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Stories for July 2015

Friday, July 31

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PBS documentary marks 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

For many, President Lyndon B. Johnson is chiefly remembered for escalating the United States military involvement in Vietnam. However, his legacy is much more than his role in the Vietnam War.

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New Ravens CB Kyle Arrington is fitting in well with the secondary

The Baltimore Ravens added Kyle Arrington in the off season because of his ability to be a nickel corner.

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Grammy Award-Winner Jill Scott releases highly anticipated fifth album

The wait is finally over for Jill Scott’s fans!

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Tips for a safe, healthy summer

Nothing says summer like flip-flops, bathing suits, ice-cream cones and concerts in the park.

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Celebrating 50 years of Medicare

One of my guiding principles has always been that honor thy father and mother is not only a good commandment to live by— it’s good policy to govern by.

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Port Discovery and NASA invite children, families to learn about light, optics

On Sunday, August 2, 2015, Port Discovery Children’s Museum will host its second of four NASA Sunday Experiments, a series of hands-on, inquiry-based activities focused on specific NASA missions from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

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Baltimore residents will walk to help solve cruel mystery of lupus

Baltimore residents will walk to help solve cruel mystery of lupus.

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Area teens grow confidence to 'Engineer Like a Girl'

CSM encourages girls in engineering careers during free workshops, tour

St. Mary’s Ryken High School junior Nicole Hedspeth’s understanding of the vast career opportunities for women engineers grew exponentially—as did her excitement for her future—during the weeklong “Engineer Like a Girl” program at the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown Campus.

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Insurers' dirty tricks undermine promise of Obamacare

Thanks to President Obama's landmark healthcare law, insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients with pre-existing health problems. This "guaranteed issue" mandate enables millions of sick Americans to buy affordable insurance and access vital medications.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Rosa Pryor Scholarship Fund announces its last year!

Hello my dear friends, this will be a heavy duty week as far as fun, activities, live entertainment, cookouts and festivals. I

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AACC Math Professor Selected for National STEM Award

Alycia A. Marshall, Ph.D., chair of Anne Arundel Community College’s mathematics department, was chosen for a top national honor in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) field.

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The clock is ticking for Ravens Linebacker Arthur Brown

The Baltimore Ravens selected Arthur Brown in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Goodridge of Baltimore participates in humanitarian efforts

Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Goodridge, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and family nurse practitioner assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic New England, Conn., examines a patient at a medical site established at the Centro Escolar Lisandro Larin Zepeda in support of Continuing Promise 2015.

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New workbook helps teens 'Play Up'

Since the release of the wildly popular book “Playing Up,” Vaughn McKoy and his wife, Marnie McKoy thought of ways in which they could make the lessons found in the book practical in ways that could drive behavior and complement academic learning.

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Life In Motion: A Conversation with Ballerina Misty Copeland

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum welcomes renowned ballerina Misty Copeland, the first African-American principal dancer in the history of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1 p.m.

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Entertainment mogul starts “Backpacks for Baltimore” initiative

Kevin Liles sponsors school supplies giveaway

Since his rise as an executive at Def Jam Records and Warner Music, Kevin Liles has continued to use his fame and fortune to provide opportunity and hope for those less fortunate.

Thursday, July 30

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Ravens rookie WR Breshad Perriman focused on weaknesses off season

The Baltimore Ravens welcomed their veteran players to training camp on Wednesday. First round draft pick Breshad Perriman has been in Owings Mills for a week.

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Wrongful Death: What happened to Sandra Bland?

It is still unknown whether 28-year-old Sandra Bland was murdered by Waller County law enforcement officials or whether she committed suicide, but whatever the cause of death there is one thing for certain – it was a wrongful death.

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Family workouts that strengthen bodies and bonds

Families can designate time for quick, fun workouts they do together

Busy is the operative word for many modern families.

Wednesday, July 29

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Even though blacks borrow more for college, enrollment declines

Recognizing that a college degree is one of the surest paths to a job and economic security, Black families are taking on more student loan debt than White and Hispanic families, according to a new report by Wells Fargo.

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Baltimore riots: Emails between city leaders show chaos, confusion

Baltimore officials knew protests could erupt the day of Freddie Gray's funeral but were overwhelmed by the riots that followed.

