Baltimore County Council members urge school board to release audit

Baltimore County Council members are pressing the county school board to release an audit of school system contracts and finances. In a letter dated Friday to board Chairwoman Kathleen Causey, six of the council’s seven members urged the board to make a draft of the audit public. The members cited the $400,000 cost to taxpayers of performing the audit. “The purpose of the audit was to restore the public’s confidence in the school system and to ensure that the Board and BCPS are spending taxpayer dollars appropriately and efficiently,” states the letter, signed by six of the board’s seven members. (Balt. Sun)

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Filipino teachers had to leave Baltimore amid new U.S. immigration policies. Now, most are back.

In 2014, Lufthansa Flight 1829 took off from Bilbao, Spain, and was ascending normally when the plane’s nose unexpectedly dropped. The plane — an Airbus A321 with 109 passengers on board — began to fall. The co-pilot tried to raise the nose with his controls. The plane pointed down even further. He tried again. Nothing, according to a report by German investigators. As the Lufthansa plane fell from 31,000 feet, the captain pulled back on his stick as hard as he could. The nose finally responded. But he struggled to hold the plane level. (Wash. Post)

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FSU develops new way to access business expertise

Businesses, nonprofits and local governments in the tri-state area have a straightforward new way to access business expertise at Frostburg State University: the College of Business’ Center for Regional Engagement and Economic Development. “Expanding our outreach and engagement into the surrounding region has been a key goal for FSU. CREED is an important step toward that goal,” said Al Delia, vice president for regional development and engagement at FSU. “Business, nonprofit and government organizations throughout the region now have a clear conduit to work directly with our distinguished College of Business faculty. (Times-News)

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Serious about girl power: Montgomery student maps out day to recognize girls

It takes a good idea and a commanding presence to make a state committee listen intently this late in the General Assembly session. Kana Walsh, a middle school student from Montgomery County, may have that good idea. From the witness table in the Health and Government Operations Committee room Tuesday, Kana asked her state delegates to pass a bill that would annually declare Oct. 11 International Day of the Girl. (News-Post)

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Legislation corrects Promise Scholarship funding issue

Legislation that would correct funding issues with Promise Scholarships in Allegany and Garrett counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly, Del. Wendell Beitzel said. Both counties have scholarship programs established by their respective county commissions.  In Garrett County, the scholarship is funded by the county through an accommodations tax, and allows local high school graduates to attend Garrett College tuition-free for two years, said Beitzel (R-Garrett, Allegany). (Times-News)
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The story of the unsolved 2011 murder invoked in Hopkins police force debate

It was a powerful moment during the General Assembly’s debate over an armed police force at Johns Hopkins University. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings came to Annapolis and told state lawmakers that his nephew, a promising law student, was killed eight years ago at college in Virginia. Cummings didn’t hold back to make his point. “I literally saw his brain splattered on the wall,” the Baltimore Democrat said. “They had a whole spate of robberies on the campus before my nephew got killed and had not taken the appropriate precautions.” (Balt. Sun)

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Medical students in Maryland celebrate residency placements on Match Day

For the past decade, the Vasiljevic sisters have been inseparable. Katarina, 27, and Marija, 26, both attended Johns Hopkins University, graduating with bachelor’s degrees in neurology. Four years ago, they moved in together in Mount Vernon as they both started medical school — Katarina at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Marija at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As medical residents the sisters will pursue internal medicine. But for the first time in years, they’ll be thousands of miles apart. (Balt. Sun)

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3 area schools awarded over $22K in annual ‘Clicks for Kids’ competition

Three area schools are preparing to make some purchases using funds they didn’t know they would have a few weeks ago. These schools are the winners of this year’s “Click for Kids” sweepstakes, sponsored by WTOP and Huntington Learning Center. This year’s grand prize winner is Clarksburg High School in Montgomery County and for getting the most votes, the school will have an extra $10,000 to use this year. “Oh we are thrilled!” said Principal Edward Owusu. (WTOP)

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