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Stories for August 2014

Friday, August 29

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Backpacks, buses and bikes: Tips for eliminating school injuries

The start of a new school year is an excellent time to review precautions families can take to keep their children safe, both inside and outside the classroom. Without proper attention to basic safety measures, school can become a hazardous environment.

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Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken keeps on fighting

Many people don’t know the trials and tribulations that a lot of players in the NFL go through.

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Blacks rarely seek help for stress, mental health issues

Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress influences disease and health, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said they have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response.

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Chef “G” Garvin partners with Allstate to highlight community heroes

More stories are being sought for “Give It Up for Good” Campaign

Chef Gerry "G" Garvin grew up in a large, single-parent family. The celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV personality recalls how people would help his mother during tough times.

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Freed from the bondage of drug addiction

Penny Wooten was afraid she was going to die. The Baltimore native had a $1500 per week drug habit. “And that was a bad week,” added Wooten.

Thursday, August 28

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center hosts American Red Cross blood drive

Donating blood is a simple thing that can make a big difference in the lives of others. Nearly 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders. These patients and countless others rely on blood products for survival.

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Indie Soul Fashion: 'Wear It Out Wednesdays' returns in the fall

The Baltimore Times and Indie Soul are happy to announce that one of the most talked about fashion events of 2013 is back for the fall in 2014: Wear It Wednesdays.

Wednesday, August 27

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Douglas McAuthur McCain: From American kid to jihadi in Syria

Douglas McCain was born in Chicago and grew up in Minnesota

He was a basketball-loving kid from the Midwest who turned into a jihadi fighting for terrorists in Syria.

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ABC TV adds people of color to fall lineup

The fall TV season is quickly approaching and over the next few weeks, Indie Soul, will spotlight networks and shows aimed specifically at the African American community.

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Former Baltimore student receives CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Scholarship

When she was a little girl growing up in Guyana, former Maryland resident Tiffany Murray watched with wonder as her grandmother prepared traditional plant-based remedies to treat an aunt who had polio. She remembers imitating her grandmother’s behavior, grinding Hibiscus flowers to make medicine for her dolls.

Tuesday, August 26

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Indie Soul: Entrepreneur of the Week Nia Anderson

Everyone dreams! Some dream of making it big and becoming famous in the entertainment business while others dream about how they can be of better service to others.

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2014 Emmy Awards: 5 buzzworthy moments

The Emmy Awards will never be confused for the MTV Video Music Awards -- especially when they air on consecutive nights.

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6 ways to stop sciatica pain with yoga

Sciatica is a real pain in the butt -- and, sometimes, in the leg and foot.

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Natural tips to keep gardeners healthy

More than 41,200 people across the nation were injured in 2012 while working in their gardens, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Conversely, many common flowers and plants have healing properties that can help gardeners treat their injuries.

Monday, August 25

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Michael Brown's father calls for calm Monday -- the day his son is laid to rest

The White House is sending three officials to Brown's funeral

Michael Brown will be laid to rest Monday, and his father says he just wants one thing: peace.

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Do we perpetuate black stereotypes?

Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on blacks, especially young black males.

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Help kids stay organized for a fresh start this school year

Back-to-school time means another year of tests, team tryouts and club meetings -- but it also means an opportunity for students to have a fresh start. Whether your kid is an ace academic or has found it challenging to stay on top of a to-do list, there are many ways to get prepared for a successful school year.

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Awkward! The tough transition to middle school

Many parents, teens are anxious about the start of middle school

There is a reason why when people post pictures of themselves during their middle school years on Facebook for "Throw Back Thursday," we all stop and take notice.

Friday, August 22

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College Students: Avoid these rookie mistakes

AAA Mid-Atlantic shares four common costly mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s even worse when the mistakes are preventable. AAA Mid-Atlantic recommends parents make sure their college-bound teens are on the same page when it comes to them forging new lives at school and on their own.

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People's BBQ feeds the homeless

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, St. Vincent de Paul held “The People’s BBQ” to feed the homeless at the St. Vincent DePaul Park located at 120 North Front Street in Baltimore City.

