Author Archives: Capital News Service

Health experts cite virus’s effect on Md.’s Latino community

The Cheverly Health Center in Cheverly, Maryland, has offered free coronavirus tests. (Photo by Ryan McFadden/Capital News Service)

Latino communities in Maryland have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic because of shared housing situations, lack of access to government benefits and distrust in health officials, experts told a legislative panel last month.

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COVID-19 decreased Maryland’s air pollution, research shows

An aerial picture of Baltimore from June 2018, taken during a research flight to measure air quality. Studies this year indicated a decrease in air pollution during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. (Sarah Benish)

COLLEGE PARK — In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as stay-at-home orders took effect and more commuters worked from home or lost their jobs, air pollution dropped markedly in Maryland, according to a recent report from the University ...

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‘Collins’ Law’ one of many starting in Maryland Oct. 1

Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III was fatally stabbed at a University of Maryland, College Park, campus bus stop in 2017 while awaiting an Uber with friends. (Capital News Service/Philip Van Slooten)

ANNAPOLIS — An update to Maryland’s hate crimes law, named for slain Army 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, is one of several anti-discrimination measures going into effect Oct. 1. Other notable bills address crime, the environment and healthcare, including an ...

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‘I’ve lived on the street before’

Wesley Hawkins, founder of The Nolita Project, works with small groups of Baltimore students in spring 2020. (Capital News Service/Victoria Daniels)

Wesley Hawkins pulled into a parking space outside an East Baltimore high school, already running late for his weekly check-in with teenagers he mentors. His visit to a hospitalized student, another of the youths he counsels, had delayed him. Stacked ...

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Meeting teens in their world


Third in a Series Larry Thompson, a junior at Reach! Partnership School, in Baltimore’s Clifton Park area, counts at least nine friends who died in the last two years — shootings, stabbings, a car crash, a drowning. “I’ve been losing ...

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Frederick Douglass school shooting spurs students to take action

Jaionna Santos, 19, of Baltimore, says that ‘crime and violence impact our lives constantly.’ (Capital News Service)

Second in a Series The three students at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore grew up amid the violence and trauma that plague the city, where crime can begin to feel routine.  Yet when a shooter fired a gun inside ...

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Coping with trauma: In Baltimore, barbershops a source of comfort

Troy Staton heads a network of barbers and beauticians helping clients cope with trauma in Baltimore in May 2020. He owns New Beginnings barbershop in Baltimore’s Hollins Market neighborhood. (Photo courtesy Troy Staton)

In most barbershops, you might find posters that show style trends or magazines stacked on tables. But in New Beginnings barbershop in Baltimore, what stands out are student artwork on the walls and stacks of pamphlets promoting art exhibits and ...

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Data reveals lack of minority investors in Md. cannabis industry

Marijuana plants grow under special lights. Reports filed with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission indicate that about 10 percent of the investors in the state’s industry are minorities. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Only 10 percent of investors in Maryland’s cannabis industry are people of color, according to data from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. That figure illustrates the extent to which minorities are excluded from participation in Maryland’s medical cannabis industry, critics ...

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