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News 2015 March

Stories for March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

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Indiana backlash: What you need to know about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Critics say it discriminates against the LGBT community

Gov. Mike Pence unleashed a firestorm on Indiana last week when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Seven Coppin State student-athletes named to MEAC All-Academic bowling team

Representing Coppin State were Brionca Beard, Alethia Edwards, Maribel Lovos, Shelby Mendoza, Kristen Sharpe, Danielle Smith and Kache Woods. Coppin State had the most student-athletes of any MEAC institution named to the All-Academic Team. It was the second sport this season in which Coppin State had the most MEAC All-Academic Team selections of any school in the conference. Volleyball had 10.

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Mother’s Day Kitchen Traditions

Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract, made with the world's finest vanilla from Madagascar, lends unmatched flavor and aroma to enhance cakes, puddings, pie fillings, custards, salad dressings and more.

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'Home' run: Did Rihanna save DreamWorks Animation?

The nightmare for DreamWorks Animation may be over. The beleaguered studio can thank Rihanna and Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory" for the turnaround.

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One-minute solutions to improving your health

If you're the type of person who is constantly wondering where the day went, you probably jump for joy whenever you read about short workouts, even 5 minutes long, that improve health.

Monday, March 30

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Randal Mendez and Darien Percell combined for five hits to lead the Coppin State baseball team during a 12-7 setback to Norfolk State

Randal Mendez and Darien Percell combined for five hits to lead the Coppin State baseball team during a 12-7 setback to Norfolk State

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Obama makes first trip to Kenya as President

President Barack Obama will visit Kenya this summer, the White House announced Monday, his first visit to the country since being elected President.

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Martin O'Malley challenges Hillary Clinton

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took a major shot at Hillary Clinton on Sunday, saying the country needs a "new perspective" and "new leadership" in the 2016 election.

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'The Daily Show' replaces Jon Stewart with ...

Stewart approves of the South African comedian as his replacement

It looks like "The Daily Show" has a new host.

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Police investigating incident at NSA

Police are on the scene following an incident at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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Fashion model's unlikely path to fame

This short film takes you into the world of this up-and-coming model, whose life has not always been picture perfect.

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Man shot dead at Fort Meade after ramming main gate near NSA

Two men tried to ram the main gate to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland on Monday, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the probe.

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Happy eating: Ingredient to a long life, in your cereal bowl

Early studies have shown eating a diet rich in cereal fiber can help reduce risk for diabetes, cancer, inflammation and obesity

There's good news for those of you who wake up to a bowl of cereal every morning, especially if your go-to choice is high in fiber. Hidden in that favorite box may be a prize better than a plastic toy. It just might hold the key to a longer life, according to a new study.

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Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival fundraiser receives strong community support

Approximately 75 guests attended the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival fundraiser called African Threads on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at ADEK Productions— located at 1801 West Street in Annapolis. Proceeds will support forthcoming efforts to hold a 2015 Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival in Annapolis.

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How Green Is Your House?

An eco-friendly approach to home care

Improving your home's energy efficiency is not only good for the planet, it's good for your wallet. After all, wasted energy is money lost in monthly utility bills

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Coppin State: Big Dawg Invitational hosted by Maryland Baltimore County Saturday

Both Coppin State track teams will compete in the Savannah State Twilight Meet on Wednesday afternoon and the prestigious Florida Relays on Friday and Saturday.

Sunday, March 29

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AVERY Sunshine to Perform at the Home is Where the Heart is Concert Fundraiser

The Women’s Challenge Presents the Home is Where the Heart is: Obtain, Sustain & Reclaim, concert fundraiser featuring singer-songwriter AVERY Sunshine.

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'The Rock' plays Obama on 'SNL'

'The Rock' plays Obama on 'SNL'

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Eat more cereal fiber, live longer

Eat a diet rich in fiber

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Powerful images of the NYC building collapse

A building collapsed in a heavy traveled section of New York's East Village. The cause is under investigation.

Friday, March 27

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Indie Soul Movie Review: 'Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage'

On Thursday March 18, 2015 for one night only, the Baltimore area was treated to a screening of “Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage,” a film documenting platinum recording artist Drake’s sold out concert in Toronto, Canada. The film features lost footage of Drake’s last big hometown performance before he became a global star.

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Roland Park Place welcomes Keiffer Jackson Mitchell, Jr. to Board of Directors

Roland Park Place (RPP), Baltimore City’s only not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC), announced the appointment of former state delegate Keiffer Jackson Mitchell, Jr. to its dynamic Board of Directors. Mitchell brings to RPP a lifetime of public service experience, as well as a robust background in finance, government, education and community relations.

