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Stories for June 2015

Tuesday, June 30

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UFC and Reebok elevate sport of MMA with first-ever UFC Fight Kit

Apparel engineered for ultimate performance

Apparel engineered for ultimate performance

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Coppin State’s Epps wins triple jump at USATF national championships

Coppin State's Christina Epps, a 2014 graduate, is a national champion.

Epps is the best triple jumper in the United States of America

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I love the thought of leaving Baltimore, but it’s finally starting to feel like home

For the past two years, I have been counting down the days until I am free. Ever since my brother had a gun pointed at his face while sitting at a bus stop, I have tried to picture a place where I will feel safe. I have dreamed about what that place would look like.

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Farm-to-Table finds bring the freshness home

Bring the farm fresh flavor to any meal, any time of day. From delightful snacks to appetizing bites and satisfying entrees, these recipes capture the flavors only nature can create.

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WMAR ABC2 wins four Emmy awards for spot news and promotion campaigns

WMAR-TV was the nation’s 11th (and Maryland’s first) television station to sign on-the-air in 1947.

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Kanye West gets 'Kanye'd' by onstage heckler at Glastonbury

Now Kanye West knows how it feels to get upstaged, even if just for a few seconds.

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NBC and GOP, dump Trump for his Mexico insults

Felix Sanchez: Donald Trump lambasted Mexico, Latinos in his presidential announcement

When Donald Trump began his historic quest for the Republican presidential nomination, he said: "When do we beat Mexico at the border? They're laughing at us, at our stupidity

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BET Awards: What you may have missed

Janet Jackson was honored with the Ultimate Icon Award

The past was a present at Sunday night's BET Awards.

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Summit leaders honor 'accomplished African women'

This year’s focus on accomplished women was not totally overlooked at the African Union Summit, despite its preoccupation with the president of Sudan, migration, xenophobia and other pressing issues.

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Facebook rainbow profiles used by 26 million

Rainbows spread quickly all over Facebook this weekend to celebrate the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage.

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Doubleheader Well Worth The Wait

Baysox Sweep Twin Bill – Lead Division By 2.5 Games

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How do you handle life’s detours?

Wise decisions can start with noticing silver linings

The loss of a job; a bad break-up; a nasty accident; a new, obsessive habit; a big move to a new town; health problems experienced by you or a loved one – these are some of the many things that can turn your life upside down. These are life’s detours that you don’t expect.

Monday, June 29

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Why Baltimore won't get justice from police

Body cameras, better training and better selection of officers all focus on how to make the police/community interaction better but miss the key point: the relationship is designed to fail

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Passenger Car Hits Light Rail Vehicle and Local Bus

A passenger car collided with an MTA Light Rail vehicle and a stopped MTA bus this morning on N. Howard Street briefly disrupting service in the early afternoon. No serious injuries were reported.

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Meatless Monday's: Vegan Meatball Subs

Here’s a great idea for your leftover vegan meatballs from my spaghetti and meatballs recipe: a meatball sub!

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"Dope" movie earning raves as it opens nationwide

Rick Famuyiwa never doubted that he had a special movie project on his hands with the new film, “Dope.”

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Ask Alma: Wife’s spending out of control

I love my wife and we have a great marriage.

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Car Review: 2015 Lexus NX 300h

In the Lexus alphanumeric lexicon, any vehicle nameplate ending with a small “h” is a hybrid. Such was the case with the 2015 Lexus NX 300h. It looks like a rocket. The NX was Lexus’ small 5-door crossover and it had very aggressive styling. Beginning with the brand’s spindle grille, the exterior was comprised of sharply angled edges and creases.

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Remove Confederate flag now

The savage act of racial terrorism at Emanuel A.M.E. Church – Mother Emanuel – in Charleston, S.C., has been met with extraordinary expressions of faith in that community

Sunday, June 28

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Waterfront partnership thaws out summer socials

FREE Summer Social features live music, food trucks and family fun at West Shore Park on Friday's.

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Break these rules for better summer grilling

Summer is in full swing, so now is the perfect time to throw caution to the wind and break some long-standing grilling adages.

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Permit rules keep ex-cons jobless

For black men who have been incarcerated, completing their penance and walking into the sunshine of freedom presents countless challenges, especially returning the work force.

Saturday, June 27

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Equality and the Labor Movement

It is certainly true that some unions engage in sexism and racism, but if we take a critical look at labor history we find that the labor movement is definitely not 100% sexist or racist

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Make Summer Memories for Less

Sizzle into summer with these tasty tips and techniques that will make cookouts, road trips and impromptu pool parties mouthwatering for less.

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Maryland State Bar Association First Female African-American President

Public service, attorney wellness among key issues for Brown

Friday, June 26

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Snyder Blast Sends Baysox to Victory

Baysox Baseball - We'll Knock Your 'Sox Off. The Baysox 2015 season, their 23rd as the class Double-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, is underway at Prince George's Stadium. Come see some of the top Orioles prospects play here first. To keep up with Baysox news during the season, visit baysox.com.

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Troy Griffin named vice president of Customer Service Strategy and Operations for Comcast Cable’s Beltway Region

Comcast Cable announced that Troy Griffin has been appointed Vice President of Customer Service Strategy and Operations for the company’s Beltway Region, which includes Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and parts of Delaware and West Virginia.

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Deadline nears for 9th Annual Gaines Literary Award

The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is August 15, 2015.

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Larry White Sr. nominated for Best Community Leader

Larry White Sr., the CEO and founder of VIPeVENTS Concierge LLC was nominated as Best Community Leader for Steve Harvey's Neighborhood Awards.

