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News 2015 December

Stories for December 2015

Thursday, December 31

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Tips for using Uber this NYE

Some tips for using Uber this New Years Eve, given it is Uber's busiest night of the year and they expect to complete millions of trips around the world.

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Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. to return for 2016 season

The Baltimore Ravens locker room had a very positive vibe on Wednesday. The team is coming off of an upset win against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. John Harbaugh has already said that these last games will set the tone for the 2016 season.

Wednesday, December 30

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How to get your retirement savings on track

The close of one year and the start of a new one is a good time to take a fresh look at your retirement planning to determine whether you're making progress and, if not, take steps to improve your prospects. Unfortunately, many people fail to do such an assessment at any time of year.

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Diversity on campus: Does it have a future?

John McWhorter: Diversity is under threat on campus

Diversity is under threat on college campuses across the land -- from exactly the students cherished for their diversity by admissions committees.

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7 ways to think like a creative genius

Social scientists have uncovered a variety of simple techniques that we can use

Whether you're a world leader, a high-level executive, or a customer service agent, to be effective at your job, you need innovative solutions to challenging problems.

Tuesday, December 29

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Tiger Woods at 40: Golf star's top-10 defining moments

His story has been game-changing, spellbinding, controversial, outrageous, even sad -- but never dull.

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Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, famed hoops jester, dies at 83

George "Meadowlark" Lemon, the basketball star who entertained millions of fans around the world with his antics as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83.

Monday, December 28

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The rise of Black Lives Matter: Trying to break the cycle of violence and silence

The Black Lives Matter movement is now trying to focus on local, national political change

Critics said it wouldn't last. It was a blip on the radar of protest movements. It would fade away like Occupy Wall Street. With no clear structure and no strong leader, some said, it was bound to fail, especially when the infighting began. But still it rises -- and polarizes.

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You could be owed a refund from Verizon and Sprint, but you'll have to act fast

Verizon and Sprint customers have a week to claim their refunds for unauthorized charges on their bills.

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Ravens beat Steelers with Ryan Mallet and strong defense

The Baltimore Ravens were able to pull off a 20 – 17 victory over their rival Pittsburgh Steelers at home thanks to stellar play by Ryan Mallett along with a suddenly stingy defense. The win gives the Ravens their third regular season sweep of the Steelers in their 20-year franchise history.

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First Day Hikes in America’s state parks offer invigorating start to New Year

Make a New Year’s resolution to your health and happiness by kicking off 2016 with an invigorating “First Day Hike” at a state park near you. On January 1, 2016, all 50 states will participate in the fifth annual national event that encourages everyone to celebrate the New Year with a guided outdoor exploration.

Saturday, December 26

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Ravens have no shortage of motivation battling the Steelers

The Baltimore Ravens will have plenty to play for when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.

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Obituary: Howard Gordon “Gelo” Hall 1927 — 2015

Howard Gordon Hall, best known as “Gelo,” was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Howard Hull and Evelyn Sheridan on April 3, 1927. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School system. He served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1946.

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High school girls surprised with new coats

Christmas Angel Girlfriends paid a visit to Laurel High School, Bladensburg High School and Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Prince George’s County to deliver 45 new coats to young ladies in need on December 16, 2015.

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Cynthia Alvarez's successful career 'rooted' in hair care

Celebrity Hair Stylist Cynthia Alvarez’s clientele includes the likes of singer/actress KeKe Palmer and singer, model and actress Tatyana Ali.

Friday, December 25

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Glen Burnie Navy Petty Officer recognized for holiday volunteer work

Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Brendy Carter assigned to Fleet Weather Center (FWC), Norfolk, Virginia, was recognized by the Commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Rear Admiral Rick Williamson, for her holiday season volunteer work and participation in the command’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) chapter and the command’s Junior Sailor’s Association (JSA).

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Bank of America nonprofit grants help Baltimore’s needy

Bank of America has awarded more than $250,000 in grants to 21 nonprofit organizations to help support their efforts in addressing various needs in the greater Baltimore area.

