2021 | News

Bethesda mom among first in U.S. to pass COVID-19 antibodies to baby

Plus: NFL player honored for helping stop sexual assault attempt; Truck driver killed in fiery I-70 crash was from Damascus

Bethesda mom among first in U.S. to pass COVID-19 antibodies to baby

A doctor in Bethesda is among the first mothers in the country to give birth to a baby with COVID-19 antibodies.

Dr. Maggie Burke’s daughter, Dottie, was born March 13 with antibodies after her mother was vaccinated with one dose of the Pfizer vaccine at 27 weeks pregnant and a second dose three weeks later. [NBC 4]

NFL player honored for helping stop sexual assault attempt

New England Patriots reserve offensive tackle Justin Herron — who was born in Silver Spring and graduated from Bullis School — was honored as a hero by the Tempe (Arizona) Police Department on Wednesday.

Police said Herron helped stop an attempted sexual assault in a park four days earlier. [ESPN][The Moco Show]

Truck driver killed in fiery I-70 crash was from Damascus

Friends and family members of a truck driver continued to mourn on Wednesday, a day after he died in a fiery crash that shut down parts of I-70 in Frederick County for several hours.

Investigators identified the man as 57-year-old William Costigan of Damascus. [WUSA]

Maryland schools report surge in failure rates for second quarter

Failure rates surged in Maryland schools during the second quarter, with new data showing percentages doubling or tripling in key classes in most of the state’s 24 school districts.

The numbers are another sign of the academic toll of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 540,000 lives in the United States and shuttered some schools for as long as a year. [Washington Post]

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