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Thursday, October 31

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Patient First offers free Halloween candy X-rays

Screenings offered October 31st

Patient First wants everyone to enjoy the frightful fun this Halloween by offering free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy.

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U.S. steps up hunt for Joseph Kony

In a sign of a potentially expanded role for U.S. special forces in Africa, the Pentagon is considering sending V-22 Osprey aircraft to a base in Uganda for American and African forces to use in assaults on The Lord's Resistance Army, a messianic group led by Joseph Kony, a warlord African forces are trying to capture with the help of the United States.

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What’s in our shopping carts?

African Americans spend more in community stores

With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African American consumers.

Wednesday, October 30

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Simple upgrades for older homes

Increasing living space, sprucing up the exterior and improving energy efficiency are at the top of the list for many homeowners living in older or smaller houses. But such additions and upgrades can be extensive and costly. By making strategic upgrades, however, you can accomplish all these desires simply and affordably.

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Smarter teen driving starts with parents

Parents get keys to success in AAA’s new StartSmart tool

Parents who ensure that teens get ample practice in a wide variety of situations and transfer their safe driving wisdom to their novice drivers are more likely to help their teens develop the necessary skills to be safer drivers, according to a series of research studies from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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Celebrating Halloween and fall affordably

With the beginning of autumn comes time to decorate your home for Halloween and harvest, stock the pantry with heartier foods and spruce up your wardrobe with seasonal fashions.

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Chris Brown heads to rehab; seeks 'insight' into his behavior

Announcement comes after arrest in Washington on simple assault charge

Chris Brown is reaching into Lindsay Lohan's playbook for avoiding jail: Go to rehab before your court date.

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Obamacare deadlines clarified

Listen up, procrastinators: March 31 is now the only date to circle on your Obamacare calendar.

Tuesday, October 29

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CUPs Coffeehouse provides jobs, opportunities

When many have given up on at risk teens, one woman hasn’t. Holly Gray is the executive director and founder of CUPs (Create Unlimited Possibilities) Coffeehouse, a café in West Baltimore that aims to give local at-risk youth a professional insight into the work world.

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Five tips for haunting your house this Halloween

Americans spent close to $8 billion on Halloween last year, according to the National Retail Federation. With scary celebrations getting bigger every year, becoming the best-decorated house on the block may seem difficult -- but it’s easy if you have insider tips and tricks.

Monday, October 28

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Spoken word artist releases book on balancing love and childhood issues

Spoken word artist Cherrie Amour has released her first book of poetry, “Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships.”

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Fall in line for your flu shot

The leaves are beginning to change color, the stores are filled with Halloween decorations, and temperatures are finally starting to dip. Fall has arrived in Maryland and that means it’s also the beginning of flu season.

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The Lincoln University posthumously awards long-overdue honorary degree

Charles Cecil Dennis, Jr. ’54 executed during the Liberian Civil War

The Lincoln University posthumously awarded a long-overdue honorary degree to Charles Cecil Dennis, Jr. ’54 at the black-tie, Annual Homecoming Alumni Awards Banquet, Friday, Oct. 25.

Friday, October 25

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‘12 Years’ a hit with black filmmakers

Famed film director John Singleton says when movies about African Americans debut, he is always one of the first to be called for insight. Singleton, who directed the 1991 critically acclaimed drama, “Boyz in the Hood,” recently realized that his telephone hasn’t stopped ringing.

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Coppin State University business speaker series encourages students to dream

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Coppin State University hosted the second Named Speakers Series Luncheon with Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell, president and CEO of Juxtopia, Inc. serving as keynote speaker.

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Robinwood celebrates Community Day

The Robinwood Housing Community celebrated its annual Community Day on Saturday, October 19, 2013

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Dyslexia: Setting the record straight for academic success

As I write this week’s column my son is on a plane back to New England College. His fall semester break went by so quickly I felt sad to see him leave. However, as I watched this young scholar stride confidently towards the airport terminal I knew he was ready to return to school and continue his studies.