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Ravens 2015 Training Camp positional preview: Defensive Backs

The Baltimore Ravens faced an unprecedented amount of injuries to the cornerback position during the 2014 NFL season

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Calorie miscount? Nike to pay refunds on its FuelBands

Get ready to cash in your sweaty old Nike "FuelBand" because you might not have been burning as many calories as you thought.

Tuesday, July 28

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Lettuce, livers, berries and other leading sources of food poisoning

There are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. every year

There are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning in the United States every year. A small fraction of these illnesses lead to hospitalization and death, but the vast majority usually just lead to a wretched day on the toilet.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown and Whitney Houston: Linked in death as in life

Bobbi Kristina Brown died Sunday at the age of 22

When superstar singer Whitney Houston died on the eve of the Grammys in 2012, fans expressed concern over the welfare of her then-18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

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Ravens 2015 Training Camp positional preview: Front Seven

Mosley had wrist surgery and was out for most of the Ravens off season activities.

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Everyone's a Kid Day at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

There’s nothing like a trip to the Zoo to make everyone feel like kid!

Monday, July 27

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Walmart announces infant car seat designed to prevent hot car deaths

38 children die in hot cars each year, KidsAndCars.org reports

Walmart and Evenflo announced this week a new infant car seat with technology designed to remind drivers of their backseat passengers, and stop children from dying in hot cars.

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Meatless Monday: ‘Fish and Chips’ With Vegan Tartar Sauce

Meatless Monday: ‘Fish and Chips’ With Vegan Tartar Sauce

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Ask Alma: Mom’s friend turned on me

My husband was laid off after 16 years on the job. My salary alone wasn’t enough to keep up with the bills, so we decided moving in with my mom was the best thing.

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Ravens 2015 Training Camp positional preview: Offensive Line

The Baltimore Ravens were able to run the ball very consistently last season thanks to the offensive line.

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“Empire” Star Jamal Smollett still a social sctivist

Before he was Jamal Lyon, the sensitive, talented gay son of drug dealer-turned-music mogul on the hit television show, “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, was a social activist.

Saturday, July 25

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Ravens 2015 Training Camp positional preview: Tight Ends

The tight end position will take on a key role for the Baltimore Ravens in Marc Trestman’s offensive scheme.

Friday, July 24

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Replacing your Social Security card?

Keeping your Social Security number card in a safe place is vital to protecting you against identity theft. Never keep it in your purse or wallet — this is the most common way people lose their card. No matter how hard you try to keep track of your important documents, sometimes they get lost or even stolen.

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Ravens 2015 Training Camp positional preview: Wide Receivers

There was a buzz among the media about the Baltimore Ravens wide receivers throughout OTAs and mini-camps.

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Rodney H. Scaife named National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Board Chair

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) has elected Rodney H. Scaife chairman of its board of directors.

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The quiet killer: Sitting in the dark

Americans are working more than ever— and it's slowly killing them. The typical employee now logs 47 hours a week at work— and spends nearly six hours a day sitting, often in a windowless office or cubicle.

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Tips to consider when refinancing your home

Buying a home is a great thing, but what happens after the big purchase?

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Mayor introduces Fun Wagon

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake spent part of Wednesday, July 15, 2015 showing off her hula-hoop skills to the delight of young ones, parents and officials at the Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore City.

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Enterprise to develop affordable homes for families in Baltimore City

Enterprise Homes, Inc. closed recently on financing to build 68 new, affordable apartments at 211 West Mulberry Street in Baltimore City.

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The math and the "after-math" of the Confederate flag

Now that the confederate flag has been taken down, complete with honor guard and pomp and circumstance, what are black folks going to do now?

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Baltimore resident feeling 'fabulous' about diabetes program

India Harris counts among the nearly 1.2 million Americans who have pre-diabetes and who are at risk of developing the debilitating disease.

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Ravens Eugene Monroe looking forward to a healthy season

The offensive line is one of the stronger positions on the Baltimore Ravens roster. The players have drawn some attention as being the lone unit that can rival the Dallas Cowboys for best in the NFL.

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Debate meets social justice at Coppin State University

Coppin State University is hosting the third annual Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) - Eddie Conway Liberation Institute (ECLI) Debate Camp for High School Students this summer.

