Politics

  • Sen. Kamala D. Harris named as Joe Biden’s running mate

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Bidenon Tuesday picked Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, a historic decision that elevates the first Black woman and first Asian American woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket at a moment when the country is grappling with its racial past and future. Biden’s announcement, made in a text and tweet, aligns him with a former presidential rival whose most electric campaign performance came when she criticized his record on school integration during a debate. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Maryland gas explosions embolden lawmaker’s push for utility safety

    A Maryland lawmaker said that Monday’s fatal gas explosion in Baltimore underscores the need for stronger gas-utility regulation. In this year’s legislative session in Annapolis, state Del. Lorig Charkoudian, D-Montgomery County, promoted a bill that would require gas companies to place gas flow regulating devices outside of buildings. She said she’ll be watching to see the results of the investigation into the Baltimore explosion while she works on legislation for the upcoming session. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • White House clarifies limits of jobless aid plan as talks with Congress dim

    President Trump’s senior aides acknowledged on Tuesday that they are providing less financial assistance for the unemployed than the president initially advertised amid mounting blowback from state officials of both parties. On Saturday, Trump approved an executive action that he claimed would provide an additional $400 per week in expanded unemployment benefits for Americans who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Howard County Office of Human Rights to host workshop series about race, class, culture

    The Howard County Office of Human Rights is set to begin a free five-part workshop series later this month, “Humanity Matters: Honest Dialogues About Race, Class and Culture in Howard County.” The five sessions span a month-long period beginning Aug. 22 and finishing Sept. 22; those interested should plan to attend all five. The first and fifth sessions will be online only, while the middle three sessions will have both in-person and online options. The in-person locations have yet to be determined. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Center Maryland

  • Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

    Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority. Read Full Article

  • The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

    As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need. “We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House.Read Full Article

  • Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway: Me Black Too

    One of the iconic images of the 1968 Riots was a Korean storeowner located within a community posting a hand printed sign on his store window saying, “Me Black Too.” The purpose of the signage was to prevent his store from being looted or burned by identifying with the angry Black people who had been extremely agitated by the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis on that fateful day, April 4, 1968. That’s what occurred after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the powder keg of racial abuse and injustice exploded and cities throughout America were set on fire. Read Full Article

  • Toward a brighter Sun

    It’s as hard to imagine Baltimore without The Sun as a day without daylight. The newspaper’s motto, after all, is “Light For All,” an elegant and egalitarian expression of the desire to keep Baltimoreans and Marylanders as informed as good citizenship requires. Arunah Abell, the top-hatted founder of The Sun in 1837, charged only a penny for daily enlightenment. By the time his relatives and successors sold The Sun to a large media company 150 years later, it was worth a small fortune. (Dan Rodricks)Read Full Article

Business

  • AARP Maryland joins calls to extend moratorium on utility cutoffs during pandemic

    AARP Maryland is joining a growing chorus of legislators and community leaders calling on the Maryland Public Service Commission to issue an emergency order protecting households from utility gas and electric disconnections during the COVID-19 emergency. On June 26, the Office of People’s Counsel petitioned the PSC to order utilities under its jurisdiction to suspend service disconnections until 30 days after Governor Larry Hogan declares an end to the Covid-19 Emergency and provide a grace period of 60 days beyond the Moratorium Period, which currently extends until Sept. 1. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

  • Judge grants state 35-Day reprieve in dispute with Purple Line contractor

    Amid a rancorous contract dispute that threatens to halt work on the Purple Line, a judge in Baltimore has ordered the company in charge of the project to remain on the job. Maryland Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey M. Geller issued the order on Monday at the request of the Maryland Transit Administration. The Maryland Department of Transportation announced Geller’s order on Tuesday. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • SEC could seek to boot Kevin Plank from Under Armour's board

    A federal probe looking into Under Armour Inc.'s accounting practices could result in founder Kevin Plank being forced off the sportswear maker's board — and some analysts say that might not be a bad thing. Baltimore-based Under Armour's latest quarterly financial filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission provided additional details about the Wells Notices received recently by the company, Plank and Chief Financial Officer David Bergman. (Balt Bus Journal) Read Full Article

  • Giant Food launches 16th annual pediatric cancer fundraising program

    Landover-based grocery chain Giant Food Monday launched the 16th annual fundraising program for pediatric cancer designed to support cancer research initiatives.  Giant aims to raise at least $2 million throughout the eight-week program, running from Aug. 14 to Oct. 9 from the sale of $5 ‘Thank You’ cards from Giant’s ambassadors. All funds raised will be donated to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF) to support ongoing cancer research. (Daily Record) Read Full Article

Education

  • Harford County Schools Receive Donation Of 6K Face Masks For Teachers, Staff

    Harford County teachers and staff are getting a little help amid the coronavirus pandemic. Freedom Federal Credit Union has donated 6,000 face masks to the school district for the upcoming year. They also donated dozens of no-contact thermometers for use in every school building and office. (WJZ-TV) Read Full Article

