State balance sheet: inflation, supply, personnel all weigh on the restaurant industry; far-reaching police reforms ahead
INFLATION, OFFER, STAFF CHALLENGE IN THE CATERING INDUSTRY: Inflation, uncertainly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, and supply and staff shortages are among the biggest challenges facing the restaurant industry, the Restaurant’s president and CEO said on Friday. Association of Maryland, Marshall Weston, to Bryan Renbaum of MarylandReporter.com.
FRIDAY, THE RANGE POLICE REFORMS BEGIN TO COME INTO FORCE: Soon, when someone dies at the hands of police in Maryland, a new team of independent investigators will show up on the scene and unravel what happened. And when conduct complaints are made against officers, they will be public. The changes are part of the sweeping police reform laws passed by the Maryland General Assembly earlier this year which begins to take effect Friday. Jessica Anderson and Pamela Wood are reporting in the Baltimore Sun.
ADVOCACY TO WORK TOWARDS A DIVERSIFIED CANNABIS INDUSTRY: With the General Assembly likely to approve a marijuana legalization bill next year, advocates for entrepreneurs of color are taking action to ensure the state’s future pot the industry is as diverse as it gets. Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters writes that two seasoned lobbyists – the former Del. Michael Arrington (R) and former Republican Party Chairman John Kane – recently announced the formation of the Maryland Minority Cannabis Business Association.
STATUS OK USE OF PFIZER BOOSTER SHOTS: Governor Larry Hogan said on Friday that the health of the state officials authorized immediate use COVID-19 booster shots for Marylanders who have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, reports Bryan Sears of the Daily Record. The governor’s announcement is in line with the new authorization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
THE HOGAN TOLL ROADS PLAN IS REBUILT: The Maryland Department of Transportation’s P3 I-495 and I-270 program is a thing of the past. No, the agency has not ended its plan to add variable-price toll lanes on the two highways. But he is undertake a major overhaul controversial project, reports Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH FROSH’S CATHOLIC SEXUAL ABUSE INVESTIGATION: Three years after it became public that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh was investigating child sex abuse in the Catholic Church church, abuse survivors wonder: Is he setting up a business, or is the probe blocked? The Sun’s Alison Knezevich writes about the current position of the spacecraft.
AMERICAN DEPTY HUD SECTY B’MORE VISIT: The U.S. Under Secretary of Housing and Urban Development visited Baltimore on Friday, where she met with city officials and stopped at the medical clinic Health care for the homeless, reports Sarah Kim of WYPR-FM. Adrianne Todman, who was sworn in in June, said it was her first in-person visit to a city as deputy secretary of HUD.
LYNCHAGES AND NEWSPAPERS: In an article for the Cumberland News -Times, Teresa McMinn, in collaboration with the Allegany County Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Committee, writes about the complicity that newspapers of the time played at fomenting disinformation which lead to more lynchings.
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PRINCE GEORGE TO CELEBRATE “AFRICAN HERITAGE MONTH”: Maryland jurisdiction with largest African American population to officially honor these residents ancestry for the first time in its history. Amid colorful flags, clothing and packed lunches on Friday, Prince George County Director Angela Alsobrooks proclaimed September “African Heritage Month,” William Ford reported for the Washington Informer.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS FACING THE SHORTAGE OF BUS DRIVERS: Many counties in Maryland are still seeing impacted school bus routes as they face a shortage of drivers. In the city of Baltimore, the the school system offers a stipend of $ 250 to parents if they are transporting their own children to school this month. Trustees said the transportation allowance could extend beyond September, Elijah Westbrook reports for WBFF-TV.
COVID CASE BOARD IN THE DC REGION: Coronavirus cases appear to be leveling off in DC, Maryland and Virginia, with early signs of decline in the DC metro area – giving health officials hope the region’s vigor vaccination campaign has paid off, reports Rebecca Tan in the Post. More than 10.5 million people – or about 70% of the total population – have been at least partially vaccinated, exceeding the national rate.
POSITIVE CASES IN SLIGHTLY STATE: Maryland reported 1,114 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 new deaths, according to state health department data released Sunday morning, WJZ-TV reports. The percentage of people who tested positive decreased slightly from 0.18% to 4.22%.
B’MORE CHILD IN ICU WITH COVID-19: 12-year-old Baltimore City Schools student fights for his life after contracting COVID-19, reports Ray Strickland of WMAR-TV. “It’s so hard because there is nothing you can do,” her mother Jacorey Barney said. “You cannot take his place. Barney said she felt helpless watching Janiya try to fight the virus.
MO CO SCHOOLS DEPLOY A TEST PROTOCOL TO HELP PRESENCE: In another effort to limit the number of students forced into self-quarantine when potentially exposed to COVID-19, the Montgomery County school system plans to deploy a “test to stay” protocol soon. Caitlynn Peetz is reporting for Bethesda Beat. The initiative is gaining popularity across the country as school districts attempt to balance the need for in-person instruction with the need to limit the spread of COVID-19.
CARROLL STUDENTS ON THE SUMMER PROGRAM COLLECTED THE GRADES: Elementary and secondary students in Carroll County public schools have shown significant growth and 97% of high school students participants have recovered at least one loan while learning about summer recuperation, according to school officials, Kristen Griffith of the Carroll County Times reports.
4 CARDS CONSIDERED FOR CARROLL REDISTRICTING: Four proposed maps are reviewed by a seven-member redistribution committee to ensure that each of the five Carroll County Commissioners districts continue to have an equal population, reports Madison Bateman for the Carroll County Times.
TRANSIT STATE, FREDERICK OFFICIALS TO MEET: State transportation officials and Frederick County leaders to meet virtually Wednesday evening to discuss transport priorities and investments in the county. The annual meeting is the seventh of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s tour of the state’s 23 counties and the city of Baltimore to discuss the proposed Consolidated Transportation Program for fiscal year 2022-2027. Ryan Marshall reports in the Frederick News-Post.
HOTEL UNION IS GROWING FOR REHIRING: David Costello – whose company, IMH Columbia LLC, received more than $ 2 million in federal pandemic funds to help offset payrolls – showed no desire to bring more than 100 hotel employees have returned to work. And the hotel workers union is now wondering how Costello could have benefited from the paycheck protection program and not recall his workers. Ovetta Wiggins reports in the Washington Post.
THE TOY STORE CLOSES SO THE OWNER CAN RUN FOR THE B’MORE COUNCIL: After two decades of selling toys and building a community at Fells Point for families and caregivers, aMuse Toys, one of Baltimore’s last remaining specialty toy stores, is closing its doors. The treasure house of puzzles, puppets and games will close on Thursday as Claudia Towles, who owns the store with her husband, Tom Towles, bid for Baltimore City Council, reports Rose Wagner of The Sun.