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Local transplant recipient meets legislators for funding

Transplanted blood cells from umbilical cords proved to be the key in helping to save the life of Baltimore area resident and leukemia patient Linda Kosinski. The married mother of three, who first received her heartbreaking diagnosis in 2007, was helped by the generosity and extensive donor registry of the nonprofit Be The Match National Marrow Donor Program.

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‘Empire’ shows that black dollars matter

According to a Nielsen consumer report, African Americans are voracious consumers of media, watching 37 percent more television than any other slice of American demography.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Do you remember these night spots?

I got some oldies for you! Girlfriend, do you remember these clubs and patrons in these photos?

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Homebuyers, renters to explore affordable housing options at Maryland’s largest housing fair

“Come Home to Howard County” returns for ninth consecutive year on April 11, 2015

Come Home to Howard County, the largest housing fair in the state of Maryland, will open its doors for the 9th annual Howard County Housing Fair on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School located at 5460 Trumpeter Road in in Columbia, Maryland.

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Hopkins researchers offer new hope to sickle cell patients

Johns Hopkins researchers were able to successfully correct the genetic error in stem cells of patients with sickle cell disease and grow mature red blood cells in a lab.

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African-American Family Festival at The Walters

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, over 1,300 people from all walks of life came to celebrate African American culture through art, history and music at The African American Family Festival held at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

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Black, Latino graduation rates improve

Two reports released within moments of each other have served to highlight how African-Americans and Latinos have overcome many obstacles in order to strive toward success.

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Indie Soul: Cherie Cofield’s 5th Annual Let’s Get Serious Health, Wellness, and Fitness Expo

It’s time to get ready for the 5th Annual Let’s Get Serious Health, Wellness, and Fitness Expo on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Legendary Songwriter Diane Warren creates new single for Oprah Winfrey to become OWN Network Anthem

“You Will” features powerhouse vocals by Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles in first ever duet

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that legendary songwriter Diane Warren has written a new original song titled “You Will” for Oprah Winfrey and it will serve as the anthem for the network.

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Ravens Offensive Lineman John Urschel plays “For the love of the game”

John Urschel was selected by the Ravens in the fifth round (175th overall) at the 2014 NFL Draft. Urschel isn’t the typical football player. He is also known as a mathematician thanks to his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics. He has published a number of articles in major mathematical journals

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Baltimore native serves aboard USS New Orleans

A 2012 Randallstown High School graduate and Baltimore native is serving aboard USS New Orleans, one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious ships, designed to deliver Marines and their equipment to and from war zones.

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America’s first African-American female combat pilot, an inspiration in business and life

Before Women’s History Month draws to a close, it is a prime opportunity to highlight women who have broken barriers in the military, such as America’s first African-American female combat pilot, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour.

Thursday, March 26

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More than half of middle-class kids fail to earn bachelor's degrees

Here's a little-known, scary stat: More than half of middle class kids who start college fail to earn a bachelor's degree within six to eight years.

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A man introduces a salad made of tea leaves. "Parts Unknown" premieres April 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

A man introduces a salad made of tea leaves. "Parts Unknown" premieres April 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

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5 Steps To Becoming A Baller

Living Streetball Legend ‘The Professor’ Says Passion Is A Must

Grayson “The Professor” Boucher, (www.theprofessorlive.com), is known worldwide for wowing crowds in streetball games with his amazing ball-handling skills, and he is arguably the most popular streetball player ever. After many years and countless hours of training at the gym, in his driveway, at basketball camps, at youth leagues and AAU basketball, he has developed first-rate skills, which so many developing players seek to emulate. Boucher has played in more than 40 countries and has been a prominent basketball icon. He now showcases his game with streetball’s latest and most talked about company, Ball Up Streetball

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Increased black home ownership would slice wealth gap

Researchers studying the affects of public policy on the racial wealth gap estimated that the median wealth of Black households would rise 451 percent if Blacks owned homes at the same rates as Whites.

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Does TV's "Empire" poorly portray African-Americans?

As "Empire" airs it's season finale, Don Lemon asks a collection of guests to respond to the controversy surrounding the wildly successful tv show

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Michelle Obama: My challenge to you

How can we all work together to tackle childhood obesity and help our kids grow up healthy?

It has been five years since I started Let's Move!, an initiative to address childhood obesity and help all our kids grow up healthy. And as we mark this fifth anniversary, we're celebrating how far we've come, we're challenging ourselves to do even more, and we're committing to be true champions for this issue in the years ahead. That's our theme for this anniversary year: Celebrate, challenge, champion.

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Learning from Angelina Jolie's genetic testing for our own health

Don't go to your family doctor. Go to a genetic counselor

You may be more like Angelina Jolie than you think.

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Caught between Barack and a hard place

The experiment that featured a Black man in the White house is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking for their next job and jumping ship faster than rats. But you can’t blame them; that’s the way it is in politics.

