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Stories for June 2013

Sunday, June 30

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Jeff Clanagan of Codeblack Films is on the move in Hollywood

Screened three films at American Black Film Festival including Kevin Hart’s “Let Me Explain”

Film director and CEO of Codeblack/Lionsgate Films Jeff Clanagan screened three films at the American Black Film Festival.

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Dress for Success partners with Orioles

Director seeks more successful partnerships

While many may view Baltimore’s “Dress for Success” as a popular, well-funded program, its executive director isn’t ready to stamp the program as prosperous.

Friday, June 28

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Annapolis welcomes new citizens on July 4th

Naturalization ceremony is an independence Day tradition

Join Historic Annapolis in welcoming forty new citizens into the American family at a naturalization ceremony on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

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D.C. families plant vegetable gardens

Taleyah Evans, age nine and Dakota Evans, age five were nearly tripping over each other with excitement as they dug their hands into the dark soil to begin their vegetable garden. T

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Fourth of July Parade in Annapolis, fireworks display

Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen invites all residents to the Annapolis 4th of July Parade on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Blvd. and proceed down West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street.

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Black Girls Run! in Baltimore

Running group inspires fitness, fun

Gabrielle Powell said it all began from a blog post four years ago.

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Chef Connie teaches children about healthy eating

Things are cooking in a most unlikely setting— an elementary school.

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East Baltimore resident creates IT Program to provide Oliver residents with federal jobs Baltimore

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10 adults from underserved communities in East Baltimore graduated from a free program that will allow them to receive a certification to increase their earnings potential by tens of thousands of dollars.

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Little difference between used car salesmen and college leaders

This series of columns is written for parents preparing to send their sons and daughters to college for the first time this fall.

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Public invited to participate in flag stitching as part of bicentennial celebration

Sew a part of history

Beginning July 4, 2013, The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) will recreate the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that inspired the writing of our national anthem.

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“Safe Sleep” campaign aims to reduce infant mortality in Baltimore

Antoine Dow is a barber and business owner. The father of three children, Dow has put his children to sleep on numerous occasions. However, Dow says he watched a video that ultimately changed the way he was putting his infant son to sleep.

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Author Kashaun Cooper releases inspirational book on fatherhood

A father plays an essential role in the development and growth of a child

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HBCU Sports Roundup

The Historical Black Colleges and Universities sports roundup for this week is about training, signing, and moving on to bigger and brighter opportunities.

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Indie Soul: Guess who’s back? Tavis Smiley

Radio and TV host, author and community activist, Tavis Smiley has a new home on radio.

Baltimore gun mayhem: Lesson for Maryland democrats

Twenty shot the weekend that started Friday, June 21 and ended Sunday, June 23, 2013.

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What it means to be an American

With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization.

Thursday, June 27

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Baltimore City student receives outstanding school safety patrol award

Kiara Gordon selected for her leadership, dedication and service

The Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education recently honored 14 Maryland students by presenting them with the 2013 Outstanding School Safety Patrol Award.

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Paula Deen and Southern food: Critics say credit is past due

Critics say African American influence minimized

No matter how you slice it, Southern food is complicated.

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Five unexpected ways to get your kids to eat veggies - and like them

Try these vegetable "sneak attacks"

Peas, carrots, broccoli and spinach ... some kids love vegetables, but many do not.

Wednesday, June 26

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Fewer, larger meals key to weight loss?

New study changes diet strategy

You've probably heard that eating multiple small meals throughout the day is a good way to stave off hunger and keep your metabolism revved up while trying to lose weight. But a new study could change your diet strategy.

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Obama heads to Africa to promote investment, democracy

Visit will take him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania

President Barack Obama flies across the Atlantic on Wednesday for a trip that takes him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania -- his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

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Supreme Court makes historic voting rights law harder to enforce

It was a law passed at the height of America's civil rights movement, when citizens in parts of the country were fighting each other and sometimes authorities over how skin color impacts a person's place in a democracy.

Tuesday, June 25

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Health Department offers free HIV testing

National HIV Testing Day is June 27

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free and confidential testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, on National HIV Testing Day, Thursday, June 27, 2013.

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Supreme Court sidesteps big ruling on Texas affirmative action

Case involved white student who sued after application was rejected

The Supreme Court sidestepped a sweeping decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies, ruling Monday on the criteria at the University of Texas and whether it violates the equal protection rights of some white applicants.

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'Devious Maids': The controversy behind the new Lifetime drama

Some don't see show as an opportunity for Latinos in Hollywood

TV history will be made Sunday night with the premiere of "Devious Maids," the first prime-time program featuring an all-Latina leading cast. But even before the first episode has aired, the Lifetime show is receiving a slew of criticism.

