A football player died, and all of the University of Maryland is diminished

The school’s handling of the tragedy, from the time 19-year-old Jordan McNair suffered heatstroke at a practice in May to Tuesday’s news conference by university leaders to apologize for his death, has diminished the entire institution in College Park.
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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A man remained missing Monday after flash flooding tore down a historic main street in a picturesque Maryland town and left a community heartbroken at seeing more devastation less than two years after rebuilding from another massive flood.
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How I Did It: From Humble Roots to Leading Major Maryland Healthcare System

The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” can affirm that oftentimes even the closest among us can’t fully grasp and follow the undercurrent that shapes an individual’s destiny. I recently had the honor of sitting down for an exchange with Neil J. Moore, CEO and President of University of Maryland Capital Region Health headquartered in Cheverly, Maryland, to talk about his passion, path, and impact as a servant leader and agent of change in the healthcare industry.

Humble Beginnings

The British Guiana native was reared in humble beginnings, living in a two-bedroom house partitioned to accommodate 10 additional siblings. He felt the ripple effects of a two-parent household surviving on a single income. It was then that young Neil made a commitment to create a new narrative that would bypass and break the cycle of that kind of family burden. By age 16, he and several family members migrated to Brooklyn, New York, where he graduated from G.W. Wingate High School, which was a stone’s throw away from Kings County Hospital. There, he was accepted as an intern and assigned to work in the payroll department.

Moore worked primarily in finance and human resources and was elevated to management in several hospitals in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He secured his first executive position in 1991 when he was tapped to be the first Chief Financial Officer of East New York Diagnostic & Treatment Center. While there, he worked on issues including addressing the uninsured, securing grants and funding, launching programs in schools to provide access to doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners and primary care professionals, and reducing the amount of emergency room visits.

His life was radically transformed when he met Conrad Johns, who was an attorney and was serving in the role of head of Human Resources for Kings County Hospital Center. “Connie,” as Moore referred to him, eventually became a judge in the State of New York. With no concept of mentorship at the time, Moore didn’t realize that he was strategically being groomed by Johns, who scooped him under his wings and sowed continual seeds of knowledge, belief, motivation, and affirmation: “Young man, you’re very smart, and you’re going to go places.”

His mentor convinced him to complete his degree because he understood that a lack of formal education would limit him as a black male. Johns would even invite Moore to high-level meetings and expose him to associations to stretch his capacity and create a hunger for future possibilities. In retrospect, Moore adds, “this key relationship has set the baseline of who I am today. It’s because of what someone has done for me and shown me that mentorship is extremely important in developing others, and helping others along the way.” To this day, Moore makes mentorship an active priority and responsibility of giving back and paying it forward. He has mentored student members of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), University of Maryland, and Greater New York Hospital Association. Many of his mentees have subsequently pursued careers in healthcare.

TRANSFORMING IMPACT

After Moore transitioned from New York to Maryland, and analyzed the demographics, he was more passionate than ever to make a difference in his new assignment. While serving six years as CFO, he was asked by the board of directors to take the helm as the President & CEO of the then Dimensions Healthcare System, now University of Maryland Capital Region Health, in leading the organization through a very difficult period; transforming it to a regional medical center. The last six years, Moore worked collaboratively with the University of Maryland Medical System to ensure a successful merger of the new healthcare system. There was a lot of negotiation, creativity, and innovation that included program creations, resource allocations, cost reductions, and strategic relationship developments—creating a new culture of unity and trust.

Moore shares some guiding principles and experiential advice on developing organizations and communities.

Create an Environment of Trust – Be honest about who you are. As a person of integrity, I’d never ask anyone to do anything that compromises their integrity. I have an open door policy and am always open for conversation. I believe that you should always do right by people, not only in your personal life, but in your professional life.

Foster an Atmosphere of Inclusion – Communities want to know if they can rely on you in whatever products or services you offer. Therefore, I became very comfortable with actively engaging and strengthening relationships with county, state and government officials, and members of Congress.

Produce a Climate of Change – The only constant is change. This has to do with your leadership ability to be able to get everyone on board. Cast the vision so they can buy into that vision and become one with it. For our organization, that sometimes included hosting team-building events that I personally funded out of pocket. These events ensured that we nurtured, strengthened, and transitioned a team from volatility to stability, from non-trusting to safely trusting, from divided to united. Leadership is about investing in the lives of others for the greater good of the overall mission.

Build a Tolerance for Tenacity – One of our largest challenges in our healthcare system was the implementation and operation of electronic (digital) records. If we failed in this requirement, we would be penalized at the federal level, and continue to lag behind at the service level. Both were unacceptable. I brought in a top consultant and he concluded that the project would be nearly impossible to pull off. That it would require a lot of sacrifice and the process would be painful. After the meeting, my immediate response was, “has this ever been done before?” Indeed, it was everything the consultant predicted, but we persisted in the face of adversity and got it done—major, major accomplishment!

