Headlines from HJM: Monday, December 21, 2020

Budget challenges await when leaders return to Annapolis

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Lawmakers returning to Annapolis will face a difficult budget challenge as the result of the pandemic but it could have been much worse.
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‘Zoom-bombing’ prevention and socially distanced porch parties: How the pandemic has changed political fundraising in Maryland

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Delays with screen sharing. People forgetting they’re not muted. Untimely interruptions. It’s not just in your office meetings: they’re in political fundraisers too. Welcome to 2020.
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Montgomery County Seeks to Reach Zero Emissions by 2035, But Advocates Say That’s Not Fast Enough

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
More than 80% of Montgomery County voters are concerned about global warming and 75% want to see their county council adopt a climate solution plan within the next six months, according to a recent poll by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
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Rooting out bad cops: the Commission to Restore Trust in Policing wimps out

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Despite its high-sounding name, the panel appointed by the legislature in the wake of the Gun Trace Task Force scandal dodges the biggest obstacle to police reform – its own legislation [OP-ED]
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Black Police Chiefs in Md. Reflect on Police Reform, Civil Unrest of 2020

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Anne Arundel County’s new Chief of Police, Amal Awad, was officially sworn-in Thursday morning, marking a historic day for the county: she’s the first woman and the first member of the LGBTQ community to permanently hold the position.
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‘Provide Hope’ | United Way Of Central Maryland Assembles Over 200 Christmas Packages For Families In Baltimore

Publisher Name : CBS Baltimore
On Friday, the United Way of Central Maryland pulled off a Christmas miracle with the help of DoorDash.
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Report finds broken equipment, unresolved water customer complaints cost Baltimore City, county millions

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore City and Baltimore County have lost millions of dollars in water and sewer revenue due to a dysfunctional system that persists despite more than $133 million the jurisdictions have spent in the last decade to fix ongoing problems, according to report Monday by the city and county inspector generals.
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Baltimore to expand efforts to help Latinos during pandemic

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Officials in Baltimore are expanding efforts to reach Latinos during the coronavirus pandemic to try to lessen the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has inflicted upon that community of residents.
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Baltimore Co. Teachers, Administrators ‘Angry’ Over Lack of Communication About Ransomware Attack

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The leaders of the teachers’ union and a group representing Baltimore County Public Schools administrators have written to Dr. Darryl Williams, the school superintendent, saying they are “tired, frustrated and angry” about the lack of communication from him over how the district is handling a ransomware attack that struck just before Thanksgiving.
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Restaurant Association Of Maryland Announces Legal Action Against Baltimore, 2 Counties Over COVID Dining Restrictions

Publisher Name : CBS Baltimore
The Restaurant Association of Maryland announced Friday it has filed legal action against three jurisdictions in the state with the goal of having indoor and outdoor dining restored.
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Restaurant Association of Maryland sues to halt dining restrictions in Baltimore City, DC suburbs

Publisher Name : WBAL
After successfully blocking an order to shut down indoor dining in Anne Arundel County, Maryland restaurateurs are suing to overturn local restrictions in Baltimore City and Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
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