Top MD News: COVID Vaccine Murders, Best Hospitals, School Drugs

MARYLAND — This week’s top news in Maryland included edibles given out as candy at two schools, sending students to the hospital; seven hospitals made Newsweek’s list of the best hospitals in the US; a native of Gaithersburg won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature “Encanto”; and efforts continue to free a giant cargo ship that has run aground in the Chesapeake Bay.

Also, a man accused of killing three people, including his brother, who is a pharmacist, is found unfit to stand trial over misinformation about COVID vaccines; ABS stores in Montgomery County are holding a sweepstakes for a chance to buy rare whiskey; the trucker convoy that has been stationed in Hagerstown for the past three weeks and is circling the DMW is leaving the country to protest California’s laws instead; and more in our roundup of the top news from this week’s Maryland patch sites.

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Drug-filled treats for students at school, parents outraged

Two students at Prince George’s County Public Schools were unknowingly given treats at school that contained edibles – marijuana-infused foods – and narcotics. One student was an 11-year-old girl; the other a 17-year-old boy with autism. Both said they were unaware they were consuming drug-containing foods.

First attempt to free stuck container ship

The crews’ plan made a first attempt Tuesday after more than a week of dredging operations to get the container ship Ever Forward back afloat, the US Coast Guard said. The 1,095-foot container ship has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay near Craighill Channel since March 13.

Man accused of killing his brother and wife over vaccine ruled incompetent

A Howard County judge has ruled Jeffrey Burnham, 47, unfit to stand trial for murder. Burnham was arrested in October after police said he shot and killed his half-brother and sister-in-law at their Ellicott City home, along with an 83-year-old family friend who lived in western Maryland. Burnham reportedly believed the COVID-19 vaccines administered by his brother, a pharmacist, were toxic.

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