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Talking baseball, football and rain

I don’t pay much attention to baseball until the playoffs roll around. That’s when things get interesting.

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BGE, law firm team up to plant trees in Baltimore

In support of environmental stewardship and in an effort to improve air quality and reduce carbon footprints throughout central Maryland, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) teamed up with law firm Hogan Lovells and the Baltimore Tree Trust to plant 25 trees on barren streets throughout McElderry Park in southeast Baltimore.

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Alzheimer’s Association presents African American memory loss forum

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, will present the Ninth Annual Pythias A. and Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss, Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Coppin State University located at 2500 W. North Avenue in Baltimore.

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All about the children, musicians and jazz

Hello everyone! I must say this will be an interesting weekend.

Thursday, October 24

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Tolerance extends active addiction to drugs and alcohol by years

Over 22 million drug and alcohol addicts in the United States

A study of adults seeking treatment for drugs and alcohol has concluded that tolerance by family and friends often increases the length of the active addiction by many years.

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Federal agencies warn against counterfeit decorative contact lenses

‘Operation Double Vision’ is underway to seize illegal, harmful products from store shelves

With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasingly popular, especially around this time of year.

Wednesday, October 23

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Blue Knights ride to Mt. Washington Pediatric in 11th Annual Toy Run

The roar of dozens of motorcycles could be heard Saturday afternoon as members of the Blue Knights –a group made up of off-duty and retired police officers, as well as military veterans, descend on Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore.

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Getting back into homeownership after foreclosure

The housing market is re-emerging, building strength and showing signs of robustness that just a few years ago seemed almost impossible.

Tuesday, October 22

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Back on the job, federal workers worry about another shutdown

After a little more than two weeks, things have finally gotten back to normal in the nation’s capital. At least, normal by Washington standards.

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Anne Arundel County’s first economist named

Scott Shaffer to serve as expert on Anne Arundel County economic trends

County Executive Laura Neuman announced the appointment of Scott Shaffer to the position of County Economist— a first for Anne Arundel County.

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Disney On Ice’s Let’s Celebrate! opens at Baltimore Arena Oct. 30

Tennessee native Soniah Spence portrays 'Princess Tiana'

Many little girls grow up wishing that one day they could become a princess. For Soniah Spence, that wish came true.

Monday, October 21

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Cirque producer brings steeds, dreams to Maryland

Normand Latourelle helped to create Cirque du Soleil, a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment that has become the largest theatrical production in the world.

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AAMC Wellness Movement expands to Westfield Annapolis

Just in time for the upcoming winter months, Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) is launching a new indoor wellness program in partnership with Westfield Annapolis.

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When your friend has breast cancer

Research has shown that people with breast cancer are helped by the support they receive from friends.

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Champion of Change, aspiring hotelier honored at White House

At 20-years-old, Tiffani Cooper is young, but the advice the Baltimore native has for her peers appears very mature.

Friday, October 18

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Advanced breast cancer diagnoses lack sustainable support

More than half of American women living with advanced breast cancer feel support from friends and family is not as strong now as when they were first diagnosed, according to the global Count Us, Know Us, Join Us survey.

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Comedian Tony Rock headlines at Magooby’s Joke House

Comedian and actor Tony Rock has recently embraced a new platform as host of the legendary talent competition “Showtime at the Apollo.” Despite his new role, Rock is not neglecting his standup fans and is currently headlining a national tour that is set to come to Baltimore.

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Hopkins celebrates Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and of those, 80 percent will have no idea of what options they may have for reconstructive work, according to officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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The Children’s Home celebrates 150 years

Renowned jazz artist Maysa to perform

The importance of the Children’s Home in Catonsville has not been lost on the young people the orphanage has assisted or the supporters who have lent their time, money and talents to ensure it has funding to serve those in need.

