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Metro services running, website and call center down due to global computer system outage

The region’s largest transit agency says it is still experiencing delays in some of its services — including its website — as it deals with the impact of a global computer system outage. In an updated post on X at 5:45 a.m. Friday, WMATA said all its Metrorail stations opened on time and service will be running as scheduled. It added that bus service is operating as scheduled and only five routes are experiencing delays unrelated to the outage.

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Montgomery County food pantries struggle to meet need in face of limited county funding

On a sweltering Thursday in July at the So What Else food pantry in North Bethesda, Chris Yonushonis is directing staff and volunteers as they unload pallets loaded with packs of SmartWater bottles in preparation for the pantry’s weekly outdoor distribution of food and necessities to an estimated 1,000 families. On Saturdays, the line of cars for the distribution at the nonprofit’s Wyaconda Road pantry usually snakes around the block and throughout the surrounding neighborhoods, said Yonushonis, the Rockville nonprofit’s Montgomery County deputy director of hunger relief.

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Baltimore Inspector General visits Department of Public Works sites after report of poor conditions

Baltimore’s Inspector General visited nine Department of Public Works sites on Tuesday. It followed an investigative report about poor working conditions at the Cherry Hill location. The report found the site did not have a working ice machine. Temperatures inside a cooling trailer reached 85 degrees, and locker rooms did not have AC or working fans, causing the temperature to reach 100 degrees.

 

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Artscape 2024 to feature RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Naomi Smalls, fashion shows, more

Baltimore’s 40th Artscape festival, set to take place Aug. 2-4, will feature former RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor Naomi Smalls, fashion shows by emerging and professional designers, public art installations, and more. Artscape has been held nearly every year since its start in 1982, with the exception of 2020, 2021, and 2022. Traditionally held in the middle of summer, the festival was moved to the first weekend of fall in 2023, after returning from its three-year hiatus.

How a Montgomery Co. student became Maryland’s first-ever youth poet laureate

Tara Prakash is 18 years old and has already performed on the stage at the Kennedy Center. She’s not a musician, but a rising senior at Sidwell Friends School. Prakash was recently named Maryland’s first-ever youth poet laureate. Prakash, who lives in Chevy Chase, said she learned about the honor while on stage at the Kennedy Center in May. Prakash told WTOP, her parents had been informed ahead of time, and kept it secret to surprise her.

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UMD coaches, administrators were highest-paid employees in Maryland in 2023, following national trend

University of Maryland coaches and administrators were the highest-paid employees in the state in 2023, mirroring soaring compensation costs across the country. College football and basketball coaches tend to be the highest earners in a state and often make more money than the administrators running public universities, according to higher education compensation experts.

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Abrupt VidCon Baltimore cancellation leaves fans confused, disappointed

After months of buildup following the inaugural VidCon Baltimore in 2023, organizers abruptly canceled the event with no warning or reason, leaving fans confused and disappointed. Set to take place from Sept. 26-29 at the Baltimore Convention Center, VidCon was an opportunity to bring the content community together, giving influencers an opportunity to network with each other and brands, as well as interact with fans.

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Blueprint for Maryland implementation review faces another delay

The independent agency that oversees Maryland’s multibillion-dollar education reform plan has canceled a scheduled Thursday meeting at which officials said they might have been able to start approving local school district plans. Scheduling conflicts forced the postponement of the Thursday meeting of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Accountability and Implementation Board – or the AIB – which grants final approval of plans. That meeting has now been set for Aug. 1.

Is COVID rising in Maryland? Here’s what we know

It’s July and as if the excessive heat isn’t enough, there is also coronavirus out there. The surveillance is less widespread, or even timely, these days. But more people who bother to test are positive for COVID-19, and some are being hospitalized, and more virus is being found in wastewater samples. Many of us know of someone at home sick, including President Joe Biden.

Key Bridge collapse means Maryland will likely raise bridge, tunnel tolls in 2027

The Maryland Transportation Authority will raise tolls for the Bay Bridge and harbor tunnels in two years, part of the ongoing economic fallout caused by the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge earlier this year, but the size of the increases aren’t yet known. MDTA officials originally planned to raise tolls, due in part to inflation, in July 2028, the start of the authority’s fiscal year.

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