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News 2014 September

Stories for September 2014

Tuesday, September 30

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Trendsitions: Shop & Soiree highlights Baltimore fashion

On Saturday September 20, 2014, local fashion retailers and designers hosted Trendsitions: Shop and Soiree,” an event designed to showcase Baltimore’s fashion scene.

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'How to Get Away with Murder': Did you watch?

Gather 'round, students: "How to Get Away with Murder's" Viola Davis is teaching a lesson in how to win a TV show.

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Agency resumes mailing Social Security statements

People encouraged to create a secure “my Social Security” Account to get statement online

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements— once every five years for most workers—while encouraging everyone to create a secure “my Social Security” account to immediately access their statement online, anytime.

Monday, September 29

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Denzel Washington: The essential roles

Everyone has their Denzel Washington moment.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Montria Walker

The school season has begun and that means the return of the “Indie Soul Student of the Week!” Our first student for the new school year is Montria Walker.

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Silicon Valley must embrace diversity

While the number of African American, Latino and women consumers of Internet and broadband products and services is rising, their numbers at the major Silicon Valley companies continue to lag way behind. After years of resisting disclosure, tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, Yahoo and Google recently released their employment diversity numbers.

Friday, September 26

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Attorney General Eric Holder announces resignation

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will resign after six years at the helm of the Justice Department.

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African Americans are critical to helping fight ALS

By now, we have all probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge. It is wonderful that people from all walks of life come together to use social media for such good.

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NFL keeps fumbling

I am sick and tired of all the hypocrisy swirling around pro athletes and the National Football League (NFL) in particular.

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Nena Welborn

This week’s entrepreneur of the week is Nena M. Welborn. Her passion for fashion and design has led her to the position of store manager for one of the biggest retail businesses in the country, Jos. A Bank.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Live entertainment is hot in Baltimore!

Hello, my dear friends, how are you? It looks like fall is trying to make an appearance. The nights are getting a little chilly.

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Torrey Smith dedicates reading room at local high school

“You can’t control where you come from or your family situation, but you can control your future by making smart decisions and furthering your education.”

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Howard County Cybersecurity Academy students mentored by experts

Last week 20 students from Howard County Public School System’s Cybersecurity Networking Academy got a special treat when Firoozeh Azarbaidjani-Do, co-founder and CEO of Phoenix TS, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning computer training solution provider, welcomed them to a cybersecurity mentoring program.

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Comcast kicks off fourth year of Internet Essentials

55 students awarded free computers

Comcast continues to make significant strides in closing the digital divide. On September 22, 2014, Comcast hosted a special event at Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) in Baltimore to announce the extension of its Internet Essentials promotion and awarded 55 computers and six months of complimentary service to students attending the event from Digital Harbor High School and Liberty Elementary School.

Thursday, September 25

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ABC's 'Black-ish' gets a strong start

ABC's newest family, the affluent Johnsons on "Black-ish," has been very well-received.

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Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams debut on 'The Voice'

Welcome to "The Voice's" swiveling chairs, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

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Nick Markakis named Orioles nominee for 2014 Roberto Clemente Award

Fans can vote at ChevyBaseball.com

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of MLB, announced that Nick Markakis was named the Orioles 2014 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Wednesday, September 24

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‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign calls public to take action in fight against hunger

The Walmart Foundation has launches “Fight Hunger. Spark Change. ” a nationwide campaign calling on the public to get involved in the fight against hunger.

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Report offers financial hope for minorities

Finally, there is some encouraging financial news for African Americans and Latinos.

Tuesday, September 23

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Indie Soul: Black fall TV programming

Over the last few weeks we have taken a look at the new fall TV programming concentrating on shows that feature African American shows or shows that feature blacks in prominent roles.

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Five things: Ravens owner disputes scathing ESPN report

It was obvious that Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti didn't like his organization's integrity being questioned.

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Ravens’ Chris Canty honored for community work

On September 10, 2014, Hennessy V.S. hosted a benefit reception in Baltimore for the Chris Canty Foundation.

Monday, September 22

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Returning Peace Corps volunteers assist at Lakeland School

If Greg Couturier were channeling John F. Kennedy in speaking about the value of the Peace Corps, he probably didn’t realize it because his love of the organization, what it represents and what it has been able to accomplish, naturally comes to the fore in any conversation with him.

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Shonda Rhimes strikes back against 'angry black woman' label

Shonda Rhimes called "angry black woman" in New York Times piece

Call Shonda Rhimes an "angry black woman" if you want, but be prepared for the response.

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Library of Congress announces Interactive Student Discovery Series for tablets

As the new school year begins, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on and explore some of its most valuable treasures— all via a new set of free interactive ebooks for tablets.

