Politics

  • Six Possible Contenders Eye Mosby’s Soon-to-be-Vacant House Seat

    Baltimore City Council President-elect Nick J. Mosby (D) will be sworn in on Dec. 10, which means that his seat representing District 40 in the Maryland House of Delegates will soon be vacant. At least six Baltimoreans said they plan to apply for the seat, which is the most interest that the city delegation has seen for a vacant seat in a long time, according to the district’s senator, Antonio L. Hayes (D). (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Scott talks accountability, crime and bridging differences in Baltimore

    Baltimore Mayor-elect Brandon Scott spoke with C4 and Bryan Nehman about his thoughts, plans and more regarding his new position in the city. This interview comes as Baltimore has reached its 300th homicide for the year. "We have to work to make sure that we are starting to finally attack this issue both in the immediate, and long term. Not either or," Scott said when talking about crime. "We have to build a sense of accountability for everyone, and starts with me coming in as the mayor." (WBAL) Read Full Article

  • Updates on Trone and Delaney ― But No Big Clues About 2022

    Among the many mysteries of the nascent 2022 election cycle in Maryland are the political plans of Rep. David J. Trone (D) and his predecessor, former Rep. John K. Delaney, who is coming off an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Here are two recent developments in their professional lives ― though neither should be seen as the definitive word on whether they plan to run for governor or any other political office in 2022. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Maryland, Purple Line firms reach $250 million deal to keep project moving

    The Maryland Department of Transportation will pay an additional $250 million to salvage a 36-year partnership with the companies managing construction of the delayed Purple Line, state officials said Tuesday. The deal revives one of Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature transportation projects and a public-private partnership that imploded in September following three years of cost disputes. The Purple Line is one of the first U.S. transit projects to rely on private financing. (Wash Post) 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

  • Maryland hotel association petitions Hogan administration for more funds amid worsening pandemic

    The head of Maryland’s hotel association said a large number of its members will not recover from the coronavirus pandemic if the state does not provide more direct relief now. With tourism, travel and hospitality reeling from the public health crisis and the ensuing restrictions put in place to curb it, hotels across the state may have to shutter for good, said Amy Rohrer, president and CEO of The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center Healthcare earns prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, one of five organizations honored nationwide

    Greater Baltimore Medical Center Healthcare is the first Maryland health care system to earn the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an honor given by the U.S. Department of Commerce to just five other organizations across the U.S. for excellence in quality standards. The nation’s only presidential award for organizational performance excellence, the Malcolm Baldrige award is given to businesses and nonprofits that meet the criteria for industry-leading performance standards set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, which functions under the Commerce department’s auspices. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • White and Black Communities in Md. See a 20% Difference in CARES Act Loans

    Predominantly white communities in Maryland received approximately 20% more loans and money per loan under the Paycheck Protection Program compared to predominantly Black communities, according to data from the Small Business Administration (SBA) analyzed by Capital News Service.  The Paycheck Protection Program was a derivative of the approximately $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Act (CARES) passed to provide economic relief in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Md. small retailers diversify, innovate as they enter critical sales season

    Reeling in customers at Cashmere Clothing Co., a 1½-year-old women’s apparel store near Deep Creek Lake, is difficult for Marcia Warnick. Despite offering private and virtual shopping appointments, holiday specials, and weekly live streams, the business owner is struggling to get people in the door. “I’m kind of off the beaten path,” Warnick said. “I’m just trying to get the word out there that I’m here.” Across the state in Takoma Park, co-owner Jeff McCandless is offering personal shopping and extended sales at his women’s clothing store known as Amano. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Education

  • Teachers Ask for Statewide Virtual Learning Until End of the Semester

    As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the state, teachers are calling on State Superintendent Karen B. Salmon to make all schools virtual until at least the end of the semester. This would allow parents and educators to plan better, as opposed to the uncertainty of bringing kids in and out of school buildings which is causing burnout among educators, the state’s largest teachers union said. (Md Matters) Read Full Article

  • Ball: Nearly $6 million in CARES Act funding will go to Howard County’s public schools

    Howard County will allocate nearly $6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to its public school system, the county’s executive, Calvin Ball, said Wednesday. “Today I’m pleased to announce a critical next step in supporting our community with our students with CARES Act funding. Howard County will provide nearly $6 million to support our schools as they offset COVID-19-related expenditures for our educators and our students,” Ball (D) said in an online press gaggle. (Md Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Carroll County career and tech students place first and second in national welding contest

