Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Judge Grants State 35-Day Reprieve in Dispute With Purple Line Contractor

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Amid a rancorous contract dispute that threatens to halt work on the Purple Line, a judge in Baltimore has ordered the company in charge of the project to remain on the job.
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Is BGE fixing its aging underground gas lines fast enough? | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Investigators won’t know for certain the cause of Monday’s fatal explosion in Reisterstown Station for weeks, perhaps months, yet.
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Landlords: We’re doing a lot to help our tenants in these difficult times | READER COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
In the recent editorial, “Rent controls during a health catastrophe are a reasonable protection” (Aug 3), The Baltimore Sun editorial board welcomed hearing more about what housing providers are doing to assist tenants in these difficult times. We took that as an invitation to share some of the often overlooked and good things that housing providers (the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) members) from Central Maryland have been doing to support their communities.
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The Purple Line is hanging by a thread. It should be rescued

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
IT’S HARD to overstate the financial, logistical and street-level disasters that would follow the collapse of Maryland’s $5.8 billion Purple Line project, years in the making and midway through construction through close-in suburbs north of D.C. A state judge made that very point late Monday in forbidding contractors from walking off the job Aug. 22, as they had threatened while the state and its private-sector partners haggle over a reported $755 million in cost overruns.
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Pentagon to share 5G spectrum with US telecoms

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Pentagon to share 5G spectrum with US telecoms By: Bloomberg By Travis Tritten August 10, 2020 The White House and Pentagon presented plans Monday to help U.S. telecom companies build new ultrafast 5G networks by allowing commercial use of airwaves previously reserved for military radar.
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Montgomery County offering more short-term rent assistance to tenants

Publisher Name : WTOP
More help is on the way in Montgomery County, Maryland, for tenants who have fallen behind on their rent because of the coronavirus crisis.
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Retired deputy comptroller caught shredding city documents

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
A phantom presence: Retired last April from her City Hall job, Harriette Taylor was found shredding documents last week in a back room
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COVID-19 in MarylandPolitics The Funny Hats Stay Home: Delegates Mourn as Conventions Fall Victim to COVID-19

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Former Rockville mayor Susan R. Hoffmann remembers being drawn to Joe Biden when he was a not-yet 30-year-old candidate for the United States Senate.
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With Voting on the Rise, Poor Voters Could Be Pivotal in November

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Low-income voters are less likely to participate in national elections than voters with higher incomes – but a new report says voting rates are on the rise, and low-income voters could sway elections in 2020.
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Sen. Paul Pinsky: Time for an Honest Conversation on School Reopening Plans

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
President Trump and Betsy DeVos, his sycophantic secretary of Education, seem to have only one thing on their minds these days: winning the November election. And the duo think they can and will win if schools reopen this fall. At election time, they’re betting, grateful parents will reward them.
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UPDATED: Judge orders Purple Line contractors to stay on job until mid-September

Publisher Name : Bethesda Magazine
State filed lawsuit on Monday amid battle over light-rail project
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GOP congressional candidate hosts 300-plus at birthday party, forgoes face mask

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
More than 300 people attended a birthday party and campaign fundraiser hosted by a Republican congressional candidate in Maryland over the weekend, an event that sparked criticism from a political opponent and highlighted the challenges of campaigning in the middle of a pandemic.
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Sen. Kamala D. Harris named as Joe Biden’s running mate

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday picked Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, a historic decision that elevates the first Black woman and first Asian American woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket at a moment when the country is grappling with its racial past and future.
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Explosions prompt push for stronger gas-utility regulation in Md.

Publisher Name : WTOP
A Maryland lawmaker said that Monday’s fatal gas explosion in Baltimore underscores the need for stronger gas-utility regulation.
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