Republican Larry Hogan will be the first gubernatorial candidate to take part in the state’s public financing system in a general election in two decades. A look at Maryland’s new bail hearing system. A report on a summer camp that serves homeless kids. Plus: changes to Baltimore’s suspension policy, staffing concerns at a Towson courthouse, Wayne Curry’s funeral, and more.
Hogan To Use Public Financing For General Election: Republican Larry Hogan says his gubernatorial campaign will take part in Maryland’s public financing system. This marks the first time in two decades that taxpayer donations will be used to fund a statewide general election bid. The Hogan campaign will get a $2.6-million check to pay for its work… but that money comes with strings attached. The campaign won’t be allowed to spend any more than $6.3-million on the election… that’s the sum of the check and the amount of money that state and local parties are allowed to donate to gubernatorial campaigns. Hogan faces Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown in the general election, and Brown will likely spend far more. In the Democratic primary, Brown spent about $9-million, and the Washington Post reports that he’s already fundraising for the general. The Baltimore Sun has more here.
New Bail System Increases Fairness & Due Process: Maryland’s brand-new bail hearing system seems to be operating smoothly, according to WYPR’s Senior News Analyst Fraser Smith. He comments in his weekly essay.
Summer Camp Serves Homeless 12- & 13-Year-Olds For First Time: Many homeless parents in Baltimore City depend on free summer camps to give their children a place to go during the day. Such camps were available for all ages… except 12 and 13 year old homeless students. This summer, St. Vincent de Paul expanded its camp to include that age group. WYPR’s Gwendolyn Glenn has more.
Changes To Suspension Policy For Young Baltimore Students: Baltimore City School officials are making it more difficult to suspend kindergarteners and pre-kindergarteners. The new policy goes into effect in the next school year. Under it, principals will have to consult with the central office before suspending students aged 4 and 5 years old for any length of time. Baltimore city saw 33 suspensions of pre-K students and 181 suspensions of kindergarteners in the 2012-2013 school year, the last year for which data are available. The Baltimore Sun has more.
Metro Train Stoppage: The Maryland Transit Administration is looking into the stoppage of a Metro train in West Baltimore yesterday. The train stopped just after 5pm. when a breaker was tripped at the Mondawmin substation and the Cold Spring station. Riders pulled the emergency brakes and some exited and began to walk on the tracks. When power was restored at about 5:40, MTA Police had to remove those people from the tracks and that delayed the restart until nearly 6pm. The Baltimore Sun has more.
Wayne Curry’s Funeral Is Today: A funeral service will be held today for former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry. A public viewing will start at 9:30 this morning at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro followed by the service at 11 a.m. The 63-year-old Curry died last week. The Capital Gazette has more.
Chemicals At Anne Arundel Pool Hospitalize 35: At An incident at an Anne Arundel County swimming pool which sent 35 people to the hospital yesterday is being blamed on a mechanical malfunction. It happened at YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater, where excessive chemicals were released into the water. County fire officials say camp employees realized there was a problem around 10:00 yesterday morning, ordered children out of the water and into the showers, then called 911. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The Capital Gazette has more here; there’s more here from the Baltimore Sun.
Staffing Concerns At Towson Courthouse: Baltimore County deputies say understaffing has led to concerns about security at the circuit courthouse in Towson. The president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25 tells the Baltimore Sun that eleven deputies have left since 2010, and the positions have not been filled. County officials say the department is regularly evaluated for efficiency and it's installing improved security cameras and other upgrades.
State Police K-9 Teams Can Detect Explosives Carried By People: Maryland State Police will graduate four K-9 teams tomorrow that can detect explosives being carried by a person. The teams have undergone 12 weeks of intense training to not only search and find explosives in buildings or vehicles, but also explosive agents carried by humans. Maryland State Police will become the first state police agency in the nation to have K-9 teams trained with such skills. There’s more here from the Belair Patch.
“Battle Of The Beltways”: The Orioles fell 6 to 2 to the Washington Nationals in last night’s game. Even with the loss, the O’s remain at the top of the American League East. The Orioles play the Nationals again tonight at Camden Yards; first pitch is set for 7:05pm.