Bowie State student's stabbing death at University of Maryland to be prosecuted as a hate crime

A former University of Maryland student charged with fatally stabbing a Bowie State student in the spring was indicted on a hate-crime charge Tuesday by a Prince George’s County grand jury. “We are completely comfortable with the indictment in this case,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said in a news conference announcing the charge. Army 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III, 23, who was black, had been visiting friends at College Park in May when a white UM student, Sean Urbanski, 22, approached them outside. (Balt. Sun)

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Construction documents for Washington County school board's downtown project get go-ahead

With engineering now complete, the Washington County Board of Education's component of an urban-improvement project in downtown Hagerstown should get under way as expected early next year. "Our hope is early in January" was to begin demolition, "but we’ll see when demo of the old building will begin to occur," schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said. "We’re opening in August of 2019." The school board voted 7-0 on Tuesday night to approve formal construction documents for the $16.2 million project, which now will be forwarded to the Maryland State Department of Education for review and approval. (Herald-Mail)

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At Anne Arundel high school diploma ceremony, students recount struggles and successes

Roughly 50 students walked across the stage Tuesday night at Anne Arundel Community College, a graduation ceremony for students of all ages who received their high school diplomas this year through Anne Arundel County programs. The college partnered with Anne Arundel County Public Schools for the ceremony, which recognized both students who received a diploma through the college's Adult Basic Skills and GED program and through the school system's branch of the National External Diploma Program. Though they traveled different paths, everyone who crossed the stage Tuesday earned a Maryland high school diploma, not a certificate. (Capital)

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Fallout continues from Bel Air High racist photo, as more demand action

As Harford County Public Schools officials sought to contain fallout from a racist photograph involving seven Bel Air High School students, community leaders called for more dialogue about this and other issues of racism and of racial, gender, religious or ethnic objectification in the county. Political leaders, meanwhile, were being put on notice they need to do more to prevent similar incidents, if not in the public school system, over which they have little control, at least in the community at large, and the president of the Harford County Board of Education pledged to address wider issue of racism in the school community. (Aegis)

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Maasai visit to Carroll schools 'mutually beneficial,' a chance to share culture

Ebb Valley Elementary School fourth-graders sat around tables, each with a thin, curved wire. The students slowly and methodically worked to put very small, glass beads onto the wire, one by one. As the students worked, Maasai Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko and community organizer John Parsitau, from Nairobi, Kenya, walked around the classroom, giving tips on how to get the beads on quickly. Tipanko is chief of a Maasai community who live in a large village outside of Nairobi. The program began about a decade ago after now-retired Carroll County Public Schools teacher Dolly Mersinger began a pen pal program with Tipanko. After that, he began to visit CCPS regularly. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Going Deutsch: Maryland students celebrate German-American culture

Students from 20 middle schools and high schools from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania traveled to McDaniel College on Tuesday morning for what teachers and organizers hoped would be a wunderbar experience at the annual German-American Culture Day. Each year, organizers of the event, in its 23rd year, invite students studying German from throughout the region for a daylong celebration of German music, food, culture, history and more, with a set of workshops, an authentic meal and a closing concert. (Carr. Co. Times)

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October 17 // University of Maryland astronomers strike gold — and platinum — as they watch neutron stars collide

In a highly anticipated first, scientists said they’ve detected the collision of two neutron stars and confirmed that these cataclysmic events are indeed a source of gold, platinum and other heavy elements in the universe. The powerful smash-up produced gravitational waves that were picked up in mid-August by specialized observatories in the United States and Italy and a burst of gamma rays that was seen a few seconds later. Researchers at the University of Maryland played key roles in detecting and analyzing the event’s signals — both the gravitational waves and across the spectrum of light. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland sees drop in motorists illegally passing school buses as students board and exit

Maryland school bus drivers saw a decrease in the number of stop arm violations last year, according to a survey sponsored by the state department of education. Stop arms, or automated flashing stop signs, extend from the sides of school buses whenever the vehicle stops to load or unload students. It is illegal to pass a school bus when the stop arm is extended and the lights are on. (Balt. Sun)

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