Politics

  • Frosh Blasts Hogan’s Plan for General Election, Warns of Voter Suppression and Virus

    Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) on Friday blasted Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s recent decision to hold a traditional election in November, saying requiring voters to apply for mail-in ballots could suppress thousands of votes. In a written statement, Frosh said Hogan’s plan limits voters’ options in November, and demanded that Maryland hold the November election primarily by mail. He said Hogan was folding to partisan pressure in his decision to require voters to fill out an application if they want vote-by-mail ballots. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • State Lawmakers Want Md. to Extend Moratorium on Evictions

    State lawmakers want to extend Maryland’s moratorium on evictions through January of 2021 as a potential “tsunami of evictions” looms later this month. Maryland’s current stay on certain evictions won’t be enough to help many of those facing evictions, Dels. Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) and Dana M. Stein (D-Baltimore County), the chair and vice chair of the House Environment and Transportation Committee, wrote in a letter this week to Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development Kenneth C. Holt. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Says GOP Needs ‘Bigger Tent’ After President Trump Leaves Office

    A Republican governor rumored to be eyeing a run for the White House in 2024 said Sunday that the GOP needs to be a “bigger tent party” after President Donald Trump leaves office. Maryland’s Larry Hogan, who has been known to break with Trump, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he doesn’t “know what the future holds in November.” (AP) Read Full Article

  • 'Lost touch': Maryland governor hits back at Pelosi over response to Columbus statue being toppled

    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has “lost touch” with her hometown of Baltimore after she downplayed the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue there. Pelosi on Thursday shrugged off the destruction of a 14-foot marble statue of Columbus over the weekend saying, “People will do what they do.” Hogan, a centrist Republican, hit back at the speaker who grew up in Baltimore and whose father once served as the city’s mayor. (Examiner) 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

  • Montgomery Co. restaurant that defied mask requirement likely to change ownership

    The owner of a Montgomery County, Maryland, restaurant who defied orders for its staff to wear masks said his business will remain closed until further notice. And if and when it does reopen, it will likely be under new ownership. The Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg has been in business for nearly seven years. The restaurant’s owner agreed to talk to WTOP, but only if his name was not used. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • 3 More Ocean City, Maryland, Restaurants Close Temporarily After Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

    Three more restaurants in Ocean City, Maryland, have temporarily closed after employees tested positive for the coronavirus. In a Facebook post Saturday evening, officials from Dry Dock 28 and Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon announced they would close until 11 a.m. Wednesday after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Annual Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Golf Tournament Raises $45K For Charity

    In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, some businesses and people are going above and beyond to give back. One Baltimore restaurant is doing just that. Wednesday was the 13th annual Jimmy Minadakis Golf Tournament for Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. WJZ’s Rick Ritter had the chance to help kick things off. The event at Mountain Branch in Harford County raised $45,000 for the Brigance Brigade Foundation, Loyola Blakefield, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Safe Alternatives. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • A Fells Point bartender turned to Facebook to help musicians and service workers

    On March 13, with a statewide shutdown looming, Jenn Airey worked her last shift at Cat’s Eye Pub. On March 16, she started a Facebook group. “I was feeling a little lost,” said Airey, who’d served as a bartender at the Fells Point bar for nine years. The coronavirus pandemic had knocked the rhythm out of her life. She wanted it back — the comfort of friends, the security of a paycheck, the buzz of live music. So Airey turned to social media. It was the only way she knew to preserve the community she held dear. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University Suing Trump Administration Over Coronavirus-Related Changes Affecting International Students

    Johns Hopkins University has joined a growing list of higher education institutions suing the Trump administration over changes to the Student And Exchange Visitor Program brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, the Trump administration announced new rules for international students for the upcoming fall semester that requires them to take an in-person class to remain in the country, CBS News reported. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Coronavirus app competition showcases innovative technology across Maryland

    The University System of Maryland (USM) COVID App Challenge — involving several universities across Maryland — challenged developers to come up with apps that would change the way people deal with the coronavirus. Winners included students, faculty and staff members. It’s a challenge the USM COVID Research & Innovation Task Force called inspiring and innovative. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Maryland universities face daily uncertainty, disappointment in preparation for fall sports