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How thermostats save homeowners money and energy

Homeowners who have not yet upgraded to a programmable thermostat could be doing themselves a significant disservice.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Demetria McKinney

If you are like many folks who were at the African-American Festival this past weekend, who were checking the program guide to see who was performing or checking the app on their phone, courtesy of Black Enterprise, you were saying one of two things: 1) Who is Demetria McKinney? or 2) I didn’t know she could sing!

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Serenity Expedition offers travel, education to Baltimore children

By the time she began formulating plans for her nonprofit three years ago, Patti Smith had already decided to visit underdeveloped regions in Costa Rica where she observed many of the local children and their families who lacked important resources.

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Indie Soul wedding congratulations!

This is a first for Indie Soul! We are taking time out to send congratulations to people who have committed themselves through the bond of marriage.

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The change we need is within our grasp: A business school dean's perspective

I am privileged to have a unique vantage point from my eighth floor office window on the campus of Coppin State University, a panoramic view of the Baltimore skyline from Mondawmin Mall to the Francis Scott Key Bridge and beyond.

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War, murder and the American way

He sat with them for an hour in prayer. Then he pulled his gun out and started shooting.

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Reginald F. Lewis Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

You know you’re doing something right when jazz star Maysa helps to kick off your 10th anniversary celebration!

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Kamasi Washington

In honor of Black Music Month, this week’s spotlight artist is Kamasi Washington who hails from Los Angeles, California.

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Major Leaguers score big with James Mosher Baseball League

The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) recently hit a ‘Grand Slam’ with the James Mosher Baseball youth league. On Saturday, June 13, 2015, MLBPA hosted a fun-filled day of baseball, fine food and entertainment for more than 300 youth players and families enrolled in the James Mosher Baseball youth league. The event took place at the James Mosher Baseball Fields located at 1100 Wheeler Avenue in Baltimore.

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Indie Soul: Hennessy 250

Hennessy hosted an exclusive gathering on board the L’Hermione tall ship docked in Baltimore’s Harbor Place Mall to celebrate French-American friendship and Lafayette’s historic voyage 250 years ago.

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New Life Church breaks ground in East Baltimore

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 will go down in East Baltimore’s architectural and religious history as the day the new and larger New Life Evangelical Baptist Church broke ground at the corner of East North and Milton Avenues.

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Firm provides “second chance” to residents

It was 12 years ago when Mark Foster started Second Chance Inc. with about four individuals.

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Comcast offers new technology for visually impaired and blind customers

According to the U.S. Census data, an estimated 8.1 million people have a visual disability. Comcast has taken a technological leap to offer a more inclusive entertainment experience for those who are vision-impaired by addressing the usability of the company’s products.

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Are Terrell Suggs days in the NFL coming to a close?

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs recently spoke about being the last man standing and the fact that he is on the “back nine” when it comes to his NFL career.

Thursday, June 25

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Morgan Professor Produces Energy from Waste and Receives $100,000 Maryland Innovation Award

CycloBurn Combustion System™ Provides Relief to Poultry Farmers and Protects Environment

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Food and Wine Pairing Tips for Summer Parties

Make every grilled meal special with the perfect food and wine pairing

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Medicaid Mason-Dixon Line

LeeAnn Hall, Alliance for a Just Society and Glenn Harris, Center for Social Inclusion

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Special Blood Drive held in memory of local hero

Anne Arundel County Community encouraged to give blood to help ensure a stable blood supply

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TLC Donates $10K to Maryland Food Bank

Talent from TLC’s DC CUPCAKES, OUR LITTLE FAMILY and CURVY BRIDES and a number of TLC employees were at the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore today to present a $10K donation to the organization

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Travel: Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Sun & Adventure

The hilly town of Ocho Rios sits on the north coast of Jamaica, at the base of the St. Ann Mountains.

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The Baltimore Times Consultant, Ackneil Muldrow, honored by Bon Secours Hospital

Mr. Muldrow has served as chair of both Bon Secours’ Foundation and Baltimore Health System Boards (the latter, since 2014).

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Trio of Homers Lift Baysox to Victory

Baysox Baseball - We'll Knock Your 'Sox Off. The Baysox 2015 season, their 23rd as the class Double-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, is underway at Prince George's Stadium. Come see some of the top Orioles prospects play here first. To keep up with Baysox news during the season, visit baysox.com.

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Charging your phone will soon be a thing of the past

Imagine never again having that frantic feeling that your smartphone battery is about to die.

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Fat is back: New guidelines give vilified nutrient a reprieve

Fatty foods may be making a comeback. The latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is due out later this year, could contain a number of big changes in its recommendations, not the least of which is an exoneration of fat.

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African American Commission and Maryland Historical Trust award $1 million to assist African American Heritage Preservation

13 organizations receive AAHPP grants

The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) provided 13 grants totaling $1 million to Maryland nonprofit groups, local governments and businesses in fiscal year 2016.

Wednesday, June 24

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Minorities underrepresented in US special education classrooms

Federal law and policies require states to monitor and report on the extent of over-representation of minorities in special education. School districts are required to take corrective action if over-representation is reported.

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The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore Panel: the Confederate Flag & Southern Pride

Joe Morton, Naomi Ekperigin and Rory Albanese ponder the mentality of people who continue to embrace the Confederate flag despite its painful and divisive history.

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Film Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can’t distinguish between them.

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Rapper Lupe Fiasco takes on white supremacy

The rapper posted an open letter on his Instagram account

Lupe Fiasco has a message for white supremacists: There is nothing "supreme" about you.