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Maryland entrepreneur talks to blacks, minorities about nuclear engineering

Charles Wilson isn’t shy about discussing poverty and the issues that face many inner city and poverty-stricken youth on a regular basis.

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Baltimore youth help beautify Sandtown through art

Locations around Sandtown will be getting a colorful facelift, with the help of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), a community-based nonprofit called Jubilee Arts, YouthWorks, master teaching artists, 80 young people and funders.

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Md. native, recent graduate, wins McDonald’s Lovin’ Video Competition

A series of exciting events began to unfold in Richard T. Fields’ life in May and June of this year. Although the 26-year-old recently earned his master of fine arts degree (MFA) in Film and Electronic Media from American University (AU) in Washington, D.C, he has already begun to gain noteworthy recognition as a filmmaker.

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Minority Male Makers: Verizon invests in STEM education for minority boys

This summer marks the official launch of the Minority Male Makers program, a first-of-its-kind, two-year program created by Verizon, that gives minority middle school boys hands-on learning experiences with advanced technology and opening their eyes to many of the exciting professional possibilities that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and entrepreneurship skills can offer.

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Local students taking ‘stock’ in education through SIF program

Financial literacy is sometimes a subject that stumps educators. It’s also no secret that, outside of Wall Street, there are many adults who find the stock market difficult to follow, much less invest in.

Thursday, July 23

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What are your rights during a traffic stop -- and is it wise to exercise them?

Experts: An officer can order a driver out of the car, but there must be perceived danger

No one can know what went through Sandra Bland's mind when she was pulled over last week for what a Texas police officer later said was her failure to signal a lane change.

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Obama's sister: 'My brother has carried our name up there'

Auma Obama is fiercely protective of her half-brother -- the President of the United States.

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Closing education gap would boost U.S. economy

Men of color would earn $170 billion more a year, if they reached the same education level as White men, according to a new White House report.

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Ravens 2015 Training Camp positional preview: Running Backs

The Baltimore Ravens were able to reincarnate their running game last season under then offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Kubiak will be kicking off training camp as the head coach of the Denver Broncos this year.

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Indie Soul: 'Caught Up' by Shannon Holmes

For my hip-hop heads “Caught Up” by Shannon Holmes is for you.

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Sandra Bland death: New details only make case murkier

When it comes to the circumstances leading to Sandra Bland's death, what we don't know far outweighs what we do.

Wednesday, July 22

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Howard U. unveils new athletics logo

Howard University Athletics unveiled its new Bison logo during a press conference Thursday, using a process that engaged all stakeholders in the Howard community.

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Ravens 2015 Training Camp Positional Preview: Quarterbacks

The start of training camp is right around the corner for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran lead MTV Video Music Awards nominees

Miley Cyrus will host the awards show August 30

The nominees are in for the MTV 2015 Video Music Awards, which will feature Miley Cyrus as host.

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Indie Soul Stage: Usha Tyson stars in 'Ms. Brown'

Usha Tyson has been successful in the Baltimore theater scene performing in stage plays from local writers and directors. The last couple of years she has been part of “Humdadao” a play produced and written by Baltimore’s very own Donnie Manuel, where she played lead character Tara.

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Teenager controls HIV infection without drugs

Hopkins virologist says case is rare

A French teenager infected at birth with HIV has shown the ability to control levels of the infection in her body -- without being on antiretroviral treatment.

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Dispelling the myths about black fathers

If we don't show and share positive stories about black fathers, then ugly stereotypes will prevail

In America, the perception is that the black father doesn't exist. Negative stereotypes of black men persist, and people on the right blame the victim in cases like those of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Tuesday, July 21

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BGE announces Energy Savings Day for July 21

Credit of $1.25 issued for each hour between 1p.m.-7 p.m.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) asks its customers to conserve energy during the Energy Savings Day that will be in effect on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, between the hours of 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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Why we need to support normalizing all relations with Cuba

President Obama said that 55 years of isolating Cuba has not worked as a reason for re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. Kudos to President Obama.

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LETTER: Poverty—The Real Problem

The poverty rate for African-Americans is 27%, the highest in the nation.

