St. Mary's County students plan to protest in Annapolis for improved gun control laws

Student efforts to win tougher gun control laws in Maryland are gaining new energy after the shooting deaths of five staff members at the Capital Gazette Newspapers. Students plan a rally in Annapolis on July 21 where they will remember those killed in an Annapolis newsroom and pressure lawmakers — and especially Gov. Larry Hogan — to improve controls on gun possession. (Capital)

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Maryland ranked as one of the most dangerous states for kids online

A recent study reveals that Maryland is ranked eight out of 10 on a list of the “Most Dangerous States for Kids Online.” The Internet Service Partners released a report titled “Safest and Most Dangerous States for Kids Online” on July 11, which analyzes the most recent youth statistics and cybercrime reports related to malware infection rates, youth victims of internet crime, state education rank, cyber-bullying laws, and youth mental illness. (WJZ-TV)

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Grand jury indicts teens accused of hate crimes at Glenelg High School

A Howard County grand jury has indicted the four Glenelg High School students charged with hate crimes after swastikas and racial epithets were found scrawled on the school’s property in late May, the state’s attorney’s office said Friday. Tyler Curtiss of Brookeville, Matthew Lipp of Woodbine, Joshua Shaffer of Mount Airy and Seth Taylor of Glenwood — all 18 — each face identical seven-count indictments, including three hate-crime charges. (Balt. Sun)

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Navy rule change for female service members' hair won't apply to Naval Academy midshipmen

The Navy rule change allowing female sailors to wear ponytails and locks will not extend to the United States Naval Academy. The rule change — announced Tuesday to expand acceptable female hairstyles when in uniform — does not include midshipmen at this time, said spokesman Cmdr. David McKinney. “Navy policy just recently changed and we, the Naval Academy, will look at the policy and discuss how the regulations for midshipmen will change moving forward,” McKinney said. (Capital)

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July 13 // Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics received $15 million gift

The Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics, one of the world’s largest bioethics centers, announced Thursday that it has received one of its biggest financial gifts, $15 million to be used to support education and training. The donation came from Alex Levi and his wife, Vicki, and was made in honor of the institute’s founding director, Ruth R. Faden. Levi, a New York-based clinical psychologist, is a trustee emeritus of the Johns Hopkins University and chair of the Berman Institute’s national advisory board. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland schools CEO handed six-figure severance payout

The embattled leader of a Maryland school system will get a contract settlement of nearly $800,000 as he leaves his job — a controversial deal that follows a string of scandals that eroded his support. Kevin Maxwell ends his tenure as chief executive of Prince George’s County Public Schools about three years before his four-year contract is over, under terms of an agreement approved by a 7-to-2 vote of the school board Thursday night. His severance package includes $790,000 in compensation, payout of leave time and health benefits. It covers much of what he would have collected if he had worked. His remaining contract was estimated at $1.2 million. (Wash. Post)

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Redistricting, school closure committee continues analysis of possibilities with fall deadline on horizon

The Redistricting and School Closure Committee continued working its way through possible options Thursday night, primarily focusing on comprehensive redistricting and weighing planning objectives from the school board. “I think we’re getting to a very critical stage in our process,” the committee’s paid facilitator David Lever told the group July 12. The committee was convened to investigate, develop and present multiple options related to comprehensive redistricting and school closures to the Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education and the superintendent this fall. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Walkersville officials accuse FCPS of 'bait and switch' over Rock Creek School plans

Early plans to build a replacement Rock Creek School on the Walkersville Middle School property have Walkersville officials worried, with disappearing green space, excess parking and fear their feedback will be dismissed topping the list of concerns. Frederick County Public Schools presented a preliminary concept plan to build the new Rock Creek School at a joint meeting with the town Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The new plan for the 27.2-acre property included a new parking lot designated for overnight bus storage adjacent to a residential area and the removal of athletic, track and other green areas used by the wider community. (News-Post)

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