Politics & Business

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

Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr

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.

Hogan orders special election for Cummings’ seat

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Gov. Larry Hogan today ordered a special election to fill the seat for Maryland’s 7th District in the House of Representatives, a position held for decades by the late Elijah Cummings.

According to state law, a primary election must be held at least 65 days after the governor’s proclamation, and a general election at least 65 days after that.

Candidates can begin filing on Wednesday, and have until Nov. 20 to do so. There’s a Nov. 22 deadline for dropping out of the race.

Local officials celebrate Ferguson being picked for Senate president

State Sen. Bill Ferguson, right, poses with State Sen. Mary Washington. Image via Instagram.

In recent years, some have said Baltimore’s political clout in Annapolis is declining, with economist Anirban Basu likening the city’s influence to a “fading star” compared with other jurisdictions.

So the news today that one of the city’s state senators, Bill Ferguson of the 46th District, was picked as the successor to longtime Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller was embraced by Baltimore’s political leaders as a chance to have an advocate in a position of influence.

Miller to step down as Senate president, Baltimore Sen. Ferguson tapped to replace him

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. at a news conference in Annapolis. Photo by Elliott Davis/Capital News Service.

By Elliott Davis
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland—Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. announced Thursday that he is stepping down from the position he’s held for more than three decades as he continues to battle cancer.