It was recently announced that Moore will step down from his position as CEO of University of Maryland Capital Region Health in June 2018.

 

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up its second big partisan redistricting case of the term amid signs the justices could place limits on drawing maps for political gain.

The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday in an appeal filed by Republicans in Maryland. They complain that Democrats who controlled the state government in 2011 drew a congressional district for the express purpose of ousting the Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat.

In Wisconsin, Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Republicans statewide. Those districts gave Republicans a huge majority in a state that otherwise is closely divided between the parties.

The Supreme Court has never struck down districts for being too partisan.

A decision in favor of opponents of partisan gerrymandering could cut into the political power of the dominant party in states in which one party controls the state government.

The court is expected to issue decisions in both cases by late June.

Maryland’s 6th Congressional District had been centered in rural, Republican-leaning northwestern Maryland and had elected a Republican to Congress for 20 years. Incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett won re-election in 2010 by 28 percentage points.

But in the 2011 redistricting, Democrats altered the district to take in some Democratic suburbs of Washington, D.C. The new district had 62,000 fewer Republicans and 33,000 more Democrats. Bartlett lost the 2012 election by 21 percentage points.

Republican voters who sued over the changes said the state violated their First Amendment rights.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, is defending the district as competitive for both parties. Frosh said the district has elected a moderate Democrat, and in 2014, a friendlier year for Republican candidates, the victory margin of Democratic Rep. John Delaney dropped to less than 2 percentage points, though it rose again in 2016.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is siding with the voters who sued, saying partisan gerrymandering results “in real and concrete harms to our democratic republic.” Hogan has proposed a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

Over the past 16 months, courts struck down political districting plans drawn by Republicans in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Federal judges threw out a state legislative map in Wisconsin and a congressional plan in North Carolina. In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court invalidated the state’s congressional districts and replaced them with a court-drawn plan.

The Supreme Court has put the drawing of new maps on hold in North Carolina and Wisconsin, but refused to block the Pennsylvania court’s adoption of revised congressional districts for this year’s elections.

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A 16-year-old girl who was critically injured in a shooting at a Maryland high school earlier this week is brain dead and will be taken off life support, her parents announced Thursday night.
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Maryland Church Promises Salvation…And A Car

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Please God, give me salvation — and a car.

That prayer may have been uttered by more than a few people at a Maryland church on Sunday. That’s because Destiny Church in Columbia handed out five used cars to demonstrate God’s goodness and to attract new members.

The Washington Post reported that the church gave away the cars to increase attendance at its new location. It was the first Sunday at a building in a strip mall for the 7-year-old nondenominational church.

Pastor Stephen Chandler said the predominantly African-American church normally draws up to 1,100 people. This week, the church gave away 2,250 tickets in advance of three services.

The church added a fourth service, which meant it had to buy another car to give away. The fifth car was given to a family in need.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An effort by drug makers to block Maryland’s first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging was denied by a federal judge on Friday.
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Man Pleads to Felony Murders of Maryland Sisters Who Vanished During Mall Trip in 1975: ‘It’s Been a Long Time’

On Tuesday morning a 60-year-old sex offender admitted to the felony murder of two young Maryland sisters who vanished during a trip to the mall in 1975, PEOPLE confirms.

Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony murder when he appeared in court in Bedford County, Virginia, the Washington Post reports — partially resolving a decades-old case with a long grip on the community.

Despite Welch’s plea, key questions about what happened and by whom remain unanswered. Prosecutors have said that Katherine Lyon, 10, and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon were abducted in Maryland in March 1975 and then killed, after which their remains were disposed of — but never found.

Welch was prosecuted in Bedford because it is believed the remains of at least one of his victims was buried there, according to the Post.

According to the Associated Press, Welch denies being responsible for the girls’ deaths or sexually assaulting them, but he admitted to being a party to their abduction, during which they were killed. Under Virginia law, that allowed him to be charged with felony murder.

On the day they vanished, the Lyon girls went to the Wheaton Plaza mall in Montgomery County, Maryland, to shop for Easter decorations and grab a bite to eat. They were never seen or heard from again.

Welch was sentenced to 48 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. However, his sentence won’t start until after the completion of a sentence he is serving Delaware for molesting a 10-year-old girl

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As part of his deal with prosecutors, Welch agreed to plead guilty to two unrelated child sex abuse cases, according to the Post, with sentencing concurrent with his term for the felony murders. Montgomery County prosecutors further declined to pursue charges of their own as a result of Welch’s plea, the newspaper reports.

Bedford County prosecutors did not immediately return a call. Welch’s defense team was not immediately available to comment.

His admission so many years after the girls were killed — and despite a lack of physical evidence, including bodies — was heralded by some this week as an accomplishment by law enforcement.

