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Anthony “Tony” Capuano has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and has joined the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately after the passing of Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson on February 15, 2021.

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Every day, more and more people in Maryland are getting their COVID-19 vaccines.  While perhaps not progressing as quickly as some would like, over 880,000 Marylanders have received their shots.  The news that the Biden administration has increased orders for both the Pfizer and Moderna vacc…

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It has been two weeks since my second dose of the Moderna vaccine. It seems a bit surreal; I don’t feel any different. I was expecting this sense of calm or relief to sweep over me - I’m protected from getting seriously ill with Covid. But I don’t feel that sense of calm. Instead, I feel a s…

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On January 28th, a new strain of the coronavirus, believed to have originated in South Africa, was identified in the U.S. in South Carolina. Soon after on January 30th, Maryland became the second state to contract the new variant. So far, three cases of the new South African strain known as …

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The Prince George’s Forward Task Force was created to guide our county to a path forward while navigating the COVID-19 recovery environment. The task force will develop a multi-pronged strategy to address the impacts of COVID-19 on all county residents.

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Since March, we have all missed our friends, school and social gatherings. However, that isn’t a reason to put others lives at risk. Maskless indoor gatherings are easily avoidable, but are disproportionately the main reason for the spread of Covid, according to Boy Genius Report. Dr. Anthon…

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Even though you are bundled up in jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, and layers galore, you’re cold. But, due to the pandemic, outside is the best place to see other people or grab a meal. Although the dreaded cold can prevent some of these activities from sounding appealing, there are still ou…

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This past summer, the Black Lives Matter movement brought attention to the deep-rooted police brutality and racially motivated violence towards people of color. As these issues were brought to the public’s attention, the problems with having police officers in schools became all the more clear.

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Bethesda, MD, Jan 28 – “Thousands of parents in Montgomery County trust the CDC and our nation’s leading public health experts when they say it’s safe to return to classrooms, and as schools across the country continue to reopen, we are getting more and more frustrated that our kids remain p…

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On January 21, Governor Hogan, in conjunction with the state Health Department and Superintendent updated school reopening guidance and called for districts to reopen. And on January 26, CDC research concluded schools aren’t big coronavirus spreaders and can reopen. Within hours countless go…

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Montgomery County is known for its large and diverse student body and WJ is no exception, boasting a diverse population of students stemming from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. With the Hispanic community making up the largest minority body at WJ, many students have different po…

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This new school year has brought about a new learning environment for both teachers and students. While school may look different, it is still essential for teachers to support each and every one of their students, especially those who are LGBTQ+. While there are some barriers to this due to…

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The University of Maryland and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office are asking the state’s Board of Public Works to approve the payment of a $3.5 million settlement to the family of Jordan McNair, a Maryland football player who died in 2018 after suffering heatstroke at a team workout.

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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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