News 2015 September

Stories for September 2015

Wednesday, September 30

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Ravens look to keep Steelers QB Mike Vick under wraps

For the first time in 12 years, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will face each other without Ben Roethlisberger or Terrell Suggs on the field. Mike Vick is the new face in the next chapter of the intense Ravens/Steelers rivalry.

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Black women face increased violence

Black women were murdered at more than double the rate of White women in 2012 and almost all (92 percent) of these women knew their assailant, according a report titled, “When Men Murder Women” by the Violence Policy Center.

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Freddie Gray: Trial dates set for officers

Trial dates were set Tuesday for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Tuesday, September 29

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Make money the old fashioned way

As someone who has pursued business ventures since he opened his first lemonade stand as a kid, Randal Pinkett’s favorite television commercial growing up was from the financial firm, Smith Barney.

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Free coffee marks National Coffee Day

Coffee lovers may have occasion to celebrate the beverage twice this week

Go ahead, have another cup of coffee. This week's mug runneth over with days devoted to the beverage that wakes up nations and keeps industries humming.

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Black artists make waves at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries.

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Ravens review: Three up, Three down vs Bengals

The Baltimore Ravens fell to 0-3 for the first time in their 20 year history.

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Smooth start for Trevor Noah as he takes over 'The Daily Show'

A new satirical news era dawned on Monday night as Trevor Noah took over "The Daily Show." But before getting started, Noah made sure to acknowledge the man he's replacing: Jon Stewart.

Monday, September 28

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Trends you may see when dining out

Restaurants are thriving once again. Since 2014, restaurant-goers have renewed interest in socializing away from home and more money to spend, a stark turnaround from preceding years when diners were living on tighter budgets thanks to a recession that began in 2008.

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What is sexual dysfunction?

My old school, Southern-bred mother was appalled to learn that my then 2-year-old used words like vagina and penis.

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Children battling cancer join Governor Larry Hogan to cheer on Ravens

September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Governor Larry Hogan attended the Baltimore Ravens home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, along with four children who are also battling cancer.

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Ravens gave up a late lead in 28-24 loss to Bengals

The Baltimore Ravens gave up the lead late in a game for the third time in a row to lose to the Bengals 28-24 Sunday.

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First person: I was in Cuba with the Pope

I have been to Cuba several times and my journey this time around was to witness Pope Francis’ visit.

Friday, September 25

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Free Fall Baltimore offers hundreds of free events, activities during October

Everything is FREE! The tenth annual Free Fall Baltimore, presented by BGE, takes place Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 31, 2015. Free Fall Baltimore, a citywide celebration, offers hundreds of free arts and cultural events and activities at participating venues throughout Baltimore City.

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Dietitian says regular whole grain consumption leads to healthier life

Fewer than 10 percent of individuals eat more than the recommended three servings of whole grains per day and most, including African-Americans, need to eat more than the one serving per day they are averaging, according to Michele Tuttle, a dietitian and a Team USA triathlete.

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Columbia triathlete Michele Tuttle Places at 2015 World ITU Triathlon

USA triathlete and registered dietitian, Michelle Tuttle, placed sixth in the Sprint World Championship (50-54 age group), third for the U.S. team, at the 2015 International Triathlon Union (ITU) triathlon in Chicago recently.

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Dean Pees: Defense has to play with more energy

When you think of the Baltimore Ravens, you think of a team that makes plenty of plays because of how they fly around on defense.

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Pope Francis blesses Gov. Hogan on 'behalf of all cancer patients'

Governor Larry Hogan met His Holiness Pope Francis in Washington and received blessings on behalf of all cancer patients on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

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Expert shares job, internship search tips

Many job seekers may re-evaluate their employment goals and question effective strategies to find a new position, as the end of 2015 draws near.

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Baltimore five-year-old wins state pageant title

On August 13, 2015, five-year-old Gabrielle Giles, won the prestigious title of Miss Maryland Princess 2015 for the National American Miss Pageant.

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Simple steps to save you money

Putting money in a savings account seems simple enough, yet it's a struggle for many.

