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UMD Carey Law establishes Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice with $5M donation

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law received a $5 million gift from biotech entrepreneurs Marco and Debbie Chacón to establish the Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice, the school announced Friday. The new center will be dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants and their families while providing invaluable training for future lawyers. Building on the recognized success of the Maryland Carey Law Immigration Clinic, the Chacón Center will establish a permanent immigration law center at the law school, ensuring that Maryland’s immigrant community will always have a place to turn for high quality legal representation.

Read More: Daily Record
Maryland’s governor says Black residents don’t want to get vaccinated. But thousands are seeking shots.

A 94-year-old veteran got so tired of waiting for an appointment that he drove around his Washington suburb at random, hunting for a vaccine. A partially blind 81-year-old wanted a shot but had no computer or smartphone to register online. Yet another elderly Black resident of Maryland’s hardest-hit county, this one 102 years old, relied on church friends a few decades younger to help her through a distribution system best navigated by Gen Z.

Maryland eclipses 1 million first doses of COVID vaccine administered; 709 new cases reported, 14 deaths

More than 1 million first doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to Marylanders as the state continues its vaccination campaign into the second year of the pandemic.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Maryland Officials Warn Residents About Rise In COVID-19 Related Scams
Officials in Maryland are warning residents about a rise in scams amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh hosted a virtual town hall Friday. He said the most common scams are sent via email, social media or text. Frosh said fraudsters tend to go after the personal information of people looking for COVID-19 services.
Read More: WJZ
Long lines for Six Flags vaccine site persist; police aim to curb cars cutting in line

Long lines leading to the Six Flags mass vaccination site in Maryland persisted Saturday, even as police were out to control lines and manage traffic. The long lines appeared to stem not only from COVID-19 vaccine appointments, but also from the reopening of the park for the season.  Police announced on Twitter that traffic for COVID-19 vaccines should not enter the site using the Six Flags main entrance and should instead join the vaccine line beginning at Central Avenue westbound at Hall Road.

Read More: WTOP
LifeBridge Health Administers Its First J&J COVID Vaccines Thursday
LifeBridge Health began vaccinating people with the new Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. Robert Baker, a middle school physical education teacher from Baltimore County, was the first to get a shot in the arm. It was given out at the LifeBridge Health vaccine facility across from Northwest Hospital. The J&J vaccine is a single-dose shot.
Read More: WJZ
‘It’s put the future on hold’: A year of shutdown has changed how we work, play and navigate a pandemic-altered world

Shortly after the shutdown began, her daughter hosted a friend for a sleepover — via a video call on her iPad, which she rested on a pillow next to her own head. As the months passed, one of her sons began starting the school day with a blanket over his head, unable to face yet another day in front of his computer. “I feel like we lost a year of our lives,” said Jenn Ambrosiano-Reedholm, a mother of three in Cockeysville. “And it feels extra-long.” It was March 12 last year that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered public schools to close in four days, just the start of a shutdown that would also shutter bars, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, houses of worship and other gathering places to help curtail the spread of the then-now coronavirus.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
5G Wireless Service Expected This Summer

An update on cell service improvements highlighted a recent Fenwick Island committee meeting. On the agenda for discussion at last month’s Fenwick Island Infrastructure Committee meeting was an update regarding cell service throughout the resort. In 2017, the town began working with Verizon representatives to improve cell service in Fenwick Island. At the time, officials noted the town’s limited wireless capacity contributed to dropped calls and slower internet speeds.

Could virtual learning continue in Howard County post-COVID? For some students, the answer may be yes.

Howard County schools Superintendent Michael Martirano believes the coronavirus pandemic has taught the system several lessons. The biggest one, which he’s repeated for the past 11 months, is that “there’s more to the educational process than curriculum” — something he says when emphasizing the importance of in-person learning. However, he also recognizes there are some kids in the 57,000-student school system who have fared better in a virtual environment than they did before the pandemic.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Inside Baltimore’s prestigious Gilman School: Decades of alleged sexual abuse, little effort at justice, report finds

Two former employees at the all-boys Gilman School have been accused of sexually abusing students — one for decades — according to an investigative report commissioned by the school and obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The report, released in January, also records instances, dating from the 1950s through 2008, when Gilman officials were apprised of allegations but did not investigate further, did not alert community members or did not pursue prosecution.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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