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Report: Autopsy shows Freddie Gray suffered 'high-energy injury'

A day after six Baltimore police officers pleaded not guilty to all charges in Freddie Gray's death, a newspaper reported his autopsy shows he suffered a "high-energy injury" most likely caused by a sudden slowing of the police van holding him.

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Columbia becomes first U.S. university to divest from prisons

The decision follows a student activist campaign

Columbia University has become the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies, following a student activist campaign.

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Vegetarian/Vegan Philly Cheesesteak

Not eating beef but miss enjoying a NICE Philly Cheese-steak? Try this vegetarian/vegan recipe

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Rock Cats Crush Baysox in Opener

Baysox Baseball - We'll Knock Your 'Sox Off. The Baysox 2015 season, their 23rd as the class Double-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, is underway at Prince George's Stadium. Come see some of the top Orioles prospects play here first. To keep up with Baysox news during the season, visit baysox.com.

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Parkers can now use online tool to apply and pay for monthly parking at city-owned garages

Online service creates new options for Parking Authority parkers

Parkers looking for monthly contracts at Baltimore City-owned garages are now able to use an online tool to find, apply for and pay for their parking. The website, https://payments.bcparking.com, gives parkers information about available parking and more control over their accounts.

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SDAT warns homeowners of misleading property assessment letter

Some homeowners being Misled by property assessment appeals flyers

The State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation’s acting Director, Owen Charles, is warning property owners in Maryland to be on the alert for an official looking mailer from a private company with a misleading promise of a reduction in their property tax.

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Urgent need for blood donors during summer months

The American Red Cross asks that you set aside one hour of your summer fun for a good cause—donating blood.

Tuesday, June 23

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Protesters to chant 'Take it down' as legislators meet over flag

The battle may at last be over for the Confederate battle flag.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sworn in as 73rd president of U.S. Conference of Mayors

Rawlings-Blake makes history as the first African-American female president of organization

The presidential gavel was officially handed to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today by outgoing U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, appointing her head of the nonpartisan organization during the 83rd Annual Meeting of the USCM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

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VIDEO: Obama uses N-word, says we are 'not cured' of racism

President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview released Monday with comedian Marc Maron.

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Baltimore declares Code Red Heat Advisory for Tuesday

Temps in the high 90s expected

With the heat index expected to be at 105 degrees, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen has issued a Code Red Heat Advisory for Tuesday, June 23.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announces cancer diagnosis

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer.

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Blackonomics: 'I' versus 'we'

One conclusion I have drawn from working in the collective economic empowerment vineyard for years is that “We” fail because “I” gets in the way.

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More action needed to close homeownership gap between whites and blacks

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) announced its concerns regarding the racial disparities in homeownership rates in the United States.

Monday, June 22

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Indie Soul NEW MUSIC! Janet Jackson: NO SLEEEP

The wait is over! The NEW SINGLE from Janet Jackson!

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Indie Soul: Tamia’s latest project 'Love-Life'

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the lovely and talented Tamia made a stop in Baltimore to perform a short acoustic set at The Sound Garden record store in Fells Point.

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Ask Alma: An unfair request

I’m a single mother supporting my three children with no help from my ex-husband.

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Car Review: Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac has got something. Its two-seat version of the ATS sedan was slick, fun to drive and it had plenty of style. We test drove the 2015 ATS Coupe 3.6L RWD Premium. That translated into a 2+2 coupe with a 3.2-liter V6 that made 321 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm.

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Baltimore Orioles, Science Center partner with libraries to promote summer reading

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Library Development and Services is launching its 2015 Summer Reading Program at public libraries throughout the state.

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Seven-year-old hosts gospel charity concert in Anne Arundel County

An idea to hold a gospel concert fundraiser benefiting students in need began with a reward that a local grandmother gave to her granddaughter.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Vett Stunna hip-hop femcee

I can hear my media sidekick and radio personality Civ Jones, saying to me now, “Phinesse when are you going to highlight some female emcees?”

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Broadneck High School graduate creates book to encourage others

Elizabethe Caswell Overton was selected as “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day” by her fellow Class of 2015 Broadneck High School classmates.

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First class graduates from SEED School of Maryland

Twenty-nine graduates from the SEED School of Maryland achieved a 93 percent acceptance rate to four-year colleges and universities and were awarded more than $2 million in scholarships.

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Mortgage terms to know when buying a house

Buying a home is simultaneously exciting and stressful. Owning a home is still a dream for many people, but first-time buyers often find that their unfamiliarity with the home buying process is a source of stress. Part of that stress stems from the terminology associated with home mortgages.

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Indie Soul Fashion: E. Bannister Couture presents 'L’affaire du Blanc et Noir'

If you talk to anyone in the Baltimore area who loves fashion, there is always one name that comes up— Earle Bannister!

Saturday, June 20

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Grill Up a Memorable Father’s Day

T-Bone Steaks with Dad’s Steak Rub

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FORMER BALTIMORE RAVEN LB & ESPN SPORTS ANALYST RAY LEWIS TO BRING SPECIAL MESSAGE TO FESTIVAL ATTENDEES

‘EMPIRE’ HOUR WITH YAZZ (AKA HAKEEM) AND V. BOZEMAN TO KICKOFF THE MAIN STAGE

The Historic Music Festival, Hosted By the City of Baltimore and produced by greiBO Returns to Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex, June 20-­‐21, for A Celebration of Life, Music and Culture -­‐-­‐Hosted by Actor & Producer Chris Spencer, Singer & ”R&B Diva” Brave Williams, Reality Star Jewel Tankard and Actor, Singer & Comedian David Mann-­‐-­‐

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Yastrzemski Fuels Baysox Comeback Win

Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez is scheduled to start in Bowie Saturday on a MLB Rehab Assignment. First pitch in that game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. and there will be fireworks after the game. Saturday is also Negro League Tribute Night and the Princess Party where fans are invited to dress up as their favorite priness.

