News 2016 April

Stories for April 2016

Friday, April 29

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A line crossed in Wichita

As we have seen from recent events in Paris, Brussels and all across the world, terrorism is not an obscure phenomenon that only impacts the Middle East. No longer can Americans ignore the threat of terrorism as primarily a European problem.

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Prince: Musicians die but never the music

Prince Rogers Nelson is gone but will be forever remembered by his music. We are always struck hard when an icon suddenly departs from this life. Regardless of how and why Prince left us so suddenly, his fans mourn.

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Harriett Tubman: Economic freedom fighter

When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that Harriet Tubman would grace the new $20 bill, my heart sang hallelujah.

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First Sunday Arts Festivals presented by Great Frogs Winery

Opens May 1st During May Day Festivities in Downtown Annapolis

Sunday, May 1, 2016 is your chance to kick off spring celebrations in Annapolis, Maryland. The City will be celebrating May Day and it is the first day of the areas premier art festival, First Sunday Arts. This is your chance to work on your photography skills and photograph the many May Day flower baskets.

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Freddie Gray riots ignite a revival

Clergy United for the Transformation of Sandtown Brings About Change

Much has happened since the rioting in Baltimore last April, following the death of Freddie Gray. The incident drew local, national and international media coverage, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake decided not to seek re-election, former Baltimore City Police Chief Anthony Batts lost his job, and numerous demonstrations and protests have taken place.

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Fans encouraged to vote orange and send O’s players to 2016 MLB All-Star game

The Orioles fans can begin voting to send Orioles players to the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, California. This year, the Orioles are encouraging fans to vote early, vote often, and “Vote Orange.”

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Delegate Adrienne A. Jones among women leaders honored by Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

The 36th annual Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration was held on April 21, 2016 at the Baltimore Country Club located in Roland Park.

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Maryland Faith Community Health Network aims to keep congregants healthy

The Maryland Faith Community Health Network, a new, free pilot program at LifeBridge Health, is seeking to change this all too common scenario, by helping faith leaders to deploy their ministry resources. The goal is to provide timely, appropriate support for their ailing congregants.

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New college grad thriving in Baltimore art business

For Alexander Curtis, his foray into the business world was a little bit more than having just a dollar and a dream. It was a mission.

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Pugh, Van Hollen prevail in key local races

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump dominated their parties Maryland primaries this week and continue on a collision course for a fall showdown for the top office in the land.

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Maryland Film Festival features foreign and local movies

Khoomei or Tuvan throat singing counts as an ancient vocal tradition originating in the remote Republic of Tuva, located in the center of Asia in Siberia and now part of the Russian Federation.

Thursday, April 28

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VIDEO: Will this ark really cross the Atlantic?

A Dutch carpenter spent years building a replica of Noah's ark. Now he wants to sail across the Atlantic Ocean

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4 reasons for a check engine light

Vehicles rely on many components working harmoniously to function at optimal capacity. Any number of systems can go wrong, and oftentimes the first indication that something has gone awry is an illuminated dashboard signal.

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VIDEO: Meet the white valedictorian of a historically black college

At first glance, Joshua Packwood is the embodiment of white privilege: He's college educated, married, a father of two and he runs a successful hedge fund in Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 27

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Pilgrim's Pride recalls 4.5 million pounds of chicken

Chicken nuggets may contain plastic

Pilgrim's Pride is recalling over 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products.

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Maintenance a must when wearing contact lenses

An alternative to eyeglasses, contact lenses are widely used across the globe. Contact lenses provide the inconspicuous clarity many people desire, and the wide array of materials used to make lenses coupled with the assortment of styles of contact lenses have helped to make them more comfortable than ever before.

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Catherine Pugh wins Baltimore mayoral democratic primary

State Senator Catherine Pugh defeated former mayor Sheila Dixon in Baltimore's democratic primary for mayor.

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After excluding black neighborhood, Amazon rolls out Prime Now in Roxbury

Amazon backtracked on its decision not to offer its same-day delivery service to an historically black neighborhood in Boston.

Tuesday, April 26

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6 steps to creating fairy gardens for kids

Gardening can be an enjoyable activity for adults and children alike. Gardening encourages creative thinking and can make for an eco-friendly activity as well.

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Rapper Lil' Kim criticized for 'looking white'

Her noticeably lighter skin spurs wide reaction on social media

Lil' Kim looks nothing like she used to.