Wednesday, March 25

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Maryland traffic deaths decline to lowest point in 66 years

Transportation Secretary, Pete K. Rahn, Acting State Police Superintendent, William M. Pallozzi and Motor Vehicle Administrator and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative Milt Chaffee today joined elected officials, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Managing Director, Mahlon “Lon” Anderson and highway safety advocates to announce the number of traffic fatalities on Maryland roads in 2014 was 442 – the lowest number since 1948.

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Angelina Jolie has ovaries, fallopian tubes removed to cut cancer risk

She urges other women at high risk of developing cancer to explore their options and take control

Two years after she underwent a double mastectomy to cut her cancer risk, actress and U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes for the same reason, she wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday.

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If you must smoke, do it away from the kids

Nearly 60% of children between the ages of 3 and 11 are exposed to second hand smoke

There is a growing body of evidence that children's exposure to smoking increases their risk of heart disease as an adult.

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I had a heart attack

Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I was dumbfounded. When? Where? How much damage was done? Why didn’t I know it?

Tuesday, March 24

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March Madness: Race, sports and money

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, better known as “March Madness” is back.

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Justice Dept. report slams Philly police

A Justice Department report found "serious deficiencies" in the Philadelphia Police Department's use of force, finding nearly half of officer-involved shootings were of unarmed suspects who were mistaken for being armed.

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Free ways to file your taxes

Filing your tax return is not only time consuming, it can be expensive.

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Comcast to take more complaints via Facebook and Twitter

Comcast is bulking up its presence on Twitter and Facebook as it tries to repair the damage done by a string of very public customer service catastrophes.

Monday, March 23

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10 ways to get happy

Happy people don't sit around waiting for good vibes to happen to them.

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Starbucks' critics are making a big mistake

Congratulations, Internet haters! Well done, keepers of the one-true-way-to-talk-about-race!

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Teen drivers: Buckle up and lower the volume, Dad's monitoring you

And she'll have fun, fun, fun...till daddy turns Teen Driver on.

Sunday, March 22

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McDonald's and Harlem's Fashion Row Announce 2015 Lovin' Student Fashion Design Competition

Bravo's "Fashion Queens" Host Bevy Smith Will Serve As Spokesperson

Final selection of the grand prize winner will be left up to the designers' friends and followers, as all finalists must encourage their fan base to vote for their line on harlemsfashionrow.com and via Twitter and Instagram using #365LovinFashion

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Key Facts and Reports: The Fifth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Five years after the ACA became law, millions of working and middle class families have the economic security of knowing that they won’t go broke if they get sick.

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FBI investigates case of black man found hanged in Mississippi

Black man hanging in Mississippi. FBI investigates.

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Does Fox's 'Empire' reinforce stereotypes?

Does FOX's Empire reinforce black stereotypes?

Friday, March 20

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Hollywood comes to Annapolis for annual film festival

Hollywood is making an appearance on the Chesapeake

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What does the Ravens signing Kendrick Lewis mean for Matt Elam?

General Manager Ozzie Newsome was very direct when he spoke about Elam during the Ravens state of the team news conference. "Matt Elam has to be a better football player for us next year," Newsome said last month. "He has to be."

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Baltimore Water Project launched to help residents pay water bills

Tiffani Bell and Kristy Tillman used social media to make a significant social impact and now their mission to do good deeds is spreading.

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Basil Waine Kong considered Mark Twain of Jamaica releases new book

Garnett Myrie was just a Jamaican boy from the countryside who was always in the midst of mischief growing up. As a young man he fought in the war of liberation in Angola and later returned to his home country to become a successful businessman and politician helping to improve the lives of his people.

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Indie Soul Music Review: Ima Jackson’s 'Enchanting Raindrops'

This week, Indie Soul takes it back to the motherland with Ima Jackson-- an artist with a an incredible voice and a powerful message.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: John R. Lamkin II

When you talk jazz and music with John R. Lamkin II, be prepared to talk for hours about the many places he has been, the artists he has performed with, and his love of teaching music to children.

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Maritime Industries Academy claims top national prize in ”Get Schooled Challenge”

Reports 10 percent jump in attendance

The challenge is to get students to attend school. The bigger challenge is to find ways to do this. Comcast and The Baltimore City School District have figured out a way to do just that by taking part in the Get Schooled 2014 National Attendance Challenge.

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Indie Soul Students of the Week: Naysa Reames, Cori Grainger, Shamon Thomas-Green, and Jessica Cooley

Representing the ladies of Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women and Office of College Counseling, these students deserve a standing ovation!

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Actor pitches psychological thriller about drugs, recovery

Shiek Mahmud-Bey could be a true Hollywood story that could eventually turn up in an episode of “Unsung” on BET. Not because he has ever been in over his head or has been on Skid Row and his career has fizzled— not by any stretch!

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Charity helps Baltimore resident with Multiple Myeloma

Baltimore resident Raymonna Jean was diagnosed in 2013 with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects the bone marrow.

