News 2016 June

Stories for June 2016

Thursday, June 30

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Walmart is giving everyone a month of free shipping

Walmart's Amazon Prime competitor just got more competitive.

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5 Steps to declare your financial independence

This Fourth of July, let freedom ring. Financial freedom, that is. Whatever your vision is of financial independence, having strong credit is fundamental, potentially impacting borrowing, and even routine matters, such as having utilities connected, getting a cell phone or even applying for a job.

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West Virginia floods: How to help

President Barack Obama has declared the state a disaster area

Massive flooding has devastated parts of West Virginia, killing 23 people and damaging or destroying more than 1,200 homes.

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To improve your memory, get moving ... or take a nap

Scientists have unlocked new secrets for boosting memory retention: One involves breaking a sweat, and the other involves taking a snooze.

Wednesday, June 29

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How families and teachers are prepping for school this summer

It may be summertime, but parents and educators alike are beginning to look ahead towards the 2016-2017 school year. Here are three ways they are getting prepared.

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Saving community newspapers in the age of Facebook

Hundreds of newspapers have disappeared in the last 15 years and readership is on the decline. No newspaper is immune from the migration of readership to online platforms, dwindling ad revenues, fragmented audiences and even reduced attention spans.

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Ikea recall: What consumers need to know

Ikea is offering refunds as part of a recall of 29 million chests and dressers. The furniture is prone to tipping over and has been linked to the deaths of several children.

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Red Cross apologizes for 'super racist' safety poster

The Red Cross has removed it from all of its online platforms

The Red Cross is apologizing after a poster depicting pool safety rules was circulated on Twitter and flamed for being "super racist."

Tuesday, June 28

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Congressman John Lewis is one of a kind

I have always had enormous admiration for Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and that admiration increased exponentially when I watched him led dozens of his congressional colleagues to sit-in on the floor of Congress to force a vote on gun control. As the supercilious Paul Ryan called for “decorum” (where is the decorum in a man walking into a nightclub with an automatic weapon and gunning 49 people down), determined Democrats disrupted proceedings in the House of Representatives. I say, “Right on!”

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Women would benefit from preemptive ovarian cancer operation

Women at highest risk include those who carry certain genes, those with a close relative affected by the disease

Fewer than half of ovarian cancer patients survive more than five years after their diagnosis. But new research indicates that preemptive surgery to remove a woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes might benefit more women than previously thought.

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Teaching kids to accept others

While racism and bigotry continue to exist in this country, experts say that social change is not impossible.

Monday, June 27

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Pentagon set to lift transgender ban

The decision comes with broader acceptance of transgendered individuals in the U.S.

The Defense Department could announce as soon as this week how it will lift the ban on transgender persons serving in the U.S. military, according to several defense officials.

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Creative ways to use fresh, summer ingredients

In summer, the abundance of fresh ingredients can be overwhelming, especially if you stick to the same old recipes. Make more of the fresh produce available to you at the grocer, farmers market and even your own garden, by thinking creatively.

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BET Awards: Passion, politics and Prince tributes

Viewers of Sunday night's BET Awards got so much more than just a celebration of black entertainment and Prince tributes.

Friday, June 24

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Governor Larry Hogan launches customer service initiative

Key principles to serve as basis for interactions between state employees and constituents

Governor Larry Hogan launched the Customer Service Initiative, a continuous program designed to foster improvements in customer service across Maryland state agencies.

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Getting your child vaccinated over summer break? Don’t forget HPV

Vaccine helps prevent cancer but remains underutilized in Maryland

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is encouraging parents and providers to use every child’s visit to the doctor— such as an annual checkup or physicals for sports, camp or for other school-required immunizations— to discuss vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV) and to initiate or complete the series of three shots over six months.

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Biotech pioneer hopes to heal with honey

Show Kayla Rodriguez a jar of honey, and she will tell you it’s medicine.

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MTA debuts new Express BusLink service

New routes to improve suburb-to-suburb connectivity

Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn praised the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) for launching Express BusLink as the first new service offered as part of BaltimoreLink.Governor Larry Hogan announced the $135 million transit improvement plan in October 2015 to create an integrated transit system that is easy-to-use and better connects people to jobs, entertainment centers and other transit modes.