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Indie Soul Music: Tori Kelly

If you caught the 2015 BET Music Awards Show a few weeks ago when the show paid tribute to Smokey Robinson, the stage opened up with a female vocalist standing on the stage with her guitar.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Great entertainment returns to Baltimore!

Hello everyone, I am so excited to know that there are new venues opening up for live entertainment and old venues are revamping by bringing in live entertainment. I tell you folks, there is nothing like live musicians and singers on the stage to entertain you.

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Reading program key to Baltimore children’s literacy progress

By next year, 42,000 pre-K and kindergarten children in Baltimore will be participating in a simple and weekly educational exercise: carrying home high quality, multicultural children’s books inside a red bag.

Monday, July 20

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Meatless Monday: Stuffed Crust Tomato Basil Pizza With Vegan Mozzarella

Meatless Monday: Stuffed Crust Tomato Basil Pizza With Vegan Mozzarella

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Car Review: 2015 Lexus RC350 Coupe F Sport

For years Lexus sold vehicles on the strength of the brand.

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Ask Alma: I didn’t arrest my cop friend’s attention

Ok, I was with a police officer for 10 years. He did some awful things in our relationship. Meaning he cheated on me.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: J. Anthony Brown

The one and only “take no prisoners” comedian, J. Anthony Brown recently performed at the Baltimore Comedy Club to make audiences laugh and to announce his new radio show called appropriately the “J. Anthony Brown Radio Show.”

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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 5 million this year.

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WANN radio’s history becomes part of Smithsonian exhibit

There was an era when playing black music on the radio was nearly forbidden, but the late Morris H. Blum was not deterred.

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iD Tech Summer Camp takes STEM skills to new heights

Technology has significantly changed the way people, businesses and institutions interact at a record-breaking pace. Thanks to iD Tech Camp, students ages seven to 17 are educated and trained in small class sizes to gain the skills they need to thrive in a tech-driven world.

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Pro athletes mentor youth at free sports camp

Over 2k children particpated in Off The Streets & Into Cleats program

A group of committed volunteers planned to invest in inner city youth, to offer a free youth football skill camp called Off The Streets & Into Cleats, from June 22-July 10, 2015. However, the endeavor evolved into something bigger.

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Chris Canty returns to Ravens for some 'unfinished business'

Defensive tackle Chris Canty had a chance to test the free agent market but decided to return to the Baltimore Ravens. Canty signed a two- year deal that is worth $4.65 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus.

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Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center earns national attention after riots

When the rededication of the Lillian S. Jones Recreation Center in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood took place last month, some residents may not even have noticed.

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Health Power for Minorities unveils new site and digital network

Website to feature tackling the “Big Four” diseases and first-ever communications network

Health Power for Minorities LLC (Health Power), the leading source of health information for minority/multicultural populations worldwide, announced the launch of its redesigned nationally unique website, which is the centerpiece for the first-ever National Minority Health Communication Network.

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About the Confederate flag!

There was and is jubilation over bringing down the Confederate Flag in South Carolina.This flag, which in the minds of many represent the hate associated with slavery, needed to come down.

Wednesday, July 15

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Retail Panel on Racial Profiling Convenes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Retail Symposium on Shopping Equity Brings Retailers, Community Leaders, and Law Enforcement Officials Together at Forum about Race and Retail.

The Retail Council of New York State joined forces with key retailers Thursday to open a dialogue on race and retail.

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Minding Your Metabolism

Can You Avoid Middle-Age Spread?

The so-called couch-potato lifestyle is the main culprit behind middle-age spread.

Tuesday, July 14

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Can a Minority Owned Start-Up, Opulenc, be the Solution to the $250 Billion Global Luxury Industry’s Problem?

As the New Exclusive Video Platform, the Founders Believe That it Just Might Be.

As the New Exclusive Video Platform, the Founders Believe That it Just Might Be.

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German Artist, Dominic Marin, returns for Solo Exhibit, in Baltimore

The exhibit which is open and free to the public will be held at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 North Howard Street, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 18 , 7 - 9 p.m.

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Political Analyst,Hassan Giordano, launches exploratory Campaign City Council

Giordano,Fox News Contributor, Seeks an Independent Run in the 3rd District

Giordano, the founder and former chairman of the Independent Movement of Maryland, decided to explore the opportunity of running for the 3rd district council seat after weeks of prayer and consultation with local political leaders.