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Downtown Cultural Arts Center to present The ‘New’ Teachers’ Lounge

The Downtown Cultural Arts Center (DCAC) will be presenting Ursula V. Battle’s The ‘New’ Teachers’ Lounge in the fall. The production will be performed at the DCAC the weekends of Oct. 25-Oct. 27, 2013 and Nov. 1-Nov. 3, 2013. The production marks the updated return of the highly successful “The Teachers’ Lounge’ which originally debuted in 2002 at Coppin State University. The play will be presented ‘Dinner Theatre’ style. Proceeds raised from the performances will benefit Downtown Cultural Art Center programs. The Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) will be holding “BTU Night at the Play on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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Baltimore Ravens Torrey Smith reflects on athletes and hip hop

Hip hop culture has an unquestionable influence in mainstream society including the video game, television and sports.

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St. Vincent de Paul Head Start opens new facility in Oliver

Project is a bright spot for Baltimore City’s largest Head Start provider

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, along with special guest Baltimore City Council President, Jack Young, celebrated the ribbon cutting for a new Head Start Center on Caroline Street on October, 15 in the Oliver section of Baltimore City.

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6th Annual Harbor Harvest brings family fun to waterfront

Event features pumpkins, haymaze

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore brings the country to the waterfront with its 6th Annual Harbor Harvest at West Shore Park on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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TechBreakfast promotes STEM Education at Leith Walk Elementary School

It’s no secret our country’s public schools are failing to educate many of our most promising students.

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That ‘Chitling Test’ controversy

Forty-three years ago Adrian Dove, a black sociologist, created the Chitling Test of Intelligence.

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Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund holds press reception

Event leads up to 22nd Annual Scholarship Award Banquet

The Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund, Inc. held its Press Reception Party on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Caton Castle Club, located on Caton Avenue and Hilton Streets. The purpose of the event was to introduce this year’s Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund recipients to the media, and to promote the 22nd Annual Scholarship Award Banquet.

Thursday, October 17

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Game day party tips for football fans

Entertaining this football season? To make your gatherings memorable, you’ll need to do more than just turn on the game and hope for the best. With the right party plays, you can treat your guests to a spirited game day and a memorable football feast.

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Discover ways to improve your home’s efficiency

October, which is Energy Action Month, is a great time to learn more about how your home uses energy. By making more energy efficient choices, you can increase the comfort of your home, reduce your energy bills, breathe healthier air indoors and help the environment.

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Oxygen’s ‘Preacher’s of L.A.’ debuts

Dissected, discussed and even derided ever since its announcement, viewers will finally get a chance to see what all the fuss might be about when “Preachers of L.A.” debuts on the Oxygen channel Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16

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“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” is a tear jerker

The Pulse of Entertainment

The Codeblack/Lionsgate Film presentation of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a tear-jerker! The film is a take on the reality of life in the inner city for many children.

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Four artists share their journeys

Four members of the Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) Visual Arts Department will present “Artistic Formation,” a 1½-hour discussion about their early journeys and decisions in becoming artists, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in the Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 323 on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

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Roland S. Martin premieres daily news show on TV One

“It’s about forcing our audience to think differently about these subjects,” said multi-Image Award winning journalist Roland S. Martin about his new daily news show “News One Now,” which premiers on TV One (cable, radio and online) October 11, 2013.

Tuesday, October 15

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Continental Societies host a jazzy afternoon

The Anne Arundel County chapter of the Continental Societies, Inc. hosted the third annual jazz brunch on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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Mt. Calvary holds 30th annual Fall Gospel Concert

Mount Calvary United Methodist Church hosted its 30th Fall Gospel Concert on the afternoon of Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the church in Arnold, Maryland.

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It’s a week of parties and music

Hello everyone, how are you? Honey child, put on your roller skates, we will be skating through the city like a roller derby.

Monday, October 14

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Building math skills should start early

According to a recent study of middle school students conducted by the University of Missouri, children who lagged behind their peers in a test of core math skills needed to function as adults were the same kids who also showed the least number sense or fluency when they started first grade. According to Richard Peterson, vice president of education for Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Centers, this is further proof of the importance of an education-based preschool program.

