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Courtesy of the Arbery Family

On February 23, a young Black man named Ahmaud Arbery was jogging near his home outside of Brunswick, GA, when he was shot and killed by two white men. No arrests were made in the case until a video of the encounter came to light two months later.  Arbery, 25, was unarmed.  Was the killing of Ahmaud Arbery a modern day lynching?  


Dr. Terry Anne Scott, Associate Professor of History and Director of African American Studies at Hood College. 


Courtesy of Kimberly Klacik

Our Conversation with the Candidates series continues with Kimberly Klacik, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress. 

Klacik is a GOP strategist and activist who lives in Baltimore County.  She is the Executive Director and Founder of “Potential Me,” a nonprofit which provides works with disadvantaged women. 

We livestreamed this conversation on the WYPR Facebook page.  Click here to watch the video.  

Photo Courtesy / Scott Ewart

Today, a look at how a controversial school redistricting plan has pushed Howard County into the national spotlight as the latest battleground in the fight for fair and equal education.

Howard County is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, and its school system is the most integrated in the state.  A plan to move about 7,400 students to different schools aims to tackle issues of overcrowding and persistent socioeconomic disparities.   

Opposition to the plan is  substantial.  Proponents assert that as the school system prepares for an influx of new students over the next decade, the plan is a good first step to maintain equity.

Jess Nocera, of the Howard County Times, Howard County NAACP president, Willie Flowers, and anti-redistricting advocate Dr. Hemant Sharma breakdown the issues surrounding the plan that has polarized a community. 

Still from the film "Squeegee"

Today on Midday: a topic that has run hot and cold in the news for more than 30 years.  Squeegee Kids.  Tom's guest is Tisha Edwards, the executive director of Baltimore Mayor Jack Young’s new Office of Children and Family Success.  Tisha Edwards’ office released a “Squeegee Alternative Plan” intended to eradicate the practice of “squeegeeing.”  

Tisha Edwards served as Chief of Staff under Mayor Catherine Pugh at the beginning of the Pugh Administration, and in 2013, she served as the interim CEO of the Baltimore City Public School System.  

Our conversation was streamed live on the WYPR Facebook page.  

Baltimore City Office of the Mayor

It’s been two days since Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that she would be taking an indefinite leave of absence due to her “deteriorating health," according to a statement. She is recovering from pneumonia, and taking a leave of absence on the advice of her physicians. 

There are several elected officials advising her to resign altogether. City Council President Jack Young is now serving as the city’s ex officio Mayor and City Council Vice President Sharon Green Middleton has assumed the duties of City Council President.

Today we welcome four guests to help unpack the unfolding story: 

George Nilson served as the Baltimore City Solicitor in 2010, when then Mayor Sheilah Dixon resigned from office as part of a plea agreement in her conviction on misdemeanor corruption charges. Nick Mosby, who now serves in the Maryland General Assembly, ran against Pugh in the 2016 primary. Sharon Green Middleton represents the 6th District and is currently fulfilling the duties of City Council President. And Zeke Cohen is Councilman for the 1st District.