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Baltimore Community Foundation raises $103.7 million to help city thrive

The Baltimore Community Foundation, the local philanthropic organization whose mission is to inspire donors to achieve their charitable goals from generation to generation and to improve the quality of life in the region through grant making, civic leadership and strategic investments, has announced that it has raised nearly $104 million in three years.

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Scarborough Foundation to honor Earth, Wind & Fire

The Scarborough Foundation will honor music legends Earth, Wind & Fire, Melvin Miles and Dr. Hattie Bailey at its inaugural awards celebration, “A Musical Tribute to Skip Scarborough,” on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center located on the campus of Morgan State University.

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D.C. native’s legacy: Promoting the best of Black music

Entrepreneur Darryll E. Brooks Still Opening Doors for Local Talent

Last week, as the Washington Informer began its coverage of African-American Music Appreciation Month, we featured veteran disc jockey Russ Parr who recently returned to the Greater Washington Area, bringing his unique style and long-recognized brand to the DMV as part of the weekly lineup on Radio One DC’s popular station, WKYS 93.9 FM.

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Morris Day headlines Baltimore concert to honor Prince

Shortly after receiving the devastating news of his mentor Prince’s death, Morris Day stood speechless.

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Discover the unexpected: NNPA journalism scholars are breaking the news

Today people are exposed to 10-minute news segments six times per hour in a 24-hour news cycle in terms of television and radio news. Twitter, Facebook and other social media are now used for instantaneous news, commentary, and the sharing of perspectives by hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.

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New exhibit focuses on being Black in White America

A new exhibit at the Galerie Myrtis Fine Art Gallery explores the politicization of Black identity in the United States.

Thursday, June 23

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Tips for finding a great summer rental

The growth of lodging websites such as Airbnb and VRBO has given travelers more temporary housing options than ever before. Such sites may appeal to those vacationers who want a taste of home away from home without having to pay potentially exorbitant hotel prices.

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Researchers hope to go beyond wigs with 3-D printed hair

Any number of complicated things can be created in a matter of minutes with 3-D printer technology: weapons, robots, even pizza. But what if you could print hair?

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A glimmer of hope on gun control

The first sign of hope in the gun control debate in many years came this week as Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, offered legislation that would prohibit people who are on the "no fly" and other surveillance lists from purchasing guns. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer told reporters, "There may be a glimmer of hope now" since the proposal seemed to be a "step in the right direction."

Wednesday, June 22

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Master magical marinades

Grilled foods boast inviting flavors that put many diners on the lookout for second helpings. Quite often the magic behind grilled meals lies in the marinade used to give foods that flavorful kick.

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The best and worst states to raise children in

Minnesota reigns as the most kid-friendly state to raise a family for the second year in a row, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday.

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Gladys Knight's son accused of tax evasion as restaurants raided

Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles, an Atlanta dining institution that features Southern favorites and is named after the famed singer, was raided on Tuesday after Georgia's Department of Revenue accused the owner -- Knight's son -- of theft and tax evasion.

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Where are the African American and Latina Mark Zuckerbergs and Cheryl Sandbergs?

The question, which came from a participant in a minority business empowerment seminar, quieted the room. The answer is simple: “They’re out there. But they don’t have a data plan.”

Tuesday, June 21

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Senator John McCain foolishly blames President Obama for the massacre in Orlando

The cretin who took an assault weapon into Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, on “salsa night” is beneath contempt.

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Pfizer officials call for blacks to participate in Sickle Cell Disease clinical trials

June 19, 2016 marks World Sickle Cell Day.

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Roberts wins Heptathlon at Panamerican Combined Events Championships

Coppin State women's track and field student-athlete Khemani Roberts competed last weekend for her native country of Trinidad & Tobago at the Panamerican Combined Events Cup/Canadian Combined Events Championships on June 17-19 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.

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Can you recognize the faces in these combs?

Artist celebrates freedom activists through Afro comb

It's a well recognized image. Today's modern hand fisted Afro comb. One artist has used its symbol to celebrate black activists jailed fighting for freedom, fairness and social justice.

Monday, June 20

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Refugee life, as seen by children fleeing war

Imagine watching as violence and bloodshed took over your country, leaving you with little option but to flee.

