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Author Archives: Daniel Leaderman

Daniel Leaderman covers health care, higher education, and technology.

Next steps discussed for struggling neighborhoods

Increasing tax credits to support investment in low-income communities, supporting summer jobs programs and helping ex-offenders expunge their criminal records are some of the priorities to help Baltimore's struggling neighborhoods, community activists said Monday. A week after riots erupted in Baltimore, a group of political, religious and community leaders met at the Greater Baltimore Urban League to discuss what the next steps for the low-income areas of the city ought to be. "[We need] to give an example for the nation as to how we can truly make a difference in Baltimore," said U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.

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Unrest in city prompts surge in volunteer interest

After last week's riots and fires in Baltimore, an overwhelming number of people have reached out to local nonprofits saying they want to help. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, that's meant a 3,000 percent increase in volunteer inquiries, said Terry Hickey, the organization's president and CEO. "We usually get about four inquiries a day. In the past two days, we've had about 300," Hickey told The Daily Record.

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Rawlings-Blake: I’ll be ‘relentless’ changing police culture

Saying that she was “sickened and heart-broken” by a statement of criminal charges against six city police officers released Friday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she would “continue to be relentless in changing the culture” of the city’s police department. ...

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Morgan State breaks ground on new facility

Officials from Morgan State University broke ground Thursday on a $79 million academic and research facility. The new Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral and Social Sciences Center will add more than 148,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space and ...

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Cybersecurity conference rescheduled for June

A cybersecurity conference originally scheduled to begin May 5 but postponed after the riots will now come to the Baltimore Convention Center June 16. The Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association delayed its three-day Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium “to ensure ...

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For universities, discussion and healing as well as marches

University students and faculty from around Baltimore are marching and protesting the death of Freddie Gray, but they’re also positioning themselves as healers and discussion leaders following this week’s riots. Hundreds attended student-led protests demanding justice for Freddie Gray at ...

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In wake of riots, ‘we will be stronger,’ Hrabowski says

Against the backdrop of Monday's riots in Baltimore and images of angry, frustrated teens in the city, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County told business leaders Wednesday about how important the idea of struggle can be to inspire young people. "The question is, what do we do in the struggle," Freeman Hrabowski told members of the BWI Business Partnership at the organization's breakfast meeting. Hrabowski, a native of Birmingham, Ala. who participated in civil rights marches as a youth, said the unrest in the city was felt by the entire region.

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McCormick chooses Hunt Valley site for HQ

McCormick & Company wants to make Hunt Valley the site of its new headquarters, consolidating its current presence in several areas of Baltimore County to a single location. The company announced Tuesday that 99 Shawan Road was its preferred location and that county and state officials have offered a $4 million financial incentive package. Baltimore County is offering to make up to $1.8 million in infrastructure improvements around the company’s Hunt Valley Campus, as well as a $200,000 loan conditional upon continued employment levels, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz told The Daily Record Tuesday.

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Two conferences pull out of Baltimore after riots

As city and state leaders worked to repair the damage caused by Monday's riot, the violence that spread across the Baltimore took its toll on the city's convention industry. A pair of conferences scheduled to begin Wednesday were canceled due to the violence in the city, one of which was expected to draw more than 2,000 attendees. CoNEXTions, an industry convention of the Door and Hardware Institute, was scheduled for Wednesday through Friday at the Baltimore Convention Center and would have utilized approximately 2,500 room nights at city hotels, according to a statement from Tom Noonan, CEO of Visit Baltimore. The anticipated economic impact of the convention was estimated at $1.18 million, according to Visit Baltimore.

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