Richter: Now is the worst time to become a police officer. Here’s why I’m doing it anyway.

When we were packing our things to leave for spring break back in March, the Class of 2020 did not know it would be our last week of in-person classes as undergraduates at The Johns Hopkins University. The administration would send out an email a few days later telling underclassmen not to return to their dorms and informing seniors that we wouldn’t be having an in-person commencement ceremony. (Balt Sun)

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Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: How one West Baltimore church is bridging the digital divide

When Union Baptist Church began its journey to bridge the digital divide in 2007, it repurposed the lower level of its Harvey Johnson Community Center on Druid Hill Avenue in historic Upton in West Baltimore to create a cyber center that would serve the African American community. Union Baptist Church understood the importance of creating opportunities for this low-income community by providing training and resources so people of color would not remain locked out of high-paying jobs, particularly those in technology. For Union Baptist, this was a matter of social justice and just made good economic sense. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: The year after the rat - How Trump could still help Baltimore and himself

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the day a sitting president of the United States referred to Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, including Baltimore, as a “disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.” It was a nakedly racist attack on social media then and the intervening months have only underscored President Donald Trump’s malign purpose. In 2019, Mr. Trump was intent on embarrassing then-Rep. Elijah Cummings, an outspoken critic of his border policies. The congressman died just two months later but not before graciously inviting the president to tour Baltimore with him. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: Sinclair pulls the plug on coronavirus report promoting conspiracy theory about Dr. Anthony Fauci

The Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it will not air a controversial segment that featured an unfounded conspiracy theory suggesting Dr. Anthony Fauci was involved in creating COVID-19. The segment was scheduled to air Sunday in Baltimore on the Sinclair-owned WBFF on a weekly program titled “America This Week,” which is carried on Sinclair stations across the country. The show is hosted by former Fox News host Eric Bolling. (Balt Sun)

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Rubin: Are you a conservative? It’s a trick question.

The latest Gallup poll reports that the percentage of Americans identifying as conservative fell from 40 percent in January to 37 percent in March and April as the coronavirus pandemic emerged. From there, “It fell further to 34% in May and June as the pandemic has worn on, Trump’s job approval rating has tumbled, and the racial justice movement emerged as a national focus following the death of George Floyd.” By contrast, those describing themselves as liberal ticked up from 22 to 26 percent while moderates held roughly even (34 to 36 percent). (Wash Post)

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Paul: Maryland legislators must reconvene now. Our lives depend on it.

As we struggle to return to “normal,” many families are still facing severe hardship. Black and Latino families have been shattered by the novel coronavirus, and government at all levels has failed in protecting them. Since the early adjournment of the Maryland legislative session, state legislators have punted their responsibility for statewide solutions to Gov. Larry Hogan (R). (Wash Post)

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Opinion: MLB season now in jeopardy after COVID-19 outbreak hits Miami Marlins

It took four months for the Major League Baseball season to start, and now just 72 hours into it, the season could be abruptly ending. Commissioner Rob Manfred must decide whether to delay the 2020 season, postpone it until further notice or simply hope the Miami Marlins’ outbreak is an isolated case. For now, Major League Baseball postponed two games scheduled for Monday night, the Marlins' home game against the Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees' game in Philadelphia vs. the Phillies. (Balt Sun)

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27 U.S. mayors: Want to address systemic racism? Start with housing.

We have arrived at a critical juncture: Do we offer platitudes and empty gestures to outraged Americans demanding change, or do we answer the cry for racial justice and dismantle the broken systems that keep racism deeply embedded in our daily lives? As the mayors of 27 large and small cities across the United States, we understand that moving our cities forward requires the unraveling of a long history of systemic racism and fighting for long-overdue equity for people of color — and black people in particular. (Wash Post)

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