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Stories for November 2013

Friday, November 29

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When stupid meets nasty

Balti-morons: that’s what folks not from around these parts call us.

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Leith Walk Elementary celebrates American Education Week

In honor of American Education Week, November 18-22, 2013, the students at Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School in northeast Baltimore were given an activity to help reinforce the theme for American Education Week's tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility."

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ShopRite of Parkville distributes Thanksgiving dinners

Klein’s Family Markets, which owns and operates the ShopRite of Parkville distributed 100 Thanksgiving dinners to those in need in the Parkville community.

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ArtsCentric updates ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Kevin McAllister has seen the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” several times.

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Film “Black Nativity” opens nationwide

The buzz surrounding the new holiday film, “Black Nativity,” might turn out to be more about the compilation of talent assembled for the silver screen version of Langston Hughes’ masterpiece, than about the birth of Jesus Christ, which is the prevailing theme of the stage play.

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Maryland AG Advises health insurance companies to treat consumers fairly

Cancellation notices must inform policyholders of full rights and options

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler advised Maryland health insurance carriers that consumers who receive a policy cancellation notice must be informed of their full rights and options under state and federal law, and that such communications should be concise and easy to understand.

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County Executive gives Negro Leagues Baseball Museum permanent home

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the permanent home of The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball, Inc. would be located in the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL). The new $30M facility in the Metro Center also houses the Owings Mills campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

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The impact of maternal mortality

Dr. Doral Pulley Shares His Personal Story

Twenty-one years ago, Dr. Doral Pulley and his wife Alecia were happily awaiting the arrival of their twins. The newlyweds’ long awaited moment had arrived. Alecia gave birth to a set of twin girls— Brittney and Courtney. Then, something went terribly wrong.

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Merck for Mothers launched in United States

Baltimore Healthy Start receives national grant

One of the most cherished moments for a woman is giving life. However, for many new mothers, their lives end shortly after giving birth.

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World AIDS Day 25th Anniversary: See how far we’ve come

The 25th Anniversary of World AIDS Day will be commemorated on December 1, 2013 to raise awareness about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

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“Raise Your Hands for Success”

School Celebrates American Education Week

In honor of American Education Week- November 18-22, 2013, the students at Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School in northeast Baltimore were given an activity to help reinforce the theme for American Education Week's tagline, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility."

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Orchestra teacher Willis Keeling: Performing musical alchemy for 60 years

1954 was a notable year. The United States Supreme Court ruled in unanimous decision that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional in the landmark case of Brown v Board of Education.

Thursday, November 28

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J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise share stage with Miss Piggy on Thanksgiving

J.J. Hairston and the tenors from Youthful Praise will back Miss Piggy on a classic holiday song on the network TV special “Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” that airs on Thanksgiving evening.

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United Way teams with Lardarius Webb to feed families this Thanksgiving

United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) distributed 3,600 Thanksgiving meal boxes to low-income families across central Maryland through its 21st annual Harvest of Plenty program, 20 percent more meals than last year.

Wednesday, November 27

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How to make simple, homemade, holiday crowd-pleasers

Whether you’re playing host or bringing a side dish to someone else’s holiday gathering, preparing a delicious crowd-pleaser that’s simple and affordable to make is a priority for many.

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Giving thanks: Rituals for remembering

Appreciate loved ones and share with them your love while they are alive

One day after Thanksgiving last year, my mother, brother, cousin and I gathered in my 87-year-old grandmother's room at the nursing home.

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The holiday season made easy

'Tis the season of wonderful company and delicious food! It's also that time of year to bring friends and family together, but preparing for holiday gatherings along with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often be stressful and time consuming.

Tuesday, November 26

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Why so many parents hate Common Core

Ravitch: Teachers are not prepared to teach them; parents don't like them

The U.S. Department of Education is legally prohibited from having any control over curriculum or instruction in the nation's public schools, but nonetheless Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a zealous advocate of the new Common Core standards for students' proficiency in English and math.

