News 2014 February

Stories for February 2014

Friday, February 28

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Maui Wowi celebrates grand opening with free smoothies

Already a community hotspot for local Towson residents, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, located at 1220 E. Joppa Road, is hosting a grand opening celebration and serving complimentary smoothies for all who attend on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

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The Baltimore Times presents: The Eighth Annual Women’s History Month Literary Festival

Join book lovers on Saturday, March 8 at Enoch Pratt Library

In The Sleeping Dictionary award-winning author Sujata Massey paints a stunning portrait of late Raj India. Set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval, the book is both a sweeping epic and a passionate love story.

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Walmart grants to help African Americans pursue higher education

On February 25, 2014, Walmart furthered its commitment to provide greater access to opportunities across 20 United States communities with $1.75 million in grants from the Walmart Foundation to three of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); National Urban League (NUL); and United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

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Baltimore entrepreneur a real history maker

Jayfus Doswell is a history maker. In 2013, the Baltimore-born entrepreneur was featured on the HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history collection that has preserved the life stories of thousands of historic black figures, including President Barack Obama.

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Novel highlights role of African Americans during War of 1812

Leesburg author Carey Robert’s newly released novel “Star-Spangled Sailors” paints a poignant picture of the War of 1812, emphasizing the pivotal role of young African American men during the War.

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Heart expert offers top five heart healthy super foods

Take time to eat meals to help fight heart disease

When it comes to your heart, what you eat makes the world of a difference.

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Winter Gala supports Refugee Youth Project

The Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project (RYP) sponsored a night of international cuisine, live performances and commemoration of the rich life and culture of Baltimore's refugee community, Friday, February 21, 2014 at Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church in Baltimore.

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Baltimore educator is living history

Ruth Pratt will often hop into her old Cadillac, take a drive around town and meditate on the many historic moments she has either taken part in or witnessed. Even at the tender age of 92, Pratt is still looking forward, figuring out ways she can as she says, “shake things up.”

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Baltimore County students win Maryland Masters Awards

Elementary, middle and high school students honored at Greenwood Mansion

Comptroller Peter Franchot presented his Maryland Masters Awards Monday, February 24, 2014 to three Baltimore County students.

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Black History Month ends with a bang!

Hello everyone, how are you? Well, I hope. Well, this has been a hell-la-va month. I tell you my friends, between the ice storm, the snow and the cold, it has not been easy to go out and have fun in the clubs and other venues. Most of us have “house-O-phobia.” Hopefully, it is all over and we’ll see nothing but sunshine from this day forward.

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Indie Soul: Talkin’ all that jazz

In this week’s Indie Soul we are “talkin’ all that jazz.” Get ready to find out what’s happening in the community and yes we are talking about jazz music!

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COMMENTARY: What the Dunn verdict says about us

Another mother’s anguish! Another unarmed black teenager in Florida shot dead for no good reason— another indefensible instance of “Stand Your Ground” rearing its ugly head. Eight months after the stunning acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, justice again has been compromised in the fatal shooting of

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COMMENTARY: Dr. King's legacy and the 21st century

While attending a church service dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I was struck by the conflation of what the Civil Rights Movement fought against and what should be our modern-day priorities.

Thursday, February 27

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Maryland Mortgage Program sets new goals, unveils new look, slogan and website

Secretary Raymond Skinner unveiled a new look, a redesigned website and even a new way of talking about the state's flagship homeownership program during DHCD's annual Maryland Mortgage Program Top Lenders Award breakfast on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

Wednesday, February 26

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Milford Mill grad receives top college basketball award

Anthony Goode scored back-to-back 20 point games

Anthony Goode is the first this season from Xavier University of Louisiana to be selected Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball.

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Obesity rates drop sharply for 2- to 5-year-olds: Study

Michelle Obama proposes new limits on food/beverage advertising in schools

Obesity rates of children ages 2 to 5 years old have decreased significantly over the past decade, according to a new study published Tuesday.

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Survivor 1661 Summer Camp at HSMC

Do you have what it takes to live in colonial Md.?

Kids can find out whether they have what it took to thrive in the New World during Survivor 1661, a mini-camp to be offered by Historic St. Mary’s City this summer.

Tuesday, February 25

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Peace groups sponsor writing contest for Md. middle school students

The contest, which is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting, is open to all 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students corresponding to the same grade levels.

Monday, February 24

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Nicki Minaj sued for $30M by 'wig guru'

A hair stylist is accusing former "American Idol" judge and rapper Nicki Minaj of wigging out on a deal.