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Protec local waterways by following lawn fertilizer law

Now that spring is here, the Maryland Department of Agriculture reminds homeowners that they can get their lawns and the Chesapeake Bay off to a healthy start by following Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law and these best management practices:

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What to watch on Super Tuesday

Maryland is one of 5 Super Tuesday states

Donald Trump can't lock up the Republican nomination Tuesday -- but he can counter his two opponents' divide-and-conquer strategy and reassert his dominance in the race by running the table in five states.

Monday, April 25

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Think outside the backyard barbecue box

While backyard barbecue menus are often dominated by hot dogs and hamburgers, hosts can expand that menu however they see fit. For example, fried chicken is a natural complement to popular backyard barbecue fare,s^s such as potato salad and fresh watermelon.

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Why black comedian W. Kamau Bell is hanging out with the KKK

Why would a black man hang out with the Ku Klux Klan?

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Baltimore City Clean Guide debuts at the Mayor’s Annual Spring Cleanup

Health Commissioner Wen: Clean neighborhoods keep mosquitoes away

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) recenltly announced the availability of a new simple-to-use guide that will make it easier for everyone to keep Baltimore’s neighborhoods clean.

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Beyonce's new album 'Lemonade' fuels rumors of cheating

The internet went into overdrive

We finally know what Beyonce's mysterious "Lemonade" actually is.

Saturday, April 23

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'Flip Your Fridge' this spring for a $50 recycling reward

BGE is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “Flip Your Fridge” campaign to encourage residential electric customers to recycle their old, working refrigerators and freezers.

Friday, April 22

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Baltimore native serving aboard nuclear-powered submarine

A 2014 Friendship Academy of Science and Technology graduate and Baltimore native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, USS Santa Fe.

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Baltimore Teacher Network hosts forum on violence in public schools

The Baltimore Teacher Network (BTN) a Baltimore City nonprofit charter school organization will host an open teacher forum on the increase of violence in city schools on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, exactly one year after the civil uprising in West Baltimore after the funeral services of Freddie Gray.

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Extend the garden season with spring planted bulbs

Keeping your garden looking its best throughout the growing season and into fall is possible with the help of low maintenance spring planted bulbs.

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New tool available to determine if patient may have problem with alcohol or drugs

Consumers and healthcare providers have a new online resource with a rich array of information about an alcohol and drug use screening and intervention service being implemented at primary care centers in Maryland.

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VIDEO: Prince's most memorable songs

What's your favorite Prince song?

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Ebenezer A.M.E. celebrates 180th anniversary

Festivities include special worship service and banquet

In 1836, a group of worshipers met in a small paint shop in South Baltimore for the purpose of singing and praying. The group was the first membership of what is now known as Ebenezer African American Methodist (A.M.E.) Church..

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Women’s Exchange 'Made in Maryland' shop returns

The Women’s Exchange “Made in Maryland” spring shop is back.

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'Heavy Is The Rain' debuts at Hopkins

Play tells story of childhood trauma against a backdrop of Baltimore in the 1940s to 1960s

Unified Voices (UV) of Johns Hopkins presents the highly anticipated stage play, “Heavy Is The Rain” from April 22, 2016 to April 24, 2016 at Johns Hopkins’ Turner Auditorium located at 720 Rutland Avenue in Baltimore.

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Black women won’t celebrate ‘Equal Pay Day’ until August

The Sewall-Belmont House is located at the National Women’s Party in Washington D.C. It is one of the oldest houses near the United States Capitol and was the house where Alice Paul wrote the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.

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Prince's last days: Health scares, thrilling shows, purple pianos

Prince kept his private life private, no small feat in the age of social media

At the height of his stardom, Prince was ubiquitous, a marquee star who sold out stadiums, stole the silver screen and slayed fans with his bare-chested sass and sexuality.

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On Earth Day, commit to the Great Turning

Viewing the destruction of the planet and our natural systems as a form of violence, Campaign Nonviolence— a long-term movement to build a culture of nonviolence— engages people across the country in working toward sustainability, renewable energy, reducing meat consumption, supporting local food, and many other practices of living nonviolently on this beautiful Earth.

