News 2015 August

Stories for August 2015

Monday, August 31

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Hotel tips and tricks to stay healthy on the road

Frequent travelers can be all too familiar with the challenges of staying both healthy and productive -- countless distractions, fast food joints on every corner and difficulty sleeping in unfamiliar places and beds can make staying on track a challenge

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Amelia Boynton remembered as the 'Rosa Parks' of Selma Movement

Amelia Boynton Robinson, who died Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. at the age of 104, is being praised as the ‘Rosa Parks’ of the Selma voting rights movement.

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Active aging is healthy aging

Register for BCDA's 9th annual "Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk / 1 Mile Walk"

Research has proven that the more you exercise the better, and longer, your life will be. No matter what age you start your exercise program, you will benefit from the physical activity. Just moving for 30 to 60 minutes three to five times a week boosts your health by

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Ask Alma: Unwanted photos of my ex-husband

Should I send my ex-husband his baby photos?

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Comptroller Peter Franchot encourages enrollment in College Savings Plans of Maryland

Comptroller Peter Franchot joined the College Savings Plans of Maryland on a visit to the Annapolis Regional Library to stress the significant financial benefits and tax advantages of utilizing college savings accounts.

Sunday, August 30

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Ravens starting offense back on track in dress rehearsal but reserves struggle

The Baltimore Ravens are a team that is known for having depth on their roster.

Friday, August 28

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Sesame Street’s move to HBO angers local parents, childcare workers

Sesame Street will now be brought to you by the letters H-B-O!

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College Bound: Make your personal space pop

Academics aside, gearing up for college is a big job. Whether you’re headed to the dorms or sharing an apartment or house with friends, making your surroundings comfortable and functional will let you focus on your studies.

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New efficient VEIP Self-Service Kiosk to improve convenience debuts

Maryland vehicle owners can now test vehicle emissions using a new, convenient self-service Vehicle Emission Inspection Program (VEIP) kiosk. Two VEIP self-service kiosks, one located at the Glen Burnie VEIP station and one located at the Gaithersburg MVA branch office, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Ravens sign Will Hill to two year extension

The Baltimore Ravens were able to shore up the safety position for the next few years by signing Will Hill to a two year contract.

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Bobby’s Burger Palace opens in Towson

Local burger lovers have a new spot to add to their foodie list. Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP) opened on July 28, 2015 at 515 Virginia Avenue in Towson Square.

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Things to consider when buying a franchise

Before one makes the “jump” to buy a franchise, you should consider the following:

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Executive jet service to offer cancer patients free flights

Grandview Aviation Partners with Corporate Angel Network

GrandView Aviation, an executive jet and helicopter service in Maryland, will partner with Corporate Angel Network to arrange free flights for cancer patients to specialized treatment facilities in the empty seats on corporate and private aircraft.

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Are you having fun with today’s politics?

The vast majority of the news is centered on politics, specifically, the 2016 presidential race, which is 14 months away. Black people are being sucked under by a whirlpool of nonsense on TV news outlets, newspaper and magazine commentaries, lectures, and even some protests.

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Return to reasonable lending opens door to homeownership

Home-buying season is heating up. Homes sold faster in April than at any point in almost the last two years, according to data released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Existing-home sales are on pace to top five million this year.

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Ravens Rookie WR Daniel Brown’s work ethic makes underdog a standout

Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Daniel Brown has made steady progress since the start of organized team activities this year. Making the jump from James Madison University to the NFL is not an easy task. However, this isn’t the first time that Brown has been faced with having to adjust to a larger arena.

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Prominent surgeon Keiffer Mitchell Sr. dies at 73

Member of iconic Baltimore family saved countless lives during medical career

Keiffer Mitchell Jr. remembers fondly the early morning telephone calls his dad would make to him daily. And every evening, Mitchell Jr. would call his dad.

