News 2015 January

Stories for January 2015

Friday, January 30

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For USC cornerback Josh Shaw, the focus is football

Josh Shaw was a standout at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Shaw is one of the prospects that the Baltimore Ravens had their eye on last week.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Lexington Market celebrates Black History Month

Hello, my dear friends, I hope all is well with you and your family. As you know, this is a fun and festive time of the year for many people, for many races.

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Fifty years of black progress

Has black America made significant progress politically, socially and economically over the past 50 years?

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Center Stage: ‘One Night in Miami’

When you are in a position to be able to uplift and educate, you must do so. The stage play “One Night in Miami” by Kemp Powers and directed by Center Stage Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Kwame continues does just that.

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LETTER: Quick tips for winter driving

When it comes to winter car care, many motorists think of antifreeze and batteries, but vehicles need extra attention when temperatures drop below zero. These six quick tips will help your vehicle perform at its best during cold weather months.

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Heart attack survivor spreads important message

A website saved her life. Julia Allen, the national spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s campaign, says www.goredforwomen.org can save many more lives if everyone becomes aware of and makes good use of the website.

Thursday, January 29

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Six ways a hug a day keeps illness away

New research suggests that prevention of infections and reducing stress-related illness might be as simple as a hug from a trusted person. The findings of this latest research were published in Psychological Science.

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Five myths about losing weight this year

Medical doctor breaks down why it’s not your fault

More than a third of adults in the United States, 35.1 percent, are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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New book, “Raising Black Boys to Men: A Mother’s Guide to Raising Thugless Sons” offers tips, strategies

Patricia Joseph’s new book, “Raising Black Boys to Men: A Mother’s Guide to Raising Thugless Sons” reveals tips, strategies and a real-world blueprint for raising responsible children in a society that glorifies gang culture.

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City College raising funds for library

For one-time Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, the facts are quite simple.

Wednesday, January 28

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Ten local civil rights, diversity activists honored at MLK Awards Dinner

The 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner was held Friday, January 16, 2015 in Glen Burnie. Vice Admiral Walter Carter, Jr., superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, was the keynote speaker.

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During Cervical Health Awareness Month, Maryland women urged to get Pap tests

Of all cancers that affect women, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable. The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and other cancers.

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MLK celebration at the Walter’s Art Museum

On Saturday, January 17, 2015 the Walters Art Museum celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a family festival.

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Many spouses are cheating - financially

If you're keeping financial secrets from your spouse, you're not alone.

Tuesday, January 27

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Benedict Cumberbatch apologizes for 'colored actors' remark in U.S. interview

Star's comment came during conversation about lack of diversity in UK show business

Oscar-nominated star Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized for referring to black actors as "colored" on a U.S. talk show.

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Changes in your life may mean changes in your insurance needs

Major purchases and lifestyle changes, such as marriage, divorce or retirement, can have a profound effect on your insurance needs, so reviewing your coverage annually is always a good idea, according to Patrick Bain, president of Long & Foster Insurance.

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Tax ID thefts highlight major scam

One of the most pervasive scams related to identity theft is an ongoing telephone scam where taxpayers receive calls from scammers who purport to be tax agents from the IRS.

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Do school uniforms increase academic success?

Recently a teacher used class time to wash, comb and style the hair of a student who frequently came to school with a matted, lint filled mane. Following her good grooming lesson, the teacher proudly posted before and after photographs of the third grader on Facebook.

Monday, January 26

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Baltimore security officers pray for chance to achieve MLK’s dream

At a candlelight vigil on Friday, January 16, 2015, Baltimore security officers, local clergy and elected officials called on city security contractors to provide officers the opportunity to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

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California measles outbreak grows to 68 cases

48 cases have been linked to California Disneyland

The measles outbreak in California is growing.

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To help students succeed, college administrators must think globally

College administrators looking to improve students' educational experience shouldn't just think outside the box— they should think outside the country.

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Baltimore actress appears in ‘Whitney’ biopic

Noree Victoria grew up on the hardscrabble streets of Baltimore, but to say she has never looked back is completely wrong.

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Award-winning Annapolis native releases musical masterpiece

Delray Richardson released his fifth album “Mahogany Masterpiece: The Return of Hip Hop” under his own label, Del-Funk-Boy Music Publishing on January 9, 2015.

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BGE employees participate in MLK Day of Service

In celebration, recognition and honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) employees teamed up for a day of service with three community service organizations across Baltimore.

Friday, January 23

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Hogan sworn in as Maryland’s 62nd governor

Two months after his stunning, yet decisive victory over Democrat Anthony Brown, Republican Larry Hogan Jr., took the oath of office on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 as Maryland’s 62nd governor.

