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July 30, 2014
The University of Maryland University College has long been at the forefront of online continuing education and job training for its mostly adult student body, so a recent proposal by UMUC President Javier Miyares to tie the school's future more closely to the private sector and adopt a learning model that lets students progress at their own pace seems like a natural evolution of the institution's history of innovation. The plan is still in the preliminary stages, with many details left to be worked out. But overall it could represent a way forward for an institution with a worldwide student body that has experienced declining enrollments, staff cuts and increased competition from for-profit schools in recent years.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Don Casey has attended every annual reunion of the 238th Combat Engineer Battalion since the first in 1947. He shares stories of the battalion's battles in World War II, including its part in D-Day, the airborne and beach assault on Normandy, France, 70 years ago. The 238th is staging its annual reunion this weekend in Columbia, and while he was in town, Casey was interviewed by students from Howard Community College on Thursday as part of a...
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
More people in Baltimore than any city in the country search Google for information on getting criminal records expunged, but activists found the the results offering advice on how to wipe clean old arrests pretty unhelpful. So, they decided to launch their own app to walk people through the process in the hopes that simplifying how expungement works could help people with arrest records get jobs. A beta version of the app, Expunge Maryland,  went live this week . Users of the app can either pull their records from the judiciary's case search system, or follow instructions on how to get their complete rap sheet from the state.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Maryland health exchange board signed off Monday on most of its technology purchases for a new online marketplace set to launch in November. The board made the approvals after a closed evening session, bringing the total to be spent over the next five years to more than $96 million. The new software contracts were made on an emergency basis with Sir Speedy, a printing and marketing firm, and ScanOptics, a content management services company, for $1.3 million. The board also made contract modifications with Xerox totaling just over $650,000.
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By Will Fesperman | June 17, 2014
Howard County's Office of Consumer Affairs unveiled an online tool for residents to learn about scams. A new webpage, Scam Alert, includes a list of recent scams, tips for identifying scams, and a tool for reporting scams to county officials. The site is howardcountymd.gov/scamalert.htm. Officials said county residents have been the victims of several scams this year, including one in which a caller claims to be from Microsoft and asks for access to residents' computers to conduct a security scan.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The Baltimore Police Department says it will begin to post a log of its investigations into serious use of force by officers online, and for the first time will ask the city's civilian review board to look at shootings involving its officers and deaths of people in custody. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the move was the latest in a series intended to improve transparency and accountability. "We have a responsibility to be as forthright and transparent as the law allows us to be, especially when it comes to our use of force," Batts told reporters Tuesday.
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By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Date: March 1 Her story: Kathleen Miller, 30, grew up in Darnestown in Montgomery County. She is a risk analyst at Legg Mason in Baltimore. Her mother, Peggy Miller, lives in Frederick, and her father, Ted Miller, lives in Bethesda. His story: Michael Pukacz, 32, grew up in Severna Park. He is a financial analyst at LaSalle Investment Management in Baltimore. His parents, Ron and Yvonne Pukacz, live in Severna Park. Their story: Kathleen and Mike met through eHarmony.com in October 2010.
NEWS
June 3, 2014
Marylanders have until 9:00 tonight to register to vote in the June 24 primary. That is also the deadline to change party affiliation, update an address or request an alternate polling place. State election officials said voters can register online or go to their local boards, which will be open until 9 p.m. Voters also can mail in a voter registration application, which must be postmarked today. At the election office, voters will be asked to list their driver's license or state identification number, or provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Thanks to his unabashed enthusiasm for the job and his way with a tweet, Cockeysville's Reid Wiseman is becoming quite the Twitterverse celebrity as he orbits the Earth on the International Space Station. Almost from the moment he arrived at the station May 29, Wiseman, 38, has been posting photographs and commentary to his Twitter feed (his handle is @astro_reid). Even before his Soyuz flight took off May 28, Wiseman was posting selfies, including some featuring his crew mates German astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev.
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