Politics

  • Maryland Attorney General wants more drug dealers charged with manslaughter after some fatal overdoses

    Maryland’s top lawyer says local prosecutors should consider manslaughter charges for more dealers and suppliers whose drugs cause fatal overdoses after the state’s highest court has swept away legal doubts. Attorney General Brian Frosh said he believes some dealers who sell particularly deadly drugs should face charges if someone dies from an overdose. “The distribution of dangerous drugs like heroin runs a risk of killing people,” Frosh said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. While he would not recommend homicide charges in every fatal overdose case, he said prosecution is warranted when someone supplies drugs "in a way that’s grossly negligent.” (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Baltimore Mayor Young: ‘I live and breathe regionalism’

    Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said he plans to ask Gov. Larry Hogan about ways to free up city police to focus on violent crime and to use nonviolent offenders to clean up neighborhoods. The ideas are part of a number of priorities Young said he plans to discuss with the Republican governor when the two meet next week to discuss how to address violent crime in the city. In addition to that meeting, the mayor said, Young hopes to explore a new form of regionalism with surrounding counties that help with law enforcement efforts. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Notes from MACo

    Good fences make good neighbors. Competing receptions take place all the time during the course of a Maryland Association of Counties summer convention in Ocean City. Sometimes they even take place at the exact same time in adjoining bars and restaurants, now that the Annapolis establishments Dry 85 and Red Red Wine Bar have opened outposts that are attached to each other in OC. But we may never have seen anything like the phenomenon we witnessed Wednesday evening, when the venerable Annapolis lobbying firm Alexander & Cleaver held a reception at Dry 85 and during the exact same time slot, Compass Government Relations Partners, whose founders worked at A&C before jumping ship and setting up their own shop a year ago, were next door at Red Red Wine Bar. (Md. Matters)Read Full Article

  • Next Generation 911 will mean some address changes in Washington County

    Dozens of Hancock residents might have to change their addresses for the Next Generation 911 emergency phone service. Residents in other Washington County towns could follow suit. Bud Gudmundson, Washington County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) manager, and Jennifer Kinzer, GIS coordinator for the planning and zoning department, talked about Next Generation 911 and the addressing issues during Wednesday’s meeting of the Hancock Town Council. The new 911 technology brings several features, such as text, video and map capability, that current systems lack, Gudmundson said. It also relies on correct, consistent and upgraded addresses. (Herald-Mail)Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Maryland Reached Hundreds of Residents Across The State With Educational Trailer Featuring Signs of Substance Misuse

    The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Maryland teamed up with its partners to bring the RALI CARES interactive trailer to locations across the state in an effort to help educate parents and adults on the warning signs of teenage substance misuse.Read Full Article

  • Conference Reading: Google invests $50 million to build low-income housing in the Bay Area

    Google on Wednesday invested $50 million to build low-income homes around the Bay Area, taking a step toward fulfilling the lofty $1 billion housing promise the tech titan made last month. The Mountain View-based search giant will invest the money in Housing Trust Silicon Valley’s TECH Fund — a program launched in 2017 that uses money from local companies and large organizations to fund affordable housing. Google’s $50 million contribution marks the fund’s largest investment to date, and comes as Bay Area tech companies increasingly are attempting to help mitigate the housing shortage that has driven prices sky-high across the Bay Area. It’s a crisis those tech companies often are blamed for helping to create, as they flood the region with high-paying jobs that drive up housing demand and prices. (Mercury News)Read Full Article

  • Conference Reading: Democrats Hear the ‘Yes in My Backyard’ Message

    Last week, Amy Klobuchar became the latest Democratic presidential hopeful to say out loud that cities and towns need to let people build more housing. She joined Cory Booker, Julián Castro, and Elizabeth Warren in proposing a more active federal role in getting state and local governments to loosen zoning rules—a topic that, up to now, has not figured prominently in campaigns for the White House. The four candidates are demonstrating how much traction the YIMBY movement—the “yes in my backyard” campaign to roll back bans on new houses and apartments—has gained in Democratic policy circles. They and other Democratic candidates are sending an important message: A housing crunch in metro areas where tens of millions of Americans live is the kind of problem a president should worry about. (Atlantic)Read Full Article

  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum unveils cargo ship exhibit with support from Ports America Chesapeake

    This summer, Port Discovery Children’s Museum reopened its doors to its newest exhibit, The Port, which highlights the importance of the Port of Baltimore to the region. The exhibit was developed through the support of private and public financial commitments, including a $50,000 grant from Ports America Chesapeake and Steamship Trade Association Charitable Legacy. “People from around the world come together at the Port,” said Port Discovery Vice President of Development and Communications Jennifer Bedon. “The exhibit is like a metaphor—kids across the community are playing side by side and all working together to get something from here to there.”Read Full Article