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Free Kidney Health Assessment at Men and Families Center Connectfest

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) will bring its Kidney Health Risk Assessment (KHRA) to the Men and Families Center ConnectFest taking place Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 2222 Jefferson Street in Baltimore.

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Cavaliers win NBA championship

It's the first major sports championship for a Cleveland team since 1964

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Sunday's deciding Game 7.

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The key to better mosquito control? Take control of your backyard

Warmer weather is a cue from Mother Nature to start thinking about mosquitoes. Their bites can potentially leave more than an annoying itch; and this year many Americans are taking notice.

Friday, June 17

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Summer leadership, sports academy returns to Annapolis with expanded programs

When schools close for the summer, parents often search for activities to occupy their children.

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'Black Henna' tattoos may put you at risk

The summer vacation season is here— time to pack your swim suit, hit the beach, and perhaps indulge in a little harmless fun. What about getting a temporary tattoo to mark the occasion? Who could it hurt? It could hurt you.

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Indie Soul: Ro Brooks hosts celebrity birthday bash

On Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 8 p.m. at the Oxygen Ultra Lounge, Baltimore’s very own Ro Brooks who plays Michael on the television show “The Haves And The Have Nots,” will host his very own celebrity birthday bash at Oxygen Ultra Lounge located at 10 South Calvert Street in Baltimore.

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AMTRAK offering extra discount for members of military

Travel coast-to-coast this summer

Amtrak is honoring the dedication of the nation’s military by offering active-duty U.S. personnel, their spouses and dependents an extra 10 percent discount on travel on most Amtrak trains. Three days advance purchase is required.

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Performing a mid-year financial check-up

Performing a mid-year financial check-up is akin to visiting a doctor for an annual physical or visiting an auto mechanic for a periodic tune-up.

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The many delusions of Donald Trump

What do you say about someone who apparently sees things that do not exist?

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Father's Day!

Happy DAD-DAD DAY to all fathers this weekend!

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Morgan State reopens civil rights museum

To some, it was a long time coming but, to others, the reopening of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, June 11, 2016 happened just on time— at the right time.

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New Ravens WR Mike Wallace plans to be a deep threat

The Baltimore Ravens have struggled to find a wide receiver that can stretch the field the way Torrey Smith did before signing a free agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers last year. The team used a first round pick for Breshad Perriman and traded for Chris Givens also.

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Harbour School students fight hunger, poverty with community service

Students at the Harbour School Baltimore are on a quest to fight hunger.

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Former Wizards player Etan Thomas offers Father’s Day inspiration

Etan Thomas is more than a retired professional basketball star who can reflect on spending 11 seasons in the NBA. Although the 6’10” former center spent the bulk of his career playing for the Washington Wizards, his mission to inspire an entire generation of youth and promote responsible fatherhood standout.

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Discover the Unexpected: Continuing the Legacy of Freedom’s Journal in 2016

History is more than the memory and documentation of the past. We all learn from the trials, tribulations and triumphs of prior generations.

Thursday, June 16

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Gift guide for DIY dads and grads

Father’s Day and graduation season are the perfect opportunities to beef up your gift recipient’s garage -- and high-quality tools are a must for anyone -- from DIY novices to professional handymen.

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How bad is Zika in Rio?

The WHO says the Olympics will not spread the Zika virus

So it's final: the World Health Organization has confirmed that the 2016 Olympics do not need to be postponed or moved from Rio because there is a "very low risk" that the Games will further spread the Zika virus.

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Union Bethel AME holds Ecumenical Prayer, Remembrance Service for Charleston Nine

The Honorable Kurt L. Schmoke, president of the University of Baltimore, will be the featured speaker at the June 17, 2016, Ecumenical prayer and remembrance service for the Charleston Nine

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Oprah Winfrey is writing a cookbook, puts memoir 'on hold'

Oprah Winfrey is writing her first cookbook, "Food, Health and Happiness: 'On Point' Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life."

Wednesday, June 15

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American Black Film Festival celebrates 20 years

Years ago Jeff Friday attended the Sundance Film Festival, looked around and did not see black people represented.

