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Wednesday, April 30

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White House addresses college rape

Helping campus rape victims framed as an equal education access issue by administration

The Obama administration has taken another step in its effort to combat rape on college campuses with the release of a new report.

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Black Jews remark may dog Sterling even more

"You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs," the Guy Who Sounds Like Sterling said on the recording leaked by Somebody Perhaps His Mistress.

Tuesday, April 29

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Dominique Wilkins: Time to talk about racism

I am extremely proud of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling for life

Basketball Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine Tuesday over racist remarks attributed to Sterling.

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Is diabetes shrinking my brain?

It's not a secret that some diabetics also have memory issues, but a new study suggests it's not just due to clogging of blood vessels -- your brain may actually be shrinking.

Monday, April 28

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NBA players protest racist talk attributed to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling

Michael Jordan denounces "such sickening and offensive views"

The players in the National Basketball Association spoke out Sunday about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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Elevate Your Gardening Success...

Don’t let a sore back, bad knees or lousy soil stop you from gardening. Elevate your garden for easier access and better gardening results.

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How you can help tackle ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’

Activist shares five tips to reduce plastic waste and ocean pollution

It’s a growing problem in the northern Pacific Ocean and one that could change life on our planet within the next 20 years.

Friday, April 25

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24 students to graduate from innovative, free IT program

The DENT IT program offers rare educational opportunities

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, twenty-four students from underserved communities in East Baltimore will graduate from a free program where they received certification that will enable them to obtain gainful employment.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Jayana Wood

What were you doing when you were nine-years-old?

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Local teen author completes first novel

Fate’s Road is a combination of science fiction and fantasy

Teen author Jeanne Luning Prak is pleased to announce that her first book, Fate’s Road, is now available.

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Raymond A. Skinner: Over 35 years of revitalizing and rebuilding communities

After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4 1968, cities across America experienced widespread looting and rioting in response to the Civil Rights leaders’ death. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where such civil unrest also took place, the events would have a profound impact on one young man’s career path.

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Addressing the academic needs of military families

Each April, the Month of the Military Child, the US Department of Education (ED) brings attention to the academic needs and challenges faced by children of active service members.

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SheRose Gala Awards: Local organization honors survivors of sexual abuse

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and on Saturday, April 19, 2014, Open Door Fellowship hosted The SheRose Awards Gala in honor of unsung survivors of sexual abuse and violence.

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Urban League offers Innovative Youth Leadership Program

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL) held the closing ceremony of their new flagship initiative, the Saturday Leadership Program (SLP) at Coppin State University.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Entertainment this week is off the hook!

Hello everyone, I hope you enjoyed the Easter weekend, being in church for the first time all year and all that stuff.

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Indie Soul: B Sharp Summer Music Enrichment Academy

Eartha Lamkin says the B Sharp Summer Enrichment Academy got started after church watching children play after church. “After church services on Sunday, we would have kids either trying to bang on the piano or play the drums.”

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Sixth grader enjoys history tour as ambassador

Isaiah Hughes is just 12-years-old. Yet, the Arlington Elementary School sixth grader can carry a conversation about history as if he were living during such iconic times as the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, or the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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AIMA Men’s Ministry receives $500 donation at prayer breakfast

The Annapolis Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (AIMA) Men’s Ministry held its Quarterly Prayer Breakfast on March 29, 2014 at Mt. Moriah AME Church in Annapolis.

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A People United: Improving education in Nepal

Back in 2013, Robert Gruber, the owner of A People United collaborated with the Santi School Project with the goal of improving education in Nepal.

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Caring Hearts Relay for Life team host fundraiser

The West County Relay for Life Team Caring Hearts held a fish fry on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Odenton, Maryland.

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Celebrate May Day at HSMC!

Historic St. Mary’s City will host May Day revels on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Celebrate spring with the colonists—rally ‘round the May pole, learn a colonial dance, and play games that will entertain you as they did your ancestors.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Caprice Smith

There is a saying that “Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you strong.” This week’s entrepreneur, Caprice Smith, is no stranger to making it through the worst times, to becoming one of the most empowering individuals in the Baltimore area.

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Healthier America, saving our nation from collapse

My mother once felt badly because we didn't have an ashtray in our house.

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Indie Soul: From the Rough and JSoul

This week’s Indie Soul features a movie about golf and the independent music release from Baltimore’s very own JSoul.

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Interweaving Traditions: Bookbinding across cultures

Books as art objects by refugee youth on view until June 1, 2014

“Interweaving Traditions: Bookbinding Across Cultures” is a unique book arts exhibition celebrating the cultures of refugee youth. Students of the Refugee Youth Project (RYP) created books as art objects through a yearlong creative process of bookbinding.

