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Investigators: 3 fires on same street intentionally set

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Maryland fire investigators say three fires just days apart at homes on the same street in Salisbury were set intentionally. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says the first fire broke out Wednesday on Nokomis Avenue and two more broke out Friday night at two homes just a few doors away. Neighbors spotted all three blazes and alerted the fire department. Officials say no one was injured in the fires and in total, damage at all […]

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Universities prepare to manage COVID-19 vaccination records

BALTIMORE (AP) — Colleges and universities in Maryland are adjusting computer software and hiring additional staff in an effort to manage vaccination records for COVID-19 ahead of the fall semester. The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that administrators are devising plans to verify compliance with vaccine mandates and to process applications for an exemption. Earlier this year,14 schools across the state said they would require students and employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before the fall. Some schools have collected immunization […]



Maryland Governor honors swimmer who withdrew from Paralympics

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has honored deaf and blind swimmer Becca Meyers with a citation after the three-time gold medalist withdrew from the Paralympics in Tokyo upon being told she couldn't bring her mother as her personal care assistant. Gov. Hogan awarded her the citation on Monday honoring what he called her “bravery for highlighting the issue of inequality and access for people with disabilities.” The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said that because of the […]

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Bette Midler, Berry Gordy among new Kennedy Center honorees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kennedy Center Honors is returning in December. The honorees will be Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels, opera singer Justino Diaz, folk music legend Joni Mitchell and actress-singer Bette Midler. All will be honored on Dec. 5 with a program that includes personalized tributes and performances that are kept secret from the honorees until the event. Organizers expect to operate at full capacity. Last year's Honors ceremony was delayed for months […]

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Opioid settlement could bring $485M to Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's attorney general says a proposed $26 billion settlement with opioid producers could bring as much as $485 million to Maryland. Attorney General Brian Frosh says the proposal announced Wednesday could help address the opioid epidemic in the state and its local subdivisions. The settlement, which isn't final, also would require reforms of industry practices. The settlement would resolve the claims of participating states and local governments across the country. States will have 30 days to […]

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Let the fashion policing begin on opening day of Tokyo Games

NEW YORK (AP) — Let the fashion policing begin. The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too. Olympic gear makes for lively social media fodder, starting with the hours-long Parade of Nations. The year-long wait due to the pandemic has given enthusiasts extra time to ponder what they love or hate. There's the Czech Republic and its traditional […]

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Her story: 1st time all-female broadcast crew calls MLB game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — There was history in the broadcast booth at Tropicana Field. It was her story, too. Because for the first time in Major League Baseball history, an all-female announcing crew called a game as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Baltimore Orioles. The YouTube broadcast featured Melanie Newman on play-by-play with Sarah Langs as the analyst. Alanna Rizzo was the on-field reporter, and Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner hosted the pregame and postgame coverage.   Source: […]

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Afghan war’s end quiets Dover AFB chaplain’s litany of funeral prayers

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — The end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan is bringing calm to the military mortuary that had the solemn task of receiving the dead. Virtually all of the 2,312 American troops killed in the war were brought in flag-covered transfer cases to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Air Force Chaplain David Sparks has been there from the start, ministering to the families left behind and the workers charged with autopsying, embalming and […]

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New chief selected for Capitol Police after 1/6 insurrection

WASHINGTON (AP) — A police official who has run large departments in Maryland and Virginia has been selected as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. J. Thomas Manger will take over in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which pro-Trump rioters stormed the building in a violent rage, disrupting the certification of Joe Biden's presidential win. News of the selection of Manger, who most recently served for 15 years as chief in Montgomery County, Maryland, comes from two […]

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