Business

  • Three Bethesda Developments on List of Region’s Most Expensive Projects

    Three ongoing development projects in Bethesda are among the most expensive projects in the Washington region, according to a list compiled by the Washington Business Journal. The projects — the future Marriott International headquarters, Avocet Tower and an expansion at Suburban Hospital — total more than $1.7 billion in development in Bethesda. The Washington Business Journal (WBJ) list was led by a $1.4 billion project in Reston, Va., to construct an eight-story, 840,000-square-foot mixed-use building. The future Marriott International headquarters in Bethesda is estimated to cost $600 million and checks in at No. 7 on the 25-project list. The 22-story building encompasses more than 700,000 square feet and will include office space, as well as a 230-room hotel. (Bethesda)     Read Full Article

  • Business Leaders Launch ‘Grass-roots’ Group to Back Hogan Road Plan

    A Citizens for Traffic Relief informational booth at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Facebook photo A Maryland businessman long active in transportation issues has launched an effort to build support for the Hogan administration’s plan to ease road congestion in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Emmet Tydings, CEO of a Columbia telecommunications firm and member of a politically active family whose roots in the state date back hundreds of years, is the cofounder and chairman of a group calling itself Citizens4TrafficRelief. (Md. Matters) Read Full Article

  • NorthPoint to generate 1,480 jobs, $132M in investment on Wesel Boulevard

    About 190 acres of heavily wooded land along Wesel Boulevard is slated to become a sprawling business center that will generate close to 1,500 jobs and include 2.2 million square feet of space, officials said Wednesday afternoon at a Hagerstown Planning Commission meeting. The facility being planned by Missouri-based NorthPoint Development will include four facilities for warehousing and distribution, and require $132.9 million in investment, according to plans. It will have close to 1,700 parking spaces. The planning commission unanimously approved a preliminary plan for the development, which now will undergo a more detailed site-plan review. (Herald-Mail)  Read Full Article

  • Harborplace tour shows its neglect, disrepair, top city official says

    The new head of the Baltimore Development Corp. said he saw broken doors, burned-out lights and old and damaged signage when he took a recent tour of Harborplace with the property's court-appointed receiver. Colin Tarbert, CEO of the BDC, said the disrepair at the 39-year-old downtown landmark at Pratt and Light streets underscored the work needed to be done to restore Harborplace as a destination — points he discussed with the receiver, New Jersey-based IVL Group. "It was an icon of Baltimore's renaissance and now I don't think it does that," Tarbert told the BDC's board of directors at its monthly meeting. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article

Education

  • Mount St. Mary's welcomes third-largest freshman class

    A gloomy sky hung over Mount St. Mary’s University on Thursday morning as carts full of pillows, clothes, desk items and stuffed animals rolled up the ramps toward the freshman residence halls on campus. Orientation leaders dressed in bright pink shirts directed lost families and helped unload cars. On one side of campus, a window AC unit fell out of the third story as quick hands caught it by the power cord just in time. Right underneath, a family walked by looking at maps in their hands. “This must be where the student commons is,” one girl said as she pointed to a building. (News-Post)Read Full Article

  • Md. county leaders cast a wary eye at Kirwan education costs

    County leaders from around the state are being encouraged to support an education plan billed as transformative but aren’t yet being told what their costs will be or how to pay for them. An hour-long panel discussion at the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference at times sounded more like an attempt to buoy enthusiasm for recommendations that once fully implemented will cost a minimum of $4 billion annually. And one county executive said the 10 year phase-in might have to be lengthened significantly in order to make it more palatable for many of the state’s 24 political subdivisions. (Daily Record)  Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County Police Reminding Motorists Of School Bus Safety Laws Ahead Of Upcoming School Year

    The Baltimore County Police Department wants to remind all motorists of school bus safety laws ahead of the upcoming school year. The police department wants to remind motorists to stop when the lights on school buses are flashing. Maryland law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street if there is no physical divider or barrier. Drivers who pass the bus before all lights have ceased flashing may face the following consequences: Drivers who pass a school bus while the lights are flashing will receive a citation that carries a maximum payable fine of $570 and a three-point penalty. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Community Foundation of Howard County starts Youth in Philanthropy grant program

    The Community Foundation of Howard County, which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, Thursday announced the establishment of the Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) grant program. The program will empower high school students to solicit and evaluate grant applications and award funds to nonprofit organizations in Howard County. Jeffrey Boutwell, a foundation volunteer and donor who established the program, said student members of the YIP committee will actively engage with community nonprofits and learn firsthand about the wide range of issues facing Howard County residents, including homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and the educational and legal needs of struggling families. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Holds Public Comment