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Higher education too important to fail

We may as well call it “Edu-pay-tion,” as far as many prospective students are concerned. The cost of a college degree has risen 1,120 percent since 1978, but wages have increased a mere six percent during that same period.

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Do you have abandoned funds at the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System?

The Maryland State Retirement Agency is attempting to find nearly 26,000 former public employees who didn’t work long enough to vest for a state pension benefit and return the contributions they made to the system to them. The retirement agency has established a searchable database on its website.

Thursday, April 24

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How some colleges are offering free textbooks

Shift comes as rising textbook costs deter students from buying course materials

College student Caitlin Ryen works two jobs to support herself and pay tuition at South Florida Community College. When a new semester rolls around, that usually means choosing which textbooks to buy, or not buying any at all, she says.

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Meb Keflezighi is American, and so am I

"I am black. I am Ethiopian. I am American," author writes

I was born in Ethiopia, raised in Oklahoma and Colorado, and ended up in Brooklyn, New York.

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29th Fallen Heroes Day honors police, firefighters killed in line of duty

On Friday, May 2, 2014, hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters, dignitaries and members of the community, family, and friends will gather at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens for the 29th Annual Fallen Heroes Day, a day set-aside to honor and remember those who died in the line of duty.

Wednesday, April 23

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Lupita Nyong'o named People's most beautiful person of 2014

The actress was a fashion star during the awards season

Lupita Nyong'o is having quite the ride.

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Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center opens Women’s Health Clinic

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, DC - VA Leadership and representatives were joined by city and state officials, veteran service organizations and community partners in cutting the ceremonial ribbon of the newly constructed Women’s Health Clinic.

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Bringing life back into your yard and garden

Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly mishaps. By following a few simple steps, you can take pride in your backyard year after year.

Tuesday, April 22

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Four tips for starting your own home-based business

Dreaming of launching a business from your home? You’ll join an ever-growing number of entrepreneurs, according to a broad new report based on 6,000 surveys.

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Behold the magic at AACC’s Spring Science Night

Static electricity not only makes balloons stick to clothes, but it also can create sparks! See this scientific “trick” and more amazing scientific wonders when Anne Arundel Community College science faculty members stage Spring Science Night 2014 on Wednesday, April 23, 20014 in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

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AACC student art show demonstrates students’ range

See the wealth of creative artistic potential at Anne Arundel Community College's Annual Student Art Show until April 24, 2014 at the Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery on the Arnold campus.

Monday, April 21

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Four players in running as voting for Orioles and AT&T Fans’ Choice Bobblehead returns in 2014

After an overwhelming fan response the past two seasons, the Orioles have announced the return of the AT&T Fans’ Choice Bobblehead promotion for 2014.

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BGE reminds you to call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig

April is National Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month and BGE reminds all customers and contractors to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. Nationwide, every eight minutes someone damages an underground utility line because of digging without first calling 811.

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Maryland annual dementia conference highlights caregivers

WBAL Sports Director Gerry Sandusky is keynote speaker

Approximately 400 people are expected to gather for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter’s Annual Dementia Conference: Making Connections, Friday, April 25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel located at 903 Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.

Friday, April 18

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Women’s Challenge hosts ‘Pasta with a Purpose’ fundraiser

Lorraine Bailey-Carter has no doubt about the accuracy of author Diane Mariechild’s description of the life of a female, in which she says a woman is the full circle and within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.

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Clearing the regulatory waters

After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

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Government as innovator? You bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

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Targeted for cages not classrooms, Part III

Separate and unequal school punishment

Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

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Disproportionate definitions of ‘disproportionate’

In a speech this past February, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “Americans need to reconsider the punishment that convicted felons lose their right to vote.”

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Why is a routine eye exam important?

Ethnic minorities are often at increased risk for eye disease. To help curb vision loss among at-risk communities, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding Americans about race-related risk factors for eye disease during National Minority Health Month in April.

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Celebrate National Park Week April 19-27

The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation, announced that the nation’s 401 national parks will celebrate National Park Week April 19-27, 2014 with a free admission weekend and special events nationwide.

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The invisible man in healthcare

He is missing from the health care system. He is less likely to hold a job that provides health insurance.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Asia Robertson

Asia Robertson has played volleyball at The SEED School of Maryland for the past three years.

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Paul’s Place Honors Aris Melissaratos

Philanthropist to be presented with “Commitment to Community” Award

Paul’s Place, Inc., a community outreach center dedicated to improving the quality of life in Southwest Baltimore will honor former Secretary for the Maryland Department of Economic and Business Development Aris Melissaratos with the 2014 “Commitment to Community” Award.

