Ravens HC John Harbaugh names Lamar Jackson starter, Joe Flacco backup

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By Bo Smolka

The Baltimore Ravens are officially Lamar Jackson’s team now.

Head coach John Harbaugh left no doubt, declaring Jackson will be the starter rather than a healthy Joe Flacco when the Ravens host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium Dec. 16.

Event pick: Deck out gingerbread houses at Das Bier Haus or Das Bierhalle

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It’s the best time of year to be a confectionary architect. Personally, I’ve never been too skilled in the European tradition of gingerbread house making, though it’s easy to appreciate the craft (as well as the ingredients, if and when the builders are willing to see their creations dismantled and devoured).

Olszewski appeals to GM to reconsider closing White Marsh plant, invites CEO to visit

Image via the UAW Local 239’s Facebook page.

Weeks after General Motors announced the closure of its plant in White Marsh, costing the county more than 300 jobs, County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. has asked the company’s leadership to reconsider.

Inspector general: Former head of city’s retirement system violated spending rules for $298,678 in renovations, new furniture

7 E. Redwood St., home to the Employee Retirement System. Photo via Google Street View.

Months ago, Roselyn Spencer left her post as the longtime head of the city’s retirement system after the inspector general found she misspent more than $218,000 on renovations to the agency’s 12th and 13th floor offices on E. Redwood Street. Today, the the same watchdog released new findings indicating she spent even more–nearly $300,000–including expenses on furniture for her own office and cosmetic improvements for the agency’s board room.

Gov. wants $1.9B of casino revenue to go toward school construction

Gov. Larry Hogan announces a bill for the Building Opportunity Fund flanked by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, left, and Budget Secretary David Brinkley, right. Photo via Facebook Live.

Following the passage of a referendum mandating the state put revenue from casinos toward education, Maryland will have an additional $4.4 billion over the next decade to put toward education, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

Of that, Hogan wants to put an additional $1.9 billion over five years, from 2020 to 2024, toward school construction, bringing total state funding to $3.5 billion during that period. The governor will submit a bill during the legislative session to establish what he’s calling the Building Opportunity Fund.

Zahlco picked to rehab historic Mayfair Theatre site, apartments and retail building planned

Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr

After numerous attempts, the Baltimore Development Corporation has succeeded in finding a developer to rehab what remains of the historic Mayfair Theatre and an adjacent lot that previously housed the Franklin-Delphy Hotel.