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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Maryland will enter Phase 2 of its vaccination distribution plan starting Tuesday, March 23. 

Governor Larry Hogan made the announcement Thursday afternoon while also unveiling a vaccine eligibility timeline for all Maryland residents. 

Maryland lawmakers approve $577M to settle HBCU lawsuit

Mar 18, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has passed a measure to set aside $577 million over 10 years to settle a federal lawsuit that alleged discrimination and underfunding at the state’s four historically Black colleges and universities.

The House of Delegates gave the bill final approval Wednesday on a 120-14 vote.

The measure now goes to Gov. Larry Hogan, who vetoed a similar bill last year after citing economic difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Morgan State University student journalist Oyin Adedoyin joins Farajii Muhammad to share the power of a HBCU student-run newspaper and how students are using the platform to shed light on racial and health disparities in Baltimore. 

 

Oyin, who is also the editor in chief of The MSU Spokesman, believes it is important for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to report on and share stories that impact the Black community. 

 

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BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin is facing backlash after his 32-year-old son, Kerrion released explicit audio of their personal phone conversation. 

 

Farajii Muhammad weighs in on the responsibility and accountability of a family unit. “It is important that Black men know how to handle situations with Black boys.”

Loyola University Maryland returning to in-person classes

Mar 17, 2021
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Loyola University Maryland is preparing for the return of in-person instruction for the fall semester of 2021 with a full range of classes, athletics and other in-person events and experiences.

The school announced its plans on its website on Wednesday.

The school will have secondary plans in place in case additional steps are needed to continue to halt the spread of COVID-19, such as allowing for extra space in classrooms.

Amidst a Global Pandemic, Morgan State Basketball is trending upward

Mar 17, 2021
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BALTIMORE, MD —Despite ending their seasons on a sour note, both the Morgan State men’s and women’s programs posted winning seasons in the same year for the first time since the 2010-11 season. 

College Student Reflects on Living Through COVID 19 Pandemic

Mar 17, 2021

Ravens agree to deals to keep Wolfe, Bowser

Mar 17, 2021
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The Baltimore Ravens agreed to a four-year contract with linebacker Tyus Bowser and a three-year deal with defensive lineman Derek Wolfe before they became free agents.

Maryland lawmakers OK college athlete endorsement bill

Mar 17, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers aren't waiting on the NCAA or Congress to allow college athletes to earn money from endorsements.

The Maryland Senate passed legislation on Tuesday on a 47-0 vote. The House passed a similar bill earlier this month.

The two chambers still need to approve the same bill to send it to Gov. Larry Hogan.

If enacted, Maryland would join several other states that have approved laws to allow athletes to be compensated for use of their name, image or likeness.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic.

Dr. Kaye shares challenges she has faced and reflects on major stories she has covered during the first year of the pandemic. 

Dr. Kaye also addresses the "disturbing" phone conversation between gospel superstar Kirk Franklin and his 32-year-old son that was recently posted to social media. 

Naval Academy sets penalties for COVID-19 rules violators

Mar 16, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy has established penalties for midshipmen who violate its COVID-19 restrictions.

The Capital Gazette reports a memo approved on March 11 says the first time a midshipman violates the Naval Academy’s rules intended to slow the spread of COVID 19 they face getting demerits.

An offense will also mean the loss of a weekend of liberty when it's restored and an additional seven days of restrictions.

Ravens add veteran guard Kevin Zeitler in 3-year deal

Mar 16, 2021
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Guard Kevin Zeitler has agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Maryland governor says his family has felt Asian prejudice

Mar 15, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his family has felt the effects of discrimination over the past year amid a wave of racism against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Maryland courts move into new resumption of operations phase

Mar 15, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland courts are moving into a new resumption of operations phase.

The Maryland Judiciary will move into the fourth phase of its five-phased COVID-19 resumption of operations on Monday.

The clerks’ offices in the circuit courts and district court locations will be open to the public for all matters.

However, the number of people may be limited to achieve COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

COVID-19 health protocols remain in place in all courthouses and judiciary buildings statewide.

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