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Public defender’s office files complaint after Harford County warden ends virtual attorney-client meetings at jail

Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender is seeking to force the warden of the Harford County Detention Center to allow virtual attorney-client meetings, which have ceased despite known cases of COVID-19 in the jail. In an 11-page complaint filed Wednesday in Harford County Circuit Court, the public defender’s office contends that the virtual meeting system attorneys used to communicate with their clients in the jail since January was cut off on April 5. The office says the change “unreasonably infringes” defendants’ rights to counsel, puts its attorneys at risk and gives wealthier people greater access to representation than indigent clients.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
University of Maryland accelerates climate goals, aiming for ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by Earth Day 2025

The University of Maryland is accelerating its own goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by Earth Day 2025, accelerating its previous deadline by 25 years. President Darryll Pines said Thursday the College Park campus will adopt a number of changes in the coming years to offset the institution’s carbon emissions, including buying renewable fuels, increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and purchasing carbon credits. Pines also plans to convert the institution’s fleet of about 1,000 vehicles to electric by 2035, he said.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Citing nutrient pollution, environmental groups appeal new 50-year license for Conowingo Dam

Environmental groups have appealed a ruling by a federal commission that last month granted Maryland’s Conowingo Dam a new 50-year license. The groups are concerned that the license missed an opportunity to address several environmental problems caused by the hydroelectric dam, but they also contend that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ran afoul of certain legal duties in issuing it.

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Drive-thru COVID mass vaccination site opens at Ripken Stadium parking lot in Harford County

Pylesville resident Barbara Kraft watched vaccinators closely as they worked at the state’s mass vaccination site at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen to give shots to people to protect them against COVID-19 — including her husband, Tony. “Very professional, they did a great job,” said Kraft, a former healthcare worker who served as a nursing assistant at the former Fallston General Hospital as well as University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, and has provided private in-home care.

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About 800 Moderna COVID vaccine doses improperly stored at Fort Meade; recipients will likely need third shot

Approximately 800 Department of Defense employees and members of the military community who received COVID-19 vaccines at Fort George G. Meade on two days this month will likely need to get a third dose after officials discovered some Moderna vaccine vials were improperly stored. Eighty vials of the vaccine were stored outside of the temperature range recommended by Moderna, which affects the viability, according to a statement released Thursday from Kimbrough Ambulatory Center, the main medical facility at Fort Meade. The doses were administrated on April 7 and April 12.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
The big cost of learning online: The number of Maryland students who are failing has soared during the pandemic

Failing grades have doubled — and sometimes tripled — in school systems across Maryland as the prolonged effects of learning from home take their toll on student achievement and well-being. Second-quarter data from Baltimore-area school systems offers a bleak portrait of the state of student learning during the pandemic. In Baltimore and Baltimore County together, more than 10,000 middle school students are failing English. In Anne Arundel County, 61% of high school students have a GPA of less than 2.0.

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COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 4M Doses Administered Across The State As 1.2K More Cases Added

Maryland added 1,205 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths Wednesday. Over 4 million doses of the vaccines have been administered across the state. Hospitalizations are down slightly by 3 to 1,279. Of those, 300 people are in ICU beds and 979 are in acute care. The state’s positivity rate went slightly down at 5.28%. The state conducted 27,330 coronavirus tests in the last day. Since the pandemic began in the state there have been 438,789 confirmed COVID-19 cases. At this time, 8,419 Marylanders have died.

Read More: WJZ-TV
Racing returns to Pimlico Race Course on Thursday

Thoroughbred racing returns to Pimlico Race Course on Thursday for the opening of the track’s 23-day Preakness Meet, highlighted by the 146th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes on May 15. Racing will be conducted Thursday through Sunday with no live racing May 16 or May 27. The meet wraps up with a special Memorial Day holiday program May 31. Post time will be 12:40 p.m. with exceptions on Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan day, as well as a 12:15 p.m. start May 1, Kentucky Derby day from Churchill Downs.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
COVID vaccine appointments are more widely available in Maryland, but officials say demand remains high

Enough appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations were available Tuesday at the mass clinic in Bowie that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan took to Twitter around 2 p.m. to urge people to go. Late Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of appointment slots remained available for a mass vaccination clinic Wednesday at the Timonium State Fairgrounds. Gone are the days when appointments were nearly impossible to find. They’re now widely available at Maryland’s mass vaccination clinics and a growing number of sites now accept walk-ups. But appointments aren’t going begging — yet.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Police Undergoing EPIC Program To Intervene When Witnessing Other Officer Misconduct

As former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd, several other officers stood by. “If officers would have intervened in the moment, who knows what today would look like,” said Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. It’s a situation the Baltimore Police Department is looking to avoid, by implementing the Ethical Police is Courageous Program, known as EPIC. “This is about changing police culture. Not turning a blind eye to misconduct and stopping misconduct before it even happens,” Harrison said.

 

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