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Jesse Jackson Sr. delivers Morgan’s December commencement address

University commemorates 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act of 1965

Noted civil rights leader and human rights activist, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., served as keynote speaker as 365 individuals celebrated their graduation at Morgan State University’s third December commencement on Friday, December 18, 2015. Additionally, the graduation exercises in the Hill Field House marked the University’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Kwanzaa celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for the annual community Kwanzaa Celebration on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of contemporary African fashion, an African musical performance and Sankofa Dance Theater.

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Leaders provide vision not division

Leaders provide vision. They help people understand where they are, how they got there and what they must do to go forward. They help calm nerves and strengthen courage.

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Local author wins national literary awards

Christian author, Margaret D. Pagan wins two awards for “The Fulani Girls”

Baltimore Christian Author Margaret D. Pagan’s book, “The Fulani Girls,” was announced the winner of the Henri and Readers' Choice Awards (Youth & Young Adult category), earlier this month at the 2015 Christian Literary Awards in Frisco, Texas.

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Best-selling author’s true rags to riches story

She went from Welfare to Wall Street and from failing grades to running a successful publicly traded business and now Lisa Nichols is sharing her life story and the secrets to creating a life that is rich in every possible way.

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Ravens Lardarius Webb spreads holiday cheer with toy drive

The Baltimore Ravens strongly believe in giving back to the community. The team is deeply involved in various community outreach programs.

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How to make Christmas

I received a call from an old friend this morning. I've known him now for over forty years. When I was twenty years old I lived for four months with him and his family in Dayton, Ohio, while I attended Wright State University.

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Girl Scouts' holidays made happier with gift of a van

Contribution from the Wheeler Foundation enabled the purchase of new van for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Beyond Bars program

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM), after months of fundraising efforts, received a sizeable contribution from the Wheeler Foundation that has allowed the organization to purchase a new van to provide transportation for members of the council’s “Beyond Bars” troop.

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Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’

Toni Morrison calls this book required reading, and it is. Even if it first germinated before the many police murders of unarmed African American boys and men over the last year, it could not have entered the cultural scene at a more fateful moment.

Thursday, December 24

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Ravens face a more explosive Steelers offense this time around

The Baltimore Ravens traveled to Pittsburgh and gave the Steelers their first home loss of the 2015 season. Michael Vick was the quarterback for the Steelers back then. They face a different team this time around.

Wednesday, December 23

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Ravens score two Pro Bowlers

The NFL put on their annual Pro Bowl awards show on Tuesday night.

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Gifts to keep kids engaged

Store aisles are filled this time of year with every must-have gift retailers can advertise. Children often plead and beg for the hottest toys weeks ahead of the holidays, hoping to find their requests wrapped up come the big day.

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Avoid trouble in Toyland

Keep Age and Safety in Mind

Gift-giving holidays are approaching and family and friends will be headed off to purchase presents for children of all ages.

Tuesday, December 22

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The best films of 2015

Movies have become a great comfort in what has been a tumultuous year.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders meets with black pastors

When presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) met with a group of Black civic and religious leaders in Baltimore, Md., Jamal Bryant, the pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple Church said that it was critical for the senator to have a conversation with those who are the eyes and ears of the Black community.

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Hospital patients receive holiday cheer, gifts from MSU student-athletes

Members of Morgan’s athletic teams give back to the community with visit to MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital’s Transitional-Care Unit

Recognizing that not everyone will have an opportunity to spend this holiday season at home with loved ones, Morgan State University (MSU) President David Wilson and members of the MSU Bears athletic teams including football, volleyball, track, cheerleading and bowling volunteered to share some of their time with those who might not be able to get home for the holidays.

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Plan ahead for a healthier holiday season

Patient First offiers 5 ways to enjoy guilt-free food and fun

Be of good cheer. You don’t have to stick to nonfat eggnog, carrot sticks, and sugar-free sugar plums as you celebrate the holidays

Monday, December 21

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'Star Wars' awakens to biggest box office opening ever

"Star Wars" now rules the box office galaxy.

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Costly turnovers haunt Ravens in 34-14 loss to the Chiefs

The Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs both got off to slow starts this season. The two teams have gone in opposite directions after their disappointing starts. Kansas City now has an eight-game winning streak after beating the Ravens by a score of 34 – 14.

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BCCC students impress in National Ethics Bowl Regional Competition

Last month, Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) came quite close to advancing to the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition.

