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News 2014 July

Stories for July 2014

Thursday, July 31

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Is the iPad doomed?

Tablet sales are "crashing," says Best Buy's CEO! IPad sales are sinking fast! Is this the beginning of the end for the tablet?

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Inmates’ grasses, wildflowers bloom in vacant Baltimore lots

Continuation of Restorative Justice Public Works Projects

Maryland inmates are sprucing up and testing special wildflowers and grasses in eight vacant West Baltimore sites as part of a continuing beautification project with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

Wednesday, July 30

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HBCU round up: Coppin State men’s basketball

Coppin State’s Men’s Basketball Program has quietly putting together a basketball team that will be something to talk about this fall in Baltimore, Maryland. The new head coach, Michael Grant, is putting together a staff that is second none.

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Enjoy Jazz and wine in Atlantic City this summer

For the past couple of years, Atlantic City has been on a campaign to get more families to vacation there.

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Pull up those saggy pants

Danny Cevallos: Florida town passed legislation to ban sagging pants

A Florida town has banned people -- let's face it, young people -- from wearing saggy pants.

Tuesday, July 29

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Shopping tips for college-bound students

Preparing for college life is a must, whether you are planning to live on or off campus. But it can be overwhelming without a game plan.

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James Brown biopic in theaters nationwide, August 1

Producers of a new film based on the incredible life story of James Brown give audiences a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of the legendary “Godfather of Soul.”

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‘The Teachers’ Lounge’ returns for a special back-to-school performance

National recording artist D’Atra Hicks to perform in hit stage play

Back by Popular Demand, Ursula V. Battle’s The Teachers’ Lounge returns August 30 & 31, 2014 for a special "Back To School" engagement. Headlining the performance will be actress/singer D’Atra Hicks who has performed in several Tyler Perry plays including Madea’s Family Reunion, and What’s Done in the Dark.

Monday, July 28

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This won't be the AIDS-free generation

Survey shows teens don't worry about becoming infected, may not be using protection

He was just 18 years old when he got the news. It was the summer before his senior year in high school.

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Hell on Wheels: The complete third season out on DVD

One of the most underrated independent television shows is undoubtedly “Hell On Wheels,” which airs on AMC.

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Healthy fuel for back to school: Tasty, tote-able snack ideas

During back-to-school season, many families will find time is at a premium. With routines changing from summer’s slower pace to tighter schedules jam-packed with work, school and extracurricular commitments, it can be hard to keep kids fueled for the day and eating healthfully.

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BMe leaders in Baltimore receive $10,000 for community-building efforts

BMe Community has announced its selections for the 2014 BMe Leader Awards, aimed at providing recognition, funding and networking opportunities to black men who take action to help build prosperous cities across the country.

Friday, July 25

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Here's Google's plan to rid the world of cyberattacks

A new team at Google is aiming to be the cybersecurity superheroes of the Internet.

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Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Kroger stores

If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.

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Pi Omega Chapter wins award at 79th Grand Conclave

The Pi Omega Chapter, Graduate Chapter of Baltimore proved actions speak louder than words 79th Grand Conclave of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held July 10 - 17, 2014 in Philadelphia.

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UFC Fight Night wrap-up

The long awaited bout between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller took place Wednesday July 16, 2014 at the Revel Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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New student discipline guidelines designed to reduce racial disparity

The Maryland State Board of Education has voted unanimously to accept guidelines for the state’s student code of discipline that can serve as a model for local school systems to use when developing their own discipline codes.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: TyLeishia Douglass

This week’s Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the week holds so many titles we might have to call her the new mini Oprah. TyLeishia Douglass is a woman with many skills, but is confident in all that she does.

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UB President Kurt L. Schmoke honors late brother with scholarship

Kurt L. Schmoke, who became the new president of the University of Baltimore (UB) in July, recently announced a scholarship fund in honor of his late brother that will benefit Baltimore students enrolled in UB’s College of Public Affairs.

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Verlando Brown: Scholar beats the odds, Part II

Upon meeting Verlando Brown for the first time, you would never guess this trim, self-confident graduate student received special education services in grade school to remediate stuttering.

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Elkridge family battling cancer gets help from strangers

For Elkridge resident Kathy Oliver, every day chores such as pulling weeds in the backyard and raking the lawn are mere distractions nowadays. Her son, 17-year-old Bo Oliver, has Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer and is going through treatment for a second time since the cancer returned earlier this year.

