News From Around Maryland
Joseph Tydings, former U.S. senator from Maryland, dies at 90
— A champion of liberal causes and public service, former U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings has died at 90.
News outlets report the Maryland Democrat died of cancer Monday in Washington, surrounded by his family and cloaked in a blanket bearing the name of his alma mater, the University of Maryland.
Born in North Carolina, Tydings was adopted by his stepfather, U.S. Sen. Millard Tydings of Maryland. He served in one of the Army’s last horse platoons during the postwar occupation of Germany before college.
At President John F. Kennedy’s urging, the federal prosecutor launched a senate bid in 1963. During his single term, from 1965 to 1971, he opposed the Vietnam War and advocated for gun control and civil rights.
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Johns Hopkins to name new building after Henrietta Lacks
— Johns Hopkins University and the family of Henrietta Lacks say a new building on the school’s campus in East Baltimore will be named after the woman whose cells were taken without her consent and widely used in revolutionary research.
News outlets report the building will support programs promoting research and community engagement. Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951 at the university where researchers discovered her cells reproduced indefinitely in test tubes.
University President Ronald Daniels said Saturday that the building scheduled for completion in 2022 will stand as a testament to Lacks’ transformative impact on science as well as the importance of ethics in research.
Lacks’ granddaughter, Jeri Lacks, says the honor befits her grandmother’s role in advancing modern medicine.
MSP: Hate crimes reports up by over 100
— Maryland State Police say reports of hate crimes had increased by more than 100 from 2016 to 2017.
The Capital Gazette cites the newly released numbers from State Police as saying there were 398 reports of hate crimes or bias incidents in 2017 in Maryland compared to 295 in 2016.
The increase was mostly from more densely-populated regions as Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties each had more reported hate crimes.
Anne Arundel County police spokesman Marc Limansky tells the newspaper in its Monday report that the numbers probably under-represent as the State Police report only outlines hate crimes reported to local police departments.
Black people were the most common target in the incidents as 177 of the 398 reports involved black victims.
Jealous says Hogan’s blunder-focused video mocks stutter
— Maryland’s governor released a re-election campaign video poking fun at his challenger’s verbal blunders, but Democrat Ben Jealous says Republican incumbent Larry Hogan is bullying him over his speech impediment.
The video launched