Dr. Robert E. Cooke, a retired Johns Hopkins pediatrician-in-chief who was a founder of the Head Start children's program and a presidential medical adviser, died of heart disease Feb. 2 at his Oak Bluffs home on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. The former North Roland Park resident was 93.
Imagine a Baltimore where key figures such as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Services Sam Abed made it their resolution in this new year to think more creatively about community peace-building initiatives, starting with a significant increase in funding for youth development programs. Such a resolution would be a proactive investment in the social capital of our city's youth, an untapped asset that would bring boundless returns.
Despite the economy, the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program is going strong nationally and in Baltimore as it nears its 49th birthday on Aug. 20. Last week, the national director was in Charles Village to welcome 16 VISTAs, who will work in Baltimore for at least a year.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley offered pointed criticism of Republicans in an address to the Democratic convention on Tuesday, arguing that President Barack Obama is best suited to right the U.S. economy while GOP nominee Mitt Romney's policies would only move the nation backward.