Vaccine Maker Earned Record Profits but Delivered Disappointment in Return

Emergent BioSolutions was awarded a $628 million federal contract with no competitive bidding. Top executives received big bonuses while factories mostly sat idle and tens of millions of Covid-19 doses were thrown away.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #gaithersburg-md, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnsonjohnson, #kadlec-robert-p, #maryland, #michigan, #rockville-md, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

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FDA Details Failures at Baltimore Plant That Spoiled Vaccine Doses

The F.D.A. advised Johnson & Johnson on Friday that it should throw out the equivalent of 60 million doses produced at the Baltimore plant.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #internal-essential, #johnsonjohnson, #vaccination-and-immunization

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She Built a Baltimore Restaurant Empire, but She Still Works the Stove

Cindy Wolf is a rarity — a seasoned chef focused on her flagship and a style of white-linen dining that’s been endangered by the pandemic.

#baltimore-md, #charleston-baltimore-md-restaurant, #chefs, #content-type-personal-profile, #french-food-cuisine, #restaurants, #wolf-cindy-chef

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Emergent, Which Ruined Vaccine Doses, Gave Its Top Executives Bonuses

The government has so far paid Emergent BioSolutions $271 million, even though American regulators have yet to clear a single dose of vaccine produced at its manufacturing plant in Baltimore.

#baltimore-md, #bonuses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #executive-compensation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #internal-essential, #kadlec-robert-p, #kramer-robert-g, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Bob Baffert Barred From Belmont Stakes by NY Racing Officials

The Hall of Fame trainer was already under suspension at Churchill Downs, where he won his seventh Kentucky Derby before his horse failed a drug test.

#american-pharoah-race-horse, #baffert-bob, #baltimore-md, #belmont-park, #belmont-stakes, #churchill-downs-inc, #doping-sports, #horse-racing, #justify-race-horse, #kentucky-derby, #long-island-ny, #new-york-racing-assn, #preakness-stakes, #saratoga-race-course, #triple-crown-horse-racing

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Horse Racing’s Integrity Faces Another Test

Ahead of the Preakness, with horse racing’s best-known trainer mired in controversy, it seems the sport’s credibility is going down to the wire.

#baffert-bob, #baltimore-md, #doping-sports, #horse-racing, #kentucky-derby, #louisville-ky, #preakness-stakes, #triple-crown-horse-racing, #velazquez-john-r

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Baffert, Medina Springs’s Trainer, Denies Cheating Allegations

A day after the Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was revealed to have failed a drug test, the horse’s trainer cited “cancel culture” in his denials.

#baffert-bob, #baltimore-md, #cheating, #churchill-downs-inc, #foxfriends-tv-program, #kentucky-derby, #louisville-ky, #pimlico-race-course, #preakness-stakes, #stronach-group, #tests-drug-use, #triple-crown-horse-racing, #tygart-travis

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$1.7 Million Homes in Maryland, Oregon and California

A contemporary-style glass house in Monkton, a 1914 Craftsman bungalow in Portland and a modernist home designed by Stan Allen in Glendale.

#baltimore-md, #glendale-calif, #portland-ore, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Vaccines Made at Troubled Baltimore Plant Were Shipped to Canada and Mexico

The Biden administration said it did not know of manufacturing problems at the Emergent factory when it approved shipping millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine. The company says the doses were safe.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #mexico, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Federal Inspectors Say More Vaccines at Troubled Plant May Be Contaminated

Last month, up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine had to be discarded at Emergent’s factory in Baltimore. A new report says problems were not fully investigated and other doses may be compromised.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #house-of-representatives, #johnsonjohnson, #kadlec-robert-p, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #woodcock-janet

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Top Official Warned That Covid Vaccine Plant Had to Be ‘Monitored Closely’

An Operation Warp Speed report last June flagged staffing and quality control concerns at Emergent BioSolutions’ factory in Baltimore. The troubled plant recently had to throw out up to 15 million doses.

#astrazeneca-plc, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #novavax-inc, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Maryland’s State Song, a Nod to the Confederacy, Nears Repeal

The lyrics of “Maryland, My Maryland,” long criticized as sympathetic to the Confederacy, refer to Abraham Lincoln as a “despot” and Union soldiers as “Northern scum!”

#baltimore-md, #black-people, #bowie-state-university, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #hogan-lawrence-j, #horse-racing, #law-and-legislation, #lincoln-abraham, #maryland, #maryland-my-maryland-song, #music, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #preakness-stakes, #state-legislatures, #the-star-spangled-banner-song, #triple-crown-horse-racing, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Amazon and the Breaking of Baltimore

Regional inequality has deepened across the country.

#baltimore-md, #bethlehem-steel, #black-people, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-economy, #washington-dc

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Morgan State Gets $20 Million Pledge From Former Student

The gift will help Morgan State University, a historically Black college, finance scholarships for financially needy students.

