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Saturday, December 31

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Popular website PURCHASEBLACK.COM announces it has closed -- reveals the truth about BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

POPULAR WEB SITE PURCHASEBLACK.COM ANNOUNCES THAT IT HAS CLOSED -- REVEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

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Black Female-Owned Beef Jerky company Earns major respect in Hollywood

Marjorie’s Beef Jerky Was on Fire Being Loved by Over 200 VIP Celebrities at The American Music Awards Gift Exchange in Hollywood on November 19th 2016!

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Pregnancy changes a mother's brain for years, study shows

Women expect the physical changes of pregnancy, yet having a baby also produces some changes in the brain.

Friday, December 30

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Dogs may go gray when stressed, just like US presidents, study says

Whether you call them gray hairs or stress highlights, world-renowned animal scientist and autism advocate Temple Grandin wants you to know that dogs may get them prematurely, too -- especially when stressed, such as being left at home alone.

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Zion Harvey, mother to ride Donate America float in Rose Parade

Nation’s first pediatric bilateral hand transplant patient in Rose Parade

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These big companies had a terrible 2016

It's been a tumultuous year on many fronts.

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Making Workplace Wellness Count

Going to the gym is about to get a lot more expensive. That's because the share of companies offering wellness programs dropped 13 percent this year.

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As Obama departs, we owe him our thanks

Obama won a majority of the votes in both his election and re-election, something neither his predecessor nor successor achieved. He governed with grace and dignity, despite grotesque and too often racist provocations. His family provided a model for all Americans, with Michelle winning hearts across the country. He and his administration were remarkably free of scandal. His administration demonstrated once more that competence could be valued in Washington.

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Youth Writers Rock launches at Pratt Library

The Youth Writers Challenge, Inc. (YWC), a community-based organization, will launch The Youth Writers Rock, a free, six-month writing program for students ages 10 -17, beginning on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Enoch Pratt Library’s Waverly Branch.

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Alzheimer’s Research Continues: Generation Study Now Recruiting Volunteers

Officials at the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative say they have made great strides in the fight to find a treatment to delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s or to prevent the disease altogether.

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Singing Sensations captivate audiences in Baltimore and beyond

Many of the members of the Singing Sensations Youth Choir come from challenging backgrounds.

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Food For Fines 2017

For each canned good donated, you will receive $1 off your library fine between January 3 and January 31, 2017

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50th Anniversary Kwanzaa Celebrations at Reginald Lewis Museum

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, of Parsonsburg, Maryland.

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Happy Happy New Year to you all!

Hello, to all my readers and fans. This has been a helluva year, don’t you think?

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BCCC honors nursing students at pinning ceremony

Mary Ihezie and Rapheal Olumakinde were among the 25 nursing students honored at the Baltimore City Community College’s pinning ceremony for the Class of Fall 2016 on December 20, 2016

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Presidents’ Roundtable sets goals for New Year

Among the primary goals in 2017 for The Presidents’ Roundtable is to accelerate the formation of entrepreneurial opportunities for the African-American community and to expand and diversify the business opportunities for corporations that currently make up the ambitious organization.

Thursday, December 29

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HBCU SWAC Round-Up Women's Basketball Recaps - December 28

SWAC Women's Basketball Recaps - December 28

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HBCU : SWAC Round-up Men's Basketball Recaps - December 28

SWAC Men's Basketball Recaps - December 28

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BLACK AUTHOR/THINKER reveals the truth about 18 controversial subjects in her new book, "PSST: PLEASE SOMEBODY SPEAK THE TRUTH"

BLACK AUTHOR/THINKER REVEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT 18 CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECTS IN HER NEW BOOK, "PSST: PLEASE SOMEBODY SPEAK THE TRUTH"

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University stands by 'Problem of Whiteness' course

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a course next semester called "The Problem of Whiteness," and it's not sitting well with a Republican legislator.

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Obama press secretary's advice for his successor

Josh Earnest has some advice for Sean Spicer, who will soon be taking over his job as White House press secretary.

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A pregnant restaurant server gets a $900 tip

A server and bartender at a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, got a shocking -- but pleasant -- surprise from a customer earlier this month: a $900 tip.

