Politics

  • City Leaders Announce Coordinated Initiatives Aimed At Reducing Violence In Baltimore

    Baltimore City leaders announced this week several coordinated initiatives aimed at reducing violence in Baltimore. City leaders said the initiatives are developed in close coordination with state and federal partners and are guided by a collective Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS). GVRS is an evidence-based approach that is proven to reduce serious violence while expanding opportunity and building better relationships between community and law enforcement, according to city leaders. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Franchot Prepared to Use ‘Leverage’ to Force Changes to Hogan Highway Plan

    When the Board of Public Works voted 2-1 in January to advance a plan to widen two highways in Montgomery County, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) hailed the decision as “monumental and historic.” The vote was also a testament to Democratic Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot’s willingness to make full use of his leverage as a member of the three-member panel. In a Maryland Matters interview earlier this month, Franchot signaled that he has every intention of using his position as the frequent BPW swing vote over the next two years, as Hogan’s road-widening project — his top transportation priority — comes back for needed approvals. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Md. Black lawmakers say sports betting must include minority equity

    The leader of one of the largest blocs of votes in the Maryland General Assembly said Black lawmakers in Annapolis may not support efforts to create sports betting in the state if it does not include the ability for minority ownership. More than six in 10 voters earlier this month approved a change to the Maryland Constitution that would allow the creation of a sports betting industry in the state. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Maryland lawmaker to appeal Hogan case on coronavirus restrictions

    A state lawmaker in Maryland said he hopes that a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling will help him when he appeals his lawsuit against Gov. Larry Hogan’s coronavirus restrictions. The Frederick News Post reported that state Del. Dan Cox (R-Frederick, and Carroll) along with other plaintiffs, including many Maryland-based religious leaders, will appeal a recent court decision. (WTOP) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • DON’T LET COVID-19 GET IN THE WAY - OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 15, 2020

    MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, is reminding Marylanders that open enrollment to buy, change, or renew a qualified health plan for 2021 will end December 15 for healthcare starting on January 1, 2021. Remember that Medicaid enrollment is year-round, and Medicaid-eligible Marylanders may start their coverage immediately. Marylanders who are enrolled in Medicaid must renew their Medicaid coverage once a year through the Maryland Health Connection. For those who want to enroll in a Medicare plan or change their Medicare coverage, Medicare Open Enrollment will continue through December 15. For additional Medicare plan information, individuals may call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov. Individuals do not need to renew their coverage if they are satisfied with their current plans, and those plans are still offered through Medicare.Read Full...

  • Holmes: Hunger has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus, but these nutrition programs can feed kids and promote equity

    Childhood hunger was a problem in Maryland long before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it’s no secret that the ongoing economic crisis has made the situation much more dire for many families. Parents and caregivers have lost jobs and wages and are finding themselves struggling even more to pay bills and put food on the table. In August, No Kid Hungry Maryland released a new report based on data from the most recent Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey/Youth Tobacco Survey that showed 1 in every 4 middle and high school students in Maryland lacked consistent access to healthy food. Worse yet, these troubling rates of food insecurity were from before COVID-19. More recent data shows that food insecurity tripled in households with children in the first three months of the pandemic alone.Read Full Article

  • Neuroscience Has A Whiteness Problem. This Research Project Aims To Fix It

    Mental illness can run in families. And Dr. Kafui Dzirasa grew up in one of these families. His close relatives include people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. As a medical student, he learned about the ones who'd been committed to psychiatric hospitals or who "went missing" and were discovered in alleyways. Dzirasa decided to dedicate his career to "figuring out how to make science relevant to ultimately help my own family." (NPR)Read Full Article

  • Irvin: Covering New Modalities is the Only Cure for the Opiod Crisis

    During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall. To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives.Read Full Article

Business

  • Local Shops Adjust For Small Business Saturday Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season with Black Friday, but Saturday was all about the small businesses. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a day consumers are urged to support local businesses. Melissa Salzman, of Lovelyarns in Hampden, said Small Business Saturday is one of the biggest days of the year for her store. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Marylanders urged to shop local this holiday season

    Baltimore shops reeling from the coronavirus pandemic hope for a big boost in sales on Small Business Saturday. During a time with less foot traffic in stores, small business owners are urging the public to shop local. "All year-round, everybody's shopping big box places and everything and forget about the little people, and they definitely shouldn't. This is the spot where you need to shop the most, so that we stick around," said Roberto Fontanez, owner of 9/10 Condition Sneaker Boutique in Federal Hill. (WBAL)Read Full Article

  • UMMS doctor says investment in Baltimore field hospital will pay off this winter

    The $5 million emergency field hospital erected inside the Baltimore Convention Center to help treat patients recovering from Covid-19 has seen limited use so far. But Dr. David Marcozzi said that is likely to change soon. The University of Maryland Medical System released online survey data Wednesday that showed despite the cautioning of public health experts, about 44% of the 525 Marylanders surveyed did not cancel their in-person Thanksgiving plans amid the ongoing pandemic. (Wash Journal) Read Full Article

  • A nonprofit hoped to bring grocery stores to food deserts. Residents are still waiting.

