Politics & Business

Washington and Baltimore to observe three days of Cummings memorials

Image via Elijah Cummings’ website

By Dan Novak and Gabrielle Wanneh
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON – The nation’s capital and the late Elijah Cummings’s hometown of Baltimore are observing three days of commemorations of his life this week, slightly slowing the House impeachment inquiry.

But Cummings’ oversight panel intends to carry on his work, Acting Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) said.

Reports: Young is jumping in the mayor’s race

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is running to keep the city’s top job, according to multiple reports, pitting Baltimore’s top two officials against each other in the April 2020 primary election.

The Baltimore Brew reported this morning that Young would be making a formal announcement on Saturday. In an interview with The Sun‘s Luke Broadwater this afternoon, Young made it official–after previously saying he wouldn’t seek the office.

Kevin Plank to step down as CEO of Under Armour

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank in 2016. Photo via Maryland GovPics/Flickr.

Kevin Plank is stepping down as CEO of Under Armour, the athletic apparel he founded more than two decades ago and built into a giant with more than $5 billion in revenue, at the end of 2018.

President and COO Patrik Frisk will take over CEO duties on Jan. 1, and Plank will stay on as chairman of the board and “brand chief,” the firm announced this morning.

Poll: Md. voters would pick Hogan over Van Hollen in hypothetical 2022 Senate matchup

Gov. Larry Hogan (left) and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen

A new poll makes a case for Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to take on incumbent Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat, for his seat in 2022.

Baltimore mourns Elijah Cummings, its native son and champion

Community artist Christopher Johnson drew a chalk drawing of Rep. Elijah Cummings at Greenmount West Community Center near the late congressman’s home. (Samantha Hawkins/Capital News Service)

By Samantha Hawkins
Capital News Service

Baltimore was quiet today as the city mourned the loss of its longtime champion and advocate Elijah Cummings.

The Democratic congressman passed away at the age of 68 in the early hours of Thursday morning from longstanding health challenges, according to his office.

A civil rights giant and congressman for more than 22 years, Cummings was remembered for his calm during the Baltimore riots in 2015 and for his investigations of President Donald Trump.

But his neighbors in Baltimore also remember Cummings for his faith and his friendship.

Rudy Chow to step down as Baltimore DPW director in February

Outgoing DPW Director Rudy Chow (at center) along side former Mayor Catherine Pugh (left) and 11th District Councilman Eric Costello (right). Photo via Mayor Catherine Pugh/Twitter.

After nine years serving with Baltimore’s Department of Public Works, most of that time as its director, Rudy Chow is set to retire next February.

Election to fill Cummings’ congressional seat expected for next year

Rep. Elijah Cummings addresses a crowd at a November 2018 protest in Baltimore. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

By Emily Top
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland–The U.S. Constitution requires that vacancies in the House of Representatives be filled by an election.

Elected officials, advocates remember late Baltimore Rep. Elijah Cummings

Image via Elijah Cummings’ website

Elijah Cummings, the son of former sharecroppers who rose to serve in the halls of the Maryland State House and Congress, totaling 36 years in elected office, has died. He was 68.

Hogan orders traffic solutions for ongoing Bay Bridge fixes

Credit: Ben Schumin, via Wikimedia Commons

By Eric Myers
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday that he was “furious” about the traffic backups around the Bay Bridge in recent weeks that have resulted from a resurfacing project on the westbound span’s right lane.

Scott calls on mayor to commit projected $34M surplus to HVAC improvements for city schools

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

Weeks after about 50 AC-less city schools ended classes early on multiple hot days, and months before chilly weather sets in, Council President Brandon Scott has asked the mayor to commit a projected $34 million surplus to address inadequate cooling and heating in schools.