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News 2014 June

Stories for June 2014

Monday, June 30

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Manny Machado launches Machado’s Salsa

Manny Machado, of the Baltimore Orioles, was on hand on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Giant store located at 3757 Old Court Road in Pikesville to officially introduce his very own line of salsa, “Machado’s Salsa.”

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Jackson named Dean of Student Services at AACC

Anne Arundel Community College has named Jacqueline S. Jackson, Ph.D., of Silver Spring as its new Dean of Student Services.

Friday, June 27

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Annapolis 4th of July Celebration

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides invites the public to the Annapolis July 4th parade and firework display on Friday, July 4th. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garret Boulevard and proceed down West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street.

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CDC study says asthma on decline

The latest statistics from the city’s Health Department shows that Baltimore leads the state in asthma mortality with 34 deaths per one million people. Charm City also has the highest pediatric asthma hospitalization rate in Maryland and one of the highest in the nation, and many who have the disease are African Americans who often are forced to rush to emergency rooms at alarming rates, according to health officials.

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TV25 gets a makeover

CharmTV to feature local entertainment programming

On June 25th, something new and fresh hit the television airwaves.

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Michael E. Cryor receives 2014 Icon Award from ABC

Prestigious award salutes African Americans in corporate leadership

The Associated Black Charities (ABC) honored Michael E. Cryor, Chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Board of Visitors and President of The Cryor Group, LLC, with an Icon Award during its ABC2014 Annual Gala in Baltimore.

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Verna Beatrice White

October 19, 1917 - June 9, 2014

For nearly 75 years, my mother, Verna White had a profound effect on my life. She was my first teacher and the one person I've known longer than anyone else in the world. She was strong, independent and feisty.

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Iraq again, hell never ends!

Iraq— now we know where hell is! Hell is supposed to be a place of torment reserved for some people after death. Unfortunately, too many have ended up there before they died. Is there no end to the turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan? We will never see peace and quiet in either of these two countries.

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Three ways to save your hood today

Self-defense. Private security. Police-community unity. These are the three pillars that comprise my strategy for successful anti-crime activism.

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Iota Phi Lambda Sorority beautifies community

First Timer Group clean up was a resounding success

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the group rendezvoused in the parking lot of the AMF Woodlawn Lanes located at 6410 Security Boulevard in Baltimore before heading out to clean up litter along their adopted stretch of highway. Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated Kappa Chapter volunteers pick up litter four times per year on their adopted roadside.

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Julie D. Goodwin receives NACUA Distinguished Service Award

The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) is pleased to recognize Julie D. Goodwin as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for her extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning over an extended period of time, and for her outstanding contributions to the work of the Association.

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Renee Gillis honored by The Arc Baltimore

Baltimore City resident Renee Gillis recently won The Arc Baltimore’s School Inclusion Award, which recognizes a professional who has demonstrated excellence

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Baltimore resident receives SECU scholarship

Maryland’s largest financial cooperative, SECU awarded 13 scholarships as part of its annual State Employee Scholarship Program at a ceremony at Towson University’s SECU Arena recently.

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Towson 4th of July Parade

The parade will begin at the intersection of Towsontown and Bosley Avenue and will continue down Bosley, Allegheny and Washington Avenue.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship Spotlight: Ovince St. Preux

There is a misconception that people who box or participate in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), have anger management issues, grew up fighting on the streets, or are just simple knuckleheads. This is not the case at all.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Phillip Freeland

This week’s student if the week is Phillip Freeland, a two-sport scholar-athlete. First and foremost, he is dedicated to his academic success. He is excelling in high school and his last report card boasted 3 A's and 1 B at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School where he is finishing his freshman year.

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Indie Soul: Comedian Michael Coylar and author Rodney Sampson

If you missed Baltimore’s African-American Festival, then you missed a wonderful event. Of course the entertainment is what everyone keeps talking about but there were some educational events taking place as well.

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Organization works to nurture love for outdoors in youth

There may be very little open space in Baltimore, but that hasn’t stopped inner-city youth from experiencing a summer filled with nature by working in back and front country settings as well as in urban areas.

