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Stories for May 2015

Sunday, May 31

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HBCU Sports: Coppin State NCAA Track Recap

2015 NCAA Division I Track & Field East Region Preliminary Championships at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida Saturday night

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Yastrzemski sparks Baysox comeback Win

LHP Jhonathan Ramos (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for the Baysox Sunday as the team plays the final game in a three-game home series against the Harrisburg Senators. He will be opposed by RHP Joe Ross (2-2, 3.05). Sunday is Toy Story Day beginning at 2:05 p.m.

Friday, May 29

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VA Health Care Enrollment, Eligibility, Veterans Benefits Seminar

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System is hosting a VA Health Care Enrollment, Eligibility and Veterans Benefits Seminar at the Baltimore VA Medical Center on Monday, June 1, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Auditorium, 2nd Floor of Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore City.

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Hogan announces homeownership initiative for veterans, military families

On Memorial Day, Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary Kenneth Holt announced a $20 million initiative that will give a significant boost to veterans and military families who are looking to buy a home in one of Maryland's 86 Sustainable Communities.

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Baltimore author brings children to Brazil’s rain forests in new adventure book

Author Dawne A. Allette announces the nationwide release of her new children’s book, “Wellington Willowby Weeks.”

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Deadline extended for local baking competition during Monumental Bicentennial

Calling all bakers! The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts on behalf of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy is seeking local bakers to participate in “A Monumental Baking Competition” in the park squares of Mount Vernon Place on July 4, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Indie Soul Student of the Week: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, I had the privilege of being a judge at NFTE Business Plan Competition Semifinals.

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Quick Hits and Quotes from Ravens Organized Team Activity

John Harbaugh on coaching changes: I’d rather be changing coaches because the coaches are becoming head coaches rather than the other reason that coaches get changed in this league. I am pretty happy with that.

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BCCC students showcase passion for fashion

The Business & Technology Department, in conjunction with the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Fashion Design Program presented "The Preview" Fashion Show on May 16, 2015.

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Congress says, “War Powers? What War Powers?”

A few weeks ago, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants.

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“Painting in the Park” showcasing northeast Baltimore’s Herring Run Park

Artists and art lovers are invited to come out and celebrate Herring Run Park at the first-ever Painting in the Park: Herring Run Plein Air event, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31, 2015 at Herring Run Park in Northeast Baltimore.

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Marrow donor has compassion in her bones

Can you remember what you thought, felt and hoped for 16 years ago?

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Symposium highlights research of future STEM leaders

Tula Raghavan recommended the use of acriflavine for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, which is an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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Indie Soul Movie Review: Sugar Babies

In “Sugar Babies: The Bittersweet Truth About Diabetes,” from Academy Award-winning executive producer Geralyn White Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels) and New York Times best-selling author James S. Hirsch (Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter), filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie (Kick Like a Girl) reveals the frightening epidemic of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and what we can do to address this frightening public health issue.

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Founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa comes to Baltimore

When the riots broke out in Baltimore City, there was a call to action for community leaders, political leaders and religious leaders to come together to formulate solutions and to help pull the community together.

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Award winning actress teams up with foster youth for ‘Foster Youth Shadow Day’

As a part of the Fourth Annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day, 63 foster youth and foster youth alumni from across the nation convened on Capitol Hill on May 20, 2015, to shadow their Congressional Representatives.

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‘Green Ambassador’ helping sustain Baltimore community

Cathy Allen is recognized as the Green Ambassador. She has helped to spearhead efforts to plant trees at city schools, playgrounds, and parks and in Baltimore’s urban communities.

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What consumers should know about CareFirst data breach

State’s largest health insurer was subject to cyberattack in or around June 2014

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is advising customers of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield about a data breach that the company last week confirmed had occurred in or around June 2014.

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Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank announce 2015 Touchdown for Teachers winners

Being involved in the community is something that comes naturally for the Baltimore Ravens

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B.B. King: Why I sing the blues

As a young boy in 1920s Mississippi, Riley B. King, who would one day come to be known as legendary blues icon B.B. King, was introduced to the electric guitar at Reverend Archie Fair’s church.

Thursday, May 28

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The transformation of Steph Curry

I’ve lived in Charlotte, N.C. with my family now for the past 15 years and owned season tickets to the Bobcats games for the first three seasons of the new basketball franchise. In a small, communal city like Charlotte, we all know the sons and daughters of the professional athletes in basketball as well as from the Carolina Panthers football team.

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Blacks least likely to get business loan from banks

Black-owned businesses face tougher challenges than other groups when seeking bank loans, according to a new study by the Gallup polling company commissioned by Wells Fargo.

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Overdraft fees top $1 billion at the big 3 banks

America's 3 biggest banks raked in over $1 billion in overdraft fees in Q1 alone

You aren't alone if you've ever been hit with an overdraft fee from your bank.

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Thieves find brazen way to steal your identity

A criminal could be collecting unemployment benefits under your name right now -- and you wouldn't even know it.

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Fashion, plus-size modeling and race: When 'diversity' isn't so diverse

Lisa Respers France: There's a lack of diversity in discussion around plus-size models

From the beginning I have been a fan of model Tess Holliday.

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Officers want their trials moved out of Baltimore

The officers say public officials made prejudicial comments about them

Six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray want their trials moved out of the city.

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Tips to avoid and treat common summer skin woes

In summer you want your skin to look and feel its best. But all that extra exposure introduces more risks of irritation, rashes and bites.

Wednesday, May 27

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Police: Reality star arrested, made terror threats

Police: Reality star arrested, made terror threats

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Orioles reveal Buck Showalter garden gnome image

#SHOWtheGnome campaign continues with giveaway scheduled for June 27

A gallery of the images is available at www.orioles.com/SHOWtheGnome.

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VIDEO: Is it ever OK to snoop on your partner?

