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2020 PULITZER PRIZE IN LOCAL REPORTING Price $2.50. Our 183rd year, No. 214 Saturday, August 1, 2020 baltimores­ CORONAVIRU­S IN MARYLAND O By Christina Tkacik n a hot day in Brooklyn, relief workers with World Central Kitchen passed out boxes of whitefish with vegetables to South Baltimore residents. Few of the recipients had likely heard of Alma Cocina Latina, the trendy Venezuelan restaurant in Canton that prepared the dishes. Nor were they likely to be able to afford the eatery’s $15 arepas or $42 New York prime steak. The meals were free to community members because World Central Kitchen, the Washington based nonprofit, had paid the eatery $10 per dish. ■ While the coronaviru­s pandemic has lain waste to much of normal life, it may have given birth to something new. Across the country and in Baltimore, restaurant­s closed for the coronaviru­s have been preparing low-cost meals for hungry people. And some owners say it will lead to a permanent change in how they do business. “Our way of thinking about food is shifting radically,” said Irena Stein, owner of Alma Cocina Latina. “The way we think about who our clientele is, is definitely changing.” Together with her friend Emily Lerman, co-founder of Baltimore’s Mera Kitchen Collective, she’s planning on opening a new cafe that will serve paying customers and community members in need, and help bridge Baltimore’s socioecono­mic divide through food. It started this spring, when Stein and Lerman teamed to prepare meals for World See page 10 MODEL, Delegates seek to show support for the president State’s contingent wants to move past GOP convention Maryland reported more than 1,000 new cases of the coronaviru­s Friday for the third time in a week, as new regulation­s on face mask use have taken effect across the state. By Jeff Barker President Donald Trump is to formally accept his party’s nomination this month, but Maryland’s GOP delegates won’t be heading to their riverside Jacksonvil­le hotel, or watching colorful balloons drop on a convention floor. The air went out of the party when Trump announced last week that he was scrapping most of the Republican convention — including all of the Florida portion — because it’s “not the right time” for a large gathering as coronaviru­s cases surged in the state. The abrupt cancellati­on was a gut punch to Maryland’s contingent of 38 delegates and 35 alternates who had been willing to travel during a pandemic and take daily COVID-19 tests, if necessary, to attend the convention in support of Trump’s reelection bid. As they scrambled to cancel flights and hotel rooms, Republican delegates were eager to express their unwavering support for Trump, even as most of the convention will not materializ­e and as his poll numbers have slipped nationally. “My apologies to everyone for this frustratin­g mess,” state party chair Dirk Haire emailed to delegates. He promised that the state party would reimburse anyone “who gets stuck with a fee” after canceling their travel or hotel rooms. Trump is overwhelmi­ngly unpopular in Maryland, a solid blue state. National Democrats hope Trump’s handling of the coronaviru­s and racial justice protests will enable presumptiv­e nominee Joe Biden to peel off Republican votes nationwide, See page 10 DELEGATES, Business Comics Lottery NEWS On TV NEWS 6 SPORTS 8 2 SPORTS 9 INSIDE TODAY’S WEATHER Classified Horoscopes NEWS Obituaries Opinion Bridge SPORTS 5 5 NEWS 6 NEWS 9 SPORTS 7

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