Monday, June 24

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Official: Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract

Home shopping network QVC is re-examining its ties

Celebrity chef Paula Deen's contract with the Food Network will not be renewed, the network said Friday, the latest fallout over revelations that she admitted to using a racial epithet in the past.

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Nelson Mandela in critical condition as anxious nation waits

U.S. official: "Our thoughts and prayers" are with Mandela and his family

Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital where he has been hospitalized for more than two weeks.

Friday, June 21

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HBCU Sports Roundup

A weekly roundup of what's new in HBCU athletics

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A Little Bit of Jazz, A Little Blues and A Touch of Gospel

Hello everyone! I am so excited, because of my book sales. They have been flying off the shelf this week.

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Raven’s McClain honored by NAACP

It isn’t likely that television cameras and newspaper reporters were around when Jameel McClain was busy feeding 53 families on Thanksgiving Day and providing them with meals to take home for another occasion.

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Coalition announces winner of Substance Abuse Prevention Media Contest

The Western Anne Arundel Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (WASP) recently announced the winner of its “Substance Abuse Prevention Media Contest” held for Meade High School students.

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BGE, Salvation Army and KaBOOM! team up to build a playground for Annapolis Children

The playground, designed by children ages 3 – 15, was built in just one day by volunteers

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) employee volunteers teamed up with the Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Maryland, KaBOOM!, and residents of the Annapolis community to build a new, safer playground at the Salvation Army facility.

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Bari Musawwir is one monster of a driver

African American Monster Truck driver crushes Baltimore

Recently, Monster Jam Path of Destruction came to Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. More than 4,000 tons of dirt was brought inside the stadium, along with 50 crush cars, vans and buses to create the vast racing track and freestyle course, only to be destroyed by massive Monster Jam Trucks.

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Six unconventional things you should do to save your marriage

The lifelong probability of a marriage ending in divorce is between 40 and 50 percent, according to PolitiFact.com.

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Search underway to find former USS Intrepid crew members from Maryland

Do you know anyone who served aboard the USS Intrepid?

August 16, 2013 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11), the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

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Niagara Falls: A great summer getaway

When my church first posted a flier announcing a five-day trip to Niagara Falls, I immediately thought of couples holding hands, getting married or celebrating anniversaries. Just the name, Niagara Falls conjures thoughts of romance so I didn't think it would be the trip for me.

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Indie Soul Review of the Week

LL COOLJ rocks the Lyric

On Wednesday June 12, 2013, LLCool J brought his “King of the Mic Tour” to the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.

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Smithsonian Folk Life Festival features Garifuna music

The 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins Wednesday, June 26 and unlike previous years where themes have varied, this year’s cultural gathering will focus on several programs including “The One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage Program.”

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Baltimore School for the Arts announces new board chair

The Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) has announced that Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire was elected Chair of the Board of Overseers at the school's annual meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

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Area researchers applaud Supreme Court gene decision

The Supreme Court's ruling last week that a company cannot patent naturally occurring genes, including isolated gene segments, has won praise from medical researchers throughout the Greater Baltimore area.

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Juneteenth is Worth Celebrating

Did you know that the official African American holidays are: Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth?

Thursday, June 20

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Quantum Program helping Baltimore students

Ranisha Coppage was on a road to nowhere. School was a drag for the 17-year-old junior, who had a habit of cutting classes missing as much as 100 days in a year.

A Request of Mayor Vroom Vroom and other elected officials

About six inches, that's how close the car came to hitting a boy at the intersection of Northern Parkway and Wabash Avenue

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Former city council president urges men to say ‘No!’ to sagging pants

Former Baltimore City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III says he is tired of seeing African American boys and men walking around with their pants sagging.

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James Gandolfini, dead at 51

The body of actor James Gandolfini was transferred to a hospital morgue in Rome early Thursday, where it awaits an autopsy.

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Celeb chef Paula Deen admits using 'N' word

A former employee accuses Deen and brother of racial and sexual harassment

Celebrity chef Paula Deen denies she's ever told racial jokes, but she did acknowledge using the "N" word, according to her deposition in a lawsuit.

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The American Medical Association adopts a new policy on obesity

The change diagnoses nearly one-third of Americas with a medical condition

One word could have a big impact on the way doctors treat obesity in the United States.

Wednesday, June 19

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Serena Williams clarifies Steubenville rape comments

Tennis ace Serena Williams clarified Wednesday the controversial comments she made in a magazine article about the victim's role in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case that garnered national headlines earlier this year.

