Politics

  • 10 lawyers and judges apply for one spot on Maryland’s highest court

    Ten people are under consideration for an opening on Maryland’s highest court. Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene retired from his post earlier this year, creating a vacancy on the court for a judge who lives in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s counties. (Balt.Sun) Read Full Article

  • Mayor invites people who accused Baltimore police of misconduct to address panel as their cases are settled

    Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Tuesday he would invite plaintiffs who have filed police misconduct lawsuits against the city to speak before Baltimore’s spending panel when their cases are settled. Young and City Solicitor Andre Davis said the move is an attempt to make sure victims of police misconduct don’t feel silenced by nondisparagement clauses that remain a part of city settlements, which are approved by the Board of Estimates. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

  • Former Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood resolve dispute over severance, benefits

    Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s former health commissioner, has resolved a dispute with Planned Parenthood over her severance and benefits, which she said the organization was withholding to get her to sign a burdensome confidentiality contract after she was fired less than a year into her tenure as president and CEO. Both Wen and Planned Parenthood issued statements Tuesday welcoming the separation agreement — but neither addressed the confidentiality contract issue. (Balt.Sun) Read Full Article

  • Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

    Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that’s needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to a White House request to replenish funds for bailout payments to farmers absorbing heavy losses as a result of President Donald Trump’s trade battles with China. She has also rejected suggestions from House liberals to try to use the must-pass stopgap measure to try to reverse the president’s controversial moves to raid military base construction projects to pay for the border wall. (Wash. Post)Read Full Article 

Center Maryland

  • Post-Conference Reading: Officials set regional housing targets, call for collaboration to address production and affordability challenges

    Today at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) officials from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia adopted three regional targets on housing, agreeing to collaboratively address the area’s production and affordability challenges. This collective action, outlined in a resolution approved by the COG Board of Directors, is the culmination of a year-long effort by local planning and housing director staff and COG to determine 1) how much housing is needed to address the area’s current shortage and whether the region could produce more, 2) the ideal location for new housing to optimize and balance its proximity to jobs, and 3) the appropriate cost of new housing to ensure it is priced for those who need it. (MWCOG)Read Full Article 

  • Ted Venetoulis - Welcome to Baltimore, Mr. President

    It appears our president is coming to our city, home of some of his most recent verbal vitriol. Welcome Mr. President. We suggest you be careful. There's a new infestation of crabs coming into our city. They pour in every day. We actually eat them. Perhaps another infestation you can knock. After all, you are a first class “knocker” — war heroes, hispanic judges, four star parents, immigrants, women who are not your type, long time global allies, members of congress.Read Full Article

  • Malone: Katrina’s Legacy

    This summer, my father died; he was 89 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's.  I loved my Father and miss him very much, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a full life.  He received excellent medical care until the end of his life, and he died comfortably in hospice. My father was of Irish American descent. Read Full Article

  • Conference Reading: In Howard County, a ‘courageous’ plan to redraw school boundaries tests community’s commitment to diversity

    In Howard County, people pride themselves on making everyone feel welcome. Bumper stickers say “Choose Civility.” The county’s pioneering newtown, Columbia, was founded on the premise that people of different races and economic status should live side by side. Now, those convictions are being tested by a proposal that seeks to redistribute some 7,400 of the school system’s 58,000 children to different schools — in part to address socioeconomic segregation that leaves children from poor families concentrated in certain schools. Signs like “No Forced Busing" and “Don’t Dismantle Communities” are appearing in protests in front of River Hill High School, where nearly everyone is affluent and very few are black or Hispanic. A Facebook page called “Howard County School Redistricting Opposition” has more than 1,900 members. (Balt. Sun) Read Full ArticleRegister...