#baltimore-md, #colleges-and-universities, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #morgan-state-university, #philanthropy, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #tyler-calvin-e-jr, #united-parcel-service-inc

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The Merit, Thrills, Boredom and Fear of Police Work

“Tangled Up in Blue,” by Rosa Brooks, and “We Own This City,” by Justin Fenton, take readers inside two police forces (in Washington and Baltimore) to examine a complicated culture.

#baltimore-md, #books-and-literature, #brooks-rosa, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fenton-justin, #metropolitan-police-department-dc, #police, #tangled-up-in-blue-policing-the-american-city-book, #washington-dc, #we-own-this-city-a-true-story-of-crime-cops-and-corruption-book

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Who is Stewart Bainum? The New Owner of The Baltimore Sun

Stewart Bainum, a hotel magnate and former politician, has swooped in with a plan to run it and other papers in Maryland as part of a nonprofit.

#alden-global-capital, #bainum-stewart-jr, #baltimore-md, #baltimore-sun, #choice-hotels-international-inc, #content-type-personal-profile, #hedge-funds, #maryland, #news-and-news-media, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #tribune-publishing-company

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If ‘Housing Is a Right,’ How Do We Make It Happen?

For starters, Biden can improve lives right now by recalibrating existing programs.

#affordable-housing, #baltimore-md, #discrimination, #evictions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #section-8-housing, #vouchers

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Three Men Are Accused in Scheme to Sell Covid-19 Vaccines

Prosecutors said the men created a fake duplicate of the Moderna website to fraudulently sell doses of the vaccine, which they never had.

#baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #moderna-inc, #oluwalade-odunayo-baba, #oluwalade-olakitan, #vaccination-and-immunization, #williams-kelly-lamont

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How We Decided to Send Our Daughter Back to School

I thought I would have until our first grader went off to college before I would feel such anxiety.

#baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #parenting

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Restaurants Find a New Revenue Source: Feeding the Hungry

What began as an emergency measure in the pandemic’s early days has turned into a long-term business plan that could help many kitchens keep running.

#alkimiah-nonprofit, #alma-cocina-latina-baltimore-md-restaurant, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #new-york-city, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #rethink-food-nyc-inc, #world-central-kitchen

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Children Need to Be Back in School Tomorrow

Teacher resistance is a disaster for the most vulnerable.

#baltimore-md, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #national-education-assn, #organized-labor, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #shutdowns-institutional, #washington-dc

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Supreme Court Case Could Limit Future Lawsuits Against Fossil Fuel Industry

The court will hear arguments on a technical legal question in a case that demands fossil fuel companies help pay for the costs of dealing with climate change.

#baltimore-md, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #supreme-court-us

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Dante Barksdale Crusaded Against Gun Violence in Baltimore. Then He Was Shot and Killed.

Dante Barksdale helped lead Baltimore’s Safe Streets program and was a nephew of Nathan Barksdale, a drug trafficker known as Bodie who was an inspiration for the character Avon Barksdale in “The Wire.”

#baltimore-md, #barksdale-dante, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #gangs, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #the-wire-tv-program

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Baltimore Building Explosion Injures at Least 10

The explosion happened on the 16th floor of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company building. The cause was not immediately clear, but the utility said it was likely a construction accident.

#accidents-and-safety, #baltimore-md, #buildings-structures, #explosions-accidental, #fires-and-firefighters, #rescues

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Reopening Whiplash in New York City

Schools will reopen as abruptly as they closed — but only for some.

#baltimore-md, #children-and-childhood, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #football-college, #fuller-sarah-athlete, #new-york-city, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #teachers-and-school-employees

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A Week in the Life of a Baltimore School Getting Back to Class

As school districts diverge on handling the pandemic, Baltimore City Public Schools are slowly trying to get students back in the classroom. It has not been easy, but neither has remote learning.

#baltimore-md, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #parenting, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #teachers-and-school-employees

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N.E.H. Funds Restoration of Statues Toppled During Protests

Statues of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore and a Union Army colonel in Madison, Wis., will be repaired.

#baltimore-md, #black-lives-matter-movement, #columbus-christopher, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #douglass-frederick, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hall-of-fame-for-great-americans-bronx-ny, #madison-wis, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-endowment-for-the-humanities, #peede-jon-parrish, #rochester-ny, #trump-donald-j

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Baltimore Museum to Sell 3 Blue-Chip Paintings to Advance Equity

As museum staffs demand social justice in the office, an institution sells off prime works to answer the call. Is this the right way to do it?

#art, #assn-of-art-museum-directors, #auctions, #baltimore-md, #baltimore-museum-of-art, #bedford-christopher, #black-people, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #marden-brice, #museums, #sirmans-franklin, #sothebys, #still-clyfford, #walker-darren-1959, #warhol-andy

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Voting Rights and Climate Change

The justices will consider challenges to Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting” and a suit against energy companies accused of contributing to climate change.