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Robert Johnson: Playing by his own rules

RLJ rule aims to level playing field in corporate America

Robert L. Johnson has proven to be one of America’s premiere innovators and with his RLJ Companies empire and other ventures; Johnson’s legacy could ultimately be defined by what he’s accomplished to level the playing field for African-Americans and other minorities in corporate America.

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Fire victims continue a giving legacy from heaven

News of the fatal mansion fire that occurred on January 19, 2015 in Annapolis, which claimed the lives of 56-year-old Donald Pyle, 63-year-old Sandra Pyle and four of their grandchildren— Alexis Boone, 8; Kaitlyn Boone, 7; Wesley Boone, 6; and Charlotte Boone, 8— shocked their family, friends and even strangers.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Arch Social Club is alive with entertainment

D&J Entertainment presents “Classic Soul Saturdays” on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Arch Social Club located at 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue featuring Van Fields’ Stylistics, First Class and Boo’ne and Zo. Cash bar and BYOB or food is on sale. For more information, call 443-525-2715.

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Newborn screening project grant awarded to improve sickle cell care

A more than $2.6 million two-year grant that promises to help support and fortify the quality of care and address the needs of people living with sickle cell disease has been awarded to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA).

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PBS documentary uncovers story of legendary tennis pioneer Althea Gibson

Airs Friday, September 4 at 9 pm on PBS

People often cite Arthur Ashe as the first African American to win Wimbledon (1975).

Thursday, August 27

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Great new cocktails to try this season

Cooler temperatures invite a new season of cocktails, featuring richer flavors to entertain yourself and guests.PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Max Flatow

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Calzones: An alternative to pizza

Calzones provide a fun and tasty alternative to pizza. Home cooks who want to think outside the pizza box.

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Babies love their backpacks

Back to school means back to lugging around unwieldy backpacks for schoolkids, but many little ones who want to be just like their older siblings and role models love the idea of carrying their prized possessions on their backs.

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5 steps to choose the perfect business partner

Thinking about going into business with someone you really, really like (or maybe even love)? Don't.

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Bryce Williams: A meticulous plan for a live televised murder

He posted live updates to social media of video he shot of his killing of a reporter and a cameraman

A disturbed mind brimming with rage, a professional media career and newly purchased guns. Vester Lee Flanagan II combined them into a real-time murder show that he choreographed in detail.

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Larry Graham wows Rams Head crowd

It’s a good thing that the doors opened early for Larry Graham and Graham Central Stations’ concert at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis on Wednesday.

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Black designer lights up GM

If you’re driving down a highway, street or tunnel anywhere in North America and you see the shimmering new headlights on the latest Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Buick approaching you, there’s a good chance you’re seeing the work of Martin Davis, a talented, young African American designer who works for General Motors.

Wednesday, August 26

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Enjoy jambalaya in the Creole tradition

Travel anywhere in the United States and you’re liable to find some delicious cuisine distinctive to a particular region.

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Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman says Ravens wide receivers cross train to compete

The competition at wide receiver has been a focal point of the Baltimore Ravens throughout training camp.

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China's stock market crash...in 2 minutes

China's stock markets are suffering from massive volatility and investors are running scared. If you're just catching up to it, here's what you need to know.

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Couples who share the burdens of childcare are happier together

Couples in which women did most of the work were least content

Couples that raise children together -- and share the burden of childcare fairly equally -- are happier together, according to a new study.

Tuesday, August 25

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Child Watch: It’s hard to be what you can’t see

As a new school year starts, many parents are making sure their children have the right supplies from their back-to-school lists and double-checking their courses and schedules.

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Tracy Morgan marries longtime girlfriend

Tracy Morgan has married the woman who has stood beside him since his terrible auto accident.

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300 men march From Baltimore to D.C.

The weather was a steamy 82 degrees on August 16 around 5 p.m. when men in black t-shirts began gathering in Carroll Park in South West Baltimore.

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John Harbaugh defends Terrell Suggs, takes offense to Eagles comments

The hit that Terrell Suggs placed on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford drew a lot of criticism from the Philadelphia media and a few of the Eagles players.