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Wicked weather threatens to upend best-laid Thanksgiving travel plans

No snowmageddon in major cities, but planes and roads are full

The nasty weather tantrum that has already left a mess on its march from California through Texas and soaked the South is now expected to ice up roads in the Northeast.

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Tips to prepare your automobile for colder weather

At the first sign of cold weather, many people will scurry to make sure their home is "winterized." They check over the furnace, replace drafty windows, try on last year's coat and pull out the down comforter. One more thing consumers should double check so they’re not left out in the cold is their car.

Monday, November 25

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Buyer beware: Retail cards have costly trap

As you stock up on Black Friday deals and holiday gifts, beware of tempting credit card offers from retailers that appear too good to be true.

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Baltimore County Accepting Nominations for 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Content of Character Awards

The Baltimore County Office of Human Resources and is accepting nominations for its annual "Baltimore County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Content of Character Awards." This is the 9th year Baltimore County will commemorate Dr. King's birthday with this event.

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"You can afford college" offers free, live advice

MPT's broadcast of “You Can Afford College” airs Monday, November 25, 2013, at 8 p.m.

Maryland Public Television’s (MPT) broadcast of “You Can Afford College” airs on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 8 p.m.

Friday, November 22

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Happy Turkey Day!

Congratulations, happy birthday and happy Turkey Day!

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Author Cheyenne Bostock releases book to promote healthy relationships

Author, life and relationship coach, and mentor Cheyenne Bostock who goes by the name Chey B has dedicated his passion to inspire others with his recent release “Food, Sex and Peace of Mind” (What A Woman Needs To Know To Keep A Man).

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St. Mary's college scholarship geared to city students

Liisa Franzen spoke in awe of how quickly St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Baltimore City Scholarship program has grown at the school.

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It’s the quarterback, stupid!

A quick memo to Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh about the woes of his team in the 2013 season: It’s your quarterback, stupid!

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Black students at risk for pneumonia when higher ed catches a cold

Still unconvinced higher education is driven by business interest rather than academic best interest of its students?

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Cardiologist Elijah Saunders key figure in documentary

Heart disease is the number one killer in America, but diabetes is the number one root cause of heart attack and stroke.

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Miss Teen Baltimore Pageant encourages self-esteem, friendship

Ashelle Henry, 2014 Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington Contestant

Dozens of local young women participated in the 2014 Miss Teen Baltimore/Washington Pageant on November 10 in Timonium, Maryland.

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Practice makes perfect: a dress rehearsal for your turkey

The holidays are approaching and before you know it, you'll be thinking about that daunting task of cooking a turkey. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives by conducting a dress rehearsal for your turkey.

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Cultural Arts Center provides creative space for city residents

There’s a new energy in the air these days in downtown Baltimore.

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A ‘True Heart’ saves Liberty Recreation and Tech Center

When Baltimore City officials attempted to close the Liberty Recreation and Tech Center earlier this year, Kim Trueheart, an activist who helps to run the center, would hear none of it.

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“The Closer” rides off into the sunset

Yankee Mariano Rivera retires at 43

Muhammad Ali enjoys a figurative copyright on the term, “The Greatest,” so it may not be appropriate to apply that moniker to another athlete.

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Delight guests with a decadent dessert bar

Anyone who entertains knows it takes effort to make it look effortless.

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Baltimore businesses prepare for #GivingTuesday

At least 15 businesses and nonprofits are doing more than just encouraging Charm City residents to open their hearts and wallets; they are joining forces to help raise $5 million to benefit Baltimore charities on GivingTuesday— better known as #GivingTuesday.

Thursday, November 21

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Maryland Tobacco Quitline provides free medication to help smokers quit

November 21 is the Great American Smokeout®

November 21, 2013, is the Great American Smokeout® – providing Maryland residents who need help quitting tobacco the perfect opportunity to make the decision to enroll in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Maryland Tobacco Quitline.