  • Maryland high school posts message of unity after racist graffiti found

    After a Calvert County, Maryland, high school was vandalized over the weekend, a message of unity was displayed to counter the racist language that was found. On Sunday, a racial slur and graphic drawings were found spray-painted on the football field at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, an outdoor classroom was broken into and damaged, and other areas were vandalized with graffiti. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office said it has identified five 18-year-old male suspects in the case and that charges are pending. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • Hereford petition sparks effort to ban hate symbols in Baltimore County Public Schools

    When most people reminisce about high school, they might focus on prom or graduation — rites of passage in a young person’s life. However, for Flannery Supplee, of Monkton, high school also conjures up thoughts of hate speech and hate symbols. The 2018 graduate of Hereford High School in Parkton said she often would see hate symbols in the school. She saw Confederate flags displayed on students’ binders, and one time she recalled hearing a student scream “white power” in the hallway. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Harford schools proceed with plan for all-virtual classes, plus learning centers, next year following board approval

    The seal of approval has been granted by the Board of Education for Harford County Public Schools’ plans to hold all virtual classes for the system’s more than 38,000 students next year, but many details still need to be worked out about how to best serve the many different student groups within HCPS before classes begin Sept. 8. “Our plan is not perfect,” Superintendent Sean Bulson acknowledged as he began his presentation of his administration’s Continuity of Learning Plan to the school board Monday night. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Around Maryland

  • Harford dentist Jim Schall performed $8,000 of work on day off for man who was losing insurance due to coronavirus

    Lee Pucklis had a problem. The coronavirus pandemic had cost him his job and, with his medical insurance expiring at the end of July, he didn’t have much time to get done some much-needed dental work. Enter Jim Schall of Bel Air Smile Partners. When an appointment opened up July 27, Schall came into the Havre de Grace office on his day off, spending several hours working on Pucklis’s mouth and saving him thousands before his insurance expired. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Scarred by deadly floods, Ellicott City residents have learned to prepare whenever it rains

    John Shoemaker’s livelihood hangs in the balance anytime it starts raining in Ellicott City. Shoemaker and his family live at the intersection of Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street alongside the Hudson Stream, which overflowed during the deadly July 2016 and May 2018 floods. He is also a part-owner of Shoemaker Country, an antique shop on Main Street. There’s no part of Shoemaker’s life that’s left unscathed when rain leads to flooding in Howard County’s historic community. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Montgomery County offering more short-term rent assistance to tenants

    More help is on the way in Montgomery County, Maryland, for tenants who have fallen behind on their rent because of the coronavirus crisis. The county’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program launched in June and made direct payments to landlords in July. Now, the program is back for a second round. It will pay up to $600 a month for up to three months, directly to the renter’s landlord. (WTOP) Read Full Article

  • ‘This is the Baltimore people need to see’: Donations pour into Northwest Baltimore neighborhood following fatal explosion

    A day after a deadly explosion leveled three homes in Northwest Baltimore, people from far-away counties and neighboring states arrived to the blast site Tuesday en masse with a bounty of water, food, clothes and toiletries for victims. The cascade of donations so overwhelmed disaster response organizations on site that some asked the Good Samaritans to hold off making in-kind donations. The gestures echoed similar tales of heroism and community spirit following the disaster. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

Commentary

  • EDITORIAL: Is BGE fixing its aging underground gas lines fast enough?

    Investigators won’t know for certain the cause of Monday’s fatal explosion in Reisterstown Station for weeks, perhaps months, yet. As devastating as it proved to be — killing at least two people, injuring seven others and turning three row homes to rubble — such disasters are mercifully uncommon; federal authorities reported about a dozen deaths from “significant” gas distribution incidents in all of last year. But what is far more common are leaky natural gas pipes, particularly in older cities such as Baltimore, which still have some antique cast iron infrastructure underground. (Balt Sun) Read Full Article

  • Wen: Stop justifying school reopening based on false statements

    Can people please stop saying that children don’t get sick from the coronavirus and don’t spread it? These statements are being used to justify school reopening, and they’re just not true. We heard this again from the president on Monday, but he’s not the only guilty party. If the goal is to safely return our children to schools for all the reasons that are important, we’ll need to build on what we know — so let’s start with that: First, children do get infected. (Wash Post) Read Full Article

  • Rodricks: In Baltimore and across America, bills coming due for long neglected problems

    Some days — and certainly more days than we want to admit — life in the United States seems fraught with more risks and worries than the people of a wealthy, advanced country ought to endure, and I’m not talking about the pandemic. I’m talking about problems that have been looming and ticking for a long time. Who among some 680,000 Baltimore-area customers of BGE feels safer today after Monday morning’s deadly explosion on Labyrinth Road? Who doesn’t wonder, given the recent history of leaks, about the state of the pipes that bring gas into our homes and businesses? (Balt Sun)Read Full Article

  • EDITORIAL: The Purple Line is hanging by a thread. It should be rescued.

    It's hard to overstate the financial, logistical and street-level disasters that would follow the collapse of Maryland’s $5.8 billion Purple Line project, years in the making and midway through construction through close-in suburbs north of D.C. A state judge made that very point late Monday in forbidding contractors from walking off the job Aug. 22, as they had threatened while the state and its private-sector partners haggle over a reported $755 million in cost overruns. (Wash Post)Read Full Article