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Long overdue, 24 vets get Medal of Honor denied due to discrimination

They braved bullets and bombs, risking their lives for their country.

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Delta Research and Educational Foundation names new CEO

Patricia Watkins Lattimore is new chief executive officer

The board of directors of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) named Patricia Watkins Lattimore as its chief executive officer (CEO). During the past year, she served as interim director.

Friday, February 21

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Heart disease is not just a man’s disease

Coronary heart disease—often simply called heart disease—is the main form of heart disease. It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack.

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BGE President, CEO Ken DeFontes announces retirement

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr. has announced that he will retire from the company on February 28, 2014, after a 42-year tenure.

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Young entrepreneur seeks to help elderly with new invention

A picture of Alfonso Delaney’s great-grandfather sits in his bedroom as motivation for the Baltimore resident. Each day, Delaney, a junior at the University of Maryland Baltimore County takes a look at the photo and soaks in all of the inspiration he receives from it.

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Health Department warns consumers not to eat cheeses made by Roos Foods

DHMH testing cheese for possible Listeria bacteria

As part of an ongoing investigation, testing of cheese products by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is presumptively positive for Listeria bacteria.

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Nothing tastes as good as skinny

Book offers weight loss tough love

For everyone too afraid to step on a scale, this book offers big serving of tough love

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Baltimore’s Malacka Reed releases powerful new book

Reed hopes to inspire and uplift others through revealing tell-all

Baltimore native Malacka Reed hopes to inspire and uplift others through her new book, “I’m Ready For My Close Up.”

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A second chance: Finishing the War on Poverty 50 years later

In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty,” setting into motion a series of policy changes and new programs that cut poverty in half (from 22 to 11 percent) by 1975 and kept it well below 20 percent in the years since. Johnson’s programs continue to save millions of Americans from the worst effects of poverty each year. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, they lifted 41 million Americans out of poverty in 2012 alone.

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Gregory Kane, provocative columnist and journalist dies at 62

The world of journalism is mourning the death of popular Baltimore Times and former Sun columnist Gregory Kane this week.

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New MICA president brings creativity and serious business acumen

In a city that thrives on the jobs and prestige that the so-called “meds and eds” (medical and educational institutions) bring to the community, the selection of a president for one of Baltimore’s most esteemed colleges can have an impact of the lives of nearly every resident.

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Baltimore Times writer finalist in playwright competition

Battle’s “Bunny Hunnies” to be performed on Sunday, February 22, 2014 at the Chesapeake Arts Center

A 10-minute stage play comedy written by Baltimore Times writer Ursula V. Battle is a finalist in WCS Productions’ “I See Bunnies” 10-Minute Playwright Competition. Battle’s play, “Bunny Hunnies” is one of the four featured stage plays.

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Indie Soul: Food for the soul

This week, Indie Soul concentrates on Soul Food— not the type of food that you eat physically, but food for the mind and body and soul!

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Community health center comes to Mondawmin Mall

Officials at Neighborhood Wellness Primary Care, a new community health center in West Baltimore, say they are committed to treating individuals and families by using fresh and improved methods.

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MECU Neighborhood Event Grants available for 2014

Funding is available to bring an exciting and valuable event or service to your neighborhood! The MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program awards cash grants to Baltimore neighborhood associations and community-based nonprofit organizations for the purpose of producing special events.

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Anne Arundel Community College hosts college fair

Students have the opportunity to ask questions about programs and admissions policies face-to-face with more than 100 colleges who traditionally attend Anne Arundel Community College’s annual College Fair.

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There’s an alternative to the imperial presidency

In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities.

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UMES, local businessman Kick-off Nation-wide Golf program at Forest Park Golf Club

Next Tiger Woods may come from Baltimore

Golf is big business and an industry that generates billions of dollars for the American and international economy. While research data reveals that African Americans love to play the game and support the industry by paying billions of dollars in greens fees, purchasing golf clubs, golf balls and apparel, they are in principle not involved in the business or management of the sport.

Thursday, February 20

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5 favorite moments from Wednesday at the Sochi Olympics

Does anyone know how to say "Did that really just happen?" in Russian? Who can predict how the women's figure skating will turn out? Who just won his record-setting 13th medal?

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Judge orders MLK's Bible, Nobel Peace Prize stored in safe deposit box

The judge made the ruling in a case that pits King's daughter against his two sons

A judge in Georgia on Wednesday ordered the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize to be stored in a safe deposit box that only the court will access until litigation over the items between the slain civil rights leader's children can be worked out.