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NFL threw Ray Rice under the bus

By now most people have heard how Ray Rice has been thrown under the bus by the National Football League (NFL) and his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.

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UMD researchers aim to reduce side effects of prostate cancer treatment

Prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men.

Friday, September 19

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Tackle a winning taste with Korean pork skewers

It's not just a Spanish, tapas-style thing anymore. At all different types of bars and restaurants across the United States, you'll find menus that continue to explore ways to feature favorite foods - like pork - in more bite-sized, snack-able ways.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: 'Rise Up Black Man' and 'Man Up! Nobody is Coming to Save Us'

Over the last few weeks Black America has been called to the mat on multiple social issues including child discipline, domestic abuse and let’s not forget about Ferguson.

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Maryland launches campaign to improve school attendance

Call to action urges district, school and community leaders to join in reducing absenteeism

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has launched a multi-faceted campaign to combat chronic absenteeism in public schools.

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Keith Wenning: Practice makes perfect

The Baltimore Ravens selected Ball State quarterback, Keith Wenning in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Wenning had a decent training camp with the Ravens but was released when the team made the necessary cuts to finalize the 53-man roster. This wasn’t the end for Wenning however.

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EDUCATION MATTERS: Is vocational education making a comeback?

Vocational education (VE) has long been viewed as the path of last resort for under-performing high school students.

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First African American to head NASA to speak at Historic St. James Church in Baltimore

The Honorable Charles F. Bolden, Jr., 12th Administrator and first African-American to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will be the keynote speaker at St. James’ 190th Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. St. James’ Episcopal Church is located at 829 N. Arlington Avenue in Baltimore City.

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President, Congress should work together on military intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said.

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Clinical trials can be lifesavers

If you’re experiencing a serious medical condition and the treatments you’re getting aren’t helping, ask your health provider whether a clinical trial might offer a more effective means to manage or even cure the problem at hand.

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Local doctor promotes prostate health in black community

Dr. Sanford Siegel knows the routine.

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Baltimore man seven years cancer-free after high-risk prostate cancer

When Baltimore resident Kelvin Washington went to his primary care physician for a checkup in 2007, he didn’t expect anything to be wrong. However, it was at this doctor’s appointment that everything changed. His prostate-specific antigen (PSA) was high, and Washington was diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer.

Thursday, September 18

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Report: Adult obesity rates increased in six states

Adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Report: Officer Wilson testifies before grand jury in Ferguson shooting case

Shortly after being given more time to weigh evidence in black teenager Michael Brown's fatal shooting, a Missouri grand jury heard from the man at the center of it -- Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson -- a local newspaper reported.

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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,

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Indie Soul HBCU Sports: AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®

Morehouse College and Howard University football programs continue their longstanding rivalry in the fourth annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® at RFK Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. After three competitive match ups in the Classic, the Morehouse Maroon Tigers and Howard Bison return to the field this year ready to battle for the 2014 trophy and bragging rights.

Wednesday, September 17

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Indie Artist Spotlight: Mark Noxx

Musician Mark Noxx is this week’s Indie Soul artist of the week.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Stephen Wise

Fashion designer Stephen Wise is not new to the game of owning a business.

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Vikings: Adrian Peterson won't play until legal issues are resolved

Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.

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Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton star in CW fall TV lineup

A rundown of new fall shows on the CW network featuring African Americans.

Tuesday, September 16

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Robin Thicke's blurred life: 'I was high and drunk' all last year

Marvin Gaye's family accuses Thicke, others of ripping off a 1977 Gaye hit

Summer 2013 was blurry for Robin Thicke, according to what the "Blurred Lines" singer told lawyers in April.

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To spank or not spank? Answer depends on who you are, where you live and if your parents did

The indictment of NFL star Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has led to a robust debate about whether hitting, spanking or any other form of corporal punishment is justified and effective in dealing with children.

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Liberty Community Development Corporation to hold 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

Proceeds raised from event will benefit youth programs

An upcoming event offers a healthy way to support local youth, exercise outdoors and church fellowship. It’s the Rutherford Park 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Monday, September 15

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'Django Unchained' actress claims she was cuffed for showing public affection

Daniele Watts is African-American and her boyfriend is white

"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts says Los Angeles police allegedly detained her because they thought she was a prostitute.

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‘Grown Girls Getaway’ in Trinidad

What do you get when you put four of Hollywood’s finest African American female stars together in one film?

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Obama 'shocked' by Ray Rice video; Washington turns attention to NFL

The growing outcry over how the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell deal with incidents of domestic violence has reached the nation's highest office. Even President Barack Obama has seen the footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee.

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Our education crisis: American children afraid to learn

What does “acting white” look like?

