News 2014 March

Stories for March 2014

Monday, March 31

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MLK praise scrubbed from Bill Clinton speech

A pair of lines praising Martin Luther King, Jr. were scrubbed from an early version of President Bill Clinton's 1998 State of the Union address, apparently after someone in the White House raised questions about how the rhetorical flourishes would play with white people.

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Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions

Middle-school student says the federal government could cut printing costs with one decision

An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?

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Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar reopens Sunday, April 6

Maryland’s largest producers-only market is back! The 37th annual Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar reopens on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 7 a.m. to sellout— approximately noon.

Friday, March 28

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Coalition sponsors Healthy Anne Arundel Month

Healthy Anne Arundel Month (April 2014), sponsored by the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, is a special time to motivate Anne Arundel County residents to take steps toward better health.

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Annapolis Film Festival seeks volunteers

A large number of volunteers are needed in a variety of positions to help with The Annapolis Film Festival which is returning to Annapolis Thursday evening, March 27 to Sunday, March 30, 2014.

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COMMENTARY: Gainful employment rule a disadvantage for black students

Last week, the Obama Administration declared war on one million underserved students pursuing higher education throughout the United States. While the president and first lady launched their campaign to make it easier for low-income minority students to access college, the Department of Education has launched an unprecedented assault on this same community through a new proposal that will cut thousands of college programs that disproportionately serve poor communities, single working mothers, veterans and other at-risk populations.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Chere Cofield

This week’s entrepreneur wears many hats and finally all her hard work is paying off! It was just announced that Chere Cofield has been named Ms. Owings Mills of Corporate America for the 2014 calendar year.

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Towson University’s debate team claims historic win

First All Black Women’s Debate Team to Win CEDA National Championship

Towson University Debate Team members Ameena Ruffin ‘15 and Korey Johnson ’16 won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national championship on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Former football star pushes STEM education

Science and professional sports may not always seem to be much of a match, but one former college gridiron star sure makes it appear that the two go together like a quarterback and a wide receiver.

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Paul’s Place program shapes lives of Southwest Baltimore youth

Reflecting on her earlier years, Chanel Dance, a 17-year-old year-old student at Coppin Academy, shared her thoughts about how the after-school Mentor Program at Paul’s Place had changed the course of her life.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Spring has sprung!

Hello everyone, I believe spring is peeping through the crack hole. Somebody please open the door and let it in!

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UBMC to hold first faith based candidate’s election forum

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, the United Baptist Missionary Convention (UBMC) and Auxiliaries of Maryland, Inc. will sponsor a candidate’s forum for member pastors seeking leadership positions in the faith group.

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Beauty queen eyes law school, the world

It’s hard to believe that Dejanee Fennell was once considered a tomboy.

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MAHC presents Gov. Martin O’Malley with Housing Lifetime Leadership Award

The Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) presented the Lifetime Leadership Award to Governor Martin O’Malley for his historic contributions to affordable rental housing during his eight years as Maryland Governor on March 25, 2014 at the Coalition’s annual Housing Day event in Annapolis.

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Award-winning Bowie State professor named Visiting Fellow at Harvard

Allissa Richardson to develop online course for mobile journalism

A Bowie State University professor will develop a massive open online course (MOOC) to teach people how to effectively report the news using mobile devices, as one of five 2014 Visiting Fellows from Harvard University’s prestigious Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

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Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta holds annual health fair

The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held the fifth annual health fair at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

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AACC Launches Cyber Analyst Program

How your business or organization handles a cyber threat may depend on how well your decision makers understand your cybersecurity team.

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Author reflects on his journey in 'Lessons of Redemption'

No matter what circumstances one endures in life, there is always an opportunity make the best out of any situation. Author Kevin Shird is a testament to how through determination and growth we can all strive for a better life.

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Americans are spenders, not savers

Retirement is an "elusive dream" for too many Americans, according to senior citizens advocate Dan Weber. "The younger they are the more likely they will be to put off planning for retirement until it's too late. They are what some call the 'invincible' generation."

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EDITORIAL: American Depression, keys to happiness

Mick Jagger's girlfriend L' Wren Scott committed suicide recently. There have been different speculations as to the reason. Unfortunately, suicide often is a response to deep depression. Hanging herself in her apartment was a quick and reckless way out of her despair.

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Tuajuanda Jordan named President of St. Mary’s College of Maryland

By unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan has been appointed president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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Comcast Business to award tech savvy entrepreneurs with cash and services

National competition will award business owners up to $25,000 cash

Comcast Business and Inc. Magazine launched “Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs,” a national competition that will award more than $600,000 in cash and services to aspiring entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to enhance customer and employee experiences.

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Priceless Gown Project creates priceless moments

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, The Priceless Gown Project celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, by creating more priceless moments for hundreds of local junior and senior high school girls.