Tuesday, June 18

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Health Department bans swimming at Anne Arundel County beaches

High levels of bacteria detected

If you are planning to to take a dip at an Anne Arundel County beach, think again.

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After five infants die in recliner, maker settles with feds

The deaths of five infants and dozens of injuries or falls have led federal regulators to stop the sales of a popular baby recliner.

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Minority children with autism lack access to specialists

African American children likely to be misdiagnosed

African American and Hispanic children are far less likely to be seen by specialists - for autism, but also other medical conditions - and also less likely to receive specialized medical tests than their white peers, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Monday, June 17

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Facing fatherhood, he lost 140 pounds

Tyrone Garrett went from 335 pounds to 194 pounds

Tyrone Garrett's father wasn't around while he was growing up. So when Garrett's girlfriend, Whitney Hammond, told him she was pregnant, he knew he had to make a change.

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Superman: Coming to a church near you

As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.

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Young Americans are ditching credit cards

The number of young Americans who are living without credit cards has doubled since the recession, according to new research.

Saturday, June 15

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African American Festival 2013

The African American Festival takes place during the fourth of July weekend, July 6 and 7, 2013. Headliners for the popular event include R&B divas Fantasia and the fabulous Pattie LaBelle.

Thursday, June 13

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A borrower's guide to impressing a mortgage lender

Who doesn't like to make a good impression? Whether it's a first date, meeting the future in-laws for the first time or interviewing for a job, making a good first impression can pave the way for some of life's happiest experiences. That's especially true for home-buyers, whose ability to secure their dream home depends on first impressing a mortgage lender.

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HBCU Sports Roundup

Morgan State Bears: The 2013 outdoor track and field season came to an end, June 5, 2013 for the Morgan State women's program of the 2013 NCAA Track & Field National Championship at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

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Cedar Morris Hill celebrates neighborhood, friends at annual event

The Community of Cedar Morris Hill celebrated Neighborhood Community Day Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Community Hall in the neighborhood located at 351 Arundel Corporation Road in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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Street renamed to honor George and Marion Phelps

Annapolis—Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen invited the public to celebrate the lives of George and Marion Phelps at the unveiling of George and Marion Phelps Lane, formerly Middle Street, in Parole

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June is National Homeownership Month

Maryland Mortgage Program offers special interest rate for homes purchased in Maryland’s Targeted Areas

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Dress your home to impress buyers this summer

(BPT) - Your home is a place to kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy precious time with friends and family.

Five questions to ask before hiring a real estate agent

(BPT) - Want to sell your property quickly? Looking for your dream house? Are you hoping to get the best deal possible during the complex process of buying or selling a home?

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Since we’re talking about it; have you had your financial check-up?

In beauty salons and barber shops across the nation, at summer barbecues and holiday dinners, African Americans have a long tradition of indulging in rich conversation. So much so that we’ve created our very own cultural vernacular, or way of speaking.

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Morehouse professor says we are losing a generation

Dr. Henri Treadwell highlights the impact of incarceration in her new book “Beyond Stereotypes in Black and White: How Everyday Leaders Can Build Healthier Opportunities for African American Boys and Men.”

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Fred Lazarus IV: Arts Educator Creates a Masterpiece

One of America’s most influential college presidents has announced plans to retire next year. With bold, metaphorical brush strokes Fred Lazarus’ created an academic masterpiece. Under Lazarus’ leadership, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has become an internationally recognized creative design center.

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“Thank-Yous” Every Father Should Hear

If you’re searching for a meaningful Father’s Day gift, look no further: Todd Patkin shares eleven “thank-yous” that dads everywhere would love to hear.

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Sleep with my Fathers

On turning 60, George Washington wrote in letters to friends: "The time is not far distant when I must sleep with my Fathers." I was a history student reading those words. My professors told me that Washington lacked Thomas Jefferson's "peculiar felicity of expression." Even though I was studying at Mr. Jefferson's university, I found it hard not to feel the beauty of Washington's words.

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You’re a New Dad—Now What?

First-time fathers experience many emotions: love, responsibility, protectiveness and even fear.

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Clarisse and Morris A. Mechanic Foundation partners with Healthy Start

Clarisse and Morris A. Mechanic Foundation recently granted Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc. $10,000 to continue its efforts to improve birth outcomes in fragile communities across the city.

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Globetrotter talks bullying before games in Towson

Bull Bullard knows first hand the effects of bullying. Growing up, the Harlem Globetrotter basketball great spent a great deal of time in foster care programs and became a target of bullies.