Survey: Nearly twice as many men versus women admit snooping on a partner's phone

Here's a scenario to consider: Your partner leaves his cell phone on the dining room table. His texts and emails can be easily accessed with just the touch of a fingertip. Would you look? Have you ever looked?

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Use Your Vacation Days for a Better You

Employees who don’t take the time to take care of themselves often see health and productivity decline as they continue to grind away at the office with no break in sight. It can often be difficult to take that time – there’s always the possibility that a boss or a coworker might call and interrupt a trip – but that is not reason enough to pass on paid time off.

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Two of B.B. King's daughters claim he was murdered

Two of B.B. King's daughters claim he was murdered

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VIDEO: Cavaliers star LeBron James reacts after Cleveland police verdict

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has weighed in on the turmoil in Cleveland following the acquittal of a white police officer in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects.

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Fast food versus the African diet, the bacteria battle waged in your gut

Wheat, yogurt and vegetables could be fertilizers for healthy gut bacteria

Next time you are trying to decide what's for dinner, consider that you are eating for two. You and your gut microbiome.

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Get wise about buying or leasing a vehicle

For many people, buying or leasing a car is their first “big ticket” item. Having a plan for how this new vehicle will fit into your budget can help you be confident about your decision and keep your finances in check.

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Snyder, Wieters Spark Late Baysox Rally in Win

The Baysox will host another Oriole Wednesday in the second game of the series at Prince George’s Stadium at 6:35 p.m. Bud Norris will take the mound for Bowie as he works his way back from the disabled list. Norris is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts for the Orioles.

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How to make a difference in a community that matters to you

You may not realize it, but you have the power to make a big difference in your community.

Tuesday, May 26

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Wow your guests’ taste buds at summer dinner parties

Warm weather begs for an outdoor dinner party with good friends, delicious food, and plenty of wine. It’s all in the details to elevate a typical get together into a summer celebration feast with friends.

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Brelo verdict: Cleveland officer acquitted after shooting unarmed couple - now what?

How can a police officer fire 15 shots into a car with two unarmed people inside and then get acquitted after their deaths?

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The 6 most scientifically proven methods to help you quit smoking

Quitting smoking is considered one of the hardest bad health habits to break

For more than 50 years we've known that smoking can kill you.

Monday, May 25

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab population shows modest improvement

Adult females are no longer depleted, but remain at low levels

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently released the 2015 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey results, which showed the abundance of spawning-age females was 101 million, a substantial rise from 2014 when adult females were considered depleted.

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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony rapper helps save driver having diabetic crisis

The man was driving erratically due to diabetic shock

Rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony scored a Grammy with their song "Tha Crossroads," which paid tribute to loved ones they had lost. But rapper Layzie Bone may have helped save a life recently.

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Dr. Beach names top 10 U.S. beaches for 2015

A Hawaiian is tops in Dr. Beach's best beaches list

An hour's drive from Oahu's famous and often-crowded Waikiki Beach is a local's delight.

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Ask Alma

A Christian with a short memory

A christian with a short memory

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Car Review: 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD

GMC’s 2015 Sierra 2500HD is a serious truck. We had the Denali Crew Cab 4X4 trim model and found that the hulking full-size pickup had enough oomph to handle most jobs that an individual or small crew might come upon.

Sunday, May 24

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Morgan State University offers exclusive transfer opportunities to students at Sojourner-Douglass College

Morgan is planning a one-time “Transfer Decision Day” to be held at the University’s South Campus Montebello Complex (Room D-118) on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 23

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Black farmers are being shut out of the medical marijuana industry

Black farmers, with the support of the Florida Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association, aren't giving up but continuing their fight for equality in the medical marijuana industry.

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Three Coppin State student-athletes headed to NCAA Division I Preliminary Outdoor Track and Field East Regional Championships

Representing the Eagle women will be their dynamic duo of junior Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champions Tanaya Yarde (400-meter hurdles) and Deandra Daniel (high jump). Making the trip south for the men for the third straight year will be junior Shane Green (triple jump).

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Area residents graduate from Bethany College

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.

Friday, May 22

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55 Coppin State student-athletes named to the MEAC 2015 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team

“We have been working aggressively as a team and a University to ensure the success of our student-athletes,” Coppin State Director of Athletics Derrick K. Ramsey said.

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Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist donates computers to the Pratt Library in wake of city unrest

Gift valued at $170,000 of computers for all Enoch Pratt Free Library Branches. Ferguson Municipal Public Library also receiving donation

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Bitten residents can submit insects to State to identify for treatment guidance

As the summer season approaches and people and their pets begin enjoying more time outdoors, the risk of tick-borne disease transmission is at its peak. In recognition of this, Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed May as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month.

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Veterans Affairs Health Care Enrollment, Eligibility and Veterans Benefits Seminar

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System is hosting a VA Health Care Enrollment, Eligibility, and Veterans Benefits Seminar at the Baltimore VA Medical Center on Monday, June 1, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

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Baysox Fall to Thunder in 13 innings

The Baysox open a four-game road series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Friday. LHP Tim Berry (0-3, 7.43) will be making the start for the Baysox and he will be opposed by LHP Kelvin Marte (3-0, 2.60).

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Red Cross urges summer blood, platelet donations to prevent seasonal shortage

Eligible donors can choose their day to help save lives during “100 days of summer

The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.

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Google fixes N-word maps problem for most users

Google has fixed an issue with its Google Maps search function, which previously led people to The White House if they searched for variations of the n-word with the word house.

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The scars of Vietnam

As a baby-boomer who grew up on war movies, I thought of veterans as various forms of heroes.

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Indie Soul: Thandie Newton returns in Rogue

The landscape of television viewing has changed over the years with an explosion of original programs coming from cable, the Internet and now DIRECTV.