    Two students at Carroll County’s Career and Technology Center found a way to win national awards despite an unusual school year. Dylan Bussard, a senior at Westminster High School, won first place in the Secondary category for the 2020 I BUILT THIS contest out of 16 people, sponsored by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. His welding classmate, Dakota Van Cleve, a senior at Manchester Valley High School, won second place. (Carr Co Times) Read Full Article

  • McDaniel College makes it through semester, finishing with fewer than 30 cases of COVID-19

    Laura Midkiff, a junior at McDaniel College, said her decision to return to campus this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult. The Westminster resident said she could have commuted but she would have missed living on campus with her peers. It wasn’t until she saw the college’s outlined policy that helped her make the decision to return. It was a decision she did not regret by the time the semester wrapped up. (Carr Co Times)Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Howard County Receives $2M In Eviction Prevention Grants

    Howard County received $2 million in eviction protection grants from the state of Maryland. The Community Development Block Grant funding will be distributed through the Howard County Community Action Council and provide up to 6 months of rental assistance to households that experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19. Applications for households to receive funding are forthcoming. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore County Hiring Social Distancing Task Force Workers Ahead Of Increased COVID-19 Restriction Enforcement

    Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Maryland is stepping up enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions during a time when people usually gather and socialize. Maryland is launching a COVID-19 compliance team to further enforce these restrictions as cases continue to surge in the state and have no sign of letting up. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • COVID app may help contact-tracing challenges this holiday

    “Answer the call” and download the COVID Alert app have joined the growing list of pandemic precautions, such as wearing a mask and social distancing, as the Maryland Health Department battles a pandemic surge during this holiday season. “Of course everyone wants to be with family and loved ones, but we are in the midst of a pandemic and cases are skyrocketing,” Dr. Katherine Feldman, director of the Maryland Department of Health’s contact tracing unit, told Capital News Service on Thursday. (Md Reporter) Read Full Article

  • Baltimore City Council poised to designate Cab Calloway grandmother’s house as historic landmark

    The Baltimore City rowhome once occupied by jazz legend Cab Calloway’s maternal grandmother has cleared the last major hurdle on its way to being designated as a historic landmark by the city’s preservation panel. Annie Reed, whose home served as an epicenter of the Calloway clan, may have been the force behind her grandson’s musical talents. She trained her children and grandchildren, including Cab’s sister, Blanche, in instrumental and vocal education at her 1316 N Carey St. home, according to a 1934 article published by The Afro. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • Editorial: Maryland’s other epidemic - hunger - isn’t going away

    Thanksgiving is a time to count one’s blessings and to share in the harvest bounty with friends and family. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us will take part in this most essential of North American traditions (preferably, among an appropriately scaled or virtual gathering), with its historic roots that go back four centuries and menu stalwarts, from turkey to stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. Perhaps more than any other meal of the year, eating to excess is not regarded on this day as, well, excessive. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Bishop: The pandemic has caused a lot of pain, but there’s also pleasure to be found in the way we live now

    Today is usually a travel day for my family, like many of yours. Every Thanksgiving for nearly a dozen years, we’ve packed up and flown south to Birmingham, Alabama, where my husband’s father and stepmother live. This is their holiday in our version of the unofficial family custody calendar so many of us are bound by, and we all go to them — starting as couples and adding children through the years. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Wen: Most schools should close and stay closed through winter

    In recent weeks, prominent economists, public health experts and commentators have argued that schools shouldn’t be closing because they aren’t major contributors to the surge in covid-19 cases. I disagree. With much of the United States engulfed in exponential virus spread and many hospitals already overwhelmed, most schools should close and stay closed through the winter. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Editorial: Graffiti isn’t a violent crime, but it’s not victimless; Baltimore should clean it up

    Somebody hit the park across from Mercy Medical Center on St. Paul Street. Splattered across a brick wall recently in white spray paint: ONE STOP FUN!! — in a park that is supposed to be a place of serenity, mind you. A few feet away on another brick wall: the letters RZ and a smiley face. Undecipherable letters were scrawled in paint across the bottom of a billboard sitting prominently above a HipHop Fish & Chicken restaurant near State Center, promoting a University of Maryland Medical System hospital. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article