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Gospel Crooner Earnest Pugh unveils “Just Worship”

New radio single “Alpha & Omega” hitting airwaves

Dove and Stellar Award nominated gospel crooner Earnest Pugh has just polished off his latest work of art— “Just Worship” (P-Man Music/Central South Distribution)— a specially priced Extended Play (EP) collection of praise and worship songs that will be released on August 26, 2014.

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BCCC selects Dr. Gordon F. May as next president

Baltimore City Community College's (BCCC) Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Gordon F. May, former President at Oakland Community College-Auburn Hills Campus-in Michigan, has been named president of the College, effective September 2, 2014.

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Comptroller Franchot says let summer be summer!

Citing the benefits to Maryland families, small businesses, teachers and tourism, Comptroller Peter Franchot kicked off a “Let Summer Be Summer” petition drive on the Ocean City Boardwalk to collect 10,000 signatures in support of a campaign to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

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Failures in math, science education beginning to add up

Americans could use a crash course in math. According to a new study from the Brookings Institution, jobs in science, technology, engineering and math are vacant for more than twice as long as non-STEM positions— largely because employers can't find people with the requisite math and science skills to fill them.

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NAACP and McDonald’s join forces to promote healthy eating, healthy lifestyles

The NAACP and McDonald’s announced a yearlong commitment aimed at addressing health disparities and providing health education in communities of color throughout the nation.

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Five tips for mom’s back-to-school sanity

Equipped with over two decades of experience on the air as well as her new book “Shake Up Your Life: 30 Steps To Powerful Brilliant Living,” Jennifer Keitt has designated five essential tips designed to help moms better keep their sanity in the upcoming school year because who says that only kids get stressed out!

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For parents of diabetic students planning is key

Children begin each school year excited about making new friends, and learning new things. But children living with diabetes and their families may also feel uncertain or uneasy about how their diabetes will be managed throughout the school day.

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Healthy, wholesome back to school snacks

The lazy days of summer are nearly over. Back-to-school season means back to a busy life with a seemingly never-ending schedule of classes, sporting events and extracurricular activities.

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Why it's critical to make eye exams part of back-to-school routine

Reading the computer, chalkboard and books are critical elements of getting an education that can lead students to reaching their full potential and making their goals and dreams come true.

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Classroom success begins with breakfast

Nutritious dairy foods give kids an essential boost

Dairy and breakfast go hand in hand. With so many types of milk, cheeses and yogurts available, it's easy to find breakfast combinations that set the curve for success as the kids head back to school this fall.

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Easing back-to-school jitters

School bells are ringing and kids are everywhere. As you drive slowly through school zones, you can see and feel the excitement in the air.

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3 ways to help kids have healthy teeth

Parents play the key role in helping their children to develop a proper oral hygiene routine, says University of Alabama at Birmingham pediatric dentist Stephen Mitchell, DMD, and the beginning of the school year is always a great time to begin or reinforce correct oral care techniques.

Thursday, August 21

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This school year, raise grades with online learning tools

Unfortunately, the pace of classroom learning can’t be tailored to every student’s individual needs -- particularly these days, as class sizes are growing and funding for special enrichment programs becomes limited. In fact, at least 35 states provided less funding per student for the 2013-14 school year than they did before the recession.

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J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise release rousing new anthem

The dynamic and much-celebrated music ensemble J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise has released a powerful new song of joy and inspiration entitled “Bless Me.”

Wednesday, August 20

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Jazz at The Walters Art Museum, and Phase 10 Restaurants

The Walters Art Museum recently announced that the popular art and jazz series Jazz@theWalters will return next spring in April 2015.

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August is 'Kids Eat Right' Month: Nutrition tips for families

With childhood obesity on the rise, making sure kids eat right and get plenty of exercise is vital.

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Multicultural scholarship helps increase diversity in healthcare

The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women and Macy's are awarding 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to help increase the number of diverse healthcare professionals while improving culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.

Tuesday, August 19

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How to make breakfast more fun

For most parents, weekday mornings before school are like a challenging math problem: pack backpacks and lunches, plus get yourself ready for work – minus the luxury of unlimited time. But skipping breakfast should not be part of the equation.