    UMBC athletic director Brian Barrio equated his current work to building a house on quicksand. Jennifer Baker, his counterpart at Johns Hopkins, compared it to unpredictable crises she faced while serving in the Navy. “There’s a lot of unknowns,” Towson athletic director Tim Leonard said with a mordant laugh. “Like almost all of it.” These are the terms Baltimore-area athletic directors are using as they try to plan fall seasons against a mercurial, frightening backdrop created by the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Montgomery Co. back-to-school plan features remote learning, in-class instruction

    Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) officials in Maryland announced its reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year in a letter to the community on Saturday. The plan would have students returning in phases, by grade level, last name and school cluster once the new school year begins on Monday, Aug. 31. Class sizes would be sharply reduced, with an aim to have all grade levels experiencing some in-person learning by the end of November. (WTOP) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • ‘The country is not in a good place’: Hogan adviser Tom Inglesby urges some states to slow reopening

    A top adviser to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took aim at the reopening approach of several states during a live television appearance Sunday, saying the country lacks a unified message and has unnecessarily jeopardized thousands of American lives. Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and one of a handful of individuals whom the Republican governor consults on matters central to the state’s COVID-19 response, said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” that the U.S. has lost sight of “the basics” and has allowed the urgency of the pandemic to recede. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • MedStar Health Awarded Nearly $1M By FCC For Telehealth Expansion During COVID-19 Pandemic

    MedStar Health was awarded this week nearly $1 million by the Federal Communications Commission to bolster the system’s expansion of its Telehealth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MedStar says so far during this pandemic, they’ve conducted more than 275,000 Telehealth sessions. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Thousands of Baltimore teens to start summer jobs Monday in YouthWorks program upended by coronavirus pandemic

    When Kalen Jones worked as a patient advocate last summer, his job was what you’d expect: visit with sick and injured people, ask about their experiences and witness the hustle and bustle of a hospital from behind the scenes. The 16-year-old will report Monday for another summer’s duty, one of 4,500 teens in Baltimore’s YouthWorks program. But this year, he and the other young people will navigate the unpredictable terrain of work life in the coronavirus era. (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • More bad apples? Baltimore confronts yet another allegation of police abuse.

    In a city where police have been caught on camera faking crime scenes and elite officers were sent to prison for robbing people and selling drugs, the arrest of Sgt. James Lloyd still shocked. With three fellow officers providing a perverse form of backup, Lloyd flashed his badge and drove a contractor to a bank, forcing him to withdraw money as a refund for what the sergeant considered a bad job on a backyard patio, according to charging documents. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Kendall: Montgomery County's unique biohealth and life science organizations are working to test, beat and cure COVID-19

    While COVID-19 has thrown the world into an uproar, there’s been a slim silver lining for Maryland. Thanks to a robust group of biohealth and life science organizations, Montgomery County has a unique opportunity to help people nationwide — and worldwide — in the fight against the disease. As a resident, you may not realize just how much Montgomery County does to help in biohealth across the country. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Mohler: An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

    July 27, 1979 in comic strips all across America, Charlie Brown lay gravely ill in his hospital bed. The situation is so grim that Charlie’s long-time nemesis Lucille van Pelt looks to the heavens and makes that proverbial deal with the Creator: God, if you will let Charlie get well, I promise to let him kick the football. I really mean it this time, God. The rest is history. One month later, they gather on the field, the ball is in place, and the magic moment arrives. (Don Mohler) Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: Free expression is not a trend to be trashed

    American liberty has always started with freedom of the mind. The Founders had the foresight to compose the First Amendment, which proffers unique protections to expressions emanating from unfettered thought. In this oh-so progressive era, freedom of speech is under assault, and the world’s most creative culture is in danger of falling victim to the so-called cancel culture. Fortunately, the rebellion has begun. (Wash Times) Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: Why is Maryland’s governor making mail-in voting harder in November?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised voters last month that they should seek alternatives to casting ballots in person this November, becoming just one more in a parade of health and voting experts warning about the risks of treating the coming presidential election like a normal one. The warnings are as much for state leaders, who bear responsibility both to preserve public health and to enable voting, as they are for voters themselves. (Wash Post) Read Full Article