Navy rule change for female service members' hair won't apply to Naval Academy midshipmen

The Navy rule change allowing female sailors to wear ponytails and locks will not extend to the United States Naval Academy. The rule change — announced Tuesday to expand acceptable female hairstyles when in uniform — does not include midshipmen at this time, said spokesman Cmdr. David McKinney. “Navy policy just recently changed and we, the Naval Academy, will look at the policy and discuss how the regulations for midshipmen will change moving forward,” McKinney said. (Capital)

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July 13 // Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics received $15 million gift

The Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics, one of the world’s largest bioethics centers, announced Thursday that it has received one of its biggest financial gifts, $15 million to be used to support education and training. The donation came from Alex Levi and his wife, Vicki, and was made in honor of the institute’s founding director, Ruth R. Faden. Levi, a New York-based clinical psychologist, is a trustee emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University and chair of the Berman Institute’s national advisory board. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland schools CEO handed six-figure severance payout

The embattled leader of a Maryland school system will get a contract settlement of nearly $800,000 as he leaves his job — a controversial deal that follows a string of scandals that eroded his support. Kevin Maxwell ends his tenure as chief executive of Prince George’s County Public Schools about three years before his four-year contract is over, under terms of an agreement approved by a 7-to-2 vote of the school board Thursday night. His severance package includes $790,000 in compensation, payout of leave time and health benefits. It covers much of what he would have collected if he had worked. His remaining contract was estimated at $1.2 million. (Wash. Post)

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Redistricting, school closure committee continues analysis of possibilities with fall deadline on horizon

The Redistricting and School Closure Committee continued working its way through possible options Thursday night, primarily focusing on comprehensive redistricting and weighing planning objectives from the school board. “I think we’re getting to a very critical stage in our process,” the committee’s paid facilitator David Lever told the group July 12. The committee was convened to investigate, develop and present multiple options related to comprehensive redistricting and school closures to the Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education and the superintendent this fall. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Walkersville officials accuse FCPS of 'bait and switch' over Rock Creek School plans

Early plans to build a replacement Rock Creek School on the Walkersville Middle School property have Walkersville officials worried, with disappearing green space, excess parking and fear their feedback will be dismissed topping the list of concerns. Frederick County Public Schools presented a preliminary concept plan to build the new Rock Creek School at a joint meeting with the town Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The new plan for the 27.2-acre property included a new parking lot designated for overnight bus storage adjacent to a residential area and the removal of athletic, track and other green areas used by the wider community. (News-Post)

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Goddard School expands with new Towson location

A new franchise of the private Goddard School with 18 classrooms and two gyms is preparing to open in Towson. The upscale early childhood learning facility will have a capacity for 223 children from six weeks to 6 years old. It will be located at 807 Gleneagles Ct. off of Cromwell Bridge Road and Interstate 695. and is expected to open in the coming month. The Towson Goddard School will be the 17th location in Maryland for the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based company that has franchises in 36 states and enrolls more than 65,000 students. The company first opened three decades ago. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Former Maryland basketball player Damonte Dodd surrenders passport after bail hearing on rape charge

Former Maryland men’s basketball player Damonte Dodd, who was charged by Prince George’s County police last week with raping a woman at a College Park apartment in November, is free on his own personal recognizance after a bail hearing Thursday morning in Upper Marlboro. Dodd was ordered to surrender his passport, and to stay away from his alleged victim and any potential witnesses. He is also not allowed to go back to College Park. Dodd, 24, is scheduled to go on trial in November. (Balt. Sun)

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'Everybody deserves an opportunity:' Summer Youth Work Experience through The Arc offers job skills for those with disabilities

At 8 a.m. on a Tuesday in July, Matt Raczkowski, 19, stood in the aisle at Michael’s in Westminster, restocking shelves. In his hand he held Model Magic clay, looking to find where the matching item on the display was to replace it. Each time he found the right match and hooked it on the metal arm or placed it on the shelf, he’d exclaim “I win” or thrust out his hand for a high five from job coach Ashley Jacobs. For Raczkowski, working at Michael’s is his second summer job through the Summer Youth Work Experience through The Arc of Carroll County. Young clients learn job skills as the Arc of Carroll County's Summer Youth Work Experience places them in summer jobs with local businesses. (Carr. Co. Times)

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