Business

  • Hopkins lawyers seek reduction in $229M malpractice verdict

    Attorneys for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Inc. asked a Baltimore judge to set aside or reduce a $229 million birth injury malpractice verdict from earlier this year, arguing that the result was not consistent with the evidence and indicated that jurors had been swayed by emotion. The award, which includes $200 million in future medical expenses, $3.6 million in past medical expenses and $1 million in lost earning capacity, came at the conclusion of a 15-day trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court in July. The jury also awarded $25 million in noneconomic damages, which will be subject to the state’s mandatory cap. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Progress reported in contract talks between GM, union

    Faced with weakening sales, a deteriorating global economy and an unpredictable trade war, General Motors and striking auto workers appeared to be making progress Tuesday toward a four-year labor contract. The two-day walkout by 49,000 workers brought to a standstill more than 50 factories and parts warehouses in the union’s first strike against the No. 1 U.S. automaker in over a decade. Workers left factories and formed picket lines shortly after midnight Monday. “They are talking, they’ve made progress,” said Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the United Auto Workers union. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • How an Attack on Saudi Oil Upended a Global Calculus

    The Sept. 14 attack on two of Saudi Arabia’s biggest crude oil production plants sent shock waves through energy markets and triggered the biggest one-day jump in Brent crude prices on record. The disruption underscored how the oil industry, perpetually on edge for political uncertainty and hints of weakness in the global economy, can be badly shaken by a single localized event. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Questions surround D.C. lottery and gaming contract, but high-level D.C. staffer says it’s fine

    Several D.C. Council members are asking whether the $215 million lottery and sports gambling contract the council approved this summer fulfills local business subcontracting requirements. This week, they got an answer from a high-level District staffer: Everything’s fine. “Yes, the contract is compliant” with D.C. law requiring companies with large public contracts to subcontract some of the work to local businesses, Kristi Whitfield, director of the department responsible for monitoring compliance with the law, wrote in a letter Monday to D.C. Council Member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large). (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

Education

  • Public Hearings Begin Over Plan To Redistrict Schools In Howard County

    The Board of Education is hearing from the community about a controversial plan to redistrict schools in Howard County. According to the school district’s website, the redistricting plan will reassign just over 7,300 students in the county’s elementary, middle and high schools. The proposed redistricting plan would go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Amid redistricting debate, Howard officials say students who attend Title I schools ‘are simply children’

    As principal of Talbott Springs Elementary School, Nancy Thompson works every day to provide an atmosphere where every child feels a sense of belonging. However, some future residents question the Columbia elementary school’s integrity due to its Title I status. “I get calls where people say, ‘I’m moving to the area and I hear you’re a Title I school. Tell me about [student] behavior,’ ” Thompson said. “Children in Title I schools are children," she said. "They are simply children.” (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article  

  • Regional Bus Driver Shortage Affecting 2 Maryland Public School Systems, Including Baltimore County

    A regional school bus driver shortage is now affecting two Maryland counties. Baltimore County Public Schools officials report they are about 50 bus drivers short in the northeast region of the county. A mother in Baltimore County said her children’s buses have been arriving late for the past two weeks and said she just wants this problem to get resolved so they can get to school on time. “The bus is either 40 minutes late or more or I’ll get a neighbor to pick her up and I have to pay them to take her to school,” says mother Tracy Evans. She said her kids and other students in the area have been dealing with the same problem. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Hundreds of University of Maryland students wage counterprotest against controversial religious group

    Waving bright yellow signs that screamed lines like “Cover up girls,” “Jesus or Hellfire” and “Feminists support pedophilia,” two men and two boys set up camp Tuesday afternoon on the University of Maryland’s McKeldin Mall, shouting and taunting people as they walked past. The campus came out to meet them. For over three hours, hundreds converged in a sprawling circle around the demonstrators representing the Key of David Christian Center, a religious group that expresses its beliefs by ridiculing people it deems “sinners.” The crowd, spilling over stairs and standing on stone pillars overlooking the grassy lawn, faced down the man who called himself their pastor, and his congregants. (Balt.Sun)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Brooks Robinson Field Now Open In West Baltimore