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Why Malala's bravery inspires us

Md. teen wins CNN essay contest

As a teenager, it's easy to feel lost, to get swallowed up into the mob mentality and lose your voice. We've all been victim to that; anyone who says they haven't is either lying or under the age of 13 years. And so when a teenage girl undertakes such an incredible task of courage, one adults cower in fear of doing, the event takes on utmost significance. This is exactly what Malala Yousafzai, a huge inspiration to me and so many other girls, did.

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Cadillac's plug-in car to cost $76,000

When the Cadillac ELR goes on sale early next year, prices for the two-door plug-in car will start at $75,995. Factoring in a $7,500 federal tax credit for plug in vehicles, the ELR will effectively cost about $68,500.

Friday, October 11

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Symposium at AACC reflects on 50 years after the March on Washington

National speaker and local panel discuss equality, economics and education

“Equality, Economics and Education – 50 Years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” will bring together people who participated 50 years ago and people who can speak about conditions today as the community looks back on the civil rights movement and its impact locally.

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Four things to improve your child’s self-esteem

We all have a desire to be known, accepted and loved for who we truly are. We want to be valued ultimately for our personhood, rather than our achievements.

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Kleon Da Comedian: Reaching for the stars one laugh at a time

Comedian Keith Kleon Norman was just 10 when he realized telling jokes was a way to make others smile. He later recognized his talent was an opportunity to embrace gifts that would guide his path to stardom.

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Teachers team up with Facebook to fight cyberbullies

Educators will have direct channel for harassment to be investigated

Recognizing the need to do more to combat cyberbullying, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced a new initiative, in partnership with Facebook, providing educators a direct connection to more efficiently address sensitive issues of online bullying that occur within their school systems. Facebook recently outlined the first-in-the-nation pilot project to school system superintendents and legal counsel attending the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) fall conference.

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It’s time for an intervention

The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?

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The Name Game: Are Emily and Greg chosen over Lakisha and Jamal?

Education Matters

Between 1892 and 1934, millions of Eastern European immigrants poured through the port of New York’s Ellis Island.

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What's an investigative stop?

Huh?

There is only one reaction that we should have to the revelation that Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts made an “investigative stop.”

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Catholic priest and renowned chef to demonstrate healthy cooking

Father Leo Patalinghug “Fr. Leo,” Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, celebrated chef, founder of Grace Before Meals and author of cookbook Spicing Up Married Life, will visit the Franciscan Center of Baltimore on Thursday, October 17, 2013 to host a special cooking demonstration for families and individuals participating in the Franciscan Center's Fresh Harvest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project.

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One thousand Baltimore girls to receive free Girl Scout memberships

When Dr. Marlene Mahipat was growing up in Trinidad, joining the Girl Scouts was an unattainable dream because her family barely had enough money for food and shelter.

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Experts share ideas on coping after diagnosis

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

News and Experts— Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been one of the most successful campaigns to raise public awareness in recent history. Unfortunately, in terms of successfully reducing breast-cancer mortality, the results have been mixed, which has caused fierce debate among doctors, researchers, non-profit groups and patients.

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Empowerment Academy still excelling after a decade

Ja’Nel Carrington Smith’s search for a charter school for her son, Jadon, proved anything but exciting.

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Fannie Lou Hamer Awards honor seven women of excellence

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee hosted the 18th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards at St. Johns College in Annapolis on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

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Road named in honor of former Baltimore Colts Legend Lenny Moore

Dozens of enthusiastic Baltimore Colts fans gathered around County Executive Kevin Kamenetz on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at a ceremony as he unveiled the road sign for "Lenny Moore Way," the honorary new name for Resource Drive in Randallstown.

Thursday, October 10

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Questions to ask your doctor about diabetes and pain

Preventing and treating complications is critical

The numbers are staggering -- 25.8 million people, representing 8.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s one in every 12 people, and the numbers may have soared even higher since these statistics were gathered.  

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Government shutdown: Who gets paid, and when

If a federal worker is on the job, he or she must be paid. The only question is when.

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AACO offers free mammograms

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a reminder for women to become educated and talk to their health care provider about cancer screenings.

