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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

Maryland’s HBCUs fuel economy, innovation and upward mobility

Last December, Mackenzie Scott, the philanthropist and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, donated $85 million to three of Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs. The recipients of the generosity were Bowie State University, Morgan State ...

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How Md. small businesses can fight the pandemic

President Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 order for the Labor Department to issue mandatory COVID-19 vaccination rules for companies that employ 100 workers or more will affect a number of major employers in Maryland. These range from private employers such as ...

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Continued population loss for Baltimore is troubling and unacceptable

According to 2020 census figures released recently, Baltimore city’s population fell to 585,708, down from 620,961 in 2010. That’s a loss of roughly 35,000 residents or 5.7%. To put this loss in context, the counties that surround Baltimore in the ...

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Baltimore police reform is progressing

It was disappointing to read in a recent news article that there is a perception among some in Baltimore that reforms called for in a 2015 consent decree between the Department of Justice, the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore ...

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The leadership qualities needed in Baltimore’s next mayor

In 2016, after candidate Donald Trump won the presidency, President Barrack Obama said, “Elections matter.” Those words are worth considering again as the 2020 General Election nears on Nov. 3. The words of advice are not just relevant for the ...

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5G technology is Maryland’s future

While the way we communicate, work and live has evolved in recent years, the rate of change has accelerated dramatically in the last few months. The novel coronavirus has forced us to stay home and revealed just how much we ...

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Mayoral candidates weigh in on fighting crime

While COVID-19 dominates the attention of many these days, there is a pivotal and transformative primary election coming up in Baltimore City on June 2. Seats up for election include those for mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council. ...

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