Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research

On Wednesday, Johns Hopkins Medicine announced the launch of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, to study compounds like LSD and psilocybin for a range of mental health problems, including anorexia, addiction and depression. The center is the first of its kind in the country, established with $17 million in commitments from wealthy private donors and a foundation. Imperial College London launched what is thought to be the world’s first such center in April, with some $3.5 million from private sources. (NY Times)

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3 former Md. private school employees accused of child sex abuse

Three former employees of a private school in Frederick County, Maryland, that serves students with emotional and behavioral disabilities are accused of sexually assaulting two students. The Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office said all three were involved in supervising students in the residential part of the school. They were taken into custody Wednesday. (WTOP)

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Doctors In Maryland Warn Public Of Potential Health Consequences Of E-Cigarettes, Vaping

Vaping has been in the headlines a lot recently after a mysterious vaping related illness has been sickening several people in more than two dozen states. The State of Michigan even temporarily banned flavored versions of e-cigarettes on Wednesday, citing a public health emergency. Over 200 cases of serious pulmonary diseases linked to the use of e-cigarettes have been reported across 25 states, including five cases in Maryland. (WJZ)

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About 50 Baltimore schools without air-conditioning dismiss early due to heat on second day of class

Roughly 50 Baltimore schools without air-conditioning dismissed students early because of the high temperatures Wednesday — the second day of classes. The schools, which are listed on the district’s website, sent students home two hours early, per the system’s guidelines on extreme heat. All other schools kept their regular schedule. (Balt. Sun) 

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Augustine: A new approach for working students in Montgomery county

My first job was tarring roofs. I like to say that I started at the top. I was in high school and then college, making $1.69 an hour and measuring my performance in barrels of tar: If I wanted to buy a hamburger, that was half a barrel. That first job taught me lessons in money management and the value of hard work, dedication and responsibility — lessons that have stayed with me throughout my career.

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Kids attend same Prince George’s Co. elementary school that mom and dad did

Lots of parents sign up to volunteer at their child’s school, but for one Prince George’s County resident, the ties to Montpelier Elementary School run deep. Jamie Cousins, a digital marketing professional, attended Montpelier. So did the man she married. They met in first grade. “We officially became friends though, in second grade,” she said with a broad smile and a laugh. “We went to two different middle schools,” she said, but they dated, and were in touch throughout high school. (WTOP)

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‘The first day is about promise’: Maryland students return to school excited for new challenges

Rachel Pugh was just two hours into the first day of 11th grade and she already had an essay assignment. And she was excited about it. Rachel, 16, is enrolled in Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy’s Advanced Placement English class. Last year, the West Baltimore high school was among the nine in the city that didn’t offer a single AP course. But as part of a district-wide initiative to expand students’ access to more challenging material, the school system mandated that every school teach at least one AP class during the new school year. (Balt. Sun)

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As school begins in Prince George’s Co., officials focus on building new schools

As students head back to class in Prince George’s County, the new Blueprint for Success Initiative is officially in place. Dr. Monica Goldson, who is entering her first year as permanent CEO of the school system, is focusing on implementing programs such as universal pre-kindergarten in 17 schools and digital immersion programs under the initiative, but she said there’s also a focus on new construction. (WTOP)

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