Wednesday, February 19

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Ageless Pharrell swears he's not a vampire

Perhaps it's his joyful nature that's keeping him young

Forget about Pharrell Williams' hat. We're more interested in his skincare routine.

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Spanking bill sparks controversy

A Kansas state lawmaker says a bill she's introduced that would give school teachers and caregivers expanded rights to spank children is not "intended to legalize child abuse."

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What's in a name? 'Mixed,' 'biracial,' 'black'

When the census listed Negro as a race option in 2010, a controversy erupted.

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Arena football returns to Baltimore

Mariners season opens March 20

Baltimore, are you ready for some football? The National Football League season is over but that doesn’t mean that your hunger for football can’t be fed. On March 20, Arena Football returns to the area in the form of a familiar team, the Baltimore Mariners.

Monday, February 17

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The extermination of Jordan Davis: An empty verdict, a hollow victory

So it looks like Michael Dunn, a white man who fatally shot black teenager Jordan Davis for refusing to turn down his "thug music," may be going to prison for the rest of his life.

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Florida loud music trial: After convictions, both sides not giving up

After all the comparisons to George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn's fate turned out very differently.

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Kiesha Haughton Smoots Joins MCE Board of Directors

Kiesha Haughton Smoots, director of the Central Maryland Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), has joined the Board of Directors for Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc., (MCE), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.

Friday, February 14

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Tips for walking safely in snow and ice

Falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually.

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Indie Soul: Soulful music winter review

Soul music is a feeling, the essence of what comes from the heart. Soul music comes from deep within. It’s not manufactured, but from the soul.

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Local veteran, historian celebrates forgotten military unit

Black History Month celebrations should not overlook the many brave African Americans who have served in the armed forces, according to one prominent Baltimore historian who also risked his life on the battlefields.

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It’s “Absolutely Febulous” in Baltimore

It may be cold outside, but Baltimore is heating up with 10 days of “Absolutely Febulous” money-saving offers February 14-23 on lodging, restaurants, museums and attractions for the perfect Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day weekend or mid-winter getaway.

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African American struggles, triumph depicted at wax museum

Dr. Joanne Martin has always been concerned about young people, particularly those who are unfamiliar with their roots and whose futures contain perilous obstacles that could land many of them in prison or an early grave.

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Soledad O’Brien visits Towson University

Towson University’s Center for Student Diversity and the Student Government Association present the “Black in America Tour 2014,” a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. King ‘turning in his grave’ over family greed

The children of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sue each other— as well as loyal family friends— so often that you need a program to keep up with the court action.

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Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake and Beyond

“Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond,” featuring a performance, interpretive exhibit, book and film discussions and lectures, opens Wednesday, February 19, 2014 and runs through Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College located at 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air, Maryland.

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Your child and the Maryland School Assessment

This school year, Maryland implemented higher standards for student learning in all schools across the state.

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Martin Luther King classmate celebrates black history

When officials at Sunrise Senior Living were putting together plans to celebrate Black History Month, it was easy for them to turn to one of their most famous residents.

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Parents reminded to check window coverings

The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is reminding both parents and caregivers of the potential dangers posed by window-cords, and urges them to only use cordless window covering products in homes with young children.

Wednesday, February 12

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Mikulski, black nurses discuss community health

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Dean of the Senate women, met with Maryland members of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) to discuss the Senator’s continued work to support the nursing workforce and sustain community health through better access to quality, affordable health care.

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Chick-fil-A to serve antibiotic-free chicken

A popular American fast food restaurant wants you to "Eat mor chikin" without antibiotics.

Tuesday, February 11

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Annapolis Home Show returns this month

The 9th annual Annapolis Home and Remodeling Expo, a one-of-a-kind home owners event showcasing products and services for the home, will run for two weekends: February 22-23; and March 1-2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays at the National Guard Armory Expo Hall in Annapolis.

Monday, February 10

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Google kicks off student Doodle contest

The winners get $30,000 and a day with the Doodle team at Google headquarters

It gets more visitors than any art gallery and more clicks than any other single site on the Internet. Imagine getting your own drawing on Google's homepage.

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Hundreds of smoke and CO Alarms available to Annapolis residents

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides and Fire Chief David Stokes publicly thanked Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) for an Emergency Responder Safety Grant that will allow the City to install hundreds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and better protect Annapolis citizens.

