Maryland’s Contest for House Speaker Takes Racial Turn

By BRIAN WITTE Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — A candidate in the race for a new speaker of Maryland's House of Delegates dropped out Friday and endorsed Del. Dereck Davis in hopes of unifying Black...

Biased Landlords Ignore Disability Rights, Uphold Segregation, Activists say

By AMBRIAH S. UNDERWOOD, Capital News Service WASHINGTON — Disability, race, gender, mental illness, and criminal history are used by landlords against low-income renters to deny access to public housing. That’s according to Lydia Brown, a fellow...

FBI, IRS Agents Search Baltimore Mayor’s Homes, City Hall

By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — FBI and IRS agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor on Thursday amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children's...

Legislative Update: Despite Tight Landfill Space, Mattress Recycling Bill Failed

 By Jared Beinart, Capital News Service “End-of-life” mattresses and box springs are often discarded in landfills or illegally dumped — this remains an issue for Maryland’s environmental waste management goals and the state’s landfill lifespan. These products,...

Legislative Update: Bill Would Provide Protections to Student Loan Borrowers

By Daniel Oyefusi, Capital News Service Wade Davis called Navient’s customer service in March, hoping to adjust the payment plan for his student loan. Davis, 36, a freelance musician seeking full-time employment, said he couldn’t commit...

Legislative Update: Get Ready to Read Maryland

By Renee Foose and Ndeye Aminata Ndiaye, Special to the AFRO The 2019 Maryland General Assembly passed the Ready to Read Act, a screening and early intervention bill that will help prevent reading failure in schools...

Prosecutors Continue to Target Sewell

By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFRO Since Pocomoke City’s  first Black police chief Kelvin Sewell was fired in 2015 without explanation by the city council amid allegations of racism, the consequences for him and the...

Amid Scandal, Audit Ordered Into Baltimore Nonprofit’s Work

By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's acting leader has ordered an audit of a nonprofit's management of a city youth fund with $12 million set aside from property tax revenue after the...

Sarbanes Calls Insulin-Pricing System “Hocus Pocus”

By BRIAN ABATE and EUGENE "JESSE" NASH IV, Capital News Service WASHINGTON - Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes on Wednesday criticized insulin producers for their lack of transparency in setting prices. “I do not buy the argument...

Student to Blanket Congress With Prayers

By Rev. Dorothy S. Boulware, Special to the AFRO There’s no end to the frustration people feel in the light of constant bullying and violence children experience in school as well as in communities. One 10-year-old...

Speaker Busch to Lie In Annapolis

By AFRO Staff Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates Michael E. Busch will lie in state April 15 under the State House dome in Annapolis, which will mark the beginning of two days of...

It’s Time!

By AFRO Staff With the recent death of Speaker of the House Michael Busch, the Maryland House of Delegates is left with a yawning void. During the Speaker's illness, Speaker Pro Tem Del. Adrienne A....

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