2021 | News

Twilight ceremony at State House on COVID-19 Day of Remembrance

Plus: Marriott to pay employees to get vaccinated; Maryland delays state testing until fall, cuts length of exams

Twilight ceremony at State House on COVID-19 Day of Remembrance

Gov. Larry Hogan has proclaimed Friday COVID-19 Day of Remembrance to honor more than 7,700 lives lost since the first cases were confirmed in Maryland one year ago.

A twilight ceremony will be held at the State House Friday evening. The State House dome, Government House, and local government buildings across the state will be lit up in amber. [WJLA]

Marriott to pay employees to get vaccinated

Bethesda-based Marriott will begin issuing four hours of pay to all hotel employees who get a coronavirus vaccine.

The hospitality company said Thursday it will provide all associates at its hotels based in the United States and Canada with a financial award for getting the vaccine and education on the vaccine, as well as time off to receive it, through its new Vaccination Care Program. [The Hill]

Maryland delays state testing until fall, cuts length of exams

Standardized tests planned for the spring in Maryland have been scaled back and pushed until the fall, as part of changes adopted Thursday by the state board of education.

The move came shortly after state officials had approved the spring assessments, following a decision by federal officials not to waive federal testing requirements. [Washington Post]

Investigators detail evidence that led to arson arrest of former police chief

An arson fire in Laurel in early March 2019 stumped Prince George’s County police and fire investigators, so they made the security video public.

In January 2020, Christopher Moe, an investigator with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, watched the video, and noticed that the person looked like someone in a video of a 2017 fire in Clarksburg. [WTOP]

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