Wednesday, December 28

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HBCU MEAC Men's Basketball Recap: December 27

Men's Basketball Recap: December 27

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HBCU SWACC women's basketball recap - December 27

SWAC Women's Basketball

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DoJ vs big banks: $60 billion in fines for toxic mortgages

Since the global financial crisis, the world's largest banks have agreed to pay close to $60 billion in fines just to the U.S. Department of Justice for creating and selling toxic mortgage-backed investments.

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Actor and comedian Ricky Harris, who worked alongside the greats, dies at 54

Ricky Harris, whose yin-yang comedic career went from raunchy standup on one end to family-friendly sitcoms on the other, has died. He was 54.

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What are heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest?

Singer George Michael died Christmas Day at age 53 when his heart "failed" him while lying peacefully in bed, his manager Michael Lippman said, according to the UK-based Press Association.

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Mom walks 30 hours through snow and wilderness to get help for family

Stranded in a secluded road with heavy snow falling, one Pennsylvania mom knew she had to do something. So, she walked for 30 hours in the wilderness, through 26 freezing miles, subsisting on twigs and her urine, to get help.

Tuesday, December 27

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Boss takes employees on Caribbean cruise -- all 800 of them!

January in Iowa can be cold and dreary, but employees at a cabinet company are about to get a sunny reprieve from the winter doldrums, all thanks to the boss.

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Lockheed Martin CEO promises Trump she'll cut F-35 costs

Lockheed Martin's CEO gave President-elect Donald Trump her "personal commitment" to cut the cost of the stealthy F-35 fighter jet.

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30 years a star: George Michael's biggest moments

Powerful covers, unforgettable duets and a few scandals sprinkled here and there -- George Michael's life was anything but boring.

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10 questions you asked Dr. Google this year

This year was full of headline-making health topics that left many people scratching their heads -- so they turned to Dr. Google for answers.

Monday, December 26

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From Compton to Harvard: Teen snags opportunity of a lifetime

Five percent. Those are your chances of getting into Harvard.

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10 wellness retreats to clear your head for 2017

However lovely, the holidays tend to leave us feeling frazzled. Most of us will cap off the year with some combination of family drama, event overload, social media trolling and political uncertainty -- not exactly a recipe for clearheadedness.

Sunday, December 25

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'Hidden Figures' explores unsung heroes of space race

Some movies rely on a single character to make a compelling experience. "Hidden Figures" has three key characters who could make any other movie on their own.

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Santa Claus FC: Father Christmas' gift-giving football club

He's making a list and he's checking it twice -- but Santa Claus will have to wait for the January transfer window if he's to shower his own football club with presents.

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Christmas storm approaches West, while East gets warmer

A winter storm could hit the Rockies and upper Midwest late Saturday, making it a very white Christmas for folks in those parts.

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Trump says he'll dissolve foundation

President-elect Donald Trump will dissolve the Trump Foundation, the charitable foundation in his name, as part of efforts to untangle himself of conflicts of interest in the weeks before he is sworn into office, he announced Saturday.

Friday, December 23

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Holiday Celebrations with West African Cuisine

As people emigrate from various countries to the United States, they bring many of their traditions and cuisine with them. Such is true of those coming from West Africa.

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Ravens’ Benjamin Watson ‘plays’ Secret Santa

Twenty-five families from Building Families for Children, arrived at Walmart in Randallstown Monday, December 19, 2016, not sure what to expect.

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The Secret Weapon to Ending America's Health Crisis: Schools

America has a big, fat problem. A whopping 13 million American children are obese— and millions more are about to join their ranks. By 2025, according to a report in Pediatric Obesity, the nation will house 17 million obese kids.

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MLK Day of Service

Make Monday, January 16, 2017, a “Day On not a Day Off”

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My interview with black billionaire Bob Johnson

One of the main things Johnson discussed is our penchant to vote as a bloc for one party, in this case the Democrats, without reciprocity. His words brought to mind similar words by Carter G. Woodson and Malcolm X on that same point. Johnson recommended that black folks should be independent and bloc-vote only for candidates who support our interests, locally and nationally, regardless of their party affiliation.