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Ravens Wide Receivers draw high praise from the coaching staff at mini-camp

The talk of mini-camp has been second year receiver Jeremy Butler. Butler has caught everything that has been thrown his way. He was able to use his 6-2 215 pound frame to get positioning against cornerbacks and come up with the catch. Butler worked the middle of the field when he lined up outside and made some nice catches on corner routes from the slot.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies!

Hello everyone, I want to say happy Father’s Day to all the daddies on this page, specially picked by “Rambling Rose” and all the daddies who are reading my column.

Friday, June 19

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The Historic Music Festival, Hosted By the City of Baltimore, Returns to Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex for A Celebration of Life, Music and Culture

GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS WILL DOWNING, FAITH EVANS AND STEPHANIE MILLS, ALONG WITH SHEILA E., V. BOZEMAN AND MORE ARE CONFIRMED TO PERFORM AT THE 2015 AFRICAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL ON

Hosted by Actor & Producer Chris Spencer, Singer & ”R&B Diva” Brave Williams and Actor, Singer & Comedian David Mann

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Buck Allen ready to contribute to Marc Trestman and the Ravens new offensive scheme

One of the core concepts in the West Coast Offense is getting the running backs involved in the passing game.

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How homeowners can reduce their monthly expenses

Saving money is a priority for many people. But reducing monthly expenses is typically a bigger concern for homeowners, especially new homeowners adjusting to life with a mortgage, higher energy bills than they likely had while renting and other costs associated with owning their own homes.

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Baltimore County School System achieving great results

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Dallas Dance, because he has been ducking in and out of the 24 different graduation ceremonies at Baltimore County Public Schools, the 25th largest school system in the nation.

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A message for the class of 2015

If you are disposed to using the Internet as your guide, a diploma will generally be described as the proof of your successful completion of a course of study, or the bestowal of an academic degree.

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Father and young son build unique bond through art

Twenty-eight-year old Artist Comacell Brown Jr. also known as Cell Spitfire, and Carmello Brown, age three, share a unique father-son bond.

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Glen Burnie student overcomes learning disability, seeks presidency

William Shorter, dreams of holding political office one-day. Be it state delegate, governor, senator or the oval office, the Glen Burnie High School senior says he envisions these offices when he closes his eyes and lays his head on his pillow at night.

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Life In Baltimore: Honoring hands-on dads

Father's Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contributions that fathers and father figures make for their children's lives.

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Elizabeth Seton Teen conquers academics, athletics

Four years ago, Elizabeth Seton High School officials heavily recruited Raven Fox to attend the all-girls college prep institution and to play basketball for the Roadrunners.

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Monarch Academy Celebrates with Coldstream-Homestead Community

Monarch Academy Public Charter School celebrated a milestone in grand style on May 27, 2015. Guests were entertained by a video of students performing “The Wizard of Oz,” while others from various classes at the academy performed live music with string and brass instruments.

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KIPP continues to close gap in educating the poor

Lorence Rovell is among the graduates from Northwestern High School in May. The teen’s matriculation, however, was no easy feat.

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Ravens WR DeAndre Carter plays game for more than himself

Undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver DeAndre Carter will have to beat the odds to crack the Baltimore Ravens roster but going against the odds is nothing new for the former Sacramento State University wide receiver.

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Baltimore seeing more and more graduates

More Baltimore students are tossing their graduation caps in the air celebrating their new milestones while fewer are giving up and dropping out.

Thursday, June 18

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Black Enterprise Presents The 2015 African American Festival To Feature Empowerment Sessions With Celebrity Guests

The African American Festival is presented by Black Enterprise, hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore, and produced by greiBO Entertainment. Major sponsors include PepsiCo, Prudential and Toyota.

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Janitors to march on 25th Anniversary of "Justice for Janitors Day" during negotiations for a new union contract

Councilmember Nick Mosby and Communities United Members to join

Rally: 4:15-4:45 PM, Light & Pratt Street, downtown Baltimore March: 4:45-5:15 PM, East on Pratt, North on Commerce; West on east Baltimore, South on S. Charles, to Pratt and Light along Pratt Street

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Baltimore's CharmTV marks its One Year Anniversary with the return of My Town and Tasty Tasty Travels for their second season

New season of both shows represents the core of Baltimore's unique character

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Get Grilling This Season

Three marinades to make meats irresistible

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Pressure builds for feds to 'ban the box'

Seventeen states and Washington, D.C. have passed laws making it easier for ex-offenders to find jobs in the labor market. Now civil rights and community groups that advocate for returning citizens are pushing the White House to do the same.

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VIDEO: Charleston church shooting: 9 'killed because they were black,' official says

He didn't start shooting right away.

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A pastor who first heard the call at 13 -- one of Charleston's 9 victims

He was youngest black person ever elected to S.C. legislature

Clementa Pinckney died Wednesday doing the work he had always felt was right for him to do.

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Ravens rookie OLB Za’Darius Smith is excited to learn from Elvis Dumervill and Terrell Suggs

General Manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh spoke about how much Smith resembles McPhee physically and visually

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Baysox split double dip in New Britain

Torres, Givens and Triggs Shutout Rock Cats in Night Cap

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Lardarius Webb feels healthy and is ready to be a contributor for the Ravens

Losing their top two corners for a good portion of the season was definitely a bad thing for the team. Although Webb wasn’t at OTAs, he still did what he needed to do in order to get ready for the season. Webb said that he got one on one training while the team was at OTAs.