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BGE launches Second Annual Green Grants Program

Environmentally focused program provides grants of up to $10,000 to local nonprofit organization

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and promote environmental stewardship and natural resource responsibility in communities throughout its service area, the company has launched its BGE Green Grants program.

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American Idol Ruben Studdard performs with Soulful Symphony

The Hippodrome Foundation, Inc (HFI) is proud to announce the world premiere performance of acclaimed composer and conductor Darin Atwater’s latest original work, So Many Stars - a Concerto for Soulful Symphony on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00pm at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center of the Hippodrome Theatre.

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Indie soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Ray Quick

This week’s entrepreneur of the week is no stranger to seeing what entrepreneurship is all about.

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Baltimore’s own Stanley Alston: Singing around the world

Baltimore City is widely known for being home to some of today’s hottest stars, including actress Jada Pinkett-Smith and comedian/actress Monique who both speak proudly of their “charm city” roots.

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The Village Learning Center hosts fundraiser

What do you do when the federal government cuts your grant money leaving you to figure out how you will continue to provide service to the community?

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Sowing the seeds of spring: How to start your garden indoors

While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.

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Waverly Elementary/Middle School showcases new state-of-the-art building

The Waverly Elementary/Middle School community celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art school building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Thursday, April 17

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How BBQ brings South Africans together

Barbecued zebra anyone?

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Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano dies in car wreck

He was a salsa legend and Puerto Rican icon

Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano, a giant of salsa music and Puerto Rican legend, died in a car crash early Thursday morning in San Juan, police said. He was 78.

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Porsha Williams charged with battery for 'Real Housewives' scuffle

The brawl will air during the reunion show Sunday

Well, this is going to be ratings gold.

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Indie Soul: Navasha Daya and Don’t Do What We Did

This week’s Indie Soul is about recording artist Navasha Daya’s project “Rebirthed Above Ground” and “Don’t Do What We Did,” a guide to online dating the right way.

Wednesday, April 16

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Pharrell Williams cries 'Happy' tears

Winfrey says she gets now why the song is so popular

Go ahead and grab a tissue before you watch this one.

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Obesity during pregnancy raises stillbirth risk

Pregnant women who are obese or overweight have an increased risk of delivering a stillborn baby, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Tuesday, April 15

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CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles to speak at Towson University

“Stories from the work front: From working girl to CBS Sunday Morning”

The College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies and the Society of Professional Journalists present keynote speaker Nancy Giles, CBS Sunday Morning contributor, comedian and actress on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the West V

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Five ways to love your heart

Are you among the nearly 1 in 2 African Americans suffering from heart disease? If not, you’re undoubtedly affected by having a friend or family member who is.

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$100K in grants open to black men improving Baltimore

BMe is accepting applications for its 2014 “BMe Leadership Awards” for inspired black men in Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia who are committed to helping others and improving their community.

Monday, April 14

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Top scientist visits AACO schools, inspires students

Top scientist Shon Isenhour visited George Fox Middle School in Pasadena as a guest lecturer on April 8, 2014, to provide insights about his careers and work as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty (times three) Program— presented by InfoComm International—which sends more than 150 top scientists and engineers into area schools in advance of the Festival to ignite students’ passion for science and engineering.

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Blacks must speak outside the language of race, Part II

Contrary to popular liberal belief, black Americans don't speak with one voice.

Friday, April 11

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Mt. Calvary celebrates reopening

On April 6, 2014, a breezy sunny Sunday morning, Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church held it’s grand reopening ceremony on the lawn of the church in Arnold, Maryland.

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Baltimore area Goddard schools hold “Stuff the Bus” initiative

Donations given to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Typically, a yellow school bus transports students. However, on Thursday, April 3, 2014 a busload full of another type of precious cargo was transported from The Goddard School, Bare Hills to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore.

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Targeted for cages not classrooms, Part II

Separate and Unequal School Punishment

Education Matters continues “The School to Prison Pipeline: Black Students Targeted for Cages not Classrooms.” Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” She recently sat with Rebekah Skelton, an education and social justice blogger for a Q&A examining the systematic criminalization and incarceration of African American children.

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Best and brightest prepare for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

Morgan students looking for 3rd consecutive win

Brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 25th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament. Hundreds of HBCU students have spent the past year diligently preparing to compete in the final round of this unique academic tournament, April 12-16, 2014, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in Torrance, California.