#arizona, #baltimore-md, #global-warming, #supreme-court-us, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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‘A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls’

Discipline disparities between Black and white boys have driven reform efforts for years. But Black girls are arguably the most at-risk student group in the United States.

#baltimore-md, #binghamton-ny, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #naacp-legal-defense-and-educational-fund, #orlando-fla, #race-and-ethnicity, #school-discipline-students, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls

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A Growing Number of Catholic Schools Are Shutting Down Forever

About 150 Catholic schools have closed nationwide citing insurmountable financial pressures from the coronavirus pandemic.

#baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional

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Can Prosecutors Be Taught to Avoid Jail Sentences?

At least 60 district attorneys have come to see incarceration as destructive, racist, expensive and ineffective. But can they persuade their own staffs?

#baltimore-md, #chicago-ill, #columbus-ohio, #criminal-justice, #district-attorneys, #domestic-violence, #ex-convicts, #florida, #foxx-kim, #jacksonville-fla, #legal-profession, #mosby-marilyn-j-1980, #police-department-nyc, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #st-louis-mo, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #trump-donald-j

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Baltimore Gas Explosion Leaves 1 Dead and 2 Injured

Three homes were destroyed in the blast, the Fire Department said. Videos showed rubble and debris strewn across the street.

#accidents-and-safety, #baltimore-md, #deaths-fatalities, #explosions-accidental

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Dorothy Parker’s Ashes Could Be Moved. Again.

The writer’s ashes may be disinterred when the N.A.A.C.P. moves its headquarters to Washington from Baltimore. But where should they go?

#algonquin-hotel-manhattan-ny, #baltimore-md, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #cremation, #king-martin-luther-jr, #manhattan-nyc, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #parker-dorothy, #relocation-of-business, #washington-dc, #wills-and-estates, #writing-and-writers

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American Crime and the Baltimore Model

Cities across the country are in danger of making the same mistakes.

#baltimore-md, #police-reform

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Small Businesses Struggle to Plan for What Comes Next

For a Baltimore condiment maker with 100 workers, “it’s been a roller coaster” trying to plan for what comes next.

#baltimore-md, #condiments, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-reopenings, #factories-and-manufacturing, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shutdowns-institutional, #tulkoff-food-products-inc, #united-states-economy

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Hospitalized With a Possible Infection

Justice Ginsburg, 87, underwent an endoscopic procedure at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to clean out a bile duct stent, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.

#baltimore-md, #cancer, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #johns-hopkins-hospital-baltimore-md, #notorious-rbg-the-life-and-times-of-ruth-bader-ginsburg-book, #pancreatic-cancer, #supreme-court-us, #tumors, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mayor de Blasio, Bring Back Summer Jobs

There is still time, and it can be done safely. The economic and social payoff is totally worth it.

#baltimore-md, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #minimum-wage, #new-york-city, #philadelphia-pa, #race-and-ethnicity, #summer-season, #wages-and-salaries, #youth

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When Day Care Closed, a Father Rediscovered His Daughter

Portraits of a family adapting to their new reality.

#baltimore-md, #child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fathers-day, #parenting, #quarantines

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Prosecutors: Please Stand Up to the Police

Minor offenses should not lead to deadly encounters with the police. But when police brutality happens, the state should come down hard.

#baltimore-md, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gray-freddie-1989-2015, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #trump-donald-j

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12 Underknown Songs From the Region That Birthed Emo

The punk scene in Washington, D.C., (and its surrounding suburbs) figured out what happened after hardcore. What happened after that was out of its hands.

#annapolis-md, #ashes-music-group, #baltimore-md, #bethesda-md, #broadcast-song, #drop-dead-dont-blink-song, #engine-song, #fire-party-music-group, #fugazi, #glueman-song, #happy-go-licky-music-group, #hated-the-music-group, #heraland-song, #hose-got-cable-music-group, #i-am-a-rock-song, #lungfish-music-group, #maximillian-colby-music-group, #nation-of-ulysses-the-music-group, #pop-and-rock-music, #resurrection-song, #richmond-va, #shudder-to-think, #swann-street-song, #the-sound-of-jazz-to-come-song, #three-music-group, #torso-butter-song, #universal-order-of-armageddon-music-group, #visible-distance-song, #washington-dc, #whats-the-matter-river-song

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Mfume to Return to Congress, Succeeding Elijah Cummings

He first held the seat from 1987 to 1996 until he left to serve as president of the N.A.A.C.P. and was replaced by Mr. Cummings, who died in October.

#baltimore-md, #cummings-elijah-e, #cummings-maya-rockeymoore, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Turns School Cafeterias into Soup Kitchens

Many school cafeterias are now operating more like community soup kitchens, even though the federal school meals program won’t reimburse districts for meals served to struggling adults.

#agriculture-department, #baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #education-k-12, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-stamps, #quarantines, #united-states-economy, #welfare-us

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