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Friday, January 29

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Writing contest for Maryland middle school students

All Maryland middle school students are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice

The contest, which is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting, is open to all seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students corresponding to the same grade levels.

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Five tips to safely shovel snow

With the the Mid-Atlantic recovering from a major snowstorm, the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), the North American trade association representing snow management professionals, has these five tips for safely shoveling snow.

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Iowa Caucus reminds me of Groundhog Day

I have watched the movie titled “Groundhog Day” with actor Bill Murray. Looking back, I'm wondering if that movie was about the Iowa Caucus. The caucus just keeps coming back and back and it seems we just can't escape the Iowa Caucus.

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Documentary tackles challenges former inmates face

After 30 years of ‘three strikes,’ mandatory-minimum sentences and harsh federal, state and local government responses to crime, elected officials and communities now realize that being tough on crime didn’t produce the desired results.

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Wells Fargo gift Honors African American history and culture

Wells Fargo announced the donation of $1 million and historical artifacts from its corporate collection to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

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RAMBLING ROSE: Black History Month begins

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is well and came out of the terrible snowstorm alright.

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Maggie Paylor celebrates 100th birthday

On February 1, 1916, Maggie Paylor was born just outside of Roxboro, North Carolina. The daughter of a sharecropper, Joseph and his wife Josephine, Maggie was one of nine children. On February 1, 2016, the longtime Waverly resident will celebrate her 100th birthday.

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Ford launches Men of Courage for African-Americans

Ford Motor Company is helping to kick off Black History Month by honoring African-American men and amplifying their accomplishments.

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Disney on Ice 'Treasure Trove' set to arrive in Baltimore

Hope Alexander portrays Princess Tiana

The ultimate Disney animation celebration will be held at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, February 3-7, 2016. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents "Treasure Trove" is Disney’s 50th animated feature and Disney lovers will see Peter Pan; Tinker Bell; Captain Hook; Simba; Alice and the Mad Hatter; and a host of other characters and princesses come to life in the production.

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Celebration of African heritage and health begins February 1

February 1, 2016, not only marks the start of Black History Month, but for a Boston-based nonprofit food and nutrition organization, it’s the beginning of the fifth annual African Heritage & Health Week.

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Innovation Village Initiative to help revitalize West Baltimore

A new initiative is helping to change the conversation in an area of Baltimore where hopelessness has often led to the anger, which recently spilled over into chaos after the death of Freddie Gray.

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Eugene Monroe faces uncertain future with Ravens

When it comes to the offensive line, left tackle could be considered the glamour position. That position attracts the most attention and generally warrants the highest salary. The Baltimore Ravens traded a fourth and fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for left tackle Eugene Monroe.

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Couple relies on faith in adopting children

Adoption was something Derwin Penson and his wife Wendy considered only in passing a long time ago.

Thursday, January 28

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Michelle Obama on young Barack: 'He was a bum'

President Barack Obama has always been candid about his youthful transgressions -- a history his wife referenced Tuesday when explaining anyone can become a high achiever.

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Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in British TV show

With all the controversy over #OscarsSoWhite, now may not have been the best time to announce that a white actor has been cast as African-American pop star Michael Jackson.

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Gaps in teacher effectiveness hurt young, minority students

Minority and low-income students are less likely to have consistent access to effective teachers between preschool and the third grade than students from high-income households, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C-based think tank.

Wednesday, January 27

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It's not just about Flint

The best fiction has a way of using an imagined world to help us see the real one more clearly. I was reminded of that when I recently read "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."

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Blizzard cleanup keeps parts of Northeast shut down

Dave Schneider shook his head as he surveyed the scene around him.

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Ten Senior Bowl players that could be Ravens targets

The Senior Bowl is the event that some feel kicks off draft season.

Tuesday, January 26

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How to test for lead in your home water supply

You can protect your family by testing for lead and other contaminants

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, may have you asking, "Does my home's water contain lead?"

