News 2016 August

Stories for August 2016

Wednesday, August 31

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Zanzibar: A taste of Africa's Spice Islands

"Have you seen 'The Lion King'?"

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EpiPen main ingredient costs 'less than a Big Mac'

Mark Baum believes the relentless EpiPen price hikes are "shameful" and his company is plotting a $100 alternative for the lifesaving allergy treatment.

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Baltimore County Public Library now offers free access to Rosetta Stone language program

Are you interested in learning to speak French but don't have the budget for lessons? Would you like to learn Mandarin, but don't have the time to dedicate to a class schedule?

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To be equal: Hillary Clinton stands on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm

The nation has marked the historic occasion of the first woman in American history to win the Presidential nomination for a major political party.

Tuesday, August 30

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Leslie Jones, black women have your back

We were in second grade. And I can still feel the dirt in my hair, falling down my face. Still hear the bullies screeching like monkeys, calling me "Rocky," after the old African gorilla at the local zoo. Nearly every week for a time, the kids in my neighborhood would chase me home with their monkey taunts.

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Nutrition and flavor packed into one simple dish

Chickpeas are loaded with protein and fiber, making them a healthy addition to just about anyone's diet.

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Meet the five grand opening sponsors of the African-American History Museum

Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Prudential Financial Inc., Target and Toyota have each provided $2 million in sponsorships to support the grand opening and inaugural events for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Monday, August 29

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Stereotyping is never a good idea!

We often hear about the crimes and homicides that take place in Chicago and in particular the south side of Chicago. The murder and overall crime rate is frightening.

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More Patti LaBelle pies coming to Walmart

Patti LaBelle is making an encore.

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Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the world. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, more than 1.1 million cases of prostate cancer were recored in 2012, accounting for 15 percent of new cancer diagnoses in men that year.

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NFL star Colin Kaepernick sits in protest during national anthem

San Francisco quarterback says his protest is against racism

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat in protest during the national anthem for a pre-season game, saying he would not honor a song nor "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

Friday, August 26

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Push for DC statehood picks up steam

The issue of whether the District of Columbia (D.C.) will become the United States’ 51st state has been brewing for a long time, and the lack of voting power within Congress has many residents, city officials and presidential candidates saying the time is right for officially lobbying to make the District a state.

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‘A Trusted Comrade,’ Black Press Legend George Curry Dies at 69

The Black Press lost one of it’s most celebrated warriors when George Curry, veteran journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of the NNPA News Wire, died from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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Maryland schools begin to open for 2016-2017 academic year

Maryland public school systems began to re-open on August 17, 2016, and another record number of students, are expected for the 2016-17 academic year.

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North Avenue Rising Project promises efficient, effective transit

Last school year, Brittany Patterson’s commute to work started at 5:45 a.m. on the 91 bus from Garrison Boulevard and Bateman Avenue.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Summer is not over, yet!

Hello everyone, this was an exciting and hot weekend. “Shorty” my Boo-Boo and I had a very busy week covering the last of the “Liberty Live” Festival for the Randallstown Community and the Ruth Kirk Fun Festival for two days at Franklin Square Park.

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Digital Harbor High School student creates ‘Back to School’ logo for BCPS

The Baltimore City Public School system does not always receive the most positive feedback due to a lack of programming to productively foster educational growth for the city’s students.

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Breshad Perriman excited to be back on the field with Ravens

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman took the field Tuesday, August 23, 2016, after being cleared to return to practice. Perriman was happy to return after missing all of his rookie season with a knee injury.

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Unify Baltimore back-to-school rally at held Mondawmin Mall

It’s back to school time in Baltimore.

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Local Mary Kay entrepreneur is first black woman to be top Independent Sales Director

What started as a small goal to make $200 extra dollars a month turned into a record-setting accomplishment and extraordinary success story for Mary Kay Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks.

Thursday, August 25

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Why are black Democrats more popular in the GOP than black Republicans

If Black Republicans ever want to be taken seriously by the Black community, they have to stop accepting the silly ultimatum being offered by the Republican Party.

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Choices dwindling for Obamacare customers

Many consumers may find they have few choices when shopping on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017.

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Verizon is once again the best performing mobile carrier

With its "Better Matters" campaign, Verizon likes to brag it's the best. Now, a new report suggests those claims are mostly true.

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A black voter on Trump: What we have to lose

Donald Trump is making his pitch to African-American voters in these terms: "What the hell do you have to lose?"

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Ask Alma: My messy co-worker has no home training

I work in a small accounting office of 16 people. We sit in cubicles very close to one another and we have more men than women.

