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Lawmakers Hail New Prince George’s County Hospital as a Public Health ‘Win’

As the ribbon was cut on the long-awaited University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center in Prince George’s County on Tuesday, jubilant lawmakers hailed the state-of-the-art facility’s opening as a public health victory. “More than a million people in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland are finally going to get the health care that they deserve — which they so desperately need and that they have [needed] for so long,” Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) said at the Tuesday ceremony.

Motivating children In Maryland with an extraordinary educational experience

With graduation season well underway, there is one school in Baltimore that takes a student in the sixth grade and turns that person into a college-ready learner upon graduation of the 12th grade. The SEED School of Maryland’s mission is to provide an exemplary education and living experience, by combining the critical thinking and social skills necessary to succeed in high school and graduate from college.

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‘Huge’ capital investment in Baltimore County’s District 1 includes funding for Wilkens police station, Landsdowne High

Baltimore County’s $4.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 provides significant capital for District 1, including $7 million toward a new Wilkins police station. Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk, who represents the southwest portion of the county where the precinct is located, called the upgrade a “long time coming” and “great to see.”

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With 12 men exonerated and a handful of new trials granted, the force behind Maryland’s Innocence Project hangs it up

When Shawn Armbrust began investigating wrongful convictions in Maryland, she kept hearing the same questions whenever she asked for a case file. Who are you? Where is Michele? Michele, of course, was the attorney Michele Nethercott, the singular force behind the Innocence Project at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She worked tirelessly on a shoestring budget with a staff that peaked around three to identify and set free innocent men behind bars.

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Despite progress, Marylanders are still being hospitalized with COVID — and they’re younger now

Shirlonda Tucker didn’t leave the house much in the past year, and she double-masked when she did. So her positive COVID-19 test came as a shock. “I said, ‘Are you sure, you’re really sure?’” she quizzed the nurse who tested her last month after she began showing symptoms. Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all down significantly in Maryland from the winter surge, but people continue to get sick — in some cases, very sick. On Tuesday, 442 were hospitalized, 118 in intensive care..


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Baltimore-area systems are determined to coax families to send their children back to school this fall

Some schools are half empty across the Baltimore area, and parents in significant numbers are signaling that they aren’t sure they are ready for their children to return in the fall. But those hesitant parents will find a phalanx of educators — from the U.S. Secretary of Education down to their school principal — nudging them to return their children to a school building. Determined to return to normalcy, leaders throughout Maryland are planning to open schools five days a week, 180 days a year starting this fall.

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Maryland board approves proposed toll rate ranges for new lanes on Capital Beltway, I-270

Maryland tolling authority officials approved proposed toll rate ranges Thursday for planned express lanes on lower Interstate 270 and part of the Capital Beltway that would result in motorists paying on average between $3 and $5 for a typical seven-mile trip. The approval by the board of the Maryland Transportation Authority allows the proposed ranges to be presented at public hearings this summer. The final rates are scheduled to be approved in late October.

Once-quiet remote Maryland counties that have been in decline see strongest home sales

Kimberly Alster first purchased property near Deep Creek Lake in Maryland’s Garrett County 12 years ago. At the time, the idea was to use the home for frequent family vacations. When the pandemic struck, however, the Alsters decided to trade city life for the great outdoors and move permanently. In doing so, families like the Alsters are fueling a housing boom in locations not accustomed to such activity.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Josh Charles, Jamie Hector, Jon Bernthal to star in HBO’s Baltimore-set series ‘We Own This City’

Baltimore native (and “The Good Wife” star) Josh Charles, “The Wire” actor Jamie Hector and “The Walking Dead” alum Jon Bernthal will star in a new HBO series depicting the exploits of the city’s corrupt Gun Trace Task Force. HBO’s “We Own This City,” based on Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton’s book of the same name, on Wednesday announced its director and three lead actors.

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Coronavirus cases in Maryland are the lowest they’ve been in months. Here’s what you need to know.

New coronavirus cases in Maryland are on a sharp decline after a slight bump in March, marking what experts hope could be the beginning of the end. With vaccinations underway and officials lifting many of the major restrictions that have governed life this past year, the state, along with its neighbors, appear to be headed toward a new phase of the pandemic. Here are answers to some common questions.

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