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Controversial film 'Half of a Yellow Sun' debuts in Nigeria

The Nigerian government finally will allow its citizens to see what Americans and others have called one of the unsung movies of the year.

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Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing.

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Common Core is killing american education

Recently, as I waited in line at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, my eyes drifted to a sample license plate on the wall that said "Education Begins At Home."

Thursday, July 24

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Shoprite hosts 2nd annual gun buyback

Buyback participants receive $100 gift card

Through a combined effort of ShopRite Supermarkets, elected officials, non-profit organizations and the local police, the number of guns on the streets of Baltimore will be greatly reduced.

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Five quick, affordable dinner ideas for busy families

Many families face hectic schedules and tight budgets, especially when kids go back to school. A few quick meal solutions can help you spend less at the store and enjoy more time with your family this school year.

Wednesday, July 23

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Tips to keep kids learning and prevent 'Summer Slump'

“No more pencils, no more books” is a familiar summer refrain. But make sure your youngster doesn’t take those words too seriously.

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Don’t put saving for retirement on the back burner

Most Americans understand the importance of saving for retirement but unfortunately, not everyone’s concerns translate to action.

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Incontinence: 5 myths about the sudden urge to 'go'

Treating incontinence early can help, doctor says

Even though urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans and there are many treatment options to improve symptoms, talking about the often unexpected and always urgent need "to go" is still taboo, even with your doctor.

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AACC offers AARP safe driving course for older drivers

Discover ways for driving safely as you age by attending the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Safe Driving Course, sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College’s Center on Aging from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

Tuesday, July 22

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First woman firefighter poses for FDNY charity calendar

Balt. Co firewoman says 'Keep saving lives girl!!! You are an inspiration to women everywhere!"'

Eleven years ago, Danae Mines ignored her family's objections and became one of the few female firefighters with the New York City Fire Department, better known as the FDNY.

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The ABCs of healthy eating for kids

Establishing healthy eating habits is an important part of keeping children well this summer and during the school year, but getting children to eat healthy food can be a challenge.

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AACC names former student-athlete Duane Herr Director of Athletics

Anne Arundel Community College has named Duane P. Herr of Glen Burnie as director of Athletics. A former scholar-athlete on both AACC’s and Towson’s baseball teams, Herr has been serving as interim coordinator of Athletics since last August.

Monday, July 21

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#IamJada: When abuse becomes a teen meme

Jada, a Houston-area 16-year-old, was getting ready for finals week and looking forward to a summer hanging out with friends and finding a job.

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Straight-up talk about testosterone

It’s almost impossible to turn on the TV or open a newspaper (or website) without hearing about testosterone deficiency in men.

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Indie Soul Review: Full Force

One of the most underrated groups from the 80s and 90s, Full Force, is back with another smash CD called “With Love From Our Friends.”

Sunday, July 20

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Dontae Winslow returns to Baltimore with Justin Timberlake

Summer is heating up in the city and serving Baltimoreans as much fun, entertainment and music as the city can handle. From local to internationally recognized artists, the city is getting its fair share of festivities and seasonal fun.

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Have you heard of homesharing?

St. Ambrose program allows women to support each other

Housing prices continue to soar in cities around the United States. Even in Baltimore, a city that is considered affordable compared to New York and Boston, rents are unmanageable for many and young students in particular.

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Losing Lebron: Reflections for peacemakers and educators

As a huge fan of the Miami Heat, my heart was broken twice this summer: First, when the team was overwhelmed by the San Antonio Spurs to lose the 2014 NBA finals, and again when Lebron James announced he is leaving the team to return to his home, Cleveland, to play for the Cavaliers.

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Baltimore's drug treatment court sentencing grads to brighter future

Samuel Gilbert recently celebrated his 48th birthday. However, for most of those 48 years, he has been on drugs.

Saturday, July 19

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LETTER: Impact of WWI on the Middle East

July 28, 2014, marks the one hundred year anniversary of the official start of WWI.

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Struggling Maryland homeowners offered mortgage help

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), a HUD Certified non-profit, will offer Baltimore area homeowners a last chance to stop the foreclosure of their home and make their mortgage affordable during the nation’s largest and most effective homeownership event.

Friday, July 18

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Fluorescent elephants ‘Join the Movement’ at Artscape

There’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to Artscape, the country’s largest free arts festival.

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'Berries by Quicha’ opens first location

LaQuicha Brown has always had a passion for creating items that she says are outside the box.

