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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital reaches big milestone with 1,000th TAVR operation

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital reached a big milestone with the 1,000th transcatheter aortic valve replacement without open-heart surgery. The team recently replaced the aortic valve of Ken Rogers, 67, of Dundalk. Instead of open-heart surgery, physicians access the heart with a replacement valve attached to the end of a catheter that’s then inserted through the groin.

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Cooling centers open in Baltimore area amid hot temperatures

Excessive heat and humidity are in the forecast for part of the week in Maryland, so Baltimore-area cooling centers are opening to provide relief from the heat. Temperatures were forecast to reach the upper 90s all week. WBAL-TV 11 News recently spoke with Northwest Hospital’s emergency department chair, Dr. Angela Watkins, who said heat can take a toll on people.

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‘A gem of a building’: Lansdowne High School in early stages of design for new state-of-the-art facility

Plans to replace Lansdowne High School in Baltimore County are progressing in the early stages of design, but the project is actively seeking state funding, according to the executive director of facilities management for Baltimore County Public Schools. “It has to be funded by the county and the state,” Pradeep “Pete” Dixit said. “Construction funds may take a couple years to come and we don’t know at this point — so anything would be purely speculation.”

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Maryland starts giving away 20 $50K scholarships

Starting Monday, Maryland will give away $1 million  in scholarships to young people who get vaccinated. Twenty scholarships worth $50,000 a piece will be given out. Students between the ages of 12 and 17 who get vaccinated will automatically be entered into the lottery. Gov. Larry Hogan said the scholarships are the equivalent of a full-ride to an in-state public university for tuition, but the money can be transferred to a private college or university.

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Baltimoreans can drop off food scraps at five new city sites starting Monday as part of composting pilot program

Starting Monday, Baltimoreans will have several new places to drop off food scraps for composting, according to the city’s Department of Public Works. Food scraps were already accepted at two city farmer’s markets — one under the Jones Falls Expressway on Sunday mornings and another at 32nd Street and Barclay Street on Saturday mornings. But now, residents can also drop off food waste at five city landfill and trash collection sites.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Long Reach High School graduate raises money for cancer research through gaming marathon

From his Columbia home, Theo Lazarou is making a difference in the lives of children in his community. A recent Long Reach High School graduate, Lazarou, 18, has figured out a way to use his love of video games as a way to raise support for pediatric leukemia research. Using Twitch, a livestreaming platform for gamers, he has held two 24-hour virtual gaming marathons where viewers can donate to support Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

The power of music: Community comes together to help family make a life-altering purchase

Angela Seal was down to her last resort. She’d worked to save money, applied for loans and grants and tried to establish strong credit. But it just wasn’t enough. Insert Frederick’s local music scene, which, through a series of Facebook live streams and a GoFundMe page, helped Seal’s family secure a life-altering item: a wheelchair-accessible van. The van will open a “whole new world” for Seal’s 12-year-old daughter, Imani Parker, who has cerebral palsy.

CDC disparities study: Md. had second-lowest rate of in-person learning during pandemic

After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning. But a new study shows that racial and geographic gaps persisted as K-12 students went back to their classrooms—with non-Hispanic white kids more often the ones attending a brick-and-mortar school full-time in most states.

Read More: WTOP
Opening statements set to begin in Capital Gazette shooting case; jurors to decide gunman’s sanity

Three years and one day after the Capital Gazette shooting, the sanity trial for the gunman is slated to begin. With a jury seated, defense attorneys and then prosecutors are expected to give opening statements Tuesday morning, previewing their respective positions on the case of the man who killed Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. Jarrod Ramos, 41, already pleaded guilty to all his crimes. But his defense attorneys maintain he committed the murders because he was insane at the time.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
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Safe Streets celebrates a year with no homicides in a South Baltimore area they serve, with hope for rest of the city

As homicides and non-fatal shootings mount in neighborhoods across Baltimore, Cherry Hill Safe Streets leaders this week marked an upbeat milestone: One full year without a murder in the area they serve in the South Baltimore community. “Today is a very big day for us. I love what we are celebrating,” said Keith Brown, who works for the antiviolence group Safe Streets, at a ceremony this week on the program’s South Baltimore site.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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