Monday, August 24

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Peanuts celebrates its first African American character

Following the death of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, a school teacher named Harriet Glickman, and a few of her friends, took it upon themselves to petition comic writer and creator of the popular Peanuts comic strip Charles M. Schultz for more characters of color, a bold move that resulted in the inclusion of a character named ‘Franklin.’

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Car Review: 2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8

From the moment we got in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, our thought was Hyundai has found how to bake in that intangible that says luxury. It wasn’t in the sedan’s equipment or the engine; it was the ambience or the air of luxury inside the car.

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Disney previews its new princess, Moana

A demigod played by Dwayne Johnson will join her

Watch out, Elsa and Anna!

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Sleeping with contact lenses could lead to vision loss

CDC finds most contact wearers do not wear or care for their lenses properly

Chad Groeschen was working on an outdoor deck for a client a few weeks ago when his left eye started itching.

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Marketing aggravates obesity in black children

Today, close to one in four Black children – as young as 2 years old – is obese. And the $161 million spent on advertising unhealthy foods to Black and Latino youth at most recent count is not helping.

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Ask Alma: Deciding to move on

I have been with this person for six years, and we’ve had our up and downs, like any relationship.

Sunday, August 23

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Eagles tempo and penalties haunt Ravens in week two of preseason

The Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles participated in joint-practices and capped off the week with a preseason game on Saturday.

Friday, August 21

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Anne Arundel volunteers mark anniversary of 9/11 attacks with service

Volunteers encouraged to join the National Day of Service Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center will commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 attacks through service and volunteerism

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AACC’s Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism Institute programs earn accreditation

Two hotel/restaurant management programs offered by the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute (HCAT) at Anne Arundel Community College have been accredited by the Accrediting Commission of American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF).

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Sharpen students’ minds with proper nutrition

Bells will soon be ringing, and parents may experience a sense of déjà vu for the first several weeks of school. That’s because the early part of each new school year is commonly spent reversing the effect of “summer brain drain”— when kids lose skills they mastered the previous year.

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Baysox playoff strips now on sale

The Bowie Baysox announced that 2015 playoff ticket strips are now available for purchase as the Baysox make a strong push for their first ever Eastern League Championship. The tickets are available as a strip of six box seat tickets for $66, covering all six potential Baysox 2015 home playoff games

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Student credits BCCC entrepreneurship program for getting job

Student credits BCCC entrepreneurship program for getting job

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Md. schools set to open for 2015-2016 academic year

Maryland public school systems began re-opening on Wednesday, August 19, as a record number of students across the State prepare to start the 2015-16 academic year.

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Saddened by death of Julian Bond

The news this weekend that Julian Bond passed away at 75 saddened me deeply.

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center hosts blood Drive

End of summer crucial time for blood donations

The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of blood and is calling on all eligible donors to give now to prevent an emergency situation.

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On voting... and not

The campaigning for next year’s elections is starting to draw more attention, and with it comes a focus on voters and their mood.

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March of Dimes: Back-to-school vaccinations are crucial

Children should be vaccinated to protect health and prevent classroom outbreaks

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the prefect time for parents to ensure that their children’s— and their own— immunizations are up to date, before students and germs gather in the classroom.

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Make vision health a priority

How sight affects learning in children, teens

As children and teens gear up for another year of studies, parents should be aware of often overlooked obstacles that may hinder academic success: vision problems.

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Homework for parents: Your child’s back-to-school health checklist

Summer fun is almost over for millions American students.

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Legendary Larry Graham ready to jam in Annapolis

Larry Graham can wow you with some classic old school hits and the legendary former Sly & the Family Stone bass player and leader of the equally iconic Graham Central Station band can break you off some new funk.

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Matt Schaub able to go home for Ravens joint practices with Eagles

Joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles gave Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Matt Schaub a chance to go home.