Wednesday, August 24

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Nip the nail biting habit for your health

Nail biting, also known as onychophagia, is a common habit that affects people of all ages. Biting your nails usually stems from stress or forms as a nervous habit. Most research says that children and teenagers make up the greatest number of regular nail biters.

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Are police ticketing practices creating a tinder box in black community?

It's not just about police killing black men. It's deeper than that.

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UN: We have 'moral responsibility' to help Haitian cholera victims

Cholera broke out in Haiti nine months after a 2010 earthquake

In a major shift, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has indicated the United Nations is preparing to compensate for the cholera outbreak in Haiti that killed at least 10,000 people.

Tuesday, August 23

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'Scandal' Season 5 bloopers are everything

It's Kerry Washington like you've never seen her before.

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From ‘crack baby’ to mentor, Shawn Blanchard defies the odds

The term ‘crack baby’ emerged into the social consciousness in the 80’s and 90’s during the crack epidemic sweeping minority communities. It referred to children who had been exposed to the drug because of their mother’s usage during pregnancy.

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Enjoy summer with homemade sorbet

Dessert and summer are a match made in heaven.

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800 people donate to save Langston Hughes' house

Soon poetry and music will fill the Harlem home of legendary poet Langston Hughes again.

Monday, August 22

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McDonald's removes fitness tracker from Happy Meals

Reports of skin irritation prompted McDonald's to remove activity trackers from kids meals

McDonald's is removing Step-It activity trackers from Happy Meals due to concerns over skin irritations, according to a statement sent to CNN on Wednesday.

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Add fresh flavor to grilled chicken

Backyard barbecues provide the perfect opportunity for grillmasters to experiment with their favorite foods.

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Trump’s speech in Wisconsin addresses poverty, crime in the black community

During a campaign speech in Wisconsin, Trump appealed to African American voters offering an alternative to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Friday, August 19

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MTA launches Adopt-A-Stop

Communities urged to join efforts to help keep bus stops clean

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC), the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) announced the beginning of an exciting initiative to help make Maryland’s bus stops litter-free.

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Phishing scheme targeting tax professionals with phony software updates

Tax preparers urged to think twice before clicking links or opening attachments

The federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is asking tax preparers to be on the lookout for emails that purport to contain important software updates, but actually install malicious spyware on their computers.

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LETTER: Two flawed candidates

Clinton and Trump are flawed candidates running for President.

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Dignity and respect during an election year

During election years, pent-up frustrations, simmering animosities and the toxic legacy of countless hours of hate talk radio erupt from the seething volcano of the American public. Injustice left festering explodes into anger and hatred. Defensive arrogance and condescension drips down the pyramid of privilege.

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Pi Omega Chapter recognized for international service

At the 80th Grand Conclave of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., which was held July 21- 28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Pi Omega Chapter, Graduate Chapter of Baltimore was once again recognized for its service to the community.

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Local Head Start administrator graduates from UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program

The training completed by Head Start executive Gayle Headen will ultimately benefit children and their families at the Union Baptist-Harvey Johnson Head Start in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The importance of early childhood education

Late in 2015, the Baltimore Community Foundation announced a $6 million contribution towards the expansion of Judy Centers to help provide early childhood education and support services to 5,000 Baltimore City children and their families.

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Enhancing black owned print and digital press in the age of social media

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) salutes the career development success of the Discover the Unexpected (DTU) NNPA Journalism Fellowship program that has just completed its first term of providing undergraduate students at the Howard University School of Communication the unique apprentice opportunity to work at NNPA member newspapers in Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Detroit.

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Ravens TE Benjamin Watson is settling in with his new team

Benjamin Watson signed a 2-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens worth $7 million with $3 million guaranteed. He comes to the Ravens after posting a career year with the New Orleans Saints. Watson had 74 receptions for 825 yards and six touchdowns last season.

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Boys & Girls Club keeps students learning over summer

My.Future technology allows kids to explore digital education

Students will soon be returning to school, but My.Future kept members of the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore’s Brooklyn O’Malley Club learning during the summer break.

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‘My Big Phat Ghetto Fabule$$ Wedding’ returns to Johns Hopkins auditorium

By popular demand hit stage play production to run from September 2-4, 2016

Unified Voices of Johns Hopkins (UV) and Battle Stage Plays present Ursula V. Battle’s “My Big Phat Ghetto FABULE$$ Wedding” for a return engagement.

