Saturday, February 24, 2018

26th Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opens in Maryland to Sell Legal Marijuana to Those Who Suffer from Chronic Pain


Story Highlights:
  • Anne Arundel County's first medical cannabis dispensary opens in Linthicum, Maryland.
  • Owners say it took three years to comply with county rules and restrictions.
  • Anne Arundel Community College to offer associate degree in business of marijuana.

Organization Wins in Court Against Trump Over Travel Ban 3.0

by Golshan Jalali

Story highlights:
  • Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), a nonprofit organization, is one of the leading prosecutors in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration's latest travel ban ordering placing travel restrictions on eight countries. 
  • IAAB v. Trump was successful in an injunction court hearing in October 2017. 
  • The legal battle against Travel ban 3.0 continues, with IAAB succeeding in the Fourth Circuit court in February 2018 after the Supreme Court allowed the ban to take effect in December 2017. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

University of Maryland researchers study how flu spreads on college campus

Story Highlights

  • Evidence shows that flu virus could potentially be spread just through breathing
  • New study tracks sick college students to determine what makes an individual contagious
  • Study may help prevent respiratory virus outbreaks in other densely populated areas  

An aspiring ESOL teacher finds an EPIK opportunity to teach abroad

Story highlights:

  • The EPIK program's mission and the requirements that are needed for applicants
  • The extensive process EPIK has for their prospective teachers
  • A year-long commitment in South Korea and the benefits that come with it

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Struggling to provide assistance, D.C. women face lack of maternal health care



Story Highlights:
  • Healthcare for expecting mothers has been closed or severely diminished in the Washington D.C. area
  • Some of the lower-income or health care illiterate expectant mothers have lost their primary places of care 
  • D.C.  is struggling to lower its national-high maternal mortality rate among female residents 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Spanish immersion student gets homework help from non-Spanish-speaking parents

Story highlights:
  • Non-Spanish-speaking parents choose to send their daughter to a Spanish Immersion school
  • Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School is one of two Spanish Immersion programs in Prince George's County
  • The family feels it is important to expose children to language learning while they are young and language acquisition is easier.

"I go to Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School, and I speak Spanish," says Mary May Riordon-Heil, a second grader. Neither of Mary May's parents, James and Martha Riordon-Heil, speak the language. 

Mary May Riordon-Heil and her mom, Martha looking at homework
Mary May Riordon-Heil looks at her math homework--
with instructions in Spanish--with her mother Martha.
Mary May speaks Spanish for most of the day, learning basics like math and science with Spanish language instruction. There are a few exceptions. "We have an English class and we get to talk English in specials like art and music," she says.

"It's a learning experience for us as well," says Martha. "I learned a lot of languages in high school, but it was too late. Mary May is learning Spanish at the right age, where she will really absorb it."

Phyllis E. Williams is a full Spanish Immersion school in Upper Marlboro, one of two such programs in Prince George's County. Their program started with Kindergarten and currently runs through 3rd grade. According to their website, the program will add a grade every year until eventually the entire school is Spanish Immersion.

Mary May gained entry to the school via a lottery run by the county school system. Because of sibling preference, her younger sister Nikki will have a better chance of getting into the same program when it's time for her to enroll next year.


Though neither Martha nor James, both science writers, speaks a foreign language, it's clear from a visit to their home that teaching their children to be multi-lingual is a priority. Furniture, doorways, light switches, and other household items are tagged with labels in French. They are training their young dog with Spanish commands. "SiƩntate!" they say to the dog when they want him to sit.




Martha says, "I love the program!" Mary May laughs, and says that she and Martha were at the swimming pool recently, and Martha got into a conversation with the mother of a child who will be starting school in the fall. Martha convinced the parent to put in an application to Phyllis E. Williams Elementary School.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Quite the View: Collecting and "Ownership" on the Bay

It's a special sight to behold along Chesapeake Walk. The first is that of the Bay Bridge. And the second? That would be David Delia getting a haircut from his wife on their second story balcony. While Margaret trims, Dave is gazing out at the various waterfowl feeding near their pier. It's a day when there's a slight breeze. There's no need for Margaret to sweep up Dave's white hair. (He jokes that the birds use it as nesting material.) And there's no need to do anything at all, but relax and get a haircut...at home.

Dave Delia's collection of marker buoys from crab pots

Story highlights:

  • Chesapeake Walk is a place for both home owners and dog walkers to enjoy
  • How to get the Blue Angels to come a little closer and not be shy
  • Volunteerism in your community helps both you and your neighbors
  • The view of the Bay isn't owned by anyone, but enjoyed by all

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Friday, April 21, 2017

Researchers Find Exercise to Keep Us Young At Heart: High Intensity Interval Training

Story Highlights:
  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is short, rigorous workouts, which mix short intervals of cardiovascular training with short intervals of strength conditioning.
  • A study suggests HIIT slows down the aging process since its workout routine trains the body to fight off infectious diseases.                              
  • Besides health benefits, people enjoy HIIT because their classes are team-based, but also individualized by helping people realize how much they can push their bodies.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Maryland's College of Arts and Humanities Advocates for the National Endowments' Funding

Story Highlights:
  • Arts organizations across the U.S. steel themselves as the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 2 of 17 targeted federal agencies, are flagged for elimination under the Trump administration.
  • The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland (ARHU) is at the forefront among Maryland organizations advocating for the benefits the agencies deliver, most of all, to smaller communities.
  • Baltimore Stories is one example of several programmatic successes ARHU develops through NEH funding, and it has laid the groundwork for initiatives offering benefits for communities nationwide.


Maryland lawmakers host annual party for members and staff after 2017 legislative session comes to a close


Story Highlights:
  • Maryland legislature hosts annual party to say thanks to lawmakers and staff.
  • Security plays critical role, especially after 2014 fight in House of Delegates building.
  • Graphic design team provides original and creative yearly ticket design.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More than 700 Maryland volunteers serve their community on Good Neighbor Day

  • Landscape project cleans up Cherokee Lane Elementary School: Community members save the city $30,000 worth of labor and materials.
  • Flower plantings re-establish the habitat of Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly: University of Maryland students beautify campus with 1000+ plants.
  • Student organization provides meals for D.C. charities: Terps Against Hunger volunteers pack more than 22,000 meals.

Booming Wine Industry Boosts Virginia Economy

Story Highlights:
  • Virginia's history of winemaking goes back to Revolutionary times.
  • A 2015 market report from the Virginia Wine Board reveals a thriving and robust industry.
  • Tourism revenue and real estate values are rising as a result of exploding wine sales.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hours of weekly training keep military working dogs ready to protect President, base residents

Story Highlights:
  • The dogs must complete daily obedience training (sit, down, stay, heel) to maintain proficiency or they start to become unreliable 
  • Dogs are classified as explosive (bomb detection), patrol (law enforcement) or dual certified
  • Depending on classification, the dogs and handlers train in real-world scenarios;  bomb detection, search and rescue, escorting and suspect apprehension 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Roving comforter is personalizing heating and cooling technology


 Story highlights:
  • The Roving Comforter (RoCo) is a personalized cooling and heating device aimed to decrease energy cost and increase energy efficiency.
  •  The RoCo is a mobile gadget that blows hot or cold air on a user depending on their preference. 
  • UMD researchers expect people to user RoCos in their homes and offices.

Standing in the University of Maryland’s Heat Pump Laboratory, Darren Key described a hypothetical situation to use the Roving Comforter (RoCo), a personalized cooling and heat device UMD researchers first constructed about a year and a half ago.