Politics

  • President-Elect Joe Biden Marks Nation’s COVID Grief Before Inauguration Pomp

    Hours from inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden paused on what might have been his triumphal entrance to Washington Tuesday evening to mark instead the national tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic with a moment of collective grief for Americans lost. His arrival coincided with the awful news that the U.S. death toll had surpassed 400,000 in the worst public health crisis in more than a century — a crisis Biden will now be charged with controlling. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Gov. Hogan's proposed budget would spend heavily on tax relief, education

    Thanks to belt-tightening done as the coronavirus pandemic hit Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday was able to announce a proposed budget he said would provide more than $1 billion in tax relief and aid to struggling Marylanders and small businesses while maintaining essential services. Hogan previewed the 2022 fiscal year budget at a news conference in Annapolis. He would not say what the total amount budgeted is but talked about key line items. (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • Gov. Hogan, lawmakers spar over health department leader amid concerns over Maryland coronavirus vaccine rollout

    Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson threatened to block a vote on Gov. Larry Hogan’s pick to head the state Department of Health unless coronavirus vaccination efforts improve. Hogan last week tapped acting state Health Secretary Dennis Schrader — whom Hogan unsuccessfully nominated for the same job in 2017 — for the permanent job. Schrader was deputy secretary until Secretary Robert Neall retired in December. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Now In Federal Prison, Waits For President Trump To Commute Her Sentence

    Disgraced former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh wants out of the Alabama prison where she has been behind bars since June. Pugh asked outgoing President Donald Trump to commute her sentence and send her home to the mixed reaction of her former constituents. “Why not give it a shot. The worst he can say is ‘no.’” said city resident David Rogers. Others said Pugh needs to serve her sentence. “The nerve of her!” said another Baltimore resident who declined to give her name. (WJZ-TV)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

  • U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Baltimore’s climate change lawsuit against fossil fuel companies

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a 2018 lawsuit filed by Baltimore City, which argues that fossil fuel companies ought to be held accountable for the impacts of climate change. The suit targets 26 fossil fuel companies, including BP, Citgo and Chevron. It argues that the companies should pay damages for the impacts of climate change on the city — everything from coastal flooding in Baltimore to health impacts for citizens associated with rising temperatures — in part because they downplayed and concealed information about the dangers of fossil fuel emissions. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • LifeBridge Health opens emergency department, specialty clinics at Grace Medical Center

    Fourteen months after acquiring the former Bon Secours Baltimore Hospital, LifeBridge Health Tuesday debuted a brand-new emergency department as well as renovated primary care/specialty care clinics and surgery suite at Grace Medical Center in west Baltimore. The new ED opened its first full day Tuesday with the renovated primary and specialty clinics opening the week of Jan. 25. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore’s Minority-Owned Businesses Tell Lawmakers of Their Struggles to Find COVID Relief

    When Dasia Kavia signed a lease for her first business in the Locust Point neighborhood of Baltimore, she had no idea a global pandemic would turn her business model upside down. “I signed my lease and then a week later, the world shut down,” Kavia, the owner of Ice Queens Snowball Shop, told Baltimore City’s state senators Monday evening. Kavia was still able to open her doors, although six weeks later than she had planned. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Under Armour, Southampton FC 'mutually agree' to part ways

    Under Armour Inc. and English Premier League club Southampton FC have mutually agreed to end their partnership two years before the deal was set to expire. The partnership will end at the conclusion of the current 2020-21 season. Baltimore-based Under Armour has outfitted the club since the 2016-17 season. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

Education

  • Maryland speaker again seeks to force settlement of long-running HBCU lawsuit, after Gov. Hogan veto last year

    The General Assembly is aiming to force the state to settle a long-running lawsuit by Maryland’s historically black universities, which contend that for decades, higher education policy undermined the institutions and stacked the deck in favor of historically white schools. Legislation backed by House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne A. Jones would set aside $577 million in additional funding for the state’s four HBCUs — Coppin State and Morgan State universities in Baltimore, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore — over the next decade to resolve the lawsuit, which dates to 2006. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Only 1 in 4 Baltimore schools set to reopen are now equipped with air vent upgrades

    It was almost midnight Friday when Danielle Hopper Dubasak got the news in an email from her employer, Baltimore City Public Schools: Dubasak had been selected to report back to work as a part of the district’s plan to bring more students back to buildings for in-person learning next month. But the mother of four young children had already told her principal she wouldn’t return to the building as long as the Covid-19 pandemic raged. (Brew) Read Full Article