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Applications being accepted for 2017 Engineering Contest

Two winning teachers—one middle school teacher and one high school teacher— will each receive prizes valued at $5,500.

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Incidence of overdose increases during holiday season

The holiday season is deemed one of the most joyous times of the year, filled with fun and laughter, but it also serves as a difficult period for some people.

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Winter break, holiday travelers reminded to take Zika virus precautions

Zika virus is still being transmitted in many vacation hotspots

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DMV Warriors top American Basketball Association, education charts

The American Basketball Association (ABA) released its power rankings and the DMW Warriors outpaced 25 other national teams to shine as the leader of the pack.

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Continental Societies honor partner organizations, individual sponsors

Wherever you find children and families who needed a little extra help and support in Anne Arundel County, members of the county’s Chapter of The Continental Societies can usually be found standing beside them.

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Three units of football represented by Ravens in Pro Bowl

The Baltimore Ravens are in the midst of a playoff and the AFC North Divisional title hunt.

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Urban Alliance Baltimore receives $200K grant from Bank of America

Shaquille Brooks, 21, a graduate of Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore proudly talks about his internship with the investment management firm Legg Mason.

Thursday, December 22

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5 people who impacted their world this year - and what they're up to now

At Impact your World we love to share stories of ordinary people going the extraordinary distance. Here we take a look at the five acts that tugged at our heartstrings the most -- and we revisit the people who made the difference.

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How Oprah lost those 40 pounds

Oprah Winfrey revealed this week that she lost more than 40 pounds, and she did it using one of the most popular weight loss programs out there: Weight Watchers.

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'Fences' cast on the power of the film

For Denzel Washington, the struggle to bring "Fences" to the screen may have been more difficult than actually starring in, producing and directing the movie.

Wednesday, December 21

HBCU Round-Up: SWAC Players of the Week

HBCU Round-Up featuring Players of the Week

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Baltimore’s Best Tea House “Teavolve” Partners with Community Leader for Winter Coat Campaign

Baltimore's popular tea house ‘Teavolve’ is partnering with community leader and activist, Kwame Rose to collect hats, gloves, and socks for the students at the Renaissance Academy.

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Northrop Grumman Assembles More than 1,000 USO Care Packages for Troops at BWI

Volunteers from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) helped the United Service Organizations (USO) assemble more than 1,000 care packages – destined for American service members stationed overseas – during a Nov. 9 “Salute to the Troops” event at Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced.

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Half of American workers aren't using all their vacation days

If you can't remember the last time you took a vacation, you're not alone.

Tuesday, December 20

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How much sugar is OK? Paper adds to debate

How many spoonfuls of sugar can you have in a day? The World Health Organization advises no more than about 6 teaspoons of added sugar -- less than a can of soda. The same recommendation was made for children in a study published in the journal Circulation in August.

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NFL won't fine Ezekiel Elliott for Salvation Army kettle jump

Ezekiel Elliott saw the huge red Salvation Army kettle during warmups. Then he got an idea.

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The Best TV of 2016

The abundance of quality TV has flummoxed writers of Top 10 lists, resulting in lengthy rosters that go well beyond that arbitrary cutoff, as writers seek to identify all the deserving programs.

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U.S. has 'strongest job market in nearly a decade,' says Janet Yellen

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sent a clear message to young Americans on Monday: Get a college degree.

Monday, December 19

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Facebook's 'fake news' labels under fire from right

As Facebook introduces "fake news" warning labels, the social network faces a fundamental problem: Some of its users don't trust the fact-checkers.

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Taking the 'school-to-prison pipeline' to the stage

Linda Cliatt-Wayman has the daunting task of being the principal at Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia. Nearly forty percent of her students have special needs, many of them are reading below their grade level and almost all of them are people of color whose families have been affected by poverty or incarceration.

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'Barry' zeroes in on formative window in Obama's early life

Early-onset nostalgia about President Obama gave rise to a pair of biographical movies this year: "Southside With You," imaginatively chronicling his first date with future First Lady Michelle; and now "Barry," which also visits Young Mr. Obama in his college years, this time as he arrives at Columbia University in 1981.