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Torrey Smith wants to stay in Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens are getting ready to move into the off-season and have some decisions to make regarding free agents.

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The importance of hope

Hackers target 19,000 French websites after extremists rampage leaving 17 dead.

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‘Selma’ reaches both young and old

The civil rights film, “Selma,” which was produced by Oprah Winfrey has opened nationwide and while many have concluded that Oscar voters essentially snubbed the movie, it still received a Best Picture nomination from the academy, which will announce winners next month.

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State Senator Pugh guest of First Lady during State of the Union Address

Senator Catherine E. Pugh, Majority Leader of the Maryland Senate joined First Lady Michelle Obama in her box, as a special guest during President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, January 22

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King and LBJ stood together

The new highly-acclaimed motion picture ”Selma” suggests that former President Lyndon Baines Johnson was not an ardent supporter of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and that he and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a less than fragile relationship.

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Ravens introduce offensive coordinator Marc Trestman

The Baltimore Ravens made two additions to their offensive coaching staff. First, they hired Marc Trestman as their offensive coordinator.

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MSDE, Microsoft collaborate to provide cutting-edge technologies to Maryland public school students

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lillian M. Lowery announced a statewide collaboration between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Microsoft to provide cutting-edge technologies to Maryland public school students, their families and educators at a press conference on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at High Point High School in Prince George's County.

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Cardin meets with attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch

United States Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) met Thursday, January 9, 2015 with current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch, nominee for Attorney General.

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LETTER: President Obama went AWOL

On January 11, 2015, 40 leaders from various countries along with 1.3 million people participated in anti-terrorism events in Paris, France. President Obama was AWOL and he was only represented by our ambassador to France.

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Local author pens book about fate

Kyle Taylor is a 2001 graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, Maryland. He graduated from Morgan State University in Baltimore in 2005 with a B.A. in English/Journalism.

Wednesday, January 21

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Tips on how to go on ice and snow

With recent icy conditions, freezing rain and snowfall, commuters in the region are urged by AAA Mid-Atlantic to consider their options and to use extreme caution, if they must drive during these types of conditions.

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Indie Soul Review: 'Big Words'

The beauty of independent films is that they often times become cult classics.

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Life in Baltimore: Golden bubbly champagne for celebrations

Is champagne made in California really champagne?

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Maryland taxpayers warned about tax phone scams

Taxpayers advised not to respond to scam calls, open email attachments

Comptroller Peter Franchot is alerting taxpayers about phone solicitation scams aimed at getting taxpayers’ money and personal information.

Tuesday, January 20

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Dashcam video shows officer grooving to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

We're used to seeing police dashboard video of speeders, car accidents or worse.

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Six ways to get free money for college

President Obama wants to make community college free -- but don't hold your breath.

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HBCU Round-Up: Coppin State basketball & track

Coppin State junior guard Jordan Swails (Upper Marlboro, Md./Academy of Holy Cross) was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) women’s basketball Player of the Week after helping the Eagles split a pair of games against Norfolk State and Howard. Swails was a scoring force for the Eagles in a 58-56 victory over Norfolk State last Monday and during a 68-66 setback at Howard on Saturday.

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Toyota honors Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy with donations to HBCUs

Contributions designated to further boost college retention and graduation rates

In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced today that it has made a donation totaling $50,000 to five Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

Monday, January 19

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Indie Soul: Sister’s Soul celebrates resiliency of women in performing arts

A community event to celebrate the resiliency of women in the music industry and the importance of arts education will take place Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Eubie Blake Center located at 847 North Howard Street in Baltimore from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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A look at the life and influence of Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. played a pivotal role in race relations in the United States for nearly a decade. He helped secure the end of legal segregation of African-American citizens, created the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and served as a source of inspiration for black individuals across the globe.

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Reclaiming the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday should have a different impact on the collective consciousness of black America. Why? Because once again there are millions of black Americans who are more determined than ever to keep pushing forward to achieve full freedom, justice, equality and empowerment.

Friday, January 16

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Hopkins hosts 33rd Annual MLK Commemoration

When it comes to celebrating and remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Johns Hopkins community certainly counts among those who routinely capture the legacy of the late civil rights icon.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur: Brandon Jones

While Brandon Jones was Morgan State University studying media and journalism his dream was to start a media company. Media for Jones meant owning a radio station and a print magazine.

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John Harbaugh: Faith, focus and football

The Baltimore Ravens concluded the 2014 season with a loss to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs.

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Pasadena barber, Annapolis minister make community impact by giving back

Monzy Lee Faulkner, Jr., owner of All In His Hands Barbershop in Pasadena and Rev. Dr. Carletta Allen, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis are among this year's local honorees recognized for helping to keep the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive by making contributions to their communities.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2015

Roundtable, performances, interactive activities

The events in Ferguson, Missouri raised questions along racial lines in current times, creating dialogue across the country.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Baby it’s cold outside!