  • Harford County Councilman Robert Wagner pens letter to superintendent asking for schools to open

    Some members of the Harford County Council are echoing parents’ concerns about school closures and pressing the superintendent of county schools on his plan to reopen, most recently in a letter to Harford’s top education official. Councilman Robert Wagner, in a letter to Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson and the county’s board of education, relayed constituents’ issues with school closures. (Aegis) Read Full Article

  • Bill Would Make Maryland First State to Ban Student Sex Offenders in Public Schools

    State lawmakers could soon take an unprecedented step to make Maryland schools safer. The move comes after a FOX45 News investigation found a sex offender was taking classes at a Baltimore area high school. Members of the Baltimore County delegation tell Project Baltimore, a bill in this year’s legislative session would make Maryland the first state in the country to ensure it cannot happen again. (WBFF) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Maryland National Guard Helps Protect Washington DC Ahead Of Inauguration

    More than 20,000 National Guard troops are helping to secure the U.S. Capitol ahead of the presidential inauguration. The Maryland National Guard is among those who have a crucial component in ensuring the peaceful transfer of power. “Things will be secure tomorrow,” Maryland National Guard Cpt. Brendon Cassidy said. “I’m very confident. I don’t know the future, but what I can tell you is a whole lot of planning has gone into this.” (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • ‘The House Is on Fire’: Prisoners’ Rights Activists Call on Hogan to Act Immediately

    Alonzo Turner Bey went into Maryland’s prison system at age 17. He served 31 years, six months and 15 days with asthma, high blood pressure and problems with his kidneys. “I was fortunate enough to make it out” in light of the pandemic, Turner Bey explained at a news conference Friday. Not everyone is so lucky. Before he left, Turner Bey said that he had a friend who contracted COVID-19 and died in the hospital. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • A county-by-county look at how to make a coronavirus vaccine appointment in Maryland

    Maryland recently moved into Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, with Phase 1C soon to follow. Here’s a list of links by county for where to go to make appointments for the coronavirus vaccine if you’re eligible to receive it. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Changes May Be Coming for Maryland’s Hate Crime Statute

    The House Judiciary Committee heard two bills Tuesday that seek to expand who is protected and what offenses are punishable under the state’s hate crime statute. Both bills presented, one by Del. Carl W. Jackson (D-Baltimore County) and the other by Del. Wayne Hartman (R-Lower Shore), posed big questions for the future of that state’s statute, given the current political climate. Jackson’s bill intends to include false statements made to police officers on the basis of aspects of a person’s identity, which are protected by law. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Miller: Baltimore COVID vaccination too slow, difficult to access

    On March 1, 1947, a man got on a bus in Mexico City and traveled to New York City. In addition to his luggage, he brought smallpox with him. By early April, three more people had contracted the illness; within days the city began vaccinating the public. In the first two weeks of the vaccination campaign, 5 million people were inoculated. By early May, over 6 million New Yorkers had received the vaccination, and the campaign was stopped. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Zurawik: Baltimore filmmakers document racism under the ‘Mayberry’ façade of Pocomoke City

    A retired African American homicide detective from Baltimore moves to the Eastern Shore. He becomes chief of police in Pocomoke City, which bills itself as “The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore.” He is respected and even beloved by some Black and white residents for his community-based policing. But less than four years after his arrival, he is fired by the City Council with no explanation given. What happened and why? (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Norris: America is fragile this Inauguration Day. Our power rests in the ability to pick ourselves up.

    “Fragile” is not a word we normally associate with America. But fragile is where we are as we wake up on Inauguration Day. Fragile like an egg: our economy, our sense of security, our national psyche. Fragile like a trigger: insurrection fueled by anger and delusion. A pandemic spreading out of control. Can we now admit that our presidents are fragile, too? The puffy brat with an ego made of glass who craved constant adulation and ignored the call to presidential duty is now headed to his new home. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Del. Shaneka Henson: Safer at Home?

    On March 30, 2020 Governor Hogan issued a stay-at-home order to protect Marylanders from the emerging coronavirus. The executive order was rolled out with a new slogan and a new messaging campaign. The ad’s go-to photo was a shot of the Chesapeake Bay. The image was a peak between tall blades of bay grass to a distant view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge standing over a glistening tide, underneath a warm amber sky. The words read “Safe at Home.” However, for many Marylanders those words unfortunately weren’t true. (Md Matters) Read Full Article