Politics & Business

Lyft, city partner on flat fare for South and West Baltimore residents buying groceries

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Under an agreement with the city, Lyft drivers will take residents of some South and West Baltimore neighborhoods to buy groceries for a flat $2.50 fare, no matter the distance traveled to get to the store.

The Grocery Access Program, as it’s called, will give eight rides to the store per month, from Nov. 18, 2019 to April 30, 2020, to 200 car-less residents who live in healthy food priority areas, previously known as food deserts, without a neighborhood grocery store offering nutritional foods such as fresh produce.

Mayor says ‘I’m not committing the murders’ in response to Y director’s op-ed

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When asked about an op-ed from the president and CEO of the Y in Central Maryland decrying a lack of leadership, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young wanted to make one thing clear: He’s not the one murdering people in the city.

“I’m not committing the murders, and that’s what people need to understand,” he said.

Neither is Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. And these killings are not being committed by the members of the Baltimore City Council, either.

MD lawmakers announce $2.2 billion school construction plan

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr., D-Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s, speaks at a news conference at Forest Heights Elementary School on Nov. 6, 2019 announcing a $2.2 billion school construction and renovation plan for the state. Capital News Service photo by Elliott Davis.

By Elliott Davis
Capital News Service

FOREST HEIGHTS — Sen. Bill Ferguson, likely Maryland’s next Senate president, stood in Forest Heights Elementary—a school shut down temporarily for safety reasons—on Wednesday, and said the building “tells its own story” when it comes to education in the state.

“We can, we must and we will do better,” Ferguson (D-Baltimore) said during a news conference.

Ferguson, along with other Democratic leaders from both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, and other officials, announced Wednesday a $2.2 billion plan to build and renovate schools across the state that will be taken up during the 2020 legislative session.

Mayor Young says Harrison’s crime plan is starting to take hold, asks for community help

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young appears on WYPR’s “Midday with Tom Hall” on Nov. 6, 2019. Image via Facebook.

Across two interviews today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Police Commissioner Michael Harrison’s crime plan is working, even as shootings and homicides continue apace.

At his weekly press conference, the mayor said the micro-zones police have targeted under the commissioner’s strategy are seeing results, but criminals have now relocated.

“They’re moving out, so we have to start shifting,” he said.

Cardin, Van Hollen call for reauthorization of HBCU funds

Morgan State University.

By Dan Novak
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON– Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Maryland may lose more than $4 million in federal funding if Congress does not reauthorize mandatory spending for those institutions beyond the current academic year.

Maryland’s HBCUs “face a funding cliff due to congressional inaction,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

Under Armour stock tumbles 17 percent after report of DOJ, SEC investigation

Under Armour’s headquarters, photo via Wikimedia Commons

Under Armour stock is down 17 percent today after CNBC and The Wall Street Journal reported the Baltimore-based athletic apparel company is being investigated by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission over its accounting practice.

The company’s stock was trading at $17.45 per share by mid-day Monday after previously closing at $21.14.

New cybersecurity committee to meet for first time following ransomware attack

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A city council committee formed in the wake of a ransomware attack that crippled municipal networks is set to hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday.

The Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness Committee is scheduled to meet in the “Du” Burns Council Chambers at City Hall on Nov. 6 at 5 p.m.

City Council President Brandon Scott, who formed the committee after the May cyber attack, said the group will review the soft spots in the city’s networks that allowed the breach to happen and how future strikes can be prevented.

Board approves $9 million for five wrongly convicted men

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By Teresa Johnson
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved compensation of approximately $9 million for five men wrongly convicted and later exonerated.

The exonerees are set to receive different award amounts based on the amount of time they spent in prison.

Comptroller Peter Franchot said that they will receive approximately $78,000 for every year they spent in incarceration.

Former police spokesman T.J. Smith officially joins the mayor’s race

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Former Baltimore police spokesman T.J. Smith today launched his candidacy for mayor, pitching himself as someone who can shake-up the political status quo.

Standing a short distance from the site where his younger brother Dionay was fatally shot, Smith said the city’s political class has become fixated with 300 annual murders as a measuring stick for success.

State Sen. Jill Carter considering run for Cummings’ seat

State Sen. Jill Carter (D-41st District) speaks at a press conference at City Hall. Photo via Baltimore Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement.

Baltimore State Sen. Jill P. Carter announced today she is considering a run for the late Elijah Cummings’ congressional seat.

Citing the her civil rights record, learned from activist father Walter P. Carter, and Cummings’ nickname for her as the “People’s Champion,” Carter cast herself as an appropriate candidate to fill the longtime Congressman’s shoes.