Sunday, December 18

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Denzel Washington talks #OscarsSoWhite

Denzel Washington knows firsthand the struggle for actors of color in Hollywood.

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Stay warm! Your life may depend on it

Baby, it's cold outside -- and many of us first feel the freezing temperatures of winter in our toes and fingertips before elsewhere in the body.

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The Impact Network its reach through Comcast Xfinity

The Impact Network, the only independent African American-owned and operated Christian television network in the United States, will now be available in even more homes, thanks to an expanded distribution agreement with Comcast’s Xfinity TV platform. The Impact Network features programming on urban ministries, gospel music, lifestyle and entertainment.

Friday, December 16

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Why are so many of us hiding behind our smartphones?

Bill Fletcher says that texting while walking and retreating behind headphones in public are just symptoms of a larger social illness.

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Volunteer barbers give free haircuts

Robert Cradle, founder of Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (RBCF), knows that a neat and clean appearance can give job seekers, children, students and homeless individuals who are getting back on their feet an extra confidence and image boost.

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Mother, daughter team up for cosmetic line

A mother-daughter team are making innovative moves in field of cosmetics— at least in Baltimore.

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Ravens have to run the table to win AFC North

After losing a close game in New England against the Patriots, John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens find themselves behind the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North standings.

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Matthew Henson students ‘star’ in their own Christmas Story

Thomas Burk, a teacher at Matthew Henson Elementary School gave his second-grade students an assignment.

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Marylanders cautioned as extremely cold temperatures expected

Find fact sheets, emergency plan on state health website: https://goo.gl/Dnygie.

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Black folks need to stop drinking the ‘fool-aid’

The term “Drinking the Kool-Aid” has been taken to a new level among many of our people.

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MTA to work with Vehicles For Change to give ex-offenders a second chance

Automotive technicians are among the positions to be filled at the MTA

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Madison Park North Construction Hits Home for Developers

When Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh joined a host of other dignitaries and officials on Friday, December 9, 2016 to announce a multimillion, redevelopment plan for Madison Park North in West Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill, those working on the project were taken by more than just the dollar signs attached and the media attention the design brought.

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Busy Week for Mayor Catherine Pugh

Community Leaders Optimistic About Leadership

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RAMBLING ROSE: It’s time to say ‘Happy Holidays!

Hello, my dear friends, happy holidays to you. This is one of my favorite times of the year.

Thursday, December 15

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Singing Sensations Youth Choir present “One Sound, One Season, One Savior” Concert

The Singing Sensations Youth Choir will perform on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at FCF World Outreach located at 9306 Winands Road in Owings Mills, Maryland.

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4 million people sign up for Obamacare as deadline nears

Millions of people are signing up for Obamacare for next year, despite President-elect Donald Trump's vow to repeal it as soon as he takes office next month.

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Common explains why movies like 'Moonlight' are more important than ever

Recording artist, actor and producer Common was pumped to see his friend Mahershala Ali score a SAG Award nomination for his role in "Moonlight" Wednesday morning.

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NFL's Cardinals, Ravens, Browns to make London debuts in 2017

Three NFL teams -- the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns -- will make their London debuts with games in the UK in 2017, the league announced Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 14

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C&O Canal Trust Searching for African American Civilian Conservation Corps Workers’ Stories

The C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park is searching for stories from African American workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who worked along the C&O Canal from 1938-1942. Workers themselves or descendants of workers are encouraged to contact the Park to share memories from their time along the canal, for use in a new exhibit to be housed in Canal Quarters’ Lockhouse 10.

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Senators to Trump: Sell your holdings

Nearly two dozen Democratic senators are calling on Donald Trump to sell his business holdings to avoid conflicts of interest when he becomes president.

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The Votes Are In: The Solutions Summit Action Plan is Here

On Saturday, more than 700 people came to Baltimore's War Memorial Building to listen, talk, debate, and vote on a policy plan for Baltimore's new mayor and City Council as part of OSI's Solutions Summit. The Baltimore Sun ran a recap of the event in its Sunday edition and the event is available to watch in full at the Solutions Summit website.