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Your child's friendships: How to be encouraging without hovering

School has already begun for most children, while for others school won't start for a few more weeks. Perhaps over the summer, your child got together with their friends on Facebook instead of face-to-face. Your child may have 1000 Facebook friends, but no real friends.

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New exit polls reveal: 100 percent death rate!

Exit polls are conclusive— 100 percent of us will die.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Support our musicians and community events

Hello everyone, I hope everything is well with you.

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Life in Baltimore: Enjoying the retirement lifestyle, Part II

Retirement should be a time to engage in activities that you always wanted to do but did not have the time.

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Debating the debates

Every time I think the media has sunk below the point of no return on the scale of embarrassment; they prove to the world that there is truly no floor for how low they can go.

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Green Street Academy opens in West Baltimore

The Green Street Academy building is as important to West Baltimore today, as the ground it stands on was decades ago.

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Ravens regroup after tough losses away

Harbaugh prepping 'Purple Wall' for home opener

The Baltimore Ravens returned home after spending an extended amount of time away from Baltimore thanks to opening the season at Denver and in Oakland.

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Annapolis native awarded fellowship in Computer Science

Jeremy Blackstone, 23, knows what it means to embrace unforeseen challenges with courage and determination.

Thursday, September 24

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Quick, inexpensive ways to give your home a fall facelift

A seasonal home makeover doesn’t need to cost a fortune or be difficult to execute. Quick, easy and innovative ideas can give your home the fall flair needed to celebrate the season.

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'Empire' reigns with huge season 2 premiere

Fox's "Empire" finally fell, but not by much.

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Can Crockett Gillmore emerge as another threat for the Ravens?

It is no secret that the Baltimore Ravens need to have someone other than wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. become a threat in the passing game.

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Stay safe during National Food Safety Education Month

When in doubt, throw it out

Food poisoning, an illness caused by bacteria or other pathogens in food, causes an estimated 48 million illnesses (representing one out of six Americans), 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually in the U.S., according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics.

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No nooses at University of Delaware, police say, but anxiety persists

The discovery of what looked like nooses hanging from a tree at the University of Delaware in Newark stirred outrage and anxiety this week, even after police ruled out a hate crime.

Wednesday, September 23

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The importance of clean gutters

Waiting to clean gutters can lead to problems

Every autumn, trees and shrubs take on their brilliant display of reds, oranges, purples, and yellows that mark the end of the growing season. Fall foliage may make for ideal photo backdrops and scenic days in the countryside, but closer to home leaves may be more of a hindrance than an aesthetic pleasure.

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What the Pope has said about key issues facing the church

He's talked about sex abuse by priests, climate change, abortion, homosexuality

As Pope Francis prepares to visit the United States for the first time, the world is waiting to hear what he will say about key issues facing the church.

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Ravens Review: Three Up, three down vs Raiders

There is no doubt that the loss to the Oakland Raiders put a damper on the start of the season for the Baltimore Ravens.

Tuesday, September 22

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Does this need to be in the fridge?

What foods need to be stored in the refrigerator?

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High school students react to Baltimore unrest

Video message from student leaders shares concerns, ideas for positive change

A group of 10 Baltimore students representing five of the city’s public high schools delivered an inspiring message to their classmates, school communities, and the public in a video shown at a recent meeting of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners.

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Plan your holiday budget early

The holiday season will be here before you know it, and it is never too early to start budgeting for this exciting time of year. While many may seek financial absolution in January, the first of the year will be a lot brighter if you avoid seasonal over-spending in the first place.

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Ravens acquire CB Will Davis from the Miami Dolphins

The Baltimore Ravens gave up 351 passing yards to Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders in a losing effort. There were quite a few coverages blown and the results were clearly unacceptable. Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens brass wasted no time trying to find a possible solution

Monday, September 21

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A flavorful twist on a Sunday brunch staple

Golden Pecan Waffles With Warm Salted Caramel Sauce and Bananas

Golden Pecan Waffles With Warm Salted Caramel Sauce and Bananas is a special breakfast that's sure to please!

