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Another 11,000 students ask to return to Anne Arundel school buildings; there will be two-guest limit at graduations

Thousands of students have asked to join or expand hybrid learning in Anne Arundel County Public Schools, but it still isn’t clear how many students’ requests for more in-person time will be honored as principals consider capacity limits, multi-class schedules and bus transportation. People who have requested a schedule change will find out if it has been granted or delayed by Monday, Superintendent George Arlotto told student board member Drake Smith during a meeting Wednesday.

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Maryland approves funding for First Amendment memorial honoring Capital Gazette after construction hiccup

Construction for the Guardians of the 1st Amendment Memorial, slated to be completed in June, is back on track after poor building conditions on the siterequired an additional $200,000 in construction work. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a $300,000 grant Wednesday to partially fund the memorial at Newman Park in Annapolis. The original cost was budgeted for the grant amount but soggy, unstable soil required the removal of dirt and rock, hauling in new soil and installing steel helical piles — a type of foundation anchor that screws into the earth. The project will now cost roughly half a million dollars.

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Groups File Lawsuit Seeking Removal of Confederate Monument at Talbot County Courthouse

A Confederate monument on the Talbot County courthouse lawn in Easton is racist and unconstitutional, said civil rights groups who filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to remove the Jim Crow-era statue. The Maryland Office of the Public Defender and the Talbot County NAACP branch argue in the newly filed lawsuit that by keeping up the Talbot Boys statue — a century-old monument to county residents who fought for the Confederacy during the American Civil War and the last Confederate monument on public land in Maryland — county officials are violating both state and federal laws.

Ocean City’s ban on bare-chested women at the beach is back in court

Advocates for allowing women to go topless at a popular Maryland beach destination urged an appeals court Wednesday to reject Ocean City’s “morality code” and declare its ban on bare-chested women unconstitutional. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is reviewing a decision from last spring that upheld the town’s law barring women, but not men, from going topless at the beach to protect “public sensibilities.”

Maryland university system sets tuition, fee increase for 2021-2022

The University System of Maryland on Wednesday approved an increase in tuition and fees for the upcoming school year. The Board of Regents voted in favor of an increase that the university said in a statement would average 2 percent for in-state undergraduates and 5 percent for out-of-state undergraduates, as well as all graduate students. The hike comes after tuition and fees were frozen for the current academic year, owing to financial hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Baltimore County now offering on-demand COVID vaccine appointments at all clinics

Baltimore County residents can now directly schedule appointments for a COVID-19 vaccine at all county vaccination sites. “As we continue to make amazing progress in vaccinating our neighbors, we’re ready to move into the next phase in our fight against COVID-19. By offering on-demand scheduling, we’re making it even easier for people across Baltimore County to get their shot,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a news release.

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In Prince George’s County, mask requirement are easing up for vaccinated people outdoors

In Prince George’s County, vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks when outdoors walking, running, hiking, or biking or in small gatherings with members of their household or other fully vaccinated people. Unvaccinated people are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and to continue wearing masks outdoors until they are fully vaccinated.

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You Can Now Access Your COVID-19 Vaccination Records Online In Maryland

There’s a new portal for Maryland residents who want to access their vaccination records. This will be useful for anyone who may have lost or misplaced their COVID-19 vaccination cards. Residents can view or print the record here. The portal is free to use. This only applies to vaccines administered in state-run sites, if you got your vaccine elsewhere you can contact that facility to see if they can help locate your records.

Read More: WJZ
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COVID-19 In Maryland: Nearly 5M Vaccine Doses Have Been Administered In The State
Maryland added 679 new coronavirus cases and 10 deaths Wednesday morning as hospitalizations drop down again. Nearly five million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the state so far, with over 2.1 million Marylanders fully vaccinated. Hospitalizations went down by 10, now standing at 934 people hospitalized for the virus. Of those, 246 are in intensive care and 688 are in acute care.

 

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How Maryland’s historically Black universities will use $577 million from state to close wealth gap, strengthen communities

The presidents of Maryland’s four historically Black universities — Morgan State, Coppin State, Bowie State and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore — are crafting plans for the $577 million in extra funding coming from the state in the next decade. The money, they say, will pay for scholarships, help fund high-demand programs in STEM fields and free up financing for much-needed infrastructure repairs.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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