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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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5 tips for getting a COVID vaccine appointment from the ‘Maryland Vaccine Hunters’ group

5 tips for getting a COVID vaccine appointment from the ‘Maryland Vaccine Hunters’ group

As Marylanders seek appointments to get vaccinated for COVID-19, the “Maryland Vaccine Hunters” Facebook group . The group, which, is littered with tips and tricks to help those who visit the page get themselves and their loved ones vaccinated, the result of residents feeling they aren’t getting guidance from the state government in navigating a complex, decentralized system. A detailed spreadsheet created by one member is filled with insights on the best times and days to seek an appointment at the various locations offering them throughout the state. Advertisement Here are some of the...

Feb 23
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‘I’ll treasure that forever’: Gary Thorne not returning to Orioles broadcasts in 2021

‘I’ll treasure that forever’: Gary Thorne not returning to Orioles broadcasts in 2021

With the coronavirus pandemic preventing Orioles fans from attending games in 2020, their only access to their favorite team came through the television and radio broadcasts, but even those lacked the familiarity of years past. That will continue into 2021. Advertisement After longtime broadcaster Jim Hunter, Gary Thorne confirmed Saturday that the team informed his agent last week that his contract would also not be renewed. The decisions mean the team’s television and radio broadcasts going forward will lack the play-by-play voices they have had for more than a decade. “It’s sad,” Thorne...

Jan 23
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‘Hellhole dumpster fire’: Ex-Baltimore business rep blames city, not pandemic, after closing Inner Harbor bar

‘Hellhole dumpster fire’: Ex-Baltimore business rep blames city, not pandemic, after closing Inner Harbor bar

A representative for the company that owns Dick’s Last Resort said the recent closure of the brash restaurant and bar’s location in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor had less to do with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic than with the city itself. Downtown Baltimore is a complete hellhole dumpster fire of violence and danger. Nobody in their right mind would operate a business there.” “Downtown Baltimore is a complete hellhole dumpster fire of violence and danger,” Ryan Carlson, director of operations for Deja Vu Services, Inc., wrote in an email to the Baltimore Sun. “Nobody in their right mind...

September 24, 2020
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Five takeaways from Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to reopen Maryland

Five takeaways from Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to reopen Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan talked about what it would take to lift the stay-at-home order and move to a road to recovery. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday announced his three-phase plan to eventually reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan called the plan a “,” supported by four pillars he has spoken about often in recent weeks: increases in testing, personal protective equipment, contact tracing and hospital surge capacity. Advertisement Here are five key takeaways from a plan that balances reopening the state’s economy while taking precautions against the continued spread of...

April 25, 2020
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Rep. Harris compares Maryland to N. Korea, delegate sues Hogan as opponents protest coronavirus restrictions

Rep. Harris compares Maryland to N. Korea, delegate sues Hogan as opponents protest coronavirus restrictions

Dozens of Marylanders again demonstrated against Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order, embarking on a caravan from Western Maryland to the lower Eastern Shore on Saturday. The ReOpen Maryland group against the governor’s mandates after holding one . Hogan’s stay-at home order is part of the Republican governor’s measures to deter the spread of the coronavirus, which has as of Saturday morning. Advertisement “Unbelievably, in America, I have been told that you can’t practice your religion and the state has decided that my religion is essential or nonessential,” Republican Rep. Andy Harris...

May 3, 2020
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With another Baltimore series in the works, David Simon swats down reports of ‘The Wire’ reunion

With another Baltimore series in the works, David Simon swats down reports of ‘The Wire’ reunion

Baltimoreans spending their quarantine rewatching “The Wire” won’t have a cast reunion to look forward to. Show creator David Simon shot down reports Friday that the show’s cast was reuniting for another series based in Baltimore. The rumors started flying when a French publication, Society, interviewed “The Wire” co-writer George Pelecanos, who mentioned that he, Simon and other writers were coming together for another series based in Baltimore around the city’s police department. Advertisement But as that report went from one language to another, others began circling that the cast was...

May 2, 2020
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Dr. Anthony Fauci serves as surprise guest speaker for Johns Hopkins virtual commencement

Dr. Anthony Fauci serves as surprise guest speaker for Johns Hopkins virtual commencement

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, surprised members of the Johns Hopkins University’s 2020 class Thursday by serving as a guest speaker of their virtual commencement ceremony. A member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and one of the nation’s foremost infectious disease experts, Fauci addressed the graduates for about a minute and a half as one of a handful of speakers during the ceremony, including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Advertisement “We are currently confronting an unprecedented global pandemic, and I am...

May 21, 2020
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Hospitalizations for the coronavirus climb again as Maryland reports 736 new infections

Hospitalizations for the coronavirus climb again as Maryland reports 736 new infections

For the second day in a row, Maryland officials reported an uptick in the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus even as the number of infections continued a downward trend. Gov. Larry Hogan’s office has been closely tracking hospitalizations as it determines the next steps in Maryland’s reopening plan. After tracking downward for much of May, hospitalizations rose by 36 Tuesday and 23 Wednesday, climbing to 1,338. Cases requiring intensive care remained flat at 520. Advertisement There were 102 new hospitalizations reported Wednesday, bringing the total of patients who have...

May 27, 2020
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