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JFK assassination a collective memory for American children

Many children of the '60s can recall exactly where they were on November 22, 1963

As the 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible rolled down Elm Street in Dealey Plaza, three shots rang out in Dallas, their echoes lodging in the memories of America's youth for years to come.

Wednesday, November 20

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Africa's 'first design museum' stirs continent's creative pulse

Based in Johannesburg, the Museum of African Design aims to be a "cultural hub"

It used to be an old factory churning out parts for the mining industry before slowly falling into neglect and turned into a garage for vehicle repairs.

Tuesday, November 19

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AACC selected for Walmart Foundation grant to train low-income adults

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is one of 12 community colleges in the country selected to participate in the Walmart “Brighter Futures 2.0 Project,” which is supported by a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to the League for Innovation in the Community College (League).

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Charm City Run launches in-store campaign to benefit Soles4Souls®

The company launches campaign for anti-poverty organization to benefit five Maryland communities

Charm City Run, a Maryland-based running and walking, specialty company, has announced its commitment to help individuals in need around the world through their 2013 giving program.

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OSI Baltimore announces new community fellows

OSI-Baltimore announced its 16th annual class of Community Fellows and dedicated $720,000 to support this diverse group of social entrepreneurs who will lead creative and inspiring approaches for improving the community.

Monday, November 18

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The United States of Depression?

Psychologist offers four tips for maintaining balance in difficult times

It’s no wonder nearly one in 10 Americans suffers from depression.

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O'Malley testing the 2016 waters in New Hampshire

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley hoped to turn heads in New Hampshire this weekend and get his share of the early speculation surrounding the 2016 presidential race with a buzzy new video about his leadership credentials.

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Baltimore NAACP hosts Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Community leaders honored with Thurgood Marshall Awards

More than 500 people gathered at the downtown Baltimore Hilton on Thursday, November 7, 2013 for the Baltimore City NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, the largest fundraiser held each year by the local branch of the civil rights organization.

Friday, November 15

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Beyond breast cancer awareness: It’s time to fight back!

Last year I had a breast cancer scare. I felt a lump in my left breast, which I was absolutely sure, was a cyst.

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NFL, United Way partner to improve early grade reading

Fifty-seven percent of Maryland third graders are not reading at grade level

Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson read to children at Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club in Park Heights on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 as part of United Way of Central Maryland’s early grade reading efforts.

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Md. Black Caucus kicks off Diabetes Awareness Month

Six months after he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, a young decorated veteran lay on the floor with a 1600 sugar level fighting for his life.

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City initiative working to save babies

For decades, Baltimore City had the dubious distinction of having the highest infant mortality rate in the state.

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Flair Studios is a family affair

When Willia Bland founded Flair Studio 45 years ago, the eventual success experienced by the family-run business could easily beg the aged-old question: “Who would have thought it?”

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Stars return for 'Best Man' sequel

Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other hard-hitting African American movies this year, nor should it.

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Traditional European Christmas market comes to Baltimore

German Christmas sails into Baltimore! For the first time ever, the Christmas Village will transform Baltimore’s Inner Harbor West Shore Park, located at 501 Light Street, into an authentic German Christmas Market.

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A New Low

Even for that left-wing gaggle more commonly known as The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board, the October 23, 2013 editorial “Putting down panhandlers” is a new low.

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Exiting the train of consumption

During a seminar in Buffalo, N.Y. a few years ago, noted author and financial adviser, Brooke Stephens said, “How you handle your money is a reflection of how you feel about yourself.”

Thursday, November 14

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Diabetes spreading around the world

An estimated 382 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to a new report from the International Diabetes Federation. The IDF expects that number to rise to 592 million by 2035, when one in every 10 people will have the disease.

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Obamacare's first month: 106,000 signed up

Some 106,185 people signed up for Obamacare in its first month of operation, a period marred by major technological problems with both the federal and state enrollment websites.