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Trayvon's mom to Michael Brown's: 'Neither of their lives shall be in vain'

Fulton writes the Browns will "hear character assassinations about Michael"

In the days since Michael Brown was shot and killed, protests have filled the streets in Ferguson.

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BET adds more reality shows to its fall lineup

Keyshia Cole and Nelly, and powerhouse couple David and Tamela Mann Give audiences a glimpse at life behind their fame

The fall TV season is quickly approaching and over the next few weeks, Indie Soul will shine the light on networks and shows aimed specifically at the African-American community. First up is Black Entertainment Television also known as BET.

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Everyone needs to vote!

This is a call for all eligible black folks to register and vote in every election from now until eternity, so we can stop the rallies, marches and demonstrations related to voting.

Monday, August 18

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How to break into the white male 'PE' club

Private equity firms are notoriously white and male. Scholars for Educational Opportunity is trying to change that.

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Author Dr. Tamara D. England writes guide to help women find their authentic selves

Many books have been written to help women discover who they are and become their authentic selves.

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How occupational therapy helps students to succeed

This week the Special Education series offers an overview of Occupational Therapy and how these services may improve your child’s life in and outside the classroom.

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News doesn't change much, so what's new?

Every day, we turn on the television and hear about all the wars in the Middle East. Life is bad in the Middle East.

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Michael Brown death: Missouri National Guard headed to Ferguson

Several businesses are vandalized or looted, authorities say

The chaos in Ferguson has gotten so unruly that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed an executive order deploying National Guard troops to the St. Louis suburb.

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Foods you can stop buying and start making yourself

Even if you’re a well-versed cook, there are certain foods you may not have ever considered making yourself. For example, when is the last time you made your own apple sauce, jam or chutney?

Friday, August 15

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8 delicious summer foods that are good for you, too

Farmers markets are brimming with beautiful, ripe produce for the picking, local foods are flooding the supermarket, and it's finally time for juicy berries and stone fruits to take center stage.

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Indie Soul: Otakon takes over Baltimore

Since 1999, Baltimore has been home to Otakon, the annual three-day Anime convention, which is held at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore

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'A Better You' health and wellness event targets African American seniors

78-year-old bodybuilder Ernestine Sheperd to speak

People are amazed at Ernestine Shepherd’s youthful appearance. At 78-years-of-age, Shepherd is a body builder, and looks decades younger than her age.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Comedy, plays and birthday parties!

Hello everyone! Honey Child! This looks like it will be a busy weekend for me.

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Africa in the Spotlight at U.S.-Africa Summit

Over the course of three days, Aug. 4-6, at the invitation of President Barack Obama, 51 African leaders held talks designed to strengthen trade and commerce between the U.S. and the continent.

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Howard Park welcomes new ShopRite

Food desert ends after more than a decade

A major food desert has officially been closed and longtime residents of Howard Park like Rhona Lewis couldn’t be happier.

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Walmart pitches in for college bound students

The testimonies about the benefits of the CollegeBound Foundation can be endless.

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An Afternoon Tea at The Greens

Dainty seniors gather to share fellowship and encouragement

Adorned in white gloves, and beautiful hats, well-dressed, dainty ladies chatted with one another while enjoying a spot of tea at high noon.

Thursday, August 14

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It's not a man's world: The African women breaking down tech barriers

The first Women in Tech Africa meet up took place online in August 2

When I was doing my degree in computer science in Ghana's Valley View University 10 years ago, there just were seven girls in the class. After four years, only four graduated and out of that number, just two of us have stayed in technical roles. Today, my little sister's computer science class has at least 30% females and a smaller drop-off rate.

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Comcast offering free Internet service, amnesty program for low-income families

Internet Essential kicks off back to school season with nationwide, complimentary six-month offer, discounted computers and free digital literacy training for eligible families. Comcast has now connected more than 1.4 million low-income Americans to Internet at home.

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Witnesses to Michael Brown's shooting detail his last minutes

While Michael Brown appeared to tussle with an officer before he was shot dead, he didn't enter the police cruiser as authorities claim he did, two witnesses told CNN.

