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‘A major, major loss’: Closing of Lockheed Martin plant is end of an era for eastern Baltimore County

‘A major, major loss’: Closing of Lockheed Martin plant is end of an era for eastern Baltimore County

When the Glenn L. Martin Co. sprang up in Middle River more than 90 years ago, it helped usher in an era of manufacturing prosperity for eastern Baltimore County. News that Lockheed Martin, the company’s successor, means the community is losing an icon, residents say. Advertisement “It’s very sad when you have something that’s been around for nine decades and all of a sudden what we knew growing up is not going to be there,” said Paul M. Blitz, a local historian whose late godmother was a at the plant. Lockheed Martin announced that it will end its run in the county with plans to shutter...

Mar 8
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White Maryland residents have gotten 4 times the COVID vaccine doses as Black people, a gap not improving with increased eligibility

White Maryland residents have gotten 4 times the COVID vaccine doses as Black people, a gap not improving with increased eligibility

In Maryland, white people are getting four times as many COVID vaccine doses as Black people. White Marylanders have received more than four times as many doses of coronavirus vaccine as Black residents, state data shows — a stark racial gap that has persisted even as more doses have arrived in the state and more people have become eligible to receive them. Early discrepancies could reflect the state’s early prioritization of medical professionals and first responders, according to experts and state officials. Some cite distrustful of the medical community. But as eligibility expanded to...

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Maryland attorney general’s case against Kushner apartment company heads to judge following renter complaints

Maryland attorney general’s case against Kushner apartment company heads to judge following renter complaints

The apartment management company of former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner committed “numerous, serious violations” of consumer protection laws, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office said following months of testimony in which tenants alleged substandard conditions and improper fees. In what amounted to closing arguments in a case dating to 2019, lawyers in Attorney General Brian Frosh’s Consumer Protection Division have filed nearly 600 pages summarizing the allegations of dozens of disgruntled current and former renters at Maryland apartment complexes overseen by...

Feb 4
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Maryland Gov. Hogan tapped to co-chair bipartisan No Labels group

Maryland Gov. Hogan tapped to co-chair bipartisan No Labels group

A group that bills itself as a “bipartisan governing coalition” has tapped Republican Gov. Larry Hogan as its new national co-chair. No Labels announced Tuesday that Hogan will join Joe Lieberman, a former Democratic then independent U.S. senator from Connecticut, in helping to lead the organization. Advertisement In a statement, No Labels called Hogan “a renowned leader who embodies its pragmatic brand of politics more than any elected official in America” and cited his appeal in Maryland polls among both Democrats and Republicans. “He’s a Republican governor in one of the bluest states in...

Dec 15
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Maryland Gov. Hogan issues new restrictions on nonessential travel to fight coronavirus spread during holidays

Maryland Gov. Hogan issues new restrictions on nonessential travel to fight coronavirus spread during holidays

The governor issue an emergency order which requires limiting travel to essential travel only, Hogan announces. As Christmas approaches, Gov. Larry Hogan told Marylanders to limit travel to essential purposes only, saying the holidays will be a critical time in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Under an emergency order, state residents who travel outside of Maryland — and anyone who travels to Maryland — must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantine for 10 days. Advertisement “Our message today is simple: You are safer at home for the holidays this year,” Hogan...

Dec 18
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Baltimore County executive says school officials are refusing to provide information about ransomware attack

Baltimore County executive says school officials are refusing to provide information about ransomware attack

Baltimore County school officials have refused to share information with local police, the county attorney and state information technology experts about the catastrophic cyberattack that hit its systems last month, County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said Friday. In a highly critical letter sent to schools Superintendent Darryl Williams, the Democratic county executive called it “troubling” that school officials are not cooperating with county police, who want access to third-party consultants retained by the county school system to analyze Advertisement Also, “law enforcement was not...

Dec 12
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Kamala Harris inspires Black women from Baltimore state’s attorney to speaker of Maryland House of Delegates

Kamala Harris inspires Black women from Baltimore state’s attorney to speaker of Maryland House of Delegates

Kamala Harris made history Saturday when she became the first woman, Black and Asian American to become vice president-elect. The proud HBCU graduate, who dressed in suffragette white, gave a stirring speech in Delaware where she spoke of breaking down barriers, of hope and possibilities — particularly for young girls. Advertisement Prominent African American women in Maryland echoed Harris' words while praising her in response to her historic win. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who watched Saturday’s acceptance speech with her two daughters, said Harris has broken the glass...

Nov 8
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Maryland Environmental Service is only the latest independent state agency to draw criticism for pay and bonuses

Maryland Environmental Service is only the latest independent state agency to draw criticism for pay and bonuses

State lawmakers expressed surprise and outrage when they learned in August that Roy McGrath, head of the Maryland Environmental Service, left his job with a . But it wasn’t the first time an independent state agency has come under fire for its payments to executives. Advertisement In 2019, legislators discovered that TEDCO, Maryland’s technology-based economic development agency, had paid more than $323,000 in bonuses for senior staff, including more than $100,000 for its CEO. And more than a decade ago, lawmakers were critical when an audit revealed a $15,000 bonus for the director of the...

October 6, 2020
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In 2020, many Marylanders still lack high-speed internet. And that’s a problem for work and school.

In 2020, many Marylanders still lack high-speed internet. And that’s a problem for work and school.

Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders lack access to high-speed broadband internet, a long-standing problem that’s become more pressing as school and work move online and social distancing keeps people at home. Government and private programs aim to connect state residents to broadband during the coronavirus pandemic and build upon earlier efforts to expand digital access. But some residents still worry service won’t come soon enough. Advertisement “It’s definitely an urgent need,” said Kerrie Wagaman, a nurse who lives in rural Baltimore County. She is concerned her two kids will get less...

August 7, 2020
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