    The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation continues to give back in Maryland as another Oriole legend is honored Tuesday. Brooks Robinson Field is now open in West Baltimore to give youth a place to play. It’s the 13th field the foundation has created in Maryland and the 88th overall. For Robinson, it brings back memories of more than 70 years ago, and for the player who had over 2,800 hits in his career, none were more impactful than Tuesday’s hit in west Baltimore.The unveiling represented what the 18-time All-Star has always preached: teamwork. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Opioid overdose deaths in Maryland drop for first half of the year

    Maryland’s opioid-related deaths dropped during the first half of the year, including those linked to fentanyl, according to new state figures that show a bit of relief from the overdose crisis that is still claiming close to 200 lives a month in the state. There were 1,182 total drug and alcohol-related deaths from January through June, with almost 90% opioid related. That’s down 150 from the 1,332 reported in the first six months of 2018, according to data released Tuesday by the Maryland Department of Health and the state’s Opioid Operational Command Center. (Balt.Sun)Read Full Article

  • Maryland Remembers 170th Anniversary Of Harriet Tubman’s Self-Liberation From Slavery

    Tuesday marked the 170th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s self-liberation from her enslavement on the Eastern Shore. Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month. One of the most successful Underground Railroad conductors, Tubman was born on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. Standing at just five feet tall, she was considered a giant by many.“She made choices that had a positive impact on our nation that really changed the world,” said Dana Paterra, park manager. (WJZ-TV)Read Full Article 

  • New partnership to offer legal aid at Health Care for the Homeless

    Homeless people who need legal help to obtain disability benefits and other social services will soon be able to consult with a lawyer at Health Care for the Homeless’ headquarters in downtown Baltimore. Attorney Gabriela Sevilla recently began a two-year fellowship awarded by Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit, to oversee an arrangement between Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) to provide free legal representation. Sevilla’s fellowship is sponsored by Pfizer Inc. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Kelly: A Pathway for Baltimore’s Student Leaders

    We share common experiences in life that connect most of us. Getting our first job. Starting to take responsibility for making a difference in our community. Beginning to build the skills and network to establish a rewarding and meaningful life and career. I remember trying to find my first job as a student at Western High School in Baltimore City during the 1970s. It was a tough time for a kid to find work, but eventually I did. It gave me confidence. It taught me the importance of commitment and perseverance. I can draw a straight line from my first day on that job to my job today as the Baltimore area market president for Bank of America. (Md. Matters) Read Full Article

  • Navarro: Immigration is a climate issue

    As climate change increasingly becomes a major issue in the Democratic presidential primaries, more candidates are releasing detailed plans to deal with the crisis. But so far only two — Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke — have connected the issue to immigration. Castro’s “People and Planet First” plan envisions creating a new refugee category for communities immigrating after climate disasters. And O’Rourke has hinted that he would treat migrants driven by “push factors” like drought as refugees. (News-Post) Read Full Article

  • Klosek, Richmond, Tormarchio: Baltimore park funding: a 2020 primary issue?

    Despite the important role of Patterson Park and Baltimore’s park system as a whole in improving health, recreation and quality of life among residents, spending on parks and recreation is dramatically lower in Baltimore City than in comparable cities. For instance, in 2016 Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) spent $17,000 less -- 66% -- on operations per acre of parkland than other comparable cities. This large disparity suggests our park system lacks proper resources to serve those who depend on our parks for access to green space and recreation. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Ignatius: Are Hong Kong’s protesters headed toward an Arab Spring ending?

    As tens of thousands of protesters marched down Hennessy Road toward government headquarters Sunday afternoon, chanting pro-democracy slogans and waving American flags, it was an exuberant celebration of this territory’s yearning for freedom. The protesters seemed heedless of the danger: Men and women, young and old, ninja-clad teenagers and moms with their kids, all joined in the 15th straight weekend of protest. A doctor at a hospital, a 56-year-old schoolteacher and a 19-year-old girl studying German, English and philosophy stopped to explain to me their chant: “Fight for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!” (Wash. Post) Read Full Article