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Maryland education officials are making substantial progress in their efforts to develop new evaluation systems for principals and teachers. That’s according to a new independent report released today.

The Bikes Are Back In Town

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The bikes are back at the Reservoir, but what about the rest of the city? The Baltimore Sun recently reported that the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Ride Around the Reservoir program was reinstated thanks to new funds, primarily from M&T Bank and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The program, which provides free bicycles and helmets for rides around three city parks, was halted three months ago when the bikes were stolen.

NYC Eatery Hygiene Grade Pending by Mike Licht, via flickr

Baltimore restaurant owners may soon have to brush up on the A, B and Cs of health department inspections, if City Councilman Brandon Scott’s bill makes it to the mayor’s desk.

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From the day the Ravens arrived here in Baltimore after the 1995 season, the team has been about the task of making themselves into model citizens. The players and coaches are omnipresent at charity functions and make regular appearances at hospitals and schools. The team has not only built a pair of high school stadiums, but has seen to it that every Baltimore City high school football and boys and girls basketball player has a uniform to play in. It’s hard to imagine any organization going to the lengths the Ravens have to ingratiate itself in a new location.

As the National Football League scrambles to defend its actions in amid a series of domestic abuse allegations against players, some of its harshest critics have been women. Female fans are a key part of the league's business strategy — the NFL says that women make up 45 percent of its fan base — but they haven't reacted to the scandal with one voice.

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For nearly two decades, Maryland law has allowed community associations to sue the owners of blighted properties to force repairs. But it wasn’t until this year that any of those associations managed to win anything because of a quirk in the law that kept them out of court.

This is the story of how six Baltimore City associations pulled off that victory.

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Creative races have become a fad world-wide.  Over the weekend, Maryland’s third congressional district served as the course for yet another: the Gerrymander Meander. About 20 people ran, biked, kayaked and motor-boated a relay that traced the district, for a combined 225 miles.

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Three years ago, Governor Martin O'Malley established a commission to study whether natural gas can be safely extracted from the Marcellus Shale, which runs under Garrett and Allegheny Counties. WYPR's Christopher Connelly talks with Fraser Smith about the study and the accompanying politics, as Maryland's next governor will decide whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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About two years ago, Baltimore County officials announced a plan to provide all students with a computer and other high-tech devices. This year, they are testing that plan in ten Lighthouse schools where first through third graders are using computers daily in their lessons.

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan is at risk of being defined by his opponent, according to a recent editorial by the Baltimore Sun. Sun editorial page editor Andy Green joins WYPR's Fraser Smith to talk about the message war between Hogan and his rival, Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.