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HBCU Weekend Round-up

For your dose of sports in the world of historically black colleges and universities. Be sure to check out the 'HBCU-RoundUp' compiled by Phinesse Demps of the Baltimore Times.

Tuesday, December 13

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Department of the Environment now accepting applications from high school juniors and seniors for its 2017 Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program

The Maryland Department of the Environment is now accepting applications for the 2017 Environmental Science Student Award and Internship Program.

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MTA celebrates the holiday season with annual holiday bus and train garden

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will be spreading holiday cheer in the form of free bus rides and through its annual Holiday Train Garden, which is on display at the Mondawmin Metro Subway Station until New Year’s Day.

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Women who won this week

One thing 2016 did not lack was conversation about women.

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Pratt Library Events- December 29, 2016- January 5, 2017

Pratt Library Events- December 29, 2016- January 5, 2017

Monday, December 12

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Partnership Delivers Professional Music Performances to Students Throughout Maryland

Young Audiences, the nation’s largest arts-in-education provider, announced this morning a new partnership with The Peabody Institute to bring classical music and opera to students and classrooms in Baltimore City and throughout the state.

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Michael Jordan wins his Chinese name back

Michael Jordan just gained some serious ground in his battle with a Chinese sportswear company over the use of his name in the world's most populous country.

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The color of 2017 is ...

There will be a lot more green in the world in 2017.

Sunday, December 11

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Chris Rock is going on tour

Chris Rock is coming to a venue near you.

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Delta testing a return to free meals

Delta could be bringing back a major perk: Free meals in coach.

Saturday, December 10

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14 gifts travelers will actually want

Christmas, Hanukkah, The Holidays. Whatever you celebrate, there's usually gift-giving involved.

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How to trick out your house with tech for the holidays

Stringing lights on Christmas trees is a standard practice for the holidays, but there's a lot you can do to decorate beyond plugging something into an extension cord.

Friday, December 9

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Mayor Pugh Opens Solutions Summit to Continue Community Conversations About Policy

On December 10, Mayor Catherine Pugh will welcome an expected crowd of 800 to 1,000 people at Open Society Institute-Baltimore's Solutions Summit, a free, full-day celebration of civic participation where city residents will vote on the priorities they want to see the new mayor and City Council focus on over the next 12 to 18 months.

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'Hairspray Live!' has infectious beat on NBC

Since NBC revived the live musical, the irony has been that lesser shows sometimes meet the demands of leaping to this considerably different medium more successfully. And that was true with "Hairspray Live!," a frothy adaptation of the movie-turned-stage presentation that frequently burst with infectious energy.

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2016 Study Ranks Best Colleges in Maryland

OnlineColleges.com ranks the University of Maryland-University College as the top Maryland college that offers distance education.

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Everybody Loves Grace: Barclay resident beautifies community with green thumb

Grace Comer and the garden at Guilford Avenue and 21st Street go way back.

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Second Chance changing lives in Baltimore area

Employment raises dignity and inspires hope, according Mark Foster, executive director of Second Chance, a Baltimore nonprofit that provides individuals, materials and the environment with a second chance by deconstructing buildings and homes, salvaging usable materials and making them available to the public.

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Eight Ways Trump Can Make Health Care Great Again

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to transform American healthcare.

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Five Golden Rules for Holiday Shopping

If you bought the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” it would cost a record $34,363.49, according to the 33rd annual PNC Christmas Price Index.

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Autopsy of Clinton’s Loss

I am perturbed that Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff are blaming FBI Director James Comey for Clinton’s election defeat.

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Price Rite Supermarkets Annual Check-out Hunger Fundraising Campaign

Price Rite Supermarket Chain to collect donations to benefit local food banks until December 31, 2016

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Five ways to protect yourself from identity theft during the holidays

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we are consistently hearing a lot of our clients talk about the cyber security.

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Baltimore Ravens have a score to settle with New England Patriots

The Baltimore Ravens face a New England Patriots team that has become a rival despite not being in the same division

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Chelsea Terrace neighborhood embraces new tree lighting tradition

This year, The Will of Wisdom Center for Wellbeing in the Liberty Heights Chelsea Terrace neighborhood has started a new tradition to welcome the Holiday Season.

