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Carroll commissioners approve zoning text amendment to set ground rules for community solar energy

Carroll County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a zoning text amendment on Thursday to allow community solar energy generating systems in certain areas within the Agricultural Zoning District. The commissioners were eager to lay ground rules for community solar in Carroll rather than follow state guidance dedicated by the needs and wants of other jurisdictions.

Keith Davis Jr. granted new trial by Baltimore judge, setting stage for fifth murder trial

Baltimore Circuit Judge Sylvester Cox has granted a new trial to Keith Davis Jr., the Baltimore man who has been tried four times for murder and once for armed robbery, and whose case has become a rallying cry for social justice activists in the city. With an order Thursday, Cox granted the request for a new trial filed 14 months ago by Davis’ public defender. The attorney, Deborah Katz Levi, director of special litigation for the public defender’s office, said it’s finally time for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to give up.

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Montgomery Co. warns residents rat infestations could follow in wake of Brood X cicadas

As if being invaded by cicadas wasn’t enough, Montgomery County, Maryland, is now warning residents that a wave of rats could follow in the wake of the onslaught of bugs. County health officials warned that once the cicadas begin to die off, rats that had become accustomed to the readily-available food source may start looking around for other things to eat, and that could bring them into residents’ homes and properties.

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Montgomery Co. on track to lift nearly all coronavirus restrictions by end of month

Officials in Montgomery County say they won’t follow Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in lifting all coronavirus-related restrictions Saturday — but they say they are on pace to resume normal operations at all businesses across the state before the end of the month. A joint statement from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the county council said Maryland’s most populous county would continue to follow its “phased approach” for reopening, which is tied to the county’s COVID-19 vaccination rate.

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University Of Maryland School Of Medicine Begins Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Study For Ages 12-17

The University of Maryland School of Medicine began the expansion of clinical trials for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in teenagers aged 12 through 17 this week. The clinical trials began just as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the extension of the Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to now include those ages 12 and up. However, just as with the adult vaccine, more than one pediatric will be needed to fully vaccine children and teens across the globe.

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Morgan State University To Host In-Person Commencement Ceremonies This Weekend
Morgan State University will hold 3 in-person graduation ceremonies this weekend to honor 2020 and 2021 graduates. The university will hold its 144th Spring Commencement at Hughes Memorial Stadium beginning on Friday, May 14 and ending on Saturday, May 15. Morgan State’s undergraduate class of 2020 will be recognized during a special ceremony that will be held on Friday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. Later that same day graduate degree recipients apart of the 2020 and 2021 class will be honored beginning at 2:30 p.m.
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Protective masks, normally used for surgery, are now in use to fight the Corona Virus SARS-nCov-19.
‘It’s Exciting But I Still Think It’s Important We All Wear Our Masks’ | Marylanders React To CDC No Mask Announcement
For the first time in over a year, the masks will soon come off. “Its exciting to hear” said Alexandra Carioti. Thursday, the CDC announced those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks or keep social distance in almost all situations. That includes in crowds, both inside and outside. “You can do things you stopped doing because of the pandemic” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director.
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Montgomery Co. school board: Hundreds still on waitlist for in-person learning, rethinking SROs

Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland still have hundreds of students who want to return to classrooms now but are stuck on a waitlist. A total of 615 students across Montgomery County were waiting for schools to get them back into classrooms as of Wednesday morning. On March 31, there were more than 15,000 students wait-listed. “We had schools that had sometimes 80% of their total population wanting to return,” said Janet Wilson, chief of teaching, learning and schools for Montgomery County, during a school board meeting on Tuesday.

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American Rescue Plan sends $544M in federal aid to Maryland colleges, universities

The American Rescue Plan is sending $543.8 million in federal aid to 47 Maryland colleges and universities, about half of which will be distributed to students as emergency cash grants. President Joe Biden’s economic relief plan was passed in March and aims to cushion the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is injecting about $36 billion into public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the country, according to a statement from Maryland’s congressional delegation.

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Carroll County school board removes outdoor mask requirement, denounces racist remarks, announces top teacher

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday evening to lift the outdoor mask requirement on school grounds. Board member Ken Kiler made the motion. He said recess and sporting events were examples of places where masks should not be required.

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