Marylanders Can Now Access Vaccination Records Online At No Cost

The Maryland Department of Health announced Thursday a new portal that will allow Maryland residents to access vaccination records online for free. “This free portal will be a great resource for all Marylanders — patients and health care practitioners alike,” said MDH Secretary Robert R. Neall. “Not only is it a tool to help improve vaccination rates, but it will also help reduce the administrative burden of vaccination record requests.”  (WJZ-TV)

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Pastor of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ longtime Baltimore church expects funeral plans to be announced Friday

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings practiced his faith the same way he practiced his politics, according to his pastor: Steadfastly and always in the front row. Even as the late congressman’s health declined and he fought intense battles against President Donald Trump, Cummings regularly attended New Psalmist Baptist Church, according to Bishop Walter Thomas, longtime pastor of the Baltimore church. (Balt. Sun)

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Block Where Cab Calloway’s Home Stands To Be Developed Into A Park, City Officials Confirm

The former home of famous jazz musician Cab Calloway will be demolished. This comes after efforts by Calloway’s grandson and others to preserve the home. The entire west Baltimore block where Calloway’s former home is will be demoed. Now, a local nonprofit group that’s planning the development of the property is planning to turn it into a park. (WJZ-TV)

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New Exhibit Debuts At The Baltimore Museum Of Art

It’s the largest collection of artwork of it’s kind in America, and it’s on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). “Generations: A History of Black Abstract Art” explores the contributions black artists have made to abstraction from the 1940s to the present time. Made up in part from the extensive collection of Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, the exhibit features 73 pieces of art from 28 artists, including Baltimore native Shinique Smith. (WJZ-TV)

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Funeral Arrangements Set For Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba

The funeral arrangements are set for Montgomery County police officer Thomas J. Bomba, whose death was ultimately ruled as a self-inflicted injury this week. Bomba was found shot at the top level of a parking garage at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring on Monday. He later died from his injuries at an area hospital. (WJZ)

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USRA receives $25K for STEM workforce development programs

Columbia-based Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced Thursday a donation of $25,000 from JastinTech-Luxrobo to support the delivery of STEM workforce development programs at USRA’s STEMaction Center. The gift will help ensure USRA’s ability to deliver robotics competitions, conduct 3D printing workshops, host classes to build computers and provide opportunities to launch small-scale experiments into space for students. (Daily Record)

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Maryland drought turned ‘severe’ ahead of Wednesday’s rain, latest data show

Drought across much of Maryland turned “severe” early this week, but a soaking rainfall Wednesday likely provided some relief. As of Tuesday morning, severe drought stretched across Anne Arundel and Howard counties, southern Baltimore County and Baltimore City and into southern Harford County, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Severe drought also covers the Washington suburbs, Southern Maryland and all of the middle and upper Eastern Shore. (Balt. Sun)

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Gov. Larry Hogan, ‘furious’ about Bay Bridge backups, orders Maryland to try to speed up repairs

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, “furious” about the “sometimes unbearable” backups on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge caused by repair work, said Wednesday that he has directed state officials to expedite the two-year project and reduce the traffic impacts. “I want people to know that I, too, am frustrated and angry,” Hogan (R) said at a meeting of the state’s Board of Public Works. “In fact, I’m furious about it. . . . The idea that this could continue for the next two years makes it all the more unacceptable to nearly everyone.” (Wash. Post)

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