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Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., Entrepreneurship Center named in honor of famed businessman

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, national leaders, elected officials, members of the city and state business communities, and others gathered for the Ribbon Cutting of the Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr. Entrepreneurship Center at the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL).

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Baltimore youth launches film career in Charm City

Emerging film director/actor, Michael Anthony Hobbs is on the rise in Baltimore. The 12-year-old debuted his second short feature film, “Naga Pixie,” to rave reviews this past week at the Arbutus Community Center in Baltimore County

Thursday, August 18

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State Police warn of telephone scammer who demands money

Maryland State Police are warning the public about a telephone scam in which the caller represents himself as a barrack commander and threatens the victim with arrest if money owed is not immediately forwarded.

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How the Affordable Care Act can still work

Aetna, one of the country's largest insurers, made headlines Tuesday when it announced it is pulling out of health care exchanges in 11 of the 15 states where it now offers insurance.

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Donors, sponsors generously support African-American History Museum

Sponsorships and donations have been pouring into the new Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which is set to open on Sept. 24 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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Hogan administration proposes $5 million in funding to assist Ellicott City

Board of Public Works Approves $2.5 Million, Administration Requests Additional $2.5 Million from Catastrophic Fund

Governor Larry Hogan’s request to provide $2.5 million in funding to assist small businesses and property owners in Ellicott City recover from devastating flooding was approved today by the Board of Public Works. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford chaired the bi-weekly meeting of the board, with Comptroller Peter Franchot in attendance. Treasurer Nancy Kopp was absent.

Wednesday, August 17

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Movie Review: Suicide Squad

“Deadpool” may have raised the bar far too high for the comic-book-turned-film genre. It was fresh, innovative, irreverent, demented, unpredictable, visually alluring, well-acted, written, directed and produced. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flew in its shadow. And now the much-hyped “Suicide Squad” falls short, too.

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Oprah: 'I've eliminated diversity from my vocabulary'

Oprah Winfrey is done with "diversity."

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Baltimore 'hero mom' Toya Graham, family homeless after fire

It's the same son Graham slapped and yanked out of the Baltimore riots last year

Toya Graham first made headlines after a televised smackdown of her teenage son during the Baltimore riots last year.

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ASK ALMA: My awkward niece wants to be the next Gabby Douglas

My niece is all in love with Gabby Douglas and thinks she can one day tryout for the Olympic team. LOL, now that’s funny.

Tuesday, August 16

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Usain Bolt: How the world's fastest man built a business empire

Usain Bolt is more than a veteran Olympic star. He's a brand -- a track and field icon with an international following.

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Taking a closer look at black mental health

Good physical and mental health help drive success and enjoyment in our lives. But when it comes to overcoming some of our society’s biggest health challenges – from HIV/AIDS to cancer to diabetes to behavioral health issues – the African-American community unfortunately shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden.

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Gabby Douglas' mom: She's 'devastated' by online criticism

Some have slammed Douglas online for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem

Imagine being the darling of the 2012 London Olympics, only to be criticized for your every move four years later in Rio.

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Keep cool in the face of summer heat

The month of August is often referred to as "the dog days of summer," a phrase that can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. The "dog days" are a reference to the dog star, Sirius, which appeared to rise just before the sun in late July, when temperatures were at their hottest. As a result, the phrase "dog days" remains synonymous with summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere.

Monday, August 15

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'Colors of Summer' exhibit in Gallery 90

While you’re out enjoying the shady spots of the nearby B & A Trail or looking for a place to duck in for a little air conditioning, step into Gallery 90 to see new work from Chesapeake Arts Center Gallery artists.

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Kevin Hart's alter-ego Chocolate Droppa gets record deal

Hart has been signed to Motown

Kevin Hart is taking his plan for domination to the music charts.

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Getting ready for kindergarten

Schools across the country are getting ready to once again open their doors and welcome new and returning students.

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After the Justice Department’s report, where are the calls for Baltimore’s mayor to resign?

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report on the state of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) as a part of its civil rights investigation following the death of Freddie Gray.

Friday, August 12

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Marylanders encouraged to shop during Tax-Free Week

State sales tax waived for qualifying clothing and footwear under $100 between August 14 and 20, 2016

From August 14 to August 20, 2016, the state’s six percent sales tax will not be collected for any single, qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less, regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time.

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We have to end the war on women in cyberspace

I don’t know whether you have been following this, but there is a very disturbing trend that has been underway. Women in cyberspace are under attack. These attacks are very much focused on programmers and video game designers. These attacks are nothing short of vicious.