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Heaven over hospital: 5-year-old Julianna Snow dies on her terms

Her decision to forgo care at a hospital sparked conversations about care for terminally ill children

Julianna Snow, the 5-year-old girl who sparked an international conversation about wrenchingly difficult decisions for terminally ill children, died Tuesday.

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Orlando GoFundMe campaign sets record

A crowdfunding campaign to support the Orlando Pulse shooting victims and their families has pulled in more than $4 million.

Tuesday, June 14

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How to use clouds to predict weather

Meteorologists rely on electronic equipment and their knowledge of weather patterns to provide forecasts each and every day. But weather can be unpredictable, and even the most reliable weather prognosticator can sometimes get it wrong.

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Five things that the Republican party gets totally wrong about race

While there is no denying that Donald Trump has had a terrible past couple of weeks with his dogged focus on some obscure federal judge in San Diego, I think Trump can right the ship, but he has an extremely narrow window to do so.

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Officer: Van driver was responsible for Freddie Gray

Baltimore police Officer William Porter said Monday that Caesar Goodson had custody of Freddie Gray while Gray was inside the police wagon, and therefore was responsible for him.

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Kerry Washington to domestic violence victims: 'There is a way out'

Kerry Washington has a message for women who feel trapped in an abusive relationship: "There is a way out."

Monday, June 13

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#TonysSoBlack : 'Hamilton' helps diversity sweep theater awards

There were 14 nominees of color

"Hamilton" may have failed Sunday night at the 70th annual Tony Awards to clinch the most awards ever won, but the smash-hit musical still helped make history.

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Dear white people: Muhammad Ali did not transcend race

Muhammad Ali was, among other things, a proud Black man. He embraced his Blackness, and often referred to it. He is often quoted for saying he had no quarrel with the Vietcong, but less frequently quoted for saying, in the very next sentence, “the Vietcong never called me a n**r.” Muhammad Ali was unapologetically Black. Why, in death, are White folks claiming that he “transcended” race?

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Orlando blood bank calls for blood donations and hundreds lined up to donate

After the worst mass shooting in history, there was an immediate and urgent call for blood donors to help the hospitals working with the massive influx of injured.

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How to repot a plant

Gardening time is here, with people enjoying plants both inside and outside of their homes.

Friday, June 10

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Historic Reservoir Hill Garden & Home Tour 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016 and Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tour more than 20 gardens and homes of historic Reservoir Hill in Baltimore, just south of the largest park in the city.

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Top three home-buying misconceptions

What do you need to know before buying a house?

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Food safety tips for fruits, vegetables, and fresh-squeezed juices

Whether from a supermarket, farm stand or your own garden, fresh fruits and vegetables are highlights of summertime. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds the public that safe handling of produce and fresh-squeezed juice is especially important during the summer months, because food borne bacteria multiply faster in warm weather and fresh fruits and vegetables are often consumed raw

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The truth about hot peppers

Don’t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in the garden or containers. It’s easier than you think and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true.

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BOOST Scholarship Program now accepting applications for Fall 2016

Provides financial aid to attend non public schools

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced applications are now on line for a new scholarship program designed to help income eligible students attend nonpublic schools.

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MTA promotes June as National Safety Month

To kick off June as National Safety Month, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is taking the opportunity to remind customers of some general safety tips while riding Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway, MARC Train, Commuter Bus and Mobility/Paratransit.

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Summer reading 2016: On your mark, get set, read!

Readers of all ages will explore all things sports and fitness this summer as the Enoch Pratt Free Library presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” during the library’s summer reading program, June 15 to August 10, 2016.

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What it takes to be an effective citizen

It’s so easy in a presidential election year to forget that our system is not about a single person. This year especially, when the dynamics of the presidential contest have dominated news coverage so thoroughly, the crucial role that citizens play — apart from serving as voters in the presidential drama — isn’t even an afterthought.

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Andre Mack and Mouton Noir: The wine world’s black sheep

In a third-floor loft a few blocks from Madison Square Garden, the wine merchants at Banville & Jones are deciding which wines New Yorkers will drink. Andre Mack has been selling his Mouton Noir wine through these distributors for 10 years, but today they make him wait.

