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Ocean City Council Approves Boardwalk Digital Signs

Resort officials this week agreed to install 28 new digital message signs on the Boardwalk, but not before a lengthy discussion on visual clutter. On Monday, the Mayor and Council had before them a request from town’s tourism department to purchase and install 14 double-sided, or 28, variable message signs (VMS) along the Boardwalk. Tourism and Business Development Director Tom Perlozzo said the total cost of $549,815 would be paid for with dedicated advertising funds.


Prince George’s Co. looks to Texas for new school system leader

Prince George’s County is getting a new school chief. Millard House II, who has spent the last two years leading the Houston Independent School System, will become the new superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools on July 1. House’s appointment was announced by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks at a news conference Wednesday morning.

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Shot on Gijón, Spain, before the fog had even woken up.
Haze over Baltimore and rest of Northeast expected to last through at least Thursday

The current haze throughout Baltimore is expected to last through at least Thursday as winds carry smoke from Canadian wildfires across the Northeastern United States. Wildfire smoke from Quebec being carried south has prompted the Maryland Department of the Environment to categorize air quality in the Baltimore metro region and farther east on Tuesday as unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as older adults, children and people with certain medical conditions.

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How a Baltimore County high school boosted its graduation rate after a pandemic slump

Erica Brooks, a graduating senior at Overlea High School in Baltimore County, had a tough high school experience. She lost her dad as a freshman and she was forced to learn virtually her sophomore year because of the pandemic. But with the help of an academic resource center, she not only bounced back but finished her classes early. She’ll walk across the stage with her peers on Wednesday.

Hunger relief organizations say expanded work requirements for SNAP are ‘unusually cruel’

After a lengthy negotiation process to settle on a bill that would raise the debt ceiling in order for the U.S. government to avoid default, the bill now expands the age range in which a person needs to be employed, or in a work training program, in order to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.

D.C.-area carjackings have soared. Here’s where they’re happening.

Nate Fleming had pulled up at a gas station in Northeast Washington on his way home when the red minivan appeared out of the corner of his eye. The van sped up and screeched to a halt next to his dark 2014 BMW sedan. Two people — masked and dressed in all black — flung open the doors of the van and jumped out. One pointed a gun at Fleming, who threw his keys and ran, while the other got into the BMW. Both cars then sped away.

Latest Bay report card: Middling health but signs of progress

In Maryland, it’s easy to forget that the Chesapeake Bay is more than just the wide, glittering body of water that cleaves the state roughly in half. The bay watershed is in fact a complicated network of land and waterways spread over six states and the District of Columbia, through a variety of topography, taking in different cultures, economies and political dynamics.

Protesters converge on MCPS headquarters over LGBTQ+ book opt-out

A large group of Muslim and Christian protesters gathered outside Montgomery County Public School headquarters in Rockville on Tuesday morning carrying banners stating “religious freedom” as they chanted, “Protect our children!” On the other side of the street, a smaller group of counter-protesters waved rainbow flags and danced to Lady Gaga songs playing over a boombox as they chanted back, “Protect all children!”


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Howard County Public Schools signs 5-year contract for 250 carbon-neutral buses

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) awarded a five-year contract to transportation company Zum to provide 250 carbon-neutral buses for the district’s fleet. Zum will provide HCPSS with 250 new school buses and the most advanced technology solution geared toward student safety. Through the Zum app, HCPSS parents will be able to view the complete profile of their child’s driver, along with real-time tracking and notifications about their school bus location and their child’s pickup or dropoff status.


I was working in London and came across this homeless man on the street.  As I went to take this photograph to raise the plight of the homeless, his dog looked right at me with such sorrowful eyes.  It was then that I noticed the larger dog, curled up beside him.  I went to a local store, bought some dog food and him a BK Meal and drink.  Since then, each year, rather than buying Christmas cards for family and friends, I always donate enough money to give a homeless person a shower, clothes and cooked meal and a place to stay on Christmas Day, via the UK charity, Crisis.
Ending homelessness: All it takes is love and a mission

Deb Martinez and her staff at Mission of Love Charities help house the homeless and find jobs for the unemployed. They’ve had lots of success. There’s Terion Laney, who showed up at the mission headquarters in Capitol Heights, Md., two years ago, suffering from amnesia. He didn’t even know his name. He’d been homeless in the D.C. area for five years, sleeping in cars and temporary shelters.

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