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AKAs donate 300 backpacks to children at Ivy Center

Part of International Effort to Distribute One Million Backpacks

More than 300 Baltimore youth will be heading back to school with backpacks and school supplies thanks to the Epsilon Omega Foundation, Inc. and Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority.

Thursday, August 20

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Ravens WR Michael Campanaro stands out in first day of joint practices with Philadelphia Eagles

Wide receiver is a position that the Baltimore Ravens have tried to address via free agency and the draft over the last couple of years. One of their 2014 draft picks was Michael Campanaro.

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Get ready for a rate hike: Fed looks close to liftoff

Get ready: the long awaited rate hike could be here in 4 weeks.

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U.S. sees big spike in black and Hispanic women entrepreneurs

When it comes to small business in the United States, more women are running the show.

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Cremation services announced for Julian Bond

Family says Bond will be buried at sea

The family of Julian Bond wife, [Pam Horowitz, sons, Horace Mann Bond II, Jeffrey and Michael; daughters, Phyllis Jane Bond McMillan and Julia Louise Bond; sister, Jane; brother, James; and his eight grandchildren] has issued the following statement:

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Serena Williams: America must 'pull together' in scary times

Star says it "hasn't been easy" since sister Venus diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome

She stands on the brink of writing another chapter in tennis history, but Serena Williams has other things on her mind just now.

Wednesday, August 19

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Tips for 'Kids Eat Right Month' this August

You want the best for your kids. As role models, parents and caregivers play a vital role in children’s health -- teaching kids about healthful foods and making sure they get enough daily physical activity.

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Back-to-Campus time and money saving tips

Moving to campus can be a fun and exciting time for any student, but it can also be costly. There are several ways to save on all the things your student will need to make his or her dorm a home away from home.

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Ravens second year Safety Terrence Brooks activated from PUP list

Second year safety Terrence Brooks started training camp with the Baltimore Ravens on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

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'Female Viagra' gets FDA approval

Flibanserin is for treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder

Women who have lost their sex drive will have a little pink pill to help them come October. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved flibanserin, which will be sold as Addyi, for the treatment of sexual dysfunction in premenopausal women.

Tuesday, August 18

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Does sports participation deserve a trophy? Let the parental debate begin!

An NFL linebacker's decision to return his kids' participation trophies sets off national debate

Whoa, who knew the debate over participation trophies -- those awards children get just for showing up and playing sports -- would strike such a chord?

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Common, Starbucks join to put youth to work

Rapper/Actor Common and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz came together in Chicago to put youths to work. CNN's Poppy Harlow reports on the national initiative.

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White House spending millions to combat heroin epidemic

The White House announced Monday a new, $2.5 million initiative designed to target heroin trafficking along the Eastern seaboard, where use of the drug has spiked in recent years.

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Obama’s attempts to close digital divide jeopardized by legal dispute

Ruling by International Trade Commission pending

In July, President Obama traveled to Oklahoma to make a relatively little-noticed but important announcement that has the potential to transform the lives of tens of thousands of African Americans, Hispanics and other individuals struggling on the economic margins.

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Ravens gearing up for trip to Philadelphia to practice against the Eagles

The Baltimore Ravens will take a ride up 95 North on Tuesday and get ready to kickoff joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Even with college degrees, blacks and Hispanics fall behind

College-educated blacks and Hispanics have seen their wealth and income shrivel over the past 20 years.

Monday, August 17

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'Straight Outta Compton' tops weekend box office

"Straight Outta Compton" went to the top of the charts this weekend with one of the biggest surprises of the summer box office.

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Film Review: 'Straight Outta Compton'

Warning: This isn’t some chump change Sundance indie movie about the rap group NWA.

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Ask Alma: Few hang-out friends

I have a nice majority of friends. However, I hang out mostly with my cousin.

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Car Review: 2015 Corvette Stingray Convertible

Let’s see, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible. There’s not too much more to say than that, after all it is America’s sports car.

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Tips for cleansing your body the healthy way this summer

Lisa Consiglio-Ryan takes the guesswork out of eating healthier and cleansing the body.