Hello everyone! How are you? Girlfriend, I know it is cold outside! But we have to keep moving so we can get warm.

Thursday, January 15

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Rita Walters appointed vice president for advancement

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) announced the appointment of Rita Walters as vice president for advancement.

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Indie Soul Movie Spotlight: Filmmaker Mark Harris

Many independent artists are so caught up with trying to make the big time they sell themselves short all for fame and the almighty dollar.

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Health enrollment numbers up for 2015

The first detailed analysis of enrollment into the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has yielded good news, particularly for those who may require financial assistance.

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Lifetime Channel presents: ‘Whitney’ directed by Angela Bassett

The Lifetime movie “Whitney,” is probably one of the most anticipated television events of 2015.

Wednesday, January 14

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Je suis Charlie

What recently happened in Paris was more than a typical act of Islamic terrorism.

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Indie Soul Past and Present: Tanya Blount

The 90’s featured some of the hottest soul music ever. When you turned on the radio there was something for everyone: hip-hop, jazz, blues, and slow jams. It was the decade of the female music artist with girl group TLC, Anita Baker, SWV, and Chante Moore topping the charts. Back in 1994 a young woman exploded on the scene with the classic quiet storm songs like “Hold On” and “Through the Rain.

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Inked Up: Tattoos continue to grow in popularity

For Barret Beyer, the tattoos that cover nearly half of his body tell the story of his life.

Tuesday, January 13

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5 years on, hope for Haiti

Thomas Streit: Locals key to Haiti earthquake recovery

Haiti is a tough place, something that's especially so for its millions of poor, of course, but also for the country's middle and upper classes, and foreign visitors. But no matter their status, everyone in the greater Port-au-Prince area on January 12, 2010, was witness to unspeakable horror, when at least 200,000 died in a massive earthquake.

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Baltimore chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. celebrates 59 years of community service

Since 1955, the Baltimore Continentals have devoted their time and resources to help empower children.

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LETTER: The Red Line transit project

As an Edmondson Village homeowner, taxpayer and transit user, I support the Red Line transit project.

Monday, January 12

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Baltimore County Restaurant Week begins January 9

Participating restaurants to offer specials January 9 – 24

The Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, and Sysco are pleased to announce the ninth Baltimore County Restaurant Week beginning on Friday, January 9. Fifty-three Baltimore County restaurants have joined the January promotion.

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Make commitments, not resolutions

It’s 2015! People everywhere are making resolutions— lose weight, read more, quit smoking, etc.

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Golden Globes: Shockers, romance and Cosby jokes

Rapper Common, singer John Legend win for song from "Selma"

The 72nd Golden Globes started out pretty much how we expected with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting: irreverent and funny.

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Flu season shaping up to be bad one, CDC says

Flu season has been hard on elderly and those with underlying medical conditions

The flu season is at the midway point, and it's shaping up to be a difficult one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Comcast Foundation awards $135,000 in 2014 to nonprofits in Maryland

Grants help expand digital literacy, promote community service and build youth leadership skills

The Comcast Foundation announced that it has awarded $135,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations in Maryland in 2014. The grants support programs aimed at the Comcast Foundation’s areas of focus— expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders.

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Obama wants community college to be free

Free education "for those willing to work for it."

Friday, January 9

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Ring in the New Year with COLA!

Happy New Year from Social Security! Put down the champagne and ring in the New Year with a COLA! And we don’t mean the soda.

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Conspiracy claims surround Bill Cosby debate

Former co-star Phylicia Rashad says someone has an interest in keeping Cosby off the air

Is somebody out to destroy the legacy of Bill Cosby?

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Regyna Cooper

One of the most intriguing characters in the Bible is Jonah.

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Fitness expert gives seven key tips to keep New Year’s fitness resolutions

Making manageable New Year’s fitness resolutions from the beginning can help avoid stress and frustration.

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Teacher combs her student’s hair, ignites heated debate

Blogger Vernessa Cole posted before and after photos of a little girl’s hair to illustrate a post about a teacher who became so distressed by the condition of a student’s unkempt appearance, she decided to comb, brush, remove lint and neatly braid the child’s hair.

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Creating a global blueprint to the future

As we begin 2015, millions of people throughout the world will make their annual New Year’s resolutions.

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ESPN’s Stuart Scott remembered

There’s little question that Stuart Scott “was as cool as the other side of the pillow,” and among the best at his craft.

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Justin Tucker has been Mr. Consistency in football and his faith

Justin Tucker would probably not be the name that the average fan would mention if they were asked who the leading scorer for the Baltimore Ravens was in 2014.