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Consider gifts that give back this holiday season

While the latest video game can make a big hit, the most meaningful gifts are often ones that help those in need. The holidays are the perfect time to give a charitable gift that could make a profound difference in someone’s life.

Wednesday, November 13

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Showtime at the Apollo’s KiKi Shepard hosts 10th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge

Event raises money for sickle cell disease research

KiKi Shepard, the face of Showtime at the Apollo, recently hosted The K.I.S. Foundation’s 10th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge at the PINZ Entertainment Center in Studio City, California

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Asthma Foundation distributes new program to help "Wee" patients

One-in-Ten Kids has Asthma, the Most Common Chronic Childhood Disease

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released a new free program designed to help some of the most vulnerable patients: really young kids with asthma.

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Hill Harper pens new book addressing incarcerated men

Hill Harper releases new book and guest stars on “Covert Affairs,” finale, to air on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12

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Dolphins owner to meet with Jonathan Martin: 'We want to get to the bottom of it'

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will meet with Jonathan Martin on Wednesday to learn why the player left the NFL team.

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Oldest World War II vet Richard Overton, 107, honored by President Obama

At 107 years old, World War II veteran Richard Overton credits God for his longevity.

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Exercise during pregnancy gives newborn brains a head start

As little as 20 minutes three times per week is enough to enhance brain activity

As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week during pregnancy enhances the newborn child’s brain development, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital.

Monday, November 11

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African American Vietnam vets share their stories

A group of African American Vietnam War veterans were invited to Wake Forest last Friday to share their memories from the controversial conflict with students in an English class.

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Scenes of hope and devastation after Typhoon Haiyan

Amid desperation, some hope.

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Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award nominations open

Know a parent who deserves statewide recognition for his or her work to improve public education? Nominate him or her today!

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AACC Veterans’ Day ceremony begins with dedication of memorial garden

Anne Arundel Community College will open its traditional Veterans’ Day Ceremony with the dedication of a new Veterans’ Memorial Garden at 11 a.m. Monday, November 11, 2013. The college hopes the garden will become a place where those who wish to honor members of the military or veterans can come and reflect.

Friday, November 8

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Adam Jones opens Technology and Learning Center at Brooklyn O’Malley Boys and Girls Club

Hundreds of members of the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys and Girls Club, as well as the local community now have access to the latest technology thanks to an extensive renovation of the club’s Technology and Learning Center. The project, which began in July, was made possible through a $75,000 donation from OriolesREACH, a community program funded by the Orioles Charitable Foundation, and Boys and Girls Club alumnus Adam Jones.

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Making a promise to educate new parents

Getting ready for the arrival of a new baby can cost families hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars.

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Wound Healing Center helps diabetic patients

Nearly 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, outpacing cancer, AIDS and heart disease and it affects children and adults in equal numbers.

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Coppin State Summer Program aims for success

Recognizing how important the first year of college is for most students, Coppin State University officials developed an intensive summer orientation and acclimation program they said would help everyone get off to a great post-high school start.

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Jazz and gospel in town this week

Hello everyone, hope everything is well. I have so much to tell you this week and a little space to do it in.

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WHY? The most common question about the Common Core

Educators and parents want the same thing for students. We want all children to be successful throughout their education so they are fully prepared for college and a career.

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Central Maryland Y celebrates opening of Greater Annapolis Family Center Y

The Y of Central Maryland celebrated the opening of its newest Family Center, the Greater Annapolis Family Center Y, with a ribbon cutting and reception on Friday, November 1, 2013.

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Flair Dancers will ‘Dance the World’

You can bet relatives and friends of Diamond Tomlin and Morgan Cruise have circled the dates: June 29 to July 2, 2014.