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Car Review: 2015 Buick Regal AWD GS

Buicks no longer look like Buicks of yesteryear and when it comes to the Buick Regal GS, that fact is particularly evident. The Regal was recently ranked best sport sedan by Consumer Reports and selected a recommended buy.

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ASK ALMA: Mother made a mess of our family

I am the oldest of my mother’s children and have taken care of our family for most of my life. My mother started having children early, was married and divorced several times and has really made a mess of our family.

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'Thrones,' 'Veep,' 'Kittredge' big winners at Emmys

Viola Davis made history at the 2015 Emmy Awards

It was a good night for vice presidents, transgendered women, cranky New Englanders and the inhabitants of a mythical world called Westeros.

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Ravens offense comes alive but not enough to beat Raiders

The Baltimore Ravens have never started a season with two losses under head coach John Harbaugh.

Friday, September 18

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Recycle your room air conditioners and dehumidifiers

Drop off working appliances on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced that it will have a recycling drop-off location in Baltimore for working room air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

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Register for Marian House's 7th Annual 5K Run/Walk during National Recovery Month

5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run Saturday, September 26

During National Recovery Month, runners and walkers of all ages will lace up their sneakers for the 7th Annual Marian House Race to Embrace Independence 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

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Maryland WholeHome: Investing in families by helping families invest in their homes

Statewide initiative connects homeowners with grants for home repairs

Maryland WholeHome is a statewide initiative that brings together the resources available to help homeowners learn how they can make their homes healthier, safer and more energy efficient through the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) low interest loans and grants.

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Casino launches recruitment efforts for young adults

New law lowers hiring age of casino workers to to 18

Maryland Live! Casino, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, has launched a new hiring initiative aimed at recruiting young adults aged 18 and up for all available positions at the Hanover, Maryland, casino.

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Promise Heights lifts a back-to-school burden for West Baltimore parents

For the second year in a row, the Promise Heights initiative led by the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) helped families cope with one of the challenges of getting their children back to school— immunizations.

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The main thing we must do!

What do you consider to be the most important issue facing black people in America? Jobs?

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Neighbor to Family keeping siblings together

For seven years, Gordon Johnson served as head of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Brothers spread message of optimism, show ‘Life is Good’

When John Jacobs and his brother Bert started selling T-shirts out of a van 20 years ago, neither could envision that their message of “Life is Good” would lead to a $100 million enterprise and act as a catalyst to help encourage and support those who maybe facing the difficulties that every day life poses.

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Can weight loss or a common medication prevent cancer recurrence?

Being overweight is a common problem that increases the risk and decreases survival of certain cancers.

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Meet Audri Scott Williams: Walking around the globe for peace

Peacewalker Audri Scott Williams has walked all around the world for peace. She is the Global Trustee of the United Religions Initiative (URI), was the vision keeper who led the “Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk”, and the “13 Moon Walk 4 Peace” across America. She has received numerous awards for her service to humanity, and emulates the efforts of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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CSM Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2015 HEED Award

The College of Southern Maryland has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

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Navy Petty Officer Iwaniki Selere of Baltimore serves aboard USS Green Bay

Damage Controlman 1st Class Iwaniki Selere, from Baltimore, responds to an alarm from an eyewash station switchboard in the central control station of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).

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Trump’s attack on immigrants of color

I want to direct this column quite explicitly to African Americans. When you hear Donald Trump wail against immigrants, I hope that you understand that he is also talking about you.

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Resilient shop owner reopens boutique after riots

Taylor Alexander, 23, reopened her Baltimore-based business— Flawless Damsels Boutique— for a second time on August 29, 2015.

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Ravens Kelechi Osemele positioning for big contract

The Baltimore Ravens offensive line is one of the more stable units of the team.

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Small businesses benefit communities by boosting local economy

Owning a business is the goal of many would-be entrepreneurs. Being your own boss has certain perks, including making your own hours and not having to report to anyone but yourself.