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Tech program prepares Baltimore youth for future careers

It was just a couple of short years ago when Andrew Coy taught history in the Baltimore School District.

Thursday, January 8

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Becoming MLK.: 'Selma' star David Oyelowo on his incredible transformation

The British actor is winning raves for his performance

The man who stars as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma" seems as divinely appointed to the role as the leader he portrays was to the civil rights movement.

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Baltimore County Christmas tree recycling collection begins Monday, January 12

The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 12, 2015.

Wednesday, January 7

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Confident Ravens set to face Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner

A lot was made about who was the best cornerback in the NFL this past summer.

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'Rudy' has awkward Cosby moment on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Bill Cosby made things uncomfortable Sunday night on "Celebrity Apprentice."

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1 million expected to lose food stamps as economy improves

A side effect of the improving economy: About 1 million needy people will lose food stamp benefits starting this fall.

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Blacks should support normalizing relations with Cuba

President Barack Obama’s historic announcement that the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, after more than five decades of strategic political and military opposition, is today resonating positively throughout black America.

Tuesday, January 6

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Marion C. Barry to run for his late father's seat

Barry declared his candidacy on Monday, according to the D.C. Board of Elections.

Marion Christopher Barry, the 34-year-old son of Marion Barry, the iconic former D.C. mayor and council member who died last year, is running for his father's seat on the district's council.

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Rap artist unveiled in "TUPAC Unseen"

Book shows icon in rare new light through previously unseen photoss & artwork

Upon meeting Tupac Shakur, Joel D. Levinson was greeted with unguarded enthusiasm and an open invitation to photograph him on an unrestricted basis.

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Maryland’s minimum wage rises New Year’s Day

On January 1, 2015, approximately 77,000 Maryland workers will get a raise as the minimum wage in the state rises 75 cents to eight dollars per hour.

Monday, January 5

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Speaking to hate group more than a mistake

Donna Brazile: Rep. Scalise explains meeting with hate group as mistaken political appearance

I grew up near the same tree-moss-draped area of Louisiana where U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise met with followers of David Duke, the Klu Klux Klan leader who in the '90s ran for governor and senator in my beloved state.

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Application deadline approaching for U.S. high school students seeking “YES Abroad” scholarships

The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is January 7, 2015.

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‘Selma’ is more than a movie!

The movie Selma, which debuted on Christmas Day, is an eerily timely film detailing a history not taught in American schools on a regular basis.

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Ben Carson Reading Rooms offer youth a haven to read books

The impact of social media and video games has arguably deterred youth from focusing on traditional learning experiences.

Friday, January 2

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Teen's death shows horror of flu epidemic

Shannon Zwanziger, 17, seemed perfectly healthy, got the flu and died within a week

Shannon Zwanziger seemed perfectly healthy. She was an active 17-year-old who rarely got sick and hadn't been to a doctor in more than three years.

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Baltimore woman designs custom Italian shoes

Tori Soudan Collection featured on GMA, CNN

Shoe designer Tori Soudan is a woman who knows shoes.

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Why are the holidays so hazardous to our health?

Physician shares tips for giving your body what it needs to fight illness

It’s a sad statistical fact: The holidays, from Christmas to New Year’s, are a treacherous time when it comes to our health.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Honors Community Leaders

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast honors community leaders

Seven civic leaders and educators who best emulate the spirit and mission of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will receive awards January 19, 2015 at the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College.

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Ten parent do-overs for 2015 including ‘embrace the mess’

When my first daughter was six and my youngest was two, I came to a realization that helped me parent in a much different fashion.

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Volunteer creates Christmas magic at Baltimore County shelter

The Eastside Emergency Family Shelter, home to more than 150 homeless mothers and children was treated to a special day of holiday caring on December 20, 2014.

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Joe Flacco: The right man for the job

When you picture a former Super Bowl MVP quarterback, the image that comes to mind is a cocky, outspoken guy who is always the center of attention.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy New Year to you all!

Happy New Year to you my friends, readers and fans.

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Ravens welcome Haloti Ngata back

The playoff berth that the Baltimore Ravens clinched allowed Haloti Ngata to come back from his four game suspension.

Thursday, January 1

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Library of Congress offers Junior Fellows Summer Internships

Internship Program offers 10-week paid fellowships to college students

For a stipend of $3,000, the 2015 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators from June 1 through August 7, 2015, to inventory, describe and explore collection holdings and to assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library.

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Sticking with your financial resolutions

With the New Year underway, there is a heavy focus around resolutions.

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BGE Provides energy saving trees to Baltimore City through the Arbor Day Foundation

Many times the importance of trees during the winter-time is overlooked, however, trees provide energy savings for customers year-round and are essential for the health of the local ecosystem and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.