U-Md. used a private company for a tornado warning. That can be problematic.

The University of Maryland’s decision to issue a tornado warning based on a private weather company’s guidance is sparking questions and scrutiny about the accuracy of forecasts and the firm’s role in public institutions. The tornado warning was issued Monday evening, an alert that triggered howling storm sirens on campus. The tornado warning for U-Md.' s campus in College Park was generated by AccuWeather, a private company that sells weather services, including tornado warnings. The National Weather Service had issued no such warning for College Park. (Wash. Post)

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Changes to bus routes, pick-up times become focus for Anne Arundel County school board candidates

Anne Arundel County school board candidates are responding to parent complaints about late pick-ups, skipped stops and half-empty school buses since this school year started. Since the county public schools announced 20 bus stop changes, introduced new arrival and departure times and rolled out mapping software designed to streamline bus services, school transportation has become a hot-button election issue. The school district in fiscal year 2016 put aside $800,000 to purchase transportation routing software to identify inefficiencies and make the county's network of buses more reliable, economical and safe. The software was implemented this fall. (Capital)

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How USM Chancellor Caret wants his leaders to handle campus crises

With two investigations into the athletic department underway at the University of Maryland, College Park and a lawsuit alleging the University of Maryland, Baltimore County has mishandled sexual assault investigations, University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret has an important request of his presidents. “I don’t ever want to read about anything in the paper I don’t know about,” he said in an interview with The Daily Record. “Anything you think comes to the level of a legal issue, a PR issue, an audit issue or a political issue, make sure I know about it. Because I can jump in and help or I can warn people so that the board is aware.” (Daily Record)

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Morgan St. students head to Google for tech exchange program

Five Morgan State University students will participate in a study-away initiative on the Google campus in Mountain View, California for the 2018-19 academic year as part of the Google Tech Exchange Program. The program is part of an effort to expand access to computer science education and expose minorities to opportunities in the technology sector. The students participating in the program this year are seniors Demetrius Robinson, Morgan Whittaker and  Sarah Cooper and juniors Joshua Smith and Michael McDonald. All five students are computer science majors and all will study at Google for two semesters, with the exception of Robinson. (Daily Record)

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Parents lobby for new John Archer, Homestead-Wakefield Elementary schools

Parents of students at two Harford County Public Schools whose replacements have been deferred in the last decade pleaded their cases for new schools Monday night. New buildings for John Archer School and Homestead-Wakefield Elementary that once had been priorities in Harford County Public Schools capital improvement program have been deferred as priorities have changed, school officials said. A new John Archer is in the school system’s timeline for 2023-24, “15-plus years after it was originally deemed to be rebuilt the first time. That is unacceptable,” Mackenzie Wardrope, whose daughter is in pre-K at John Archer, told members of the Harford County Board of Education at their meeting Monday night. (Aegis)

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Students protest after Maryland lawsuit alleges ‘shameless corruption' in concealing rape cases

Students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County staged a campus protest this week after a federal lawsuit was filed alleging that police, prosecutors and university officials concealed reports of sexual assault. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Maryland, alleges far-ranging “intentional misconduct” among officials “designed to cover up justifiable complaints of sexual assault.” It went on to allege that Baltimore County, the Baltimore County Police Department, the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Police Department engaged in “shameless corruption.” (Wash. Post)

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September 18 // Lawsuit alleges culture of covering up sexual assault complaints in Baltimore County, UMBC

More than a year after Baltimore County officials pledged to reform how sexual assault cases are investigated, a new class-action lawsuit alleges that county prosecutors and detectives continued to cover up complaints. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, was brought by two former University of Maryland, Baltimore County students, who say they were raped in separate incidents that they reported to university and county police. (Balt. Sun)

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Education Foundation for Balto. Co. launches apprenticeship program

Jack Bonner graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2017 with a computer science degree. He tried a couple of jobs – working for a moving company and then selling life insurance – but none stuck. “Nothing really gripped me,” said Bonner, 23, of Towson. “I wanted to go back to [doing something related to] my degree – that’s what I’d worked so hard to obtain. I really enjoy it.” About six months ago, he got his chance: he became a registered apprentice for Towson marketing company Zest Social Media Solutions, learning web development skills from experienced mentors while getting paid. (Towson)

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