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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Bari & Kaplan:Don’t end telehealth benefits for Medicaid patients while pandemic is still strong

The COVID-19 state of emergency upended years of restrictive telehealth regulations in Maryland’s Medicaid program, which provides health coverage to low-income or disabled children and adults. In March, Maryland temporarily expanded access to virtual health care provided via phone or video app for Medicaid beneficiaries. Telehealth delivered in patients’ homes makes clinical care accessible while reducing the risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus. (Balt Sun )

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Istook: How to make the 'friendly' skies more friendly when we fly again

It's easier to work on something when it stands still for you. America's air traffic system is a prime example. While thousands of passenger planes remain pandemically parked, the Federal Aviation Administration and its contractors should use that slowdown to focus on preparing a robust future that will increase the capacity, convenience, and safety of air travel. How? By upgrading the infrastructure of our National Airspace System (soon to stretch to aerospace). That upgrade also would help the FAA to handle the explosive growth of flying drones. (Wash Examiner)

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EDITORIAL: Low-income families are the true winners of the Supreme Court’s religious schools ruling

It has become a ritual that once the Supreme Court hands down a ruling, proclamations are immediately made about winners and losers. So it was with Tuesday’s decision that states may not exclude religious schools from student tuition programs that benefit other private schools. Among those hailed as winners: conservative groups, the Trump administration and religious institutions. Seen as losers were public schools, civil rights groups and teachers unions. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Americans sacrificed to flatten the curve. Their leaders have let them down.

When the coronavirus pandemic began, the goal was to “flatten the curve,” to avoid overwhelming the hospital system. With enormous effort, the nation came close. But now the curve has come undone. The chart of daily new cases in the United States looks like a ski lift, rising ever steeper. “There’s still a lot of virus,” warns Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A vaccine may still be a long way off. How do we ever get back to a semblance of normal? (Wash Post)

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