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  • As each candidate in Maryland's race for governor is pointing to polls showing different outcomes, 11 News is questioning how accurate those polls can be. Election Day is a little more than a month away.

  • Not all parents would display the restraint Russell Benamy did when his daughter Erica declared her intention to go to art school. Sure, he was dismayed: "$200,000 to play with crayons?" the management consultant, who was a chemical-engineering major, recalls thinking. "You’ve got to be kidding me."

  • It’s been six years since Forest City Enterprises Inc. opened a lab building as part of an 88-acre redevelopment in East Baltimore near Johns Hopkins Hospital — time the company has used to learn lessons from the recession as it starts its next project.

  • At noon today, the presidents of Maryland’s independent colleges and universities presented Harry O’Mealia and Dave Quaranta—former Chairs of the Independent College Fund of Maryland (I-Fund)—with honorary plaques in recognition of their outstanding leadership and generous commitment to scholarship and opportunity.

  • Forest City Enterprises Inc. is preparing to start construction on a 170,000-square-foot building at 1812 Ashland Ave. that will become a hub for Johns Hopkins University's effort to commercialize its research. Construction work is scheduled to start in November and the project should be completed by July 2016.

  • McDaniel College President Roger N. Casey will begin working on a steering committee with independent college and university presidents selected by the Council of Independent Colleges this week to assess the future of independent colleges.

  • If your grades and SAT scores are less than stellar, you still have a shot at getting into Goucher College with a two-minute video. Starting with applicants for next year's class, Goucher announced Thursday that it will give students the option of submitting a video they record in lieu of transcripts or college admission exams.

  • The University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the business school at Loyola University Maryland have each received a $25,000 grant to launch microloan programs affiliated with Kiva, a nonprofit that provides loans around the world.

  • What happens when science fiction becomes reality? That’s the $10 million question for finalists in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition.Participants in the multi-year international contest seek to develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device (weighing no more than five pounds) capable of measuring vital health signs and diagnosing 15 diseases and conditions.

  • Monday was bittersweet for Ron Volpe, president of Hood College. In an emotional talk, Volpe addressed the college’s 122nd convocation ceremonies Monday morning. The coming school year will be his last as president of Hood College, though Volpe said he and his family will remain in Frederick.

  • In the hope of improving American higher education,President Obama set a goal in 2009 of improving college degree attainment rates from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2020. This represents a 50 percent increase in attainment rates.

  • Baltimore was one of three U.S. cities singled out by Moody’s Investors Service Inc. as “primary examples” of how universities and hospitals can contribute to economic vitality and help strengthen cities’ credit ratings.

  • We think of Annapolis as a state capital, a maritime city, a source for blue crabs and Navy officers. Here’s one to add to its resume: crucible of winemakers. St. John’s College, founded in Annapolis in 1696 on a quaint Colonial-style campus, is tiny by any measure.

  • Johns Hopkins University’s FastForward business accelerator is so popular the school is expanding it to a second location. FastForward, which is part of Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, launched last year and is already at capacity with a total of 33 startups and projects.

  • The Johns Hopkins University has joined more than a dozen other prominent research institutions on a partnership with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.