Hacker breaches Hopkins server, but officials say identity theft not a concern

Names, email addresses and phone numbers of as many as 1,300 current and former Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students were posted online Thursday, stolen by someone claiming to be part of the hacker group known as Anonymous. The breached server did not contain Social Security or credit card numbers, or any other data that would make identity theft a concern, university spokesman Dennis O'Shea said. The hacker was attempting to extort the university for further access to its servers, threatening to post the information online unless officials handed over server passwords, O'Shea said. The university did not comply, he said. (Balt. Sun)

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Revisions to the SAT college admissions test follow years of gains for rival ACT exam

Anthony Simon’s experience with college admissions testing might shed light on why the College Board this week announced big revisions to its SAT exam, and why the rival ACT has become the most popular admission test in the country. Simon, now 17, got strong marks. He said he has been accepted to the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Pittsburgh and is waiting on other applications to selective colleges. (Wash. Post)

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'Feed these kids,' governor tells Harford school officials

Gov. Martin O'Malley says Harford County Public Schools need to feed breakfast to more of their low income students. O'Malley wanted to deliver that message in person to school officials when they attended the annual Board of Public Works annual review of local school projects held in Annapolis on Feb. 5. Trouble was, nobody from HCPS made the trip. As noted in previous articles, they stayed home because all school activities in Harford were canceled because of inclement weather. (Aegis)

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Sen. King offers funding alternative for school construction

As hope wanes for passing Montgomery County’s top legislative priority this session, a group of state lawmakers from the county has proposed an alternative. Sen. Nancy J. King introduced a bill Monday that would provide more money to counties for school construction, but would do so in the form of a capital grant for school systems with significant enrollment growth. Del. Sheila Ellis Hixson (D-Dist. 20) of Silver Spring has cross-filed the bill in the House. (Gazette)

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Enrollment down, opportunities up at college

Enrollment is down, but the College of Southern Maryland is not out. CSM President Brad Gottfried told the Charles County commissioners last month that there are plenty of planned improvements and restructuring of courses coming down the pipe. (Gazette)

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Junior Police Academy starts in St. Michaels

A new after-school program started Wednesday, in St. Michaels — the Junior Police Academy. St. Michaels Police Department Chief Anthony Smith said the new program is a way to reach the community through something other than traditional police work, to let citizens know the department cares. (Star-Democrat)

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South Carroll students chosen as candidates for US Presidential Scholars Program

Kendall Noel and John McAninley, seniors at South Carroll High School, have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. This program recognizes distinguished graduating high school seniors who represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. Students must demonstrate accomplishments in academic success, leadership and involvement in school and the community, according to a school system news release. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Teacher raises, newest school increase budget

Teachers and the school system’s newest high school are the top priorities in the Charles County Board of Education’s budget for next year. The school board approved Superintendent Kimberly A. Hill’s fiscal 2015 proposed operating budget in February and sent its adopted budget to the Charles County commissioners last week. The $342.7 million budget shows an increase of 6.4 percent from last year. (Gazette)

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