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Baltimoreans bemoan continued mail delays as postmaster general touts new 10-year service plan

On the fifth straight day without mail, David Maulsby stopped by the Druid Station Post Office in Baltimore. Mostly, he just wanted to make sure that his postal carrier was all right. “She knows my name, and she knows my dog’s name and she waves to me when she goes by in her truck,” Maulsby said. So, she was missed on the streets of his Bolton Hill neighborhood this past week.

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Education Secretary Cardona praises newly reopened school in Maryland during reopening tour

Four days into the reopening of schools in Prince George’s County, students paused during a lesson about opinion writing to hear a few opinions from visiting Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. “Fourth grade!” Cardona exclaimed to the class at Mary Harris “Mother” Jones Elementary School, which had been offering views on pizza. “I love fourth grade. I taught fourth grade. It’s the best year, isn’t it?” They did not disagree, and before their lesson went further, Cardona gave a quick pop quiz of his own. “Instagram or TikTok?” he said. “How should I handle my social media?”

Carroll County Public Schools to detail recovery plan for struggling students at Wednesday meeting

Dates, times, locations and operational plans for summer learning are included in Carroll County Public Schools’ drafted plan for academic recovery. The detailed, 10-page plan is on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Carroll County Board of Education. Academic recovery has been a discussion at the last few board meetings after student performance has drastically declined due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A timeline in the plan that starts in February shows what the system has done to address recovery and its plans for the future.

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Judge presiding over Capital Gazette shooting case lays out picture of trial under COVID

The judge presiding over the Capital Gazette murder case largely rejected legal arguments by the gunman’s lawyers Tuesday objecting to coronavirus precautions in courts statewide — and set a Friday deadline to ask for a delay on those grounds. Circuit Judge Michael Wachs said the “complicated, lengthy trial of magnitude we haven’t seen” in Anne Arundel County would play out under the coronavirus mandates instituted by Maryland’s top judge: Plexiglas barriers, masks and clear face shields as well as limited public attendance.

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‘We’re an upset school’: UMBC volleyball seeking to pull off NCAA tournament shocker against Pepperdine

The UMBC volleyball team did not have to search vigorously to find some motivation before meeting Albany in the America East Conference title game that would send the winner to the NCAA tournament. All the Retrievers had to do was remember a two-match sweep by the Great Danes in early March, especially a five-set thriller in the finale. “That just created this fire,” sophomore rightside hitter Emily Ferketic said Monday.

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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).
COVID In Maryland: 985 New Cases, Hospitalizations Slightly Down Monday
Two more mass vaccination sites will open in Maryland at Frederick Community College and at the Navy-Corps Memorial Stadium as the state moves into Phase 3 Monday. This comes as Maryland added 985 new COVID-19 cases Monday with 15 more deaths. The state has recorded 427,715 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 8,284 deaths. Hospitalizations stand at 1,233, down 7 from the Sunday. Of those, there are 275 in ICU beds and 958 in acute care. The state’s positivity rate went up slightly, now at 5.6%. As of Monday morning, 1,391,323 Marylanders are fully vaccinated. They have administered 3,475,474 total doses, with 2,084,151 first doses and 1,226,461 second doses administered so far. Of those, 10,620 first doses and 15,916 second doses were given out in the last day.
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Montgomery Co. leaders launch task force to support students’ emotional, mental health

Montgomery County, Maryland, Council members Will Jawando and Craig Rice on Monday announced a task force aimed at providing more resources for students and less of a police presence in schools. While Jawando and Rice have been on opposite sides of the discussion of school resource officers in the past, they have come together to lead the effort to implement more social and emotional services and mentoring for students — as well as the money to make it possible. Restorative justice and services focused on positive reinforcement that will help students reach goals are also at the center of the new task force.

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Voting For New Name Of Anne Arundel County Middle School Begins April 19
There are more than 100 suggestions on what to rename an Anne Arundel County middle school. The school board created a committee to suggest a new name for George Fox Middle School, citing the namesake’s racist past. The public submitted 105 suggestions, which the school board will review Wednesday. Voting for the name will start next Monday, April 19 and go through the following Friday. Families who attend six schools in the Northeast cluster will be able to vote on the name and have one vote per student or ID number.
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Johns Hopkins adds Covid vaccine requirements for fall, as other schools weigh options

Students who plan to return to Johns Hopkins University’s campus in the fall will have to get a Covid-19 vaccine first. Hopkins announced the addition of a coronavirus vaccination requirement as part of its plan to get “substantially back to normal,” joining a slew of higher education institutions across the country to add such mandates in recent weeks. Other colleges and universities in Greater Baltimore do not yet have vaccine requirements in place, but several say they are considering it as an option for ensuring campus safety as they target large-scale returns to in-person learning and on-campus activities for the fall 2021 semester.

Baltimore unveils neighborhood-centric pilot cleanup program in Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello

Baltimore’s Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood will be the site of a new pilot program to combat illegal dumping in the city, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Monday. The program will use $70,000 in grant money from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Department of Housing and Community Development to fund three city positions dedicated to cleaning streets and allies in the East Baltimore neighborhood. The employees, who will be residents of the neighborhood, will also be trained to continue work for the city’s Department of Public Works, Scott said Monday.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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