State Roundup, May 18, 2017

State regulators issue first medical marijuana grow license to Stevenson firm; federal appeals court orders Purple Line plaintiffs to respond quickly to state request; Del. Moon urges fellow Democrats to not endorse gubernatorial candidates too early; 1st declared Dem candidate for governor announces computer science education platform; Del. Reznick won’t run for Congress; Severna Park man on list for FBI chief; U.S. Rep. Brown proposes bill to curb ability of a president to fire FBI chief; U.S. Deputy Atty Gen Rosenstein taps special prosecutor; H. Clinton to speak in Baltimore; and wish Brooks Robinson a happy 80th birthday.

Pedestrian casualties mount in Langley Park as officials defer action

At least 138 pedestrians have been struck by vehicles in the past eight years on a lethal two-mile stretch of state highway that runs through Langley, Park Md., a low-income immigrant community in the Washington suburbs. Eight have died. A Capital News Service analysis of state accident data from 2009 through 2016 documented the casualties on University, a roadway that officials say wasn’t designed for the largely immigrant walking community now living along it in Prince George’s County. (It’s a long story, but worth the slog comparing what happened in College Park with what has not happened in Langley Park.)

State Roundup, May 17, 2017

Gov. Hogan says he’d like to keep Preakness in Baltimore, is willing to talk about state funding. Debate, however, heats up over Laurel move; FAA says it will work to find solutions to BWI noise; Baltimore city mistakenly sells water bill tax liens from stadiums; state launches new apprenticeship program; more than a dozen women, graduating from Emerge, ready to run for office; Del. McKay considers running for office closer to home; and Atty. Gen. Sessions speaks in Baltimore.

Columbia at 50 Part 11: Recreation and the Role of the Columbia Association

Keeping a sports facility open that runs consistently at a big loss may seem like a poor financial decision. Yet it is completely consistent with the original philosophy behind the Columbia Association. As Columbia got started, every one of the amenities and facilities ran at a loss, not to mention the debt it took to build them. As Columbia looks to the future, CA not only wants to keep the pools and athletic facilities open, but to keep Jim Rouse’s vision alive.

State Roundup, May 16, 2017

Medical marijuana firm seeks injunction against cannabis panel on issuing final licenses; Gov. Hogan asks FAA to intervene over noise problems at BWI; Pimlico owners want track rebuilt at taxpayer expense. But should Preakness stay in Baltimore?; Hogan sets 4th bill signing ceremony; with stalled work visa expansion, some seafood businesses stall; new PAC to recruit Muslim Americans to run for office; PAC founder Hamzah Khan to run for House of Delegates; and Deputy Atty. Gen. Rosenstein says he isn’t worried about reputation after Comey firing.

State Roundup, May 15, 2017

U.S. Atty. General Sessions’ tough stance on drug abusers runs against Maryland’s bipartisan Justice Reinvestment Act; OK on off-shore wind project splits renewable energy advocates, Eastern Shore property owners; proposed insurance hikes worry consumer advocates; Arundel Councilman Grasso sets sights on Sen. DeGrange’s seat; Gov. Hogan heads to Trump resort for GOP governors’ confab; U.S. Rep. Raskin offers legislation to enable use of 25th Amendment; and Kirby Delauter to run for Frederick County exec.

Rascovar: Preakness Week and Pimlico’s future

Kentucky may have the biggest horse race of the year but Maryland has the most entertaining “people’s party” on the infield at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day, which takes place Saturday. It’s an important day for the city and state’s economy, but how can it continue in those antiquated facilities?

State Roundup, May 12, 2017

The Public Service Commission approves plans that could make Maryland waters home to first and largest offshore wind projects; Gov. Hogan takes his government to Carroll, address bipartisanship, economic growth and the opioid crisis; Maryland gives out $8.5 million for medical research projects; Justice Roberts OKs delay in hearing on Maryland’s assault weapons ban; Hogan pushes judge to decide Purple Line case; FBI raids Annapolis consulting firm that caters to Republicans; and President Trump may be visiting Camp David, finally.

Bay underwater grasses up 8%; highest acreage in decades is sign of health

Underwater grasses, one of the most closely watched indicators of Chesapeake Bay health, surged to the highest levels seen in decades, according to survey results for 2016. This is the second straight year that grasses have set a record. Nearly 100,000 acres of the Bay’s and its tidal tributaries were covered by the underwater meadows, which provide habitat for juvenile fish and blue crabs, as well as food for waterfowl.