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‘An aggressive wave’ of voting laws nationwide, in charts

This year, a record number of states have enacted laws restricting voting access, deepening a national divide such that Americans’ right to vote increasingly depends on where they live.

The state of LGBTQ laws and policies across the United States

Over 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures this year according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group. At least 35 of these bills would affect gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth, and at least 69…

Baltimore reimbursement program leaves residents burdened with sewage backup costs

Natasza Bock-Singleton could smell it from where she was sitting in her home office in the basement. She could hear it too — a gurgling sound, coming from the bathroom. She got up to find out what was going on.…

Policing mental health crises in Montgomery County

In Montgomery County, there is a growing debate about the role of police in addressing mental health crises. The county’s population is reliant on only two in-person assistance resources for behavioral-health related incidents. Nationwide, one in four victims of police…

Prisoners in solitary confinement live in cells the size of an elevator

Solitary Confinement prisoners live in a 6 foot by 9 foot cell for 22 hours a day. This type of isolation can cause severe anxiety, depression, stress and suicidal tendencies.

A timeline of COVID-19 cases during phased reopening in Maryland

It’s been over a year since the pandemic struck the United States. Since then, the Maryland Department of Health has confirmed 451,267 COVID-19 cases and 8,631 deaths throughout the state. Measures are still being implemented and lifted as Maryland navigates the disease’s ripple effects, most recently with Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to remove capacity restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining on March 9.

The numbers behind the US men’s national soccer team in Europe’s top five leagues

The US men’s national soccer team (USMNT) has never been a powerhouse in international play, having only made the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup once. More and more American players are now playing important roles for big clubs in Europe’s major leagues, which will eventually help the national team take that next step. Here are the numbers behind the USMNT in Europe’s top five leagues.

Maryland schools experience COVID-19 outbreaks while slowly bringing students back to classrooms

Maryland has been one of the slowest states to return students to in-person instruction with only 57.4 percent of students back in classrooms as of April 20. There have been COVID-19 outbreaks at 216 different schools since the state began tracking the data in October of 2020. Currently there are 43 schools (203 total cases) listed on the Maryland Department of Health website with Washington County and Baltimore County currently having the highest number of cases in schools.

Maryland college students seek mental health help amid COVID-19 pandemic

College students have struggled with mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. School counseling centers have adjusted their services to fulfil the needs of students in an online environment. Students shared their experiences with the struggles and benefits of online mental health services, including their accessibility and effectiveness.

Equity Task Force to help COVID-19 vaccine distribution among minorities

Statewide disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations expose barriers that underserved populations face in avoiding life-threatening infection. Maryland’s early vaccination rollout shows a pattern of racial disparity mostly among Black and Latino residents.  Healthcare disparities hold a firm grip on communities of…