churches should be able open in time for the Feast of Pentecost on March 31, but that only some will be able to attend. He said whether or not a church reopens would be based on the local jurisdiction and the whether the individual church leaders believe it will be safe. (WJZ) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Higginbotham: Baltimore’s next mayor can’t be ‘business as usual’

    Although delayed, ballots have arrived in the most important mayoral election of my lifetime. Like many Baltimore voters, I continue to agonize over the choices. Faced with the worst murder rate in the country, jaw-dropping political corruption stories, and a failing local economy that predated the pandemic, we must choose a candidate ready to undertake one of the hardest, and most important, political jobs in Maryland. So how should we decide? (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Editorial: Maryland coronavirus education plan heavy on options, light on guidance

    We’re all for some level of autonomy within individual school systems and schools; leaders should be able to tailor instruction to fit the needs of their particular student bodies. But the Maryland State Board of Education’s “Recovery Plan for Education” isn’t so much a plan as it is a menu. It lists various options for reopening schools in the next academic year with minimal description of what each would look like or analysis of the risks and requirements involved. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Editorial: Shooting of officer another symptom of Baltimore’s other epidemic

    Baltimore Police Officer Joshua Jackson was shot Tuesday evening while on Light Street in Federal Hill. The incident was appalling and brazen. The 27-year-old officer, who thankfully did not suffer life-threatening injury, said he had witnessed someone driving erratically near the Inner Harbor and attempted to pull him over. The suspect fled, crashed into a parked car, tried to run away and then opened fire. Kudos to the young officer’s bravery in the face of such madness. Even in a city beset by violence, this is a sickening development at a time when Baltimore already has enough to feel ill about. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Sen. J.B. Jennings: Businesses Are Ready for a Fighting Chance to Survive

    Each new year brings a sense of hope and optimism; a chance for people to start fresh and tackle new goals. But just as the rush of the holidays began to wear off, reports of a strange new virus on the other side of the globe surfaced. The onset of strange illnesses isn’t totally new given fairly recent outbreaks of viruses like SARS and Ebola. As scary as they were, though, health professionals were able to isolate and prevent them from spreading far. So few of us saw making this new virus COVID-19 as an imminent threat. (Md Matters) Read Full Article