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AAC makes it easier for citizens and businesses to get permits

County Executive Laura Neuman today announced the reinstatement of the Permit Application Center’s Trade Desk, which expedites the permitting process for electrical, mechanical and plumbing contractors.

Friday, February 7

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Honoring African American firsts in Baltimore County

Join the Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum to celebrate Benjamin Banneker

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Gilman’s 11th Annual Cultural Arts Festival

Gilman School will host the 11th annual Cultural Arts Festival on Sunday, February 9, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Gym.

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Actor Eric I. Keyes says NAACP Image Award nomination is a beautiful beginning

“Live Life & Win!” is a half-hour syndicated young adult news and information program hosted by actor Eric I. Keyes (Disney).

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Spring launch planned for ProjectSPACE

Program seeks to curb disability placard abuse

A new parking program aimed at creating more on street parking availability by curbing the abuse of handicap hangtags is coming to town.

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Creative fund grant program returns for local artists

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are excited to announce the return of the Creative Baltimore Fund.

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Russell Wilson second black quarterback to win a Super Bowl

Going into Super Bowl XLVIII, many wondered whether black history would be made again on Sunday, February 1, 2014 at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Drink to your health!

Most of us know we should eat a healthy diet, but we don’t often think much about what we drink. Yet, our choice of beverage is critically important to our health because proper hydration flushes toxins out of our system and keeps our bodies functioning optimally.

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Seattle ‘Misfits’ fit enough to win Super Bowl

Prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl, I told anyone who would listen that I like both the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, so I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed regardless of who won the game.

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COMMENTARY: Cult of the blameless black

Pro-crime black folk are an existential threat not only to law-abiding American blacks, but to law-abiding Americans of all races and creeds— period!

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Book encourages girls to love their ‘puffs’

Penny and the Magic Puffballs" is empowering young girls of color to feel great about themselves, starting with their hair. The new book is about a young girl, Penny, who faces identity issues with her natural hair and often feels sad because her hair isn't straight. When her mom gives her big puffballs, the adventurous magic begins.

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Groundbreaking “Jubilee Showcase” celebrates 50th Anniversary

Every February we hear about the heroes and heroines of African American history but those personalities are usually African Americans themselves.

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Foundation raises awareness about heart attacks

The Heart Health Foundation’s mission to paint the town red for the month of February got off to a celebratory start on Saturday, February 1 in Annapolis with a heart walk parade that covered several city blocks before winding down on Main Street.

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St. Agnes Hospital’s Red Dress Sunday is February 9

Ten years ago, St. Agnes Hospital created Red Dress Sunday, an innovative, faith-based health education program designed by the hospital to raise awareness of the devastating effects of heart disease among women.

Thursday, February 6

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AACC hires Eger as director of technology training programs

Sara Eger of Arnold is the new Director of Technology Training Programs in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Anne Arundel Community College.

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Annapolis City Council meetings available live online

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that City Council meetings are now available online through live streaming.

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CVS stores to stop selling tobacco

It's the first chain of national pharmacies to stop selling tobacco

Want to pick up a pack of cigarettes with your prescription refill? A major U.S. pharmacy chain is breaking that habit.

Wednesday, February 5

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority celebrates 90 years of service

Baltimore's Alpha Zeta chapter oldest in country

The year 2013 was a milestone in the history of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Zeta Chapter, the oldest and first graduate chapter of the sorority.

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Free HIV testing for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The Baltimore County Department of Health will hold additional free HIV testing clinics, in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day NBHAAD).

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Federal funds available for free summer meals

MSDE aims to increase access and participation

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced that federal funds are available to assist public and private nonprofit agencies in serving free nutritious meals and snacks to children this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture program.

Tuesday, February 4

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Volunteers needed to join fight against hunger

Proper nutrition is one of the major necessities for the human body. In order to effectively function and accomplish our daily tasks, we must be adequately nourished.

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Study: Sugar can make you fat and sick

In recent years, sugar -- more so than fat -- has been receiving the bulk of the blame for our deteriorating health.

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O'Malley preparing 'ground work' for potential 2016 run

Gov. Martin O'Malley told reporters on Monday that while he is focused on his last year as governor, he is also weighing the possibility of a presidential run in 2016.

Monday, February 3

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AT&T cuts wireless prices

AT&T has launched a new volley in the battle between mobile phone providers.

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Bruno Mars and Radio Shack bail out a lame Super Bowl

Sunday night's Super Bowl was awful.

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Steamrolled: Seattle Seahawks flatten Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII started out bad for the Denver Broncos. The Seattle Seahawks made sure it got worse.