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Renovated Columbus School Apartments part of East Baltimore's transformation

Raymond Skinner, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Comminity Development (DHCD); was joined by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Columbus School Apartments on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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DMV Celebrity Weekend of Champions set for September

If New York is the city of dreams, then the District of Columbia is home of the champions! Boxing champions, that is. Finally six accomplished fighters from the D.C. area will get the honors they deserve on September 18 – 20, 2014 at the DMV Celebrity Weekend of Champions Launch. (Visit: www.GFSent.com for more information).

Wednesday, August 13

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WHO panel says untested drugs are ethical as Ebola death toll tops 1,000

The first two doses of an experimental serum created to treat Ebola went to American missionaries.

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Robin Williams and depression: We all wear a mask

Suicide is a major cause of death, highest among those 46-64

Smart, successful, funny and handsome. Robin Williams seemed to have it all. And yet, today he is dead. Apparently, by his own choice.

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Josiah Henson Park to be profiled on PBS Series

Josiah Henson is the inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin

PBS explores Montgomery County's Josiah Henson Park on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. Henson’s autobiography is the inspiration behind Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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Robin Williams: Full of talent, full of demons, full of heart

Of all the things to say about Robin Williams, the truest may be this: He made people smile.

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Indie Soul Review: MANIFEST by Jahiti

There are hundreds of artists releasing music everyday— some with talent, others are just products of the corporate music machine. There are those who are copycats and others who are just fake— and then there is Jahiti.

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Southern diet linked to death in people with kidney disease

Eating a Southern-style diet results in higher death rates in those with kidney disease, according to research published in the August issue of the National Kidney Foundation's American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Tuesday, August 12

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Attorney: Steve Ballmer now owns NBA's Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer became the new owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, the league said.

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QAC Arts Council hosts 'CHAIR-ity for Children’s Art' Auction

Area artists have an unusual new outlet for their creativity thanks to the staff at the Queen Anne's County Arts Council.

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It's Baltimore County's turn: Restaurant Week begins August 8

The Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and Sysco are pleased to announce the eighth Baltimore County Restaurant Week beginning on Friday, August 8 and runs through August 24, 2014.

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Gunshots, tear gas in Missouri town where police shot teen

Hours after federal civil rights investigators and the FBI opened an inquiry into the death of a teenager shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, violence flared again in the St. Louis suburb.

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Local chef teaches shoppers how to use farmer’s market ingredients

In conjunction with National Farmers Market Week 2014 (Aug. 3-9, 2014), Roland Park Place— Baltimore City’s only nonprofit continuing care retirement community— teamed up with the Johns Hopkins University Office of Sustainability and Keswick Green Team to support the efforts of local farms featured at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick Farmers Market.

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Political will is obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace

One of the cardinal lessons of international conflict resolution is that two fighting is worth more than negotiating.

Monday, August 11

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Outrage, unrest erupt after fatal shooting of Missouri teen by police

Michael Brown, 18, was shot by a Ferguson police officer Saturday

Confrontations between police and residents of a St. Louis suburb raged into the night after a fatal weekend shooting of a teen by an officer.

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Rescuers pull stranded passengers from Six Flags roller coaster in PG County

The ride will closed while officials investigate, she says

Rescuers pulled stranded riders from a roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland on Sunday after the ride halted on the tracks.

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Why government fails, and what we should do about it

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society.

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Zane’s Movie 'Addicted' to be released this fall

Author Kristina Laferne Roberts, better known as Zane who hails from the DC area and was a student at Howard University, was recently in Baltimore for the African American Festival and I had a chance to discuss her writing and her new movie “Addicted.”

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National Science Foundation grant provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring

Syria Wesley, 31, of Waldorf was chugging along, taking college classes when she could while working full time at a grocery store pharmacy to support herself. For years she took classes at the College of Southern Maryland that she thought would help her at work, never dreaming that she could climb to the highest level in her field.

Saturday, August 9

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Coppin's Michael Grant ushers in new era for 2014-15 basketball season

In ushering in a new era, first-year Coppin State men’s basketball head coach Michael Grant has gone big by signing Lawrence Fejokwu and Blake Simpson, the first recruits for the 2014-15 season.

Friday, August 8

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Catrina Friday

This week’s entrepreneur Catrina Friday puts it all on the line for the greater good and for the love of the arts!