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188 years of black press excellence in USA

In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America.

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Apple invests over $40 million in HBCU technology talent to improve diversity

On March 10, 2015, Apple and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)— a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization— announced Apple's multi-year commitment to make over $40 million in investments to HBCU technology students.

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Life in Baltimore: Weaving the stories of women’s lives

“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the 2015 Theme of National Women’s History Month which is quite an appropriate theme for this group of women who are being honored.

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Three Baltimore women find enrichment in business

As mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts, Tehma Hallie Smith, Ronae Brock and Michelle Davenport say they were bothered by the possible side effects connected to chemicals in the products they were using.

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The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ arrives in Baltimore

The circus is coming to town— the “Greatest Show on Earth” hits the Royal Farms Arena beginning on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

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Blackonomics: Political Frustration

Writing has been a catharsis for me since my “angry days” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I used to write “Last Poets” kind of stuff and just put it away afterwards.

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Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins to present gospel musical

Playwright Ursula V. Battle’s ‘Discord in the Choir’ presented

Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins (UV) will present Ursula V. Battle’s “DisChord in The Choir.”

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Local accessory designer launches jewelry collection to benefit NKF-MD

“New Vintage by SAM,” a lifestyle apparel and accessory brand dedicated to making a positive change in the world through artistic and fashion expression, has “stepped into the ring” with a powerful combination of style and philanthropy.

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Colorectal cancer information that you should know

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Glen Gibson, a surgical oncologist who works at the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), says being informed about colorectal cancer and getting screened for it can be extremely beneficial.

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Local counselor’s new book touches the soul

Author pens book about dealing with loss

From a distance, Ellen Fitzkee stands out. Then, a glance at her resume confirms that she is not the typical Baltimore high school guidance counselor.

Thursday, March 19

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Will.i.am launches sustainable fashion

Will-i-am sustainable fashion

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#BlackGirlsMatter right here in America

Every morning, when I fix my teenage daughter breakfast and drop her off to school, she reminds me that #BlackGirlsMatter.

Wednesday, March 18

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Pitbull's cross-cultural appeal

Pitbull on becoming Mr. Worldwide

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A complicated night with Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby show complicated

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Ravens introduce New safety Kendrick Lewis

The decision to join the Ravens was one that Lewis consulted with former Raven Michael Oher about. Lewis and Oher played together during their college days at the University of Mississippi. Oher had great things to say about the Ravens and the city of Baltimore. That helped make Lewis comfortable with making the decision to join the Ravens.

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CDC: Toddler Food Often Has Too Much Salt, Sugar

Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new government study.

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Don’t overlook contributions of Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr.

Looking at our nation and noting where we have come since 1965 gives us reason to celebrate. However, in our celebration we should be mindful that true equality was never achieved, and that instead of moving towards justice we are moving in the other direction.

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Chick-fil-A and Papa John's Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings for Fast Food Chains, According to Temkin Group

Overall, the fast food industry averaged a 76% rating in the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings and came in 2nd place out of 20 industries. It was also one of the 14 industries whose ratings declined in the past year, with its average decreasing by 2.0 percentage-points.

Tuesday, March 17

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PBS FILM 180 DAYS: HARTSVILLE EXPLORES HOW ONE TOWN IS BESTING POVERTY TO EDUCATE STUDENTS

Premiering TONITE as Part of “American Graduate,” a Public Media Initiative to Improve High School Graduation Rates

The program is 180 Days: Hartsville and it’s executive produced by client National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), the nation’s primary presenter of stories about the Black experience on public television. The PBS documentary shows one community's successful efforts in turning around their school system from being rated "below average" on their state’s report card in 2009 to being ranked third in the state out of 81 districts in only four years. Their 360-degree approach to education could be applied to other educational systems throughout America, becoming a true game changer for our communities.

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Rapper Trinidad James, commentator Ben Ferguson clash over use of n-word

Things got testy on "CNN Tonight" when conservative commentator Ben Ferguson charged that rappers like Trinidad James were profiting off the n-word.

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Sorry, Terrence Howard, 'Empire' probably won't use the 'N word'

Terrence Howard would like a little bit more reality on his hit show "Empire."

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12th Annual MammoJam Music Festival returns

The 12th Annual MammoJam Music Festival will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Baltimore’s famed 8x10 located at 10 East Cross Street in Baltimore at 6:30 p.m.

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Ronald A. Crutcher named 10th president of University of Richmond

“It is an exceptional honor to be named president of the University of Richmond,” said Crutcher.

