Baltimore kids learn about exercise and nutrition at WNBA clinic in Penn North

About a hundred Baltimore kids learned the importance of exercise and nutrition through basketball drills Tuesday morning at a fitness clinic hosted by the WNBA at the Penn North Kids Safe Zone. The clinic, co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, took place on the new basketball court across from the Kids Safe Zone. The center was created as a safe space for kids in the community to play in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, and offers a free camp for 100 area children each summer. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County schools extends summer lunch program

Howard County schools will extend its summer lunch program at Stevens Forest Elementary School in Columbia by two weeks, due to high attendance and demand for the services, county officials said Friday. The program was originally slated to end Friday. The three other locations for the program — Harper's Choice Middle School, Murray Hill Middle School and Thomas Viaduct Middle School — are closed for the summer. Director of Food and Nutrition Services Brian Ralph had been considering extending the program for some time, and made the announcement last week after finalizing that Stevens Forest had enough administrators and staff to support the program over the next two weeks, according to Howard County schools spokesman Brian Bassett. (Columbia Flier)

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Vote on future of Frederick's Lincoln A expected after new FCPS report

Another marathon Frederick County Board of Education meeting could be on the docket for Wednesday. As the board prepares to vote on who will use the old Lincoln Elementary School building, known as Lincoln A, going forward, Frederick County Public Schools staff hopes to answer all remaining questions. The vote was put off at the July 12 board meeting because board member Liz Barrett wanted more specific information on how the SUCCESS program would benefit from the move. (News-Post)

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New cybersecurity master's program approved at Hood College

Hood College has gained approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission for a new master’s degree program in cybersecurity. The 30-credit program is a sub-discipline of computer science and information technology, and will be offered starting this fall. It is designed for technical and non-technical students with a bachelor’s degree, and builds on the college’s MHEC-approved graduate certificate in cybersecurity. “Students will learn about computer forensics, defending networks and firewalls, and configuring and deploying new systems,” said George Dimitoglou, associate professor and chairman of the department of computer science and information technology at Hood, in a news release. (News-Post)

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Backpack donation program strives to make sure students are ready for new school year

The chanting, cheering and clapping wouldn't have seemed out of place at a high school football game. But the start of school is still a couple of weeks off in Prince George's County. It wasn't students who were making all the racket on Tuesday morning in Glenn Dale, anyway. It was grown-ups. A team of volunteers spent about an hour that morning loading 140 boxes of backpacks filled with school supplies into a county school bus as part of the Prince George's County Public School system's "Stuff The Bus" initiative. (Capital)

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July 8 // Maryland school parents were uninformed for months about sex-abuse probe

Administrators at a Southern Maryland school district waited six months to inform parents at a middle school that one of its employees had been placed on administrative leave as police investigated a lewd text message he allegedly sent to a member of a high school track team. The investigation in Charles County, begun in December, led to the arrest of Carlos Deangelo Bell in June on accusations that he sexually molested several students. The former instructional aide at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School and former track coach at La Plata High School now faces 119 counts, including child sexual abuse, production of child pornography and possible transmission of HIV. (Wash. Post)

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New coffee place partners up with SU

The Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company has been selected as Salisbury University's coffee partner for the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, school officials said Monday. The Crofton, Maryland-based company's kiosk replaces Rise Up Café, which closed earlier this summer following a limited agreement with SU. (Daily Times)

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Driving school steers blind students in the right direction

Taking a drive in a car is, for many of us, something we often take for granted. But for some, getting behind the wheel seems impossible — until now. Drivers ed, where your senses–on high alert. “Back to the left. Not a lot, not a lot, back to the left.” Instructor Chip Sheehan is giving instruction to students who are missing something crucial for driving — their vision. (WJZ-TV)

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