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Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K raises money for those suffering from ALS

The Brigance Brigade Foundation, an organization that supports ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) patients and their families created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, hosted their first annual 5.7K family fun run event on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore City.

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Take me out to the ballgame

Opening day for Major League Baseball always puts a smile on my face. This is the day that many of us treat as the actual beginning of spring. While snow can always appear, you know that warmer days are ahead. Yet, this is also a day when I think about a tragic injustice that is associated with Major League Baseball: the fact that both Curt Flood and Marvin Miller have not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Mack Allison raises scholar, athlete

There is constant negative talk about fathers not being part of their children’s lives. There is also negative news about black males only caring about sports for the money and status. The duo of Mack Allison III and Mack Allison IV disprove both myths.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Darrell Jenkins

This week’s entrepreneur of the week is graphic artist, consultant, and web-master Darrell Jenkins.

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Indie Soul: Science of Manhood and Camera Soul

Science of Manhood: Author Derik Barnes wrote “Science of Manhood: Steps To Self Improvement,” hoping to help young men grow into positive adults.

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Roberta’s House supporting Baltimore’s grieving

Left in the wake of Charm City’s staggering homicide numbers are family members who are faced with coping with the loss of a loved one all by themselves.

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How your IRA can become your tax nightmare

Financial Expert Offers Tips to Avoid Hefty Bill from Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam wants you! That is, he wants you to spend your Individual Retirement Account in a manner that he finds appropriate, says independent retirement advisor Gary Marriage, Jr.

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Baltimore filmmaker receiving industry buzz

Angel Kristi Williams was hard at work on her latest film project and was completely unaware that she had been recognized by a national publication as one of 10 directors to watch.

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Sing for your supper at Hard Rock Cafe

Hello everyone, hope everything is well with you. Me and my “Boo-Boo” Shorty Trusty had a very busy week and even more so this weekend.

Thursday, April 10

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The 'Heartbleed' security flaw that affects most of the Internet

Your information could be at risk

A major online security vulnerability dubbed "Heartbleed" could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails.

Wednesday, April 9

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Stay-at-home moms are on the rise

For many it's an economic necessity

Staying at home with children is on the rise again in the U.S., but this isn't the story of a great cultural shift. More often, it's an economic necessity.

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How to engineer your financial future in 2014

Veteran Investment Advisor Shares Four Tips for All Wealth Stages

Financial resolutions can be the most difficult to keep. They can include minute detail, number crunching, plenty of files and discipline that can affect a person’s entire lifestyle, says veteran investment advisor Paul Taylor, a member of the National Ethics Bureau.

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AACO public schools kindergarten registration starts April 8

Anne Arundel County Public Schools kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held at county elementary schools beginning April 8, 2014.

Tuesday, April 8

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Ditching letter grades for a 'window' into the classroom

Krista Wolfram might be out running errands or in the pickup line at her daughter's school when the alert appears on her smartphone.

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Torrey Smith and wife welcome baby

Smith: I must raise him to be a better man that I could ever dream of being

Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith and his wife Chanel welcomed a baby boy into their family last week.

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Sultry Tenor Keith Williams returns to charts with Chicago-styled stepper’s tune

Sultry tenor Keith Williams is zooming up the charts with his latest radio single “As For Me and My House” from his Top Ten “Tone For Worship” (EPM Music Group) CD. The ultra-smooth track boasts a nostalgic `90s R&B groove in the flavor of R. Kelly’s “Step in the Name of the Love.”

Monday, April 7

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Celebrate Multi-Cultural Week at AACC

The Bantigua Arts Afro-Caribbean Dance Troupe return to Anne Arundel Community College at noon on Monday, April 7, 2014.

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Women bankers fight poverty across Maryland

Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance collecting used shoes

In partnership with Soles4Souls, Inc., the Maryland Bankers Association’s (MBA) Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance is collecting used shoes to help fight poverty.

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Letter to the editor

We are cutting back our military because the current administration believes the world is a safer place.

Friday, April 4

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38th Annual African American Festival announced

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Black Enterprise Magazine and greiBO Media announced the schedule for the 38th Annual African American Festival and the addition of two major sponsors Black Enterprise and State Farm Insurance.

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Blacks must speak outside the language of race, Part I

Blacks must become multilingual. I'm not saying that black folk should learn a second language such as Spanish or Chinese— although the fact that Hispanics are the dominant minority and China is ascending economically might make knowledge of these languages a handy skill.

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Letter to the editor

I am amazed that some have worked so hard to deprive people of health care.

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EDITORIAL: Time to fix government

In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.

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Maryland author eases the pain of loss

Maryland author Heather Stang debuts her first book, “Mindfulness & Grief,” which helps people navigate the pain of bereavement.