Wednesday, June 17

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Port Discovery Children’s Museum ranked one of the 15 best children’s museums in the U.S.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum has been named one of The 15 Best Children’s Museums in the U.S. by Parents Magazine.

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McDonald's and the American Black Film Festival announce Lovin' Video Competition Winner

Best Man Holiday Director, Malcolm D. Lee, mentors top three aspiring filmmakers

McDonald's USA and the American Black Film Festival joined forces for the first McDonald's Lovin' Video Competition. The winner of this year's competition was Richard T. Fields of Prince George's County, Md., for his submission, "Puppy Love."

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Your kids probably aren't drinking enough of this

There's one simple liquid that has a huge effect on how well your family feels today: water.

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Quick Hits and Quotes from Day One of Ravens Mini Camp

Kicker Justin Tucker drilled a 68 yard field goal and had room to spare. The field goal caused Steve Smtih Sr. to turn to General Manager Ozzie Newsome and yell; “Pay the man.” Tucker missed from 58 yards on his next attempt.

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Blaming black protesters for 'crime wave'

In their rush to punish African-Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights and pushing an end to oppressive law enforcement tactics, defenders of police brutality have lost all touch with common sense.

Tuesday, June 16

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Lil Wayne: I just signed a deal with Jay Z

Lil Wayne dropped a bombshell Saturday that left fans simultaneously celebrating and speculating over what it could mean.

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NAACP leader resigns; accused of lying about race

The story ignites a debate over race and identity

Her statement was noticeable for what it was not.

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Newly recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave ship

A Portuguese slave ship that left Mozambique in 1794 bound for Brazil had hardly rounded the treacherous Cape of Good Hope when it broke apart violently on two reefs only 100 yards from shore.

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Time for young people to stop the violence

I only recently embraced my status as an “elder.” Actually, I describe myself as an “episodic elder,” eager enough to take one of those lovely “senior” discounts when it serves my purpose, yet reluctant to turn in my party card. Elder status hit me upside the head, though, when a young woman told me she was “tired” of my generation preaching to hers.

Monday, June 15

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Ask Alma: A tough call

I’m friends with my next door neighbor. She’s not my BFF, but we hang from time to time.

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Car Review: 2015 Mazda CX-5

Mazda gets little respect – and the Japanese automaker should get more.

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With the whole world lining-up, North America to be 1st Continent on Janet Jackson's "UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR"

- Superstar's Return To Live Performance to Kick Off August 31 - – Tickets On Sale Starting June 22 at JanetJackson.com –

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Rachel Dolezal postpones NAACP meeting amid race controversy

Her estranged parents have accused her of falsely portraying herself as black

The Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP postponed a Monday meeting where its leader, Rachel Dolezal, was expected to address accusations that she lied about her race.

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Passing for black? Now that's a twist

"In this day and age who in the world willingly wants to be black?"

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Caribbean Heritage Month: A worthy tribute to people who made their presence felt

President Barack Obama hails their outstanding contribution

Caribbean Heritage Month began with a pledge to help young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean break into the business mainstream; a commitment to boost clean energy across the Caribbean; and an acceleration of the pace of harmonizing Washington-Havana diplomatic and economic relations.

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Hastert indictment spotlights Republican hypocrisy

The indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the disclosure that he may have been sexually involved with at least two boys while serving as a high school football and wrestling coach in Illinois exposes the hypocrisy of the self-appointed morality police.

Sunday, June 14

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The Force is Not with Bowie in 4-3 Loss

The Baysox look to take the series this afternoon against Portland at 2:05 p.m. with Terry Doyle (5-1, 2.61) on the mound against Justin Haley (1-8, 6.04) at Prince George’s Stadium. Terry Doyle was named Eastern League pitcher of the week after his last performance, a complete game shutout against Portland.

Friday, June 12

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P.G. Stadium Will be Raining Candy June 14

Sunday is Louie’s Birthday Bash and the Baysox will be celebrating with free cake for all kids ages 12 and under (while supplies last). Many of Louie’s mascot pals will be in attendance to celebrate the big day and any fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy for Louie Holiday Hope Toy Drive will be entered into a raffle to win Baysox prizes.

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“Mulberry Madness” launched to promote awareness of free for picking fruit in city

Members of the Baltimore Orchard Project will host learning events, as well as donate locally grown mulberries to participating Hampden venues.

Conserve time, water while growing beautiful, productive gardens

Reduce your workload, increase productivity and be water wise, whether you are planning, planting or already harvesting produce or enjoying beautiful floral displays from your garden.

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Navy Petty Officer Edgar Ruffin of Baltimore serves with Blue Angels

Petty Officer 2nd Class Edgar Ruffin, from Baltimore, is a 2006 graduate of Edmondson Westside High School and has been a yeoman in the Navy for seven years. Ruffin currently serves with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

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Mosaic unveiled at New Song Academy in Sandtown Community

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings and representatives from GBC LEADERship, Art with a Heart and the local community participated in the unveiling of a new mosaic at the New Song Academy located at 1530 Presstman Road in the Sandtown community of Baltimore City on Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Former 'Bad Boy’ executive succeeding on his own

Shawn Prez isn’t your typical CEO or the average business owner. Prez got his start working to help legendary rap mogul P. Diddy build “Bad Boy” Entertainment Group.

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Geetha Jayaram honored with Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award

Geetha Jayaram, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, is the 2014–15 recipient of the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award.