Thursday, November 7

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Alexandra Dilworth on Bravo’s “The New Atlanta,” on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

“Since I was a little girl people would say ‘Alex you are such a character you should be on television.’ So when this opportunity came I jumped on it,” said Alexandra Dilworth the star of the new Bravo reality show “The New Atlanta,” which also stars Emily Lipman Dish.

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Study: Signs of autism may show up as early as first month

The first signs of autism may be visible as early as the first month of a child's life, according to a study published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature.

Wednesday, November 6

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Cook like a colonist

Enjoy 17th century food in historic St. Mary's County

On Saturday, November 9, 2013, pull into the slow-food lane and experience an evening in the 17th century.

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Stay on top of shopping trends this holiday season

As the weather outside turns more frightful, consumers and small businesses look to the holiday shopping season to heat things up.

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Debunking 4 Obamacare myths: Both sides get it wrong

For four years, we've witnessed a non-stop political brawl over Obamacare.

Tuesday, November 5

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A misguided Big Mac attack

Should the minimum wage be raised?

Two weeks ago, I was sent a video of a Hispanic woman interrupting a speech by Jeff Stratton, president of McDonald’s USA. He was giving a speech at the Union League Club of Chicago. Nancy Salgado, the Hispanic woman in question, became Exhibit A for what is gone wrong in today’s workforce: rudeness and what the Bible calls slothfulness.

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Festive reception honors new president of National Association of Real Estate Brokers

Donald Spivey named NAREB president

Nearly 200 real estate professionals, financial services executives, business leaders, leaders and members the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) gathered at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel to salute Donnell Spivey as the Baltimore-area EXIT Realty broker and owner takes the organization’s helm for a two-year term.

Monday, November 4

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Koch brothers fire back at Belafonte after Klan comments

In a rare move, a spokesman for the Koch brothers made a statement defending the Republican super donors after Harry Belafonte likened the billionaire chemical tycoons to the Ku Klux Klan.

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Young golfer aspires to greatness

Budding golf superstar Micaa Thomas needs to be on everyone’s radar. At 15, the Bowie, Maryland, high school junior has blazed her way into a world that remains less than hospitable to blacks despite the unparalleled success of Tiger Woods.

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An evening with Jada Pinkett-Smith

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Associated Black Charities held its 4th Annual Girls Night Out fundraising event.

Friday, November 1

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A new motto for Baltimore

Let’s make Smokey the official face of Baltimore, kind of our mascot.

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Change your clock, change your battery

Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 3

Autumn is a season full of changes, and the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services (HCDFRS) would like to remind all Maryland residents to remember to “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery.”

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Baltimore student brings Ravens star to school

If Charles Bellamy IV was dreaming, it’s a safe bet that the Gwynns Falls Elementary School first grader did not want to be awakened.

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“Free to Breathe” event features yoga, fundraising

If lung cancer got as much news coverage as breast and prostate cancer, Elissa Sachs-Kohen believes that fewer people would meet the same fate as her mother, who died five years ago just 10 days after her diagnosis.

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Soulful Symphony founder receives 2013 Top 100 MBE Prestige Award

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Soulful Symphony founder and artistic director, Darin Atwater received one of the region’s most prestigious awards— the 2013 Top 100 MBE Prestige Award.

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Four hundred years of history on display

Kinsey Collection tells the untold story of African Americans

Philanthropist couple Bernard and Shirley Kinsey spent nearly a decade gathering as many as 400 authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts, all of which tell the often untold story of African American achievements and contributions.

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Cupcakes and courage: cancer program celebrates success

Meredith White had just one simple request when she first learned that she had breast cancer.

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Woodlawn High School celebrates 10 year anniversary of Kevin Liles Stadium

Woodlawn High School recently honored alumnus and entertainment and media entrepreneur Kevin Liles for consistently giving back to the Baltimore County school where he got his start. On October 25, 2013Woodlawn hosted a recognition ceremony at Kevin W. Liles Stadium during halftime at the 2013 Homecoming game.