Carroll County commissioners approve transfer of funds for library makerspace project

The Carroll County Public Library received authorization to transfer its savings to its Exploration Commons at 50 East makerspace project. Exploration Commons will be a community creativity center in the 14,000-square-foot basement of the Westminster branch of CCPL — comprising a makerspace, culinary center and meeting space where “ideas, and tools come together to create, innovate and collaborate,” according to its website. (Carr. Co. Times)

 

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The city that codes? Movement aims to boost Baltimore youth up the ladder of the innovation economy

From the outside, the old rec center on a corner in Federal Hill looks the same, the kind of place where kids do arts and crafts, and play basketball. But over the past five years the inside has been transformed into a hub for coders. Cinderblock walls are painted with blue computer pixels. Laptops, 3D printers and laser cutters hum, and everywhere are the funky, whimsical and practical creations that came straight from the minds of young kids. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City Public Schools investigating after high school student hits teacher in viral video

Baltimore school administrators are investigating after a teacher at Frederick Douglass High School was hit by a student Wednesday in an exchange captured on a viral video. The video, posted to Instagram Wednesday afternoon, depicts two students bickering while standing close to a teacher. At one point one of the students backs away and the other student strikes the teacher, who recoils. The student then leaves the classroom while cursing. (Balt. Sun)

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Liberty High School Lions' Pride marching band wins Atlantic Coast Championships

After 40 years of competing in Tournament of Bands, the Liberty High School Lions’ Pride marching band won first place in Group 3 Open Class at the Atlantic Coast Championships last weekend. The competition was held Saturday, Nov. 3, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the band earned a score of 98.00, the highest score of any Maryland band in the history of the conference, according to a news release from Carroll County Public Schools. (Carr. Co. Times)

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November 8 // University System of Maryland regents name new chair Linda Gooden. Her first public act: Apologizing

A retired Lockheed Martin executive will assume leadership of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, facing an uphill battle to regain public trust after the way the governing body handled the investigations into the death of 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair. Linda Gooden’s first public act as chair was to apologize for the way the board bungled its responsibilities related to the athletic department scandal in College Park. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland fires trainers responsible for improperly treating football player Jordan McNair's heatstroke

A week after the University of Maryland fired football coach DJ Durkin, the two trainers directly involved with the improper treatment of football player Jordan McNair when he suffered a fatal heatstroke May 29 have been terminated as well. Head football trainer Wes Robinson and assistant athletic director Steve Nordwall, who oversaw the training staff, were informed Tuesday that they were fired by the university, sources familiar with the situation said Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Senate chief Mike Miller breaks silence on Maryland's firing of football coach, Brady resignation

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, one of the University of Maryland’s leading boosters, said Wednesday that “there’s fault everywhere around” for the developments that led to the ouster of football coach DJ Durkin and the resignation of the chairman of the university system’s Board of Regents. In rambling answers to questions posed at a post-election news conference, Miller broke his self-imposed silence about the events that led to and followed the death of 19-year-old Jordan McNair from heatstroke he developed at a football practice. The Senate president said the blame extended “from the top to the bottom.” (Balt. Sun)

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'It really troubles us:' Racist acts spread to middle school in Pasadena

Anne Arundel County police are investigating two racist incidents that took place at two Pasadena schools over the course of just two days. A Chesapeake High School student said he received an anonymous message via AirDrop on Oct. 31 that contained a photo of a Confederate flag with the caption: “You n***s will rue the day,” said the name of the student’s mother. A day later a noose was found hanging in a boys’ bathroom stall at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, according to a letter the school principal sent to families on Thursday. (Capital)

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