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Carpenter House celebrates 10 years of service with Building Blocks Awards Gala

The Carpenter House will be celebrate its 10 year anniversary with the Building Blocks Awards (BBA) Gala black-tie fundraiser on Sunday, May 1, 2016, which will be hosted by Q Parker of R&B sensation 112, with a live performance by Stellar Award Winner Jason Nelson. In addition to the special awards presentation, the BBA Gala, will also include dinner and dancing.

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Baltimore City College students present plan for abandoned buildings

In January, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a $700 million plan to tear down thousands of vacant buildings in Baltimore and replace them with new developments.

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Baltimore Ravens raise level of intensity during off-season workouts

The 2015 season was one of the toughest seasons in the 20-year history of the Baltimore Ravens. They had high expectations going into the season, but ended up with a 5-11 record. One of the recurring factors for them was the injury bug.

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Organizations mobilize residents to register to vote

With the elections so critical to our community, many organizations stepped up their efforts to register citizens to vote by the deadline.

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UMB hosts grand opening of community engagement center

Last summer, after riots and unrest gripped Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, much attention was focused on poverty and city communities that regularly find themselves in the throes of violence.

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Curtis Bay woman wins prestigious environmental prize

There are two fundamental criteria that recipients of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize must meet: Recent significant environmental achievement and that the achievement was accomplished through grassroots activism.

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre coming to The Lyric

Baltimore’s own Jacqueline Green to perform

It was a dream, come true. Baltimore School for the Arts graduate Jacqueline Green would be returning to her native town to dance with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre.

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RAMBLING ROSE: It’s really spring!

Hello everyone, my dear friends. Guess what? It’s really spring!

Thursday, April 21

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People who are alone and lonely are at greater risk of heart disease

People who are alone may be less likely to eat well, exercise and see the doctor

Loneliness and social isolation can impact a person's health, causing problems ranging from high blood pressure and being overweight to cognitive decline and even an increased risk of dying at a young age.

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BREAKING: Prince dead at 57

Prince died at Paisley Park residence, publicist says

A publicist says Prince died at Paisley Park.

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Ben Carson: Keep Jackson where he is, put Tubman on the $2 bill

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson disagrees with the plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, and on Wednesday suggested another note for her: the $2 bill.

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Wings to make any barbecue fan blush

Chicken wings are beloved by people of all ages and appetites.

Wednesday, April 20

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VIDEO: Harriet Tubman will be face of the $20

Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman will boot Andrew Jackson from the face of the $20.

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Pastor to come down from roof after 500 people from his community vote

After living on the roof of Jubilee Arts for 5 days, life-long Sandtown resident and pastor of Newborn Community of Faith Church, Elder Harris is coming down Wednesday.

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First criminal charges to be announced in Flint water crisis, source says

State and local officials have been investigating water contamination

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Flint water investigation team are expected to announce the first criminal charges Wednesday in the tainted water case, according to a source briefed on the investigation.

Tuesday, April 19

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'Saturday Night Live' heroin sketch sparks outrage

"Saturday Night Live" sketch about a fake heroin drug angers viewers, mothers of addicts

What were you thinking "Saturday Night Live"? That's what a lot of fans -- and mothers of addicts -- are saying after a sketch on this weekend's show featured a fake drug commercial for "Heroin AM," an option for people "who want to use heroin" but also "get stuff done.

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VIDEO: Florida cop and NBA legend crash kids' basketball game

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal surprised a group of Florida teens.

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The truth behind the “Black Exodus” at the RNC

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is refuting claims that a number of key African-American employees were either fired or forced to resign and officials are pointing to the hiring of Telly Lovelace, the GOP’s newest liaison to the Black media, as proof that the party remains devoted to diversity.

Monday, April 18

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Traditional values are popular in the black community

What do these four people all have in common: Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry, II, better known as Steph Curry, Ayesha Alexander Curry, Carvin Haggins and BriaMarie?

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What is Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'?

Beyoncé posted about "Lemonade" over the weekend

Beyoncé fans have been sipping on her "Lemonade" all weekend.

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Ben Carson backs Donald Trump

Criticizes GOP outreach in the black community

Former Republican presidential nominee and famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson said that he trusts Donald Trump to address systemic racial disparities affecting the Black people, if the billionaire businessman wins the presidential election in November.

Friday, April 15

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Monument Quilt on display on North Avenue

The Monument Quilt by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an ongoing collection of stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence and messages of support from their communities was on display on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the corner of North Avenue between Charles and Howard Streets.

