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Trump reverses course, orders flags lowered to half-staff to honor Capital Gazette victims

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President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the five staffers killed and two injured in a mass shooting last week at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, backtracking from an off-putting decision one day earlier.

Police: Five dead, more injured in Capital Gazette shooting

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A white male walked into the offices of Capital Gazette Communications near Annapolis with a shotgun and opened fire, killing five people and injuring two others, Anne Arundel County Police said.

Deputy Chief William Krampf said the two injuries were “superficial,” possibly related to broken glass from the gun blasts.

The victims were identified as Robert Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman and John McNamara.

Laurel resident Jarrod Ramos, 38, was taken into custody by police and later charged with five counts of first-degree murder. Ramos had previously sued the company for defamation and lost.

UMD-WaPo poll puts Jealous in the lead by five points; Hogan maintains strong support

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A joint poll by the University of Maryland and The Washington Post puts former NAACP president Ben Jealous in the lead for the Democratic nomination to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

But most voters remain undecided, and in potential match-ups, Hogan holds at least a 10-point lead over each of his challengers.

Baltimore would be ‘clean energy capital’ under Baker’s new green industry plan

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan, according to polls, would make Baltimore “the nation’s clean energy capital” under a new green jobs plan announced today.

Legislature passes bill to expand post-conviction relief

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By Alex Mann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Many bills remained in the balance as the minute hand ticked toward midnight on April 9, the last of Maryland’s 90-day legislative session.

Among them was legislation addressing the rights of criminals to petition for post-conviction relief–a process of challenging a conviction in court.

David Simon weighs in on a Md. Senate race, endorsing Laskin over Zirkin

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David Simon, the creator of “Wire,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “The Corner” and, most recently, “The Deuce,” has thrown his hat into the primary election for the Maryland State Senate seat in District 11, endorsing Democratic challenger Sheldon H. Laskin over the incumbent Sen. Bobby Zirkin.

As ‘House of Cards’ nears end, Maryland aims to remain film contender

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ANNAPOLIS— Eduardo Sanchez is sleeping in his own bed for once.

He’s taking a short break from work, but the majority of his time over the course of the next few months will be spent in Dallas, where the filmmaker best known for “The Blair Witch Project” is able to work on film and TV productions with what he says are better state tax incentives than in his Maryland.

Pugh says despite initial opposition, she won’t ask Hogan to veto state GTTF commission bill

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Gun Trace Task Force members (top row L-R) Thomas Allers, Momudo Gondo, Maurice Ward and Marcus Taylor, and (bottom row L-R) Jemell Rayam, Evodio Hendrix, Daniel Hersl and Wayne Jenkins. Images via the Baltimore Police Department.

Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday said her initial opposition to a state commission investigating the Gun Trace Task Force was that it would be “duplicative” of efforts by federal prosecutors and the city’s own police monitoring team, but she would not ask Gov. Larry Hogan to veto the legislation.

Election-year session ends with an eye on November

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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Overhauling state tax code in response to sweeping federal tax cuts, bolstering school safety after a shooting at a Southern Maryland high school and stabilizing health insurance markets in the wake of Congressional action were just a few of the myriad policy decisions the Maryland General Assembly addressed in 2018 during the 90-day legislative session.

A 2018 legislative obituary: Weed legalization, a ban on Styrofoam, gerrymandering and more

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Many lawmakers this morning are praising the now-concluded 2018 Maryland General Assembly session as a productive one. By the time the clock struck midnight last night, both houses had passed bills that, with the governor’s signature, would ban bump stocks and LGBT conversion therapy, shore up the market for Obamacare, revoke parental rights for rapists, ramp up school security and expand the state’s medical cannabis industry with 20 new licenses.

Specifically for Baltimore, politicians in Annapolis also passed legislation to protect more (but not all) residents from water lien tax sales, expand Safe Streets (as well as introduce regressive new mandatory minimum sentences) and form a commission to probe corruption by convicted Gun Trace Task Force officers.

But even with that sample flurry of legislative activity from the last 90 days, a number of high-profile bills floundered. We’re here this morning not to celebrate, but rather to pay our respects to the proposals that didn’t escape the State House.

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