Liberty High School Lions' Pride marching band wins Atlantic Coast Championships

After 40 years of competing in Tournament of Bands, the Liberty High School Lions’ Pride marching band won first place in Group 3 Open Class at the Atlantic Coast Championships last weekend. The competition was held Saturday, Nov. 3, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the band earned a score of 98.00, the highest score of any Maryland band in the history of the conference, according to a news release from Carroll County Public Schools. (Carr. Co. Times)

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November 8 // University System of Maryland regents name new chair Linda Gooden. Her first public act: Apologizing

A retired Lockheed Martin executive will assume leadership of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, facing an uphill battle to regain public trust after the way the governing body handled the investigations into the death of 19-year-old football player Jordan McNair. Linda Gooden’s first public act as chair was to apologize for the way the board bungled its responsibilities related to the athletic department scandal in College Park. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland fires trainers responsible for improperly treating football player Jordan McNair's heatstroke

A week after the University of Maryland fired football coach DJ Durkin, the two trainers directly involved with the improper treatment of football player Jordan McNair when he suffered a fatal heatstroke May 29 have been terminated as well. Head football trainer Wes Robinson and assistant athletic director Steve Nordwall, who oversaw the training staff, were informed Tuesday that they were fired by the university, sources familiar with the situation said Wednesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Senate chief Mike Miller breaks silence on Maryland's firing of football coach, Brady resignation

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, one of the University of Maryland’s leading boosters, said Wednesday that “there’s fault everywhere around” for the developments that led to the ouster of football coach DJ Durkin and the resignation of the chairman of the university system’s Board of Regents. In rambling answers to questions posed at a post-election news conference, Miller broke his self-imposed silence about the events that led to and followed the death of 19-year-old Jordan McNair from heatstroke he developed at a football practice. The Senate president said the blame extended “from the top to the bottom.” (Balt. Sun)

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'It really troubles us:' Racist acts spread to middle school in Pasadena

Anne Arundel County police are investigating two racist incidents that took place at two Pasadena schools over the course of just two days. A Chesapeake High School student said he received an anonymous message via AirDrop on Oct. 31 that contained a photo of a Confederate flag with the caption: “You n***s will rue the day,” said the name of the student’s mother. A day later a noose was found hanging in a boys’ bathroom stall at Chesapeake Bay Middle School, according to a letter the school principal sent to families on Thursday. (Capital)

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Carroll County school board gets first look at Tech Center designs, talks possible vote on plan this month

A decision on what schematic design to move forward with for a future Career and Technology Center project could come next week. The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education was presented with three potential plans — and a potential add-on to the third plan — that would add additional space to the Tech Center as well as some renovations that would allow for courses to be brought up to industry standards. Bill Eckles, Tech Center principal, said Wednesday at a school board work session that over time, the school has moved classrooms and changed spaces trying to maximize what is there. But, something needs to be done. (Carr. Co. Times)

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University of Maryland establishes scholarship in honor of John McNamara

During his many years on the University of Maryland athletics beat, John McNamara always took a special interest in helping the student reporters from The Diamondback. McNamara saw himself in those aspiring young journalists since he covered Maryland football and basketball for the student newspaper as an undergraduate at the College Park campus. The Bethesda native, a 1983 Maryland graduate, served as sports editor and also managing editor of The Diamondback. Throughout his more than three decades on the beat, the man known to colleagues as “Johnny Mac” always took time to introduce himself to new sports reporters from The Diamondback and offer to help them in any way. (Capital)

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Sneak peek: UMd., Capital One ready to unveil new innovation lab

Sorry, readability was unable to parse this page for content. The first floor of a College Park parking garage is about to reopen completely transformed. It's the space the University of Maryland and McLean-based Capital One Financial Corp. repurposed as their new information lab for computer science and engineering work, set to open Nov. 20. And while it's tucked behind the Hotel at the University of Maryland near old back-of-the-house buildings (think HVAC maintenance) also slated for redevelopment, one thing is clear, said Ken Ulman, the university's chief strategy officer for economic development: "Once this thing opens, it's going to be like a big magnet." (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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