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RAMBLING ROSE: It’s time for parties and crabs!

It’s time for parties and crabs!

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Indie Soul Book Review: The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Legend of Jocko

Schools will let out for summer vacation very soon but that does not mean your child should take a break from learning. Here are two books that should be on your child’s summer reading list:

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Planning for our own success

Are we living in the last days? If so, what are we doing about it?

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Buying, selling a home—be prepared!

After flatlining during the economic downturn that began around 2008, housing markets in many regions of the United States and Canada have shown signs of recovery. Those in the market to buy and sell may find this year presents an ideal opportunity to do just that.

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Comedian and top author Lizzie Skurnick returns to Baltimore

When the celebrity gossip website TMZ attempts to figure out whether someone has had plastic surgery, they pose the question to readers whether a star’s good looks are a result of good genes or good doctors.

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Hattie Washington offers inspiring story during National Foster Care Month

While focusing our attention on National Foster Care Month in May, Dr. Hattie Washington is a living example that investing in foster children is worth the effort and time.

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First black UMB nursing grad receives honorary doctorate at 84

Small in stature and soft in voice, there’s little doubt that Esther McCready proved to be a giant in the fight for civil rights.

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Indie Soul: Marley at Center Stage

From Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, comes a world premiere musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley.

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Ravens fifth round draft Pick Robert Myers is ‘Living the Dream’

The Baltimore Ravens have always had a penchant for drafting players from Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs). They selected two players from a HBCU in the 2015 NFL draft.

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Urban League leadership program prepares students for college

Wesley Read, 18, will graduate from City Neighbors High School later this month. The senior remarked that the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s (GBUL) Saturday Leadership Program provided valuable college exposure.

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NFL Great Willie Lanier gives $500K to alma mater Morgan State

Morgan State University (MSU) announced a major financial commitment from one of the University’s favorite sons, a $500,000 gift to establish the Willie E. Lanier, Sr. Endowed Lectureship in Business Ethics in the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management (SBM).

Thursday, May 21

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TripAdvisor's picks: America's best BBQ

Cockeysville BBQ restaurant in top 10

There's more than one bone of contention in the great finger-lickin' barbecue debate. Pork or beef? Vinegar- or tomato-based sauce? No sauce -- or maybe something mustard-based?

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Car Review: 2016 Fiat 500X

It was bigger, taller and barely looked like a Fiat 500 from the side. But from the front it was unmistakably the small Italian import that has had some success during its four years in the U.S. market.

Wednesday, May 20

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The fittest cities in the U.S., and why

Regardless of where you live in the United States, one trend seems to be clear: The more pedestrian-friendly the city, the healthier its residents, according to a recent report released by the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Top time-saving tips for household chores

On average, people spend more than two hours daily on such household activities as cleaning and organizing, according to the 2013 American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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Michelle Obama resists taking the easy way out

More than any other first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama continues to stand above those who would attempt to distort her leadership. First Lady Obama’s recent commencement address at the Tuskegee University in Alabama exemplified her courage to speak truth to the world without fear of repercussions.

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Overcoming challenges as a mother in the Coast Guard

One challenge many people in the Coast Guard face is finding a good work-life balance, and finding that balance can be especially difficult for mothers. Long deployments, difficulty finding affordable child care and complicated work schedules are all situations many mothers in the Coast Guard face each day.

Tuesday, May 19

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'Natural' and other food labels that sound legitimate but may not be

Policy groups have urged the FDA to define "natural"

The debate over the safety of genetically modified foods came into the spotlight again last month when Chipotle, the popular Mexican food chain, announced it was working to remove ingredients that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, from its menu.

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First Lady pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

Last week, I received an email from my friend, NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry. It was a White House press release and a copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s May 9 commencement address at Tuskegee University. My first thought was: Why is George sending me this?

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BBB offers 6 tips for finding a reliable lawn care company

Now that spring weather has arrived, many Maryland homeowners are thinking about how they can improve their lawns and gardens.

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VIDEO: From 'crack baby' to the mayor's office

Looking at Shawn Blanchard today, it's hard to believe the polished, well-spoken University of Michigan grad and Detroit city official once envisioned a life as a kingpin drug dealer.

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Drug Court participants spend the day giving back to the community

Last week in honor of National Drug Court month, the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County Adult Drug Treatment Court program sponsored a Drug Court Community Service Day at Gaudenzia Inc. located in Crownsville, Md.

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More and more senior citizens maintaining an active sex life

The month of May is designated “Older Americans” Month.

Monday, May 18

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UFC® announced that it will bring its first ever live event to Seoul, South Korea, on November 28, 2015

The UFC Fight Night Seoul event will be broadcast all over the world giving the UFC’s international fans a taste of the immense passion and support South Korean fans have for MMA.

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Baltimore County school year to begin on August 24

The first day for the Baltimore County Public Schools’ 2015-2016 school year has been moved to Monday, August 24, from Wednesday, August 26.

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VIDEO: Bill Cosby on sex assault allegations: 'I've never seen anything like this'

Embattled comedian Bill Cosby said in a convoluted interview Friday that the outpouring of sex assault allegations against him is unprecedented.

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Grow your best tomato yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

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VIDEO: Janet Jackson celebrates her birthday by announcing new album

'From my lips,' Janet Jackson announces new album, world tour

Janet Jackson took to Twitter to answer any fans who might be asking, "What have you done for me lately?"

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Squirrels Strike Quickly to Take Series

The Baysox are gearing up for a week-long road trip after an off-day on Monday. Parker Bridwell (1-2, 4.98), who leads the Baysox pitching staff in strikeouts, takes the mound for the first game against Trenton on Tuesday.

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Music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin featured at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

On Friday, May 22, 2015 local and regional favorite Unified Jazz Ensemble will present songs that have stood the test of time at 8 p.m. Featured will be works by composers Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin.

