Long odds – Friday, May 15th

Mid 70s and clouds today. Humidity and temperatures in the mid 80s this weekend, with the chance for afternoon storms both days.


Gov. Larry Hogan will not spend $68 million set aside by the state legislature for education funding, opting to spend the money on the state’s pension fund instead. The supplemental funding was intended to cover a gap in education spending created when Hogan’s budget changed the formula for dollars spent per student statewide, lowering the available money for school districts (like Baltimore city – which would’ve received $11 million from the fund) where the cost per student is higher. Baltimore City Schools were already anticipating a significant deficit headed into the next school year. Announcing his decision, Hogan suggested that Baltimore schools had a history of mishandling money and that local schools were woefully underfunded by city tax revenue.

Last week, when lifting Baltimore’s state of emergency, Hogan seemed to affirm a commitment to helping Baltimore recover from recent unrest and to begin addressing longstanding ills, saying “these problems have taken decades to grow and will take decades to repair.” Here’s to waiting.


Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced a new program for some first-time drug offenders that will allow them to have their criminal records expunged after completing probation, education and job skills training, and community service.


Bob Gildersleeve of Elkridge, 45, was identified as the eighth fatality in an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Investigators are trying to determine why the train was going over 100mph at the time of the derailment.


A man and woman were shot and killed yesterday afternoon near Lake Montebello in northeast Baltimore. Another man was shot and killed in west Baltimore’s Midtown-Edmonson neighborhood earlier in the day.


The Preakness is tomorrow. Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is the favorite. The Sun has a great collection of historical photos of Pimlico’s signature race.

Baltimore magazine has some non-Preakness events in this weekend round-up. Check out more weekend inspiration in rundown at SouthBmore.com