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UMES pilots make aviation history

Nov 10, 2017
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Four UMES upperclassmen - each with a pilot's license - etched their names into aviation history this fall by helping track a record-breaking flight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

  Juniors Noah Atkins, Justin Beaudett, Chris Cornett and senior Jean Alectice were part of a team monitoring a five-day, around-the-clock mission for an upstart Falls Church, Va. company that manufactures large drones with long-range flying abilities.

  “It was a-once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Alectice said. “I would jump on it again. I had fun doing it.”

Dick Durham's 75th Jazz Jam at The Mainstay Sat., Nov. 18

Nov 8, 2017

The spectacular jazz pianist Dick Durham returns to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday November 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m to celebrate his 75th birthday with the music he loves in a jazz jam featuring a multitude of friends. Admission is $20 if purchased in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says that Russia's official sports drug-testing lab, which was suspended in 2015 following evidence of state-sponsored doping, remains "non-compliant."

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