Monday, May 20, 2013
Tuition rates and fees for In-county, out-of-county and out-of-state students will all go up next semester.
Students attending the Community College of Baltimore County will have to dig a little deeper next semester. The college will increase fees across the board by 3 percent. Currently, in-county students pay $106 per credit. Out-of-county and out-of-state students pay $202 and $303 respectively. Under the new tuition rates, those costs will increase to $109, $208 and $312 respectively. General services fees will also increase across the board. Currently, in-county students pay $9 per credit. Out-of-county and out-of-state students pay $18 and $27 respectively. The new increases will bring those fees to $10.50, $20.50 and $30.50 respectively. Registration fees will increase from $40 to $50. Graduation fees will increase from $50 to $75. …
Baseball's Iron Man delivered the commencement address Sunday at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center.
Drawing on his experience with talent, attitude, and success in professional baseball, hall of famer Cal Ripken, Jr. delivered the University of Maryland commencement address Sunday at the Comcast Center in College Park. The "Iron Man"—best known for playing a record 2,632 consecutive games with the Baltimore Orioles—spoke to some 7,000 members of the class of 2013 along with their family, friends, and professors. Recalling his transformation from a headstrong rookie to American League MVP, Ripken urged each student to "thoroughly examine your attitude, to make it positive, and to go forth and make your mark on this world." Ripken, who was raised in Aberdeen, played shortstop and third base for Orioles from 1981 to 2001. He is one of just …
Monday, May 13, 2013
A student told police he was robbed of his marijuana after an uninvolved student witnessed the incident.
Four students were suspended and three charged with robbery and assault after five bags of marijuana were stolen during a robbery at Franklin High School, police said. “The victim admitted to having it,” said Lt. Stephen Doarnberger, assistant commander of the Baltimore County Police’s Franklin precinct. On Thursday, May 9, between 9:30 and 10 a.m., one student carried the victim to the bathroom, where another helped him commit the robbery and a third stood outside to be a lookout, Doarnberger said. “There was an uninvolved student who reported it to the administation, and then we got involved,” he said. The marijuana was not recovered, so the victim was not charged, Doarnberger said. The three other students—two of whom are 16 years old …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sean McComb was declared the winner at a Monday afternoon ceremony at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.
Baltimore County Public Schools honored Patapsco High School English teacher Sean McComb was honored as the 2013-2014 teacher of the year Monday afternoon. "Sean McComb is a dynamic and creative educator who is an inspiration to both his students and his colleagues," Superintendent Dallas Dance said in a news release. "He used his teachers and education to rescue him from a difficult childhood, and now helps his own students to, in his words, 'achieve, awaken and ascend' We congratulate him and all of our 115 nominated teachers and finalists." McComb, a seven-year educator who also serves as an Advancement Via Individual Determination coordinator, was one of four teachers nominated for the award, according to the release. The win makes him…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Baltimore County Executive speaks about his outburst with senior citizens who heckled him at a school groundbreaking.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz Tuesday used a news conference on rabies shots as an opportunity to joke about a confrontation between himself and seniors who heckled him at a school groundbreaking in Mays Chapel. "Contrary to popular belief, I did have my rabies shot last week at Mays Chapel," Kamenetz said. Attendees of the groundbreaking on Friday and television viewers may have been wondering after video on several news websites showed the executive angrily confronting seniors citizens who came out to heckle him. "Sir let me talk for a second, ok?" an animated Kamenetz shouted at the hecklers. "It's my job to talk and your job to listen right now." [See a short video shot by WMAR television and WBAL TV has a longer cut.] Don Mohler, a …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Baltimore County Public Schools calendar had initially listed the closing date as June 18.
Baltimore County Public Schools announced Tuesday that the last day of classes is June 14. The originial schedule for the school system called for an end date of June 18, according to a news release. But the system is ending the school year early because of the limited number of emergency days off. The last three days of school will be full days under the new schedule, the release states. Under the previous one, the last three days were slated to be half-days.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Kamenetz: "It's my job to talk, your job to listen right now."
UPDATED (5:08 p.m.)—The groundbreaking of a new school in Mays Chapel sparked an angry outburst from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Kamenetz was on hand Friday for the groundbreaking of a new 700-seat elementary school when he was faced by a group of nearly three-dozen protesters who oppose the school. At least one of the protesters can be heard in a video shot by WMAR television trying to interrupt Kamenetz before the county executive fires back. "Sir let me talk for a second, ok?" Kamenetz shouts back. "It's my job to talk and your job to listen right now." WBAL TV has additional coverage on its website. Don Mohler, a spokesman for Kamenetz, said the county executive became irritated after the protesters, who he described as senior …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The incident occurred this morning on Offutt Road at Winands Road. The child was taken by Medevac helicopter from Randallstown High School to a nearby hospital, according to tweets from Baltimore County.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The state comptroller criticizes the president of Towson University and compares her to a movie villain.
Comptroller Peter Franchot went "Old School" on Towson University President Maravene Loeschke during a Wednesday meeting. Literally. Before calling for the resignation of Loeschke, the comptroller gave the Towson University president a political tongue lashing in absentia. Then Franchot, the Amherst graduate, dropped in a pop culture reference comparing her to the Dean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard, head of the fictional Harrison University in the movie "Old School." Pritchard, played by Jeremy Piven, lies and schemes and connives to thwart a group of middle-age men who attempt to start their own fraternity. In this case, Franchot was worked up over how Loeschke choose to tell students she was eliminating the men's baseball and soccer programs…
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Baltimore County executive praises county employees but asks employees to "stay the course" because the proposed budget contains no cost of living salary increases.
UPDATED (10:29 a.m.)—Baltimore County residents will not have to dig deeper for local taxes again this year under a budget proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Kamenetz is expected to introduce his third county budget to the Baltimore County Council at 10 a.m. The proposed $2.8 billion operating budget will contain no increases in property or income taxes for the budget year that begins July 1. The county has not raised property taxes in 25 years. The county income tax rate has not been raised in 21 years. But Kamenetz's spending plan is larger than the limit set in January by the County Council's Spending Affordability Committee. That committee in January set the limit for ongoing costs subject to spending guidelines at $1.675 …