Friday, September 12

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Ravens Lineman DeAngelo Tyson: Love, trust and forgiveness

Trying times can drive some to become a better person while others become bitter and mad at the world. Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson is an example of how “adversity makes the strong, stronger and the weak, weaker.”

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Turning Point operates on principle that recovery is lifelong process

Penny Wooten recalls when she first tried drugs. “Once I tried it, I wanted to do it again,” recalled Wooten. “At the time, I was in junior high school. Before I knew it, I was hooked.”

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Giant living flag honoring bicentennial of Star-Spangled Banner created

In a spectacular show of red, white and blue on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, more than 6,600 Maryland students, teachers and chaperones created the largest 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag ever assembled.

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Baltimore County dedicates 1812 Home of the Brave Mural to honor citizen soldiers

With members of the 1-175th Infantry Regiment Maryland National Guard filling Battle Acre Park in Dundalk, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz dedicated a new mural to commemorate Baltimore County's role in the War of 1812.

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Vice President Joe Biden will celebrate 200th Anniversary of National Anthem in Baltimore

The vice president will deliver remarks during live television broadcast from Fort McHenry on September 13, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden will join Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for Star-Spangled Spectacular: the 200th Anniversary of our National Anthem at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on September 13, 2014.

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U.S. can’t be world policeman

I was struck by how quickly many pundits jumped on President Obama’s comment regarding ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in which he stated, “…we do not have a strategy yet…” Why the surprise? Why any outrage? The statement was brutally honest.

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Bamboo and Fern tells woman's story of triumph over adversity

Ava Brown’s life story is one of true perseverance and survival. In her new biography, “Bamboo & Fern,” Brown recounts her remarkable transition from street-selling Jamaican pauper to MBA Global Business Development Manager. By releasing her story to the world, Brown hopes other women will be inspired to embrace their situations, overcome their struggles and become strong-willed and successful individuals.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Stars in the backyard

Hello my dear friends. I hope your Labor Day weekend was a great one. Summer’s coming to a close, but we still have a few more weeks to squeeze in some outdoor fun. There are a few upcoming events I would like to share with you, so get out your calendar and start marking the dates.

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Promises Kept: Raising black boys to succeed in school and in life

Filmmakers to discuss documentary at Enoch Pratt main branch on September 15, 2014

The shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri’s Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, has raised the national consciousness about issues of race, class and implicit bias.

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Local Ailey II performance to feature two Baltimore dancers

Towson University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication and Department of Dance presents Ailey II, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre, for two performances, Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Stephens Hall Theatre located at 8000 York Road on the campus of Towson University.

Thursday, September 11

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Ex-FBI director to investigate Ray Rice case

AP reports NFL executive received a copy of in-elevator video in April

Nothing less than the NFL's reputation is on the line, and possibly the job of the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell.

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Sam’s Club® offers free diabetes screening

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, and of those, 8.1 million are still undiagnosed.

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Caribbean roots of black church explored

Dr. Noel Leo Erskine investigates the history of the black church in his latest book, “Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery.”

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Star-Spangled Spectacular concert special to air on MPT

Live, two-hour September 13 concert special celebrates National Anthem’s 200th Anniversary

Maryland Public Television, in partnership with Dick Clark Productions and THIRTEEN Productions, presents Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem, a concert special honoring the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on Saturday, September 13. The concert will air live on MPT at 8 p.m. as part of PBS’s Great Performances series.

Wednesday, September 10

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HBCU Roundup: Coppin State’s Christina Epps up for NCAA Woman of the Year

Coppin State University track and field standout Christina Epps has advanced to the top 30 round in the 2014 NCAA Woman-of-the-Year selection process.

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Hands-on with the new Apple Watch

After Tuesday's unveiling of two new iPhones and a heavily anticipated smartwatch, Apple gave press and special guests (including models, fashion bloggers and Gwen Stefani) some supervised hands-on time with the gadgets. Here are our first impressions of the Apple Watch.

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Blaming Janay Rice is an outrage

A "Fox and Friends" co-host joked that abusers should take the stairs to avoid cameras

I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I'm venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim.

Tuesday, September 9

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Fall cleaning tips to help rid your home of autumn allergens

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues.

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Ravens cut Ray Rice

NFL suspends Rice after 2nd TMZ video emerges

The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of Ray Rice Monday. TMZ.com released a new video that showed exactly what happened in the elevator the night that Rice assaulted his then fiance. This move is a bold stand for the Ravens. Rice was under league suspension until next week. He will no longer be a member of the organization. Additionally, the NFL has suspended Ray Rice indefinitely.

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Star Spangled Spectacular Events

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Inner Harbor and at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore from September 10-16, 2014.

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The shows to watch on NBC: Craig Robinson, Alfre Woodard featured in fall lineup

Mr. Robinson is the only new show on the NBC featuring an African American in a lead role.