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Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins presents 'The Maestro & The Voice'

21st Anniversary Concert features David White, Phillip Bryant and Chris Dillard

Unified Voices (UV) of Johns Hopkins presents their 21st Anniversary Concert on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Johns Hopkins’ Turner Auditorium located at 720 Rutland Avenue in Baltimore.

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Lolita A. Kelson presents: ‘It’s Not Personal ...You know what it is. Real Men Feel’ book signing and conversation event

This is not hate for Steve Harvey’s book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” but when my friends and I read the book, as men, we whole-heartedly disagreed with the content and felt the book judged men unfairly.

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African American COO thriving in London

Cecilia Harvey knows that there is a dearth of African American women in leadership roles and diversity remains a challenge at many companies.

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Indie Soul Music Review: Kember and Kenny Lattimore

This week, Indie Soul continues with a look at rising music artist, Kember and the return of Kenny Latimore during Black Music Month.

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Indie Soul Fashion: Cheri' Felix, owner of CF Styling Inc., does it all

There are traditional entrepreneurs that open a brick and mortar business, get a loan, and make a business plan; Cheri' Felix or CF has taken a different approach to her freelance stylist business.

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What to do when you’re thinking about buying a house

Buying a home for the first time is never easy. It’s one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life.

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The Baltimore Allstarz uplift Baltimore through song

June is Black Music Month and a prime opportunity to recognize local talent like The Baltimore Allstarz.

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Meet Lenora Barbour: Baltimore entrepreneur 'Nails’ colorful business

Baltimore entrepreneur Lenora Barbour always loved working with colors. She also enjoyed making jewelry and creating various forms of artwork.

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Symposium on black literature and literacy marks 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is one of the oldest observances marking the end of the enslavement of African descendants in the United States.

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Ravens Tight End Nick Boyle takes big step from Delaware to NFL

Coming into the NFL from a small school can be a bit of an adjustment for a rookie. The Baltimore Ravens selected tight end Nick Boyle from the University of Delaware to bolster their tight end group.

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Summer Academics: Four things to enhance lifelong learning

When it comes to education there are many prolific leaders and profound quotes that speak to the significance of lifelong learning.

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Time to throw some political punches

For the past 50 years, most of our conversations and efforts have been centered on politics. Reminiscent of the Reconstruction Era, when blacks occupied political office for the first time, many of our politicians are just figureheads, toothless tigers and lackeys for the establishment. Many of them are simply “employed” and are only concerned about keeping their “jobs.”

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Children should never be left in alone in vehicles

Risks include heatstroke and increased risk of injury and abduction

Last year, 30 children lost their lives, including three children in Maryland and one in Virginia, as a result of heatstroke due to being left alone in a vehicle, according to research by San Jose State University’s Department of Meteorology & Climate Science at www.noheatstroke.org.

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LETTER: The phantom Iraqi army

The Iraqi Army has a history of moving to the rear and exposing their backsides to attacking forces.

Thursday, June 11

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The Frozen Farmer to Bring Field Fresh Cold Treats to Bridgeville

Third generation family farm announces new business to offer a full line of cold and frozen treats using their farm fresh ingredients

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Help The Air Conditioning System Run Better With Tips From HVAC Pros

Aire Serv has easy HVAC tips for homeowners

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Serena Williams, a champion on and off court

Serena Jameka Williams is more than one of the greatest tennis players in the world. She comes from a Black American family that has come to epitomize what it means to consistently struggle and triumph to success in professional sports and in family life. Most importantly, however, is Serena’s demonstrated commitment to freedom, justice and equality.

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Prince set to bring funk-rock HIT-N-RUN spectacle to Washington D.C.

Concert Will Feature Special Guests 3RDEYEGIRL; Tickets On Sale Thursday, June 11 at Noon local time at LiveNation.com

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Farmers markets near you, a USDA tool

Living closer to farmers markets is associated with lower child and adolescent obesity rates

If you're craving fresh-baked bread, sweet strawberry jam, or the scent of seasonal flowers, you're in luck. It's now easier than ever to find your local farmers market, thanks to an online search tool from the USDA.

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MTA Light Rail fare compliance checks

MTA Fare Inspectors Out in Force to Educate Riders and Stop Fare Evasion

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A push to address black-on-black violence

As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence within the Black community garner less concern than police violence?

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Forbes rich list: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao punch above weight

He recently won the most lucrative boxing match in history -- and now Floyd Mayweather is out on his own at the top of the new Forbes list of the world's 100 richest athletes.

Wednesday, June 10

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Jurassic World' ready to roar at the box office

After evil robots, massive earthquakes, a cappella and the apocalypse, the summer box office is ready to welcome movie-goers to "Jurassic World."

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VIDEO: Baltimore officers break silence on riots, murder spike and Freddie Gray

They say their department is operating in reactive mode

Forty-two people were killed in Baltimore in May, making it the deadliest month there since 1972.

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The Educational Equity and Excellence Project

All across the country, people are gathering to observe an annual academic rite of passage: graduation.

Tuesday, June 9

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Ravens Rookie Defensive Tackle Carl Davis making the best of OTAs

The Baltimore Ravens believe they got a bargain when selected defensive tackle Carl Davis in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft

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VIDEO: White teen who shot pool party video sounds off

Some say Eric Casebolt was targeting black teens; others say his actions were justified

Dueling narratives are emerging about whether race played a role in a Texas officer's handling of black teenagers at a pool party. But who's offering those narratives may be surprising.

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5 ways to save money when buying a car

Play your cards right and you can save big when replacing your car. The key is knowing where there's real money on the table.

