Headlines from HJM: Monday, August 25, 2020

Baltimore Mayor Young forced out three senior officials in one day

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young forced out three cabinet-level officials in a single day, and his administration is declining to elaborate on what triggered the upheaval.
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Legislator files open meetings complaint against Maryland State Board of Education for private vote on superintendent raise

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
Del. Eric Luedtke, a Democrat representing Montgomery County, has filed a complaint with the Open Meetings Act office, saying the Maryland State Board of Education has repeatedly violated the open meetings act by failing to tell the public the subject of closed door meetings.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Publisher Name : US Small Business Administration
If you are a small business, private non-profit and agricultural business and have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). EIDL proceeds can be used to cover a wide array of working capital and normal operating expenses, such as continuation to health care benefits, rent, utilities and fixed debt payments.
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Hogan’s political future tied to Maryland’s economic recovery

Publisher Name : Capital News Service
Governor Lawrence Hogan's political standing appears to be rising, but the impact that his performance will have on his future political aspirations is still up in the air. The gains the second-term governor has made keeping the coronavirus curve down could be damaged long term if his pivot toward the state’s economic recovery does not create a sharp curve up.
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On top of severance, Maryland Environmental Service paid director $55K in expenses as he left to lead Hogan staff

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff received more than $55,000 in expense reimbursements when he left his job at the Maryland Environmental Service that include reimbursements for hotels, airfare, rental cars and meals for several conferences and events.
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Maryland lawmakers to conduct inquiry of how Hogan’s former chief of staff got hefty severance before taking key job

Publisher Name : Washington Post
A group of Maryland lawmakers convening Tuesday to examine a hefty severance package that Gov. Larry Hogan’s former top aide received from a quasi-state agency this spring will likely take a broader look at the Maryland Environmental Service’s governance structure, its oversight protocols and changes that could prevent a similar payout in the future.
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Commission investigating Gun Trace Task Force shares some recommendations, hears testimony about Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights

Publisher Name : Baltimore Sun
The seven-member commission discussed several recommendations concerning policing, however a formal report won’t be issued until later.
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Confusion Reigns as Desmarais Declines County Council Appointment as Next Wicomico Executive

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Less than four days after his surprise appointment as the next Wicomico County executive stirred both consternation and controversy, Dr. Rene Desmarais – a cardiologist with little prior political experience – announced Monday that he had decided to decline the post. Desmarais said he had reached a “difficult decision…after a weekend of self-reflection and consultation with a number of his close personal and professional associates.”
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As Evictions Loom, Lawyers Are Gearing Up to Help

Publisher Name : The New York Times
With a federal moratorium coming to an end, legal aid lawyers say they are preparing to defend renters in housing court.
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New Study Shows Exclusions of Blacks In Genomic Research

Publisher Name : WYPR
The science journal Neuron published a paper on the underrepresentation of African Americans in brain research, specifically in genomic studies that inform the emerging field of personalized medicine.
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