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State Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 24 items )  

Accreditation Assessment Team for University of Baltimore Police Invites Public Comment
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 13 -- The University of Baltimore issued the following news release: A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will begin a virtual assessment on July 6 to examine all aspects of the University of Baltimore Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Acting Captain Jason Kunz has announced. As part of the virtual assessment, agency personnel and members of the commun  more

Constellation Donation Helps Living Classrooms Crossroads School Secure Google Chromebooks for Every Student
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 12 -- Constellation, a retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses, issued the following news: Every middle school student at Living Classrooms Foundation's Crossroads School is receiving a Google Chromebook thanks to contributions from Constellation, Medifast, and Centric Business Systems. The local Baltimore businesses combined to provide enough funding for the Harbor East charter school to purchase laptops for each  more

Gov. Hogan: Maryland's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops to 7.38%, Hospitalizations Drop Below 1,000
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 9 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Governor Larry Hogan announced that the state of Maryland's COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline and now stands at 7.38%, and total current hospitalizations dropped below 1,000 for the first time since April 10. The governor also announced that beginning this week, state-operated testing sites at Six Flags America and other locations across the state will provide more summer-friendly testin  more

Johns Hopkins Aids National Effort to Build a Secure Smart Home
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 13 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release: Smart homes - with lights, refrigerators and Alexa all talking to each other - aren't nearly as smart as they need to be to thwart virtual burglars from breaking in. To address the massive security threat to interconnected devices known as the Internet of Things (IoT), Johns Hopkins University and six other institutions are embarking on an effort to fortify vulnerable points of entry against hackers. Th  more

Johns Hopkins Expands Resources for Veterans Through VetLink Partnership
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 11 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release: Johns Hopkins University announced a new partnership with Service to School's (S2S) VetLink Program, which will expand opportunity and access for highly qualified veterans transitioning to higher education. S2S provides VetLink partner schools with an effective way to identify, evaluate, and accept qualified veterans for undergraduate programs. For veterans, the VetLink program helps find a top college   more

Johns Hopkins Joins Project to Build New Tools to Model Pandemic Spread
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 12 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release: The Johns Hopkins University professor behind the popular COVID-19 tracking map is joining scientists at Scripps Research and UCLA to develop new methods for understanding how and why the current coronavirus and future pandemics spread. The team plans to construct massive databases of international airline traffic, worldwide weather patterns, national demographics, and genomic information from infected   more

Johns Hopkins University: Cash Me Outside - Transfers to the Poor Linked to Eco-Benefits
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 13 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release on June 12: In a new study, researchers recently discovered that Indonesia's national anti-poverty program reduced deforestation by about 30%. The study's findings were published today in Science Advances. "Two of the great global challenges of the 21st century are to reduce poverty and slow deforestation. Unfortunately, the solutions to those challenges are often perceived as conflicting with each othe  more

Johns Hopkins University: Looking Up to the Stars Can Reveal What's Deep Below
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 12 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release: Using a new technique originally designed to explore the cosmos, scientists have unveiled structures deep inside the Earth, paving the way towards a new map revealing what Earth's interior looks like. The findings will be published June 12 in Science. Similar to the way doctors use ultrasounds to look inside the human body, earth scientists use seismic waves to probe the Earth's interior. However, thei  more

Johns Hopkins University: Majority of First-Wave COVID-19 Clinical Trials Have Significant Design Shortcomings, Study Finds
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 10 -- Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health issued the following news release: Most of the registered clinical trials of potential treatments for COVID-19 underway as of late March were designed in ways that will greatly limit their value in understanding potential treatments, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers, whose findings appear June 9 in the journal BMJ Open, analyzed t  more

Johns Hopkins University: Report on Enforcement of Gun Laws in Baltimore Finds More Focused Approached Could Reduce Violence
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 11 -- Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health issued the following news release: A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that broad "stop-and-search" practices used for many years by Baltimore police to look for illegally possessed guns have minimal, if any, impact on gun violence. These practices also result in mental and physical harm to those who are unju  more

Johns Hopkins University: Researchers Run 'Philosophy Experiment' in a Lab to Test Objectivity of Vision
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 9 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release on June 8: Johns Hopkins University researchers who study the mind and brain used methods from cognitive science to test a long-standing philosophical question: Can people see the world objectively? Their answer, set to be published today by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is a flat no. With a novel series of experiments using sophisticated computer graphics and laser-cut "coins," the Jo  more

Louisiana Public Broadcasting Renews Long Term Partnership With Discovery Education Serving Educators, Students Statewide
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, June 12 -- Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, issued the following news release: Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced the renewal of its long term partnership with Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide. LPB's renewal of its 17-year collaboration with Discovery Education continues empowering K-12 educators across the st  more

