2 more schools caught padlocking doors

Indoor bolts and padlocks on exit doors at Maritime Industries Academy in Northeast Baltimore, a clear violation of fire and safety codes but according to fire department records, a practice that dated back until at least 2011. Long enough that students we talked to didn't seem all that surprised, but it was an issue that got the attention of the Baltimore City Fire Marshal who the very next morning ordered the staff at the school to remove the bolts and the padlocks. (WMAR)

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Guests get sneak preview of Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of Washington Co. library

If they had not seen it before, Friday was the night for a sneak preview and reception for the individuals, companies, clubs, trusts, foundations and others that helped fund the new Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free library in Hagerstown. “It’s absolutely, unbelievably beautiful .... I think it’s usable for everybody of every age, including kids,” said Art Schnieder, who made a donation to the project with his wife, Marianne. (Herald-Mail)

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MSD students learn about the value of bees to human life

The importance of honeybees cannot be overstated. The flying critters account for one-third of the food we eat and nearly $15 billion per year of direct value from honeybee pollination to United States agriculture. That was American Honey Queen Caroline Adams’ message  to students at the Maryland School for the Deaf during a three-day visit to the Old Line State and Washington. Adams is majoring in American Sign Language at Collin College in Plano, Texas. (News-Post)

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Oct. 4 // Orioles host city students after government shutdown cancels Fort McHenry trip

The Baltimore Orioles stepped up to the plate after the government shutdown canceled a field trip to the Fort McHenry National Monument, where 200 Baltimore pre-kindergartners were scheduled to visit Thursday.  The trip was part of the annual "Pre-K at Play" event, which for the last four years has sent thousands of 4-year-old students throughout the city to give them a hands-on learning experience at more than 30 of the city's famous landmarks and venues. (Balt. Sun)

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Mathias Optimistic About Post-Holiday School Start Committee

The task force studying the issue of moving the start date for public schools across Maryland back after Labor Day had its first meeting with positive results, but it will likely take serious support from the resort business community to make the change a reality. Senator Jim Mathias introduced legislation in the 2013 session that would establish a task force to study the issue and state lawmakers approved the bill. The task force, which includes Ocean City business owners Greg Shockley and G. Hale Harrison, met for the first time last week and began preparing recommendations. (Dispatch)

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Facebook and Md. schools partner to combat bullying

Facebook and Maryland's school systems will pilot an initiative next year that should help make it easier to have offensive or hurtful language on the social media site taken down. The effort to combat cyber bullying was started by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who announced the new initiative, called the Educator Escalation Channel, at a meeting Thursday with school district superintendents. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford teachers urge county council to fully fund education

Harford County Public Schools teachers once again came to the county council meeting to urge council members to fully fund the Harford County Board of Education budget. Roughly 20 teachers came to the meeting and a handful spoke out at the urging of Harford County Education Association leader Ryan Burbey. (Aegis)

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Carroll commissioners keep schools impact fee at zero until June 2016

The fee charged to residential developers to cover new school construction will remain at zero for the next two years. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of keeping the county's schools impact fee at zero from June 2014 to June 2016. In August 2012, the board voted to temporarily lower the county's school capacity impact fee for all new residential development to zero until June 2014. (Carroll Co. Times)

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