Saturday, December 19

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Ravens WR Kamar Aiken: It’s a blessing to get the chance to prove myself

There are very few places where you can see competitors as fierce as the players in the NFL.

Friday, December 18

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Maryland Parent Involvement Awards Program issues call for nominations

Statewide effort to honor parents, guardians remains unique in the nation

The Maryland State Department of Education issued a call for nominations for the ninth annual Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Awards (PIMA). The unique awards program honors parents and others with legal responsibility for a child whose exemplary contributions to public education have led to improvements for Maryland’s public school children, teachers, schools, programs and/or policies.

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Five golden rules for holiday shopping

If you bought the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” it would cost a record $34,130.99, according to the 32nd annual PNC Christmas Price Index.

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This holiday season, military families need support

Most troops have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Over 100 Baltimore elementary students waiting to be matched with reading partners

Reading Partners, a national nonprofit that trains community volunteers to provide students with proven, individualized reading support urgently needs more community members to join its efforts.

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Nine ways to protect your identity and money during the holidays

You wouldn’t give your credit card number to any random person on the corner if they asked for it, would you? Then why be so quick to dish out those digits online?

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Re-entering residents offered free suits at ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ boutique

Chance meetings can sometimes lead to momentous occasions and even life-changing events.

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund raises over $4.8 million at annual gala

Coppin State University student receives unexpected help

Prospective and current students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) in search of financial aid may want to take a look at the new scholarship opportunities from The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

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Author pens children’s book about civil unrest

Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated; Kenneth Braswell is no stranger to finding ways to help his community address sensitive subjects.

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Local musician releases timeless Christmas CD

Listening to holiday music is a perfect way to reawaken Christmas spirit. Ronald (Ron) Ward, Jr. is helping to accomplish this task through his holiday CD entitled, “This Christmas.”

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy holidays to you and yours!

Hello, my dear friends and happy holidays to you and yours from me and mine.

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Life in Baltimore: Holiday recipes

The winter solstice is approaching with its early nightfall and chilly air and so are the holiday festivities.

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Ravens Steve Smith Sr. hosts youth shopping spree

The Baltimore Ravens and their fans are going through a tough season. Things are not going the way anyone thought they would. The team is on the way to their first losing season in eight years under head coach John Harbaugh.

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Popular German Christmas Village highlights holiday season

German Christmas Markets are fast becoming the place to be for holiday shoppers and for the third consecutive year, the craft and food market in Baltimore is no exception.

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Baltimore students honored as ‘Superhero Recyclers!’

Calvin Rodwell Elementary collected over five thousand plastic bottles

“Do I have any superheroes here today?” asked Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as she stood in front of 250 first, second and fifth grade students at Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School in Baltimore City on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Thursday, December 17

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Home chefs must add one important step to their holiday recipes

Always can, cool and throw away leftover cooking oil and grease

The holidays are here and self-proclaimed chefs are making appearances in homes across the country. When your inner Paula Deen tries out those celebrity chef recipes or your grandmother’s deep fried turkey recipe, WSSC wants you to add one final step…Can, Cool and Throw Away any leftover cooking oil or grease!

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Kelechi Osemele adjusts to a new position and faces Chiefs Tamba Hali

The Kansas City Chiefs will come to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday sporting a seven game winning streak.

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Serena Williams vs. American Pharoah: The Sports Illustrated fallout

Williams' victory has irked those who think American Pharoah should win

It was supposed to be a landmark moment in Serena Williams' stellar career: Being crowned Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.

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Ravens QB Ryan Mallett: I got a taste of humble pie

There's a popular saying which says: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” That is especially the case for new Baltimore Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett.

Wednesday, December 16

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Freddie Gray case: Hung jury in William Porter trial

The judge declares a mistrial after jurors say they can't reach a unanimous verdict

The judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Baltimore police Officer William Porter after jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four charges against him. Porter was one of six officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. Prosecutors will decide whether to re-try the case.

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Freddie Gray case: Jurors begin third day of deliberations

Jurors in the William Porter trial said Tuesday they were deadlocked

Jurors considering the trial of a Baltimore police officer in Freddie Gray's death told the judge once that they were deadlocked. Time will tell if a third day of deliberations will bring a change.