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BGE and Baltimore Community ToolBank Celebrate Inaugural Year

Community and nonprofit leaders from across central Maryland gathered to applaud the collaboration between BGE, the Baltimore Community ToolBank and their organizations

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Made that Summer reading list yet?

Ah, summertime! ‘Tis the season for vacations, weddings, picnics, cookouts and some good old, down home reading.

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Students bring “Enchanted Tales to Life

On Monday, June 10, 2013, the Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (HFI), the non-profit partner of the Hippodrome Theatre hosted a book party for 50 fourth and fifth grade students at Dr. Rayner Browne Academy,

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Torrey Smith’s First Annual Celebrity Waiter Night to Benefit Foundation

Recently, several members of the team gave some VIP treatment of their own during Torrey Smith’s 1st Annual Celebrity Waiter Night.

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Center for Rural Affairs calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors over the weekend of June 8, 2013, unanimously called for comprehensive federal legislation to fix America’s broken immigration system. With the United States Senate poised to take up immigration, board members felt it was important to emphasize that reforming our broken immigration system is especially important to rural America.

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Bowie Baysox host Star Wars Night

Bowie, Maryland— The Bowie Baysox will be in the center of an intergalactic conflict when the team hosts Star Wars Night at Prince George's Stadium Saturday, June 22, 2013

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Made That Summer Reading List Yet?

Ah, summertime! ‘Tis the season for vacations, weddings, picnics, cookouts and some good old, down home reading. That is, for those folks who still read and if you read this newspaper, I suspect that you’re among the dwindling number of Americans who also read books.

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The Pulse of Entertainment

Christian Keyes stars in the UP Network’s original stage play “Love Will Find A Way,” which airs again on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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The Pulse of Entertainment

Niecy Nash talks about the second season of “The Soul Man,” which premieres on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 and her recently released book

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Frederick Douglass High School alumni celebrate, donate to Alma Mater

Frederick Douglass class of 1962 celebrated their 51st year reunion by celebrating and giving back.

Wednesday, June 12

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Healthy Father's Day gadgets for dad

Thinking about buying your dear old dad some argyle socks or monogrammed golf balls for Father's Day?

Tuesday, June 11

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Security increases at hospital where Mandela lies in intensive care

Authorities increased security around a Pretoria hospital where former South African leader Nelson Mandela remained in intensive care, three days after being rushed there with a recurring lung infection.

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National herbs and spices day

While herbs and spices are often talked about synonymously, they're quite the opposite.

Monday, June 10

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Zimmerman's murder trial starts Monday with jury selection

Attorney: No imminent plans to put Zimmerman on stand

Despite the intense scrutiny and heated emotions surrounding his client's case, George Zimmerman's defense attorney says he has no immediate plans to ask for a change of venue or to put his client on the stand.

Thursday, June 6

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AACC Wins State Education Awards of Excellence

The Maryland State Department of Education has recognized Anne Arundel Community College’s partnership with Maryland Live! Casino and staff member Deborah Meyer-Mercado for her distinguished service through her work in preparing students for careers and further education.

Annapolis Election Judges Needed

65 Additional Judges Needed

Annapolis— Election Judges are urgently needed to work in the sixteen polling places throughout the City for the Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Municipal Primary and the Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Municipal General Elections.

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Socialize in the sun at Waterfront Partnership’s Summer Social Series

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Summer Social Series is returning to West Shore Park this summer to offer FREE entertainment on the Waterfront.

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HBCU Sports Round up

Here is a look at what is happening in sports on Historical Black Colleges and Universities or as we call it HBCU Sports:

Chicago comedian Lil’ Rel premieres comedy special on Comedy Central on Friday, June 7, 2013

“I knew at probably about nine or ten-years-old when I watched ‘In Living Color’…it was so funny,” ,” said Chicago native Lil’ Rel (pronounced Rail) Howery about his venture into comedy.

Harold Alfonzo Carter: A prince of a preacher

The Reverend Harold Alfonzo Carter was a divine Godly prophet, whose life was sparkling and momentous.

A family that prays and plays together, stays together!

Baltimore— St. Francis Xavier Church believes that “A family that prays and plays together stays together.”

Ten Cool Summer Drinks

Milwaukee— Watching your weight doesn’t have to sentence you to a life of water and diet drinks.

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Victoria Murray debuts new novel “Never Say Never”

In 2012 national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray received her second NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Literary Work-Fiction (Destiny’s Divas).