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Few sickle cell patients receive beneficial drug

Study finds medication helps reduce painful episodes

Few American adults with sickle cell anemia are getting a recommended medication that can help them manage pain, breathing problems and other debilitating symptoms, according to a new study.

Sunday, May 17

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The 'have tos' of the despots: U.S. Christians under siege

The comment has Hillary Clinton essentially saying that Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.

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HBCU Sports: Coppin State Track Recaps from ECAC/IC4A Championships

“This weekend was tough for us as we’re coming off conference championships and final exams,” Coppin State head women’s track and field coach Alecia Shields-Gadson said. “I think the ladies just need to recover and regroup. We will be ready for the NCAA preliminary round.”

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Baysox big inning snaps losing streak

The Baysox close out the series against Richmond on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium. Right-hander Terry Doyle (2-0, 2.45) is making his first start of the season for Bowie against Richmond’s Jack Snodgrass (2-3, 4.94

Saturday, May 16

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UFC: Machida and Romero to meet in South Florida on Saturday June 27th

The Ultimate Fighter® Brazil will highlight the main card with new talent in both the bantamweight and lightweight divisions

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Tips for Enjoying Different Types of Wines

With a bit of knowledge, you can get the best experience possible trying a new wine varietal.

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ESSENCE announces ‘PEACE, PRAYER & PURPOSE’ RALLY AT 2015 ESSENCE FESTIVAL

Special Guests Include Rev. Al Sharpton, Steve Harvey, Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant,Donna Brazile and Many More

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Students at D.C.’s Bancroft Elementary Playing a Different Tune this Monday as Musical Celebrities and Music Industry Leaders Donate Instruments and Lessons

Former New York Yankee turned Latin GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Bernie Williams, award-winning opera singer Carla Dirlikov, NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, and 40 other music industry leaders to play music with 75 Bancroft Elementary fifth graders.

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Power Punch Kale Caesar Salad

Power Punch Kale Caesar Salad

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Morgan State University Celebrates university's 139th commencement ceremony

Nearly 900 Undergraduate, Graduate, and Honors Degrees to be Awarded

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Baysox lose season-high fifth straight game

LHP Tim Berry (0-3, 7.46) takes the mound for the Baysox Saturday as the team plays the third game in a four game home series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He will be opposed by RHP Chris Stratton (0-4, 4.94). Fireworks are scheduled for after the game on Saturday night and Sunday is Bark in the Park starting at 2:05 p.m

Friday, May 15

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Open Society Institute-Baltimore announces 'Baltimore Justice Fund'

All proceeds will support interventions to improve police accountability and increase racial justice and opportunity for Baltimore residents

In response to the recent unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, the Open Society Institute-Baltimore has announced the creation of the Baltimore Justice Fund.

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Simple tips from BGE to help beat the heat this summer

Summer is quickly approaching and Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is ready. In an effort to ensure reliable service for its 1.25 million customers, BGE has implemented its summer preparedness program, SummerReady.

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“O, Say Can You Sing” the National Anthem with the BSO?

Auditions May 28, 2015

Auditions by appointment only! To register, visit http://www.bsomusic.org/misc/o-say-can-you-sing-application.

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Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89

King was admitted to home hospice care this month

Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.

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Life In Baltimore: Continuing our celebration of mothers

We continue to celebrate mothers because they are the gems of our lives. Regardless of life challenges, these unique women shower us with love and support.

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Indie Soul: Prince Rally4Peace

On the evening of Sunday, May 10, 2015, Prince kept his promise to bring people together in Baltimore with his Baltimore Rally4Peace Concert. With the statement “We are your servants Baltimore. We are here for you. We are here for the city,” Prince began a barrage of songs starting with “Let’s Go Crazy.”

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Maryland students chosen to compete in National History Day Competition

Sixty-eight students advance; eighty-two receive special awards

More than 600 talented middle and high students, along with their proud parents and teachers, converged on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday, May 2, 2015 to compete in the annual Maryland History Day state contest. Representing 10 counties and Baltimore City, 68 students were selected to advance to the National History Day competition. Additionally, 82 students won special awards at the contest.

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LETTER: African-Americans and colon cancer

Here is some promising news: A recent study suggests that you can reduce your risk for colon cancer— a disease that afflicts African-Americans more than any other racial group in the United States— just by eating tasty vegan foods.

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‘Our Auntie Rosa’ memoir offers personal side of Parks’ life

Rosa Parks is internationally famous for her role in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. Yet few know the other side of Parks’ life.

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‘The Wayward Wife’ debuted on Amazon May 1

Baltimore educator T. S. Wallace’s debut fiction novel “The Wayward Wife” is an introspective look into a woman’s mind, whose love life, and subsequently her entire life, is spiraling out of control.

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Indie Soul: New Fall TV 2015 with African-Americans

It’s early to be talking Fall TV but this season African-Americans are truly getting the chance to make an impact on what people watch.

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Bowie State breaks ground on Center for Natural Sciences

Building will house natural science, mathematics and nursing departments

An exciting event took place at Bowie State University (BSU) on Monday, May 11, 2015. A morning groundbreaking ceremony marked the anticipated end of using the Crawford Science Building, which was constructed in the 1960s. University president Mickey L. Burnim delivered remarks celebrating the start of the construction of a state of the art Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing.

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Scholarship fund established to help local residents pursue tourism careers

On May 6, 2015, Connie Del Signore—president and CEO of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) and Erin McNaboe — AAACCVB board chairman and president of The Rams Head Group, announced the establishment of a scholarship fund that will make it easier for Anne Arundel County residents to pursue tourism careers.

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Young DJ blazing a trail of success

While most students are looking forward to a summer break that may include barbecues, a trip to the beach or a family vacation, one local high school standout is preparing to go on tour with music superstar Chris Brown.