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Pratt Library welcomes best-selling author Terry McMillan

“The Waiting to Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” author will be talking about her new novel, “I Almost Forgot About You” at Writers Live! Series

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Life in Baltimore: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, The Julian Branch

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was established September 9, 1915 by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson with a mission to create and disseminate knowledge about black life, history and culture.

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BCCC grad completes a nearly 40-year journey to an associate degree

Runae Freeman is relishing her latest achievement.

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Discovering the unexpected on the journey to empowerment: Young NNPA black scholars

The legendary scholar, writer and visionary James Baldwin once personally confided in me that he had come to know that the “power of the pen” for black people in America and throughout world was “truly transformative and irreversibly impactful on the consciousness of all those who cry out for freedom, equality and justice.”

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Ravens RB Buck Allen is ready to improve in his second season

Baltimore Ravens running back Buck Allen saw plenty of play time after Justin Forsett suffered a broken arm against the St. Louis Rams last season. His versatility showed as he was used as a receiver out of the backfield as well as running Ravens zone scheme.

Thursday, June 9

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BET announces Prince tribute lineup

Sheila E., Janelle Monae, the Roots and D'Angelo are among scheduled performers

BET is trying to make good on its promise to show up the Billboard Music Awards' Prince tribute.

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Make a lunch kids will devour

Children can be picky eaters, making it challenging for parents to find foods their kids will consume. Family dinners are challenging enough, but lunches kids will love can be even more difficult to come by.

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Racial disparities persist in U.S. schools, study finds

It's been more than a half a century since the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling found that "separate but equal" has no place in U.S. public schools.

Wednesday, June 8

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Obesity increases in U.S women, study finds

Efforts to combat weight gain seem to have made little difference, editorial says

There doesn't appear to be much headway being made in the battle to curb obesity in the United States, according to a pair of studies released Tuesday.

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This is why Snoop Lion should write, direct and produce black movies

Last week rapper Snoop Dogg put up an epic video rant on his Instagram. In the verbiage that only Snoop can conjugate, he said in no uncertain terms that people should not watch the 21st century remake of the epic TV miniseries Roots that aired on The History Channel last week.

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My dad, Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, my father, has never been afraid of confronting conflicts outside of the ring. His recent attempt to free two hikers held captive in Iran reinforces his relentless effort to promote peace, tolerance and humanity around the world.

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Inside and outside of the ring, The Champ made a difference

Muhammad Ali’s historic win against George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974 was perhaps the greatest of all of his ring victories.

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Bottoms up: Why butt lifts are big business in parts of Africa

While some women are doing everything they can to get rid of extra weight, a larger behind is so desirable in some countries that it's fueling a whole industry of creams, surgery and padding.

Tuesday, June 7

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Protect your joints and prevent pain

Joints play vital roles in the human body, forming the connections between bones and facilitating movement. Damage to the joints can be especially painful, and that damage may result from conditions such as osteoarthritis or gout.

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Stephen Curry to skip Olympics in Rio

Curry cited resting his sprained knee as one of the reasons

Stephen Curry will skip the Rio Olympics, the two-time NBA MVP announced in a statement on Monday.

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ASK ALMA: My friend invites her mother everywhere we go

My friend of over 15 years recently made the decision it was time for her and her mother to live together again.

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What made Muhammad Ali 'The Greatest'?

Ali was a global icon whose fame spread far beyond the sporting arena

A conversation about Muhammad Ali could go on for hours before even beginning to touch on the sporting legacy he left in the ring.

Monday, June 6

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J.K. Rowling angry about black Hermione complaints

Previews for new play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" begin this week in London

J.K. Rowling has decried critics of the casting of a black actress as Hermione as "a bunch of racists."

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Army Reserve officer Deshauna Barber crowned Miss U.S.A. 2016

She impressed with her answer to a judge's question about women in combat roles

An Army Reserve officer and I.T. analyst from the District of Columbia has been crowned Miss U.S.A. 2016 after mounting a strong defense of women in combat roles in the military.

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Life in Baltimore: Grandmothers and great-grandmothers, a special bond

They are known by many names, Nana, NiNi, MiMi, Grannie, Grams; whatever name you choose, they are grandmother.

Friday, June 3

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RAMBLING ROSE: Hanging out this weekend with Rambling Rose

Hello everyone, we will be hanging out this weekend and next weekend having ourselves a good time. Do you want to be a Hollywood actor?