Monday, September 8

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Atlanta Hawks owner faces 'severe repercussions' after e-mail

"I want some white cheerleaders" and music familiar to whites, Levenson wrote

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is facing "severe repercussions" after his racially charged e-mail, the team's CEO said.

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LETTER: Foreign policy of procrastination

When President Obama was questioned about countering the Islamic terrorists (ISIS) in Syria, his response was "We don’t have a strategy yet," and this exemplifies the status of our foreign policy.

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Francis Scott Key goes back to school at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Students and teachers returning to the classroom this month are invited to join a live, once-in-a-lifetime distance learning web cast on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner.

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Serena Williams wins 18th grand slam

Serena Williams did it again.

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Settling for optics rather than options

Black life, for the most part, has become a myriad of frustration, doubt, hopelessness, desperation, despair, struggle and fear.

Friday, September 5

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Peace Poets share positive messages through hip hop, spoken word

One of the most incredible things about Baltimore is that you are always able to find great shows from independent artists almost any day of the week.

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Ford partners with Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. on second season of ‘Finding Your Roots’

Gates discovers the secrets of Nasir “Nas” Jones, Gloria Reuben and Courtney B. Vance

One show. Ten episodes. Thirty guests.

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For Whom It Stands: The flag and the American people

Award-winning exhibition relaunches with new objects

Awarded Best Historical Exhibition 2014 by Baltimore Magazine, the exhibition For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People, relaunches September 10, 2014 with newly added objects that represent iconic moments in U.S. history.

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School Safety: Backpacks, bikes and buses, Part II

The safest way for students to use their bikes is for transportation, not play. While this advice may surprise you, it comes from the Nemours Foundation, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations devoted to the health and well being of children.

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The summer of our discontent

Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

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Michael Campanaro: Making the cut

The Baltimore Ravens will have an even more local flavor to them now that Clarksville native Michael Campanaro is on the team. The team traded a sixth round pick in the 2015 NFL draft that allowed them to get in position to draft Campanaro in the seventh round of the 2014 draft.

Thursday, September 4

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Raise kids’ grades with study tips for the digital age

It happened again this year: The kids are back in the classroom before you’ve had the chance to blink. Thankfully, new developments in education are making it easier than ever for students to hit the ground running.

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Study: Md. drivers continue to ignore school bus laws

Drivers continue to ignore the stop arms on school buses at an alarming rate, a new Maryland State Department of Education-sponsored survey has revealed.

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Michael Sam signed to Dallas Cowboys' practice squad

He may not play on game days, but Michael Sam -- the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL -- will at least have a home in the league once the regular season starts: the Dallas Cowboys.

Wednesday, September 3

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Preserve harvest for winter meals and holiday gifts

The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s market. So what is a gardener or shopper to do with all that produce?

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Train your brain to crave healthy food

It may be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants -- craves, even -- healthier foods.

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Terence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star in FOX's fall show 'Empire'

The fall TV season is quickly approaching and over the next few weeks, Indie Soul will shine a light on networks and shows aimed specifically at African American audiences. This week: Fox Television.

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Residents of Ferguson need to make a change

Some have argued that Ferguson is symbolic of “inner city America.” They argue that Ferguson is about racism, hopelessness, structural and systemic discrimination, and blacks who feel helpless.

Tuesday, September 2

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Ferguson: An instant that could lead to a lifetime of change

In one instant, Michael Brown was identified as a threat and in the next he was dead. The people in Ferguson, Missouri have seen this story before and they are tired of its repetitive nature.

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CDC director raises Ebola alarm

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than official figures show, and other countries are unintentionally making it harder to control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told CNN Tuesday.

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Foley's horrifying death, ISIS is a cancer that must be eliminated

The beheading of American journalist James Foley was horrifying. My prayers are with his family. May God comfort Foley's soul in eternity.

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Baltimore activists discuss events in Ferguson at town hall meeting

Sunday, August 24, 2014, The Real News (www.therealnews.com) hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and how African Americans can be more involved in finding solutions to problems in the community.

Monday, September 1

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: April Wilson

Entrepreneur April Wilson says she always wanted to create something. Keeping true to her dream, Wilson, who is from Baltimore, has designed one of the most exciting products on the market— the Ultra Cuddle.

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Ravens finalize roster

The Baltimore Ravens were one of the first teams to get their roster down to 75 players.

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Rambling Rose: Tony Williams Jazz Festival; A Labor Day Music Barbecue

Hello everyone! I just want to say happy Labor Day weekend to all of you. I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

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Local Liberian community holds Ebola donation drive

Donations of medical supplies sought

Johnetta Flomo lives in Maryland and he's worried about Ebola.