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AACO provides free HIV Testing at local barbershops on June 27

National HIV Testing Day June 27

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will offer free testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, on National HIV Testing Day, Friday, June 27, 2014.

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CSM Medical Lab Tech Program earns national accreditation

A good day for Sunny Schemery is one that includes looking at bacteria under a microscope. “My friends ask, ‘Why do you want to look at blood and body fluids?’ and I say, ‘because it’s fun.”

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Writer's Rap puts spotlight on local talent

Baltimore native and 25-year record label executive veteran, Frank E. Johnson, formerly of Def Jam and Atlantic Records has returned home with a goal in mind— to reach Baltimore artists and provide a new generation with access to platforms to showcase their talent to the city, the world, and over 2.4 million annual listeners of WPB Networks Radio.

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4th of July celebrations!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music and celebratory fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration takes place Friday, July 4, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Thursday, June 26

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Melt away the belly

Let’s face it ladies…in the summer, we are surrounded with holidays that “require” us to eat bar-b-que, potato salad, soda wada and the works! What does that mean? – more FAT to have to deal with because what do we do for the holiday? We eat, eat, & eat some more.

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The 2014 American Black Film Festival

In 18 years, the American Black Film Festival has migrated from Acapulco, Mexico, to Los Angeles to Miami and now New York City. The locations have varied; the mission to bring African heritage films to audiences has not.

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Predatory lenders take aim at our soldiers

When it comes to payday and other small-dollar, high-cost loans, many think of urban areas plastered with signage and neon lights. And while those images are all too true, predatory lenders have another favored target: America’s military families.

Wednesday, June 25

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Pitbull: 5 surprising facts about the superstar

Even if you don't know his songs by name, chances are you've partied to Pitbull.

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FBI targets pimps, rescues 168 children in nationwide crackdown

The FBI has rescued 168 children and arrested 281 pimps in a countrywide crackdown on child sex trafficking.

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The rise of the civil rights museum

While architect Philip Freelon imagined designs for Atlanta's new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, he did the usual research into the past, scanning images of the civil rights marches and protests it would surely address.

Tuesday, June 24

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In sickness and in health, wedding insurance available

Policy covers cancellation, postponement caused by severe weather, lost deposits and more

With the average wedding cost now reaching almost $30,000, many brides and grooms are searching not only for the perfect place for their nuptials, but also for protection should anything go wrong.

Monday, June 23

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Sweet experience for CSM student Jeremy Hunter’s ‘Nature of Man’

The 2014 Watermelon One-Act Festival June 7-8 presented six awards to College of Southern Maryland theatre students, five for a student-written play.

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Indie Soul Reviews “The Good Son The Life of Ray ‘Boom-Boom’ Mancini”

One of the best lightweight fighters, Ray “Boom-Boom” Mancini was one of the most respected boxers in history.

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Election Ad Hoc Committee volunteers needed

The Annapolis City Council is seeking three volunteers, unaffiliated with the Republican or Democratic political parties, who are interested in serving on an Ad Hoc Committee to study the 2013 municipal election.

Friday, June 20

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O.J. Brigance wins 2014 George Halas Award

Baltimore Ravens senior advisor to player development O.J. Brigance, whose continuing battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) serves as an inspiration to many and who has helped raise research funds to fight the disease via his Brigance Brigade foundation, has been selected as the 2014 George Halas Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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Gospel TV Legend Bobby Jones promotes “Rejoice with Me”

Gospel TV legend Dr. Bobby Jones is busy promoting his first CD in seven years “Rejoice with Me” (EchoPark JDI/ Caroline Distribution) that features collaborations with Faith Evans, Howard Hewett, Ann Nesby, Tommye Young West, Renee Spearman and Shawn McLemore.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Kearie Young

This week’s Student of the Week Kearie Young is very special and personal. Usually, I try to stay clear of adding personal feelings but this week I am going to break the rules because this young man has come a long way and I am truly honored to have been a part of his life and to watch him grow.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Support Our People in the Community

Hello Folks! Are we enjoying this beautiful weather? I know I am.

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Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah draws ‘rave reviews’

Currently appearing at Center Stage straight from Great Britain is Kwame Kwei-Armah. A seasoned playwright and actor, Kwei-Armah, was “cast” in the role of “Artistic Director.

