Virtual, summer school graduates succeed despite struggles

Some feigned a straight face, but there was no hiding the smiles below their caps. They were done. The final graduates in the Class of 2013 celebrated their accomplishments Thursday at a commencement ceremony for Frederick County Public Schools' virtual and summer programs. (News-Post)

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Ausherman leaves FCC board of trustees

Marvin Ausherman has resigned from the Frederick Community College board of trustees. The local businessman and philanthropist told fellow board members of his departure in an email Monday, board chairwoman Debra Borden said Thursday. Ausherman indicated that “he was too busy and working on several different things and didn’t think he could devote enough time to the college,” Borden said. (News-Post)

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Towson invites public comment about university police

The Towson University Police Department is seeking accreditation from a national law-enforcement standards agency and inviting public comment about its practices and procedures. (Balt. Sun)

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August 1 // UMUC creates pathway to earn credit through MOOCs

The University of Maryland University College announced Wednesday it will be the first in the state's university system to create a path for students to earn academic credit for learning through "massive open online courses." The university is one of the nation's largest public providers of online higher education with an enrollment of about 93,000 students. (AP)

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School commissioner's background in question

Questions have arisen about the background of a new appointee to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. The Maryland state Department of Education is investigating Anthony Hamilton's claims about his background, in response to the questions raised by the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team -- potentially embarrassing questions if a gubernatorial appointee to a high-profile position isn't who he's claimed to be. (WBAL-TV)

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Smith School freezes MBA tuition cost 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park has instituted a freeze on tuition for about 850 full- and part-time MBA students returning for the 2013-2014 academic year, the university announced Wednesday. (Daily Record)

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Former administrators file whistle-blower suit against FCC

Two former Frederick Community College administrators say they were fired for revealing top-level financial mismanagement, according to a lawsuit filed July 18 in Frederick County Circuit Court. FCC President Doug Browning and interim Vice President of Administration Donald Francis removed Robert Gill and Jerry Garbinski for reporting financial misconduct and other unethical action, the lawsuit states. (News-Post)

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National Aquarium overhaul creates coral ecosystem

The National Aquarium in Baltimore has overhauled what once was a drab, leaky, concrete tank of mostly sting rays, adding 1,000 animals and 3,000 hand-sculpted coral replicas to create a colorful and massive new centerpiece exhibit. The massive central tank had always been popular but became dated, and it is now teeming with new life after the $12.5 million renovation. It now includes 65 different animal species, including a beloved 555-pound, three-legged green sea turtle named Calypso. (AP)

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