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Opioids, school upheaval, new bus system, fatberg among other 2017 headlines in Maryland

Opioids, school upheaval, new bus system, fatberg among other 2017 headlines in Maryland

It’s been another whirlwind year for Baltimore. In 2017, the city was the backdrop of Netflix and HBO documentaries, had its entire bus network redesigned and grappled with an opioid epidemic intertwined with a third straight year of more than 300 homicides.

The year brought upheaval in the region’s public school systems, with both Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance and Howard County School Superintendent Renee Foose exiting their posts amid controversies. In the city, some teachers were accused of staging a “sick-out” — staying home to protest impending budget cuts and layoffs to close a $130 million budget deficit.

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