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Wrapping up Ravens last day of OTAs

Trestman is making it a point to emphasize what the Ravens offense did well last year and continue to develop the passing game.

Monday, June 8

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LETTER: Don’t forget a pre-trip vehicle check before hitting the road

If you are hitting the road this summer, you will have lots of company.

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Car Review: Lexus GS 350 F Sport

After more than a week, it felt like we drove the Lexus GS 350 F Sport sedan through every one of the 600 square miles that comprise this city. And we only found a few irks to complain about.

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Ask Alma: My husband holds grudges

My Husband holds grudges

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Media colors coverage of race

Discussions in the news media (I’d rather call it the “Views Media”) regarding the use of the word, “Thug,” are intriguing to say the least.

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Governor Hogan rolls back tolls statewide

Plan eliminates monthly account fee for E-ZPass holders

Governor Larry Hogan recently delivered on his promise to roll back Maryland’s high toll rates and put money back in the pockets of hard-working Maryland families and businesses.

Saturday, June 6

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Gunkel Shuts Out Portland

Baysox Get Run in First and Secure 1-0 Win

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Food meets decor with hot wedding trends

The expert party and event styling pros at The TomKat Studio offer the following how-to guide for creating a standout wedding reception and dining experience.

Friday, June 5

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Life In Baltimore: Baltimore native prepares for triathlon in France

Baltimore native Gyl Johnson is the course director of The Language House, Inc., a TEFL teacher training organization that provides training to become an English teacher abroad.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Quinton Randall

Indie Soul Spotlight: Quinton Randall

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Five financial must-do’s before the big ‘I do’

Wedding season is upon us and while love is in the air, it’s important to make sure any wedding checklist has couples covered on more than just the big day.

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Indie Soul Movie Review: Jimi: All is by My Side

June is Black Music Month and what better way to celebrate than by watching “Jimi: All is by my Side,” starring Andre Benjamin aka Andre3000 of the Hip-Hop group Outkast. It’s available on Netflix and iTunes or you can buy the DVD.

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Maryland organization spearheads search for missing minorities

Jackie Winborne’s daughter, Shaquita Bell has been missing since 1996 when she was last seen with her ex-boyfriend, Michael Dickerson. On May 30, 2015 she stood in front of over 500 runners and walkers assembled at the National Harbor to share her heart-wrenching story at the Black and Missing Foundation, Inc.’s (BAMFI) third annual Hope Without Boundaries 5K Walk/Run.

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Black boys do more than run

I recently attended my grandson Austin Ragland’s graduation from pre-school in Buford, Ga. Yes, you read correctly – pre-school.

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Cancer 101: Advice from an oncology nurse

I always thought that one day, when I had time, I would write an orientation of sorts for anyone who should find themselves on the receiving end of a cancer diagnosis.

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Indie Soul Fashion: B Walker Shoes

Hip-hop has been influencing popular culture and fashion since it’s inception 30 years ago. According to GrabStats.com, the hip-hop community spends about $17 billion a year on fashion (clothing, shoes, and accessories).

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Just for you: Gospel, blues, jazz and R&B concerts

Hello my dear friends, my lands of mercy, this is going to be a musical month for sure. So get ready and ride with me.

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Meet NAREB President Donnell Spivey: Looking to increase black home ownership

June is National Home Ownership Month. The goal of the month-long initiative is to develop programs and incentives to help every American citizen realize the dream of homeownership.

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Free summer youth entrepreneurship program coming to Baltimore

A new program is being offered to rising junior and senior Baltimore City students who are interested in entrepreneurship between August 3 and August 8, 2015. Johnny Graham, 27; and Justin Peters, 29; have partnered with the University of Baltimore Black Law Students Association (UBBLSA) to host the free Youth Entrepreneurship Startup (Y.E.S.).

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New York Times best selling author Kimberla Lawson Roby comes to Enoch Pratt Library

New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby returns with the twelfth installment in the Reverend Curtis Black series, “The Ultimate Betrayal,” on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

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Fullback Kiero Small pleased to play for his hometown Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens have started organized team activities (OTA) recently and one of the participants is a local product from former Baltimore high school, Cardinal Gibbons.

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Blacks need Major League Baseball

A Chris Rock video has made the rounds in which he offers a critique of Major League baseball and its relationship to black America.

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George Haley, brother of Roots author, friend of MLK, dies at 89

He was known as the giant who never quit. George Haley, a Silver Spring, Maryland resident and brother of famed author Alex Haley, died earlier this month. He was 89.

Thursday, June 4

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Baysox Bats Erupt in New Hampshire

The Baysox (28-25) took two of three from the Fisher Cats, and now sit three and a half games back of the Altoona Curve in the Eastern League Western Division standings. The Baysox will travel to Portland for a three-game series this weekend before coming back to Bowie for a homestand beginning Tuesday, June 9.

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Your Perfect State of Organization

“For many, just the thought of starting the de-cluttering and organizing process is daunting,” said Lisa Engel, VP and General Manager Digital Commerce, ClosetMaid. “By breaking it down – room by room, or need by need, the process can actually become rejuvenating. You’re literally creating an easier life for yourself.”

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3 Ways to Personalize Your Party Treats

For an easy way to make impressive cupcakes topped with a two- or three-color swirl, there’s a new tool to help make less mess and create more consistent results.

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Justice is not blind

When racist attitudes, either conscious or subconscious, are combined with the discretionary powers that law enforcement officers have, the result is a differential outcome, with African Americans more likely to be the targets of “blind justice.”