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Musical lineup announced for 2015 African American Festival

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

The City of Baltimore and greiBO Entertainment announced the musical talent lineup for the 2015 African American Festival (AAF), to take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, 2015 from noon to 9 p.m. at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex.

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Baltimore: Another horror movie re-run

The movie we are watching in Baltimore is a re-run and a sequel.

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Inmates make and design quilts for a cause

Sirilar Stokes, an inmate at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, first started trying her hand at quilting about three months ago.

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Hall of Fame stable a family affair for Leatherbury, Thorpe

Legendary horseman, longtime assistant team up for success

Photo: Jim McCue Assistant trainer Avon Thorpe has described his two and a half decades of working in several roles for recently elected Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury as a family affair.

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Randallstown student earns major college scholarship

Like so many others in Baltimore, Kamal Al-Mateen witnessed the protests, the demonstrations, the discord and ultimately the rioting in the aftermath of the death of local resident Freddie Gray.

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For Ravens Maxx Williams, it’s a family affair

The Baltimore Ravens used their second round pick to select Maxx Williams, a tight end from Minnesota.

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Caregivers care for themselves with healthy living

A few years ago, I left the corporate world and decided to take a different path.

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Indie Soul Music: Ja'Vion and Von Shorter

Summer is fast approaching and that means slow jams.

Thursday, May 14

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UFC Fight Night® Japan slated for September 27, 2015 at the Saitama Super Arena

Executive Vice President and General Manager, UFC Asia, Ken Berger said: “We are very happy to be bringing our live event to the Saitama Super Arena once again this year.

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How to dwarf a giant

For starters, stop mentioning its name at every turn

As the founder and publisher at Polished Publishing Group (PPG), www.polishedpublishinggroup.com , Kim Staflund works with businesses and individuals around the world to produce professional quality audiobooks, ebooks, paperbacks and hardcovers using a supported self-publishing business model.

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Muppets return to prime time: Five things we learned about ABC's fall schedule

Shonda Rhimes will have a fourth show on the network

It's time to play the music; it's time to light the lights ... Tuesday nights at 8 ET, to be exact.

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Chic Looks for Spring Crafts

Elegant and feminine with a focus on butterflies and soft pastels, the hottest look for spring is cottage chic.

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PRINCE returns to twitter with verified account: @PRINCE3EG

PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL-Share EXCLUSIVE LIVE concert recording from Paisley Park

EPIC ‘DANCE RALLY 4 PEACE’ performance now on SOUNDCLOUD for a limited time

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My Brother's Keeper enters a new phase

While political pundits rush ahead to the 2016 presidential election, President Barack Obama is rallying private-sector, philanthropic and community leaders to launch an independent non-profit to ensure that the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Initiative lives past his second term in office.

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Morgan State University announce endowed lectureship in business ethics

Supported by generous gift from NFL Hall of Famer Willie E. Lanier, Sr.

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Marilyn Mosby is the latest example of why Black lawyers matter

In response to last year’s killing of Michael Brown, La June Montgomery Tabron, who heads one of the nation’s largest philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, issued a statement in which she astutely noted that deaths like Brown’s “demonstrate that the law-enforcement and justice systems in our nation are broken.”

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Will.i.am tells kids: Dream of being Steve Jobs, not me

Grammy-award winning artist will.i.am wants to inspire inner city youth to pursue careers in science and technology, not MTV and the NBA

Will.i.am is on a mission to inspire inner city youth to embrace science and technology.

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Quitting smoking relies on stronger brain networks

The same regions of the brain involved in reward and behavior control could affect smoking and alcoholism

Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows the mind games required to resist cravings and tolerate withdrawal headaches and lethargy. A new study suggests that some hopeful quitters are just more mentally equipped to handle the challenge than others.

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Help college-age children manage their finances better

Unfortunately, one of the most expensive times in one’s life, is when he or she tend to be the least financially savvy -- college.

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Gwynn Park’s Kyle Arrington returns home, signs with Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens agreed to a three year contract with local product Kyle Arrington

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Is your nail salon abusing workers?

Louis: Labor unions are faster, effective approach to problems of low-wage workers

A blockbuster investigation in The New York Times has exposed the harrowing, illegal conditions prevalent in nail salons in and around New York City -- including cases of illegal stealing of tips, failure to pay overtime or minimum wage and forced exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals.

Wednesday, May 13

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Heavyweights collide as UFC returns to San Diego on July 15th

The heavy hitters meet at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego on Wednesday, July 15, the promotion’s first visit to San Diego since August 2010

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Van Horn and Smith named to College Sports Madness All-MEAC team

Van Horn earned CSM first team honors for the second straight season. Smith was named to the second team as a second baseman. Each player was named to the All-MEAC first-team last week.

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Tiger Woods: Golf star sends heartfelt letter to boy with stutter

Tiger Woods may have been in the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently, but an act of kindness by the beleaguered golf star has attracted global attention.

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House committee passes bill that cuts Amtrak funding after crash

A House panel approved a measure Wednesday that cuts funding for Amtrak, less than a day after a train derailment left at least six people dead and many more injured.

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Howard University honors gospel star Earnest Pugh with Alumni Award

Pugh says Alumni Award mans more to him than a Grammy

The Howard University School of Divinity Alumni Association honored Gospel Star Earnest Pugh (best known for the #1 gospel radio hits “I Need Your Glory” and “Rain On Us”) alongside five other distinguished alumni at a lavish banquet ceremony this past Sunday at Howard University’s Blackburn Center.

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Restock your kids’ bookshelves for summer

With summer vacation on the horizon, restocking the home book collection just makes sense for children who will be out of school, but still looking for great reads.”

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Clutch Hits Elusive in 6-4 Loss

Yastrzemski, Davis and Schoop Each with Three-Hit Nights

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UVA to probe genetic causes of Schizophrenia

Project backed by $11 million grant from National Institute of Mental Health

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine will seek to identify the genetic causes of schizophrenia as part of a major project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to better understand how genetic variation in brain cells affects human health and disease.