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The changing retirement landscape: What to know now

Previous generations of Americans were able to retire with confidence, knowing that they could count on a steady stream of income from what is often referred to as the “three-legged stool” of company pensions, social security and personal savings.

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Freddie Gray case is Band-Aid to Baltimore's bigger problem

The first police officer homicide trials in Baltimore's recent history do not deal with excessive force

The first police officer homicide trials in Baltimore's recent history do not deal with excessive force. Instead, jurors deciding the cases of the officers involved in Freddie Gray's death will wrestle with the question of whether the defendants' actions were such extreme deviations from standard police policy as to be considered crimes.

Monday, January 25

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ASK ALMA: I think my nephew is gay

Dear Alma, I think my nephew is gay. I would even go so far as to say I know that he is gay. I don’t know why my sister, or his father or sisters and brothers can’t see it.

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Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

Flint, Michigan is impoverished. The auto plants have closed. Forty percent of the city’s 100,000 residents live below the poverty level. It is majority minority. It’s been in fiscal crisis since 2011, with the state taking over budgetary control and a state-appointed “emergency manager” driving policy focused on cutting spending.

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Blizzard is over on East Coast, but Monday travel could be daunting

Icy roads, snow-covered runways and blocked train tracks threaten to snarl morning travel in many East Coast cities on Monday, days after a massive blizzard clobbered the region.

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Health Commissioner extends Code Blue in Baltimore through Monday morning

Tips to stay safe in cold weather

With dangerously cold temperatures expected to continue through tomorrow morning, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen extended a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City until 10 a.m. Monday, January 25.

Friday, January 22

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Half of those with glaucoma don’t know it; Are you at risk?

American Academy of Ophthalmology urges people to learn their risk factors for blinding eye disease

Approximately 2.7 million Americans have the potentially blinding eye disease glaucoma, but only half are aware of it. Meanwhile, glaucoma incidence is on the rise. Researchers predict that glaucoma will affect as many as 6.3 million Americas by 2050. During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is sharing a list of risk factors that can lead to the disease.

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Windsor Mill Middle School students shine at Night of Innovation

21st Century Tech Tools Merged with Traditional Instruction

For eleven-year-old sixth-graders Avante Morgan, Temitope Peters, Victor Chongwa and 10-year old Rianna Davis, using their school-issued HP Elitebook Revolve hybrid laptops has become as easy as their traditional textbooks. Infusing technology with traditional educational tools, the Windsor Mill Middle School (WMMS) scholars are embracing change and excelling in their core subjects.

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Key to finally fulfilling that New Year's health resolution

The confetti and champagne bottles have been cleaned up. So now millions of Americans will embark on their New Year's resolution to— finally!— hit the gym and get healthy.

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Walmart welcomes applications for grants from Maryland nonprofits

The Walmart Foundation opened the application period for its State Giving Program funding cycle recently, welcoming Maryland nonprofits with programs that focus on hunger relief, healthy eating or career opportunity to apply for funding. The deadline to submit grant requests is January 29, 2016.

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Highest state investment for Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund

Governor Larry Hogan announced an investment of $53 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and $60 million over two years for land acquisition and preservation programs.

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“Do it For Life” Health and Fitness Fair

The “Do It For Life” Health and Fitness Fair takes place on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Truth & Life Family Worship Center located at 6305 Sherwood Road in Baltimore.

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East Baltimore development rises from ashes of riots

It may have been the easy thing to do for The Woda Group to pull the plug on its development and revitalization efforts in East Baltimore after riots marred peaceful demonstrations and later threatened to destroy an entire neighborhood in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray.

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Local woman reveals cancer scare and advocacy work

Tamika Felder beat cervical cancer

Tamika Felder was going through her daily routine, filing stories as a freelance journalist and simply living the life of a happy-go-lucky 25-year-old. Then, out of nowhere, she received the news from her doctors that she had cervical cancer, a disease that starts in the lower part of the uterus.