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Cohen earns preseason All-American Honors and watch list recognition

Darius Victor (Towson Tigers) and Herb Walker Jr. (Morgan State Bears) are also on the watch list.

STATS LLC has announced its preseason Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year Watch List and its All-America teams

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America the Racist?

Why the Cancer of Racism Continues to Destroy the Soul of America!

Why the Cancer of Racism Continues to Destroy the Soul of America!

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School choice helps urban kids grab lower rung of ladder

David Hardy is co-founder and CEO of Boys Latin Charter School in working-class West Philadelphia. Hardy said a charter school was the only way he saw to help at-risk black males earn high-school diplomas and go to college.

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Soothing a Sore Throat

What To Do When Your Throat Hurts

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections such as the common cold or the flu. These throat problems are generally minor and go away on their own

Monday, July 13

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Five Interesting Foods that Should Be on Everyone’s Bucket List

More information about the book can be found at www.1000Foods.com.

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Meatless Monday: Fried ‘Chicken’

Meatless Monday: Fried ‘Chicken’

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Trump: A Joker in the GOP's Presidential Deck

Trump bad news for Republican prospects in 2016

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Sun and Skin

The Dark Side of Sun Exposure

Learn simple steps you can take to protect your body from sun damage and still enjoy the sun’s healthful effects. (From NIH News in Health)

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Plus-size customer stands up to body shaming in Old Navy

Selfie getting attention online, but not all of it is good

Rachel Taylor turned tears into triumph recently in an Old Navy store.

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Northwood Baseball League Community Day: Cops and Kids

Saturday, July 18th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.;Northwood Baseball Field, 1801 Argonne Drive

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Ask Alma: Mother moved in but won’t move out

My mother and I have a decent relationship. She was on drugs when I was growing up, but she’s stopped and is doing fine.

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Interim UFC® Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor to Lead Europe against Urijah Faber and THE Americans On The ULTIMATE FIGHTER®

New season debuts Wednesday, September 9 on FOX Sports 1

The next season of The Ultimate Fighter ® will feature no shortage of star power as interim UFC® featherweight champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor coaches opposite Team Alpha Male’s Urijah Faber on the 22nd edition of the UFC’s storied reality television series.

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Car Review: 2016 Volvo XC90

Now that Volvo has been left alone by its new Chinese owners, an opposite tack from its former corporate parent, the Swedish automaker can get back to being itself. That was evident here as Volvo unveiled its XC90 three row sport utility.

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Six-Run Outburst Ensures Victory

Mancini Three-Run Home Run Highlights Rally in 8-2 Win

Bowie returns home after the all-star break on Thursday, July 16th hosting the Washington Nationals affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators in a four-game series. Get tickets by calling 301-805-6000 or online at baysox.com.

Sunday, July 12

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Baysox Left Stranded

Bowie Drops Sixth in Last Seven in 4-2 Defeat in Altoona

Saturday, July 11

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Rejoice Musical Soulfood launches edgy inspirational program "The Coko and Cory Radio Show" featuring Coko from SWV and her manager Cory Taylor

Rejoice Musical Soulfood launches edgy inspirational program "The Coko and Cory Radio Show" featuring Coko from SWV and her manager Cory Taylor

Friday, July 10

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Epps and Daniel to represent Coppin State at Pan-Am Games

Epps was selected as the Coppin State Female Presidents' Eagle Award Winner, Female Athlete of the Year and MVP in track and field for the 2013-14 season.

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Nine Baltimore residents honored for building better communities

Nine local residents have been recognized for their commitment and dedication to bettering Baltimore.

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Indie Soul: Summer shows to watch

It’s summer time and that means your favorite shows are on hiatus but here is your chance to check out some great shows.

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Win tickets for the movie screening: TRAINWRECK

Win tickets to see the movie TRAINWRECK

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Baltimore Caribbean Carnival 2015

Capture the sounds, sights, and tastes of the Caribbean at the 34th annual Baltimore Caribbean Carnival parade and festival on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015.