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James Page Jr. named VP of Diversity and Inclusion for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Page will collaborate with stakeholders and leaders across the system to lead ongoing efforts to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive environment, provide culturally competent patient care, strengthen leadership accountability for diversity and ensure alignment of the diversity efforts with the JHM Strategic Plan.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Showcasing people & places in Baltimore!

Hello everyone! What beautiful weather we have been having in the city!

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‘Join the Movement’ at America’s largest FREE arts festival!

The public is invited to the 33rd annual Artscape on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street.

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67 Minutes for Mandela

"Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We're asking you for 67 minutes."

Wednesday, July 16

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Urban poverty, in black and white

A Hopkins professor breaks down urban poverty by race

Say "urban poor," and the image that most likely comes to mind is one of young black men caught up in a swirl of drugs and violence and irresponsible single women having babies. But this pervasive stereotype overlooks a surprising reality: Many whites live side by side African-Americans in some of the country's poorest urban neighborhoods.

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The Congressional Black Caucus has no conscience

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) describes itself as “the conscience of the U.S. Congress.” According to the dictionary, conscience is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives. Notice that the root of the word conscience is the word “con,” which is exactly what the CBC has turned out to be.

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National Aquarium announces creation of sustainable seafood program

The National Aquarium announced today the establishment of the National Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Program, with a gift from the Dana DiCarlo and Scott Plank Family Foundation and their urban development company, War Horse.

Tuesday, July 15

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Tracy Morgan sues Walmart over deadly crash

Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over a deadly limo bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left him critically injured.

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Smell test may help detect Alzheimer's

Studies show dementia may kill brain cells crucial to your sense of smell

In the future, a test of your sense of smell may help doctors predict your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to new research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week.

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Debt settlement programs are misleading

You’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing.

Monday, July 14

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Supreme Court seeks to gut labor unions

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Harris v Quinn essentially means that personal care attendants who are represented by a union do not need to pay a service fee that would cover the cost of representing and advocating on their behalf.

Friday, July 11

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Baltimore native performs brain surgery on ABC series

Some reality television shows want viewers to keep up with a certain family, which became famous because of an illicit videotape. While others in the world of reality TV encourage its audience to take a peek inside the lives of the so-called real housewives.

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Unfinished Business: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination and segregation based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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United States late in courting African leaders

In 2008, the whole world applauded the United States for electing its first African American president. No part of the world was happier than the continent of Africa with its 54 nations.

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ArtsCentric musical has woman’s point of view

ArtsCentric’s new musical revue is banking heavily this summer on the premise that a woman’s point of view can’t be wrong, and with its production of, “Sincerely, Me,” it’s hardly any wonder why producers would be so convinced about the artistic prowess of the fairer sex.

Thursday, July 10

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Concussions a greater problem for black youth

Despite the flurry of news about NFL lawsuits over concussions, the problem affects far more athletes at the high school and junior high school level, according to the federal government statistics.

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The Supreme Court’s ‘religious freedom’ scam

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that the Court’s conservative majority and the larger conservative movement pretended were about “religious freedom.”

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Carpenter wins $10,000 cash, free studio time, and title of LIVE! STAR

Competing against hundreds of contestant hopefuls from across Maryland and DC, ANDREW CARPENTER of Windsor Mill, MD, sang his way to become the new LIVE! STAR at Maryland Live! Casino during the finale of the Live! Stars singing competition at Rams Head Center Stage.

Wednesday, July 9

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How to use a stability ball safely

In some cases working out on the floor is not an option for certain Divas in certain circumstances; but never fear…the STABILITY ball is here.

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Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins appoints blue ribbon commisson on equity, achievement

Interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins recently announced the names of 21 people who will serve on Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Equity and Achievement.

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Democrats ‘Ain’t Loyal’

Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Brown’s song: “Hoes Ain’t Loyal.” Bryant could have avoided controversy – and been on point – if he had instead said, “Democrats ain’t loyal.”

Tuesday, July 8

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Obama seeks to create new 21st century workplace policies

White House summit gives voice to working families

Many American families face the stark reality that in today’s economy even two paychecks barely cover the rising costs of food, shelter, health care and education.

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Postpartum depression: One mom's mission becomes a movement

After Katherine Stone's first child, a son, was born 12 years ago, she immediately felt "super anxious."

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Solange Knowles speaks about her elevator fight

Solange Knowles still isn't saying what prompted her elevator confrontation with her brother-in-law, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, but she will tell you one thing: She's at peace about it.

Monday, July 7

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Robin Thicke has no idea what he's doing

Robin Thicke's new album "Paula" is inspired by his estranged wife Paula Patton, but he hasn't seen the woman herself in months.