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Ravens Leslie Frazier will have a steadying influence on the secondary

The value of excellent coaching cannot be forgotten when identifying the reasons that an NFL franchise is successful.

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Wes Moore urges more advocacy, experiential learning for young people

White House Fellow, Army veteran, best-selling author and social entrepreneur Wes Moore gave a rousing talk at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Wednesday, January 13, 2016, as he called on educators to combine advocacy, mentorship and social capital to move inner-city youth forward in a challenging age.

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Green Ambassador’s top 20 energy efficient saving tips

The average household in the United States will spend about $1,392 to heat their homes this year, according to U.S. Department of Energy, but you can spend less with these simple yet effective energy efficient home saving tips.

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Local role model opens boxing gym for kids

Mack Allison opened Time 2 Grind Boxing Gym to keep kids off streets

Mack Allison says he had to lean heavily on his mother to learn the nuances of life and whatever he failed to glean from her, he learned from the hard-knock streets of Baltimore.

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Executive Director Dr. Skipp Sanders retires from Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum Board of Directors bids farewell to Dr. Skipp Sanders after four years as executive director. Dr. Sanders will retire from his position at the end of January 2016.

Thursday, January 21

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Annapolis prepares for major winter storm

Parking garages and call center open Friday

Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides is asking all residents to begin preparing for Friday’s major winter storm.

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Why milk, bread and toilet paper when it snows?

Those items are always the first to go when snow threatens

Is there something about snowstorms that makes us want to eat French toast and sit on the toilet?

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Winter storm: This weekend's snow in could be one 'for the record books'

Blizzard conditions possible in area later Friday

A nasty snowstorm is expected to bury the Washington, D.C., area beginning Friday, and possibly surpass totals for a benchmark 1922 storm.

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Freddie Gray case: William Porter doesn't have to testify against fellow officers

Six Baltimore officers have been charged in Freddie Gray's death

A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday that William Porter does not have to testify against three other officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.

Wednesday, January 20

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Spike Lee blames Hollywood studios for #OscarsSoWhite

Spike Lee says the outcry over an absence of minority Oscar nominees is a "misdirection play."

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Blackonomics: Unrepresented by our Representatives

Does it really matter who wins the Presidency?

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Foreclosure crisis lingers in the black community

Affluence is no antidote to foreclosure.

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Jamie Foxx helps rescue man from burning truck

The driver was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol

Jamie Foxx has played plenty of heroes on the big screen. Monday night he played one in real life.

Tuesday, January 19

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Movie Review: Ride Along 2

Too soon. As the opening credits start to roll, you wonder why the producers didn’t’ give moviegoers a real break between “Ride Along” (2014) and “Ride Along 2” (2016). Two years is not enough time to make audiences yearn for more, not enough time to take this franchise to the next level.

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Tyrone 'Muggsy' Bogues: How the NBA's shortest player came out on top

Bogues enjoyed remarkable 14-year career

As he approached the court, the crowd would raise their eyebrows and struggle to suppress their laughter: "This guy can't be serious ..."

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Miss Colombia's advice for Steve Harvey: 'Learn how to read'

Pageant runner-up jokes with Harvey during an appearance on his show

Miss Colombia isn't holding a grudge against Steve Harvey, despite his mortifying flub a month ago mistakenly naming her the winner of the Miss Universe pageant.

Monday, January 18

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MLK Day turns 30: Why we observe it

Donna Brazile: Had he lived, Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 87 on Friday

This Monday, we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Looking for Martin Luther King's 'Dream'

We've come so far from that fateful day on April 4, 1968, when a bullet ended the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, yet we have so terribly far to go.

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35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Honoring community leaders who carry on King’s mission

Seven civic leaders and educators who best emulate the spirit and mission of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will receive awards January 18, 2016 at the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College.

Friday, January 15

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Derrick Henry declares for 2016 NFL Draft, could be Ravens target

University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry elected to forego his final season of eligibility and declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s a move that many thought he would make, especially after winning the Heisman trophy and leading Alabama to a National Championship. There’s not much more he can do at the college level.