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Hospice of the Chesapeake celebrates Third Annual Veterans Tribute Wall

One man served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. One woman entered the Army Nursing Corps when all four of her brothers entered military service. Another man switched from the Navy to the Air Force to please his new wife.

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Black owned newspapers matter!

Two thousand and seventeen will mark the 190 anniversary of the Black Press in America. Since the first publication of Freedom’s Journal on March 16, 1827 in New York City, black owned newspapers have been at the forefront of being the consciousness-raising voice of black America. Today in 2016, black owned newspapers still matter.

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Liberty Live 2016 free outdoor concerts drew hundreds each Friday

This summer, Liberty Live 2016 drew hundreds to Kings Point Square located at 9900 Liberty Road in Randallstown, Maryland. The free, family-friendly outdoor concert series was presented by the Liberty Road Business Association (LRBA), and featured live entertainment, vendors, free parking and more.

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Urban League conference draws big names

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine may have helped set the tone at the annual conference of the National Urban League, which was held last week in Baltimore.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Young people doing their thing!

Hello friends and fans, a lot is going on this week, especially involving the young folks in our community.

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Education Secretary calls on leaders to ‘raise voices’

The four-day National Urban League Conference at the Baltimore Convention Center had the theme, “Save Our Cities,” and organizers said a chief way to accomplish that goal is through education.

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Baltimore Times columnist wins Playwright of the Year Award

“My Big Phat Ghetto FABULE$$ Wedding,” Ursula Battle’s exciting play about what happens when a reversal of fortune causes a couple’s expensive dream wedding to turn into a beer buck budget nightmare, is among the journalist and writer’s many works that have helped her to earn the 2016 Newsome Award for Playwright of the Year.

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Life in Baltimore: Baltimore Area Spelman students travel to Morocco

Many colleges and universities offer students the opportunity to travel abroad for study and enrichment. Spelman College is among the colleges that encourage a global perspective. Spelman, a four-year liberal arts women's college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thursday, August 11

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Film Review: Miss Sharon Jones!

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is a Grammy-nominated R&B band from Brooklyn.

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Ask Alma: My friend stopped hanging out with me. What happened?

A couple of months ago a real friendly woman moved into the condo across the hall. She and I hit it off right away.

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Christina Epps set for Olympic debut Saturday in Rio

Former Coppin track and field standout

Former Coppin State University track and field standout Christina Epps will compete in Rio de Janerio, Brazil in the 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday, August 13th at 8:30 am.

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Macy's is closing another 100 stores

Another 100 struggling Macy's stores are disappearing.

Wednesday, August 10

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Help kids overcome a fear of needles

Immunizations are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Physicians and various health organizations advise that children and adults adhere to a specific schedule of vaccinations that can help them develop antibodies to fend off a variety of illnesses. Unfortunately for kids who fear needles, most immunizations are administered intravenously.

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Usain Bolt: I'll win all three gold medals at Rio 2016

Usain Bolt, the most decorated sprinter of all time, is oozing with confidence as he edges closer to realizing his "Triple-Triple" gold medal dream at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Tuesday, August 9

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Pros and cons to detox cleanse diets

Detox diet adherents tout the benefits of cleansing their bodies. The detox craze can be confusing, and misinformation regarding the best way to proceed with a cleanse only illustrates the emphasis men and women considering detox diets must place on learning as much about them as possible.

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Leslie Jones, other celebs hooked on Olympics action

"Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones has been tweeting so much commentary about the Olympics that NBC has invited her to Rio.

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William Barber’s prophetic voice demands voting rights and justice for all

The headlines blared almost non-stop.

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Film Review: Jason Bourne

There’s something missing in actor Matt Damon and director/writer Paul Greengrass’s return to the Bourne action/spy/thriller franchise

Monday, August 8

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Managing prediabetes or diabetes

Diabetes and its precursor is a major problem, both in the United States and across the globe.

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Serena and Venus Williams stunned in Rio Olympic doubles

They were one of the biggest favorites for gold -- but Serena and Venus Williams won't be topping the podium together at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Deval Patrick opens up about issues of race, policing

Patrick served as adviser to a police reform commission after the death of Laquan McDonald

As a former governor, civil rights lawyer and a product of Chicago's South Side, there may be few Americans who understand the current national debate about the need for police reforms better than Deval Patrick.

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Tips for back-to-school reading and beyond

As summer comes to a close, it can be hard for both kids and adults to get back into an academic mindset. Whether you’re a parent that’s dreading the start of the school rush or struggling to help your children rediscover reading success, the trick is to plan ahead.

