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‘Things need to change’: Baltimore firefighters union decries vehicle, staffing shortages

Baltimore City firefighters are sounding the alarm over a number of engine and staffing shortages. Baltimore Firefighters Local 734 President Rich Langford told 11 News that pandemic-related problems and mechanical issues are adding to a mix of firehouse closures at a critical time for emergency response workers. With cold weather setting in and a string of fires just this week, the fire department said it needs equipment and staff to save lives.

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$3 million Maryland grant will tackle colleges’ leadership ‘caste system’

Even as U.S. universities grow more diverse, the people in charge of them remain overwhelmingly White and male. A group of Maryland researchers wants to change that. With the support of a $3 million grant, faculty from the University of Maryland in College Park, the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Morgan State University are set to study the disparities in college leadership — and help usher more women, faculty of color and humanities scholars into those top jobs.

One Family Business Expects A Surge In Customers After Christmas Tree Shortage
The Davidson Christmas Tree Farm planted its first tree in 1967.  They’ve been keeping family traditions alive ever since. “Hi, how are you doing,” said Nick Davidson, Davidson Christmas Tree Farm. It’s an important time of year for Nick Davidson. “Do you know what kind of tree you’re looking for,” said Davidson. He’s in the Christmas tree business. Over the next two weeks, the Davidson Christmas Tree Farm is the place to be. “This is what makes all the work all summer long worth it,” said Davidson. And with a Christmas tree shortage looming, his customers aren’t wasting any time.
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State, Anne Arundel Leaders Tour Annapolis For Small Business Saturday
Baltimore wasn’t the only place celebrating Small Business Saturday. State and local leaders were in Annapolis Saturday to take a tour downtown. This included Sen. Ben Cardin, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley. Many of the businesses on the tour got PPP loans or RRF grants created during the pandemic. Own of the owners of Local By Design said she’s been happy with the shopper turnout Saturday and on Black Friday.
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Maryland’s oyster industry hopes for a rebound this season

Folks working in Maryland’s oyster industry are hoping for a rebound this season after seeing demand and prices plummet this time last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that COVID-19 depressed demand. That’s in part because shucking oysters wasn’t popular among diners looking for quick to-go meals. It appears that things are looking good for the industry so far. The latest figures show a strong population of market-sized oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

Shoppers Across Maryland Return To Stores For Black Friday As Retailers Face Supply, Staffing Challenges
Many Maryland shoppers returned to brick and mortar stores for Black Friday in search of deals. Amber Dupre was among them. She picked up a new tv at the Timonium Best Buy. “I got this tv for $549, and it’s usually like $1000,” Dupre told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “I haven’t seen any arguments. somebody just gave me their parking space, so I was like, ‘Today is going to be a good day.’” Meghan Caine also found some bargains.
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Seibel’s Restaurant in Montgomery Co. says goodbye after 82 years

After 36 years of serving Thanksgiving dinner, Montgomery County, Maryland, favorite Seibel’s Restaurant and UpTown Bar served its last turkey on Thursday. Seibel’s Restaurant and UpTown Bar in Burtonsville will permanently close Sunday afternoon. The family-owned business was open for 82 years. The business struggled to stay afloat amid lowered sales from Maryland’s COVID-19 restrictions. It closed from mid-January until March earlier this year, citing liquor sales down 90%.

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For Maryland pharmacists and their staffs, COVID has been a prescription for stress and burnout

One pharmacist stopped offering COVID vaccines when he couldn’t hire enough staff to administer them. Another grew so overwhelmed by the workload he couldn’t sleep at night. And then there are the customers, who post misinformation about the pandemic on the pharmacy’s social media sites, demand their ivermectin prescriptions be filled or when asked if they’d like a COVID vaccine, respond with an unprintable curse.

Read More: Baltimore Sun
TEDCO invests in 12 companies, 36 university projects 

TEDCO, Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, Tuesday announced its recent round of funding, including investments in 12 startup companies and funding to 36 university projects through the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII). Established in 2012, the MII program was created as a partnership between the state of Maryland and the academic research institutions Johns Hopkins University; Morgan State University; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and University of Maryland, College Park.

‘It is a challenge’: Coppin State’s declining enrollment puts strain on athletics budget

Coppin State University’s men’s basketball team opened the season with one of the toughest schedules in the country: seven games in 11 days including several against elite programs. The Eagles opened the season against Loyola University Chicago, who were fresh off a Sweet Sixteen appearance last season. The early gauntlet has also included games against the University of Connecticut (currently ranked in the top 25), DePaul University (undefeated at 4-0) and the University of Virginia (a perennial powerhouse of the last decade).

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