11:27 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Chesapeake Bay is Getting Better, Sort Of

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 11:40 am

The water is clearer, the underwater grasses are coming back and so are the oysters, if only incrementally, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s latest report on America’s largest estuary.

Pollution is declining and the dead zones are shrinking. And that’s all to the good. But two of the bay’s iconic species—crabs and rockfish—are in trouble. And the scores for other indicators, such as wetlands, toxics and nitrogen pollution did not change.

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2:30 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Ravens Paint Towson Purple

John Lee WYPR

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 2:34 pm

The Ravens grounds crew painted the team's logo on a hill at the Baltimore County Courthouse in Towson Monday morning. It was the first event of the week leading up to the Ravens/Patriots playoff game on Saturday.  Poe, the team mascot, the Ravens' cheerleaders and a few hearty fans were on hand.

2:50 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Hogan Names 'Bay Cabinet' Among New Administration Picks

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan responds to a question at a news conference Tuesday after naming six new members of his cabinet. He is flanked by Jimmy Rhee and Brig. Gen. Linda Singh, Hogan's picks for Special Secretary of Minority Affairs and Adjutant General, respectively.

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:19 pm

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan named more of his cabinet picks Tuesday, including what he called his "Bay Cabinet," the three departments that play the largest roles in policy related to the Chesapeake Bay.

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Deconstructing Vacants
10:38 am
Tue December 23, 2014

The Callow Avenue Comeback

While the 2200 block of Callow Avenue starts with occupied buildings, derelict buildings dominate the rest of the block.
P. Kenneth Burns WYPR

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:17 am

The 2200 block of Callow Avenue in Reservoir Hill has been described as the hole in the doughnut of redevelopment in that West Baltimore neighborhood.  "This is the core, development occurred all around it," said Carl Cleary, housing coordinator for the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council.

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Baltimore County
10:38 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Matter of Interest: Municipal Bond Ratings, Taxes and You.

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 10:08 am

Hockey has its hat trick. Basketball has a triple double. Baltimore County just hit a triple-triple. Howard County has too. And it means millions of dollars in savings for taxpayers.

Both counties have Triple A bond ratings from three different agencies: Standard and Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says only 38 counties nationwide have it.

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Inside Maryland Politics
10:36 am
Tue December 23, 2014

What Buck Showalter Can Teach Maryland's Legislators

Buck Showalter warming up before a game against the Colorado Rockies on August 16, 2013

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:25 am

WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to The Daily Record's Adam Bednar about what lessons in leadership Maryland legislators could learn from The Baltimore Orioles's manager, Buck Showalter.

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1:14 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Health Exchange Digs Into Data To Up Enrollment

Maryland Health Connection website

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 9:15 am

When you apply for health insurance on the exchange, you’ve got to put in some basic information. Age, location, gender and income are some of the data points that the health exchange collects from applicants-- race and ethnicity are optional on the application. Taken together, these data points help paint a picture of who and where the exchange has successfully reached.

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Deconstructing Vacants
1:13 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

When Vacant Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Vacant

This house on Stonewood Road in the New Northwood neighborhood of Northeast Baltimore is falling apart. However, city law says it's not vacant because the ground floor windows and doors are not boarded up.

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:12 am


There is a house on Stonewood Road in the New Northwood neighborhood in Northeast Baltimore that is clearly falling apart.

The rain gutters are hanging on their last hinges.  The shingles are peeling away from the roof. Rusted outdoor furniture is on the front porch and the railings are wrapped in weather beaten garland for the holidays. More Christmas decorations stick up from a couple of flower pots.

It looks as if neighbors have been trying to take care of the yard.  Someone had started bagging leaves.

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Common Core: A Work in Progress
1:12 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Blending The Arts And Common Core

Flamenco dancer Anna Menendez performs for students at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena as part of lessons that combined the Common Core standards for English literature with art forms.

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:59 am

Earlier this year, 20 Maryland teachers were paired with professional musicians, singers and other artists to develop week-long lessons connecting the arts with the Common Core standards.

The artists went through Common Core training, the teachers learned how to blend the arts into their instruction and the lessons the teams created together went live in some Maryland classrooms this week.

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11:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hogan Names First Four Cabinet Picks

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:22 pm

When Larry Hogan is sworn in next month, he’ll bring with him a whole new cabinet. The governor-elect started naming his cabinet picks Wednesday afternoon.

Hogan and his lieutenant governor – as well as his chief of staff, legislative director and his fiscal advisor – all served in former Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich’s administration. Another Ehrlich veteran, Jim Fielder, will join Hogan as appointments secretary. That’s the post that Hogan held a decade ago.

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