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NFL veteran partners with Boys & Girls Club for community service projects

It is not every day that local youth have an opportunity to meet a Super Bowl winner, spend time discussing topics like leadership and education, and even play dodgeball after completing a community service project. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) were afforded opportunities of mentorship, hands-on community service and fun, through a partnership with Usama Young and BGCAA.

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Indie Soul Book and Interview: ‘This Ain’t What You Want’ by Jabar

When the Baltimore riots happened, I was immediately contacted by author Jabar who told me his book, “This Ain’t What You Want,” would be a great read for adults, but especially our youth of today.

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Free, reduced cost sexual health services in Baltimore

The National Coalition for Sexual Health, which consists of more than 50 of the nation’s top health and medical organizations, has issued a call-to-action in an effort to encourage African-Americans to take advantage of what they call historic levels of insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act and to access recommended preventive sexual services.

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They’re off and running

The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual media scrum of campaign coverage, prognostication, and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns.

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Maryland student remembered through growing scholarship and 5K

Maurice C. Harris, 18, was awarded a scholarship to help with expenses while attending his first year at Prince George’s Community College, in memory of 17-year-old Tekau Rasayon.

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Indie Soul Music Review: Saun & Starr 'Look Closer'

Radio is definitely missing out on some great music this summer. Next up for Indie Soul is a review of the debut album debut from some real soul sistas; Saun & Starr.

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Black Music Month celebration

Event producer and media personalit Kevin Lei is the creator and executive producer of The Platform: A Black Music Month Event. In 2012, Kevin Lei produced his first show in Baltimore for Black Music Month honoring “The Godmother of R&B” Lil Mo’. Each year, Lei has continued to bring awareness and attention to Black Music Month by acknowledging the accomplishments of artists and performers alike.

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Local residents join petition for Bree Newsome

The online petitions are as direct as Bree Newsome proved to be strong.

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Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore embraces bigger role in 2015

The 2015 NFL season will bring about an increased role for second-year tight end Crockett Gillmore. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft and came on later in the season as a contributor.

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NRPA, Walmart Foundation provide free summer meals, recreation

Healthy lunches are tough to come by for children once school ends and the summer months begin.

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'Speak Life Tour' showcases youth talent at Music Arts Festival

he ink on the degree Catherine Trotter received from Morgan State University likely wasn’t dry when the then ambitious and motivated 22-year-old started the nonprofit New Beginnings Youth Development & Coaching Program.

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Family, friends and colleagues remember Washington Informer editor

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 6 for Denise W. Barnes, a veteran journalist who served as managing editor of the Washington Informer for six years until she was hospitalized in December.

Thursday, July 9

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FedEx Joins Black Enterprise As Host Sponsor Of The Annual Golf And Tennis Challenge

The 22nd Annual Sporting/Networking/Social Event will take place at the PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Crowned the undisputed "Queen of SOCA" by fans worldwide Alison Hinds and the Human Beatbox Doug E. Fresh, are the confirmed musical guests for the 2015 Golf and Tennis Challenge

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Baysox Recognize Women in Sports

The Bowie Baysox announce today Women in Sports Night with postgame fireworks

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McRoy named to NABC Assistant Coaches’ Committee

Coppin State Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach Elwyn McRoy has been appointed to serve on the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) Assistant Coaches Committee

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Candace Hill: The fastest girl of all time

You could be forgiven for thinking Candace Hill was a seasoned professional athlete.

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South Carolina votes to remove Confederate flag from state house grounds

The Confederate battle flag, a polarizing fixture in South Carolina's state house grounds for half a century, will flap in the wind no longer.

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is out

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis named interim commissioner

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has been replaced as the city's top cop amid anger over his handling of protests and a startling rise in crime.

Wednesday, July 8

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The 2015 Brooklyn AFROPUNK Festival

The 2015 Brooklyn AFROPUNK Festival

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University of the District of Columbia to Host 2015-16 East Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournaments

"We are excited about this tremendous opportunity to host the East Coast Conference Basketball Championships," UDC Director of Athletics Patricia Thomas said. "Washington, DC, recently named 'America's Coolest City,' is a sensational destination for fans and tournament participants, and we will showcase our campus throughout tournament weekend."

