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With new plan on pause, Ellicott City business owners feel stuck

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Len Berkowitz, 74, and wife Sherry Fackler-Berkowitz, 65, stand in now-gutted Great Panes Art Glass Studio on Ellicott City’s Main Street. (Chris Cioffi/Capital News Service)

By CHRIS CIOFFI
Capital News Service

After a 2016 flood destroyed Great Panes Art Glass Studio on this city’s Main Street, the owners resolved to rebuild.

Sherry Fackler-Berkowitz, 65, has run the business in the historic mill town with her husband Len Berkowitz, 74, for 40 years. They have owned a stone-and-stucco building where their studio is now for 35 years.

But after a second flood earlier this year destroyed their studio again, the Berkowitzes want out. They and other business owners are now stuck in limbo as arguments rage over the future of quaint and picturesque Ellicott City.

State legislators call for health insurance down payment plan

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Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

By Harrison Cann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland —Marylanders without health insurance would be required to pay a state penalty that can go toward purchasing coverage, under legislation to be introduced next year by state Sen. Brian Feldman and Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk.

Proponents touted the plan Tuesday morning at a news conference, followed by a scheduled legislative hearing on health care in Annapolis.

Despite victory, Hogan calls midterms a ‘repudiation’ of Trump

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A day after winning re-election in the Maryland governor’s race, Larry Hogan, center, held a celebratory press conference. (Photo by Brooks DuBose/Capital News Service)

By Brooks DuBose
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A day after winning re-election in the Maryland governor’s race, Gov. Larry Hogan held a congratulatory press conference in which he looked ahead to his next four years, and mused on the reasons for his win, including disconnection from the policies of President Donald Trump.

Hogan aims to be Md.’s first two-term GOP governor in 64 years

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Republican incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan answers questions following the lone gubernatorial debate at Maryland Public Television in Owings Mills, Maryland, on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Photo by Brooks DuBose/Capital News Service)

By Brooks DuBose
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — The applause was raucous, snapping through a spacious hotel meeting room in Annapolis.

At a Maryland Municipal League conference this month, both candidates for governor spoke, but one was met with more enthusiasm. Much more.

The ovation was for Gov. Larry Hogan as he emerged from a side door and jogged to the stage with an ease that belied his 62 years.

Jealous aims to be Maryland’s first African-American governor

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Ben Jealous, Maryland Democratic candidate for governor, steps off his campaign bus to speak to reporters prior to a gubernatorial forum at the Maryland Municipal League conference in Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (Photo by Brooks DuBose/Capital News Service)

By Brooks DuBose
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Ben Jealous is exhausted but optimistic.

The Democratic candidate for Maryland governor conceded as much in an Oct. 15 interview with Capital News Service.

“You can see I’m a little weary after 500 days of … campaigning, but I am extremely optimistic that we’ll win this general the same way we won the primary,” Jealous said. “We’’l defy every pollster and every pundit. Then we’ll win.”

Who else is running in Maryland’s gubernatorial race?

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Green party gubernatorial candidate Ian Shlakman (left) and Libertarian party candidate Shawn Quinn. Photos via Capital News Service.

By Harrison Cann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Despite the gubernatorial race being centered on Republican Larry Hogan and Democrat Ben Jealous, there are more than two names on the ballot for the state’s highest office.

Preservation group report challenges Howard County’s flood plan

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The Ellicott Theater in the Historic District on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo by Howard R. Fletcher/Capital News Service)

By Howard R. Fletcher
Capital News Service

ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland — In a move to slow down Howard County’s flood mitigation plan, which would demolish 10 buildings in historic Ellicott City, a preservation group on Wednesday released a report that questions county officials’ decision-making methodology.

Juvenile detention centers use yoga to teach mindfulness

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Boys at the detention center follow Jackson and Carter in “downward dog” on Sept. 25, 2018. (Courtesy of Eric Solomon)

By Savannah Williams
Capital News Service

Ten young men file into the gym, wearing identical maroon polos, white undershirts, navy sweats, white socks and black, laceless shoes. Soon, they’re removing those shoes and placing them behind 10 royal-blue yoga mats, rolled out on the basketball court floor.

The gym smells faintly of sweat and rubber, and life-size posters of Ravens football players are displayed around the room’s cinder block walls.

The two instructors lead the boys in slow, calming breaths, and show them how to roll their heads in lethargic circles to stretch and loosen up their necks.

“Do what’s comfortable for you,” one says.

Howard County approves $17 million for Ellicott City flood plan

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The lower half of Main Street past the Caplan’s building are the main properties proposed for removal in the historic district on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo by Howard R. Fletcher/Capital News Service)

By Howard R. Fletcher
Capital News Service

ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland—The Howard County Council in a narrow 3-2 vote approved two bills on Monday night that will allocate nearly $17 million toward a controversial five-year flood mitigation plan for Ellicott City.

Hogan and Jealous square off in lone debate

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Democratic challenger Ben Jealous shakes hands with incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at the lone 2018 Maryland gubernatorial debate on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Owings Mills, Maryland. Photo by Larry Canner/Maryland Public Television.

By Brooks DuBose
Capital News Service

OWINGS MILLS, Maryland — Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and his Democratic challenger, Ben Jealous, on Monday painted starkly different portraits of both each other and the direction they would take the state in the lone debate of the 2018 Maryland governor’s race.

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