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VIDEO: Tearful Tracy Morgan thanks Walmart after accident

Tracy Morgan thanked Walmart, the company's whose truck hit his car a year ago seriously injuring him and killing a friend, saying that the company "stepped up to the plate in a tremendous way."

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BPD issues statement on recent firings and "forced separations"

There has been reporting recently on statements that have been made by Police Commissioner Anthony Batts regarding forced separations from this agency.

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VIDEO: Dad goes viral with anti-public shaming video

Dad goes viral with anti-public shaming video

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Politicizing donations to Clinton Foundation

Like the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropy that primarily funds education, world health and population projects, the Clinton Foundation was established to address such issues as climate change, global health, economic development, health and wellness and problems involving women and girls.

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History revealed: What people of Baltimore left in time capsules

A copy of the Declaration of Independence was found in the 1815 time capsule

Early pictures of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and many artifacts commemorating the centennial of the "Star-Spangled Banner," Baltimore's Washington Monument and other key aspects of American history were revealed Tuesday.

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Ravens Timmy Jernigan looking to cash in on big opportunity

“I know a lot of eyes are not just going to be on me, but the whole group.” Jernigan said; “We have huge shoes to fill with Haloti [Ngata] missing, and it’s definitely going to be a group effort for all of us, not just me.”

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America's true crime problem

It’s getting to be difficult to recall a week when, thanks to public exposure of videos, or tweets, text messages or emails, we’ve not seen another shocking example of police mistreatment of Black or Hispanic citizens under questionable circumstances.

Wednesday, June 3

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Contract talks open for 10,500 cleaners in Washington, Northern Virginia, Montgomery County & Baltimore

Workers seek full-time hours for full paycheck as commercial offices sell for record-setting prices

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Waterfront Partnership Offers New FREE Summer Programs

“Waterfront Play” and “Unified Bocce” begin this month

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Villanueva Shines in Complete Game Loss

Unearned Run the Difference in 1-0 Defeat

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Justin Forsett expecting a bigger role in Ravens passing game under Marc Trestman

“I was a third down back in the past. That’s how I got my start was being a third down back, picking up blitzes, running screens and routes out of the backfield.” Forsett said with a smile. “I haven’t spent much extra time running routes because outside of last year, I have always been used that way. I am ready for it.”

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Is a new crime wave on the horizon?

Baltimore and Houston experiencing uptick in crime

After decades of a downward trend in crime, residents in some large U.S. cities wonder if a reversal is coming.

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Film Review: Tomorrowland

If you took the world of The Jetsons, and made it a live-action film location, that would describe the visuals for the mysterious, glorious and fantastical place Tomorrowland.

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Clean power plan affects black quality of life

When Cheeraz Gormon received an invitation to lobby in Washington on behalf of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan with environmental legal advocacy nonprofit, Earthjustice, she was bewildered.

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The Waco Biker Riot and the lexicon of racism

Question: When men (and a few women) belonging to gangs known to law enforcement agencies for criminal behavior explode in a rampage – using guns, knives, clubs, and chains in trying to kill each other, and police officers, too, that leaves nine dead, nearly 200 injured and hundreds arrested, is that a “riot?”

Tuesday, June 2

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VIDEO| Hurricane outlook 2015: El Niño could hinder Atlantic storms

Forecasters expect six to 11 named storms, with at least three hurricanes

This year's Atlantic hurricane season probably will have fewer storms than normal for the third year running -- thanks in part to El Niño, forecasters say.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce are following a rich tradition

Hip-hop culture is about transformation.

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A call to curb expansion of charter schools in black communities

Parents, students and advocates for strong neighborhood schools continue to pressure civic leaders to end the expansion of charter and contract schools in Black and Latino communities across the nation.

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Fit Nation: Swimming past African-American issues with fear and competency in water

Water exercising and swimming can have tremendous health benefits

When I told my dad that I was going to be in a triathlon, he said, "You know you have to swim in the ocean. Do you know how to swim?"

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Film Review: San Andreas

If you live in California, a major earthquake is your worst nightmare.

Monday, June 1

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BJ Penn to be inducted to UFC® HALL of FAME

Two-time, two-division UFC world champion will be honored in the Modern Era category

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VIDEO: Indicted ex-FIFA official Jack Warner cites 'Onion' article to defend himself

Warner was among those indicted last week in U.S. investigation into alleged corruption at FIFA

An embattled former FIFA official has scored a spectacular public relations own-goal by citing an article by satirical news outlet The Onion in an attempt to counter criminal charges against him.

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Latimore wins it with walk-off Grand Slam

After an off day Monday, the Baysox fly to New Hampshire Tuesday to begin a six day road-trip that also includes a stop in Portland. The Baysox return home for a six-game homestand on Tuesday, June 9.

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Ask Alma: My brother’s non-breakup breakup

My brother and his fiancée broke off their engagement, which was a surprise to my whole family.

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VIDEO: O'Malley jumps into presidential race, offers progressive alternative to Clinton

Recent polls suggest former Maryland governor is lagging far behind

Martin O'Malley launched his presidential campaign Saturday with an appeal to the party's progressive base that he hopes will upend the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is destined to clinch the Democratic nomination.

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Racist Dr. Seuss drawing up for auction

It's not the first time Dr. Seuss has been accused of racism

A California auction house is selling an early drawing by Dr. Seuss that's sure to disappoint the parents and children who adore his later work.

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Car Review: 2016 Kia Sorento

Although it should be sunny by the time you read this, we ran into real world conditions while here to test drive the new 2016 Kia Sorento. Wind gusts were up to 50 mph and sometimes more; precipitation varied between rain and sleet and a bunch of snow was expected that night.