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Center Stage concludes 2014 season with ‘Wild with Happy’

Center Stage wraps up its 2014 season with the heartwarming comedy “Wild with Happy,” by award-winning playwright Colman Domingo.

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Port Discovery unveils new BGE Studio Workshop

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) presented $75,000 to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, a three-year commitment,

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Grow your own backyard paradise in a pot

Create a backyard escape with the help of container gardens. Whether you’re looking for a visit to the desert, an English garden or tropical paradise, a few planters can help create the mood.

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Baltimore’s drug court turns 20

Matrix actor Harry Lennix guest speaker at graduation

Sitting before the judge in Courtroom 1 at the Borgerding District Court Building located on Wabash Avenue, LaVeie Jones waited to hear her name called.

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South Baltimore Learning Center wins three awards from MAACCE

The South Baltimore Learning Center (SBLC) was recognized by the Maryland Association of Adult, Community and Continuing Education (MAACCE) for “outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of adult education.”

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Ruby Dee remembered for remarkable life

Celebrities, politicians, fans and the casual observer have continued to pay tribute to legendary actress Ruby Dee, who died at her home in New Rochelle, New York on June 12, 2014.

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Job tips for liberal arts grads, Part II

Without question, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) are majors in great demand by employers looking to hire recent college grads.

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There should be repercussions if taxes aren't spent wisely

Americans are now at the end of the most dreaded season of all— tax season.

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What our country needs from the Press

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines.

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Is your car ready for Maryland’s hot weather

Preventative maintenance necessary to avoid breakdowns

The heat is on and most of Maryland is facing the year’s first potential for a string of days with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, which coincides with the first day of the summer solstice on Saturday, June 21.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Fanon Hill

This week’s entrepreneur of the week is community activist Fanon Hill.

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Art student Ty’Cuon Harris shows work in AACO

The Aloft BWI Hotel and The Chesapeake Arts Center is holding a Free Meet the Artist Reception featuring an Anne Arundel County Performance and Visual Arts Magnet Student, Ty’Cuon Harris on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Aloft BWI Hotel located at 1741 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum, Maryland.

Thursday, June 19

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Black women are taking care of business

Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Black women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country.

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How not to let your kid's brain turn to mush over the summer break

Summer break is here for many students and their teachers across the country. Kids are off to camps, vacations with the grandparents or just time lounging around the house.

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Did the UNCF make a deal with the devil?

When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time. How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked.

Wednesday, June 18

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Hospitalized Tracy Morgan upgraded to fair condition

Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was badly injured in a collision June 7, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, his publicist said.

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"Operation Hire" initiative challenges employers to hire veterans

Governor O'Malley launched Operation Hire on June 1

The campaign builds on the efforts to serve the Maryland men and women who have served in the armed forces. DHCD has supported those efforts in the past by offering veterans and military families seeking to buy a home special discounts on Maryland Mortgage Program products

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Tony Gwynn and a habit all too common in baseball

Gwynn told ESPN chewing tobacco probably gave him cancer

Padres fans remember Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's hitting prowess: 3,141 hits, a .338 batting average and an intense focus at the plate.

Tuesday, June 17

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Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies

Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Fame outfielder who spent his entire Major League Baseball career with the San Diego Padres, has died after a multiyear battle with salivary gland cancer. He was 54.

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Opera AACC’s production of “Carmen”

Opera AACC’s production of “Carmen” performed in two acts, will be sung in French with English surtitles; directed by Megan Morse-Jans and conducted by Anna Binneweg, D.M., associate professor of music.

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Baysox host Orioles Pride Day

The Bowie Baysox announced that Orioles Pride Day at Prince George's Stadium will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014 as the Baysox take on the Binghamton Mets at 2:05 p.m. S

Monday, June 16

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Legendary radio personality Casey Kasem dies at 82

He was born Kemal Amin Kasem and became a DJ while in the Army

Casey Kasem, who entertained radio listeners for almost four decades as the host of countdown shows such as "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," died early Sunday, according to a Facebook post from his daughter Kerri Kasem.