Thursday, March 27

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Visionary women talk gender, mentorship and getting out of their own way

I got chills -- not once but several times -- during Tuesday's Google Hangout with five women named to The CNN 10: Visionary Women list.

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Colleges that offer the best return on your investment

At a time of rising tuition and soaring college debt, the school students choose can make a big difference to their long-term financial health, according to a report on which colleges offer the best return on investment.

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Obama, Pope Francis meet for first time

Pope Francis' popularity could give President Obama a small bump in the polls

U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis met Thursday for the first time at Vatican City, offering a chance for a reset of sorts between the administration and Catholic leadership following years of strained relations.

Wednesday, March 26

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Fairmount Bank collecting shoes to help Soles4Souls

Attention anyone with a closet: Those shoes that you no longer want are desperately needed to fight the human tragedy of global poverty.

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Applications available for PNC Transformative Art Prize

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and PNC Bank announce the return of the annual PNC Transformative Art Prize (previously known as the PNC Transformative Art Project).

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs receives Trailblazer Award

Oprah Winfrey and Sidney Poitier presented the Trailblazer Award to Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

Tuesday, March 25

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Fighting diabetes' deadly impact on minorities

You inherit more than your eye and hair color from your family. You can also inherit a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities.

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Million Man March documentary tackles unanswered questions

The date was Monday, October 16, 1995.

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Winter hits housing recovery

Cold weather hurt home prices in January, as a closely watched measure of housing values posted its third straight monthly decline.

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Town hall brings Maryland candidates to the citizens of Maryland

On Thursday, March 27, 2014 local women’s organizations will bring together the candidates in Maryland’s most high profile races for a Town Hall Forum at Morgan State University in Murphy Fine Arts Center from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Monday, March 24

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Memoir of Mexican immigrant chosen as '2014 One Maryland One Book' winner

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is pleased to announce the selection of “The Distance Between Us: a Memoir” by Reyna Grande for One Maryland One Book 2014.

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Kim K., Kanye take Vogue: How you reacted

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are on the cover of Vogue magazine's April issue

What Kanye West wants, he gets.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Frances M. Cuesta

Frances Cuesta, through her company Reinvent U Boot Camps, LLC, has motivated, inspired, educated, and empowered women to lose weight with her "losing weight from the inside out" approach.

Friday, March 21

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Celebrate Maryland Day!

Celebrate Maryland Day with the Star Spangled Banner!

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Black doctors see devastating impact of tobacco advertising

More than 15-years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the nation’s major cigarette manufacturers for their gross misrepresentation of the hazards of smoking to the public.

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Makeup Artist Danielle Lewis: Living her dream

From the budding “fashionista” to the working mom, beauty editor and makeup artist Danielle Lewis offer tips for women to look and feel their best. Born and raised in West Baltimore near Coppin State University, Lewis’ fascination with makeup started when she was a teenager and later blossomed into a career.

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Fixing Congress

These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch. .

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Romancing the vote, but not the dollar

It’s so silly for black people to fight over the Democrats and Republicans when it is counterproductive for us to be enslaved by either party. Between the late 1800s and the early 1900s we voted nearly 100 percent Republican.

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Dr. Dre donates $30M to University of Southern California

This is not a new story. But, it just came to my attention via a Facebook post raising compelling questions about black philanthropy.

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College students donate spring break in Baltimore

Baltimore designated as hub city for college students this spring

This month 30 college students from across the nation are donating their spring break to help families facing poverty in Baltimore as part of United Way’s Alternative Spring Break program.

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Dr. Lisa Cooper continues groundbreaking heart disease research

With a national epidemic of rising diabetes, obesity and heart disease, a team of African American physicians at Johns Hopkins Medical School is leading an effort to educate the public and produce a new generation of researchers and advocates promoting healthy hearts. Lisa Cooper, MD,

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Ken Banks appointed to Shock Trauma Board of Visitors

Construction Developer and philanthropist Ken Banks has been appointed to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors is made up of prominent Maryland Community leaders, with the mission of providing leadership and vital resources to the Shock Trauma Center.

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Pi Omega Chapter hosts 58th annual talent hunt

Pi Omega Chapter, Graduate Chapter of Baltimore, Maryland, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., hosted its 58th Annual Bro. Kelvin J. O’Neal Talent Hunt Competition on Sunday March 2, 2014 at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture located at 830 E. Pratt Street in Baltimore City.

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Indie Soul: College 101

With spring in the air, high school seniors are preparing for the colleges they will attend in the fall.

Thursday, March 20

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Seems like the world is 'Happy'

Pharrell says he is overwhelmed by the reaction

There are happy songs -- and then there is "Happy."