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Academy Art Museum celebrates 18th Annual Craft Show

2015 Craft Show 'Blown Away' features over 60 juried artists

The Academy Art Museum will celebrate its 18th Annual Craft Show, “Blown Away,” October 16-18, 2015 in Easton, Maryland.

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Ravens turn to Steve Smith’s to be their play maker on punt returns

Steve Smith Sr. broke into the NFL initially as a return specialist back in 2001 with the Carolina

Thursday, September 17

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Celebrate Baltimore's best seafood at the Baltimore Seafood Festival

Canton Waterfront Park Saturday, September 19

The Baltimore Seafood festival will feature signature seafood dishes ranging from raw oysters, lobster lasagna, shrimp ceviche, grilled oysters, and fish tacos to steamed crabs!

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Join police and fire for Public Safety Day

Baltimore County Police and Fire celebrate the 11th Annual Public Safety Day Saturday, September 19.

Join the Baltimore County Police and Fire departments for a day of family fun at Public Safety Day on Saturday, September 19.

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Banneker-Douglass Museum presents the BDM Selfie Studio: A new interactive experience

The Banneker-Douglass Museum, Maryland’s official repository of African American heritage launches the BDM Selfie Studio on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

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Ben Carson, rise of the anti-Trump

He is nearly tied with Trump and is behaving like "a gentleman, not a jerk"

How do you go from being an internationally respected surgeon, to a conservative folk hero, to nearly edging out Donald Trump in polls for the GOP presidential nomination?

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McDonald’s® offers free breakfast to Baltimore students September 18

On Friday, September 18, 2015, participating McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater Baltimore area will offer free breakfast to kindergarten through eighth grade students from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Wednesday, September 16

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Outfitting students' technology needs

Nowadays, school supplies differ greatly from the markers, protractors and pencil cases required just a few decades ago.

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Ravens add OLB depth by signing Jason Babin

The Baltimore Ravens needed to add depth at outside linebacker after the injury to Terrell Suggs.

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Add a taste of Thai to the end of grilling season

Though summer is the season for grilling, the arrival of autumn does not mean it's time to banish the grill to the back of your garage. Dedicated grillmasters have no problem firing up the grill in the dead of winter, but even those who are not so bold can still man the flames of an open grill long after Labor Day has come and gone.

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Restaurant report card grades on antibiotics in meat supply

Chipotle and Panera Bread received the highest grades

A new report is sounding the alarm about the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chains of the 25 largest U.S. fast food and "fast casual" restaurants.

Tuesday, September 15

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Ravens prep on west coast for game against Oakland Raiders

East coast teams that have to travel to the Midwest and West Coast in back to back games can rack up a lot of mileage.

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Vanessa Williams and the declining scandal of nude photos

Williams resigned as the first African-American Miss America amid scandal

When nude photos of a celebrity surface nowadays, it's often rumored that the star may have "leaked" them.

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Hidden toxins contaminate black homes

Consumers aren’t looking for health problems when they shop at dollar stores or keep older furniture, but a cocktail of chemicals seeping from these items offer exactly that.

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Black women mobilizing for 2016 vote

As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize Black women voters.

Monday, September 14

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Migrant crisis: Europe reaps what it has sown

There is something almost Biblical about the mass exodus of desperate people fleeing Syria and other war-torn and impoverished countries. For European governments, struggling to manage the crisis engulfing their borders, the Bible has a succinct lesson they might do well to ponder: "For whatever one sows, that will he also reap."

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September proclaimed National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in Md.

Hogan administration to Host American Red Cross Blood Drive

Governor Larry Hogan issued a statewide proclamation announcing September as National Blood Cancer Awareness Month in Maryland.

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Scrumptious stir-fry for the family

Stir-fry is a dish many people, adults and kids alike, seem to love. That popularity is perhaps because no two stir-fry dishes ever seem to be the same or because stir-fry dishes encourage cooks to take chances with ingredients.

