AC POWER STRUGGLE LEADS TO RESIGNATION: A debate over whether Baltimore-area schools can spend money on portable air-conditioning units hasmushroomed into a power struggle involving some of Maryland’s top elected officials,writes Josh Hicks in the Post.
The Board of Public Works voted to hold back millions of dollars in school construction money from Baltimore and Baltimore County unless officials there install air conditioning in all classrooms by the start of the next school year, Pamela Wood writes in the Sun.
Then, just hours after the heated BPW meeting, David Lever, the head of the state commission that oversees school construction, tendered his resignation Wednesday, reports Bryan Sears in the Daily Record.
ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN CHALLENGE: In a Maryland gun-rights case that will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court, attorneys for gun owners and the state battled before a federal appeals court Wednesday over the constitutionality of the state’s ban on assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines and over whether a judge who upheld the ban applied the correct legal standard, Steve Lash reports for the Daily Record.
NO FROGS, TURTLES ON JULY 4: After many years, the frogs and turtles will no longer be part of the July 4th festivities in the Town of Bel Air. The Aegis is reporting that the frog-jumping contest and turtle derby will be prohibited by new updates to the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources regulations. The updates were published in the Maryland Register on April 15 and will go into effect on June 20.