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Young woman inspired to study law to effect change

National Pre-Law Diversity Conference offers strategies

It was the one college course, “Criminal Law: Theory and Practice,” which most sparked the interest of 23-year old Ashley N. Richardson, but the National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair fueled her aspirations even more.

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Edwin T. Johnson appointed to Maryland Commission on African American History

Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Edwin T. Johnson, Ph.D., to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.

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Local author tells how to live your best life

What's the best gift you could ever give yourself? According to motivational speaker and transformational life coach Kendell Lenice, the answer is: living your best life.

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Globe Poster Remix Class pays tribute to Dolphin Building through printmaking

Students from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Globe Poster Remix course collaborated with acclaimed street artist POSE to create an outdoor mural on the college’s notable Dolphin Building located at 100 Dolphin Street in Baltimore

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Baltimore Farmers' Market returns for 39th season

Opening day is Sunday, April 17

The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar reopens for its 39th season Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 7 a.m. to noon.

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab population shows improvement

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released the results of the 2016 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which show another year of growth in the stock of the Chesapeake Bay crab population and bodes well for a better harvest this year.

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Urban teachers discuss anniversary of Baltimore unrest

One year ago, when Freddie Gray was laid to rest, the city of Baltimore erupted in riots. Protests gripped the city as stores burned, cars were set afire, a Baltimore Orioles game was closed to fans and anger stirred.

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Beyond transparency, we need accountability

Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic — I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I got a straight answer? Almost never!

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Chicago Home of “The First Lady of the Black Press” is falling apart

The roof is coming apart. The creaky wooden porch is aging with growing cracks. And the navy blue paint that once adorned the steps is peeling away. Nearly 100 years ago, this white, two-story house in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood on the city’s south side became the home of Ethel L. Payne.

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Famed Tuskegee Airman encouraging a new generation

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the National World War II Museum in New Orleans plans a dedication ceremony for the newly restored P-51 Mustang, the first American built fighter plane to push its nose over Europe after the fall of France.

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Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome under pressure to deliver successful 2016 NFL Draft

The 2016 NFL Draft will be an integral part of the Baltimore Ravens future. The team holds the No.6 overall pick and is slated to pick high in each of the seven rounds.

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Over 100 Maryland high school seniors receive scholarships from Comcast

High school graduation is right around the corner for students in Maryland. Over a hundred high school seniors who are preparing to attend accredited colleges received a helping hand from Comcast through their annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.

Thursday, April 14

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Tips to efficiently prepare and file taxes

Tax season can be one of the most, well, taxing times of year, especially for chronic procrastinators who make up about 20 percent of the American public, according to research conducted at DePaul University.

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Governor Hogan invites chefs to submit recipes for “Buy Local” cookout

Governor Larry Hogan invites chefs using local Maryland ingredients to submit original recipes for the Governor’s Buy Local Cookout, which will be held at Government House in Annapolis on July 21.

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Refreshing spring entertaining ideas

When it comes to successful springtime entertaining, think light and refreshing food and drink. Keeping flavors and colors cool will infuse your get-together with energy and zest.

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Kobe Bryant goes out in style with 60 points

Bryant won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers

Fans final vision of Kobe Bryant in a purple and gold uniform was like many before as the Lakers' legend scored a spectacular 60 points in his farewell NBA game.

Wednesday, April 13

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Chibok's girls: A glimpse of the stolen

They were stolen from their beds in a school dormitory: hundreds of teenage girls kidnapped by gunmen.

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The 'Dirty Dozen': Group lists produce with the most pesticides

Strawberries topped the list as having the most pesticides this year

Would you like a bit of pesticide with your produce?

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Maryland poll: Clinton, Trump lead

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold commanding leads in Maryland, a new poll shows with two weeks to go before the state's presidential primary.

Tuesday, April 12

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4 Tips to spruce up for less

If you’re looking to make a big change around the house, tidying up can make all the difference.

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Homosexuality is the new black

In order to have a fully functioning society, we must have some common baseline of beliefs that join us together, whether it’s a fraternity, a church, or a political party. Without this commonality, belonging to a group or a society is impossible.

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Burglar takes burgers, not money

The thief apparently didn't come for cash; he just wanted food

The nation's capital has its very own Hamburglar.