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New Automotive Technician Training Program launched in West Baltimore

Catholic Charities Employment Center, a new employment training program, will host an open house on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2848 W. Lafayette Avenue in West Baltimore from 10 a.m. until noon.

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Comptroller Franchot announces opening of 2016 Tax Filing Season

Individual Tax Returns Will Begin Processing January 19, Business Returns Will Begin Processing January 9

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that Maryland will begin processing personal income tax returns for Tax Year 2015 on January 19, 2016, the same day the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) begins accepting returns. Business tax returns will be accepted and processing will begin January 9, 2016.

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12th Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast, Jan. 18

Keynote Address by Major General Linda Singh

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 12th Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 18, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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Will black America make major strides toward unity in 2016?

This year started with a bang and black America is in a position to build political organizations and alliances across generational and economical demographics.

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Marylanders urged to start year with focus on improving their health

Schedule checkups and screenings in 2016

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is encouraging Marylanders to use the New Year as an opportunity not only to adopt healthier lifestyles but also to maximize health coverage and to partner with primary care physicians by getting needed vaccinations, screenings and checkups.

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16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Grand marshalls are CEO of Rewired for Change, Sonja Sohn and Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrate the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday, January 18, 2016 at noon.

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Retired Federal Judge Williams appointed to UMMS Board

A retired judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland has been appointed by Governor Larry Hogan along with six other veteran community leaders to serve on the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors.

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Gun control alone can't curb violence

America may now have more guns than people. As President Barack Obama announces new executive action on gun control, United States gun manufacturing is a growth industry, almost doubling since the beginning of the Obama Administration (5.6 million in 2009; 10.9 million in 2013).

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RAMBLING ROSE: Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations

Hello everyone, I hope you and your family are well at the beginning of this New Year. It is sad to know that many lives have been lost on the streets through violence and a few because of health reasons.

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Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. celebrates 60 years of service

Since 1955, members of the Baltimore Chapter of Continental Societies, Inc. have dedicated their time, talent and resources to help empower children and youth in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

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Scholarship to honor life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, a scholarship will be awarded to an Anne Arundel County student in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his legacy of service and social justice. The breakfast, which is reportedly, the largest celebration of King’s birthday in Anne Arundel County will be held on January 18, 2016 at Anne Arundel Community College.

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Rising stars being groomed to be ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’

Many words can be used to describe Millennials: tech-savvy, gregarious and dance aficionados and now, articulate, competitive and fearless can be added to the list.

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Documentary showcases emerging Annapolis hip-hop scene

Malcolm McFadden, 23, is a hip hop artist from Annapolis who makes beats, writes, mixes and masters his own music.

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Great Blacks in Wax Museum hosts MLK Celebration Weekend

A weekend celebration of the life and legacy of Civil Rights Champion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been planned at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore.

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Ravens Carl Davis aims to become a smarter and stronger player

The Baltimore Ravens selected defensive tackle Carl Davis in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He impressed the coaches from the moment he arrived at the Under Armour Facility in Owings Mills.

Thursday, January 14

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Supreme Court puts reliable government jobs at-risk

Both of my parents worked in stable government jobs, so I had the privilege of growing up in a family that owned a home, a car, and set me on a path to college and even law school.

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Once again, #OscarsSoWhite

Critical and commercial hits "Creed," "Straight Outta Compton" are largely overlooked

Oh, no, not again. For many movie fans, Thursday's Oscar nominations brought a dispiriting feeling of deja vu.

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Assault charges filed against Cosby in Pennsylvania

In the wake of the criminal charges filed against legendary comedian and actor Bill Cosby, the voices that once supported the star have suddenly been silenced.

Wednesday, January 13

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Social Security headquarters to get $150 million renovation

The Social Security Administration has been headquartered in Woodlawn for more than 55 years, yet the agency’s main operations building has seen no major renovations or systems upgrades since it was built in 1959.