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Salad season is here

Serve it as a meatless main dish, or to accompany grilling favorites like chicken or pork.

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'Absolute, disastrous mess': 6 dead, 150 injured after Amtrak train derails

Train stopped in Baltimore Tuesday before derailing

Fighting to save lives. Mourning the dead. And figuring out why this came to be -- how an Amtrak train could suddenly derail, sending its cars and passengers flying.

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No gardening space? No problem

Brighten up your patio, deck or front entrance with containers. They’re an excellent way to add color, fragrance and beauty where space for planting is limited or non- existent.

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Will Harriet Tubman be on the next $20 bill?

Harriet Tubman should be the first woman on the $20 bill, according to a new online poll.

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Street organizations work for peace

In the heat of an “apocalypse” in the streets of this city of over 600,000 people, a group rushed to the frontlines to try to save lives, protect some property and keep Black men, women and children away from heavily armed police officers.

Tuesday, May 12

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Fight Night Returns to Baltimore with the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance 3

For tickets and more information about the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance III, visit www.bmoreboxing.com , or call 443-377-2505.

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New Law Will Help Protect Maryland College Students from Sexual Violence

Delegates Shelly Hettleman (D-District 11) and Erek Barron (D-District 24) sponsor and co-sponsor of HB 571, signed a bill today a new law to require administrators at Maryland universities and colleges to protect students from sexual violence.

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McRoy promoted to associate head coach of Coppin State men’s basketball

McRoy has a wealth of experience at the NCAA Division I level, McRoy has been an assistant coach at Iowa State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Southern University and Texas-Pan American.

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Black unemployment dips below 10 percent

The Black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

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Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

Pew Research Center survey shows Christian percentage of population dropping to 70%

Christian life is a set of sacred traditions -- an unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn -- connecting generations of Sunday school stories, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer.

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Miscues Overwhelm Baysox in 7-4 Loss

Four Errors Hurt Bowie in Defeat in Altoona

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Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Faulk, who also teaches outdoor kitchen design classes, said it is important to keep the cook in the party. “It makes the outdoor kitchen less of a workplace. When the cook can talk to the guests, the space becomes more social and enjoyable,” he said.

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MY Baltimore: A Student Art Show May 20-31, 2015 at The Walters Art Museum

The My Baltimore Exhibit will be on display from May 20-31 in The Walters Art Museum Sculpture Court

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Baltimore's "Heartless Records" CEO Suffers From Pneumonia + Updates On The Label

On April 9, 2015, Lipscomb, started suffering from pneumonia. No details were given as to cause or what triggered it.

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Three tips for buying French wine

Choosing a wine from a menu or the shelves of your local wine shop can be daunting.

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Chicago's South Side to host Obama's presidential library

President Barack Obama's presidential library will be located in Chicago, the Barack Obama Foundation officially announced Tuesday.

Monday, May 11

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The Conflicted Existence Of African American Men: Rap, Sports, Prison & Unemployment

My name is Antonio Moore I am the producer of the Al Jazeera documentarym "Crack in the System" (www.crackinthesystem.com) , and a former Los Angeles prosecutor. I recently did a more in depth piece on the reasons behind black males struggles.

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Initiative offers down payment assistance for home buyers saddled with student loan debt

Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a $20 million initiative that will give a boost to otherwise qualified buyers who have been unable to move into homeownership because of significant student debt.

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American doctor declared free of Ebola finds the virus in his eye months later

Finding highlights a need for eye checkups for Ebola survivors

American doctor Ian Crozier was treated for Ebola in Atlanta last year and declared free of the virus in his blood. But he had no way of knowing it still lurked in his eye.

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Prince mixes politics and pop hits at Baltimore concert for Freddie Gray

Prince told youth that fixing the "system" is their responsibility

Pop star Prince made room for another color next to his signature purple in his Baltimore "Rally4Peace" concert Sunday -- and next to his music for dash of political gestures.

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Library of Congress, Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries kick off summer essay contest

Rising fifth and sixth graders asked to write about “A Book That Shaped Me”

The Library of Congress has launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to encourage rising fifth and sixth grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives.

Sunday, May 10

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Morgan State University Board of Regents re-elects leadership team

Mfume, Draper, and Taborn Voted to Continue as Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary, Respectively

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HBCU Sports: Coppin State University Men's track shines at Don Webster Invitational

Coppin State returns to action next weekend when it competes in the ECAC/IC4A Championship meet at Princeton. Visit www.coppinstatesports.com for complete meet coverage and features leading up to the championships.

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A Tale of Two Baltimores

A beautiful and unique city, Baltimore is rich in many ways – its people, culture, heritage, resources, talent and history. Truly Charm City USA.

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Kline Works Well But Baysox Fall

Drop a 3-1 Decision in Richmond Saturday Night

Friday, May 8

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Gay Men’s Chorus plans two shows

The GenOUT Youth Chorus and the 160 singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington count among the most anticipated ensembles of the upcoming; “Born this Way,” concert at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington.

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Baltimore man inspires hope for prostate cancer survival

Robert Ginyard doesn’t have a cure for cancer nor does he have a concrete solution for preventing the dreaded disease.

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Wordsmith: My Purpose, My Dream

If the riots taught us anything, it’s that the city needs new leadership and a younger voice that relates to what the younger generation is going through and can speak their language.

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Local psychiatrist offers tips for managing stress

As Baltimoreans and Marylanders settle back into their regular routines there are still unsettling reminders of the violence of Freddie Gray’s death and related events that are difficult to process.

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Ashley Cottrell

The Indie Soul Spotlight this week is very personal.

