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More than 50% of Baltimore City residents received at least one does of COVID vaccine

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City health officials say more than 50% of Baltimore City residents, and 62% of adults aged 18 and up have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Mayor Brandon Scott held a press conference Monday afternoon to provide an update on the city’s efforts in combating the virus as well as to encourage more residents to get vaccinated. Baltimore’s daily new case count is approximately 16 new cases per day, an increase of 115% from four weeks ago. A total of 53,367 confirmed cases to date. Health officials say, 1,103 Baltimore City residents have lost their lives to the virus.

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Universities prepare to manage COVID-19 vaccination records

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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 records for years.

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) – Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott unveiled the city’s first resident-informed, multi-year violence prevention strategy Friday morning. 

The Baltimore City Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan— effective July 1, 2021- June 30, 2026– is the final product of the mayor’s Draft Violence Prevention Framework and Plan that received input from hundreds of Baltimore residents. 

Melvin Russell, retired Baltimore City Police Deputy Commissioner, joins Dr. Kaye to discuss the mayor's public safety strategy. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison formally asked federal agents to assist city officials in fighting violent crime. 

 

Sergeant Clyde Boatwright, President of the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police joins hosts Anthony McCarthy and Cara Williams to discuss the initiative. 

 

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Lawmakers in a Michigan county are vowing to return $65,000 in bonuses they gave themselves using federal coronavirus relief funds.

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The racers stood ready, primed to dive into Tokyo Bay to start the men's Olympic triathlon. A camera aboard a media boat captured the moment as the start time neared — and unfortunately, it kept capturing the moment after the official start signal blared. Roughly half of the 51 competitors sprang into the water, but the rest were blocked from diving in by the position of the boat, forcing an unusual false start.

Britney Spears' recently named lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, promised when he came aboard on July 14 that he would act speedily towards setting a new course for the pop icon and her conservatorship. On Monday, he filed a petition on Spears' behalf with Los Angeles Superior Court asking for Jason Rubin to be named as the new conservator of her estate. If approved, Rubin would replace Spears' father, Jamie Spears, who has controlled her money and financial decisions since 2008. Rosengart has also filed a petition asking for Jamie Spears to be removed from his position.

Surfing Makes Waves At The Olympics For The First Time

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Surfing has deep roots, but for the first time, surfers are competing for medals at the Summer Olympics. At Tsurigasaki beach, 40 miles from Tokyo, they're also riding big waves ahead of a tropical storm.

"The incoming tide push over the afternoon does look to provide a lot of fun waves," reports Kurt Korte, the official surf forecaster for the Tokyo Olympics. He works for Surfline, a company based in Huntington Beach, Calif. He says while it might rain at Tsurigasaki beach, it should be a great day for the surfing finals at the Olympics.

Two U.S. women's teams will compete for gold early Tuesday, as the gymnastics and softball squads try to put their mark on the Tokyo Olympics. They headline a busy day for Team USA.

Here's a quick guide to what could be a dramatic day in Tokyo:

Gymnastics women's team final, 6:30 a.m. ET

Simone Biles leads the U.S. team into a showdown with Russia, which finished first in qualifying on Sunday.

A lawsuit against the men who spoke at a rally before the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 is putting the Justice Department in a tricky position.

The department is considering whether those federal officials acted within the scope of their jobs that day, which would trigger a form of legal immunity. Government watchdogs said the case has serious implications for who's held accountable for violence that delayed the election certification and contributed to the deaths of five people.

Elia Garrison was already considering holding her son Dominic back from starting kindergarten before the pandemic hit in 2020.

Coronavirus, she says, cemented that choice.

Dominic is the fifth of six children, and Garrison, a blogger in Perkasie, Pa., watched how tumultuous classes were for her older ones when the pandemic started. "I didn't want Dominic to have that experience with kindergarten, because kindergarten is such an important year for them," she says.

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