'Seeking Justice 2018': CCBC and Maryland Humanities bring history to life

Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will visit the Community College of Baltimore County’s Catonsville campus in mid-July. Or at least, a version of each historical icon will. From July 13 to July 15, CCBC is partnering with Maryland Humanities, an organization that promotes humanities programming around the state, to present a “Chautauqua” show, in which actors portraying historical figures perform a monologue and then field questions during an audience discussion. The free shows begin at 7 p.m. (Catonsville)

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July 9 // Holidays for all: Asian students ask for a day off school on Lunar New Year

For Angelina Xu, one of the best holidays of the year is like Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one. It brings the chance to see far-flung relatives and friends, to laugh and tell stories around the dinner table, to revel in plates and plates of Chinese food. But schools don’t close for Lunar New Year in her Maryland school system, so the ­12-year-old said she and others are forced to choose between their classes and their culture — an “impossible decision.” (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore programs empower youth

For high school graduates, the big question is what's next? Of the answer isn't college, finding the next step can be overwhelming. To help combat the stress, local programs are giving Baltimore students the opportunity to gain job experience while connecting employers with qualified young talent.  The nonprofit NPower helped Ricardo Amparo learn the tech skills needed to secure an internship with Kipp Baltimore this summer. Through free training, NPower creates digital career pathways for young adults after high school. (WMAR)

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Garrett College will use ARC funds for STEM technology

Garrett College will use more than $110,500 in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase STEM equipment and improve internet access and information technology infrastructure. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., announced the funding Thursday. “The college greatly appreciates the commitment to state-of-the-art STEM technology this grant represents,” Richard Midcap, Garrett College president, said Friday. (Times-News)

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Uncertainty for Maryland and college basketball after latest FBI-driven subpoenas

Nearly 10 months have passed since four men’s college basketball assistant coaches were fired at Power 5 schools after being arrested by the FBI for allegedly taking payments for steering players to professional agents. Less than a month after that, Rick Pitino was fired as coach at Louisville after being accused of paying $100,000 to a top recruit. While Pitino has vehemently denied the allegation, the 65-year-old Hall of Famer has not found another job. Now it’s Maryland’s turn in the unwanted spotlight brought by the FBI’s widespread investigation into corruption in college basketball. The university announced Friday that it had responded to two grand jury subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore community groups learn how to apply for youth funding

The gymnasium at Reginald F. Lewis High School was filled Saturday with people with ideas on how to improve the lives of Baltimore’s young people. And they were all hoping to tap into the $12 million Baltimore Children and Youth Fund to turn those ideas into fruition. The youth fund is a pool of money, first proposed by Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and approved by voters in 2016, to provide grants to youth organizations that have typically been unable to get government funding for their projects in the past. (Balt. Sun)

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Moving back to classroom, Harford teachers union leader steps down

The leader of Harford County’s most influential public employees union will be stepping down at the end of this month. Ryan Burbey has led the Harford County Education Association for the past six years. The association represents almost 3,000 classroom teachers and guidance counselors in collective bargaining with the county’s public school system. In a recent interview, Burbey confirmed he is stepping down Aug. 1 after leading the union since 2012. He will be succeeded by the current vice president, Chrystie Crawford-Smick. (Aegis)

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Williams earns final spot in Frederick County Board of Education race

Kim Williams earned the eighth and final spot in the race for Frederick County Board of Education and will advance to the general election. After the final canvass of absentee ballots from the June primary, Williams, a former candidate for alderwoman in Frederick, beat candidate Marie Fischer-Wyrick by 25 votes to secure a spot on the ballot in November. (News-Post)

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