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Recently, I was fortunate enough to receive my vaccination against coronavirus. To say that I was relieved would be an understatement. As an emergency medicine physician, I know that I am exposed to COVID every time I go to work. Since COVID first came to Maryland, I had spent every shift wo…

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Coming to a hospital’s emergency room is not the panacea for COVID. Cases are climbing, the days are getting darker, and every minute, it seems that the news concerning our fight against COVID-19 gets grimmer. Yes, there has been significant progress in vaccine development with a successful …

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Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But in recent decades, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of …

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There is no denying this year has been stressful for almost everyone as we continue to grapple with a global pandemic and major historical events in our country. Heightened stress levels can lead to a myriad of health issues, especially with your heart.

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After the initial nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19, one of the greatest concerns was how to get students back into the classrooms. Many schools have taken the risk to reopen and are able to use this time to test various ways that ensure their students receive a quality education while not…

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On March 13th, the speculation of the coronavirus became a grim reality for MCPS students, staff, and families when schools closed to contain the virus. Since then, the number of cases and deaths has increased while lockdown measures of states and precautions taken by the public have decline…

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Last week a SpaceX rocket exploded in a fireball at the SpaceX site in Texas. “Fortunately,” reported Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News, “no one was aboard.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/10/tech/spacex-starship-sn8-test-flight-recap-scn/index.htm

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One night, in our emergency department, a 38 year-old male was brought in by the police after a domestic altercation with his wife. He'd been drinking but he seemed cooperative. A full evaluation was needed, and as part of it, the nurse calmly approached him to start an intravenous (IV) line…

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The Association for Education Fairness is suing the Board of Education and Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools Jack Smith for discrimination against Asian-American students in the magnet application process. The county made changes to the admission process, which the AFEF alleges unf…

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Is it time to rethink how we determine capacity for patients suffering from substance use disorders? We began debating this question after taking care of a young woman with endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of part of the heart, frequently associated with IV drug use, and fatal if n…

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (11/19/2020) – BYD, “Build Your Dreams”, announced the City of Hyattsville, Md. has purchased a BYD 6R Class 6 refuse truck, which will be the first battery-electric, zero-emission vehicle of its kind in the state of Maryland.

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As fall begins in earnest, it appears that we are in the midst of the long-feared second surge of Coronavirus cases. In Maryland, as in many states, cases and hospitalization rates are steadily rising to a crescendo. As two emergency medicine physicians working in Maryland, we can attest tha…

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For those of you who follow my writing in the Sentinel newspapers, you are probably aware that as far back as September of 2019, yes, 2019, that I, like many other pundits, expected a Joe Biden candidacy to likely be successful in the Midwest states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan an…

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We are reaching a critical moment in our continued fight against COVID-19. As summer turns to fall, many states are seeing increases in their number of cases. This could not come at a worse time; this rise in COVID cases coincides with the start of flu season. Over the past few months, Maryl…

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After Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical worker, was killed by police officers in Kentucky, the grand jury indicted a former police officer who was involved in the shooting for wanton endangerment. They did not announce any charges against the two officers who also shot, nor did the…

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If police are our body guards, who are theirs? Surely it can’t be the patrol of lawyers tailing behind law enforcement officials with their briefcases of cash to bail them out? Or could it be the small shiny badge that officers hold to serve as a get-out-of-jail-free card? Regardless, it is …

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Remote learning has been implemented in high schools across the nation, but students are still adjusting to the switch; paper notebooks and journals have been replaced with Google Docs and online planners and hardcover textbooks have been replaced with PDFs. Although this transition can be t…

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On March 12, the state superintendent issued an order for all public schools in the state to close for two weeks in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. While students were excited about the prospect of an extended spring break, what they didn’t know was that they wouldn’t be going back.

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TODAY: I'm going live for an update on #COVID19 in Maryland. I'll be joined by Josh Sharfstein, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Beth Anne Langrell, of For All Seasons Behavioral Health and RCC, to give an outlook on fighting the disease in the winter months ahead and …

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Stuck inside? During these tough times, it’s important for us to get out of the house once in a while, whether that means going on a walk or taking a road trip with your family. Fortunately for the WJ community, Maryland and surrounding states are filled with COVID-safe travel destinations f…

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In Montgomery County, thousands of students, aged 5-18, log onto screens for up to four hours a day. It’s an unprecedented school year, and it’s due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But does it have to be this way for schools? Is there another solution?

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Students in MCPS are trading their backpacks for laptops for the first semester of school this year after the Montgomery County Board of Education announced in July that learning would be held online through February. With this change came many adjustments, such as a platform switch to Canva…

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My name is Dustin Jeter, and I am a Social Studies Teacher at Springbrook High School and a member of the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). I want to address the importance of transparency in education decisions.

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After mourning the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nation began to speculate whether President Trump would go against Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish and fill the vacancy left by her death, and more notably who he would fill her seat with.

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On Friday, 9/11, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser hosted a press conference at DC Engine company 16 to honor and recognize first responders. In observance of 9/11 Day of Service on the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, 9/11 Day teamed up with Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to deliver more than 35,000 meals from independently-owned local restaurants to support first responders and frontline healthcare workers in more than 30 cities nationwide. At least 5,000 of these meals were delivered in Washington, D.C.

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I want to address one of the open issues causing an impasse in contract negotiations between my employer, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and my union, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). What is the open issue? Teachers want to add the four social justice words “sch…

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