Annapolis government, residents disagree over Eastport, Downtown development

By Greta Easthom Jammed in traffic on the Eastport drawbridge, Carly Anonsen, a teacher in a neighboring town, wonders how long it will take to get to work today, as the influx of cars crawl across. At least there is no downtown parade today. The bridge provides the shortest route from the quaint community of Eastport into Annapolis and other cities. Eastport residents require access … Continue reading Annapolis government, residents disagree over Eastport, Downtown development

Maryland denied federal funding to process untested rape kits

By Maria Trovato This month, the U.S. Justice Department announced $34 million in new grants to combat the massive backlog of unprocessed rape kits nationwide. But for the third year in a row, Maryland applied and failed to receive funding from this federal program and will not receive any of these grants. The state of Maryland is currently in major need for this type of … Continue reading Maryland denied federal funding to process untested rape kits

UMD’s ‘Mighty Sound of Maryland’ marching band kneels for national anthem

By Max Marcilla Many football games across America have started with players, coaches and even owners kneeling — or linking arms — during the playing of the national anthem. That movement had never reached the football games at the University of Maryland, possibly because its football team stays in the locker room during the anthem. But before Maryland football’s 37-21 loss to Northwestern, that familiar … Continue reading UMD’s ‘Mighty Sound of Maryland’ marching band kneels for national anthem

New Maryland laws increase protections for victims of sexual abuse

By Maria Trovato On Oct. 1, dozens of laws went into effect for the state of Maryland. Among these, several new laws focus on redefining sexual crimes and mark incredible progress for advocates of sexual assault victims. One new law states that evidence of physical resistance by the victim is no longer required to prove that a sexual attack took place. This new legislation ensures … Continue reading New Maryland laws increase protections for victims of sexual abuse

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen discusses partisanship, foreign policy at UMD’s Sadat Forum

By Jaqueline Zegler On Sept. 28 the University of Maryland held the 20th annual Sadat Forum, moderated by Professor Shibley Telhami.  This year’s guest was Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) who was invited to speak on the partisan divide in America and how it has changed since the election of President Donald Trump. Topics ranged from how Trump has deepened the divide to what the … Continue reading Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen discusses partisanship, foreign policy at UMD’s Sadat Forum

Meet the Candidates: Previewing Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial election

By Jason Fontelieu In such a divided political climate, each election is proving to be significant, whether it be at the local, state or national level. In 2014, Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor of Maryland, a traditionally Democratic state. As the 2018 gubernatorial race draws nearer, the early focus seems to be on the Democrats running for the nomination next to Hogan’s name on … Continue reading Meet the Candidates: Previewing Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial election

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, cancels classes on medical marijuana

By Jacqueline Zegler The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy announced last week that it will be canceling classes on the growth of medical marijuana.  The school cited concerns about what actions the Trump Administration will take regarding the Schedule I drug after receiving advice from the Maryland Attorney General’s office. In a statement to the Baltimore Sun, spokesperson for the University of Maryland at Baltimore … Continue reading The University of Maryland, Baltimore, cancels classes on medical marijuana

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan opposes GOP’s latest effort to repeal ACA

By Maria Trovato Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday released a statement calling for Congress to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill. This bill is the latest attempt by the GOP to repeal and replace former President Barrack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) “Unfortunately, the Graham-Cassidy bill is not a solution that works for Maryland,” the Republican governor said. “It will cost our … Continue reading Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan opposes GOP’s latest effort to repeal ACA

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz enters Democratic race for governor of Maryland

By Duncan Woodward Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz declared his candidacy for the Maryland governorship Sept. 18, adding yet another name to the already crowded democratic ticket. Kamenetz, a Baltimore County native and longtime local politician, made this announcement to a crowd of supporters in downtown Towson. Many believe Kamenetz, with his lengthy political resume and track record, can be a viable opponent against Republican … Continue reading Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz enters Democratic race for governor of Maryland

UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

By Noah Fortson One week after the Science March drew thousands to the nation’s capital, marchers once again took to the streets Saturday to advocate for the preservation of U.S. laws, regulations and agreements pertaining to climate change. The 90 degree weather didn’t stop crowds from showing up for the Peoples Climate March — the latest rally voicing concerns over President Donald Trump’s policies on environmental … Continue reading UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March