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Morgan Freeman's step-granddaughter stabbed to death

Police sent her boyfriend for a psychiatric evaluation

E'Dena Hines, the step-grandaughter of actor Morgan Freeman, was stabbed to death early Sunday, allegedly by her boyfriend, police in New York said.

Sunday, August 16

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Julian Bond, civil rights leader and former NAACP chairman, dies at 75

He died over the weekend after a brief illness

Julian Bond, a lifelong civil rights leader and former board chairman of the NAACP, has died. He was 75.

Friday, August 14

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Get your crabs curbside at Phillips Inner Harbor location

It’s difficult to live in Maryland and not know about Phillips restaurants.

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It’s all about the team for Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw

The Baltimore Ravens used a second round pick to select linebacker Courtney Upshaw in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Renters' tax credit deadline approaching

September 1 Deadline is Less Than One Month Away

Qualified renters in Maryland are running out of time to take advantage of available tax credits, just as their home owning counterparts do.

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Health Habits: I learned them from my Dad

As a mother of five-year old triplets I’m starting to see exactly how children learn healthy habits.

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Where the presidency is headed

Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying.

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Matt Schaub redeems himself in his Ravens debut

The Baltimore Ravens kicked off the preseason against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank stadium on Thursday night.

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Seven painting projects for weekend warriors

Easy projects to tackle with just one can of paint

Homeowners are often advised to keep the home neutral and avoid decorating with anything too bold or personal.

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Black lives should matter to black killers, too

I applaud the Black Lives Matter Movement for renewing attention on police violence against blacks, an issue that is old as the republic— for black lives do matter.

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Governor Hogan Announces ‘Maryland Grand Slam’ Program

Governor Larry Hogan announced “Maryland Grand Slam,” a $2 million program to build stronger communities in Baltimore through homeownership.

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Baltimore resident and Ailey dancer earns Princess Grace Award

She started dancing at the age of three and that was only because her mother went to a Target store and picked out a ballet outfit just to see how her toddler would look in it.

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Back packs, pony rides at Back to School Extravaganza

In many households, back-to-school preparation will soon be in full swing. On Sunday, August 9, 2015, Annapolis area youth began preparing for the upcoming school year, while enjoying festivities on a sunny Sunday.

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RAMBLING ROSE: The African American Authors and Empowerment Expo

Hello my dear friends and “Rambling Rose” fans. There is a lot going on in the next couple of weeks and I don’t want you to miss any of it

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Inspired Baltimorean opens SAFE Center for youth

A safe haven where youth can learn during the summertime, on weekends and after school will open its doors during a grand opening on Saturday, August 15, 2015.

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Forgotten black church transformed into museum

For years, Louis S. Diggs has researched and documented African-American life in communities in and around Baltimore County while publishing 10 books about black history.

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New film in a ‘Search for Black Wealth’

Screenings for the film were sold out long ago. However, interest in “Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth,” generated the type of buzz usually reserved for an anticipated, high-budget blockbuster.

Thursday, August 13

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Tips to help ensure financial marital bliss

Wedding bells are ringing and “I Dos” are in the air. Newlyweds are taking their first steps toward happily ever after, combining their finances.

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6 secrets to getting free flights

Think you can't afford a spin in a private jet -- jacuzzi included -- or a night at a lavish, five-star hotel? Think again.

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Stop treating Donald Trump like a Kardashian

Donald Trump is intriguing, aggravating, nauseating, hilarious and just about every other word we have used to describe reality show stars.

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Results are in: School starts too early, autism screening, PTSD and more

Here's the fascinating research we're watching from around the world.

Wednesday, August 12

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Debt can help or hurt wealth building

Money and credit are two items that affect nearly everyone. We earn, spend and sometimes save money. But it seems nearly inevitable that the need for credit arises and efforts to retire it become debt that can hang around longer than a bad penny.