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Overdose fears spark recall of children's cough syrup

Parents are being urged to check their medicine cabinets as two batches of generic children's cough syrup are removed from pharmacy shelves across the country. They have been recalled due to overdose risk.

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Central Scholarship presenting Finding Money for College workshops

Free financial literacy events to occur in Baltimore and Hanover, Maryland

Central Scholarship will launch its 2016 College Cash® Financial Literacy Series with the following Finding Money for College seminars:

Tuesday, January 12

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White House fights 'lame duck' image ahead of State of the

Don't even say the words "lame duck" around the White House as President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address.

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National Aquarium asks public to help name Baby Loggerhead

Public is invited to submit names for newest addition to Coastal Beach exhibit

The National Aquarium announced today the launch of a naming contest for the baby loggerhead that joined the Coastal Beach exhibit in late November.

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Oprah may not save Weight Watchers after all

Is the Oprah Winfrey halo effect starting to dim for Weight Watchers?

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Is Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith worth an early pick for the Ravens?

Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith revealed on Monday that he is declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. There was some question as to whether or not he should leave school early after he suffered a multiple ligament tear in his knee. Smith was considered to be a lock to go very early in the draft prior to his injury and may still go early afterwards.

Monday, January 11

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New Scholarship to Honor life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Scholarship celebrates 35th anniversary of the Dr. King Memorial Breakfast

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, a scholarship will be awarded to an Anne Arundel County student in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his legacy of service and social justice.

Friday, January 8

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'AfroPoP' television series takes on immigration

Timely season opener gives a personal view of the immigration issue as concerns about illegal aliens and refugees dominate headlines premieres on MLK Day

Season eight of “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” opens with an unflinching portrait of life as an immigrant, as concerns about illegal immigration and refugees reach a fever pitch in America and across the world.

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Civil and Human Rights Activists to be Honored at MLK Jr. Dinner

The 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner— the largest celebration of Dr. King’s birthday in Anne Arundel County— will be held Friday, January 15, 2016 at La Fountaine Bleue located at 7514 Richie Highway in Glen Burnie at 6 p.m.

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Boys & Girls Clubs expands effort to close digital divide with Comcast Foundation Grants

My.Future Initiative celebrates one-year anniversary

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Comcast NBCUniversal announced that the Comcast Foundation has invested more than $3 million in BGCA’s My.Future technology initiative.

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Eight financial tips for the New Year

The New Year offers a fresh start, when many of us feel energized, optimistic and open to change. When you set your New Year's resolutions, consider financial goals too. Set goals that are attainable and measurable.

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Government needs to work better

Whoever wins next November’s presidential election, it’s a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow.

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Food for Fines 2016

For each canned good donated, you receive $1 off your library fine

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is partnering with the Maryland Food Bank in the month of January for Food For Fines.

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Need customer service from Facebook? Good Luck!

A friend convinced me that once my Facebook “friends” had hit the 5000 mark (the maximum permitted) that I should replace my existing page with a “Fan Page” or “Celebrity Page.”

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State and City partner to address blight in Baltimore

Project C.O.R.E. to provide $94 million to demolish thousands of vacant buildings and state to offer $600 million in reinvestment funds

Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a multi-year, multi-hundred-million dollar initiative to address blight in Baltimore, declaring that the joint city-state partnership will bring significant resources to demolish thousands of vacant buildings and replace them with green space and a stronger foundation for redevelopment and reinvestment in the city.

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Nonprofit offers free school supplies to teachers, families

Public school teachers around the nation are responsible for helping to shape the future of young people, but tight school budgets often leave many without adequate classroom supplies and educational materials.

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Maryland women urged to get screened for cervical cancer through Pap tests

Of all cancers that affect women, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable. Pap test screening finds cervical cancers and pre-cancers early.

