State Roundup: Moore says O’s negotiations could create stadium redevelopment road map; the governor’s travels; Baltimore Police report highlights lapses in action before shooting

State Roundup: Moore says O’s negotiations could create stadium redevelopment road map; the governor’s travels; Baltimore Police report highlights lapses in action before shooting

O’s TALKS CAN PRODUCE MAP TO STADIUM REDEVELOPMENT, SAY MOORE: Gov. Wes Moore said Wednesday that negotiations with the Orioles can produce not only a new stadium lease binding the team to Baltimore for years, but a redevelopment road map benefiting the city and state. The governor also predicted the club he adores will host World Series games this fall. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.

THE GOVERNOR’s TRAVELS: Gov. Wes Moore has donned yarmulkes in synagogues and talked about his faith in churches, sat with grieving families and rallied crowds of thousands, toured small businesses and met with executives in the United Kingdom, cheered at Orioles games and spent evenings at the White House. But his full calendar, received through a Maryland Public Information Act request, reveals meetings and trips that were not announced at the time — from a call with former President Barack Obama to a day in New York City meeting with CEOs and lunching at an expensive club. Sam Janesch/The Baltimore Sun.

OPINION: IT’s TIME FOR ECONOMIC DISCIPLINE IN STATE GOVERNMENT: At the recent MACo Conference in Ocean City, Gov. Wes Moore did an admirable job forthrightly describing Maryland’s serious economic challenges and projected budget shortfalls. But even while saying he wanted to be “clear-eyed” regarding the “new season of challenge for Maryland,” and proclaiming “the time for discipline is now,” he failed to provide any details regarding a path forward to address the challenge. The truth is that a sharp turn away from Maryland’s traditional big spending, high tax policies will be required if Moore and the state legislature wish to resolve Maryland’s fiscal woes that produce a stagnant economy. Randolph May/Real Clear Politics.

HOWARD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THREATENING DELEGATE: A former classmate of Del. Nick Allen admitted in federal court to sending harassing threats to Allen, calling him a “baby killing terrorist” and claiming he would get Allen excommunicated from the Catholic Church for expressing support for transgender people. Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.

  • According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, Adam Michael Nettina, 34, of West Friendship, left multiple voicemails on the night of March 28, 2023, at the Human Rights Campaign. In the expletive-laced messages, Nettina made multiple threats, including “We’ll cut your throats. We’ll put a bullet in your head.” He was arrested for the threats on March 31. As part of the plea agreement, threats to lawmakers were made public. According to the plea, Nettina made a threat on March 31, 2022, to Allen, then a candidate for the House of Delegates who had posted a message of support on social media in honor of the Trans Day of Visibility. Danielle Gaines/Maryland Matters.

MOORE CELEBRATES LABOR DAY MASS: Gov. Wes Moore (D) came to St. Camillus in Silver Spring late Wednesday afternoon to attend the church’s annual Labor Day mass. The service attracted roughly 150 union members, most wearing T-shirts or golf shirts from their unions. Some, including at least three Montgomery County police officers, came in their work uniforms. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

INTERNAL REPORT: B’MORE POLICE FAILED TO ACT BEFORE SHOOTING: The report by Baltimore Police after the Brooklyn Day mass-shooting confirms previous media reports of internal police communications that showed officers and line supervisors were well aware of trouble brewing before the outdoor gathering turned deadly. Fern Shen/Baltimore Brew.

  • The 173-page after-action report — compiled by the city’s police and fire departments, its Office of Emergency Management, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, and the Housing Authority of Baltimore — details failures by Baltimore officials before and after the shooting that left two dead and 28 others injured in July. Ovetta Wiggins/The Washington Post.
  • According to the report, there was a single police officer responsible for the post that included the Brooklyn Day party. There were also several dozen officers from other parts of the city that could have been deployed to Brooklyn Day but they were never requested by the Southern District. Tiffany Watson, Chris Berinato, Mikenzie Frost, and Alexa Ashwell/WBFF-Fox News.

FORENSIC EXPERTS DISAGREE WITH B’MORE POLICE ASSESSMENT: The Baltimore Police Department claimed “every effort was made to collect any items of evidentiary value” in the 100-page postmortem on the Brooklyn Homes mass shooting. But forensic crime scene experts have said otherwise. Brenna Smith/The Baltimore Banner.

EX-HOWARD EMPLOYEE AWARDED $1M FOR RACIAL HARASSMENT: A Howard County Circuit Court jury ruled Wednesday evening that a former Black public works employee endured racial harassment while working with the bureau that administers and maintains the county’s public water and wastewater systems. Darrell Fletcher, 54, was awarded $961,556.40 in compensatory damages at the end of an eight-day trial for his racial harassment claim. Penelope Blackwell/The Baltimore Banner.

LABOR SHORTAGE FOR HOWARD SCHOOL BUSES: Despite its ambitions to transform student transportation with top-of-the-line technology and better pay for bus drivers, Howard County’s newest school bus operator seems to be suffering from the same labor shortage that’s hampered school districts across the U.S. Daniel Zawodny/The Baltimore Banner.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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