Headlines from HJM: March 20, 2020

USM Campuses to Shift to Distance Learning for Rest of Semester, Commencements Canceled

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The University System of Maryland will shift to distance-learning for undergraduate students for the rest of the spring semester and cancel in-person commencement ceremonies, Chancellor Jay A. Perman announced Thursday evening.
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Election rights advocates call for Maryland to send ballots by mail in June primary

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Several groups advocating for election rights have delivered a letter to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urging him to offer widespread voting by mail in the June primary and to establish a voting rights task force.
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Md. restaurants, breweries 'bleeding to death' without government aid to survive COVID-19

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Without government support, "in three to four weeks you're going to see small businesses around the country shutter their doors forever," one brewery owner says.
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What the Heck Just Happened?

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
State legislators churned through hundreds of bills in the last several days of their abbreviated session, passing an astonishing 660 pieces of legislation in the final four days alone.
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Coronavirus Complicates Census Count

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
In the same week that Maryland Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) ordered bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms to be shut in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans got an invitation in the mail.
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Opinion: Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby’s Policy Misses the Mark

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
When the news alert from the Baltimore Sun popped up saying: “Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby to stop prosecuting drug possession, prostitution, other crimes amid coronavirus,” I had a visceral reaction that was like a punch to the gut.
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State Sen. Mary Washington Suspends Campaign; MD General Assembly Recap

Publisher Name : WYPR
The disruption from the COVID-19 outbreak has forced massive adjustment to every aspect of daily life. Politics is no exception.
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Baltimore City Council cancels meetings until at least April due to coronavirus outbreak

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore City Council will cancel its meetings until at least April in response to the new coronavirus outbreak, Council President Brandon Scott announced Thursday.
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UPDATED: Hogan orders Maryland malls to shut down

Publisher Name : Cumberland Times-News
All shopping malls and entertainment venues were closed effective 5 p.m. Thursday.
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Baltimore Comptroller Pratt repeatedly voted to approve spending for groups on ‘abstentions list,’ report finds

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Comptroller Joan Pratt voted 30 times in three years to approve millions of dollars worth of city spending on organizations with which she appeared to have a connection, a review from the Office of the Inspector General found.
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