Maryland A.G. Frosh Announces 3rd Multistate Lawsuit Against Sandoz, 26 Other Generic Manufacturers, 10 Individuals in Generic Drug Price-Fixing Conspiracy
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 11 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced a multistate lawsuit against Sandoz, Inc. and 26 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers, alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition, and unreasonably restrain trade for generic drugs sold across the United States. This new complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Di  more

Maryland A.G. Frosh Announces Launch of COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 13 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, in partnership with the Maryland Access to Justice Commission announced the launch of the Attorney General's COVID-19 Access to Justice Task. For many Marylanders, particularly those in low income and communities of color, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated challenges in obtaining access to justice on a scale and magnitude not encou  more

Maryland A.G. Frosh Urges Court to Halt Trump EPA's Non- Enforcement of Federal Environmental, Public Health Laws
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 10 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of nine states in urging a U.S. District Court to halt an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy that has effectively waived industry compliance with pollution monitoring and reporting requirements--cornerstones of federal environmental and public health laws--due to COVID-19. This action follows a lawsuit that the coalitio  more

Md. Gov. Hogan Announces New Chief Administrative Law Judge
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 10 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Governor Larry Hogan announced the appointment of Chung Ki Pak as Chief Administrative Law Judge. Mr. Pak was selected following the December retirement of Judge Thomas Dewberry, who had served as Chief Administrative Law Judge since 2002. "The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state's justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and  more

Md. Gov. Hogan Announces New Transportation Leaders
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 10 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Governor Larry Hogan announced the appointment of new leaders at the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). Transportation Secretary Greg Slater appointed William P. Doyle, a former United States Federal Maritime Commissioner, to lead the Port of Baltimore as the new executive director of the Maryland Port Administra  more

Md. Gov. Hogan Announces Next Stage Two Reopenings, Including Indoor Dining and Outdoor Amusements
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 11 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: With key statewide health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction, Governor Larry Hogan announced additional safe and phased reopenings through Stage Two of the 'Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.' "This truly is one of the most daunting challenges our state has ever faced, but sometimes the worst times have a way of bringing out the very best in Marylanders," said Governor Hogan. "A  more

Md. Gov. Hogan: Maryland's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops to 6.94%, Hospitalizations Fall By More Than 100 Over Two Days
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 13 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: As Maryland prepares to begin additional safe and phased reopenings, the state's COVID-19 positivity rate has dropped to 6.94%, and total current hospitalizations have fallen by more than 100 over the last two days, and are now at their lowest level in 66 days. "The fight against this virus is far from over," said Governor Hogan. "In fact, now more than ever, as we begin to come into contact with m  more

Mo. Secretary of State Ashcroft: Securities Division Bars Fraudulent Adviser From Operating in Missouri, Secures Repayment for Investors
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, June 10 -- Missouri Secretary of State Jay R. Ashcroft issued the following news release: Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's Securities Division issued a consent order against Joseph Drake Ritchie and his company Drake Investment Options LLC after he defrauded investors. From at least August 2017 to August 2019, Ritchie defrauded St. Louis area investors, as well as investors from Texas and Maryland. Ritchie, an Ellisville, Missouri, resident, claimed his firm provide  more

New Initiative From Discovery Education Helps Students Continue Learning During Summer Months, Prepares Educators for Coming School Year
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, June 10 -- Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, issued the following news release: Discovery Education--the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms--announced the launch of its new Summer of Learning initiative. Designed for all learners, the Summer of Learning initiative features a diverse collection of grab-and-go lessons and at-home student activities and   more

St. John's College: First Eve(r) - Admasu Receives Leadership Award From AAUW Santa Fe
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 11 -- St. John's College issued the following information: It started out like any other lunch party. Earlier this semester, Eve Admasu (SF20), who just graduated from St. John's, was out in town with her friends Louise Yakey and Lynn Hefron from the Santa Fe branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Started in 1881 by two female college graduates who aimed to empower women in higher education, the AAUW now has over a thousand branches around the   more

St. John's Psychiatrist Named Best of 2020 by Capital Readers
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, June 10 -- St. John's College issued the following information: Each year, The Capital hosts an annual Readers Choice Awards contest: a chance for Annapolis residents to vote on their favorite restaurants, businesses, doctors, and more. For many, it's an opportunity to demonstrate gratitude and shine a spotlight on community members who may otherwise fly under the radar. That element of appreciation is what makes the Best Psychiatrist Readers Choice Award so significant for  more

University of Baltimore: Dean Hartley - Pandemic That Prompted Mail-In Voting a Serious Factor in Mayor's Race
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 8 -- The University of Baltimore issued the following news release: With the votes still being counted in the primary race for Baltimore's next mayor, University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs Dean Roger Hartley is considering the factors--especially the COVID-19 pandemic, which promoted election officials to set up mail-in voting--that are in play in this election cycle. Appearing on WBAL-TV's 11 TV Hill public affairs program just before the election, Hartle  more