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Light Up Twitter! Toyota And REVOLT Create a convergence of new Technology, Art, And Music during the world's leading music industry festival

The Toyota/REVOLT takeover brings one-of-a-kind live art installation to Austin, Texas using Twitter-generated art

Live music showcases Friday, March 20: PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – 11:30 a.m. CST; JOYWAVE – 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday, March 21: ALEX WINSTON – 1:15 p.m. CST; JOEY BADA$$ – 2 p.m. DJ sets on the outdoor stage Exclusive musical artist interviews and appearances Twitter users, follow @ToyotaShowcase and watch in real time as the art comes to life via live stream at http://revolt.tv/makeyourmark.

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Hampton University Annual Read-In Selects Jeff Hobbs' 'The Short & Tragic Life of Roberts Peace'

The event will continue the next day with panel discussions, a Town Hall Meeting, and closing reception in Ogden Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Defense Mobile supports U.S. Coast Guard members during potential Department of Homeland Security funding lapse

In the event that this Department of Homeland Security funding lapse occurs, Defense Mobile will continue to waive monthly mobile service fees until funding is restored. With all that these men and women have done and are doing for our country, Defense Mobile hopes this will give these heroes one less thing to worry about.

Monday, March 16

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Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' and other surprise albums

Lamar's new album was expected out March 23 but was released Monday instead

Blame it on Beyonce. Ever since the superstar songstress released her surprise self-titled album in December 2013, it seems like dropping music with little to no fanfare has become a thing.

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Weed-tossing car chase

Suspects ditch weed out of windows.

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Free Family FunFest set for Saturday, April 4 2015

Community Event marks unofficial start of season

The 16th annual Free Family FunFest at Prince George's Stadium Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event occurs rain or shine and features free rides and games in Louie's Kids Park, music and activities on the concourse and displays from local businesses and organizations.

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The "Billionaire Boys" Fight Club

Mayweather and CNN's Scholes interview

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Ivana Thomas has been named a finalist for the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship

"I am not surprised that Ivana has been named a Truman finalist," said Dr. Sabin P. Duncan, Director of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College. "Ivana's commitment and effort she puts forth in all that she does is commendable."

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Butternut Squash Linguine Recipe

Culinary.net works with chefs and major food companies to bring you recipes, cooking tips, videos, nutrition tips and helpful how-to kitchen information.

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Homeownership event in Baltimore

Bank of America is hosting a homeownership event in the Baltimore area to provide assistance to customers facing financial hardship and educational sessions for prospective homebuyers March 27-28 at the Hilton Baltimore located at 401 West Pratt Street in Baltimore City.

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12th Annual CBF Photo Contest gets under way

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announces its 12th annual watershed photo contest. Photo submissions are being accepted between now and April 10, 2015.

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No. 3 Firebirds Fall to No. 6 Franklin Pierce, 78-66 in NCAA Division II East Regional Quarterfinals

The Firebirds struggled in their half-court offense but did force 23 Ravens turnovers as they scored more than half of their points off of those turnovers and fastbreak opportunities. Also, UDC's bench, an integral part of the Firebirds' success this season, contributed a mere six points today.

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The Coppin State baseball team started its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schedule by dropping a doubleheader to in-state rival Maryland Eastern Shore Sunday afternoon at Hawk Field. The Eagl

In the nightcap, the Eagles were hurt by a rough second inning in which Maryland Eastern Shore turned three CSU errors into five runs. In addition to Dragon, Lance Montano and Mike Wright had hits for the Eagles.

Sunday, March 15

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Tula Mae & Speakerbox Magazine

This week’s Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week is the talented and passionate publisher of Speakerbox Magazine Tula Mae Speakerbox Magazine.

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Walters Art Museum Raises $30 Million for Endowment

Director’s Position Named to Celebrate Campaign’s Completion

More than 125 donors gave to the Campaign including Walters Trustees and members, as well as individuals, corporations, and foundations. Support included generous challenge grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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UDC Women’s Basketball standout Denikka Brent earns Daktronic/Division II Women’s Basketball First-Team

Brent (Mechanical Engineering – Chesapeake, VA/Booker T. Washington HS) was the ECC Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-ECC selection this season as she led the Firebirds to a school-record 25-win season, a regular season conference championship and UDC's 3rd NCAA Tournament berth in four years.

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Pirates upend Delaware State to win MEAC Title

Hampton (16-17), the No. 6 seed, earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament; the Pirates will learn their opponent, location, and game date on Sunday when CBS unveils the bracket at 6 p.m. EST.

Friday, March 13

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Maryland lawmakers called upon to support DUI Bill

In testimony before the Judicial Proceedings Committee recently, AAA Mid-Atlantic calls upon Committee Members to issue a favorable report for a DUI bill that would be another step forward in curtailing Maryland’s alcohol-related fatalities.

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Baltimore welcomes back CAA Tournament

Baltimore welcomed the return of the CAA Tournament March 6-March 9, 2015 to the Royal Farms Arena. There were some wonderful and exciting games over the weekend.