Wednesday, October 9

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Report: Dental crisis could create 'State of Decay'

Md. fares well in report

Obamacare expands access to health insurance for tens of millions of people come January 1. Dental care for adults, however, is not included, and experts say we've got a potential oral health care crisis coming. Studies show that people who have insurance are more likely to get regular dental care. But only about 2% of older Americans have dental insurance of any kind, according to a new report.

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Clark Atlanta nets $3.4 Million STEM grant

National Science Foundation grant will cover a period of five years

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) received a $3.4 million grant Sept. 12 to implement and lead the Georgia-Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in support of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grant will cover a period of five years.

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Grammy winner Donald Lawrence celebrates 20 years in Gospel

“Best for Last” tour ends Nov. 2

Grammy Award winning Gospel singer, songwriter and producer Donald Lawrence released his newest album titled “Vol. I: Best for Last” in celebration of 20 years in the Gospel music industry on the Quiet Water/Entertainment One Music imprint.

Tuesday, October 8

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Wells Fargo to hold home preservation workshops in Baltimore

Provides help for customers facing mortgage challenges

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is hosting a free Home Preservation Workshop in Baltimore for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial and Wells Fargo Home Equity customers facing financial hardships. Wells Fargo has invited more than 17,000 mortgage customers to the free workshops scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Baltimore Convention Center – Hall G – located at 1 West Pratt Street. Parking for workshop participants is free at the Self Park lot located at the Sheraton Inner Harbor at 300 South Charles Street.

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Tribe seeks to force NFL Redskins name change

President Barack Obama suggested a name change might be in order

President Barack Obama has weighed in. The pro-football commissioner, has too. And now, a Native American tribe hopes recent attention to controversy surrounding the name of Washington's National Football League team will provide the momentum needed to get it changed.

Monday, October 7

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An American Promise Shines at the 2013 New York Film Festival

Film stirs debate over public vs. private school

As the New York Film Festival kicked off its 51st year, African heritage films were few and far between, but exceptional.

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Avoid kitchen fires with these tips

Fire Prevention Week is October 6 – 12, 2013

As part of Fire Prevention Week the Annapolis Fire Department, under the leadership of Chief David Stokes, will be working with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to focus on educating local residents about the dangers of kitchen fires.

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Why a new mom might put herself -- or her child -- in harm's way