“I think what they did was unprecedented,” Robert Lowery, a vice president at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, told the Post.

Welch was only developed as a suspect in recent years, after he was already incarcerated in an unrelated sexual assault case. However, he eventually gave multiple incriminating statements about his role in the Lyons case to law enforcement, only some of which were suppressed ahead of trial.

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Welch’s plea meant “we can all be assured that will never be free to victimize another child or destroy another family,” said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, according to the Post.

Authorities have reportedly said they believe Welch did not act alone in abducting and killing the Lyons, but other participants are either dead or their roles could not be proven.

Katherine and Sheila’s parents and siblings were reportedly at the hearing on Tuesday. Afterward their dad, John, addressed the media.

“We just want to say thank you,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s been a long time. We’re tired and we just want to go home.”

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Your kid can order “I’m not hungry” and “What?” at this Maryland restaurant

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Here’s what your child will receive if they order “I don’t know,” “I don’t care,” “I don’t want that,” or other variants of the same discontent at one restaurant in Maryland.

“I don’t know.” — Triple layer PB&J for $ 2.50
“I don’t care.” — Grilled peanut butter & banana sandwich for $ 3.50
“I’m not hungry.” — Basket of chicken tenders for $ 7.00
“I don’t want that.” — Kids fries for $ 3.50
“What?” — Cheese quesadilla for $ 4.50

On Reddit, where an image of the menu’s unusual offerings was shared, many parents are commiserating about the appropriateness of the names give to each selection — and adding more.

Requested options include additional dishes for “But I wanted to go to McDonalds,” “It’s not fair,” and “I want to go home!”

Might I suggest noddles with butter, a completely plain hamburger, and boxed mac and cheese?

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The thing is, I waitressed in a Denny’s-style restaurant for years when our kids were little. Not only have I heard it all, I empathized.

Of course it’d be great if all kids were always ready and willing to be more adventurous eaters, but sometimes (let’s be real here, most often) you’re not at a diner for the culinary experience. Everyone’s hot, tired and famished — and any food that’s guaranteed to get eaten is what you need ASAP.

Along the way I learned to pick up on a number of cues from parents. With as little as a widened eye or tilted head I’d take the cue they were silently begging me…

Can you please not rattle off the entire beverage list? Milk, juice, water and maybe Sprite will be just fine.

Please, for the love of all that is holy, make sure nothing is touching! This naturally would include offensive items, such as butter on a pancake, being restricted to a ramekin dish rather than melting and destroying nearby foods.

Plain! Completely plain! No lettuce, no tomato, no mustard, and there’s going to be a complete meltdown if that hamburger arrives with so much as a speck of “secret sauce” on the bun.

Can you make it hot, but not too hot? Please cook my child’s fries, grilled cheese, and the like so they’re done, but then magically make them cool enough to eat immediately.

All I can say is some requests were easier to fill than others. In the meantime, if you’ve got an overtired over-hungry picky eater, take heart knowing you aren’t the only parent out there putting in special requests with your server — or putting ice cubes on French fries to cool them down.

I thought it was the strangest thing the first time I saw it, but then it happened again and again. I suppose you do whatever it takes when there’s a hangry beast sharing your booth.

What would you add to this kid-coded menu? Do you make any special requests?

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Julius the Baby Giraffe Dies in Maryland Zoo After 1 Month

Maryland Zoo’s baby giraffe Julius, has died just one month after being born – despite “Herculean” efforts by zookeepers and veterinarians to save him.

Julius had difficulty nursing, according to a statement released on the zoo’s website. The giraffe, born on June 15 to mother Kesi, died on July 15, exactly one month after his birthdate.

President and CEO of the Maryland Zoo, Don Hutchinson, said that the death of the young giraffe has made it “hard” to put “emotions into words.”

“Our veterinary staff and our animal care team put their lives on hold to try and nurse Julius back to health, and every avenue was explored. Sadly, he was unable to survive in spite of their Herculean efforts,” he said.

The zoo had been posting updates of the giraffe’s progress, and posted a photo yesterday with the caption, “Julius is 4 weeks old & still fighting. Read the #TeamJulius.” The zoo later posted an update stating that Julius’s condition had turned from “critical to dire” and had a “dim” outlook. A life support central line had been placed into him.

On Saturday, the zoo announced that Julius, writing, “Today, the #TeamJulius update we never wanted to write. The loss of Julius. Your support has meant everything.”

Maryland Zoo staff supplemented Julius with special milk formula within 24-hours of his birth and attempted to teach him to feed via bottle, according to the statement.

The giraffe was also given two transfusions of giraffe plasma from the Columbus and Cheyenne Mountain zoos, as well as multiple courses of antibiotics, IV fluids, and other intensive care, in order to boost his immune system.


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