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Marylanders reminded to stay safe in hot weather

As temperatures in Maryland start heating up, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reminds Marylanders to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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BGE unveils student-designed natural gas safety hero

BGE unveiled its new natural gas safety hero, Captain Mercaptan, based on designs submitted by area elementary students during the BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge.

Friday, June 13

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Indie Soul: Ronald Gray’s “My Call”

Summer is about relaxing, vacationing, and for many of us reading. As you are searching for a few great reads, pick up the book, “My Call” by Ronald Gray available on Amazon and Kindle.

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The Historic St. Paul Street Park gets a makeover

On Friday, June 6, 2014, the Charles North Community Association and Jubilee Baltimore celebrated the rededication of the historic St. Paul Street Park, which will now be called The Michael J. Deets Historic St. Paul Street Park. Deets was an advocate for the arts and community and was very visible in and around the community as a champion for improvements for the Charles North area.

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Centerstage presents: Wild with Happy

Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah has once again shown his vision for Centerstage with his latest production “Wild with Happy,” which runs until Sunday June 29, 2014.

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Ruby Dee was a formidable force on screen, in civil rights movement

Award-winning actress died peacefully at home, rep says

Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91.

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UniverSoul Circus returns to Baltimore

Founder and Baltimore Native Cedric Walker promises fun-filled high-energy under the Big Top

In 2014, UniverSoul Circus celebrates a major milestone— 20 unforgettable years of its unique brand of family friendly entertainment featuring a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts never before witnessed under the big top.

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Phaedra Parks the ‘belle’ of the Baltimore 2014 African American Festival

Phaedra Parks the ‘Belle’ of the Baltimore 2014 African American Heritage Festival.

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African American Festival draws big names

Loyal audiences who make it a point to travel downtown for the annual African American Festival are in for a treat. This year’s festival, which runs on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22 at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex, will have plenty for adults and children alike and will feature some of the most exciting names in R&B music.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Arts for Every Child and The Art of STEM

The Arts Education Coalition, Arts Every Day, and several citywide partners hosted two new art exhibitions, Arts for Every Child and The Art of STEM at City Hall on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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Baltimore’s Thames Street Oyster House Voted Fan Favorite at 5th Annual Lobster Rumble NYC

Thames Street Oyster House in Baltimore took home the coveted “Tasting Table Fan Favorite Award” at the 5th Annual Lobster Rumble NYC on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in New York City. Nearly 2,000 guests tasted their way through 23 of the country’s best lobster rolls and cast their vote for their favorite of the bunch

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Mayor honors Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Dads

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake hosted her 8th annual Baltimore's Top Neighborhood Dads luncheon at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, where she honored 25 winners.

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Self-made man shares secrets to success

The power of positive thinking can get someone moving in the right direction. That’s the basic premise of this new book that offers 11 steps to successfully guide people who want to be winners. As a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Donald L. Dowridge, Jr. knows firsthand the lows of life.

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Liberal Arts Grads: How to land a job

As college graduations draw to a close, a “Business Insider” blog titled “How To Land A Job With A 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree” caught my attention. The article begins by asking readers whether they majored in Anthropology; Art History; the Classics; Communications; Creative Writing; Economics; English; History; Government; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology; or any other liberal arts program.

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‘Black Code’ plus ‘Acting White’ equals self-created racial disparity

Is America seeing a resurgence of segregation?

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Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund to relocate headquarters to Baltimore

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) Executive Director M. Kent Krabbe and representatives of the business community announced MAIF's plan to relocate the company's headquarters to McHenry Row in Baltimore's Locust Point neighborhood. MAIF will occupy two new floors to be built atop Building 2 of the existing Phillip's Seafood headquarters at 1215 East Fort Avenue.

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Two sisters graduate with their father at BCCC's 65th commencement

As Baltimore City Community College rolled out the red carpet for its 65th Commencement on Saturday, June 7, 2014, Jennah Abdul-Aziz and her sister, Hajr Abdul-Aziz, received associate degrees with honors after being home-schooled and blazing through college, participating in the Granville T. Woods Scholars Program at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) leaving their mark on student clubs and organizations across campus.