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Richard Williams: 'I was close to being killed so many times'

Serena and Venus have dominated women's game

On the tough streets of Compton in the late 1980s, a crowd of school children looked on as an imposing middle-aged man berated two young black girls.

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Blackonomics: Stop wasting your tax refund

As we talk about what to do and not do with our dollars during the holiday season, retailers are eagerly awaiting and preparing for another way to get your money.

Tuesday, December 15

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For communities of color, the fight against diabetes is far from over

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the rate of new cases of diabetes in the United States declined by about 20 percent from 2008 to 2014. This represents the first sustained decrease in diagnosis since the disease emerged as a major threat to public health over the course of the past two decades. But the fight is far from over, especially for communities of color.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia defends racism from the bench

On the same day that President Barack Obama gave a stirring and historically grounded commemoration regarding the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 13th Amendment, the one that “abolished” slavery, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia chose to disregard tenets of equality and opportunity from the bench during the hearing for Fisher V. University of Texas when he suggested that African American students would benefit more if they went to “lesser track” schools.

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What a Fed rate hike means for you

America, get ready for higher rates.

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Freddie Gray case: Jury to decide William Porter's fate; Baltimore braces

Baltimore braced for possible unrest as jurors began deliberations in the first of six trails related to the death of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody in April.

Monday, December 14

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2015: The year in entertainment news

The year's biggest entertainment headlines were somewhat grim this year, as a famed comedian fell from grace and a young star died tragically.

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Obama to visit Pentagon to review ISIS strategy

President Barack Obama will visit the Pentagon on Monday to review the military campaign against ISIS with national security advisers, his first visit since attacks in San Bernardino and Paris.

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Freddie Gray case: William Porter's fate in hands of jury

Porter is the first of six officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray

The fate of William Porter will be in the hands of the jury as early as Monday.

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Big plays lead to Seahawks lopsided win over Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have been able to keep every game close up to this point. Each of their games has been decided by a margin of eight points or less.

Friday, December 11

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Harlem Globetrotters celebrate 90 amazing years

The 2016 World Tour stops in Baltimore on Saturday, December 26, 2015

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., during the team’s 90th Anniversary World Tour.

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‘Employee first’ mentality is good for business

Not many companies can boast returns of more than 4,000 percent over the past decade. But Netflix can.

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Black-led start up capitalizes on natural gas bonanza

A black entrepreneur’s “power move” on the energy sector could create hundreds of jobs in one of the the poorest communities in Texas.

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Governor Larry Hogan, First Lady Host Holiday Open House at Government House

All Marylanders Welcome for Public Celebration

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan invite Marylanders and their families to join them for a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Government House.

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Seattle has a great safety tandem, but Ravens are developing one of their own

They say that many things seem to get better with time.

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Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins presents Ursula V. Battle’s New Stage Play

Advance Ticket Sell-Out Prompts Addition of Friday Show

A quick sell-out of advance tickets has prompted the addition of a performance on Friday, December 18, 2015 of Ursula V. Battle’s new stage play “My Big Phat Ghetto Fabule$$ Wedding.”

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The NAACP is broken, members must fix it

Having served the NAACP for ten years in several capacities, including branch president, and having donated money to its causes, I take no pleasure in writing this exposé.

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Justin Tucker performs at Catholic Charities Christmas Festival

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has come through many times in the clutch for the team.

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Michael Cryor tirelessly working for Baltimore

When Michael Cryor says there is still a lot of work to be done, it’s prudent that one consider the source.

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NAACP awards scholarships to 32 students

Ayana Williams already sounds like a civil rights leader. The Howard University School of Law student is fervent in her support of prison reform and putting an end to mass incarceration.

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Baltimore Globetrotter ‘Too Tall’ gives big gift to needy

At 5 feet 2 inches, Baltimore native Jonte “Too Tall” Hall has the distinction of being the shortest player in the history of the Harlem Globetrotters. Despite his diminutive stature, teammates, friends and family affectionately call him “Too Tall,” in part because of the big heart he displays on and off the court.

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Experience Corps program boosts student scores

Elementary school students tutored by volunteers over 50 years of age in an after school literacy program made faster than expected gains according to a standardized assessment tool, the local AARP Foundation announced.