Bill Cosby still advocating for stronger families

Vienna is a town in Virginia period, end of story! So, says iconic comedian Bill Cosby, who will be at the Wolf Trap in Vienna for a concert on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

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Winning the Battle Against Summer Learning Loss

After schools close in June many students will experience summer learning loss. As a result lessons learned during the regular school year will need to be re-taught when classes resume in the fall. Otherwise, the student will not have mastered the skills necessary to advance to the next level of their studies

Supporting Coal Exports Brings Jobs to America

One of President Obama’s goals— to improve our trade balance with the rest of the world— is built on the premise laid out in his 2010 National Export Initiative

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2013 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Empowering the community to identify and prevent elder abuse in the County

Towson— Baltimore County Restoring Elder Abuse Today, (BC-REST) is a coalition working to educate and empower the community to identify and prevent elder abuse in the County through education, advocacy and resource development.

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Strange Bedfellows in DNA Case

Now isn’t this a sign that the Apocalypse is upon us?

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Baltimore Ravens honored at White House

There were no smoke machines, fire cannons or even a mascot to greet Ray Lewis and the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens at the White House on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

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“You Will Know” returns to Baltimore’s Theatre Project

New multi-media sketch comedy looks on the bright side of unemployment.

Baltimore— “You Will Know,” an uplifting new comedy that debuted at Centerstage in January this year, returns to Baltimore’s Theatre Project from June 27 to 30, 2013. This original production humorously explores the possibility of self-actualization through joblessness.

Tuesday, June 4

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Comptroller Franchot presents award to Seeds 4 Success

Seeds 4 Success, a program that provides support for children growing up in Annapolis public housing, received the William Donald Schaefer Award for their dedication to helping the community

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The Pulse of Entertainment

Gospel’s Grammy nominee Troy Sneed launches tour June 24, 2013

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HBCU Sports Roundup

A weekly roundup of what's new in HBCU athletics

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Choirs invited to Sing at Sea

Soul Train Cruise invites choirs to sing with Jonathan Butler and Jeffrey Osborne.

Entertainment Cruise Productions invites choir leaders and music ministers to organize their church choirs or praise teams to lift their voices at sea and join the Soul Train Mass Choir on the upcoming 2013 cruise.

Monday, June 3

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Ad with multiracial family causes stir

Why is a Cheerios ad featuring a multiracial family causing a stir?

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Indie Soul: Reviews of the Week

After a much-deserved break spending time with family and friends, it is now time to return to the grind of another workweek and that also means another Indie Soul Review:

Sunday, June 2

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Dig into a good book!

Family Summer Reading kicks off June 1

Readers of all ages will dig into a good book this summer as the Enoch Pratt Free Library presents “Dig Into Reading” during its 2013 Summer Reading Program from June 1 to August 3, 2013.

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For Orioles’ Machado, humble is a learned process

It’s in an elite young athlete’s nature to be chesty, but ultimately he will be shaped by his surroundings.

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'O, Say Can You Sing’ the National Anthem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra?

Auditions to be held June 20

Capitalizing on American Idol's appeal among local tweens and teens, the BSO announces its sixth annual singing competition, "O, Say Can You Sing?"

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‘Capture The Moment Sweepstakes’

Winner will receive a weekend getaway for four to any Six Flags theme park in the United States

Win a fantastic Six Flags getaway for four!

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Poly Senior Taylor Williams receives associate's degree at BCCC one day before high school graduation

Seventeen-year-old Taylor Williams is a model student

As Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) celebrates its 64th commencement Saturday, June 1, 2013 attesting to the spirit and determination of graduates who completed 60 hours of college credit and their associate's degree, one standout will be noted for the way she accomplished the same feat while still in high school.

Saturday, June 1

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Six week community college program opens door to Ivy League

Dominican immigrant headed to medical school

Felix German Contreras, age 22, is a second-year student at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey on a sure-footed path to health sciences.

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Towsontowne Rotary offers gift of sight to children of Mumbai

Peace Project benefits India’s poorest

The Towsontowne Rotary Club recently announced their latest project, which will provide much-needed eye care for over 60,000 children in Mumbai’s poorest districts.

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Local boxer packs punch, carries tune

American Idol contestant, boxer, fighting for mother's life

Not only does Franchon Crews pack a powerful punch but the 25-year-old Baltimore resident can also carry a tune. However, the most important battle she fights daily does not directly involve her.

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BSA appoints new director of TWIGS program

Free after school and Saturday program serves 700 Baltimore City elementary and middle school students

Since 1982, TWIGS has given young aspiring artists who reside in Baltimore City the opportunity to gain skills in music, dance, visual arts, stage production and theatre classes taught by professional artist/teachers.