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WATCH: How I got into eight Ivy League schools

Kelly Hyles is seventeen, a cheerleader, and deciding between Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT and others

Monday, April 11

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Stanford students demand more diverse faculty

A group of Stanford students wants the faculty to look a little bit more like them. That is, more diverse.

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Red Cross seeks volunteer transportation specialists to deliver lifesaving blood products

Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. As the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals in the U.S., the American Red Cross is seeking volunteer transportation specialists to help deliver lifesaving blood products to Central Maryland hospitals for patients in need.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings endorses Hillary Clinton for president

After Hillary Clinton testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October, aides said she was personally gratefully for Rep. Elijah Cummings' work as the panel's top Democrat.

Friday, April 8

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RAMBLING ROSE: New Africa Community Guilders Celebrate 11th Annual New Africa Festival

Hello my dear friends, this is the season for fundraisers, festivals, banquets, concerts, and all types of indoor and outdoor shows and I will make sure you know about them so you can have fun this spring. So check this out!

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MTA to partially shut down metro subway service this summer

Maintenance work scheduled from July 23 to August 12, 2016 to increase safety and reliability

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will shut down Baltimore Metro Subway service from the Milford Mill to Mondawmin stations for 21 days – July 23 to August 12 – for replacement of major components of Metro rail.

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MVA expands new self-service VEIP kiosks

As part of Governor Larry Hogan’s efforts to make government services more convenient and put money back in the pockets of Maryland families, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) announced the addition of seven new self-service Vehicle Emission Inspection Program (VEIP) kiosks.

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Baltimore celebrates 'Opening Day for Trails' along Jones Falls

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, REI and Bikemore have teamed up to create a fun-filled day along the Jones Falls Trail on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate Opening Day for Trails 2016.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation annual photo contest under way

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announces its 12th annual watershed photo contest is now underway. Photo submissions are being accepted between now and April 13, 2016

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BCCC celebrates National Robotics Week

Students in Baltimore City Community College’s Robotics/Mechatronics Technology Program are learning how to maintain and operate modern robots.

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Author delves deep in family history for new book

Part of the challenge facing young African-Americans today is that they’re unaware of where they came from, according to author Wayne Rudolph Davidson.

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Energy bill would strengthen U.S. economy, global energy security

Let's be honest: The future of the U.S. economy is bleak. A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that the U.S. economy will grow only two percent this year— a downward revision of the already anemic 2.4 percent growth predicted late last year.

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Iconic Maryland images to adorn storage tanks at BGE’s Spring Gardens campus

As BGE marks its 200th anniversary this year, the company announced the addition of large-scale murals to the storage tanks at the company’s Spring Gardens campus in South Baltimore.

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Baltimorean co-authors dynamic book celebrating faith, turning trials into triumph

Patricia Johnson-Harris knows firsthand that making a change in life can open unexpected doors and reignite success.

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Lt. Col. Jason B. Davis Honored at Huber Memorial

‘I Was Proud To Serve My Country’

When Jason B. Davis left for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), on June 9, 1984, the Baltimore City College graduate was 18. Some 32 years later, and now age 50, Lieutenant Colonel Jason B. Davis has served 31 years, 8 months, and 20 days in the Marines.

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Financial analyst turned school teacher advocates financial literacy

Robin Woodlon strongly believes that children live what they learn.

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Kinder Queen helping children through music

As a child, Inga Davis was a big fan of Kindermusik, an educational musical and movement program that children can listen and dance to while they learn.

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Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. to hold football camp for area youth

The Baltimore Ravens have been a constant fixture in the community over their 20-year history.

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ACLU report documents police abuse in Maryland

A recently released report by the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reveals the dangers black people continue to face during encounters with law enforcement.

Thursday, April 7

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What if Donald Trump’s campaign manager was black

It is probably not especially politically correct to bring more race matters into the debacle that is also known as the Donald Trump quest for the Presidency.

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WATCH: Tips for packing healthy snacks

On the go? Check out these healthy, easy snacks to keep the munchies at bay.

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WATCH: Is 50 the new 40 for motherhood?

Janet Jackson might soon become the new symbol of the rise of the 50-year-old mom.

Wednesday, April 6

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Film Review: Born to Be Blue

“I did it my way…” No, Ethan Hawke doesn’t sing those lyrics in this faux bio/film about jazz great Chet Baker.

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WATCH: More Than Skin Deep: How a burn victim became a beauty inspiration

Shalom Nchom was severely burned in a grease fire as a child. See how she helps others feel beautiful.