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Baltimore gospel artist in special performance

Nat Rice has a new album that he says contains music influenced solely by the word of God with an emphasis on understandable lyrics to lift up and motivate.

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Super heroes land in Baltimore for Marvel Universe LIVE!

Julie Matolo is a dedicated performer who found her niche, thrilling comic book and movie fans of all ages at venues around the United States and Canada seeking action-packed entertainment.

Thursday, December 10

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In William Porter trial, experts disagree on when Freddie Gray injured

Doctor says Gray's injury would've rendered him unable to breathe, speak immediately

Freddie Gray's fatal neck injury could not have happened before the police van's fourth stop, as alleged by the prosecution, a neurosurgeon called by Baltimore police Officer William Porter's defense team testified Thursday.

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Supreme Court divided in University of Texas affirmative action case

Supreme Court justices appeared divided Wednesday about the future of a program at the University of Texas that takes race into consideration as one factor of admissions.

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Ravens look forward to going against Seattle’s elite secondary

Every team in the NFL tries to establish an identity. They strive to do all things well, but each team presents a different challenge each week. The Baltimore Ravens will face a Seattle Seahawks team that defends well at all levels. Despite that, most of the attention has been paid to the Seahawks secondary.

Wednesday, December 9

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These U.S. companies hide drug dealers, mobsters and terrorists

As law enforcement agencies desperately try to track down terrorists and prevent future attacks, current U.S. laws are making it easy for dangerous criminals to create anonymous companies and hide funds right here in America.

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5 Things to put on your year-end financial checklist

The end of the year is a good time to wrap up financial loose ends and set priorities for the year ahead.

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Ava DuVernay's Barbie doll sells fast

It looks like the special Barbie doll based on filmmaker Ava DuVernay is already sold out.

Tuesday, December 8

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Bernie Sanders focuses on jobs during Baltimore visit

Sanders spokeswoman: 'Don't ask about ISIS today'

Bernie Sanders defended not talking about ISIS on Tuesday, moments after his national press secretary walked into a press conference and asked reporters not to ask questions about the terrorist group.

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Is Spike Lee overstepping with 'Chi-Raq' as movie title?

If all the protests, Jesse Jackson appearances and Rahm Emanuel promises haven't curtailed the systematic destruction of communities in my hometown on West and South sides of Chicago, then can Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" make a difference?

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Jada Pinkett-Smith donates $10,000 to Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office victims fund

The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office hosted its first annual Winter Solstice benefiting victims and witnesses of crime on December 3, 2015. More than 250 individuals attended the event, raising a total of $31,350 for the Victims Emergency Fund.

Monday, December 7

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ASK ALMA: When your partner's not interested in sex

Over my long Thanksgiving weekend, everywhere I went I encountered my married brothas complaining about the same thing – wives not wanting or initiating sex. It was as much a constant as football and turkey.

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Entrepreneurs honored at VIPeVENTS Gala & Awards Event

AACC president receives Excellence in Academic Leadership Award

Larry White, Sr., CEO and founder of VIPeVENTS Concierge, LLC is an entrepreneur and community activist who is known in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia for providing event coordination services and hosting high-profile networking events.

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Buck Allen flashes all-purpose ability in Ravens loss to the Dolphins

There was plenty of talk about the mismatches that favored the Miami Dolphins when they hosted the Baltimore Ravens. Lamar Miller, Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims posed a threat, but the Ravens defense took care of them.

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Chipotle E. Coli outbreak now linked to illness in Maryland

Health officials have yet to identify a single food item as the cause

The outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle Mexican restaurants has now caused individuals to become ill in nine states since October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Saturday, December 5

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Dolphins present matchup problems for Ravens defense

They say the NFL is a game of matchups. If you listen to a coach talk about their game plan, one of the things you’ll hear the most is how they need to win one-on-one matchups. That concept will be put to the test when the Baltimore Ravens travel to Miami to face the Dolphins.

Friday, December 4

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Can we please stop?

Surely some uber-conservative political candidates will call me out on “politicizing tragedy” but I don’t care.