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LETTER: World is at war

President Obama refuses to refer to ISIL, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Quds Force, and others as Islamic terrorists.

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Take five for your kidneys during National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation is calling on all Americans to take five healthy steps for their kidneys.

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Maryland mother and daughter duo inspire women and girls to achieve dreams

Cheryl Wood, an international speaker, business coach, author and empowerment champion was selected to receive a 2015 Mother of Achievement Award from American Mothers, Inc.

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Life in Baltimore: Weaving the stories of women’s lives

“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the 2015 Theme of National Women’s History Month which is quite an appropriate theme for this group of women who are being honored.

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Indie Soul Book Review: ‘The Half That’s Never Been Told’

Sometimes when books come to Indie Soul, they sit on the desk for a few weeks before they are read. Every once in a while, once the book is opened, we find a gem!

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‘Other Annapolis’ photo collection offers lessons in ‘colored’ history

What was life like for “colored” people in Annapolis and other parts of Anne Arundel County? Errol Brown, a second-generation historian, can provide an in-depth analysis about people like Wesley A. Brown— the first black Naval Academy graduate.

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Youth ambassadors teach peers about dating violence

Dating Matters Program in 12 Baltimore middle schools

Baltimore City teenagers are helping younger peers avoid the dangers of dating violence with the Dating Matters program.

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It’s Brandon Williams’ turn to anchor the Ravens defensive line

The Baltimore Ravens were very pleased with the progression that second year defensive tackle Brandon Williams made last season. He took over as the zero technique in the Ravens 3-4 defense. That position was formerly occupied by Haloti Ngata.

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Renowned pastor brings message for women to Baltimore

Reverend R.C. Blakes Jr. has a message that he makes sure to try and get across when he is in the pulpit or when he is sitting in front of a television camera on the World Harvest International Network.

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Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at MSU selected for White House honor

On February 24, 2015, the White House recognized Tanya V. Rush, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore, as an HBCU Champion of Change.

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Postal Service previews Maya Angelou stamp image

Forever Stamp Image is a Painting Resembling a Photograph

The U.S. Postal Service recently previewed the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp image and announced that the First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony will take place on April 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. The stamps may be pre-ordered now at this link for delivery shortly after April 7.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Live Entertainment at the American Legion Post #263

Hello everyone, I hope everything is well with you. While you are reading my column this week, I am onboard a cruise ship heading to Panama, Aruba, St. Maarten and a few other exotic places with warmer weather.

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The value of a government-owned postal service

I remember reading a piece by a right-wing think-tank in 1990 calling for the privatization of the postal service. Their argument was fairly simple: it would allegedly save money.

Thursday, March 12

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Ravens re-sign RB Justin Forsett

“Sometimes you have fortunate signings in this business, and Justin was one of those,” Newsome stated. “We were fortunate because he became such a vital part of our on-field success and quickly became a steadying influence in the locker room at an uneasy time for us. He gave us more than we anticipated. From what we expected, he gave us unprecedented production.”

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Why was your credit card number stolen? Retailers are lazy.

Companies are losing your data to hackers because they get lazy about protecting it.

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Where is added sugar hiding?

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how added sugar is hiding in a lot of unexpected foods, causing us to consume way more sugar than our bodies need.

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6 traits successful entrepreneurs share

Successful entrepreneurs are persistent, adaptive and confident

The stark reality is that being an entrepreneur is arduous and daunting. Yet for those who are willing to take the path less traveled and commit their lives to one idea, or several ideas, it can be extremely rewarding.

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Vegetarians who eat fish could be greatly reducing their risk of colon cancer

Plant-based diets may also contribute to greater weight loss and lower blood pressure

Dropping red meat, and sticking to a plant-based diet that incorporates fish may be the key to preventing colorectal (colon and rectum) cancers, according to a seven-year study published Monday.

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Nominate a changemaker working to reduce violence in Baltimore

Winners will be recognized in a ceremony during Youth Violence Prevention Week

Violence is a public health issue because it has an enormous impact on the health and wellness of individuals; especially youth.

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OU student apologizes for racist chant

One of the two OU students expelled for racist chant has issued an apology. CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

Wednesday, March 11

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Jury: 'Blurred Lines' singers must pay $7.4 million

Pharrell William's must pay the Marvin Gaye family!

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IRS: Claim this refund now or you're out of luck

The IRS has $1 billion in unclaimed refunds for the 2011 tax year that will soon become the property of the U.S. government if taxpayers don't come forward to claim them.

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Tips to explore the world of wine

Have you always wanted to learn about wine and expand your knowledge?

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Report: University of Oklahoma student apologizes for racist chant

One of the two University of Oklahoma students expelled for their role in leading a racist chant has issued an apology, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Tuesday, March 10

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Baltimore Ravens Trade Haloti Ngata

“Haloti has been an outstanding player for us for many years,” Newsome stated. “He consistently showed tremendous leadership in our locker room and on the field. At times, he was one of the NFL’s most dominant players.”

