Cold-water immersion is 'magic elixir' for heatstroke — and a question in treatment of Maryland's Jordan McNair

In the University of Maryland Medical Center hospital wing where he had lain five years earlier, battling for his life, Gavin Class leaned over the bed of Jordan McNair, grasped his hand and whispered to him. “Be strong, Jordan,” Class recalled saying in his early-June visit. McNair, 19, an offensive lineman for the University of Maryland football team, had by then been hospitalized at Baltimore’s Maryland Shock Trauma Center for a week. Maryland’s timeline of the day McNair collapsed offers only a general account of what happened from the time he began “having problems recovering” to when a 911 call was placed. But medical experts said Monday that McNair’s health could have hinged on Maryland’s adherence to medical guidelines for treating heatstroke, including cold-water immersion — a practice which doctors said likely saved Class’ life after he was stricken during a Towson University football practice in 2013. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore NAACP Calls For Firing Of 2nd Officer In Police Beating Video

The Baltimore branch of the NAACP is calling for the Baltimore Police Department to fire an officer seen in a video that shows another officer repeatedly punch a man and take him to the ground. In a video that went viral on social media, one police officer can be seen punching the man several times before taking him into custody. The man received medical treatment for his injuries. A second officer was also seen on the video, and while he didn’t punch the man, he “did not act to stop the unprovoked act,” according to the Baltimore NAACP. (WJZ-CBS)

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July storms may have taken some of the sting out of sea nettle levels

Last month’s rain storms washed unsightly trash, logs and debris into the region's waterways, ruining plans for anglers and boaters. Swimmers, however, might have picked up a win. Using a formula that depends on salinity levels and water temperatures, a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration buoy in Annapolis has estimated a major decrease in sea nettles, a member of the jellyfish family. Using data collected by a buoy stationed at the mouth of the Severn River, NOAA predicted a 2 percent chance of spotting nettles, down from between 10 and 20 percent just before last month’s record-setting storms. (Balt. Sun)

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Tunnel under Md. 32 in Sykesville to be renamed after former mayor

The Town of Sykesville has decided to name the pedestrian tunnel under Md. 32 after the former mayor who got the economic development project at Warfield off the ground: Jonathan Herman. “We wanted to recognize [Herman’s] effort in some fashion,” said Sykesville’s current mayor, Ian Shaw, Monday afternoon. The suggestion to rename the pedestrian tunnel, which connects Warfield at Historic Sykesville to downtown Sykesville, came from local resident Ross Dangel, who has lived in the town for two years and in Carroll County since 1999. (Carr. Co. Times)

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A bit of history on the German-born Baltimore man who invented Old Bay seasoning

As crab season peaks, it’s time to revisit the remarkable life of Gustav Brunn. Born in 1893 in southern Germany, Brunn worked in Europe as a spice merchant, selling seasoning to sausage makers, according to historian Deborah Weiner. After the rise of the Nazis, Brunn was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. He was released after two weeks, and, in 1938, fled to Baltimore with his wife. With the encouragement of his friends in the Jewish community here, Brunn started his own spice company, capitalizing on his ability to speak German at a time when many German-speaking immigrants lived here. (Balt. Sun)

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August 13 // Baltimore County executive opposes reducing bus service to White Marsh: 'It is 2018. Not 1950.'

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler said Friday that a proposal from two county legislators to end bus service to the White Marsh Mall earlier on weekend nights is “outrageous.” Mohler said in a statement that he would urge the Maryland Transit Administration to deny a request from Cathy Bevins, a Middle River Democrat, and David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, that service to the area end at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays instead of 1:30 a.m. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore City agrees to 'historic' funding of affordable housing

City officials have agreed to fund an affordable housing trust, two years after Baltimore voters approved its creation, committing an eventual $20 million a year, which Mayor Catherine Pugh called “historic.” Pugh and City Council leaders agreed to levy two excise taxes on certain real estate transactions and other allocations to fund a trust to create, rehabilitate and preserve more than 4,100 affordable housing units in the next decade. (Balt. Sun)

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Neall taps two public health veterans for key posts at state Health Dept.

Maryland Health Secretary Robert R. Neall on Thursday installed two public health veterans in key positions within the agency. Neall announced that Howard Haft would be the executive director for the new Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP) and that Fran Phillips would be replacing Haft as the deputy secretary for Public Health Services. (Md. Matters)

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