Tom Chalkley

Would we know how often our citizens are brutalized by the police if a newspaper had not laid it out so dramatically – and authoritatively?

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

A new poll out Wednesday suggests the Maryland governor's race is closer than many had thought, though for weeks observers have been pointing to signs this contest is more of a squeaker than Maryland is used to seeing.

In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a two-to-one margin, Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown should be a shoe-in to win the Governor’s mansion. But for weeks, readers of political tea leaves have been breathlessly waiting for solid proof that Republican Larry Hogan could pull off an upset.

Courtesy of Dominion Energy

Federal regulators gave a final go-ahead to Virginia-based Dominion Energy to build a natural gas export terminal in Southern Maryland this week. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved plans to retrofit Dominion’s Cove Point facility in Lusby that would allow the company to liquefy and export natural gas. Local and state agencies had already approved the $3.8 billion project despite strong opposition from local residents and environmentalists. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about what that means for Maryland and the concerns raised by the project's opponents.

It Could Happen...

Sep 29, 2014
Mary Rose Madden / wypr

When the Orioles broke through into the American League playoffs two years ago for the first time in nearly a generation, the feeling around town was like parents watching their child perform in their first musical recital.

You’re just so darned happy that your kid is holding a violin that anything that comes out of it, even if it’s the wrong note, is OK.

It’s two years later and even if the Orioles weren’t expected to win the American League East when the 2014 campaign began, expectations have now been raised.

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

Kyle Leslie, Matt Purdy / WYPR

A Baltimore community group is seeking to raise awareness of the city's heroin epidemic through Congressional hearings. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Roberto Alejandro of the Afro talk about the changes residents want and what city and state officials said in response.

When it comes to studying sexual violence, college surveys often don't include students at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. But one major study found sexual assaults are lower on those campuses than others.

Some question those numbers and whether HBCUs have the resolve to openly address the issue of campus rape.

Of the 100 HBCUs in the country, Morgan State University in Baltimore ranks in the top 15 for academics.

Gwendolyn Glenn




A proposal by Baltimore city school officials to renovate or construct fewer schools than initially called for in the first year of the district’s ambitious makeover program is drawing criticism from some residents.

Several parents waiting to pick up their children at the Lake Clifton Building on St. Lo Drive, were upset that the school building may not be renovated in the first round of schools slated for major facelifts or replacements.

John Lee / WYPR

Maryland has eight congressional seats, but only one of the state’s incumbent representatives is in anything resembling a tough race. Republican Dan Bongino is challenging John Delaney for his 6th district seat. Both candidates were working the crowds recently at the In the Street Festival in Frederick.

Kyle Leslie, Matt Purdy / WYPR

There was a flurry of activity this week in the race for governor. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about how recent state budget news and renewed allegations of wrongdoing may take center stage at the upcoming debates.