    Anne Arundel County is studying ways to reduce gun violence in its own community in the wake of the 2018 mass shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. A county task force made up of law enforcement officers, schools officials, communications professionals and gun owners is looking to identify the problems, causes and solutions to gun violence within the county. From murders to suicides, the Anne Arundel County Gun Violence Prevention Task Force is analyzing all sorts of statistics with one goal in mind- stop unnecessary bloodshed. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Pr. George’s police captain to be demoted after trial board finds he threatened a police chief and used his position to seek time off for his son

    A Prince George’s County police captain will be demoted after a trial board determined that he tried to leverage his official position for a personal matter and threatened a police chief from another agency. The trial board issued its punishment Thursday against Capt. Joseph Perez, who has been fighting the administrative charges that he contends are retaliation because he has been complaining about unfair disciplinary prac­tices within the department. The trial board, made up of three Baltimore County police officers, found Perez guilty of two counts of violating department ethics and one count of violating policies on loyalty. (Wash. Post) Read Full Article

  • Federal Appeals Court Will Hear Case Over National Airport Landing Patterns

    A federal appeals court has agreed to hear a lawsuit by the state of Maryland against the Federal Aviation Administration over changes to the flight paths in and out of National Airport. The FAA implemented its NextGen air traffic procedures five years ago to create “superhighways” in the air by streamlining flight paths in and out of National Airport in Arlington, Va, with the goal of reducing fuel costs. The change meant more planes would fly over neighborhoods in Montgomery County, resulting in more noise for residents close to the Potomac River in communities such as Cabin John, Bethesda and Potomac. (Bethesda)Read Full Article

  • Cell tower proposed near Hagerstown Community College

    Shentel is proposing a 150-foot-tall cell tower at Mount Aetna Technology Park to improve wireless service, including to customers at Meritus Medical Center and Hagerstown Community College, a company official said. The tower would serve Sprint, but would have room for three other carriers, said Dan Meenan, vice president of wireless network development for Shentel. The Washington County Zoning Appeals Board is scheduled to hear a request for a special exception for the cell tower at its 7 p.m. meeting Wednesday in the county’s administrative complex in downtown Hagerstown.  The area is zoned for office, research and industry. (Herald-Mail) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Editorial: Baltimore needs help, but it’s not helpless

    We offer our thanks to the volunteers from out of state who came to Baltimore to clear trash and found themselves helping save two apparent overdose victims. They were here to do a good deed and wound up doing an even better one. The incident comes amid a period of great national scrutiny of Baltimore’s problems, fueled by President Donald Trump’s tweets mocking the city, and it says a couple of things about the true nature of what’s going on here that much of the national discussion has missed.  First, one of the volunteers happened to be a former police officer who knew how to administer the anti-overdose medication naloxone because the opioid epidemic is a problem everywhere — in Florida and New York, where the volunteers came from, in big cities, in suburbs and in rural communities. (Balt. Sun)     Read Full Article

  • Gunasekara: A Trojan horse for Md. energy policy

    Maryland legislators recently passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 with the goal of increasing the amount of energy from renewable energy sources. What some Marylanders may find surprising is that embedded among the traditional list of renewables that generate power from the wind and the sun is another type of “renewable” source that derives its energy from trash. Strategically referred to as “waste-to-energy,” the concept to turn trash into a clean, usable form of energy is well-intentioned but in practice is far from true. Trash incinerators have been around for a long time. Most were built in the 1970s and 1980s and are now dealing with the question of how to prolong their end-of-life reality.  (Daily Record)Read Full Article

  • Katz: ‘Never again’ in Howard County

    On Sunday, more than 300 Jews and our allies spent Tisha b’Av — the saddest day on the Jewish calendar — at the Howard County Detention Center (HCDC) in Jessup. Why? Because HCDC has earned $14 million since 2013 for detaining more than 5,100 immigrants on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of its Intergovernmental Service Agreement with the agency. Our Jewish community rallied to pray and witness outside of the detention center because of the violence and devastation caused by ICE and merciless immigration policies. Tisha b’Av marks the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, the expulsion of Jews from England and Spain, pogroms against Jews in Eastern Europe and a slew of other tragedies. (Balt. Sun)Read Full Article

  • Watkins: Baltimore needs help

    I love Baltimore. That love forces me to tell the truth, and truth is: We need help. For starters, the citizens of Baltimore, especially those in power, need to ask themselves, “What role am I really playing in making the city a better place?” before breaking their necks to address Donald Trump, or anyone really, over negative comments made about Baltimore City, because we are clearly not winning.  Regardless of how great anyone’s intentions for the city are, we must spend some time looking at the current outcomes. (Balt. Sun) Read Full Article