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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Olszewski, Hyatt to join Baltimore County’s equitable policing advisory group Tuesday

Baltimore County’s equitable policing work group is set to meet virtually Tuesday after it was established by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. in mid-June. Olszewski will join the meeting, which will be streamed online starting at 3 p.m. via Webex. Police Chief Melissa Hyatt and Momen Abukhdeir, the county’s chief data officer, also are scheduled to speak, according to the meeting agenda. (Balt Sun)

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GOP congressional candidate hosts 300-plus at birthday party, forgoes face mask

More than 300 people attended a birthday party and campaign fundraiser hosted by a Republican congressional candidate in Maryland over the weekend, an event that sparked criticism from a political opponent and highlighted the challenges of campaigning in the middle of a pandemic. Maryland Del. Neil C. Parrott (R-Washington) celebrated his 50th birthday campaign-style Saturday, raking in about $50,000 for his bid against Rep. David Trone (D) in Maryland’s 6th District, he said. (Wash Post)

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Annapolis receives donation of 40,000 surgical masks from Changsha, China

The City of Annapolis has received an unexpected donation during the coronavirus pandemic from a benefactor half a world away. The municipal government of Changsha, China has donated 40,000 medical-grade face masks to the city, said Kevin Simmons, director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management. A representative from the Chinese city’s foreign affairs office, Yani Xiao, wrote to City Manager David Jarrell in April stating that they wanted to send a donation of masks in part because of an existing relationship with former Assistant City Manager Bob Agee and other Annapolis residents. (Balt Sun)

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Annapolis hires longtime community activist to connect substance users, trauma victims to resources

The City of Annapolis has hired a well-known community activist to help chronic substance users and trauma victims. Toni Strong Pratt, former co-chair of the faith and community-based organization Anne Arundel Connecting Together, will work about 30 hours a week putting residents in touch with service providers and resources such as housing, treatment, health care and other human service needs. (Balt Sun)

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