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Eighty years of Social Security

Social Security has provided critical financial help to people of all ages for the last 80 years, and despite our age, we’re far from retiring!

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Marty Mornhinweg settling in as Ravens QB coach

John Harbaugh knew exactly what he was getting when he reached out to Marty Mornhinweg after the New York Jets didn’t bring back their 2014 coaching staff.

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GOP’s raging intra-party war

The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct. Two developments of last week have underscored that the GOP’s raging intra-party war and identity crisis is more serious than ever.

Tuesday, August 11

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Can taxing pimps and prostitutes save Social Security?

Can taxing pimps, prostitutes and other underground economy dwellers really fix Social Security?

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Ravens Steve Smith Sr. feels it’s time to move on

As they say; “All good things come to an end.” For Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr, the end will be after this season.

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Stand up, sit less and move more, researchers say; here's how to do it

A recent study finds that standing -- even without moving around -- can have health benefits

You might want to stand up for this. A growing amount of research suggests that just standing -- even if you don't walk around -- can have health benefits.

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Bishop T.D. Jakes on the black church’s shifting stance on homosexuality

Bishop T.D. Jakes thinks it is “absolutely” possible for the LGBT and black communities to coexist.

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Lawsuit alleges Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend gave her 'toxic cocktail'

The estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown has filed a multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend, alleging he is responsible for the injuries that led to her death last month.

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New iPhone launch likely September 9

Apple will most likely debut its new generation of iPhones on Wednesday, September 9.

Monday, August 10

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Ask Alma: My daughter wants mom to walk her down aisle

My oldest, a daughter is getting married this year. As her father, I am paying for her wedding and very excited to walk her down the aisle. That is until recently when I received an email from her saying she asked her mom to walk her down the aisle.

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How to sweeten summer celebrations with S’mores

Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, a block party or movie night, you can sweeten summer fun and celebrations with an iconic treat.

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Gunfire erupts in Ferguson on anniversary of Michael Brown's killing

A day of peaceful vigils to mark the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's shooting death turned ugly late Sunday when protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers, and police critically injured a man who they say fired at them.

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Derrick Coleman: The deaf Super Bowl champion who broke the sound barrier

When you meet Derrick Coleman, Jr., the first word that comes to mind is "genuine."

Friday, August 7

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Trumping the Donald on immigration

Watching Donald Trump being interviewed this past week was— for the few moments that I could take it— quite fascinating.

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Red Cross issues urgent call for most needed blood types

Type O negative, B negative, A negative blood donors asked to restock shelves

The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative, and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation.

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Travis Winkey Production presents “From the Pulpit to the Runway”

Two days of hilarious, dramatic, spellbinding entertainment

Travis Winkey Studio in conjunction with veteran actor and playwright Norris Davis (The Wire), Travis Winkey Productions presents a weekend of drama featuring “From the Pulpit to the Runway,” a musical, with two shows on Saturday, August 8 through Sunday, August 9, 2015 starting with a pre-show at 6 p.m. at the Dunbar High School Theatre, located at 1400 Orleans Street in Baltimore City.

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The change we’ve been waiting for

In light of the conversations about police abuse, unwarranted stops and arrests, and homicide cases involving black people and police officers, many black people get angry, maybe have a march, and then go home to await the next incident.

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Baltimore County Restaurant Week underway

At Kooper’s Jacksonville, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was joined by promotion partner Keith Scott, president/CEO of Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce to kick off the tenth Baltimore County Restaurant Week.

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Maryland Shoppers get break during “Shop Maryland" tax-free week

Sales tax waived for qualifying clothing and footwear August 9- August 15

Shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of Maryland’s tax-free week, which begins Sunday, August 9, and runs through Saturday, August 15, 2015.

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Victoria Christopher Murray returns to Baltimore to discuss 'Stand Your Ground'

Although Victoria Christopher Murray has successfully worked with mainstream publishers for 15 years, the full-time writer decided to take a creative risk while penning her twenty-fifth book, “Stand Your Ground.”