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Shareece Wright settles into groove with Ravens defense

Shareece Wright wanted to be a Baltimore Raven for quite some time prior to joining the team in October.

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Rising artist pens first children’s book

New Year’s resolutions are sometimes left unfulfilled. However, hearing motivating stories about others who take deliberate steps to turn their dreams into a reality over time can offer substantial encouragement to others.

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Woodlawn senior awarded full engineering scholarship

Morgan State University makes room for a scholar

Weeks before the New Year, Woodlawn High School senior Dameatria Washington had good reason to celebrate.

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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti plans to stay the course

If there was one key word from the Baltimore Ravens year end press conference, it was the word continuity. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti continuously referred to how crucial it is to have stability within his organization.

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Legendary songstress Natalie Cole remembered

Tony Bennett said that he is deeply saddened about the death of legendary soul singer Natalie Cole and other celebrities like Jordin Sparks and Andy Cohen talked about their favorite songs the daughter of the late great Nat King Cole was known for.

Thursday, January 7

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Car Review: 2016 Mazda6

It is near impossible not to like a Mazda, in this case the automaker’s flagship sedan, the Mazda6. Swept lines and smoother curves gave the car a take a second look design.

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From employment to empowerment, why what you drive matters

Ever since Henry Ford declared he’d pay $5 a day to workers in his factories, African Americans have had a love affair with the automotive industry in the United States.

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Janet Jackson denies cancer rumors

Jackson postponed dates on her Unbreakable tour in 2016 due to unspecified health reasons

Janet Jackson said in a statement Wednesday that she does not have cancer after rumors swirled online about her health on the heels of the singer canceling several concert dates due to illness.

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Freddie Gray case: Judge orders William Porter to testify in other trials

Porter's legal team says they'll appeal, arguing that forcing him to testify violates his rights

Baltimore police Officer William Porter will have to testify in the cases of two other officers facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 6

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Serena Williams: Knee injury forces world No. 1 to pull out of Hopman Cup

Williams says she's been "pushing herself beyond the limits"

World No.1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup as she continues to manage a knee injury ahead of her Australian Open title defense.

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Will Obama's gun moves face a legal challenge?

Frustrated by Congress, President Barack Obama is once again turning to the tool of executive action to achieve change, this time in the area of gun control.

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Have Hip-Hop and Wall Street destroyed Soul music?

Black people have always had a strong affinity for music. Soon after our forefathers were let off the slave ships and sold to plantations we started singing. Much of that was developed in the “Mother Land.”

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Camille Cosby earns stay in deposition

Camille Cosby will not be deposed Wednesday in a case of defamation by seven accusers against Bill Cosby, her husband, a Massachusetts judge ruled Tuesday.

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Kenyan artist Almaz to keep indigenous music alive

Mary Hamboga Matufi, a Kenyan musician and songwriter known in showbiz as Almaz says dropping out of school for lack of funds to continue her education and her society’s preference to push enterprising males than females up the academic ladder was still not enough to quell her desires to pursue her passion for music.

Tuesday, January 5

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Steve Smith Sr. reveals why he came back and discusses his injury rehab

The Baltimore Ravens locker room was upbeat as they cleaned out their lockers and closed the door on the 2015 season. Things didn’t go the way anyone planned, but there is plenty of reason for optimism as they look forward to next season.

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The glorious force of Natalie Cole

Gene Seymour: Natalie Cole stood up to many difficulties, overcoming addiction, loss, in a successful career as beloved singer

Whatever life threw at Natalie Cole, she kept coming back. And hers was not an easy life: There was the loss of a parent during adolescence, the drug dependency and then a series of illnesses serious enough to have put one of the most lucrative and widely beloved music careers in jeopardy

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Joe Flacco discusses his cap number and team outlook for 2016

Joe Flacco was one of the first players to address the media during the Baltimore Ravens locker room cleanout day. He walked without a noticeable limp and was in good spirits. Flacco was positive about the upcoming season.