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‘DRAKE’S HOMECOMING: THE LOST FOOTAGE’

REDISCOVERED 2009 CONCERT FOOTAGE FROM TORONTO’S SOUND ACADEMY WITH EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS COMING TO SELECT U.S. MOVIE THEATERS.

Drake’s Lost Concert Comes to Select Cinemas for One Night on March 19, Presented by Fathom Events, SpectiCast, Serious Ent., AMG Inc., Rap-A-Lot Records and Young Empire Music Group

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Understand Your Family's Health History

African-Americans need to know their family history and take control of their health.

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Replace ‘entitlement’ in praise and create self-respect

No matter where you are, if little ones are around, it won't take long before you'll hear "You're so smart," "You're so pretty," as well as, "You're the best on the team."

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Time-saving spring cleaning tips for your home’s outdoor spaces

It’s time to prep your home’s outdoor spaces for the season ahead. From the yard to the garage to the deck, getting these areas tidy is all part of a thorough spring clean.

Go to bed! Doctor's orders

Your lack of sleep not only is affecting your health, but also the health and safety of those around you.

Monday, March 9

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Take small steps to better health

Staying healthy doesn’t have to mean overhauling your lifestyle. Sometimes small changes can have big impacts. Take it from celebrity fitness trainer, Latreal “La” Mitchell, “Everyone can reach their health and fitness goals. It’s all about setting attainable goals and staying motivated to see results.”

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Torrey Smith will be missed by both the Ravens and the Baltimore community

“Although I may no longer be a member of the Baltimore Ravens, at heart, I will always be a Raven. What we accomplished together is timeless. This isn’t a goodbye because I will still be around and Baltimore will continue to be my home in the off-season and when my career is done.”

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College kids make robotic arms for children without real ones

Around the world, volunteers with 3-D printers are making limbs for children

By the time Cynthia Falardeau read about Alex Pring, a little boy who got a battery-powered robotic arm last summer, she had made peace with her son Wyatt's limb difference.

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Transformative Art Prize applications open for 2015

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and PNC Bank announce the return of the PNC Transformative Art Prize for 2015!

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Black dollars matter!

The protest slogans addressing our latest struggle for justice and equity compel me to come up with a new phrase.

Sunday, March 8

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Obama: Selma marchers gave courage to millions, inspired more change

In a passionate speech about racial progress in America, President Barack Obama on Saturday told thousands of people who gathered here to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" that "our march is not yet finished.

Friday, March 6

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Learning to be a citizen

The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “Okay, so what can I do about it?”

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Indie Soul Past & Present: David Chance of Ruff Endz

It was February 11, 2002, a few days before Valentine’s Day and a couple of months before wedding season when Baltimore group, Ruff Endz, released a song entitled “Someone To Love.”

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Baltimore's Anthony Goode selected All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in men's basketball for the 2014-15 season

Awards were announced Thursday at a GCAC team luncheon at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport hotel in suburban Kenner, La. The GCAC Tournament for men (Xavier's Convocation Center) and women (Dillard's Dent Hall) will begin Friday with quarterfinal games at two New Orleans sites. Xavier will be the site of the men's and women's semifinals and finals.

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Annapolis native offers entrepreneurship lessons during National Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month offers an excellent opportunity to highlight local women who step out in faith like Ericka Wilkins.

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Verizon hosts statewide Black History Month celebration

Verizon hosted its 6th annual Black History Month open house for guests of all ages at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in downtown Baltimore on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

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Hair catastrophe leads to successful business

For some women, having a bad hair day can lead to many other problems.

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A conversation with LaShonda Katrice Barnett

Author of ‘Jam on the Vine’ speaks at Enoch Pratt main branch on March 7

“Jam on the Vine,” the debut novel by author LaShonda Katrice Barnett is a lush historical novel set at the turn of the 20th century that sheds light on black life in America post-emancipation.

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Senator Mikulski announces retirement

United States Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has championed equal rights for all, equal pay for women and has successfully ended discrimination against women in health care. She also spearheaded a change in government regulations that previously forced elderly couples to spend all their assets and lose their homes before qualifying for help in paying for nursing homes.

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dreamMakerS help children cope when parents have MS

Laura Rigney first became aware of the nonprofit dreamMakerS when a friend added her name to the organization’s email list. Rigney says she feels fortunate that she joined.

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New partnership offers students opportunity to earn AA degree tuition free

Good news for parents who seek to save thousands in higher education expenses and help for students looking to jump-start their college studies.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Dia Simms

Dia Simms was the keynote speaker at a business conference hosted by The Greater Baltimore Urban League on February 19, 2015.