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CBF reissues report on flesh-eating bacteria in area water

Report from 2009 offers background and urges compliance with Chesapeake clean water blueprint

With news accounts of “flesh-eating” bacteria infections suffered by bathers in Maryland and the District of Columbia in recent days, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is reissuing its 2009 report that documented the rise in such infections.

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Special Education: Occupational Therapy 101

In my work as a special education student advocate, I have participated in dozens of Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. Nearly all the students were offered occupational therapy as part of their remedial services plan.

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Consumers save some money during Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week

Sales Tax waived for qualifying purchases of clothing and footwear from August 10 – 16, 2014

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that his office is gearing up for Shop Maryland, the state’s tax-free week.

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Summer Social at West Shore Park on Friday, August 15

The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s August Summer Social will take place at West Shore Park on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Speak to My Heart Ministries to hold community outreach and health fair

Free event will feature food, back to school giveaways health screenings and more

Galatians 6:9 says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." This scripture speaks to the work of Bishop Duane Johnson, pastor of Speak to my Heart Ministries and his wife and co-pastor Cynthia, in their unrelenting quest to go beyond the walls of their church in Park Heights to save lives.

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AKA's kick off 2014-2018 community service programs

Baltimore Metropolitan area Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Incorporated members, including Epsilon Omega President E. Francine Stokes-McElven, the 27th North Atlantic Regional Director Erma W. Barron, and the 18th International President Mattelia Grays took part in a tribute to the organization’s 12th International President Edna Over Gray Campbell during a wreath laying ceremony in Owings Mills, Maryland on Saturday, April 2, 2013.

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Civic Works’ Real Food Farm helping to “grow” Baltimore

An innovative urban agricultural program is helping to “grow” Baltimore. Real Food Farm is improving neighborhood access to healthy food, developing Baltimore’s agriculture sector, providing hands-on education to city students, and protecting the environment.

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Rev. Milton E. Williams: Helping drug addicts in East Baltimore

In the Old Testament, Moses was chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of the bondage inflicted upon them by Pharaoh.

Thursday, August 7

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Indie Soul Book Review: Church Girls by Delisa Shelby Claude

When is comes to the church and church folk, there is a perception they are better than those who don’t attend services.

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Vegan SoulFest 2014

On October 25, 2014 at the Downtown Cultural Art Center located at 401 N. Howard Street in Baltimore will have an opportunity to learn more about vegan life style.

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Md. State Superintendent to join Financial Literacy Council

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

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AACC faculty member one of 4,000 in world to earn cyber security certification

Marcelle Y. Lee, an instructional specialist in Anne Arundel Community College’s CyberCenter, became one of only 4,000 people in the world to earn a Global Information Assurance Certification (GCIA) as a Certified Intrusion Analyst.

Wednesday, August 6

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Lighten up summer with delicious salads and fun activities

The arrival of summer means families are looking for ways to lighten up when it comes to the clothes they're wearing and the foods they're eating.

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Home improvement tips to make the most of small spaces

No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

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Fab@TheHarbor showcases local designers

Every once in awhile Indie Soul will get an email asking when we’re going to show some love to fashion designers and models. Well you asked, and now here it is.

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Anne Arundel provides free vaccines for 7th grade students

Helps students meet new school vaccine requirements

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide vaccination clinics around the County to help all students entering the seventh grade meet the new Maryland State requirements for the 2014-2015 school year.

Tuesday, August 5

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Marathon running doctor delights in caring for others

Dr. Rodney Taylor starts each day seeking peace of mind.

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Three ways to save on monthly expenses

Regardless of income, everyone is looking for ways to save money. From improving your home’s energy efficiency to savvy shopping, you can cut back on your day-to-day expenses and monthly bills, alike.

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5 reasons Obama's Africa leaders' summit matters

Majority of African leaders convene in Washington for first-ever African leaders summit

By aBy any measure it's historic: The vast majority of Africa's leaders flying to Washington at the invite of the President, whose father was born on the continent, to mark what the White House hopes is a new era of cooperation.ny measure it's historic: The vast majority of Africa's leaders flying to Washington at the invite of the President, whose father was born on the continent, to mark what the White House hopes is a new era of cooperation.