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Health Commissioner Wen declares first Code Blue Alert of the winter season

With overnight temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with a single-digit wind chill, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City overnight. This is the first Code Blue alert for Baltimore this season.

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Rules to make school lunches healthier are working, study finds

Students are still selecting school lunches after new rules to make the meals healthier

Ever since new meal standards went into effect in schools across the United States in 2012, experts have worried that the changes would result in fewer students eating school lunches. A new study of a Washington state school district suggests this has not been the case.

Monday, January 4

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‘Governor’s Young Readers’ Initiative begins in Baltimore City

Governor Hogan announced that every child— from infancy to age five— in Baltimore City will be eligible to enroll, free of charge, in a new reading and book-delivery program starting in the New Year.

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Teddy Johnson’s ‘Paper Paintings’ on display at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

A new exhibit, “Paper Paintings: Recent Works by Teddy Johnson” is on display at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower on Friday, January 15 through Saturday, February 27, 2016.

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Healthy New Year's resolutions aren't just for adults

American Academy of Pediatrics offers suggestions for New Year's resolutions for kids of various ages

If you've been wanting to talk to your kids about healthy habits for life, New Year's resolutions are the perfect place to start, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Schools reopen Jan. 4

Police will be on lookout over for drivers who pass school buses

Schools re-open January 4, 2016 and Baltimore County police will be on the lookout over the next few weeks for drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to pick up or discharge students.

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Ravens finish 2015 season with 24-16 loss to Bengals

The Baltimore Ravens wanted to end the season on a high note but that didn’t happen in Cincinnati against the Bengals.

Friday, January 1

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Singer Natalie Cole dead at 65

Natalie Cole recorded the Grammy-winning "Unforgettable"

Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer who had hits with such songs as "This Will Be" and "Our Love" and recorded "Unforgettable ... With Love," a best-selling album of songs made famous by her late father, Nat King Cole, died Thursday evening.

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Interfaith Peace Rally at BCCC makes strides toward bridging divides

With Islamophobia and other sensitive issues building tension and creating divides across the nation, the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) Muslim Students Association is doing its part to help local leaders promote harmony, unity and ethnic diversity.

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Eleven steps to better money management in 2016

Savings, bills, plans and budgets. These things rarely appear on Yuletide shopping lists. Yet, the days and weeks after Christmas and into the New Year often yield a frightening wake-up call.

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Give your family the gift of good health

As colder months approach, many families enjoy spending time together on the couch watching football, indulging in delicious family recipes and preparing for the holiday season.

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New Year’s resolutions for Black America in 2016

Whenever we begin a new calendar year, it can be useful to make New Year’s Resolutions to prioritize and focus for the immediate future.

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Setting a goal for 2016!

We hear the same messages a lot this time of year. Put the past behind. Look to the future. Let bygones be bygones. Make a new commitment. Claim the new you in the New Year.

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DiaperSHARE, ShareBaby donate baby goods to homeless shelters

A lunchtime conversation in Baltimore between Maya Ammons, Kristin Finkelstein and Kate Mumaw sparked a growing volunteer movement to help babies and young children who live with their mothers in homeless shelters and transitional homes in Maryland.

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Perseverance is paying off for Ravens' Jeremy Butler

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” That is the exact mindset Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Butler has exhibited during his first two seasons in the NFL and he appears to have done enough to make a strong case for being on the Raven’s active roster next year.

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New Year, New You: Tackle healthy habits one step at a time

If getting a fresh start on a new year seems daunting, try tackling your get-healthy goals one step at a time. There is no easy path to transforming your lifestyle, but this is one time you should be able to see the results of your hard work.

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BCPS students encouraged to apply for $1.5 million in college scholarships

Since 1988, the Baltimore-based nonprofit CollegeBound Foundation has helped tens of thousands of low-income Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) students realize their dreams of attending college by offering college advising services and administering an annual scholarship and grant portfolio.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

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The other one percent

I watched the final Republican debates of 2015 in shock and awe!