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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. 

 

US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

Jul 23, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy.

Jobless claims increased to 419,000 from 368,000 the previous week.

The weekly number of first-time applications for benefits, which generally tracks layoffs, has fallen steadily since topping 900,000 in early January.

Economists say the increase is most likely a blip caused by some one-time factors.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —  Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism & Communication's Baltimore Reporting Report presents The Stories We Tell: Baltimore Visionaries.

In this episode, host Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead is joined by Marvin McDowell, executive director and founder of Umar Boxing located in the Druid Heights community in Baltimore City.  The athletic facility provides a safe haven for at-risk youth while instilling purpose, value, determination and a desire to achieve in school.   

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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. 

 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Positive coronavirus cases are on the rise in Maryland once again. 

 

As of 10 a.m. Friday, state health officials report 288 new coronavirus cases have been added since Thursday morning. 

 

Currently, 163 patients are hospitalized due to complications from the virus, an increase of 11 patients since Thursday morning. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Dr. Kaye takes a deep dive look at the current state of COVID-19. 

Charles Davis, a behavioral data scientist joins Dr. Kaye to share his expertise on the different coronavirus variants, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, vaccinations and more. 

  


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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD (WEAA) — Baltimore County Police held its first Cops and Kids Basketball clinic of the season. 

Children ages 6-16 played basketball while learning about police officers and their roles to help the community. 

 

The first session ran from July 20-22 from 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Leadership Through Athletics in Halethorpe.

 

The next session starts August 16 and runs until August 19. 

 

Registration is free and available online. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —  Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism & Communication's Baltimore Reporting Report presents The Stories We Tell: Baltimore Visionaries.

In this episode, host Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead is joined by Billy Murphy, an attorney and founding partner of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. 

One of Judge Murphy’s most notable victories —which became a legendary case in sports history— was when he represented boxing promoter Don King, who faced wire fraud charges. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — For the first time in two months, more than 300 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been added within 24 hours. 

 

More than 200 new cases were reported the day before. 

Maryland health officials report 76.4% of residents 18 and over have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. 

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) —Tiffany Harris and Brandi Hawkins, real estate experts with Harris Hawkins & Co. join hosts Anthony McCarthy and Cara Williams to discuss homeownership, the housing market and what to avoid during the home buying process. 

 

  

ALSO VIEW| Two Way Talk: If you fall down, get back up

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Seth Rosenthal, the deputy monitor of the Baltimore Police Monitoring Team joins Two Way Talk to discuss his team’s role surrounding the implementation of the Consent Decree between Baltimore City and the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Joey Jett, a professional skateboarder from Maryland is working to bring a skate park to Rash Field in Baltimore. 

The skate park will be named after Jake Owen, a 5-year-old skater who was killed by a distracted driver in 2011. 

Joey shares his plans for the skate park, opens up about friends and drug addiction and the power of community support. 

WARNING: Explicit language

Sentencing set for gunman who killed 5 in newsroom attack

Jul 21, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The gunman ruled criminally responsible for killing five people at a Maryland newspaper is set to be sentenced in September.

The Capital Gazette reports that the sentencing for Jarrod Ramos is set for Sept. 28.

John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen and Rebecca Smith died in the 2018 attack in the Capital Gazette’s newsroom.

Ramos pleaded guilty to all 23 counts against him in 2019 but pleaded not criminally responsible — Maryland’s version of an insanity plea.

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