Chesapeake College offering criminal justice program

Chesapeake College is offering a new fully online degree program designed to give law enforcement officers an opportunity to quickly and affordably earn an associate’s degree in criminal justice. The cost to complete the program is about $3,600 for students qualifying for resident tuition in Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. Many students are eligible for financial assistance from their respective agencies, government entities or Chesapeake College. (Star Dem.)

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Frederick Douglass HS celebrates National AG Day

In celebration of National Agriculture Day, students at Frederick Douglass High School planted flowers Tuesday. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford and Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder were there to help plant enough flowers for each student to take home on Mother's Day. Rutherford said the event educates students about the growing process and the agricultural field. "The governor and I want to make sure that the folks in Baltimore City, in particularly the kids, understanding the importance of agriculture to not only our economy, but to the nation's economy," Rutherford said. (WMAR)

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March 21 // Former Baltimore city principal charged with theft of school funds, withdrawing cash at casino

The former principal of an alternative high school in Southeast Baltimore has been indicted on charges of stealing nearly $13,400 from a school account — proceeds from the sale of school uniforms, class dues, graduation fees — and withdrawing the cash repeatedly from an ATM at Maryland Live Casino, state prosecutors said. The charges against Leslie Lewis, 44, of Owings Mills, bring to three to the number of city schools administrators charged in recent years with raiding their school coffers to spend on themselves. Others paid for utility bills and legal fees, a 19-day hotel stay in New Jersey, even wedding expenses. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore YouthWorks program to offer 8,000 summer jobs to young people

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced Monday the launch of this year's YouthWorks, an annual city program that provides 8,000 summer jobs to young people in the city. The five-week program, which had more than 14,000 applications from youths aged 14 to 21, is supported by public grants, private philanthropy and employers offering summer positions and internships. The minimum-wage jobs are at nearly 1,000 different work sites in various fields, including energy, health care, hospitality and tourism, finance, construction, law and government. (Balt. Sun)

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Gilbert O. Ogonji, noted professor at Coppin, dies

Gilbert O. Ogonji, former longtime professor of biology and chair of Coppin State University's Department of Natural Sciences, died March 13 at his Silver Spring home from pulmonary fibrosis. He was 77. "Early on, he demonstrated a talent for leadership, teaching, mentoring and inspiring students and faculty to achieve," the university said in announcing Dr. Ogonji's death. "Dr. Ogonji remains instrumental in the growth and sustainability of the natural sciences programs at Coppin." (Balt. Sun)

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Emotions run high after reported rape at Rockville High School

The usually civil political discourse in Montgomery County turned aggressive over the weekend as residents who oppose the county’s liberal policy toward undocumented immigrants angrily emerged in reaction to the brutal alleged rape of a Rockville High School freshman girl by 17- and 18-year-old recent Central American immigrants. “People are angry, people are nervous, people are concerned,” County Council President Roger Berliner said Monday morning during his weekly press conference. “I’ve gotten some very ugly emails accusing us of being a sanctuary county.” (Bethesda)

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HCC women make history with national basketball win

The Harford Community College women's basketball team made history Monday afternoon, winning a NJCAA Division I National Tournament game in Texas. The Fighting Owls (30-3) defeated San Jacinto, 80-72, in the opening round of the tourney being played at Lubbock Christian University. It is the first win in national tournament history for the HCC women. (Aegis)

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Dulaney High parents and teachers talk strategy in wake of school board's rejection of proposed renovation

Dulaney High School parents and teachers gathered last week to discuss short- and long-term strategies to address the aging school's needs in the wake of a March 7 school board decision to reject a contract to renovate the building. In the meantime, a group of parents, teachers and students who want the county to construct a new Dulaney High School will hold a strategy meeting April 5 at 7 p.m., at 525 St. Francis Road, in Towson, said one of the group's leaders. (Towson)

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