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The Baltimore Sun

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Past articles by Scott:

The first farmed Chesapeake salmon versus the last of its sturgeon? Proposed Eastern Shore fish farm stirring concern

Environmentalists and scientists worry that a proposed Federalsburg salmon farm could inundate the shallow Marshyhope Creek with surges of cold water that could make it inhospitable for its spawning population of Atlantic sturgeon. → Read More

With far-right Dan Cox at top of ticket, choices for Maryland Republican leaders are fraught: vow support, push back or stay quiet?

Given that a core of Maryland’s top Republicans backed Kelly Schulz to succeed Gov. Larry Hogan, the next move for many within the party now represented by far-right gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox is fraught. → Read More

Baltimore’s water system contains PFAS chemicals at levels above new EPA health advisory

Baltimore’s water system, which serves 1.8 million homes and businesses in the city and Baltimore County, contains measurable levels of so-called “forever chemicals” that the EPA said last week pose health risks even at minute levels. → Read More

‘Climate change’ increasingly on candidates’ lips in Maryland governor’s race, but will it translate to votes?

It used to be that the Chesapeake Bay was all Maryland candidates needed to talk about when it came to the environment. But that has changed as voters look to a future — and even a present — of uneven and severe impacts from climate change. → Read More

Maryland gas prices set to surge above $4 per gallon Sunday as monthlong tax holiday expires

Expect Maryland gasoline prices to jump about 40 cents this weekend as a 30-day gas tax holiday expires. → Read More

After passing abortion and climate laws, plus tax relief, Maryland lawmakers to hit the campaign trail. Both sides have something to talk about.

Members of the Maryland General Assembly are leaving Annapolis to campaign with a raft of popular programs to talk about and a hefty state budget surplus to boot. → Read More

Maryland General Assembly passes sweeping climate change legislation, sending to Gov. Hogan under threat of veto

A sweeping piece of climate change legislation that would push the state to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels is expected to land on Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk this week. → Read More

A 30-day pause on Maryland’s gas tax is poised to become law Friday, potentially cutting prices immediately

Maryland policymakers are poised to suspend the state’s 36-cent gas tax for 30 days, putting Maryland among the first states to pass a measure others are considering to lessen pain at the pump. → Read More

Poll finds a majority of Marylanders say climate change is having major impacts on shorelines, wildlife, weather

A majority of Marylanders believe climate change is having major impacts — inducing more extreme weather events, harming wildlife and raising sea levels — according to a new poll. → Read More

What does Maryland’s gas tax pause mean for motorists — and when will prices drop?

Maryland government leaders have proposed suspending the state's gasoline tax. What does that mean for motorists? → Read More

Maryland weather: Blizzard warning in effect on Eastern Shore after foot of snow falls; Baltimore-area receives few inches of snow

A blizzard warning is in effect in Worcester, Somerset and Wicomico counties, with wind gusts up to 50 mph expected. → Read More

Maryland weather: A few inches of snow forecast Sunday night into Monday; winter storm conditions expected west of Baltimore

A winter storm could bring a few inches of snowfall and possibly a glaze of ice before precipitation turns to rain in the Baltimore area Sunday night into Monday, while as much as a foot of snow is expected in parts of Western Maryland. → Read More

Here’s how Hurricane Isaias might affect Maryland next week

Several forecasting models have the storm crossing eastern North Carolina and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay early Tuesday, while others suggest it could move farther inland or stay off the coast before heading toward eastern New England. → Read More

Maryland weather: Storms could bring flash flooding, damaging winds Monday, as hot and muggy streak begins

Storms could bring flash flooding, damaging winds and hail to the Baltimore region Monday afternoon and evening. → Read More

Maryland weather: Severe storms sweep region, but no significant flooding in historic Ellicott City

Streams across eastern Howard County — including the Hudson Branch, which has carried devastating floods through historic Ellicott City twice since 2016 — surged as meteorologists said several inches of rain fell within an hour. As rain slowed, it appeared no significant flooding occurred. → Read More

Baltimore’s downtown farmers market opens for business, but not as usual, with coronavirus-related restrictions

It was not quite a typical Sunday at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, which welcomed shoppers for the first time this year. → Read More

Maryland significantly underreports total coronavirus cases and deaths at nursing homes

Infections and deaths at Maryland nursing homes are declining, but hundreds are missing from totals the state is reporting, a Baltimore Sun analysis has found. → Read More

Maryland nursing homes get $75M in federal funds to combat coronavirus, but many still face dire outlooks

The federal government is giving nearly $75 million to Maryland nursing homes to help them combat the coronavirus. → Read More

Maryland shows higher risk for and wide racial disparity in nursing home coronavirus outbreaks, analysis finds

The infection rate reported in Maryland nursing homes is one of the highest known in the nation, according to a data compiled by The New York Times, shared with The Baltimore Sun in a reporting partnership. More than two-thirds of homes in the state are working to contain confirmed outbreaks. On top of that, racial disparities observed in the impact of the coronavirus nationwide appear vividly… → Read More

Maryland nursing homes reported 140 coronavirus deaths in past week, a slowing rate, but still more than half of casualties

The number of COVID-19 deaths reported among Maryland nursing home residents continues to rise, but at a slowing rate. → Read More