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Road To Recovery: Maryland’s Traffic Numbers Reaching Pre-Pandemic Levels
Traffic is returning to pre-pandemic levels and with covid-19 vaccines widely available,  Marylanders are returning to roadways, airways and other forms of travel. Numbers are approaching pre-pandemic levels and marking major milestones for state transportation, tourism and economic recovery. These strong numbers indicate people are returning back to the office and heading back out and about. “Psh man, busy every day.  I can’t even go outside without it being busy,” said Cureem James.
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Baltimore spending board to consider $525,000 payment to settle Gun Trace Task Force lawsuit

Baltimore’s spending board is poised to approve a $525,000 settlement for a man who sued the city over a traffic stop conducted by two members of the Gun Trace Task Force. The settlement, which is listed on the Board of Estimates’ agenda for Wednesday, calls for the city to pay Robert Johnson to settle a claim over a traffic stop on August 27, 2014. According to the agenda, then-Detectives Momodu Gondo and Jemell Rayam pulled over a vehicle Johnson was riding in and found a gun inside.

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Schrader: Unvaccinated folks ‘at serious risk’ for getting COVID-19

Maryland health officials believe access, convenience and education will motivate more folks to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Although 76.2% of people age 18 and older across the state have gotten at least one vaccination, pockets of unvaccinated folks remain. “We have to continue to make the vaccine accessible,” Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader told the Cumberland Times-News Monday.

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Underbuilding has led to ‘acute shortage’ of housing and ‘affordability crisis,’ study says

The National Association of Realtors recently released a study calling for a dire, “once-in-a-generation” response to a housing shortage. The study, “Housing Is Critical Infrastructure: Social and Economic Benefits of Building More Housing,” written by members of Rosen Consulting Group, was remarkable, as it brought together some of the housing industry’s most recognized observers, who lent their particular expertise to bear on a seemingly intractable problem: There are now anywhere from 5 million to 6.8 million housing units (including single-family homes, townhouses, condos and rental units) missing from housing inventory.

Coppin State to forgive $1M worth of outstanding student balances

Coppin State University will forgive over $1 million in outstanding student balances, lightening the debt load after the pandemic for those who were enrolled during the past year. The West Baltimore-based institution will also credit $1,200 — a little more than half the cost of a semester of in-state tuition — to current and incoming students enrolled in the fall 2021 semester as part of the initiative, which was announced Monday.

COVID cases are rising across the country. Here’s what’s happening in Maryland.

Across much of the United States, coronavirus cases are climbing once again, with vaccinations stalling and the more contagious delta variant on the rise. In Maryland, the same is true, but on a much smaller scale. Both nationwide and in Maryland the average number of new daily cases has doubled over the past two weeks. But, the state still has one of the six lowest case rates in the country — just above 2 per 100,000 — and one of the highest vaccination rates, according to The New York Times coronavirus tracker.

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Protective masks, normally used for surgery, are now in use to fight the Corona Virus SARS-nCov-19.
Some Baltimore-area school districts are not planning to require masks this fall, leaving choice to parents

Whether students will be wearing masks on the first day back to school in the fall is more likely to be determined by the preferences of their parents and the district where their school is located than on current public health guidance. Harford County’s public schools are expecting to start the school year without masks, while in Baltimore City everyone — staff and students — will be masked whether they are vaccinated or not.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
Carroll County Board of Education cancels virtual school program for 2021-22 due to low enrollment

The Carroll County Public Schools system will not be moving forward with its plan for virtual school during the 2020-21 academic year. School leaders told the Board of Education on Wednesday that less than 1% of students were signed up for the alternative learning platform that was created for families who did not want students participating in the full-time, in-person learning scheduled for the upcoming school year.

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Newspaper shooting leaves enduring mark on Maryland capital

Three years after a mass shooting left five dead at a Maryland newspaper, relief that the gunman has been found criminally responsible is tempered by lingering sorrow among residents of the state’s picturesque capital who vividly recall the attack that shattered their community. The 2018 rampage at the Capital Gazette was unique in its horror — one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in American history. Yet in numerous other ways, it was painfully similar to other mass shootings in communities across the U.S. And many Annapolis residents have discovered that the searing effects leave a wound that endures.

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An Epidemic In The Shadow Of A Pandemic: Drug Overdose Deaths Reach An All-Time High In U.S.

“I just screamed and cried. I knew my brother was gone.” Michelle Branch lost her brother, Craig Elazer, on September 1, 2020, to a fentanyl overdose. He had been receiving support for his addiction, which he had struggled with since he was 12, but a changed world due to the coronavirus pandemic ultimately led to his untimely death. Branch’s loss is one of tens of thousands in 2020. More than 93,000 people died from a drug overdose last year, according to provisional data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

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