    The affordable grocery that was supposed to open in Seat Pleasant, Md., two years ago is still an empty storefront. Construction of a similar market in the District’s underserved Ward 8 is more than a year behind schedule. And even in the Langdon Park neighborhood of Northeast Washington, where Good Food Markets opened to rave reviews five years ago, the store is not profitable and has managed to survive only because of support from its parent company and public-sector grants. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

Education

  • Baltimore County schools say district-issued Chromebooks, Google accounts are OK to use after ransomware attack

    Baltimore County’s school system said Sunday that its district-issued Chromebooks and Google accounts were not affected by last week’s ransomware attack. While the Chromebooks are safe, the district said Windows-based devices should still not be used as it further investigates the attack. “Our focus today and for Monday and Tuesday is identifying and addressing student and staff device needs so that instruction can continue,” the school system said. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • UM nursing students again exit early to join virus fight

    With the growing coronavirus pandemic squeezing the health professions, the University of Maryland School of Nursing for the second semester in a row is offering the option of an early exit to undergraduate and graduate nursing students in their final semesters. All 138 graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will exit on Nov. 30, more than two weeks ahead of their scheduled graduation on Dec. 17.  (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Some U. of Md. Students May Face Discipline for Skipping COVID-19 Tests

    Some 150 students at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus have been referred to the Office of Student Conduct because they may not have undergone all COVID-19 testing as required this fall. There were 22,000 students on the campus this fall, and most of them participated in regular COVID-19 testing as required by the school. The University of Maryland offers free testing to students, faculty and staff, and more than 45,000 tests were administered since the summer. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County Schools To Close Monday, Tuesday Due To Ransomware Cyber Attack

    Baltimore County Schools said Saturday schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1, as a result of the ransomware cyber attack that forced schools to close on Wednesday. “Due to the recent ransomware attack, Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. BCPS offices will be open and staff will receive additional information about Monday and Tuesday,” the school system tweeted. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Holiday Season Starts With More Than 100K New COVID-19 Cases, And 20 States Didn’t Report Numbers On Thanksgiving Day

    America enters the somber holiday weekend following a Thanksgiving Day that saw more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases and 1,200 deaths — skyrocketing numbers given that 20 states did not report data. Maryland did report its numbers, with over 2,300 new coronavirus cases on Thanksgiving Day. Traditionally the start of a time of shopping and giving, the final days of November have seen record highs in the worsening pandemic — surpassing previous surges and showing no signs of slowing down. (CNN) Read Full Article

  • FAA Supports First ‘Mass Air Shipment’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine

    The Federal Aviation Administration says it has supported “the first mass air shipment” of a COVID-19 vaccine. “As a result of the historic pace of vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed and careful logistics planning, the FAA today is supporting the first mass air shipment of a vaccine,” the agency said in a statement Friday. The FAA said it established a COVID-19 air transport team in October “to ensure safe, expeditious, and efficient transportation of vaccines.” (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Maryland Christmas tree farm provides fresh air, holiday cheer

    The holiday season is here and this year many families are heading to Christmas tree farms to pick out their trees despite the coronavirus pandemic. Debbie Fleischmann and her grandchildren are among the hundreds of families that have stopped by Gaver Farm in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with a saw in hand. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Pandemic won’t stop Santa: Baltimore-area attractions finds ways to safely connect children with St. Nick

    Even in the midst of a pandemic, Santa Claus is coming to town. Carrying on a generations-old tradition, Santa will be stationed in malls and at other events throughout the Baltimore region this holiday season. And though the nation’s top infectious disease expert has declared him immune from the coronavirus, Santa and his helpers will be abiding by public health guidelines to keep kids and their families safe. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Our Say: Recent Annapolis public safety, police reform measures have conflicting goals

    Three police reform measures have come through the Annapolis City Council in recent weeks, revealing a great deal about what city leaders view as the priority for change. Two of them were aimed at a real desire by Annapolis to better combat homicides and other crimes, while the third is motivated by police reformers who want more accountability. Unfortunately, elements of each of the three measures work against each other. (Capital) Read Full Article

  • Alvarez: In managing covid-19, colleges must tend to students’ minds as much as their bodies

    “I really need to come home.” It was my youngest, a college freshman, calling me from New York City, her strained voice scarcely audible. After four weeks, she could no longer cope with the isolation and all-consuming limitations of a college life shanghaied by covid-19. Sofia — my kind, droll, openhearted daughter — was broken. Alone in her dorm room, she told me she felt smothered by anxiety. The pandemic had been far more constricting than she’d expected, making impossible the soul-fulfilling transformation she’d long dreamed college would deliver. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Don Mohler: We Might Agree on More Than You Think

    In November 2010, Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz was elected as the 12th executive in county history. There was only one month until he would be sworn into office. While serving as Baltimore County executive is certainly not analogous to being elected president of the United States, the county is larger in population than four states, comprised of 200,000 more people than neighboring Baltimore City. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Editorial: What Biden needs to do to regulate the Internet both at home and worldwide

    Most Americans still saw the Internet as something of a dreamland last time Joe Biden was in the White House. Now, four years of techlash later, it looks a lot more like a nightmare. Thankfully, the president-elect is in a position to do for the Web, both worldwide and here at home, what his predecessor has not.There is ample room for regulating the online realm domestically, though doing so may first require cooperating with a divided Congress. (Wash Post) Read Full Article