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Md. universities arm police with surplus military equipment

This armored truck is used by police at the University of Maryland College Park. Police departments at four Maryland public universities have received more than $190,000 worth of surplus military equipment–ranging from rifles to an armored truck–from the federal government. (Capital News Service / Elena Baurkot)

WASHINGTON – Police departments at four Maryland public universities have received more than $190,000 worth of surplus military equipment–ranging from rifles to an armored truck–from the federal government at no charge, according to public records reviewed by Capital News Service. ...

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For universities, discussion and healing as well as marches

University students and faculty from around Baltimore are marching and protesting the death of Freddie Gray, but they’re also positioning themselves as healers and discussion leaders following this week’s riots. Hundreds attended student-led protests demanding justice for Freddie Gray at ...

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Two conferences pull out of Baltimore after riots

Maryland National Guardsmen patrol near downtown businesses in Baltimore on Tuesday, a day after looting and arson erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

As city and state leaders worked to repair the damage caused by Monday's riot, the violence that spread across the Baltimore took its toll on the city's convention industry. A pair of conferences scheduled to begin Wednesday were canceled due to the violence in the city, one of which was expected to draw more than 2,000 attendees. CoNEXTions, an industry convention of the Door and Hardware Institute, was scheduled for Wednesday through Friday at the Baltimore Convention Center and would have utilized approximately 2,500 room nights at city hotels, according to a statement from Tom Noonan, CEO of Visit Baltimore. The anticipated economic impact of the convention was estimated at $1.18 million, according to Visit Baltimore.

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Budget crunch for universities, but capital projects move on

William Kirwan

Maryland's fiscal 2016 budget could have been much worse for the state's higher education facilities, officials say, but the University System of Maryland will still feel the squeeze of a $47 million shortfall. As a result, institutions in the system can expect to face hiring freezes, larger class sizes and other service reductions in the coming year, said William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor of the university system. The budget adopted by lawmakers Monday made no cuts to what Republican Gov. Larry Hogan proposed for the university system in January — for which officials were thankful, Kirwan said — but carried over $40.3 million in cuts made by outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in early January.

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