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Annapolis organization pitches in with others to help Baltimore

Octavia Brown was at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) wrapping up her final week of school in preparation for graduating with a Master’s in Social Work, when chaos erupted in the city on April 27, 2015.

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The urgency of holistic criminal justice reform in Baltimore

Congressman Elijah Cummings asked the key question at Freddie Gray’s funeral: “Did anyone recognize Freddie when he was alive?”

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Indie Soul: Baltimore VegFest 2015

Indie Soul tries to encourage our readers to do better when it comes to how we live, eat and exercise.

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How we make Baltimore great!

I moved to Maryland from the Midwest in the early 2000s when I was 19.

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Life in Baltimore: Celebrating our mothers

The modern American Mother’s Day holiday was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.

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'Black Words Matter' write-in gives Baltimore students needed forum

After five days, Sunday, May 3, 2015 marked the day that Baltimore’s curfew was lifted and the National Guard began to leave the city.

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Indie Soul Entrepreneur of the Week: Michelle Stafford

I had been promising this week’s Entrepreneur of the Week, Michelle Stafford that I would take part in her yoga class at the Living Well facility, located at 2443 N. Charles Street in the Charles Village for over a year.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Mommy's Day

Hello! I hope all of you are safe and we are looking for a better tomorrow.

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UMBC president relates civil rights experiences in new book

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has been working with inner-city youth in a variety of programs for a number of years and has rarely fallen short in his goal of reaching impressionable young individuals.

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It’s been a long time coming but change has come for Ravens Javorius “Buck” Allen

The Baltimore Ravens selected University of South Carolina (USC) running back Javorius “Buck” Allen with their second of three picks in the fourth round.

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Baltimore mother could save this nation!

Three cheers for the Baltimore mommy who was slapping and whipping the heck out of her son.

Thursday, May 7

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Ed Reed Retires as a Raven

“I love the city of Baltimore, I love this organization and I hope that I have done more than when I was supposed to. It's a great day. I am really appreciative of the Ravens family.” – Ed Reed

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Google commits $150 million to diversity

Google is taking a uniquely Google-esque approach to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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Why you really are extra tasty to mosquitoes

People who have a certain smell to their body odor may make them more appealing

With the exception of maybe a mosquito's mother, the world is unified in its hatred of the little buggers. But the world seems divided by those the bugs ignore and those who too often become the blood soup du jour. This may seem random, but scientist say there is a real reason for it: blame your parents.

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Find the right swimsuit for your body type

Want to look your best this summer? Whether you’re hoping to slim down or you already have the ideal body, the right swimsuit and the right attitude can flaunt what you’ve got and leave you glowing, say fashion experts.

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Renewed hope for Baltimore Korean family after store is destroyed

Friends and strangers set up online fund-raiser to help the Chungs repair their store

The day after rioting rocked parts of Baltimore, Matthew Chung stared in disbelief at a video clip circulating online, showing an older Korean woman sobbing as a man props her up to keep from collapsing.

Wednesday, May 6

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These foods will make you smarter

Our digestive system is the key to making our brain work better and making us healthier

You don't need another degree to boost your brainpower at work. According to one author and neurologist, if you want to work smarter, you have to eat smarter.

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Tips to throw the perfect summer party on a budget

One of the best ways to celebrate the summer season is by hosting an outdoor party for all your friends and neighbors.

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Sportscaster Ernie Johnson gives Emmy to Stuart Scott's daughters

On Tuesday night, Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson won a Sports Emmy, but didn't take it home.

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Prince announces Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore

Tickets go on sale Wednesday

First there was the song, then the concert.

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Port Discovery and NASA Goddard offer engineering programs for elementary school students

Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and NASA Goddard Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland have partnered to offer two engineering based programs to elementary aged children in the Baltimore area.

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Loretta Devine and James Pickens Jr. unite for first time since Grey’s Anatomy

TV One pays honor to the spirit of Mother’s Day with the premiere of the network original film For The Love Of Ruth on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8 p.m. The film is inspired by the Biblical story of Ruth that at its core is a quintessential story of love, commitment and loyalty.

Tuesday, May 5

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Ginger Beer 101: Spice up your summer cocktails

Whether grilling for neighbors, hosting a dinner party or relaxing on your deck with a drink, you can make the experience more refreshing by pairing your favorite spirit with ginger beer.

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Loretta Lynch, Justice Department officials go to Baltimore

Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday for meetings with city officials.

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Justice not delayed in Baltimore

Three extremely qualified African American women are at the forefront of making certain that Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of police in Baltimore will not go unpunished.

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After charges filed and curfew lifted, Baltimore regroups

Friday afternoon was clear and cool enough for a light jacket, although most people wore T-shirts and shorts in Baltimore, Md.

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Indie Soul Review: My Favorite Five and The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show

If you are a regular reader of Indie Soul, you know that we try to find entertainment for our fans that is under the radar.

Monday, May 4

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Baltimore public defender speaks out

Baltimore public defender speaks out

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Wrapping Up the Ravens 2015 NFL Draft

Wrapping Up the Ravens 2015 NFL Draft

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Smart Saving Strategies for Small Business

Small businesses overpay for everything from wireless service to healthcare to taxes, because they don’t have time or resources to research, negotiate or haggle.

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Strawberry-Almond-Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Healthy recipe for a cool salad

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Indie Soul Spotlight: Poet Deep

Whoever said that once you make mistakes in your life that you can’t be a role model, must not have read that God forgives and has not met Poet Deep.

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Sign up to make a difference in a Fresh Air child’s life

Fresh Air volunteers need your help to create another fun-filled summer for children from New York City!

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O’Brien Walk-Off Grand Slam Wins it for Baysox

The Baysox are home through Thursday, May 7 for a seven game homestand against the Harrisburg Senators and Akron RubberDucks. Highlights of the homestand include Mutt Monday, May 4 at 6:35 p.m. and Dollar Dog Night Tuesday, May 5 at 6:35 p.m.

