Headlines from HJM: Monday, August 24, 2020

Opinion: Promises and problems of ‘Purple Train’ stretch from Bethesda to New Carrollton

Publisher Name : Bethesda Magazine
Expedition highlights contrast of construction chaos and relatively untouched segments
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MTA says the Purple Line will be built, while MDOT denies builders' claims to millions more in funding

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Enthusiasm for the Purple Line remains high among elected leaders and project boosters, even as a dispute between the state and the light-rail line's builders remains unsettled.
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In Surprise, Cardiologist Bests Del. Anderton for Appointment as Next Wicomico Co. Exec

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Del. Carl L. Anderton Jr. (R) Thursday unexpectedly fell short of winning appointment as the next Wicomico County executive — losing out to Rene Desmarais, a Salisbury-based cardiologist with little political experience outside of a losing bid for the House of Delegates in 2014.
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Frank DeFilippo: Are Democrats Mean Enough?

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
In the great game of politics, Democrats, as a party, lack a mean streak. Too often they seem fixated on agendas, searching for the soul of America, or fighting with each other instead of Republicans.
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Former Hogan chief of staff calls MES severance, bonuses ‘customary’; legislators seek answers on ‘problematic’ payouts

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
The Maryland Environmental Service — whose former director is under scrutiny for a six-figure payout as he left to head Gov. Larry Hogan’s staff — has a history of paying large severances and bonuses to executives.
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‘Two Incredible Women’: A Public Health Powerhouse Passes the Baton

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The familiar, comforting presence of Fran Philips, former deputy secretary of public health services and Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s (R) “trusted adviser,” will no longer be felt as he briefs Marylanders on the state’s battle with COVID-19.
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Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby won’t let public see work emails about her businesses, citing investigation

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby won’t make public emails that mention her private businesses and are stored on her government computer, arguing that they are exempt from disclosure because they are part of an investigation by Baltimore’s inspector general.
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Md. Needs an Environmental Justice Plan, Advocates Say

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
During a time of national reckoning on race, environmental groups are demanding that Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and his administration show a stronger commitment to addressing environmental injustices in the state.
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