Politics

  • Maryland cuts $413M in state spending, but delays pay cuts for workers

    As Maryland grapples with the economic fallout from the pandemic, the Board of Public Works on Wednesday cut $413 million out of the state’s budget — one of the biggest single-day revisions in state history. It was the first in what leaders promised to be “painful” actions in the months to come. In a 2-1 vote, the board stripped funding from universities, community colleges, crime initiatives and dozens of other state programs, and approved selling off state-owned aircraft and eliminating 92 vacant state jobs. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Gov. Hogan Warns Marylanders Against Coronavirus Complacency

    Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday warned Marylanders, particularly younger residents, not to become complacent about the coronavirus. Speaking at the start of the Board of Public Works, he highlighted the 4.72% positivity rate, a number down more than 80% from its peak. More than 9% of Marylanders have been tested for the coronavirus. (Wbal) Read Full Article

  • Congress is poised to extend PPP as groups tussle over its unused funds

    The Senate passed a six-week extension to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program — but a debate over the program's roughly $130 billion in as-yet-untouched funding is already well underway. What can or should Congress do with any unused money authorized for the PPP? (Wash Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Senate GOP critics of D.C. statehood call for floor vote to put Democrats on record

    Republican senators on Wednesday escalated their campaign against D.C. statehood, blasting the cause as a Democratic power grab and calling for a floor vote to force moderate Democrats to weigh in on the issue. Statehood legislation has virtually no chance of advancing out of a Republican-controlled Senate after it passed the House last week for the first time in history. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: Me Black Too

    One of the iconic images of the 1968 Riots was a Korean storeowner located within a community posting a hand printed sign on his store window saying, “Me Black Too.” The purpose of the signage was to prevent his store from being looted or burned by identifying with the angry Black people who had been extremely agitated by the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on that fateful day, April 4, 1968. That’s what occurred after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the powder keg of racial abuse and injustice exploded and cities throughout America were set on fire. Read Full Article

  • 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

Business

  • 3 Canton Restaurants Close After Employees Test Positive For Coronavirus

    Looney's shuttered Saturday while Cowboy Row, which just opened last month, announced Monday that a staff member hat tested positive. Lee's Pint and Shell announced Wednesday they had three employees test positive. All restaurants said they would be deep cleaning their restaurants. None announced a plan to reopen. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Family behind Vince’s Crab House say police aren’t protecting them from social justice protesters, plan to sue county executive

    The Meyer family who owns Vince’s Crab House in Middle River say Baltimore County Police are failing to protect them from social justice protesters, and they intend to sue the county executive alleging he ordered officers to “stand down.” Brenda Meyer said she believes such an order was issued after the Meyer family asked the officers for help. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • National Aquarium Reopens For First Time Since March

    If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not check out all the fish and penguins at the National Aquarium? It reopened Wednesday morning for the first time since March. For now, they’re welcoming up to 25 percent capacity, so you must buy your tickets before you go. You’ll also be required to wear a mask, get your temperature checked and practice social distancing. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Markets Corp. won’t intervene in Atlas restaurant’s lease, but leadership may change with new mayor

    Last Thursday, the Four Seasons in Baltimore announced Atlas Restaurant Group would drop the dress code at the two establishments it runs within the Harbor East hotel, Maximon and The Bygone. The move came after a viral video depicted a manager at Atlas’ Ouzo Bay restaurant denying a Black family service because of a 9-year-old boy’s attire. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

Education

  • University of Maryland president announces new programs to bolster diversity and support students

    During his first hours as president of the University of Maryland’s flagship College Park campus, Darryll Pines laid out initiatives to respond to a national reckoning on race inspired by protests across the country this summer. Immediately, Pines has called for the naming of new residence halls for groundbreaking Black and Asian alumni, creating a new orientation program for students and staff, reconsidering campus police tactics and equipment, and improving diversity among students and faculty. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore City Schools Meal Site Closing Temporarily Due To Employee Testing Positive For Coronavirus

    A Baltimore City Schools meal site will close temporarily after an employee working at the site tested positive for COVID-19. The school district said the employee worked at the Beechfield Elementary/Middle School site and may have had contact with others. The site is closing for cleaning and disinfecting. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • University of Maryland, College Park No Longer Under Warning for Lack of Transparency