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City firm deconstructs houses, creates Jobs

For the many blighted and condemned houses in Baltimore, the wrecking ball has always been the sole answer to disguise or put an end to the problem.

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Ray Boone, crusading editor, journalist dead at 76

Raymond Harold “Ray” Boone had a snappy response when the infuriated commander at an Army outpost in South Carolina threatened to lock him in the stockade for staying seated when the band played the Southern anthem “Dixie.”

Thursday, June 12

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Celebrating black fathers

As we approach Fathers’ Day across the United States and in some other nations throughout the world, it is important to lift up those Black American fathers who are doing what is right and good for their children, families and communities.

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Air Force band puts on free concert

Airmen delight crowds with patriotic and original music

Enjoy a concert given by the United States Air Force Heritage Ramblers Dixie Ensemble of the USAF Heritage of America Band at the Chesapeake Arts Center, located at 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225 on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 3:00pm.

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Film Review: 22 Jump Street

The film 21 Jump Street was a hip, focused, comic homage to the 1980s TV series. 22 Jump Street is an unfocussed potpourri of physical humor, sight gags and shtick that is shamelessly uproarious.

Wednesday, June 11

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1 in 4 Americans living with diabetes don't know

The number of Americans with diabetes continues to rise -- there are now more than 29 million adults living with the disease, according to the latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday. That’s 3 million more than the last time the CDC released diabetes statistics in 2011.

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Halle Berry to pay $16,000 a month in child support

Halle Berry has a hefty new expense.

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Few benefit from Obama's student loan program

Amid great fanfare, President Obama on Monday announced plans to use his executive pen to help more graduates tackle student loan debt.

Tuesday, June 10

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Taye Diggs opens up on Idina Menzel split

He and his estranged wife Idina Menzel separated in December

Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel had a relationship that fans fell in love with.

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Police: Driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash was awake 24 hours

A truck driver charged in a weekend crash that killed a man and injured comedian Tracy Morgan and others in New Jersey was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the incident, a criminal complaint filed in the case says.

Monday, June 9

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American Experience presents Freedom Summer

Premieres Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on PBS

In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation could not turn away from Mississippi.

Friday, June 6

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Rotary Clubs recognize local volunteers

Six Anne Arundel County residents with outstanding service contributions to the community were honored by four area Rotary Clubs during their annual Service Above Self dinner on May 22 at Loews Annapolis Hotel.

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AACC’s valedictorian headed for a life different than she expected

Daimei Li thought she would spend the rest of her life leading the cows her family used to work the rice paddies on their small farm in Longma, China.

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Janet Currie named BOA Baltimore Market Manager

Bank of America (BOA) announced that Janet Currie has been named market manager for Baltimore and surrounding areas.

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Side Dish Mobile and Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore Present “Gem Social”

Boulevard of Chic and Side Dish Mobile's jewelry designers Alyssa Luberto and Tracey Beale teamed up with Hard Rock Cafe pier in the Inner Harbor to create the first jewelry night, Gem Social - a night of jewelry and crafting with your friend on Tuesday June 3, 2014.

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Sports Spotlight: UFC’s Mike Easton

Mixed Martial Arts is a very rough sport. It’s not something many people would choose as occupation. In the case of DC native, Mike Easton, the sport is something he has grown up with.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Living Classrooms’ POWER House Program

AT&T is helping to support the Living Classrooms’ POWER House Program by contributing $65, 000 to help fund the teen-focused program that provides academic support and enrichment opportunities, mentoring, and college-preparation activities for underserved high school students living in the Perkins Homes development in Baltimore.

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There’s still time: Every Step Counts 2014

There is still time to get involved with Bello Machre’s Every Step Counts – a family-walk and bike event scheduled for Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.

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New immigration benefits office opens in Baltimore

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) celebrated the grand opening of the new Baltimore field office on Friday, May 30, 2014 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a children’s citizenship ceremony and tours of the new facility.

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Foster care program helps children thrive

Eugene arrived at the Children’s Guild when he was in third grade. He was very aggressive, always fighting with classmates and demonstrated a high level of anxiety. He had the perception that everyone was out to get him, officials say.