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Doctors pioneer alternative procedure for removing painful fibroids

LAAM-BUAO technique offers an alternative to hysterectomy

According to The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC), by age 50, eighty percent of women will have fibroids, non-cancerous growths that originate from the muscle of the womb.

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New legislation proposed to enhance protections against fraudulent tax claims, identity theft

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced his plans to introduce legislation in January called, “The Taxpayer Protection Act” to better protect Maryland taxpayers from tax fraud and identity theft at a roundtable discussion with media on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in the Assembly Room of the Louis L. Goldstein Treasury Building in Annapolis.

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BGE to collaborate with Power52 to increase access to solar energy for low-income customers

In an effort to provide low-income residents of the Baltimore area with access to renewable energy sources, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) is seeking to develop a community solar facility.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Birthday celebration for dance legend Norma Miller

Hello my dear friends, the year is coming to an end. It has been a rough year for many. This is a sad situation. But life goes on and we must live life to its fullest and pray for the families who lost loved ones.

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Kaelin Clay has seized the moment with the Ravens

Football is a game that resembles life in many ways. There are always people who are just waiting for a chance to show what they’re capable of. That’s the beauty of the NFL. Players get the chance to prove their worth in a national spotlight.

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New nonprofit registering black women to vote

A successful kickoff event for the nonprofit “Black Girls Vote, Inc.” has further energized the organization and a community that longs to make a difference.

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Hopkins-teachers partnership expected to produce big results for Baltimore schools

The new partnership between Urban Teachers and Johns Hopkins University is a game changer for the teaching profession and Baltimore area schools seeking more diverse and even better trained candidates, according to those involved in the new seven-year agreement.

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Sharing and Caring event promotes education, provides meals and gifts

More than three hundred underprivileged Baltimore youth and their families will be provided food, gifts and a day of entertainment as the Sharing and Caring Committee at John Wesley United Methodist Church hosts a daylong community event on Saturday, December 19, 2015.

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National Great Blacks in Wax Museum begins $75 million expansion

Already among the country’s most dynamic cultural and educational institutions, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is further cementing its legacy as a cultural gem and a foremost preserver of African-American history.

Thursday, December 3

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Ravens running game key to win against Dolphins

The Baltimore Ravens will have another opportunity to establish the running game when they face the Miami Dolphins.

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San Bernardino: A horror that affects us all

The horror began late Wednesday morning in San Bernardino as at least two gun-wielding people stormed into a conference center at the Inland Regional Center, a state-funded nonprofit that works with the California Department of Developmental Services, and killed 14 people.

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Most popular baby names this year? Check Instagram

Lux, Valencia and other Instagram filters are inspiring parents

Want to know the trending baby names of 2015?

Wednesday, December 2

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Film explores murder of Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis, an African-American teenager, and a group of friends were sitting in their parked car in Jacksonville, Fla., playing rap music and, otherwise, just minding their own business.

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Comcast to include video description with NBC's production of 'The Wiz Live!'

Comcast will include a national video description pilot program with NBC’s broadcast of the hit Broadway musical The Wiz Live! on December 3, making it the first live entertainment program in U.S. history to be accessible to people who have a visual disability. Video description is a narration track that is included between the natural pauses in dialogue that describes the visual elements of a show or movie like facial expressions, settings, costumes and stage direction.

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Obesity group with ties to Coke shuts down

An anti-obesity group backed by Coca-Cola has closed after criticism of ties to the soft drink maker.

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Is Barack Obama the most reluctant president in history?

Whether or not that title will stick to the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama will be determined in decades to come.

Tuesday, December 1

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Tips to prep your home for holiday houseguests

Nearly 99 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday season, according to AAA. So how do you ensure it’s the most wonderful time of the year for guests and hosts, alike?

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Special teams fuels Ravens to last second win over Browns

Monday Night Football showcased yet another nail biter of a game by the Baltimore Ravens

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First officer goes on trial in Freddie Gray death

The first of six city police officers went on trial Monday in a closely watched case involving a 25-year-old black prisoner who died after being shackled and placed without a seat belt in a Baltimore City police van.

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8 dangerous HIV myths debunked by the experts

Experts debunk misconceptions surrounding HIV

HIV/AIDS is one of the highest profile diseases of our times, but many of us are still ignorant about key aspects of the illness, how it works and how to live with it.