    The University of Maryland, College Park’s accreditation was reaffirmed last week — a recognition required for students to receive federal financial aid. The school had been placed on warning last year by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, months after the death of College Park football player Jordan McNair. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Prince George’s County Board of Education wants to change how Black history is taught in public schools

    The Prince George’s County Board of Education’s vice chair is calling on the school system to change the way it teaches Black history in the curriculum. Vice Chair Edward Burroughs III wrote a letter last week to the CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools Monica Goldson requesting a change. Alvin Thornton, chairman of the Board of Education, is in support of the letter but is more focused on the process of getting these changes to happen and funding. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Baltimore Police To Move 70 Specialized Units Members To Patrol, No Officer Layoffs Expected After $22M In Cuts

    Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison spoke exclusively to WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren Wednesday about the movement to defund police, reforms in the department and his own future. The city council approved $22 million in cuts to BPD last month including slashing the specialized marine and mounted units. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Appeals court finds judge erred in wiping out $38 million verdict over police shooting of Korryn Gaines

    A Baltimore County judge was wrong to overturn a jury verdict awarding $38 million to the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old Randallstown woman who was shot and killed by county police in 2016, a state appeals court has ruled. In an opinion late Wednesday, judges found the lower court abused its discretion in throwing out the jury’s decision to award Gaines’ family and young son, Kodi, the money. Still, attorneys disagree about whether the 80-page opinion reinstates all or just some of the historic award, the largest ever against a Baltimore-area police force. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Total Cases Nears 68K, Hospitalizations Up Slightly

    The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland increased slightly as the total number of cases in the state nears 68,000, data released Wednesday by the state’s health department shows. The latest data shows 461 Marylanders are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 307 of those being acute care cases and 154 people in intensive care. That’s up from 452 hospitalizations on Tuesday and 447 on Monday. (WJZ) Read Full Article

  • Confederate statue toppled, monuments defaced in Maryland

    A statue of a Confederate soldier that stands in a Maryland cemetery was toppled and two other monuments on its grounds were defaced, according to police. Frederick Police Lt. Andrew Alcorn told the Frederick News Post that officers found the Confederate statue destroyed when responding to Mount Olivet Cemetery on Tuesday morning. The statue had been beheaded and could be seen on the ground splattered in red paint. Cemetery Superintendent Ronald Pearcey told the newspaper it likely won’t be repaired. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • McIntyre: Black capitalization matters

    A colleague reports a telephone call from a reader who plans to cancel their subscription to The Baltimore Sun because the paper has decided to capitalize the b in Black in references to people. The Sun’s decision, announced June 23, to change its house style came after a handful of major newspapers had made the same decision, and just a little in advance of the decision by the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style to adopt it. That reader is going to have to boycott a lot of publications. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Berry: Too many wildcards to call the race for president

    So many unknowns, so many wild cards exist that the 2020 presidential race is beyond rational prediction. Yes, Joe Biden is well ahead in the polls, but so many factors are in play in the next four-plus months. Donald Trump: It is no secret that his number one, virtually only goal, is to keep power. All his actions serve this goal, whether exclusively playing to and commanding his political base with policies on race, immigration, taxes, and nationalism or selecting only loyalists for his administration or denigrating all who oppose him. (Cap Gazette)Read Full Article

  • Seley-Radtke & Bloom: Vaccines might not be the only way to treat COVID-19

    Based on the sheer volume of news coverage alone, it would be reasonable to conclude that it is only a matter of time until one or more vaccines to tame SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, become available. We disagree. There is no guarantee that such a vaccine will ever be discovered, much less be effective or safe. It is more likely, given advances in the design of antiviral drugs, that a drug (or cocktail of drugs) could sufficiently inhibit the replication of the virus and transform COVID-19 from a killer to a non-newsworthy, easily treatable, mild infection. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • Zurawik: Facebook-This is one boycott I am all in on

    The action was called last month by a civil rights coalition that includes the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) the NAACP and Color of Change. “We asked companies to act against hate and disinformation being spread by Facebook in our campaign, Stop Hate for Profit,” the group says on its website, stophateforprofit.org. “We asked businesses to temporarily pause advertising on Facebook and Instagram in order to force Mark Zuckerberg to address the effect that Facebook has had on our society.” (Balt Sun)Read Full Article