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AACC student wins Culinary Rising Star Award

Martha Walton of Gibson Island was named the first recipient of the Clark Raines Rising Star Award at the Mason-Dixon Master Chef Tournament on Sunday, August 16, 2015.

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These heroes' superpower: Preventing the spread of HIV

A new class of heroes is taking a stand against HIV and AIDS by educating others on how to stop the spread of the epidemic.

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Ravens offense came up short against Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens opened the 2015 regular season with a 19 – 13 loss on the road against the Denver Broncos

Friday, September 11

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Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake won't seek re-election

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she wants to focus on Baltimore's recovery

Embattled Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday that she will not seek re-election, saying a political campaign would take time away from the city's ability to cope with a police brutality scandal.

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You are the key to solutions!

With as much meaningless and non-redeeming information being discussed on radio and TV among black folks, I often wonder if we even want to hear solutions to our problems, much less do anything to help solve them.

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Plant in September for a beautiful garden now and in the spring

Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel yet. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long-term beauty to your garden.

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Life in Baltimore: Enjoying the retirement lifestyle, Part I

As many people contemplate retirement there are many things to consider before making the move. After financial assessment and planning, the next question is "What will I do?"

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WWII veteran celebrates 108th birthday

Alyce Dixon has been called one of the spunkiest centenarians in the District of Columbia. She has also been called feisty, funny and simply amazing.

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Misty Copeland danced her way to the top

Fighting for freedom and equality comes in numerous different forms, vessels and vocations, particularly in a society with a history of stereotypical distortions about human capacity and ability based on race and ethnicity.

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Light of Truth Center, Inc. celebrates 'Sweet 16'

Light of Truth Center, Inc. (LTC) is celebrating its “Sweet 16” birthday. In celebration of its birthday, the life-changing, non-profit organization will host “Women of Jazz Supporting Women in Recovery” on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

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Baltimore student earns swimming medal at 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games

On July 31, 2015, 9-year-old Kennedy Stokes won a medal for the 100 Breast at the annual AAU Junior Olympic Games that was held in Newport News, Virginia.

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Baltimore man rides for cancer and his 'Queen'

For Wendell Smith, 150-miles on a bicycle are a challenge.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Post Labor Day entertainment

Hello my dear friends, I hope everyone had a happy, safe and memorable Labor Day Weekend. The weather was perfect here in Baltimore. It was like it was God’s gift to us.

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Ravens WRs coach helping others tackle sickle cell disease

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Spotlighting The Bobby Engram Foundation during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

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Local artist to exhibit Rams Head photos

It’s a bit of a struggle for Renita R. Clarke to come up with a short list of her favorite artists. Herb Ritts; Jonathan Mannion; Chan Andre’; Jemal Countess; and even her dear friends and mentors Leslie Alessandro and Mike Quain can’t be forgotten, she said.

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A teacher's dream fulfilled

Native Baltimorean Sabernia D. Fresnel is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Towson State University.

Thursday, September 10

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Tasty meal gets kids cooking in the kitchen

Cheesy beef enchiladas are a kid pleaser

Getting children to try new foods is not always easy. Kids have a tendency to be picky when it comes to the foods they eat, and many youngsters are reluctant to try all but the most familiar foods.

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Ravens confidently moving forward with starters WR Kamar Aiken and Steve Smith Sr.

The Baltimore Ravens used a first round pick on wide receiver Breshad Perriman in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Judge to decide whether to move Freddie Gray case out of Baltimore

Protesters gather outside Mitchell Court House

A judge will hear arguments Thursday on whether six police officers in the Freddie Gray trial can receive fair trials in Baltimore.

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Shopping for an assisted living facility

The decision to move yourself or a family member to an assisted living facility can be difficult.

Wednesday, September 9

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Journeys with germs: What are the dirtiest things on an airplane?

Microbiologist takes bacteria samples from five airports and four flights

There's no better way to test your body's immune system than by subjecting it to air travel.

