Baltimore Co. schools seek magnet school input

School-based academic magnet programs are popular with Baltimore County students. More than 12,000 have signed up for the courses so far this year, and now the school system is turning to online surveys and meetings to find out if there's room for improvement. (WBAL-TV)

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Buzz Aldrin will be guest speaker at Severn School in April 2014

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is scheduled to be a guest speaker next spring at Severn School in Severna Park, school officials announced Tuesday. Aldrin, a Severn alumnus who joined fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong on the first moonwalk in 1969, will be the school's Astle Lecture speaker on April 1. (Capital)

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Harford teacher's aide sentenced for having sex with student

A former Harford County high school employee who pleaded guilty last spring to having sex with a student was sentenced to a five-year jail term, with all but one year suspended. Amanda Kay Miller, 36, of the 4500 block of Flintville Road in Whiteford, apologized for the incident, in which she had sex with the 15-year-old boy, calling it "a mistake" and "a lapse in judgment." (Aegis)

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Sept. 17 // UMD receives $750 million in software

The University of Maryland, College Park plans to announce Tuesday the receipt of a software grant valued at $750 million from a division of Siemens Corp. — the largest donation of its kind for both the electrical engineering giant and the state's flagship university. (Balt. Sun)

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UM medical school to break ground on much-needed research space

Winning a $1.6 million federal grant to buy a robotic system to store 1 million blood, urine and tissue samples was easy compared to finding space for it at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Officials plan to put that shortage in the past with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, marking the commencement of construction of a $305 million, 429,000-square-foot biomedical research building. The structure would become the largest on the University of Maryland, Baltimore, campus and provide space for a research enterprise that officials say is bursting at the seams and difficult to coordinate across disciplines. (Balt. Sun)

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Male targeting students at area schools with sexual chat

Officials at several Baltimore-area schools are warning parents that a male has contacted students through social media, using what police called sexually explicit language and images. The person engaged two teens who attend St. Paul's School for Girls — ages 15 and 17 — in video chats and communications that included explicit "conversation and images," according to Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. (Balt. Sun)

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Fear of 'legal consequences' drove Hopkins' blog controversy

When an interim engineering dean at the Johns Hopkins University asked a well-known cryptography professor to remove a blog post about the National Security Agency from university servers, he said he did so because he feared “legal consequences.” Hopkins never defined those perceived consequences, but the concern was based on professor Matthew D. Green's linking in the post to articles from The New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard schools put forth $94.6M capital budget proposal

Superintendent Renee Foose has put forth a preliminary $94.6 million capital proposal for fiscal year 2015, kicking off the annual budget process for the Howard County Public School System. (Patuxent)

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