Tim Rowland: Washington County needs more women in elected office

After examining the redacted copy of an investigation into a 2016 Washington County Commissioners’ business trip to South Korea, one that, it seems, got a bit out of hand, a single fact becomes glaringly apparent: Washington County needs to elect some women to county and state offices. (Herald-Mail)

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August 10 // Paul M. McCardell - Six decades at The Sun: newspaper librarian recalls changes to business, building on Calvert Street

As I sit at my desk looking out my window for one of the last times (I have a direct view of the dome of Johns Hopkins hospital and Old Town and the tower of old Engine House No.6 and cars whizzing up and down the Jones Falls Expressway), memories of The Baltimore Sun on Calvert Street flash through my head. I’ve been coming to this building since I was a toddler, with my father, Walter M. McCardell, who was a Baltimore Sun news photographer for 44 years and routinely brought home at least three papers a day: The Baltimore News American and the Evening Sun and Morning Sun and sometimes a New York Times or Washington Post. Ink ran through his veins, a trait he passed on to me. (Balt. Sun)

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David Zurawik: Sinclair's grab for power, glory leaves it a badly damaged brand facing $1 billion lawsuit

Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group’s now failed takeover bid for Tribune Media brought it a kind of national scrutiny it had never faced in its history, particularly for its conservative politics. From the moment it was announced, I predicted the deal would make Sinclair the most hated company in America. But I never imagined it would end as miserably as it did Thursday morning for the Hunt-Valley-based broadcaster, with Tribune walking away from the deal and announcing a $1 billion lawsuit against Sinclair for its conduct in handling the deal. (Balt. Sun)

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Mass transit scapegoating spreads to Baltimore County

Perhaps we should be thankful that Baltimore County officials aren’t calling for an end to mass transit in White Marsh altogether amid fears of youth crime. Responding to the recent melee at the White Marsh Mall by asking for more buses around closing time is downright enlightened compared to the recent calls by local leaders in Anne Arundel County to shut down or curtail service at several stations in response to resident complaints (not backed up in police statistics) of light rail-related crime. But Baltimore County Council members Cathy Bevins and David Marks still get it wrong by asking for an end to bus service after 11 p.m. (Balt. Sun)

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Diane Bell McKoy and Damon Effingham: More transparency needed to change Baltimore

In Baltimore — for our children — it is imperative that we all stand together as we work in changing the future. We know the issues facing our city. And we know the strategies that have been used, misused, overworked and unsuccessful in addressing the issues we face: racialized poverty, wealth inequities, violence, police abuse and profiling, and lack of opportunity and access for those considered most vulnerable. At times, we look at “the elephant in the room” and it seems so huge that we are tempted to walk away. But for the sake of our city and succeeding generations we do not have that luxury. (Balt. Sun)

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James M. Murphy: Freshman year can be free online for anyone

The American system of higher education is unparalleled. Our public and private institutions — including many right here in Baltimore— offer world-class opportunities in the sciences, humanities and arts, and prepare students for vibrant intellectual and professional lives. However, the benefits of this system are unequally distributed. A college education is unaffordable for many Americans, and its traditionally residential nature creates barriers for adult and non-traditional students. In fact, students previously considered non-traditional are now the norm. Celebrating its one-year anniversary this August, the philanthropy Modern States Education Alliance harnesses online education to shatter these economic and geographic obstacles. (Balt. Sun)

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August 9 // Privatizing Baltimore's water system isn't the answer. Banning privatization isn't either

Baltimore’s City Council worked at warp speed this week to pass a charter amendment banning the privatization of the city’s water system. You’d think, from the procedural hoops Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young hurdled Monday to get the proposal before city voters this fall that someone was seriously trying to sell Baltimore’s vast system of pipes, pumps and reservoirs. But they’re not. (Balt. Sun)

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Women candidates are badly underrepresented in races for Md.'s top offices. Down ballot, it's a different story.

Tuesday’s primaries continued what may be the most important trend in this year’s elections. We’re not talking about the victories by Donald Trump acolytes in Republican primaries or the overperformance of Democratic congressional candidates in special elections. Rather, it’s the success of women candidates that’s most notable. In Michigan alone, women won Democratic primaries for every statewide office — governor, attorney general, secretary of state and U.S. Senate — and several House seats. But in Maryland, things are different. (Balt. Sun)

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