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'Cooley High' remembered on the 40th anniversary of release

Gary Susman of moviefone.com called it the most influential movie you’ve never seen and NPR’s Derek John referred to it as a classic of black cinema.

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Kristin L. Mitchell addresses mental health awareness

National Health Interview Survey data from 2007 to 2010 revealed that nearly eight percent of people over the age of 12 reported experiencing depression.

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Maddox family named 2015 Gordon Johnson ‘Siblings of the Year’

Al Maddox describes the printing business as being in his family’s blood. His grandfather, Gabriel B. Maddox Sr., under the guidance of Booker T. Washington, was the first instructor in printing and established the first printing shop in Tuskegee, Alabama before coming to Baltimore and opening a small family owned print shop in 1907.

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Ravens WR Trent Steelman pursues dream of being in NFL

“The NFL is my dream. It’s my lifelong goal.” Those are the words former Army quarterback turned wide receiver Trent Steelman utters when asked about being in the league.

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Baltimore Boys and Girls Club honors students for academic excellence

To highlight the academic and social accomplishments of local graduates, the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) of Metropolitan Baltimore hosted an event to honor nearly two-dozen teenagers.

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Will Baltimore's Terrance West answer his NFL critics?

Terrance West was drafted in the third round— the 94th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2014. The Dawg Pound was excited to get a big physical running back to fit their ground and pound offense.

Thursday, August 6

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Teen depression and how social media can help or hurt

Recent news stories about cyberbullying, with kids running away, hurting others and even taking their own lives, points to a growing trend with often tragic results.

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Mariah Carey may join 'Empire,' gets Walk of Fame star

Mariah Carey finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- and it was accompanied by some big news.

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Injury bug visits Ravens training camp

The injury bug is something NFL teams strive to avoid during training camp.

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Metropolitan Opera to stop using blackface makeup in production of 'Otello'

The character is North African and comes from Shakespeare's "Othello"

The Metropolitan Opera will debut a fresh face in its season-opening production of Verdi's "Otello" in September.

Wednesday, August 5

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4 easy ways to prep for back-to-school

With the back-to-school season gearing up, getting the kids prepped and ready for a successful academic year can quickly add up.

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Windows 10: Revenge of Microsoft?

Microsoft is not a company historically associated with minimalism. For quite some time, its operating system, Windows, has been plagued by tedious customization and nettlesome bloat.

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Ravens LB C.J. Mosley is healthy and looking to follow up outstanding rookie season

C.J. Mosley had an outstanding rookie season last year with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Enough with the Will Smith-Jada Pinkett Smith breakup rumors

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are not calling it quits this summer.

Tuesday, August 4

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Anne Arundel County to start new internship program

County Executive Steve Schuh recently announced that Anne Arundel County will begin accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate college students for a new fall internship program sponsored by the Office of the County Executive.

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Ravens put on a show for fans at M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens moved practice to M&T Bank stadium on Monday for Military Appreciation Day.

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Walmart, Amazon halt sales of toy guns that look real in New York

Five major retailers have agreed to stop selling realistic-looking toy guns in New York state, the attorney general said Monday.

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Ravens launch Emoji keyboard

Capitalizing on the explosive global use of emoji, the Baltimore Ravens have launched a customized, Ravens-branded emoji keyboard designed to work across any iOS or Android device.

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On 50th anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid still vital

As Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 this week, the nation takes a look at the impact of two of the most significant government programs ever launched.

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August is National Curb Appeal Month: Tips to give your home a facelift

Want to get your home noticed? There are many ways to add value and design appeal to your house’s exterior, and doing so is important, say experts.

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Ask Alma: The one that got away

I’ve been married for over 10 years and I’m very happy with my husband and two kids.

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Ravens coaching staff likes what they see from safety Kendrick Lewis

The Baltimore Ravens have used high draft picks to address the safety position in recent years. Matt Elam was a first round pick in 2013, and Terrence Brooks was a third round selection the following year.