About 10% of new mothers develop a condition called postpartum depression

Miriam Carey, 34, was shot dead Thursday by Capitol Hill police after she tried to drive into a blocked entrance near the White House with a 1-year-old child in the car. Carey's boyfriend contacted police in December saying he feared for the safety of their child, who was 4 months old at the time, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation. The boyfriend said Carey was acting delusional and suffering from postpartum depression. Authorities searching Carey's home found discharge papers from a 2012 mental health evaluation listing medications to treat depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, law enforcement source briefed on the investigation said Friday. Among the medications listed was Risperidone, which is used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder, and Escitalopram, an antidepressant, the source told CNN. Earlier, sources said investigators found medications, but that proved later not to be accurate. The birth of a baby is supposed to bring parents joy, but some moms experience darker emotions following childbirth. While most women experience a form of the "baby blues" after delivery, between 9 and 16% of mothers suffer from a more severe, long-lasting form of depression called postpartum depression, according to the American Psychological Association. A mental illness known as postpartum psychosis can also develop after childbirth, but it happens rarely, according to the Mayo Clinic. It's unclear if Carey was ever officially diagnosed with these or other mental health conditions. Here's a quick breakdown of postpartum depression and psychosis: Symptoms It's normal for new mothers to feel overwhelmed and tired, but sometimes those feelings can develop into something more serious. "Baby blues," which do not require medical attention, can include mood swings, sleep problems, irritability, crying, anxiety and sadness in the first couple of weeks after birth. Postpartum depression is more intense and intrusive: Women may lose interest in life, withdraw from family and friends, suffer from a loss of appetite and experience feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy. The intensity and duration of these feelings distinguish a normal level of stress from a psychological condition. If the mother's experience lasts more than two to three weeks, clinicians usually consider it postpartum depression. Untreated, the condition can last for months or longer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Postpartum psychosis develops in the first couple of weeks after childbirth and is identified by hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and attempts by the mother to harm herself or her baby. What causes it Doctors do not know why some women have deep sadness and anxiety in the weeks or months following birth and others do not. They suspect a combination of environmental, genetic and biological factors contribute, but every woman is at risk. After childbirth, a mother's hormone levels -- specifically estrogen and progesterone -- drop sharply, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. This can cause mood swings, depression and fatigue. Most moms recover from this hormonal imbalance, but extreme fatigue and other lifestyle factors can contribute to a worsening of symptoms. For instance, moms who did not plan to get pregnant or who do not have a strong support system post-childbirth have a higher risk of developing postpartum depression. Postpartum psychosis is more closely linked to mental illness. A mother is more at risk of developing postpartum psychosis if she or a close family member has had bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, according to ACOG. "Data suggest that postpartum psychosis is an overt presentation of bipolar disorder that is timed to coincide with tremendous hormonal shifts after delivery," a review of postpartum psychosis published in the Journal of Women's Health stated. Treatment New moms should try to take care of themselves as well as their babies, ACOG says. Sleep when the baby sleeps, ask for help from family and friends, and take some time to do things outside the house. If you are feeling depressed more than a week or two after giving birth, talk to your doctor. Cognitive behavioral therapy -- which focuses on changing thought patterns -- and antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications are all treatment options for women with postpartum depression. Postpartum psychosis requires more immediate attention, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mothers who are suffering from hallucinations or paranoia should be brought to the hospital, where doctors will assess their mental stability. Occasionally electroconvulsive therapy, or small electrical shocks to the brain, is recommended. "The chemical changes triggered by the electrical currents can reduce the symptoms of depression, especially when other treatments have failed," the Mayo Clinic website explains. CNN's Deborah Feyerick, Elizabeth Landau and Lateef Mungin contributed to this story. The-CNN-Wire ™ & © 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 4

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Annapolis receives national recognition at wildlife ceremony

Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen accepted, on behalf of the City, the designation as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Community Wildlife Habitat.

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CBC to invest $5M with black banks

Initiative launched Sept. 17

In a recent article I posed the question, “Hey, Chocolate City, where da money at?”

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Monument Quilt tells rape survivors’ stories, brings awareness to abuse

In the bright afternoon sun on Sunday, September 29, 2013, one hundred bright red quilts were displayed in the center plaza at Baltimore's Penn Station. Each quilt told the story of a survivor of rape and abuse or shared a message of support. For five hours a sea of red fabric changed the stark concrete landscape and created a highly visible space to honor the experiences of survivors. Visitors were able to interact with the quilts, read survivors’ stories and messages of support stitched into the quilts. The event was the first public display of the historic project “The Monument Quilt.” Over the next year, a collaboration of local artists behind an organization called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture will collect up to 6,000 quilts from survivors and allies across the country. During the summer of 2014, the collected quilts will blanket the lawn of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “For survivors, the first step towards healing is the telling of what happened,” says Hannah Brancato, FORCE co-director. “As long as the telling of such stories is ignored or forbidden in our culture, we are hindering the process for millions of survivors to heal.” The quilts displayed were made locally in churches, community centers, college campuses and living rooms. During a quilt making workshop at the Spiritual Empowerment Center, participants stitched fabric, wrote messages of support and recounted their personal stories. One workshop participant, Deletta Gillespie, said at the display, “It’s really gratifying knowing that I had a part of it. To see people walk by and look at the quilt and you see their reaction.” “This space is really moving,” said attendee Alexa Richardson. “It is incredibly powerful to see the stories juxtaposed in a public space. It’s heartfelt and community driven. I feel, as I think everyone here feels, really excited about the impact of the final quilt.” If the Monument Quilt, and the space it is creating, moves you in any way, you may get involved in creating the final vision. Anyone can make a blanket that contains a personal story or a message of support for survivors of rape and abuse. For instructions on how to create and submit a blanket, visit: http://upsettingrapeculture.com/quilt_instructions.pdf. Organizations including churches, schools, community centers and social groups are invited to host quilt making workshops. For more information about hosting a quilting workshop or any other ways that you may become involved in the project, email: upsettingrapeculture@gmail.com.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks Obamacare in Baltimore

The Affordable Care Act and the circus-like controversy it has caused, has prompted a special visitor to Charm City.