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Why happiness is healthy

A review of research found a link between well-being and heart health

Happiness -- you know it when you see it, but it's hard to define.

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College basketball's real billion-dollar winners

No one is likely to win the Warren Buffett-backed $1 billion prize offered by Yahoo and Quicken Loans to whoever can pick a perfect NCAA bracket. But there will still be big-dollar winners after this year's tournament.

Wednesday, March 19

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The color of valor: 24 minority veterans receive overdue Medal of Honor

Only three of them are still alive; they served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam

If not for the hue of their skin or their ethnicity, 24 soldiers who faced death in service to their nation would have received the most prestigious medals for their valor long ago.

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How to be the boss of your own life

Businesswoman Provides Tips for Being Your Own CEO

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in the United States with hundreds of thousands of new businesses opening each year.

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Baltimore City NAACP President among Maryland Live! Casino Black History Month Honorees

Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston was among the honorees of the 1st Annual Black History Celebration – Salutes Black History Heroes sponsored by Maryland Live! Casino and the Maryland/Washington Minority Companies Association on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 held at the Ram’s Head Center Stage at the casino.

Tuesday, March 18

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Kanye West gets probation in paparazzi attack

Photographer is also suing West for damages

Kanye West is paying a price for not ignoring a swarm of paparazzi surrounding him at an airport this past summer.

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Creative Alliance presents Resident's Open House

Creative Alliance, located at 3134 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore put on an art showcase to display the works of its residents on Saturday February 22, 2014.

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GM recalls 1.2 million SUVs for air bag issue

General Motors announced another broad recall Monday, saying about 1.2 million of its popular crossover SUV models will need to have the wiring for its seat-mounted side airbag fixed.

Friday, March 14

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur: Jimmy Powell Jr.

MICA graduate, Jimmy Powell Jr., is our entrepreneur of the week.

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West Baltimore CARE fights heart disease with line dancing

West Baltimore CARE held West Baltimore’s Biggest Line Dancing Party as it commemorated the first anniversary of the launch of a community-wide effort to reduce cardiovascular disease.

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Towson to host Alvin Ailey Camp

Bullying stems from how individuals feel about themselves and how they treat others, according to Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell. Therefore, it is supremely important that young people feel good about themselves at school, home and among friends and peers.

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Jewelry designer turns sea glass into fashion

Alyssa Luberto started her very own hand-made jewelry business called “Ability by Alyssa,” at only age 22. Luberto is truly remarkable. With a keen eye, sense of style and the motivation to surpass her disability, she is a true inspiration to us all.

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Year-Up Baltimore program thriving

The Year-Up Baltimore program has already been enjoying a banner year. Earlier this month, the successful program operated out of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), held its fourth graduation ceremony.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Pennsylvania Avenue Arch Social Club renewed

Hello everyone! Can you believe we had sunshine instead of snow for a few days?

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President proves he is his ‘brother’s keeper’

After five years in the Oval Office and facing increasing skepticism from many of the 93 percent of black voters who helped him become the first African American president, on Thursday, February 27, 2014, Obama stood as a peer to that particular constituency.

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MCE lends over a half million dollars

The new MCE Women-Owned Business Loan (WOBL) Fund has loaned over $500,000 to businesses owned by women on The Eastern Shore and in the Annapolis-Baltimore area since being founded.

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Indie Soul: Meet Anthony Leslie Jr. and Civ Jones

In this week’s Indie Soul, a book that details the real life problems of growing up on the wrong side of Baltimore, which many don’t want to discuss and popular radio host/event promoter using her celebrity to make a difference.

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“Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” exhibit opens at UMB

Cruelty in the name of science, as practiced by Germany’s Nazi regime, is the subject of an exhibition produced by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and hosted by the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) from February 28 – April 30, 2014.

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Minimum Wage: Good for country or not?

President Obama and his supporters are currently very vested and engaged in championing the minimum wage.

Thursday, March 13

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Obama wants to expand overtime pay

President Obama will ask the Labor Department on Thursday to issue tougher rules on overtime, which could lead to extra pay for millions of workers who aren't currently paid for extra hours of work.

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Ben Carson: The U.S. is like 'Nazi Germany'

Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives, compared the United States to the Third Reich in an interview.

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Beyonce, what have you done?

Granderson: Beyonce as role model is questionable

There are two Web clips featuring Beyonce that have been getting a lot of attention.

Wednesday, March 12

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529 college savings hits record high

Amid a soaring stock market and improving economy, college savings stashed in 529 plans hit a record $227.1 billion last year.

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No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis

President Obama took his message of health care for all to a cult internet comedy show, in an effort to get young people to sign up for Obamacare.

Monday, March 10

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Blood test predicts Alzheimer's disease

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease.