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Ben Carson mother's health delays campaign events

Retired physician Ben Carson told Sinclair Broadcasting on Sunday night that he plans to announce his candidacy for president of the United States, but his campaign said Monday he'll reschedule a planned trip to Iowa to say goodbye to his ailing mother.

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Brother's Keeper enters new phase amid Baltimore tension

From the campus of Lehman College in the Bronx New York today, President Obama will announce a spin-off of his already-existing "My Brother's Keeper" initiative into a new, non-profit foundation -- a clue into what work the president will take on in his post-presidency years.

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'SNL' takes on Baltimore, Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, new 'Avengers' movie

"Saturday Night Live" returned this weekend after several weeks off, with Scarlett Johansson as host and musical guest Alabama Shakes.

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National Guard plans exit from Baltimore

Things could be returning to normal in Baltimore: The city has lifted its curfew, the National Guard is preparing its exit and a mall that had been a flashpoint in the riots has been reopened.

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Indie Soul Music: The Motion Collective

The Motion Collective, the amazing jazz collective from Bari, Italy released their first full-length album for A.MA Records with executive producer Antonio via TIMKAT Entertainment in America.

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United Way Forum reveals the power of women

The United Way has realized progress in issues facing the community and one goal of the nonprofit is to continue to have a positive effect locally and in cities throughout the country, according to the organization’s national president.

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Hundreds help clean up after Baltimore riots

Students from Morgan State University, local teachers, individuals who were out of school because of the closings and members of several fraternities methodically began cleaning the city after a violent night of rioting and looting.

Sunday, May 3

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CNN's Victor Blackwell revisits Baltimore hometown

CNN's Victor Blackwell revisits Baltimore hometown

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Aggie men finished second at MEAC outdoor championsips

Three months after losing the MEAC indoor championships by 1.5 points, the Aggie men finished second at the 2015 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at A&T’s Irwin Belk Track by one point

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Mosby: "The facts speak for themselves.'

Mosby: "The facts speak for themselves.'

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Yastrzemski’s Hustle Leads Baysox to Victory

For the second night in a row, Bowie scored in the bottom of the first after Yastrzemski led off with a single, followed by a Glynn Davis walk and then another single from right fielder Garabez Rosa.

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HBCU Sports: Yarde sets school record in winning the 400-meter hurdles at MEAC Championships

Yarde’s winning effort of 58.18 seconds was special. The Coppin State junior speedster has been the dominant athlete in the 400-meter hurdles all season long and now she has the gold medal to prove it.

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A Teen's View: Living in West Baltimore

CNN, Victor Blackwell, West Baltimore, Terry Brown, Kyrique Jones,Jamel Phillips, the baltimore times

Saturday, May 2

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Ravens land a trio of prospects in the fourth round

The Ravens came out of the round with Kentucky outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, USC running back Javorius “Buck” Allen and Texas Southern defensive back Tray Walker

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Berry Dazzles, But Baysox Lose

Washington Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon was in Bowie for the evening, rehabbing with the Senators at second base. He came to the plate three times, grounding out, flying out and drawing a walk in five innings.

Friday, May 1

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Ravens Move Up to Select Maxx Williams in the second round

The Ravens had a need for a pass catching tight end to compliment last year’s third round pick Crockett Gilmore.

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Texas A&M RB Trey Williams: The Value of Versatility

One of the more explosive, yet lesser known “offensive weapons” this year is Texas A&M’s explosive running back Trey Williams.

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Baltimore officers charged with murder

“I will seek justice on your behalf,” Mosby told a packed news conference. “No one is above the law.”

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Ravens Select Breshad Perriman with 26th First Pick in 2015 NFL Draft

Receiver Breshad Perriman from Central Florida with the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Perriman was the fifth receiver selected in the first round. He impressed NFL teams when he ran a 4.24 forty at his pro day. He is a classic height, weight, speed prospect.

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Indie Soul Reviews

Indie Soul reviews two books this week.

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Annapolis Drum & Bugle Corps holds annual Gospel Fest

The Annapolis Drum & Bugle Corps held the first annual Gospel Fest in Annapolis on Saturday, April 12, 2015 at the Cecil Memorial United Methodist Church.

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When do Black lives matter?

The numbers are staggering, as of Monday, April 27, 2015— the day family members held a funeral for Freddie Gray— statistics revealed that there were 68 homicides in Baltimore, including three individuals under the age of 18. Fifty-nine of those murders were of African-Americans, reportedly committed by other blacks.

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A Baltimore City teacher reflects on the roots of the Baltimore riots

A letter from a Baltimore City teacher to parents of her second grade class following the night of widespread rioting on April 27, 2015

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Twenty-third Tree City USA Award granted to Annapolis

Following Earth Day, an Arbor Day celebration was held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis.

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Former Ravens speak out about riots in Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens is a team that is truly entrenched in the community. The team responsible for community relations for the Ravens has done a great job in keeping the Ravens players invested in the community.

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Four ways parents can promote positive behavior in school

Word arrives from school that the parent’s child is in trouble. Maybe it was a minor offense and the student simply faced a trip to the office. But maybe a suspension or expulsion is in the near future, leaving the parents wondering whether they could have done something before the situation became so dire.

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Succeeding while black: Five ways to avoid altercations with police

During the past few months there has been numerous incidents— some tragic— where police officers were accused of brutality and abuse of power against African Americans, including Ferguson, South Carolina and New York being the most well known. Some of the incidents were caught on video.

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Baltimore: The aftermath

The night of Monday, April 27, 2015 will be one that the residents of Baltimore City will never forget. The world watched in horror as the city erupted in violent protest, looting, arson and destruction of property.

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Taking responsibility for testicular cancer

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, April, is almost over, but that doesn’t mean men should forget about testicular cancer prevention.