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Open Church of Maryland launches public school initiative during anniversary celebrations

The public is invited to anniversary celebrations at the Open Church of Maryland on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. During the celebration, The Open Church will officially implement the Galilee Project, a program designed to enable successful educational opportunities for public school students in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

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Should guys give up the strip club?

Really, Jacoby Jones? Really?

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New academic coaching program launched at Frederick Douglass High

NFL-funded initiative will support fulltime academic and life coach for Douglass football players

NFL Player Engagement (NFLPE), the Family League of Baltimore, and the Academies at Frederick Douglass High School kicked-off the “1st & Goal” initiative on Thursday, September 26, 2013 on Douglass’s newly renovated football field to provide Douglass student athletes with support services that help them succeed in their academic, athletic and out-of-school lives.

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RIP the American Dream: The undereducated need not apply

Education Matters

Tyler Cowen, one of the world’s most influential economists has written a new book titled “Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of Great Stagnation.” In his bestseller, Cowen explains why people with a mediocre education and no skills will have no productive place in society. Predicting, “a steady, secure life somewhere in the middle— average— is over.”

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“A Place at the Table” explores hunger and poverty in America

According to a report released in 2012 by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), 16.2 percent of Americans reported not having enough money to purchase food for themselves and/or their families at some point throughout the year.

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Perception of black males: Seeing should not always be believing

As a pediatric occupational therapist one of my areas of expertise is visual perception. Many people confuse this with visual acuity or simply being able to see an object. This confusion causes many problems in our community.

Thursday, October 3

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Howard University president steps down

President Sidney A. Ribeau to leave at end of year

In a move that took faculty and students by surprise, Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau announced his immediate resignation Tuesday.

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AEG not liable in Michael Jackson's death, jury finds

Juror says they believed Murray was capable, but not ethical

A Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday that AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray, but also concluded that the concert promoter was not liable for Michael Jackson's drug overdose death.

Wednesday, October 2

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Author Tom Clancy, master of the modern-day thriller, dead at 66

Clancy's publisher says the author died in Baltimore on Tuesday

Spy thriller writer Tom Clancy, whose best-selling books became blockbuster films, has died, his publisher said Wednesday. He was 66.

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Government shutdown harder on black workers

Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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Donna Brazile takes on food stamp critics

Joblessness fuels food stamp use, she says; most funds go to children and elderly

After the vote in the House of Representatives to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, I wrote a column against cutting food stamps. This column generated more than 5,200 online comments and hundreds of e-mails.

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Young and healthy needed to make Obamacare mandate work

Under Obamacare, companies can no longer deny people with pre-existing conditions

Lauren Zanardelli and Graham Foster are the kind of customers the government needs to make Obamacare work.

Tuesday, October 1

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House vote could worsen food insecurity

A vote by a majority of Republican members of the House of Representatives to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistant Program (SNAP) could further jeopardize millions of people receiving assistance.

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HBCUs must adapt to teach the 21st century students

NASA's Roosevelt Johnson says it is time to believe

As historically Black colleges and universities adapt to the rapidly changing educational landscape, advocates say that collaborative partnerships in business, in the community, and on campus will be needed to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive in the 21st century.

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U.S. shutdown impact on travelers

National parks to be deserted, air traffic control stays open

Planning to travel in or to the United States and wondering if the U.S. government shutdown will hit your plans?

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Stronger traffic safety laws take effect October 1

Handheld cell phone ban becomes primary offense

Effective October 1, 2013, two new traffic safety laws that were passed during this year’s Maryland General Assembly will immediately alter motorists’ current driving habits, and help make the roads safer for children and all highway users in the long term.