BPW OKS SETTLEMENT: The Board of Public Works approved a settlement Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by the parents of a Frostburg State University football player who died of head injuries suffered on the practice field. Maryland will pay $50,000 to a foundation named for Derek Sheely, a 22-year-old fullback who collapsed in 2011 after preseason drills and died six days later following massive brain swelling, Michael Dresser reports for the Sun.
HOGAN QUESTIONS CITY SCHOOL RENOVATIONS: Gov. Larry Hogan Wednesday expressed concern that the city is using state money to renovate old schools slated for demolition in the near future as part of an unprecedented $1 billion, 10-year plan to modernize the city school facilities that involves the Maryland Stadium Authority. Comptroller Peter Franchot also questioned whether the city has failed to spend more than $100 million in previously approved renovation funds, reports Bryan Sears for the Daily Record.
BAKER BLASTS HOGAN AT CONVENTION: Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) used a speech to Marylanders at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday as an opportunity to bash Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, the latest sign that Baker is weighing a run for the state’s top office in 2018, Arelis Hernandez reports in the Post. Other potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates making the rounds at the convention include U.S. Rep. John Delaney and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
M O’M ADDRESSES DEMS: Former Gov. Martin O’Malley, appearing on a national stage for the first time in months, delivered a blistering attack Wednesday on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Democratic convention, John Fritze of the Sun reports. O’Malley, who ended his presidential campaign in February after finishing a distant third in Iowa, said Democrat Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, were “as tough as they come,” and then pivoted to Trump.
- “It’s time to put a bully racist in his place, and it’s time to put a strong woman in hers — the White House!” a shirt-sleeved O’Malley told the roaring delegates in the packed Wells Fargo Arena. His speech lasted less than five minutes, writes CNS’s Jess Nocera in MarylandReporter.com.
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FREDDIE GRAY REACTION: Despite the absence of successful prosecutions, reports Steve Lash in the Daily Record, Freddie Gray’s death from injuries sustained in custody in Baltimore will continue to prompt changes in the conduct of policing in the city and the state, Maryland legislators said Wednesday.
- Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s promises of justice nearly 15 months ago calmed a violent, broken city, bringing her instant national celebrity — even a Vogue magazine spread with photos by Annie Leibovitz — and talk of a sky’s-the-limit political future. She and her husband, City Council member Nick Mosby (D), reigned as Baltimore’s rising stars. But with her decision to drop the remainder of the cases against Baltimore police officers after three acquittals and a hung jury, that status is in doubt, Bill Turque and Elise Schmelzer report in the Post.
- Gov. Larry Hogan, who had called it “a waste of time and money” to continue trials of police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray’s death, said Wednesday the failures of the cases fall at the feet of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, reports Erin Cox of the Sun.
- Scott Dance of the Sun writes that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had a critical suggestion for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Wednesday: “I think she ought to prosecute herself.”
- WMAR-TV is reporting that state Sen. Catherine Pugh, who is the Democratic nominee for Baltimore mayor and therefore the likely winner, supports Mosby’s decision to drop the charges.