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Local Comcast Executive named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100

Comcast Executive named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 in “Corporate Crowns” category

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Wes Moore to Give Keynote at MLK Breakfast

Nationally known speaker, author, social entrepreneur, producer and decorated U.S. Army officer, Wes Moore, will deliver the keynote address at the 36th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast.

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Gallery 90 ends year ‘Wrapped in Love’

Hospice of the Chesapeake will wrap up 2016 by honoring some people in the community who deal with needles— crochet and sewing needles.

Thursday, December 8

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Vanessa Williams and Daughter Jillian Hervey on Essence's January Cover!

For sensational singer and actress Vanessa Williams and her gorgeous daughter, Lion Babe’s Jillian Hervey, fierceness runs in the family—but so does staying true to who you are at any age.

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HBCU Round UP: Weekend Recaps

For your dose of sports in the world of historically black colleges and universities. Be sure to check out the 'HBCU-RoundUp' compiled by Phinesse Demps of the Baltimore Times.

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City Prepares for Swearing-In Ceremony of the 72nd Baltimore City Council

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Councilmembers will receive the oath of office during a ceremony to mark the start of the 72nd Baltimore City Council.

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Mikulski Delivers Summing Up Speech on Senate Floor

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) delivered her final remarks on the Senate floor. She talked about her 45 years in elected public office and thanked her staff, constituents and more.

Wednesday, December 7

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Waterfront Partnership Announces Special Events and Programming for the PANDORA Ice Rink’s 2016 Season

The PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is here for another magical season! The Waterfront Partnership announces a full lineup of programming including Late Night Skate with Insomnia Cookies, the Inner Harbor Frost Fest, Excerpts from the Nutcracker by The Next Age Ice, SkateFest, benefitting Special Olympics of Maryland and Saturday’s with Santa. All activities are free to enjoy with paid admission.

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Contestant Halima Aden wears hijab, burkini to inspire others

While most Americans were still recovering from Thanksgiving feast over the holiday weekend, Halima Aden was making history.

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2016 great for black cinema, but don't kill off #OscarsSoWhite

Gil Robertson has no problem saying that 2016 has been "the best year ever in terms of the diversity of content for black images, black stories in cinema."

Tuesday, December 6

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'La La Land' wins New York Critics' big award

The musical "La La Land" has danced its way into snagging a biggie at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

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Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA) shares holiday season with East Baltimore families

Families from two Baltimore Curriculum Project schools, Wolfe Street Academy and Govans Elementary School, will enjoy a brighter Holiday season again this year thanks to the generosity of the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance (DBFA). Since 2008, DBFA has been providing toys, books, games, clothing, bicycles and other gifts for hundreds of Baltimore City families through their Adopt a Family Program.

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Morgan Receives $2M UNCF Grant To Help Graduates Secure Careers

After a six-month planning phase, Morgan State University announces the award of a five-year, $2-million grant from UNCF (United Negro College Fund) for the implementation of the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), a transformative effort to design and implement programs to improve employment outcomes for graduates. Morgan is one of 24 colleges and universities awarded grants totaling $35.3 million, and the university will work collaboratively as a cluster with Norfolk State University and Tennessee State University to improve graduates’ career outcomes.

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Obama's gift to Trump: A 'pretty solid' economy

President Obama is giving President-elect Trump a welcome gift: A pretty good economy.

Monday, December 5

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'Mariah's World' lives down to expectations on E!

To say that "Mariah's World" is a predictable train wreck serves more as promotion than criticism. Yet even by the standards of reality docu-series, this E! showcase for pop diva Mariah Carey is pretty hilarious, especially with everything that's transpired since the point where the show's storytelling begins.

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Trump didn't save as many Carrier jobs as he claimed

President-elect Donald Trump said Carrier is "keeping 1,100 people" in jobs that won't be shifted to Mexico from a factory in Indianapolis.

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The world's best Christmas markets

Christmas shopping doesn't have to mean joylessly battling through department store crowds or trawling the Internet for bargains.