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Police Searching For Inmate Who Walked Off the Job

Errol Vailes inmate who walked off his road crew detail in Hillcrest Heights, Prince Georges County

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VIDEO: Coca-Cola sends a message with label-free cans

Coke has introduced a version of its iconic red-and-white can in Middle Eastern countries

Coca-Cola wants everyone to imagine a world without labels. And as an example, the beverage company is dropping its own.

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How Bill Cosby betrayed black community

In deposition, Bill Cosby admitted to getting prescription quaaludes to give to women

Bill Cosby once famously told a well-heeled crowd at a 2004 NAACP awards ceremony that the biggest problem in the black community was: "The lower economic and lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal."

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Vanessa Williams marries fiance Jim Skrip

Entertainer Vanessa Williams tied the knot in a July Fourth ceremony with longtime beau Jim Skrip.

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Ravens WR Michael Campanaro donates 80 cleats to Baltimore High School

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro is an example of what’s good about sports.

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Baysox Suffer Tough Shutout Loss

This was the Baysox third loss in a row and the third game in a row in which the Baysox bullpen has given up at least four runs. The Baysox look to get back on track today at 7:05 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium with reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, Terry Doyle (8-1, 2.09), on the mound.

Tuesday, July 7

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Step away from the burger: Why a 'Western' diet is bad for your health

The developing world is seeing rapid urbanization, with more than half of the world's population now living in cities and this figure expected to reach 70% by 2050.

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Happy birthday! World's oldest woman turns 116

Susannah Mushatt Jones was born July 6, 1899, in Lowndes County, Alabama

Attributing her longevity to "sleep," clean living and positive energy, the world's oldest living person celebrated her 116th birthday Monday.

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Rewriting Confederate history

On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy.

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Car Review: 2015 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius has been around for 15 years. It was the first hybrid on the U.S. market and it caused most major manufacturers to develop hybrids of their own. In other words, the Prius aided by Toyota marketing mite, dragged the auto industry into gasoline electric power trains.

Monday, July 6

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Meatless Monday: Southwest Salad with Creamy Chili-Lime Dressing

Meatless Monday: Southwest Salad with Creamy Chili-Lime Dressing

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Eco-friendly mosquito control

Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape.

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Ask Alma: Should I give my ex a break on support payment?

Should I give my ex a break on support payment?

Saturday, July 4

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Rangel celebrates America

Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who represents the 13th Congressional District of New York that includes Upper Manhattan and the Bronx released the following statement in observance of Independence Day

Friday, July 3

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Annapolis July 4th Celebrations

Celebrate Independence Day in Annapolis!

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Maryland State Parks are popular destinations for the July 4th holiday weekend

Public should anticipate potential temporary closures due to capacity limitations

Maryland State Parks are popular destinations year round, but especially so in the warmer summer months as families plan overnight camping trips, daytime visits to the water and outdoor gatherings on public lands.

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4 Easy Treats for the 4th of July

Casual and colorful desserts made easy

The Wilton Test Kitchen developed these deliciously easy ideas to go with your summer celebration so you can enjoy the fireworks with everyone else.

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Annapolis named one of the Top Ten Best All-American Vacations for 2015

Families making plans for Fourth of July weekend are invited to set their sights on Annapolis, Maryland.

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Reinvent your career, retrofit your skills, Part I

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for May 2015, the unemployment rate in Maryland was 5.3 percent; Virginia ranked at 4.9 percent; and the District of Columbia posted at 7.3 percent.

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Celebrate Fourth of July at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music and celebratory fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s Fourth of July Celebration takes place Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Interest groups, special and public

We often hear politicians call their opponents an “interest group.” What does that mean? It can be misleading.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy 4th of July to all!

Hello every one and Happy 4th of July. Hopefully we will have great weather this weekend, because we know that many of you will be celebrating outdoors with cookouts.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Root Branch Academy

The chaos that engulfed the entire community and left us with so much work and conversation to have.

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Indie Soul: BET Awards Show

By now many of you have seen the BET Awards show where Diddy fell through the floor; Kendrick Lamar ripped the stage; Lil Kim sent the audience into a frenzy; and Smokey Robinson killed the new school with words and showmanship.