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DIY plastic surgery leads to horrific injuries

She's not gonna make it. We give her 24 hours.

Friday, July 4

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CBC leads effort in Voting Rights Amendment

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman and Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge led a contingent of caucus members and several minority groups in a public plea to Republicans on June 18, 2014, to take up legislation that would restore the voting rights protections shot down last year by the nation’s highest court.

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Kunta Kinteh Foundation opens in Annapolis

Lamin Jatta was never allowed to watch the 1977 mini-series, “Roots.”

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Ebony Kenney

This week’s Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week Ebony Kenney is holding it down with her graphics and design business Ripe Fruit Creative. She recently opened GreenLeaf Teahouse cafe located at 1905 St. Paul Street in Station North.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Keon “Lil Key” Myers

This week’s Indie Soul Student of the Week is challenging stereotypes of his generation. Keon “Lil Key” Myers is trying to change the game for the good.

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Rambling Rose: Summer is jumping!

The summer is jumping with festivals and such!

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Bello Machre raises over $110,000 at Every Step Counts 2014

Bello Machre proudly announces it raised over $110,000 at Every Step Counts 2014.

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Urban League Joins “Party with a Purpose”

July 3-6 is the date. New Orleans is the place. Empowerment is the purpose. Iconic thought leaders and musicians bring the message. For the 20th year in a row, Essence magazine is organizing the largest annual gathering of African American music, culture and inspiration in the nation. Thousands of families across the country have marked their calendars and are making final plans for the Essence Festival.

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Garden-tainment creates lasting memories for guests

Summer is filled with parties, gatherings, picnics and more. We all want to make these occasions special and memorable for our guests.

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Baltimore urged to wear patriotic colors to celebrate Star Spangled Spectacular

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Red, White, and Blue Mondays. Baltimore City employees are urged to don patriotic colors each Monday throughout the summer— beginning Monday, July 7— in support of Star-Spangled

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Free zumba,yoga classes at West Shore Park

Waterfront Wellness Series returns this summer

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Waterfront Wellness Series returns to West Shore Park this summer with FREE classes in Boot Camp from Knockout Fitness, Zumba from Canton Club, Yoga from Charm City Yoga and Parkour from Urban Evolution.

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Verlando Brown: Young scholar beats the odds

Every American city with a sizeable black population has at least one public school named after Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, George Washington Carver, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or other notable African Americans.

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Marching back to Mississippi

Those of us in Mississippi last week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer know very well none of it could have unfolded in the way it did without the quiet and courageous leadership of Robert Moses and David Dennis.

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UMB, community build playground in Upton/Druid Heights

Children without a playground in an impoverished neighborhood have become beneficiaries of a lesson in the power of partnerships.

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African network offers films and TV series in U.S.

The South African company MultiChoice, the leading multi-channel and multi-platform digital television operator across the African continent has launched the “Hulu” of Africa to the United States market. “Africa Magic GO” offers the latest in African films and television series.

Thursday, July 3

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Hobby Lobby ruling won't actually impact small biz

For the vast majority of small business owners, the hotly debated Hobby Lobby ruling will have no direct impact.

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Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously.

Review of more than 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers finds no evidence linking vaccines, autism

Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.

Wednesday, July 2

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Michelle Howard becomes Navy's first female four-star admiral

The U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female four-star officer in the Navy's 236-year-history, the White House said Tuesday.

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Beyonce: Forbes' most powerful celebrity

Her husband Jay Z placed sixth on Forbes list

Beyonce isn't just one of the world's most influential people. She's also the world's most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes magazine.

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The right fate for immigrant kids

It's time to get beyond the question of who's to blame for the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of children -- three-fourths of them from Honduras, Guatemala, or El Salvador -- are streaming into the United States and overwhelming our border enforcement apparatus.

Tuesday, July 1

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BET Awards: Hits and a Lionel Richie miss

Hello BET. Was it Lionel Richie you were looking for?

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Climate change can change one’s well-being

For most of the nearly 30 years since Dr. Nicole Brodie’s asthma diagnosis, the athlete and Army veteran has been able to maintain an uninterrupted life, continuing to teach elementary school, coach a children’s team, and remain active. She was partly able to do this by moving her family from New York State to Atlanta for the warmer climate.

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US vs. Belgium preview: There's no room for error now

OK, so the U.S. lost to Germany, but still squeezed through to the next round. No shame in that. But nothing to be too proud of either