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‘It’s what we have to do’: Vaccinating kids is the next step to normalcy, say parents, expert

After mulling over the pros and cons of getting her 15-year-old vaccinated, Jennifer Barrows of Urbana said the best choice became clear: get her son the jab. “The negative is just regular vaccine side effects as far as we can see,” Barrows said, “and my son isn’t able to do the things he wants to do because of the virus. So we figured the more people who get vaccinated, the faster things will start opening up for him.”

Howard school board adopts $942 million budget, including Digital Education Center and more special educators

Ending a second budget season amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Howard County Board of Education on Thursday adopted a $942 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The fiscal 2022 budget is $24 million more than the 2021 spending plan, allowing for an increase in special education staff, student support personnel and a new Digital Education Center. “These are never easy processes,” Howard County schools Superintendent Michael Martirano said after the budget adoption.

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After Howard schools canceled proms for second year due to COVID, some parents planned their own for students

Wilde Lake High School senior Bridget Tiffey had been dreaming about her prom all year. The thought of dancing with her classmates and friends and dressing up in a beautiful gown was the perfect way to end her last year in high school, she said. However, when she learned that the Howard County Public School System had canceled proms for a second year in a row due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, she was disappointed that her dream would not be a reality.

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Racist flyers found in Columbia on anniversary of George Floyd’s death; Howard police investigating

Racist paper signs with the phrases “white lives matter” and “No white guilt” were taped to road signs in Columbia on Tuesday, Howard County police said. The Harper’s Choice neighborhood was vandalized earlier this week on the one-year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck.

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University Of Maryland Lifts Mask Requirement For Fully Vaccinated People Starting Friday

The University Of Maryland said masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated people in most places on campus starting 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28. The university said it made the decision to follow CDC, state and local guidance. Governor Larry Hogan lifted the state’s mask mandate for most places May 15. Fully vaccinated people will still have to wear masks in health centers, on public transportation, and when interacting with children, in accordance with state guidance. Masks will still need to go up at campus businesses and workplaces that require them too.

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Maryland Targets Five Baltimore Zip Codes In Push To Vaccinate 70 Percent Of Adults By Memorial Day
The Maryland Department of Health’s “sound truck” rolled through five West Baltimore zip codes Wednesday with a message: Get vaccinated. Gov. Larry Hogan’s goal is to get 70% of adults vaccinated with one shot by Memorial Day. “We have to do what it takes to stay safe and beat the pandemic,” said Rev. Kobi Little, the president of Baltimore City’s NAACP. “The infection rates in Baltimore are just too high.”
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Feds send Baltimore $29 million to cover costs of housing homeless during pandemic, and much more is expected, city says

The federal government has sent about $29 million in reimbursement funding to cover Baltimore’s costs of housing more than 500 homeless residents in local hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, and city officials say they expect a total of $70 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. City administrator Christopher Shorter told members of the Economic and Community Development committee Tuesday afternoon that efforts to reimburse the city’s general fund for costs related to housing homeless residents in hotels have gone “much smoother” in recent months.

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Baltimore law enforcement beefs up effort to bring gun cases to federal court, where punishment is harsher

With younger and younger people carrying guns on the streets of Baltimore, law enforcement officials are scaling up a longstanding program to prosecute gun crimes in federal court where the penalties are stiffer. Baltimore’s top law enforcement officials gathered Wednesday to announce that three more special prosecutors will bolster the ranks of Project Exile. The local effort, part of a national program, represents a partnership of the U.S. attorney’s office, federal agents, Baltimore police, prosecutors and Maryland’s attorney general to steer gun cases from state to federal court.

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City schools will not require struggling students to repeat a grade

Baltimore City Schools will not require struggling students to repeat a grade in the fall due to the challenges presented by the pandemic. Chief Academic Officer Joan Dabrowski says rather than holding students back, the school system will give them extra time and individualized instruction plans.

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Talbot Boys: “It will all be for naught if we don’t remove that statue”

 The Talbot County Council approved a new $112.8 million budget and instituted pension reforms aimed at better retaining deputies at the Sheriff’s Office during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 25. Still, the Talbot Boys Confederate memorial took center stage during the council meeting’s public comment period. Several residents continue to press the council to remove the Confederate statue from the county courthouse.

Read More: Star Democrat

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