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Maryland taxpayers warned of email phishing scam

Taxpayers advised not to open email and give personal information

Comptroller Peter Franchot alerted taxpayers about a new phishing scam aimed at garnering personal information from taxpayers.

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UNIK Latin Dance Company brings diversity to dance community

UNIK Latin Dance Company of Baltimore was born in 2014 out of a desire to make the Baltimore Latin Dance scene stronger and more diverse.

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Carnell Cooper and Jessica Turral selected as ‘Hometown Heroes’

Dr. Carnell Cooper Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, noticed that victims of traumatic violent injury were being treated and released from the hospital but then readmitted months later due to another, often more serious, violent injury.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Martia Davis

Self-determination is what drives this week’s Entrepreneur of the Week: Martia “Tia” Davis.

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Comptroller honors Anne Arundel County student with Maryland Masters Award

North County High School student recognized for artistic talent

Comptroller Peter Franchot presented a Maryland Masters Award and a Comptroller’s Medallion for Making a Difference in the future to a North County High School (NCHS) student at a ceremony recently at his office in Annapolis.

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Award winning poet presents work during National Poetry Month

Cherrie Amour reads from 'Free to be Me'

Spoken word artist and new author Cherrie Amour will read from her first book of poetry, “Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships” at Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1303 Orleans Street Baltimore, MD 21231 on Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. and at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m.

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Negro Leagues Museum opens in Baltimore County

“Opening Day” came a few days early at the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball in Baltimore County.

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Local student wins prestigious art prize

Lisa Su calls what the future holds for her, a mystery.

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Baltimore couple’s business expands to Target stores

Pierre and Jamyla Bennu have reached one of their primary business targets.

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School to prison pipeline: Black students targeted for cages not careers

Michelle Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

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Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center hosts the 7th Annual Ladies, Hats and Tea

On Saturday, March 29, 2014, The Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society and Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center presented the 7th Annual Ladies, Hats and Tea. The event was held at The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center located at 1101 Smithville Street in Annapolis.

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Comcast awards $110,000 in scholarships to Maryland high schools

The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, has awarded scholarships to 101 Maryland high school seniors through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.

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Indie Soul: Looking Back and Dwayne “Big Shorty” Morris

In this week’s Indie Soul, we will be “Looking Back” with author Tyreen King-Maddox and comedian Dwayne “Big Shorty” Morris.

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Boxing returns to Baltimore area

If you are a fight fan, you will be happy to know that boxing will make its return to the Baltimore-Maryland area on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Patapsco Arena located at 330 Annapolis Road in Baltimore.

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Ravens’ Lardarius Webb reads to city students

On Friday, March 28, 2014, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb joined 45 United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) volunteers to read to elementary-aged children as part of National Reading Month, aiming to promote the importance of early-grade reading.

Thursday, April 3

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E-cigs' liquid nicotine causing poisonings

Calls to poison control centers about e-cigarettes are rising, the CDC says

As electronic cigarettes increase in popularity, calls to the nation's poison control centers about exposure to the liquid nicotine used in many of the devices have surged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

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Do you really know your decorating style?

Know when to call in the pros, because they know something you don't

You have a new home or your first apartment and dozens of crazy ideas to make it look the way you want. But do you really know your own decorating style?

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The rise of Michael Strahan

Strahan has gone from pro athlete to media darling

Michael Strahan loves the mega-romantic film "The Notebook," isn't afraid to admit his fear of snakes, supports same-sex marriage and makes Kelly Ripa giggle like no one else.

Wednesday, April 2

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Big Data is secretly scoring you

You likely know about your credit score -- that key measure that influences everything from your monthly car payment to your ability to buy a home. But there are dozens of other consumer scores that are impacting your daily life that you have no idea about.

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15 best U.S. spots for kids

Top draws include science museums, theme parks and animals

The best kids' attractions are fun for adults, too.

Tuesday, April 1

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Pharrell Williams joining 'The Voice'

Pharrell tweeted "This is going to be fun"

Yet another reason for fans of "The Voice" to get "Happy."

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Official: Obamacare on track to meet original goal

After a surge of sign-ups on enrollment deadline day, Obamacare is now on track to hit the White House's original target of 7 million people signing up, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

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Michael Gavin named AACC’s new Associate V.P. for Learning

Michael H. Gavin of Baltimore is Anne Arundel Community College’s new associate vice president of Learning.

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Watch Out for Prediabetes

Almost everyone who has prediabetes goes on to develop type 2 diabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

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Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Avoid serious diabetes complications with these guidelines

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.