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Harbaugh: Ravens rookie receiver Breshad Perriman might play this week but it’s not likely

John Harbaugh says Ravens rookie receiver Breshad Perriman has a chance to play this week but it’s not likely

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Baltimore approves $6.4 million settlement for Freddie Gray's family

Baltimore officials approved a $6.4 million deal Wednesday to settle all civil claims tied to the death of Freddie Gray.

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Why is it so hard to accept compliments?

Try a little experiment. Think of someone you love or respect, and offer her a compliment.

Tuesday, September 8

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Aunt Jemima found after nearly 100 Years

Far from the elaborate crypts at Chicago’s prominent Oak Woods Cemetery, the original Aunt Jemima lies in an unmarked grave in an area that’s more fit for the forgotten

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Maryland implements racial profiling guidelines

Vanessa Fleeton recalled when a Black police officer became rude to her a few years ago while she parked near an illegal area in Bowie, Maryland.

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Foods that help fight cancer

While no single food or ingredient can prevent people from getting cancer, research has shown a link between excess body fat and various cancers.

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Mental tricks to help raise grades

Maintaining strong grades in every subject can be tough on even the brightest of the bunch.

Monday, September 7

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Self talk for a healthy lifestyle change

Although we have to make several physical changes to be successful at weight loss, the most important change is how you think.

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Family-friendly meals need not take a lot of time

Parents faced with the nightly task of preparing meals for their families often feel as if there's just not enough time to cook a hearty, homecooked meal the whole family can enjoy.

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Ask Alma: Boyfriend wants second chance

My boyfriend left me to be with another woman. It wasn’t the first time he’s cheated, but it is the first time he moved out. He came by last weekend and asked if he could come back.

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Ravens roster review and five key players to team’s success

The Baltimore Ravens trimmed their roster down to 53 players but may still have some moves to make.

Friday, September 4

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Marylanders reminded to ‘Act Now, Pay Now’ during Tax Amnesty

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot reminds delinquent taxpayers that they have until October 30, 2015 to take advantage of Maryland's “Act Now, Pay Now” amnesty period.

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BCCC receives grant from NASA to expand STEM programs

BCCC will use the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project grant to increase student success and workforce development.

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‘Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City’ launched at Camden Yards

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford was joined by Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the launch of the “Maryland Grand Slam in Baltimore City,” a $3 million program to build stronger communities in Baltimore through homeownership at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.

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Battle Stage Plays launches kickstarter campaign

Baltimore-based company seeks to raise developmental funds to tour plays

Baltimore-based production company Battle Stage Plays officially launched its Kickstarter Campaign on September 1, 2015.

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'Empire' fans sing their way into chance to appear in season

Hundreds line up in Atlanta for a chance to appear on the hit Fox show

Whether they're Team Cookie or Team Boo-Boo Kitty, it's no secret that fans love "Empire," the hit Fox TV show breaking records and winning over critics with its blend of love, hip-hop and unvarnished family drama.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in males with one in seven men diagnosed in their lifetime, and an even higher incident rate among certain populations including African American men.

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Ravens reserves make final push for roster spot in preseason game vs Falcons

The 2015 NFL preseason officially came to a close for the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

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Sending your children off to safe spaces in college

This is the time of year that many parents send their children off to college with the hope that they will learn, mature, become independent, have a great collegiate experience, but most of all, with the hope that their children will be safe.

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McDonald’s® celebrates educators with “Teacher Tuesdays”

Starting Tuesday, September 8, 2015, McDonald’s® Family Restaurants of Greater Baltimore will again be saying “Thank You” to local educators with “Teacher Tuesdays” by offering complimentary any size McCafé Drip Coffee or Tea (hot or iced) every Tuesday throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

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LETTER: Trump the loose cannon

Donald Trump should not be a candidate for President of the United States.

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A community garden grows in Pigtown

It takes a village to raise a child, according to an ancient proverb and for two local, civic-minded individuals, it takes a good garden to help feed a family and to keep a neighborhood growing.

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Versatility increases Asa Jackson’s chance to secure Ravens spot

NFL teams are facing the difficult task of cutting their rosters down from 90 players to 53 in the coming days. Every team has players on the roster bubble.

