Maryland teachers union seeks to block Hogan from using apple logo

The teachers unions of Maryland and Montgomery County want a judge to block Gov. Larry Hogan from using an apple logo on his campaign materials to suggest support from teachers in the state. They plan to file a lawsuit Friday morning in Montgomery County. A draft of the suit that the unions released Thursday to media outlets outlines their request for a restraining order against the Republican governor that would stop him from using logos similar to the unions’ “apple ballot” image. The unions “have a legal obligation to vigorously defend this trademark against infringement no matter the candidate or political party,” Maryland State Education Association spokesman Adam Mendelson said in a statement Thursday evening. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County consultant considering school facility conditions in possible plans to combat overcrowding

After meeting with stakeholders in July, Sage Policy Group, hired by Baltimore County Public Schools to come up with solutions to staunch overcrowding in county high schools, has trimmed from seven to three the number of scenarios, as well as taken into account facility conditions. “We went back to drawing board and looked at what people said they wanted and didn’t want,” Anirban Basu, CEO of Sage Policy Group, said. Basu and his firm are presenting the three revised proposals that take both both capacity and conditions into account at a series of public input meetings, during which the public has a chance to learn more about the scenarios. (Balt. Sun)

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Renowned architect Renzo Piano to design new Johns Hopkins building

The architect behind the Shard in London and the New York Times Building in New York is set to design the headquarters of the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Renzo Piano, 81, is an Italian architect and 1998 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, regarded as architecture’s most important award. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute will be an interdisciplinary center, dedicated to the idea of strengthening democracy through civic engagement and discourse worldwide. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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University of Maryland virus institute joins hunt for opioid treatment

A University of Maryland medical research institute has been tapped to test a promising opioid addiction treatment that aims to curb the cravings that are often responsible for relapses but not controlled well by other common therapies. The Institute of Human Virology, a center in the school of medicine that normally focuses on infectious diseases, announced Wednesday that it has won a $12 million federal grant to investigate the therapy over the next five or six years. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland chancellor Caret on football scandal: 'Let’s try to get this done and behind us'

University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert L. Caret continues to hear the same phrase when it comes to the investigation clouding over the University of Maryland football program: "Let's just get it done." The state's flagship school has been rocked by an ESPN report about what it called a "toxic culture" in Maryland football's program under Coach DJ Dirkin that may have led to the June 13 death of freshman lineman Jordan McNair. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Towson University hopes to motivate students to vote

Only 20 percent of people ages 18 to 29 who are eligible to vote actually did in the last midterm elections, according to The Campus Vote Project. Towson University is trying to get members of its student body to the polls on the upcoming Election Day. A few years ago, Towson University turned part of its Administration Building into a voting precinct. The goal, in part, was to make it easier for students to cast ballots. (WBAL)

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Washington County BOE to request $21 million for projects

Washington County Public Schools will ask for nearly $21 million from state and local governments to fund four projects in the upcoming fiscal year. The board of education on Tuesday unanimously passed a motion approving its capital-improvement program, or CIP, for fiscal year 2020. The request will now be sent to the state for approval. (Herald-Mail)

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Tech High Innovation Center receives facelift

Washington County Technical High School's new Innovation Center got a major facelift over the summer, according to Principal Rodney Gayman. Gayman and Supervisor for Career Technology Education Cody Pine gave Washington County Board of Education members an update on the project Tuesday. The engineering space was enlarged, received new lighting fixtures, got its walls painted and concrete floor polished. Gayman said there are new student work stations, more storage and high-tech equipment. (Herald-Mail)

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