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Video of BCPS Board meetings shows profanity, pornography, verbal altercations

A video of Baltimore County School Board meetings is making the rounds on social media. The video comes with a warning label and, as of Thursday afternoon, has been viewed 13,000 times. “To hear pornographic sounds during a meeting, to have f-bombs dropped during meetings, to have verbal altercations on the meetings — its just inappropriate and these are the people that are supposedly helping our children,” said parent Dave Patrick.

Read More: WBFF
After a year of COVID-related isolation, Baltimore Muslims thankful for drive-thru dinner to break Ramadan fast

It’s 2 1/2 hours before sunset, a drizzle is falling under gloomy skies, and the cars are lined up by the dozen in the parking lot of the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Drivers and passengers, many wearing headscarves or skullcaps, wait in minivans, luxury sedans and old beaters for a signal to move forward. On reaching the entrance to the mosque, they’ll be handed fresh, boxed meals to take home to their families. It’s a coronavirus-era version of the communal ceremonial dinner known as iftar, a nightly observance for Muslims during Ramadan, a holy month that began Monday.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Maryland reports over 1,000 COVID cases; hospitalizations, testing positivity inch up

For the third day in a row, Maryland health officials reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases, while more than 1,200 people remained in hospitals across the state fighting the disease. The state added 1,444 coronavirus infections, bringing the state’s pandemic case count to 431,795, according to health department data.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
State agrees to provide vaccines, cleaner conditions for inmates at Baltimore jail to end COVID-19 lawsuit

All detainees at the Chesapeake Detention Facility in Baltimore will be offered coronavirus vaccines by May 1 and the facility will undergo monthly independent inspections, ending a federal lawsuit and providing a level of protection from COVID-19 that inmates and their supporters sought. The settlement between detainees and the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services requires officials at the facility to take steps in line with state and federal guidelines, and with what much of those outside the prison walls have been allowed.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
‘Deeply concerning’: Baltimore City emerging as a COVID hot spot; officials urge vigilance

Cases of COVID-19 in Baltimore City have spiked in recent weeks, outpacing every county in Maryland and rivaling an infection level not recorded since the winter peak. The reasons aren’t entirely clear, but state and local data suggest the pandemic could worsen still in the city before it gets better this summer as vaccinations against the disease continue. Cases and hospitalizations are rising in the state generally, though remain well below their mid-January peak, and state and local health officials are cautioning people to wear masks, practice social distancing and get tested after traveling or if they think they’ve been exposed.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Carroll County school board urges commissioners to fulfill budget request

Board of Education members called on the county commissioners to reconsider their stance on how much funding they will give to the school system next fiscal year. The current recommended operating budget plan for the county calls for the school system to receive $204.6 million, sticking with an agreement to increase funding by 3.13%, which works out to $6.2 million. The Board of Education is proposing a budget in which the county funds an increase of $11.4 million or 5.7%, to be at the level in fiscal 2022 that was agreed upon in 2020.

‘It puts people’s minds at ease’: UMBC using Maryland-made COVID-detection device in labs, classrooms, dorms

After a visitor to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Performing Arts & Humanities Concert Hall tested positive for COVID-19 last week, Mike Pound wheeled a lab cart carrying a printer-sized device with a large megaphone-like attachment into the room. The BioFlash, a Maryland-made technology, sucked in an air sample, which passed over a compact disc-like biosensor containing a COVID-19 antibody. In a matter of minutes, a small digital panel on the side read: “Test complete — No agents detected.” The room was cleared for class to take place the next day.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Frederick County elementary schools faced with logistical haul after school board vote

Numerous logistical questions remain after the Frederick County Board of Education voted this week to expand the hybrid learning model at the elementary level to four days a week for the remainder of the school year. Board members passed two motions late Wednesday night: the first to reduce social distancing at the elementary level from 6 feet to 3 feet, per recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the second to expand the hybrid model to four days a week at elementary schools starting in May.

Music, whistling, yelling: Ocean City’s noise rules would make some acts crime on Boardwalk

 Ocean City has introduced a revised noise ordinance to more effectively target noise pollution on the Boardwalk. The newest rules join the 25-year long fight to control the noise emanating from Boardwalk performers and some businesses. If someone’s radio, musical instrument and “sound amplification device” exceeds a certain level they can be charged with a misdemeanor, according to the amended ordinance introduced Tuesday. Yelling, whistling, singing and other acts that surpass a certain noise level can also be a violation under the ordinance.

Read More: Delmarva Now
Baltimore launches database to search city spending

Baltimore officials rolled out a new online tool Thursday to help residents keep track of city spending. Known as Open Checkbook, the web-based database offers information on the city’s spending and allows users to break down information by agency and vendor. Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, who made the tool part of his goals for his first 100 days in office, announced the program during a news conference at Morgan State University. Flanked by Democratic Comptroller Bill Henry, City Administrator Chris Shorter and Chief Data Officer Justin Elszasz, Scott said the database is “just the beginning” of his efforts to make city government more transparent and accountable to the public.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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