March 28 // Higher education commission to increase awareness of tuition assistance programs

The Maryland Higher Education Commission and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford announced a campaign to encourage students to seek financial assistance from the state. The $350,000 campaign will target high school students, adult learners, senior citizens and veterans. “Having a college education is probably more important now than ever before,” Rutherford said. (Daily Record)

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Naval Academy grads ask alumni group to rescind honor for former Sen. Jim Webb

Several Naval Academy alumni have asked the alumni association to rescind an award planned for former U.S. Sen. James Webb because of his decades-old essay questioning the decision to admit women into military service academies. Webb, who also served as secretary of the Navy, wrote the 7,000-word essay "Women Can't Fight" for Washingtonian Magazine in 1979. "There is a place for women in our military, but not in combat. And their presence at institutions dedicated to the preparation of men for combat command is poisoning that preparation," Webb wrote. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford schools in line to get $356,000 more from state

Harford County educators say they are looking forward to getting an extra $356,000 for the public school system in state funding from Gov. Larry Hogan's supplemental budget that's in the works in Annapolis. "We have been informed that we could receive $356,000 in supplemental funding from the Governor's office," Jillian V. Lader, manager of communications for Harford County Public Schools, said in an email Monday afternoon. "We look forward to receiving confirmation of the additional funds." (Balt. Sun)

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Former national drug czar to join Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health

The former U.S. drug czar will join the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a distinguished policy scholar. Michael Botticelli, who served in the administration of former President Barack Obama, will take the post in the department of health policy and management in June and work with faculty, students and others for a year on initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic that has gripped the region and the nation. In 2015 alone, more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, according to government data. (Balt. Sun)

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Supplemental budget money reduces CCPS funding gap

The passing of a second supplemental budget from Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday reduces the funding gap in Carroll County Public Schools' preliminary operating budget by more than 40 percent. The Republican governor's office sent out a news release Sunday evening, detailing the supplemental budget, which includes an additional $28.2 million in funding for 11 K-12 public school systems in the state. The highest amount goes to Baltimore City — at $23.7 million — followed by the $1.6 million Carroll schools will receive. The supplemental budget was introduced Monday, and lawmakers in the General Assembly passed the funding Monday evening. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Police thwart Frederick school shooting threat

An 18-year-old student is in police custody after Catoctin High School officials and law enforcement were notified by one of the student's parents about a potential threat of violence at the Frederick County school. Nichole Cevario, of Thurmont, faces charges of possession of explosive material with intent to create a destructive device and possession of incendiary material with the intent to create a destructive device, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Bud Bitzer scholarships go to 11 from Harford's Class of 2017

Before his death in 2002, Bud Bitzer, a charter member of Harford County Ravens Nest No. 1 and the epitome of a home team supporter, dreamed of creating a scholarship through the organization that would be awarded to one senior athlete in Harford County. At his first Board of Directors meeting for Ravens Nest No. 1, Bitzer put forward the idea to initiate the scholarship. Now, 15 years later, the scholarship that bears Bitzer's name has helped nearly 100 deserving Harford County football players pursue their aspirations to attend college. (Balt. Sun)

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Chaplegate Christian Academy team to compete in Lego League World Festival

Legos are more than just toys for members of Chaplegate Christian Academy's FIRST Lego League team; they're tools for teamwork and innovation. After the winning debut of their Lego Mindstorms obstacle course robot and wildlife-themed invention at the Maryland league challenge last month, the Marriottsville school's seven-member team will compete against more than 100 teams at the 2017 FIRST World Festival in St. Louis, Mo., in April. (Balt. Sun)

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