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Unemployment drops to 4.6%, lowest since 2007

America kept hiring amid election shock.

Sunday, December 4

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No headphone jack, no problem: Wireless headphones for the holidays

Mariah Carey's crooning holiday tunes may already be on repeat, but if you're not rocking a solid pair of wireless headphones, her range could get dropped like your Bluetooth connection.

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U.S. health spending rose nearly 6%, fastest since 2007

As more Americans get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, spending on health care is rising faster than it has in years.

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The NFL is now hiring

The NFL is bringing on some new talent.

Friday, December 2

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Black AIDS Institute Honor Lee Daniels on World AIDS Day

The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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Facebook's "ethnic affinities" is digital racism and it's time to end it

Racism is a malignant, powerful, and harmful reality for millions of persons of color throughout the world. Here, inside the United States, racism is institutionalized and we have the evidence that this dreadful, racially discriminatory system of oppression now has been digitized thanks to Facebook.

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A Lesson in American Government: C-SPAN visits Frederick Douglas High

Students at Frederick Douglas didn’t know what to expect when they followed their American Government teacher out of the classroom to a tour bus parked outside.

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Hill-Aston wins fourth term as president Baltimore Branch of NAACP

Tessa Hill-Aston remains president of the Baltimore Chapter of the NAACP for a fourth term after beating back rival Cortley C.D. Weatherspoon in the branch’s most closely watched election in a generation.

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African-American doctor, minister of hope inspires youth to stalk their dreams

If you can't see it, you have a hard time achieving it. That's one of the problems, which afflicts kids growing up in poor minority neighborhoods.

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Marylanders warned to beware of charity scams this holiday season

As the holidays approach, the Secretary of State, John Wobensmith is warning Maryland citizens to beware of deceptive practices

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Rambling Rose: The Gift of Giving

This is the season of giving— not that giving isn’t the right thing to do all year around, but from Thanksgiving through Christmas, we are charged to give in abundance.

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Specialty cupcakes are “sweet success” for local company

Tyreece Johnson recalled the delicious smells that would fill the air on Saturday mornings.

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French play hits Center Stage as $32 million renovation nears completion

The city’s biggest professional theater company, Center Stage, has entered the homestretch in its yearlong $32 million renovation, the most extensive in the 150-year-old building’s history.

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StepAfrika! and BSO present world premiere: Nutcracker à la Ellington

Start your holiday season with an evening at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall between Friday, December 9 and Sunday, December 11, 2016.

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MTA offering free rides on Commuter Bus #425 to Aberdeen Proving Ground

Complimentary rides between December 12 and 16, 2016 on the Baltimore to Aberdeen Route will encourage workers to leave their cars at home

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STEM program at BCCC positions students for success

West Baltimore native and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute graduate Brittany Young struggled during her first year of college at the University of Maryland but that didn’t keep her from participating in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) revolution and becoming a leader in her field.

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Imperative that Flacco improves his sliding technique to avoid injury

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is easily Baltimore's most important player.

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Running for gold and respect for Baltimore

William Johns, 56, will put on for his beloved city at the World Masters Games next spring in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Record number of African Americans will now serve in Congress

Reality star billionaire Donald Trump won the presidency in shocking fashion, but African American candidates also made history on November 8, 2016.

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Despite progress, colorectal cancer claims thousands of black lives

Few diseases cause as much pain and suffering as cancer. While survivors, activists, policymakers and healthcare professionals have been successful in raising awareness for some types of cancer, others are not as high profile.

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11/30/16: SWAC Round Up - Men's & Women's Basketball

For your dose of sports in the world of historically black colleges and universities. Be sure to check out the 'HBCU-RoundUp' online with Phinesse Demps of the Baltimore Times.

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Ho ho ho! UPS, FedEx soar on holiday shopping hopes

Christmas has come early for the companies that help Santa deliver gifts during the holidays. Shares of UPS and FedEx are both trading at all-time highs.

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A walk down the (grocery store) aisle

Couples have gotten married in all kinds of wacky venues -- restaurants, racetracks, even a shark tank. So why not throw a grocery store into the mix?