Discrimination

In tribute to Henrietta Lacks, Maryland Democrats ask study on cancer trials access

WASHINGTON — Maryland Democrats have introduced legislation honoring Henrietta Lacks’ legacy by examining the access underrepresented groups have to government-funded cancer clinical trials. The Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act directs the Government Accountability Office to publish a report scrutinizing…

High court hears arguments over future of Bladensburg Peace Cross

WASHINGTON – Justices on the Supreme Court appeared split Wednesday during oral arguments over the constitutionality of a 40-foot Peace Cross that has stood in Bladensburg, Maryland for nearly a century. Most of the conservative-leaning justices stayed relatively quiet during…

House Democrats introduce bill to fight voter suppression

In 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed, ensuring the right to vote to black voters as well as enforcing oversight of places where voter suppression was common. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the oversight requirement. House Democrats want to bring it back to guarantee that exclusionary voting laws are not passed.

High court to hear arguments Wednesday on Bladensburg Peace Cross

BLADENSBURG, Maryland – When Steven Lowe first saw a 40-foot cross in a median strip here 30 years ago, he was too busy to think much of it. But as he drove and biked around it during his retirement, questions…

House Democrats launch effort to strengthen equal pay law

WASHINGTON – House Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to strengthen a decade-old equal pay law to ensure women are paid the same as men for the same jobs. The bill has the support of every Democrat in the House, according…

Raskin calls for tougher federal law on campus religious discrimination

WASHINGTON – Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Kensington, proposed Tuesday that religious discrimination on college campuses should be prohibited under the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. That law already bars religious discrimination in hiring, but the congressman said the law’s…

DeVos draws fire for plan to change handling of campus sexual assaults

WASHINGTON – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday overturned an Obama administration directive on campus sexual assault that may have long-ranging implications for the more than 300,000 college and graduate students in Maryland. “The era of rule by letter is…

Annapolis native with Down syndrome enjoys lobbying, working

By HANNAH KLARNER Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Madelyn Monzo doesn’t spend her paychecks — she’s saving them to take her father to Walt Disney World. The 24-year-old Annapolis native works in a discount store — her third job…

Area Jewish Community Center still coping with aftermath of bomb threats

ROCKVILLE–Even as President Trump finally speaks out about recent anti-Semitic hostilities one local Jewish Community Center is trying to cope with the aftermath from a recent series of bomb threats.