May 28, 2013
Damonte Dodd was looking forward to starting his Maryland career in the fall of 2012 when the Terps coaching staff floated the idea of delaying his arrival to College Park by a year. “We came to an agreement that I'd go to prep school,” said Dodd, who spent the past year at Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. “Honestly, I really needed it from a basketball standpoint. I'm actually glad I went. I already come from structure, [so] the military part wasn't really that hard for me. [It was just about]
May 17, 2013
The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training's Baltimore complex is full of neatly made beds and shining-clean floors, a military-like environment for homeless former service members working to get their lives back on track. Its executive director, a retired Navy lieutenant, would love to expand the nonprofit so he can take in families — children as well as their veteran parent. But as David T. Clements works to pin down new funding for that effort, he's worried about the money he's already got. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently warned the center to expect a cut in grant funding of more than 3.5 percent, which Clements said would hit late next year.
May 12, 2013
Anna Whetstone, 23, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 17. She was a high school junior in Hershey, Pa., playing on her school's field hockey team when she got hit in the head with a ball. "I was feeling fine at the time," she said, but over the next few days she had trouble with balance and "wasn't feeling well overall. " Computed tomography scans and an MRI discovered the telltale lesions that are signs of the degenerative disease. After the diagnosis, Whetstone switched from playing to coaching field hockey, but she continued dancing and she earned a neuroscience degree, with honors, at Moravian College in Pennsylvania.
May 9, 2013
Sixteen health centers in Maryland will share in $1.7 million in federal funding to help enroll uninsured residents in health plans under health care reform. The money is part of $150 million the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday it was making available to health centers around the country. The money will be used to hire new staff, train existing staff and hold community outreach events. Health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options and determine their eligibility.
May 7, 2013
Editor: A recent Aegis editorial about the health of the Chesapeake Bay ("Stormwater fee set low in Harford the best of a bad situation," April 23) is [off base]. Certainly the job of restoring the Bay is far from finished, but the Aegis is incorrect in asserting: "the degree to which the overall health of the bay has improved is hard to gauge. " Numerous recent reports from government agencies, and academic and non-profit researchers show significant improvements in the Bay. Most recently, the Chesapeake Bay Program (an arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
April 25, 2013
The Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center, Central Region, is offering a three-hour course, Smart Start Your Business — Howard County, Thursday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, 9250 Bendix Road North, in Columbia. The course is recommended for new start-up businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Presentations will be made by an attorney, an accountant, a banker and an insurance professional, covering topics such as business legal structure; registering business name; federal, state, county and local tax information; and how to obtain funds for investment.