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Indie Soul Music: Slum Village and Hayley Fahey

Back in the day when I was deejay, I would spend hours, not to mention money, listening to and buying music. I was the type of deejay who wanted the newest music first or to introduce a new artist that no one was checking for.

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Local lawyer, boxer focuses on father, son relationships

One national news publication called Venroy July a “triple threat,” while another said the boxer and CEO is among Baltimore’s entrepreneurs under 40 that are worth keeping a close eye on.

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A beginning solution for Charleston

The domestic terrorist attack at Emmanuel AME church killing nine black people should be an eye opener. Since blacks gained their freedom inclusive of a failed Radical Reconstruction that ended with the Tilden Hayes Agreement in 1877— domestic terrorist attacks have been an official license, both legal and illegal.

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Toll rollbacks begin across Maryland

Just in time for the busy Fourth of July holiday weekend getaway, tolls have dropped significantly. Effective, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, toll rates decreased dramatically at seven toll facilities operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), as well as the all-electronic toll road, the Inter-county Connector, and the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL).

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Millions of whites feel Charleston church killer 'could be my son'

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, massacred nine black worshipers in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Gunkel Deals Again in 6-1 Win

Baysox Back Up By 2.5 Games in Division

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Indie Soul Book Review: Mayor For Life The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.

This week we review for you, “Mayor For Life The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” written by Marion Barry Jr. and Omar Tyree.

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Ravens give TE Coach Richard Angulo a great opportunity

You never know when a big time opportunity will present itself in the NFL. The phrase, “I am always ready so I never have to get ready” is the mentality that anyone who is associated with the NFL has to have.

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Devin Allen: 'Awakenings, In a New Light' debuts at Reginald Lewis Museum

“Devin Allen: Awakenings, In a New Light,” the first solo show of Baltimore photographer Devin Allen, exhibits images of the 2015 Baltimore protests and debuts a new community space inside the Reginald F. Lewis Museum called Lewis Now.

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Nigerian female filmmaker holds movie premiere in Baltimore

The Nigerian film industry is growing and the world is taking notice. In June, Fortune magazine reported that as of 2009, Nigeria surpassed Hollywood and is now the second largest film industry in the world by volume, after the Indian film industry called Bollywood.

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Recent Women’s Day reinforces value of Douglas Memorial Church

Much has changed in Baltimore as well as around the country since 1962. The more than half-century period has realized great ups and downs from the assassination of black leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to the successful campaign and re-election of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama.

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Baltimore native develops affordable housing in PG County

Bobby Turner was born and raised in Baltimore, so when it comes to developing affordable workforce housing in nearby Prince George’s County and across the nation, the successful businessman isn’t just passionate.

Thursday, July 2

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Celebrate the 4th of July safely

A few precautions will protect your family

The 4th of July means patriotism, cookouts and fireworks. You can handle patriotism with the best of them, but a few precautions will help keep you safe around the grill and fireworks.

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Maryland strengthens effort to keep retailers from selling tobacco to minors

DHMH providing free retailer-compliance education as part of broader campaign

Though it is illegal to sell tobacco products to youths under 18, in the past two years, Maryland has seen a troubling increase in the number of retailers selling tobacco products to minors – in violation of federal, state and local laws. Underage access to tobacco products is unacceptable in Maryland.

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Chilly Treats for Every Summer Occasion

July is National Ice Cream Month

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Close Contest Slips Away

Baysox Lead Early But Fall 6-2 to Akron

Wednesday, July 1

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Civil Legal Aid in Maryland – The Facts

A special for the Baltimore Times, courtesy Bonnie Sullivan, executive director of the nonprofit Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)

A special for the Baltimore Times, courtesy Bonnie Sullivan, executive director of the nonprofit Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)

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It Wasn’t Common Core or More Money—Here’s How I Learned to Truly Value My Students

The summer after my first year of teaching was a relief. And a surprise. Upon receiving the results of my students’ language arts tests at the state, district and local levels, I found that my good intentions as a teacher did not equal student success.

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Maryland Judiciary warns of new jury duty scam

The Maryland Judiciary wants to warn the public about a new, more sophisticated scam that has been reported in southern Maryland, but also may be happening elsewhere throughout the state.

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America's favorite fast food chain is...

Not everyone likes Chick-fil-A's politics, but they sure seem to like the food.