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Attorney General Eric Holder vows to fight rising heroin deaths

Heroin overdoses increased 45% from 2006 to 2010

Concerned over the rise in heroin overdose deaths, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is vowing to increase efforts to fight what he called an "urgent public health crisis."

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Torrey Smith dedicates Reading Oasis Room

Reads to students at Dickey Hill Elementary

Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith partnered with Scholastic Book Fairs to transform a room at Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School into a literary oasis for 370 students who attend the school.

Friday, March 7

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AACO hosts third annual Black HIV/AIDS Luncheon

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health recently hosted the Third Annual Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Luncheon at the Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. The program's theme was "Building Hope: Developing a Faith-based HIV Ministry." The event provide

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Religious discrimination in America

Arizona legislators pulled a dandy. They asked their governor to sign a bill allowing any business the freedom to discriminate based on religious beliefs. The governor vetoed the bill.

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African Americans at greater risk for chronic wounds

Saint Agnes Hospital seeks to raise awareness

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), African Americans are more than twice as likely to have a foot or leg amputated due to diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

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Black men can benefit better from sports opportunities, and here's how

Older siblings often provide useful insights. That's why I wasn't surprised when my older brother recently provided some— about young black men attending college on athletic scholarships.

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Faye Fields continues to blaze trail for women, blacks

Faye Ford Fields is the very definition of a mogul. She is president and CEO of Integrated Resource Technologies, Inc. (IRT), a Virginia-based company that provides intelligence support solutions, security services operational support to the Department of Defense and intelligence organizations.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Diedre Gambrill Webb

Ever since Diedre was young, people have complimented her on her voice. For many years she had dreams of turning that voice into a business.

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Helping Americans with disabilities

The World Health Organization held the first World Health Assembly in 1948, and beginning in 1950, every year on April 7 the world comes together to observe World Health Day.

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Indie Soul: The Colemans and Debora M. Ricks

The soulful sound of some very talented homegrown music artists and the producer of a popular radio show are on tap for this week’s edition of Indie Soul.

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Waldorf Middle School students beat Hopkins undergrads

Engineering contest brings out best in students

This week Education Matters highlights an extraordinary STEM achievement by a group of middle school girls.

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Comcast extends national broadband adoption program

Comcast recently announced that the company is extending its Internet Essentials low-income broadband adoption program. During the March 4, 2014 announcement, Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen highlighted why the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider decided to extend the program beyond its initial three-year commitment.

Thursday, March 6

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Middle aged? Put down the meat

Eating a high-protein diet in middle age could increase your risk of diabetes and cancer, according to a study published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism. But don't stay away from meat for too long -- the same study showed those over 65 need more protein to reduce their mortality risk.

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Hearing on IRS targeting descends into chaos

Rep. Cummings calls the move un-American

What is the state of Congress today? How about a public shouting match at a committee hearing, with Republican Chairman Darrell Issa then cutting off the microphones while the top Democrat sought to make a statement.

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World's best travel reward programs

FlyerTalk Awards decided by thousands of registered members

Which airline, hotel and rental car rewards programs are worth your while? With all the mergers and changes in the travel industry, it's nearly impossible for the occasional traveler to know.

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At Oscars, black artists show they're here to stay

When, in 2002, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won both lead-acting honors at the Academy Awards, pundits and spin doctors were anxious to declare that the Oscars had achieved a great black apotheosis.

Wednesday, March 5

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Learn to draw at School 33 Art Center

Want to draw, but not sure where to start? School 33 Art Center offers Drawing for Beginners.

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Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis seeks volunteers

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) is a nonprofit, which reaches more than 2,800 youth every year from the ages of 5 to 18.

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Robin Thicke breaks silence after split

As his marriage with Paula Patton unravels, Robin Thicke is leaning on his fans for support.

Tuesday, March 4

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Senior housing seeks volunteer computer instructor

The Bates Senior Residence is operated in Annapolis by Community Preservation & Development Corporation (CPDC), a nonprofit organization that creates and preserves financially sound, socially responsible affordable housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families.

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Paula Deen feels like 'that black,' gay football player

She describes how she's now trying to get her career and her name back

Paula Deen has been down for the past several months, but she won't be counted out.

Monday, March 3

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'12 Years a Slave' wins best picture

Lupita Nyong'o, Jared Leto win supporting acting Oscars

The searing drama "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

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Code Blue Alert issued through Wednesday

With predicted wind chills in the teens and single digits between tonight and Wednesday morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. has declared a Code Blue in Baltimore for Sunday evening March 2 through Wednesday, March 5.

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Elementary students invited to create new BGE natural gas safety hero

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announces the launch of the “Who is Captain Mercaptan?” BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge to help create awareness of natural gas safety.