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America’s crumbling infrastructure is a clear and present danger

America is literally falling apart. In Flint, Michigan, children were poisoned by the lead contamination of the water. In the District of Columbia, the subway system is plagued by fires and delays.

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Applications now open for the 10th Annual Disney Dreamers Academy

High school students nationwide can now apply to be among 100 students selected to participate in the 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, “outside-the-classroom,” mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort. The 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy will mark the program's 10th year.

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AACC names top scholars during college’s 54th commencement ceremony

An estimated 2,148 students graduated— receiving 2,409 degrees and certificates— on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the 54th Commencement of Anne Arundel Community College.

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2016 Hurricane season: Three things to know

June 1 marks the beginning of the hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Back to basics: Low maintenance flower garden care

Grow a beautiful flower garden with minimal care by investing a bit of time at the start of the season to reduce on-going care.

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Climbing out of the darkness: Postpartum awareness event planned

One in seven women will suffer from a postpartum mood disorder, the most common complication of childbirth, according to health experts.

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The essence of the new black history museum is the true American story

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in September, Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director said that it will not only tell us a great deal of information about Black folks, but “it will tell us even more about what America is and what it can become.”

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Ravens defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan changed his number and is ready to be a leader

Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan is from Lake City, Florida. He originally planned to attend the University of Florida but ultimately ended up playing football for Florida State.

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Making history is sometimes about timing

Former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill once stated, “To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.”

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STEM showcase spotlights achievements of Baltimore City School students

With the advancements of overlapping disciplines— science, technology, engineering and mathematics— also known as STEM- has opened up exciting career fields for elementary school students.

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PNC helps Caroline Center graduates thrive

Since opening its doors, more than 1,500 women have taken part in the Caroline Center’s various programs, including certified/geriatric nursing assistant and pharmacy technician.

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Y in Druid Hill celebrates 100th anniversary

The Y of Central Maryland plans a major celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2016 for the 100th anniversary of the Y in Druid Hill.

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Acts4Youth mentorship program expands in Baltimore

Acts4Youth has expanded its mentorship program that works with at-risk youth from Guilford and Walter P. Carter Elementary and Middle Schools.

Thursday, June 2

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Filmmaker wants to kick Hollywood’s doors open for aspiring actors

First Detroit, then Hollywood, Washington D.C and the world. Before long, if the president of 25th Frame Films has anything to do with it, his company will be charting its own path towards the type of success no others have yet achieved.

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'Roots' of a new conversation about race

John McWhorter: 'Roots' remake prompts question of what does it mean to "reckon" with slavery?

The original "Roots," which aired in 1977 to record audiences still flushed from America's bicentennial, seared slavery into the American consciousness in an unprecedented way. Never before had the whole nation seen slavery enacted so vividly and with such tragic pull.

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Parents, beware: These are the 100 deadliest days for teens

Memorial Day through Labor Day is the deadliest time for teen drivers

Here's a sobering statistic for the unofficial start of summer, when we gear up for picnics, barbecues and our kids having more free time on their hands: Memorial Day kicks off what's known as 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.

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Gospel singer Kathy Taylor ministers to the world through her music

When you think of the best in the world of art, names such as John Biggers, Augusta Ossawa Tanner, Michelangelo, Rembrant, Vincent van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci come to mind.

Wednesday, June 1

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Baltimore police improve video technology in transport vans

Freddie Gray suffered a fatal neck injury in April 2015 after being shackled in a police van

Baltimore police unveiled a newly outfitted transport van fleet on Tuesday that features video recording technology and divided seating compartments.

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Baby with Zika-related microcephaly born at New Jersey hospital

A baby with Zika virus-related microcephaly was born in New Jersey on Tuesday, hospital officials said.

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“Roots” remake targets younger audience

Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose admitted that she questioned why Mark Wolper, the son of the producer of the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries “Roots,” would ever consider returning to that story.

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Congressional Art Contest winner depicts police brutality and protests

Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School Senior David Pulphus won this year’s congressional art competition with a painting called “Untitled #1.” The first place winner is from Congressman Lacy Clay’s district (D-Mo.)