1) Top News: Today is the big day--back to school in Howard County! A comprehensive guide to traffic, bus safety and more . Also, check Columbia Patch Monday: We will have a photo gallery of students. You can add your own photos of your kids too.
2) From the Police Beat: Curious to know what police are doing to keep the day running smoothly? .
3) From the Archives: Does the first day of school bring back memories? It does for me too. Last year, readers sent in photos of their smiling children posing, .
4) The Weather: Today is supposed to reach a high of 85 degrees with a 30 percent of showers.
5) Question of the Day: Tell us in comments your favorite subject in school or your favorite teacher. Who made a difference in your life? Who saw potential in you? What subject sparked a career?
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