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WATCH: Walmart issues apology over Massachusetts and Maryland mixup

Walmart is confused about American geography.

Tuesday, April 5

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Making America greater

The answer is not xenophobia, racism and greater inequality

April 4, 1968. This was the day that changed the life of a little girl growing up in the segregated South.

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Freddie Gray trials: Prosecutors seek to force officer to testify

Baltimore prosecutors want to force a second police officer, Garrett Miller, to testify against two other officers before his upcoming trial.

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WATCH: Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater wins NCAA championship for Villanova

It's Villanova's second national championship

Junior forward Kris Jenkins hit a three at the buzzer, and No. 2 seed Villanova won the NCAA men's basketball national championship in thrilling fashion over No. 1 seed North Carolina, 77-74, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Monday, April 4

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ASK ALMA: My cheating ex wants me to befriend his daughter

I joined the Air Force after graduating from high school. It seemed like the best decision for me and my boyfriend at the time. We wanted to be on our own and start a new life together. We promised to remain faithful to each other, until we could get married once I was settled and sent to my duty station.

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Broadway hit 'Hamilton' has good life advice

The hit musical "Hamilton" is Broadway's equivalent of The Beatles.

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NCAA Final Four: Villanova, UNC easily advance to title game

Josh Hart leads Wildcats with 23 points; Oklahoma's Buddy Hield held to nine

Heading into Final Four weekend, there were questions on how well teams could shoot in NRG Stadium in Houston, a 70,000-plus seat venue, primarily the home of the NFL's Houston Texans.

Friday, April 1

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Baltimore County student’s education enhanced by cultural immersion

The educational process varies and it has evolved over the years from chalkboards to smartboards and smartphones.

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The Republicans: Cowardice in high places

Jeb Bush endorses Ted Cruz. So do Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney. Chris Christie endorses— in fact, practically fawns all over—Donald Trump.

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Baltimore native earns Senior Sailor of the Year serving aboard USS Wasp

Petty Officer 1st Class Jamye Graham from Baltimore, serving with USS Wasp (LHD 1), earned Senior Sailor of the Year for 2015.

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Vivian Fenton dispenses financial expertise as volunteer with CASH Campaign

Formed 15 years ago, the Baltimore CASH Campaign (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) employs strategies to help working families in Charm City maximize their financial opportunities and resources.

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Fairy Tale Festival 2016

FREE events throughout the “Pratt Kingdom” during the month of April including magicians, puppet shows, storytellers and Fairy Tale Balls!

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Peabody students and Baltimore gospel choirs present joint concert

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, Peabody Conservatory students will perform with gospel choirs of Ark Church and New Shiloh Baptist Church in the culmination of a semester-long course at Peabody, “The African-American Gospel Tradition in Baltimore” taught by musicology faculty member Andrew Talle.

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Advocacy group calls for federal regulation of black hair products

Products marketed to black women are largely untested, unlabeled and unregulated with toxins and carcinogens that lead to hormone disorders, reproductive health challenges and contribute to obesity rates and aggressive cancers.

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Life in Baltimore: Leah's Book Club 2016 National Women's History Month honorees

The sixth annual Irene Bennett Reid Memorial Tea sponsored by Leah's Book Club honored eleven women in the community and presented guest author, F. Michael Higginbotham.

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Alzheimer’s Memory Ball seeks to raise funds with dance competition

For Rose Davis Backus-Hamm, three invitations to dance at the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter’s annual Memory Ball was enough for her to finally strut her stuff.

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Baltimore Ravens handled Tray Walker’s passing with true class

Tragedy struck the Baltimore Ravens recently. For the first time, an active player passed away. Tray Walker was only 23 years old and had a lot to live for.

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Annapolis Film Festival ‘sails’ into weekend

On the tiny island of Carriacou in the Eastern Caribbean, Alwyn Enoe is one of the last wooden boat builders practicing a trade that has been passed down the generations from the original Scottish settlers who arrived more than two centuries ago.

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Baltimore Continentals celebrated Black History Month with African American Read-Ins

This year, members of the Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. celebrated Black History Month by participating in over thirty African American Read-Ins in area Baltimore city and county schools, universities, churches, homes and as part of one of the organization’s national initiative.

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Why are blacks supporting Hillary?

Consider this an open letter to the African American community south of the Mason-Dixie line.