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Past articles by Blair:

Laurel unveils laser-powered low bridge warning system

Laurel officials are hoping a new low bridge warning system can prevent the headaches caused by trucks becoming stuck beneath the CSX Tunnel at Main and First streets. → Read More

Laurel teachers concerned with amount of standardized testing

A group of Laurel High School teachers on Thursday asked the Prince George's County Board of Education to cut back on the amount of testing put upon students, including the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. → Read More

Howard middle school students to join bring-your-device policy

Beginning next school year, all Howard County middle schools will be participating in the school system's Bring Your Own Device policy, or BYOD, which encourages the use of cellphones, laptops and tablets in classroom instruction. → Read More

Last day of school for Howard students set for June 19

The last day of school for Howard County public school students will be June 19, pending no additional snow days and a waiver from the state Board of Education. → Read More

Nearly 400 Howard school employees to take early retirement option

The Howard County Public School System is expecting 395 employees to take the system's early retirement offering, about 200 fewer than had been projected, according to Budget Director Beverly Davis. → Read More

Jazz great Paquito D'Rivera to perform at Wilde Lake High

What started as a fundraiser for the Wilde Lake High School Band Boosters has evolved into much more in the past 11 years. → Read More

Howard school board votes to alter listings of religious holidays

Faced with an issue that produced dissent among its members, the Howard County Board of Education Thursday voted, 5-3, to stop listing religious holidays on their dates on the school calendar. → Read More

Howard schools chief calls for $780.8 million budget

Superintendent Renee Foose released a $780.8 million operating budget proposal for the Howard County Public School System Thursday that calls for a 4.2 percent increase in county funding in fiscal year 2016. → Read More

Howard school board suspends citizen budget review committee

When the Howard County Board of Education begins to ponder Superintendent Renee Foose 's budget proposal in coming weeks, they won't be receiving input from a longstanding citizens committee tasked with combing through the proposal. → Read More

Oakland Mills High to offer Early College Program

Some students at Oakland Mills High School will soon have the opportunity to earn up to 30 college credits before they graduate high school. → Read More

Howard school board says early retirement incentive could save $9M

Howard County schools will start the new year pitching an early retirement plan for teachers, administrators and other employees that officials say could bring as many as 600 applicants and save $9 million. → Read More

Columbia man sentenced for laundry room burglaries

A Columbia man was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday following a series of apartment and condominium laundry room burglaries that resulted in losses and damages of several thousand dollars. → Read More

Howard police officer credited with helping to save teacher's life

A Howard County police officer is credited with helping to save the life of a substitute teacher at Reservoir High School through his quick response. → Read More

Dunloggin efforts to improve health of Chesapeake Bay gain national recognition

The efforts of Dunloggin Middle School students to help improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay have received national recognition. → Read More

Howard educators launch math support site

Following a series of meetings in January intended to help families better understand changes in the math curriculum, Howard County educators set forth with a plan to create an online resource that could answer questions and concerns from the community. → Read More

Survey finds increased employee engagement with Howard schools

More Howard County Public School System employees this year reported being engaged in and enthusiastic about their jobs, according to a Gallup, Inc. survey conducted in October. → Read More

Howard students test their computer savvy by cracking the 'Hour of Code'

At Hammond High School on Thursday, members of the school's robotics team demonstrated the operation of their homemade 100-pound contraption — a machine that maneuvered through the school library picking up balls as a video of a recent robotics competition was shown on a screen. → Read More

Howard teacher arrested on sexual assault charges

A Howard County teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy he met online, according to police. → Read More

Coding opportunities for girls expanding in Howard

The girls of the How Girls Code club at Fulton Elementary School may only be in second through fifth grade, but last week they were getting a taste of early high school computer science curriculum at Reservoir High School. → Read More

River Hill students record perfect scores on ACT

John Lin, a senior at River Hill High School, wasn't even planning on taking the ACT this year. → Read More