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UMD professor receives grant for copper research

KimCOLLEGE PARK – Copper imbalances in humans and animals can cause numerous health problems, even heart attacks.

A researcher at the University of Maryland recently received a prestigious grant to study how organs within the body “signal” to each other about their copper levels, and how problems with this communication pathway can contribute to health issues and diseases.

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County Exec. Baker announces liquor board appointments

Baker budgetUPPER MARLBORO – The new appointments to the Prince George’s Liquor Board may offer the agency a fresh start after several former members were accused of bribery earlier this year.

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College Park mayoral candidates make final pitches for the seat

collegepark signIn the most contested mayoral race in College Park history, four candidates vie for one of the city’s top positions. After Tuesday’s election, one will be declared the winner.

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Local leaders think World War I memorial “Peace Cross” should stay

Cross2BLADENSBURG – A marble and cement cross stands 40 feet tall in Bladensburg at the intersection of Route 450 and Alternate U.S. 1.

It bears a bronze plaque with the names of the 49 men from Prince George’s County who died in World War I, along with a quote from President Woodrow Wilson. Along each side of the base are the words, “Valor,” “Endurance,” “Courage,” and “Devotion.”

Although a U.S. Appeals Court found that the state’s maintenance of the cross, known as the Peace Cross, is unconstitutional, local officials hope the memorial will remain for years to come.

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Branch Avenue Metro development breaks ground

CIS groundbreakingCAMP SPRINGS – Federal and county officials gathered for the groundbreaking of the new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) headquarters near the Branch Avenue Metro station on Oct. 30. This project is part of a wider strategy to bring more developments to Metro stations in the county.

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Kirwan Commission hearing brings out advocates of education funding

KirwinComm 02LARGO – It was standing room only in Largo High School’s cafeteria Wednesday night as citizens from all over Maryland gathered for the Kirwan Commission public hearing to give voices to the educational needs through the state.

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