Towson University honored for values

Towson University is named one of the 100 “best values in public colleges” according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. For the fifth consecutive year, Towson University has been included on the list by the financial magazine who rate four-year colleges that deliver a quality education at an affordable price. (WMAR-TV)

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Md. School For The Deaf Calls Phony Mandela Interpretation ‘Hurtful’

The phony interpretation of diplomatic speeches at Nelson Mandela’s funeral raises issues long plaguing the deaf community. Pat Warren reports a native South African at the Maryland School for the Deaf calls the incident hurtful. “The man did not know what he was doing. He was just kind of moving his hands in a gesture,” said Stacey Farone, interpreter. (WJZ-TV)

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Lanham school receives Blue Ribbon honors

Robert Goddard French Immersion in Lanham took one of the top honors in Maryland when it was named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School. The French immersion program is the first specialty school in Prince George’s County to be awarded the state’s top honor, which is awarded to only six of the state’s roughly 1,400 schools each year, based on high performance on the reading and mathematics sections of the Maryland assessments and/or schools that have shown dramatic improvement over an extended period of time. (Gazette)

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Washington County students maneuver in robot competition at Volvo Group Truck Operations

SMS 1 was one of 26 middle and high school teams from Washington County Public Schools that visited the Hagerstown-area campus of Volvo Group Truck Operations during the past two days to learn more about their robots and how to scrimmage, Volvo spokeswoman Belinda Vinson said. Volvo donated \$50,000 to the school system to provide VEX Robotics kits for 14 teams of students to design and construct the robots, and to sponsor a local robotics competition in February at Clear Spring High School, Vinson said. (Herald-Mail)

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Mount Airy students take a virtual trip to Philadelphia

Students at Mt. Airy Middle School visited with staff at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Thursday to discuss the use of medieval armor and weaponry. But they didn't have to travel far to see the museum's medieval exhibits. Instead, seventh-graders gathered in the school library for a virtual field trip with Izzie Fuqua, a distance learning educator with the art museum. (Balt. Sun)

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Dec. 12 // MedImmune, Hopkins to collaborate

The Johns Hopkins University and Gaithersburg-based MedImmune LLC are beginning a five-year, \$6.5 million research collaboration that will focus on identifying potential treatments for several complex diseases, officials announced Wednesday. Both Hopkins and MedImmune — the biologics research and development arm of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca — will contribute funds, employees and materials to the partnership, which will consist of several joint research projects and training programs, officials said. (Daily Record)

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Howard school system retirees angry over health care change

Medicare-eligible retirees in the Howard County Public School System will have a new insurance plan come Jan. 1, but significant concerns have been expressed by some retirees that the plan isn't accepted by their health care providers. For \$6.47 million, the school system is replacing the existing, self-funded Medicare Supplement plans for Medicare-eligible retirees and their eligible dependents with a fully insured Medicare Advantage Plan from United Healthcare. (Patuxent)

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U-Va., William and Mary, and U-Md. ranked high on value in Kiplinger’s list of public colleges

Among public colleges in Virginia and Maryland, three consistently rank in the top 10 in a Kiplinger’s analysis of “best values” in the country: the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Maryland at College Park. A new Kiplinger’s list, published Wednesday, describes U-Va. as the second-best value, behind the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. William and Mary is fourth in the ranking of value for in-state students, and U-Md. seventh. (Wash. Post)

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