Headlines from HJM: Friday, September 18, 2020

Why the CDC’s eviction moratorium isn’t enough to prevent evictions in Maryland | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
COVID-19 has lit a torch on the systemic social and economic inequities faced by communities of color with respect to health care, livable wages and affordable, safe housing.
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Purple Line companies countersue Maryland for breach of contract over cost overruns

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The companies overseeing construction of Maryland’s Purple Line have sued the state for breach of contract, seeking more than $100 million for its refusal to pay for delays and allegedly requiring the firms to “mask” delays in some project schedules.
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Baltimore County schools plan to begin limited in-person instruction in November; superintendent says timeline is ‘not a done deal’

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore County schools officials announced Thursday that they want to start switching gradually to in-person instruction, bringing select groups of students back to school classrooms by Nov. 13.
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VAN HOLLEN CALLS FOR $4 BILLION IN FUNDING TO ADDRESS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IN K-12 EDUCATION

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Thursday emphasized his support for legislation that would provide at least $4 billion in funding in the next coronavirus relief package to address the digital divide in K-12 education which has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
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Travails of Wicomico’s Search for New Exec May Offer Lessons for Other Charter Counties

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
First, the putative frontrunner for appointment as Wicomico County’s next executive, Del. Carl L. Anderton Jr. (R), came up a vote short in the County Council. Then, the surprise selection for the post, cardiologist Rene Desmarais, declined the appointment four days later amid blowback.
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Testy lawmakers say their constituents still struggling to get benefits

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson vowed to improve communication between her department and lawmakers after a number of legislators — Democratic and Republican — complained about an inability to resolve unemployment benefits problems for constituents when dealing directly with top aides at the department.
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Cummings wrote of ‘pure pain’ from Trump tweets on Baltimore

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
The late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings felt “pure pain” from President Donald Trump’s tweets about Baltimore, and the Maryland Democrat wrote “I could feel the attack to my core,” in a memoir that is being published posthumously.
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Baltimore businessman who bribed Maryland Del. Cheryl Glenn sentenced to 18 months in federal prison

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A Baltimore businessman and CEO was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for paying about $40,000 in cash bribes to now-imprisoned state Del. Cheryl Glenn.
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AFRO Exclusive: Mosby on COVID-19: ‘We Have a Lot of Challenges’

Publisher Name : The AFRO
As COVID-19 began to rage in America back in April, State Delegate Nick Mosby and his Legislative Black Caucus colleagues pressed the Hogan administration for data regarding the scourge of the pandemic broken down specifically along racial lines, as it became clear it was disproportionately infecting and killing Black and Brown people.
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