Friday, August 5

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NNPA Fellows report on challenges and aspirations of Black America

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) commends the dedication, vigilance and vitality of our eight “Discover the Unexpected” NNPA Journalism Fellows: Brandi Montgomery, Brelaun Douglas, Briahnna Brown, McKenzie Marshall, Victoria Jones, Rushawn Walters, Tatyana Hopkins and Sidnee King.

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New Ways to Get and Give Help to hungry Marylanders

Hunger Free America has launched new campaigns to make it easier for hungry Americans to obtain food and for anyone to volunteer in the most effective ways to end hunger.

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What does BLM stand for?

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Customer service initiative allows qualified veterans to skip trip to MVA

Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will begin issuing permanent vehicle registration cards and license plate stickers to Maryland veterans who qualify as 100 percent disabled.

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LETTER: This violence must end and must end now

This violence in our communities must end. We are beginning to look and act like a third world country.

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Black farmer fights to kill death tax

John Wesley Boyd, Jr., lives off the land raising cows, growing soybeans and corn on 400 acres he owns in rural Baskerville, Virginia.

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Summer can trigger painful Sickle cell disease crisis

Sickle cell disease affects millions worldwide, including an estimated 100,000 people in the United States.

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Nine-year-old takes ‘hold’ of hair accessory market

This young lady handles inventory, serves as the lead salesperson at trade shows, speaks to community groups, writes thank you cards to online customers and even helps with sales taxes.

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Art @ Work in Upton Community

Upton is looking a little more “artsy” these days, thanks to the hard work and creativity of students from Youthworks, the Baltimore City Summer Employment program.

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Comcast customers get a ‘front row to Rio’

Commonly known as Rio 2016, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, mark a historic first time that the Olympics is being held in South America, and only the third time in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Urban League Conference in Baltimore tackles police shootings

Marc Morial shook his head in disbelief. A hung jury. An acquittal. Still another acquittal and eventually the announcement by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby that charges against the remaining officers in the death of Freddie Gray would be dismissed.

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Local resident pledges national service with FEMA Corps

Cyan Manuel is well traveled and loves it. The Hanover, Maryland, resident was raised by her military mom who served in the Army for more than 25 years.

Thursday, August 4

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Energizing breakfasts for weekday mornings

Greens for breakfast might sound unconventional, but starting the day with vegetables is a fantastic way to check off some of the daily requirements for vitamins and minerals, plus get the energy needed to stay full and focused all morning.

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A tale of two conventions

Having attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland two weeks ago and having intently watched the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on TV last week, I couldn’t help but notice how distorted both conventions were, especially in terms of the media’s coverage of them.

Wednesday, August 3

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McDonald's to nix artificial preservatives from McNuggets

McDonald's believes it can make happier meals for its customers by removing certain ingredients from its McNuggets and hamburger buns.

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Save on everything for back-to-school with these smart tips and tricks

Whether your kids are school playground-bound or college-bound, the back-to-school season can be an expensive time of year.

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What not to do when you win the Powerball this weekend

Read them and then do the opposite

These are cautionary tales.

Tuesday, August 2

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Ed Hartwell's side of his split with Keshia Knight Pulliam

Hartwell recently filed for divorce

Former professional football player Ed Hartwell has spoken out on his breakup with "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam.

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Tips to prevent the spread of back-to-school germs

Back-to-school is an exciting time of year for families, but it also means new exposures to germs.

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Hillary Clinton looks to build African American base with top staffers

As the presidential candidates sprint towards the November 8 election, the Clinton campaign has turned to seasoned, Black political strategists to boost voter turnout in the African American community.

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Film Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Some things should be left in the past and forgotten. Case in point: Tarzan. This modern version, “The Legend of Tarzan,” adds some politically correct touches to an old-fashioned (dated) story. But even with new gloss and a fresh scent, the central problem still remains: a near super-human White man lording over apes, animals and Africans. It’s an image that is dubious at best, and repulsive at its worst, even if well intentioned.

Monday, August 1

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month: Are you up-to-date?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to make sure everyone is up-to-date with their vaccination schedules, particularly children headed back-to-school.

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Simmons, RushCard Fund Program to keep the peace between police and the Black community

Russell Simmons is as afraid of a confrontation with police as most other Black men.

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They came to Kenya as refugees -- and they left as Olympians

It's early morning in the Ngong Hills, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, and a group of athletes huddle together in prayer in tracksuits and long pants. It's notoriously chilly this time of year.