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LETTER: Israelis and Palestinians must share the land

I watched with horror as news footage of a battery of Israeli self propelled (SP) heavy artillery guns firing on Palestinian homes, schools and hospitals. I thought it uncivilized that such firepower could be unleashed on defenseless civilians including women and children of which over 1000 have been killed so far.

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Baltimore’s Apollo Morse serves aboard USS Somerset

Petty Officer 1st Class Apollo Morse, an aviation boatswain's mate from Baltimore and 1997 graduate of Mergenthaler High School, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Somerset (LPD 25), one of the world's most modern, networked, survivable, and transformational warships.

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Powerhouse Program lifts students in East Baltimore

It’s been less than a year since the Charm City-based Living Classrooms Foundation launched its POWER House Teen program, which provides academic support, mentoring and college preparation activities for underserved high school students who live in the Perkins Homes development in East Baltimore.

Monday, August 4

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U.S. sending 50 experts to West Africa to fight 'most complex' Ebola outbreak

The United States plans to send 50 health experts to West Africa to help contain the Ebola outbreak that has left hundreds of people dead in three countries.

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State partners with local providers, school systems to expand high-quality pre-K

Maryland came one step closer to providing universal access to pre-kindergarten with the announcement of a $4.3 million grant to childcare providers across the state.

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NAACP partners with Dunkin’ Donuts to increase African American owned franchises

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced its partnership with Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, to create a Diversity Franchising Initiative to increase the number of African-American owned franchise businesses in the U.S.

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Ball Up Streetball gives local basketball players opportunity to go pro

Ball Up is giving local basketball players throughout the Baltimore area the chance to go pro during the 2014 Ball Up Summer Tour.

Friday, August 1

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The abolition of slavery in the West Indies

A contemporary description by an eye witness

Several Caribbean islands celebrate August 1 as emancipation day. The following is an eyewitness account of the freeing of slaves in Montserrat, W.I.

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Funeral services announced for Arnold Jolivet

Arnold M. Jolivet, who worked tirelessly as a champion and crusader for minority-owned businesses, died Sunday at Sinai Hospital.

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Indie Soul Review: Chef

With everyone talking about Comic-Con, Planet of the Apes, and Transformers, people tend to forget the smaller, simple movies like Chef starring Jon Favreau.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Good wishes and hope for all Baltimore folks

Hello my friends! How are you? The weather has been great hasn’t it? I know my “Boo-Boo” and I have been enjoying it. I have so much to tell you this week and I hope that I will get it all in.

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Steve Harvey, Strayer University partner to deliver success through higher education

Strayer University, a leading postsecondary institution for working adults, is pleased to announce a partnership with talk show host and entertainer Steve Harvey, who joins the university in a new initiative aimed at breaking down perceived barriers that can keep individuals from succeeding in their personal and professional lives.

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Community Garden thrives in Cherry Hill

Just at the southernmost point of Baltimore City is the community of Cherry Hill. The area is home to mostly low-income families, many headed by single parents.

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From homeless to Morehouse: Bank of America program helps Baltimore student dream

It wasn’t that long ago that Shawn Key was homeless. The 18-year-old from Baltimore doesn’t talk much about that aspect of his life, except to say that, “sometimes, homelessness happens.”

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Cyber Child Abuse

Don't let technology take precedence over your children.

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Top six ways to avoid being a victim of fraud

More than 25 million Americans are affected each year by fraud or identity theft and the first line of defense against becoming a victim is you.

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Baltimore’s new curfew: New gateway to school-to-prison pipeline

Less than three months after marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision rendering state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional, the City of Baltimore is set to enact one of the country’s toughest youth curfews.

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The high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes?

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CDC report shatters myth about black fathers

While a 2012 federal government survey revealed that 15 million American children live without a father; a stark increase over a 1960 study that showed just 11 percent lived in homes without a dad, a new report shows black fathers are more involved than any other group

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake announces grand opening of ShopRite Grocery in Howard Park

Market is the first in Howard Park Area Since 1999

ShopRite Grocery opened a new store in northwest Baltimore--the first in the area since 1999.