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Indie Soul Book Review: Howard L. Bingham’s Black Panthers 1968

Parents and guardians are responsible for teaching black history of to our children. One group that is often misunderstood and forgotten about is the Black Panthers.

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The book, “Light of the World” by Elizabeth Alexander

Following the death of her husband, artist and chef Ficre Ghebreyesus, poet Elizabeth Alexander found herself at an existential crossroads.

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Oprah Book Club novelist to read from new book at Pratt Library

Lalita Tademy panelist at Women's Literary Festival at main branch March 7

Lalita Tademy chooses to write books about real people who have experienced tough times like slavery and those who have been victimized by racism or other kinds of discrimination. The New York Times bestselling author and an “Oprah Book Club” honoree says the characters in her books always prevail.

Thursday, March 5

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New Ikea furniture will charge your phone wirelessly

Ikea is launching a new range of high-tech furniture that will wirelessly charge your smartphones and tablets.

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March is National Nutrition Month: Tips to recharge your resolutions

Have your healthy New Year’s habits already begun to fade? Recharge your resolutions this March during National Nutrition Month. While a healthy lifestyle can certainly help you get the body you always wanted, the benefits extend well beyond your appearance, say experts.

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Five top home improvements that raise your home's resale value

Before you decide on a home improvement project, it’s a good idea to learn which ones will help raise your house’s value and recoup the most money when you decide to sell.

Wednesday, March 4

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LETTER: Support our Kurdish allies

The United States has to start directly supplying significant military equipment to the Kurds so they can effectively combat ISIS.

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How to plant your garden from scratch

Planting a garden from scratch can sound like a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the hobby. But with the right knowledge, you can plan a successful, fruitful green space and expect to have a great harvest.

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Howard students will get paid to graduate on time

Howard University is going to pay its students to graduate in four years.

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Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank: Kick-Off Touchdown for Teachers Program

Five finalists will be honored for their positive impact during the Ravens Draft Party at M&T Bank Stadium

Tuesday, March 3

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UDC Men’s Basketball Falls at St. Thomas Aquinas in Season Finale, 99-78

UDC, with all five of its wins coming in ECC play this season, finished next to last in the league standings. The Firebirds’ five wins this season under 2nd year head coach Mike Riley was still an improvement upon last year’s mark of 3-23 (1-19 ECC

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Mikulski announces her fifth term will be her last

At Henderson’s Wharf Inn in Fells Point, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) announced she has decided not to run for re-election.

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Too much Facebook leads to envy and depression

Constantly checking Facebook to see what your friends are doing could lead to some serious depression.

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Hamilton College Choir to Perform in Baltimore on March 14

The Hamilton College Choir boasts an uninterrupted tradition of fine choral singing that dates back for over a century. It is directed by G. Roberts Kolb, professor of music and director of choral music at Hamilton since 1981

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Spring into Easter with these entertaining tips

With Easter around the corner, you’re probably already thinking about creating the perfect Easter baskets and planning a celebration for family and friends.

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We need justice in our communities

Sgt. Lisa Henson is a prison guard in Baltimore. It’s a job she has had for 20 years. She is a straightforward and blunt woman. “I have a simple mantra about the work I do: I am fair, firm and impartial,” she said.

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Artist Betty Ganley featured at Gallery 333

Gallery 333 features the artist, Betty Ganley from March 5 to April 30 2015. Ganley has won over 80 awards for her vibrant watercolors, which have been published in nine national "How To" art books.

Monday, March 2

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Texas nurse who contracted Ebola to sue hospital chain

She says the hospital violated her privacy and did not provide adequate training

She was the first person to ever contract Ebola in the United States, and now she's going to suing the hospital where she got infected.

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Why blue/black/white/gold dress went viral

Positive stories get the most shares

This isn't just speculation, it's a fact: What the majority of us read, share and discuss is not "hard news"-oriented at all.

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Travel where it's still summer right now

Australia, Africa and parts of Latin America are actually warm

We know you're shivering.

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Federal funds available to serve summer meals

MSDE seeks to expand access, participation

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced that federal funds are available to assist public and private nonprofit organizations in serving free nutritious meals and snacks to children this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U. S. Department of Agriculture program.

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Maryland Food Bank, partners kick off 2015 Spring Forward Food Drive

Marylanders are asked to donate food at Safeways, Post Offices and other locations across the state throughout first week of March

The Maryland Food Bank and its partners, AARP; the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland; Safeway, WBAL-TV 11; and the U.S. Postal Service, have once again teamed up to host the Spring Forward Food Drive Presented by Harvest for the Hungry from Saturday, February 28 through Sunday, March 8, 2015.

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SECU offering annual scholarships to Maryland State Employees again

SECU, Maryland’s largest financial cooperative— will once again offer scholarships to Maryland state employees and their immediate family members who will attend college, graduate school, or trade school in the fall of 2015.