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Iota Phi Lambda Sorority celebrates 85th Founder’s Day

On Sunday, June 1, 2014, the Kappa and Upsilon Epsilon chapters of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated gathered at the United House of Prayer for All People in Baltimore to commemorate the 85th Anniversary of the sorority’s founding.

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Can the President really make progress for boys and men of color?

The OSI-Baltimore Series "Talking About Race" brings together two experts to discuss what President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative— and the community— can really do to help young African-American and Latino men succeed.

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Flag Day celebration with Caribbean twist at Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Steel drum band will perform the national anthem at as part of the Smithsonian's national celebration

On Saturday June 14, 2014, celebrate Flag Day and Caribbean Heritage Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with a Caribbean DJ, King Kabuki, a parade with Carnival dancers and more.

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Why black children should learn how to swim

Need to understand the importance of teaching our children how to swim? Read the words of these anguished grandparents.

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Award-winning journalist talks about old and new struggles

Moses J. Newson, 87, has interviewed and covered some of the most memorable figures and events of the Civil Rights Movement. Reflecting back over his historic career, Newson chuckled as he recalled a story he wrote in 1961 regarding a U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing held in New Orleans, La.

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RAMBLING ROSE: From my words to your ears

Hello everyone, it looks like it may be a beautiful weekend for us to go out and have some fun. “From my words to your ears,” just follow my lead and take notes. I have some very interesting things to tell you.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Ray Davis and Jay Manor

Ray Davis and Jay Manor, the owners of 2110 Bistro located at 2110 N. Charles Street in Charles Village are business owners and community activists on a mission to prove black men can be positive role models.

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We must change strategy to fight the War on Poverty

Afghanistan is not, as the media calls it, "America's longest war." In reality, that is the government's "War on Poverty."

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Bromo Arts District hosts First World Congress of Missing Things

A team of Austrian artists-in-residence in the Bromo Tower Arts District will hold a community-led placemaking exercise at the MTA station at Lexington Market located at 320 W Lexington Street in Baltimore City on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Stop the mass school killings: We must change how we are raising our children

I sold Grit newspapers when I was nine years old. It was always a great day when I had sold my last Grit for the week. The profit was five cents per paper.

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Donated vehicles help change lives

Marty Schwartz has enjoyed many special moments as president of the nonprofit, Vehicles for Change.

Thursday, June 5

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Film Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Day after day. Over and over again. He can see his demise. But no on else can see theirs. Until….

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Google boldly did the right thing

Last week, Google made the bold and necessary decision to release information about their employment diversity, detailing the race and gender makeup of its workforce, admitting in the words of Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock, “Google is not where we want to be when its comes to diversity and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly.”

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Food stamp soda ban can save 141,000 children from obesity

Banning soda and other sugary drinks from food stamps would lead to significant drops in obesity and diabetes rates among the poor, according to a new study.

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Seniors need extra care to beat the heat

Summer is fast approaching. The days will be long. Your grandchildren will be out of school. You will want to spend time outdoors enjoying barbecues and other activities that are part of this season.

Wednesday, June 4

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Movie inspires students to think about college

Every day of Dontay Gray’s senior year began at 5 a.m. The early start gave him enough time to catch the two buses and two trains to David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach, California.

Monday, June 2

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Device can save thousands of children from drowning

Pastor George A. McKinney and his family were hosting a pool party four years ago. Several children and families were gathered, fellowshipping and having a good time. Nothing out of the ordinary for this annual event, which Pastor McKinney had been hosting for more than a decade without incident.

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New NAACP president says protest in His DNA

When Rev. Frederick D. Haynes III of Dallas, Texas learned that the NAACP Board of Directors had chosen Cornell William Brooks over him, Attorney Barbara R. Arnwine and several other better known candidates to succeed outgoing president Benjamin Todd Jealous, his response was “Who?”

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Children should never be left unattended in vehicles

Risks include death from heatstroke, increased risk of injury, abduction

A recent survey by Public Opinion Strategies of Washington showing that parents are willing to leave children unattended in vehicles is cause for alarm for safety advocates, says AAA Mid-Atlantic. The results are especially concerning as temperatures are beginning to warm up and as parents are prepare for Memorial Day trips.