US Senator Barbara Mikulski is calling on the Obama administration to crack down on seafood processors that are fraudulently labeling imported crab meat as a product of the Chesapeake Bay. Governor Martin O’Malley is renewing his call for the American people to help the tens of thousands of Central American children who’ve been apprehended while crossing the US Mexico border in recent months. Plus: Baltimore’s new curfew law, Anne Arundel County’s back to school program, “goods for guns,” tonight’s Ravens open practice & fireworks, and much more.
O’Malley Renews Call For US To Shelter Central American Children: Governor Martin O’Malley is renewing his call for the American people to help the tens of thousands of Central American children who’ve been apprehended while crossing the US Mexico border in recent months. At an event in Nebraska on Saturday, O’Malley said that it would be uncompassionate to send the children back to their home countries, where he’s said they would face “a certain death.” The Washington Post notes that O’Malley says he’s working to find locations in Maryland where the children could be housed.
Peroutka Urged To Disassociate With League Of The South: The pressure is mounting for Republican Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Peroutka to disassociate himself from the League of the South. That organization has been has been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its views on race. The League wants the southern states to secede from America… and calls Peroutka its “Southern Nationalist candidate.” Delegate Steve Schuh – the Republican nominee for Anne Arundel County Executive – met with Peroutka last week, and called on him to “resign” from the group. Schuh tells the Capital Gazette that Peroutka has assured him he doesn’t share the League’s desire for secession. And on Friday, Joe Cluster -- the executive director of the Maryland Republican Party -- met with Peroutka, and asked him to disassociate himself from the league; Cluster says that Peroutka “gave no answer on what he was doing.”
Mikulski Urges Crackdown On Deceptive Seafood Labeling: US Senator Barbara Mikulski is calling on the Obama administration to crack down on seafood processors who are fraudulently labeling imported crab meat as a product of the Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Sun reports that Mikulski has joined several Virginia lawmakers in writing a letter to the President, urging that a task force that was formed to stop illegal fishing be required to focus on deceptive labeling as well. Mikulski says that deceptive labeling “threatens the livelihood” of watermen from Maryland and Virginia.
With Stricter Curfew Set To Begin, Community Voices Concern: WYPR's Fraser Smith and Roberto Alejandro of the Afro talk about the stricter curfew law that will take effect in Baltimore on August 8th and the community's concerns about its implementation. It’s this morning’s edition of Inside Maryland Politics.
Anne Arundel’s Back To School Program: Anne Arundel County officials are urging county residents to donate money to the county school system’s back to school program. The program provides school supplies to underprivileged elementary and middle school students. This year, about 72-hundred students are in need of supplies … that’s a little less than 10 percent of the students who attend Anne Arundel schools. The Capital Gazette reports that the county still needs about $150-thousand to ensure all needy students have the supplies they need.
Baltimore “Goods For Guns” Program: Baltimore city officials say the gun buyback program is a continuing success, judging from the turnout at a “Goods for Guns” program held on Saturday. They say hundreds lined up at All Saints Catholic Church on Saturday to swap firearms for food. Some 231 weapons were collected at the event, all of which will be destroyed. The guns’ former owners got $100 Shoprite gift cards when they traded the weapons in. Organizers say they collected more than 400 guns at a similar event in 2012. The Baltimore Sun has more.
New East Baltimore Lab Nears Completion: East Baltimore will soon be home to a new health and technology research lab. The 17-thousand square foot facility is nearing completion at the Baltimore Science and Technology Park at Johns Hopkins. When it opens, the lab will be the site of research on topics including infectious disease and bioterrorism agents. WJZ has more.
Russell Street Back Open: After weeks of construction and heavy traffic, outbound lanes are back open along busy Russell Street. However, the Department of Transportation says if you're traveling inbound on Russell Street, there will still be some restrictions. The construction included moving utility lines, resurfacing the road and creating entrances for the new Horseshoe Casino, which is paying for all of the construction. For those concerned that the new casino will cause traffic like there's been during construction, transportation officials say the casino's peak hours won't overlap with rush hour. The casino is set to open in less than a month. WJZ has more.
APG Could Lose Jobs: Changes at Aberdeen Proving Ground could cost Harford County more than 6-thousand jobs in the coming years. That’s according to the Army's 2020 Force Structure Alignment report. According to the Baltimore Sun, the report says APG itself could lose 43-hundred jobs… with an additional 18-hundred jobs off the base potentially being lost as well. The Harford County-based group “The Army Alliance” is sponsoring what it calls a Community Call to Action to discuss the report. It’ll take place at Aberdeen High School on August 4th starting at 6pm.
Baltimore Baseball: The Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 4 to 3 yesterday, in a 10 inning game. The O’s are off today; tomorrow, they’ll be back home in Baltimore to start a 3 game series with the LA Angels.
Baltimore Football (and Fireworks!): The Ravens hold an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium; the gates open at 5:30, and practice is set to start at 7:00. Tonight’s events conclude with fireworks.
Ravens Tickets – All Gone For First Home Games: If you don’t have tickets to a Ravens game this season – and you want some – you’ll likely have to act fast. The first four home games sold out in half an hour when they went on sale on Friday. Ticket sellers say there are a limited number of tickets at face value for the remaining games. WMAR has more.