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Jimmy Carter: America’s best former president

I became an admirer of Jimmy Carter shortly after he took office as the nation’s 39th president.

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LETTER: Fat is fat no matter how you color it

The July 2015 article titled "Give Me Bawwdy" is a travesty.

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MICA's 'Intersection' connects past, present of Baltimore thoroughfares

Exhibition explores development of North Avenue and Charles Street

The M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) presents “Intersection,” an exhibition showcasing the layered stories of people, places and moments in history that have shaped the identity of one of Baltimore City’s popular intersections, North Avenue and Charles Street in the Station North neighborhood.

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The Baltimore Beloved Community Awakening Walk

Sept. 19th event seeks to promote peace and transform the city

Lenett Nef'fahtiti Partlow-Myrick read an article that was written by the Rev. Bernette Jones, Senior Minister of One God One Thought Center for Better Living (OGOT) located on Coronado Road in Randallstown. The article was entitled “Nothing Is ‘Wrong’ In Baltimore: A New Thought Consciousness Perspective. “

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As Labor Day approaches businesses push for minimum wage hike

Hundreds of businesses and organizations— including many in Baltimore— are signing the online petition, “Business for a Fair Minimum Wage statement” and actively pushing for increases locally and nationally.

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War Horse Program hopes to inspire and engage local teachers

Teacher Wellness Center aims to keep teachers fit and healthy

A 1,574-square-foot wellness center equipped with treadmills, exercise machines, bikes, a rowing machine and more opened at the Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in Locust Point on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Thursday, September 3

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To make smart school lunches, think like a kid

Making school lunch can feel like a thankless job, but it doesn’t have to be a major chore.

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Blacks 'left behind' in New Orleans recovery

As Gulf Coast residents and policymakers celebrated the recovery of the Crescent City on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, advocacy groups challenged the narrative of a resilient and better New Orleans by launching KatrinaTruth.org, a website that shows that post-Katrina progress in New Orleans still hasn’t reached poor Black communities.

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Business group gearing up to drive business to black car dealers

According to IHS, an international industry data company, Black Americans spent an estimated $8.4 billion on cars in just the first four months of 2015. In the coming year, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is determined to direct that cash toward Black-owned dealerships.

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Judge: Separate trials for six officers in Freddie Gray case

All six have pleaded not guilty to charges

A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday there will be separate trials for each of the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

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Strategies to help kids focus on their schoolwork

Some youngsters experience difficulty when the time comes to focus on their schoolwork.

Wednesday, September 2

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How to get the best deal on your iPhone trade-in

The new iPhone is just around the corner, and it's time to get serious about trading in your old smartphone.

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Turn apple-picking excursions into apple pies

Certain activities are unique to autumn, and apple-picking certainly falls into that category.

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5 Simple things you can do to advance your career

Complacency in the workforce should be avoided at all costs.

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Make school day mornings easier

School day mornings can be hectic, as getting kids ready for school and out the door on time is not always easy.

Tuesday, September 1

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Writer says Idris Elba 'too street' to play James Bond

Anthony Horowitz told the Daily Mail he didn't think Elba was a good fit

The writer of the new James Bond novel "Trigger Mortis" has set off a firestorm with a remark about Idris Elba.

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina: Changing hearts, minds and systems in New Orleans

Ten years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, it’s time for midcourse corrections in the restoration efforts.

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Simple and spicy Indian food at home

Indian cuisine is known for its creative use of spices, which often attracts foodies who simply can’t get enough flavor or kick in their meals. For those who want to try their hands at creating their own fiery Indian meal, consider the following recipe for “Chicken in a Spicy Red Sauce” from Madhur Jaffrey’s “Quick & Easy Indian Cooking” (Chronicle Books).

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Math-letes rule! Fit, healthy kids do better in school, especially math

Research suggests that the brain could be shaped at a young age by exercise

The familiar saying that exercise is good for the body and mind may be especially true for children.

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Ravens make roster moves but still need to get to 75 player limit

There is a time every year during training camp where dreams are momentarily crushed.