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Thursday, March 31

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Obama: Addiction is a preventable disease

Before an audience at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, President Barack Obama said he wasn't sure what it was that tipped his life away from addiction. "I wasn't always as responsible as I am today. In many ways I was lucky, because for whatever reason addiction didn't get it's claws on me ... except cigarettes," he said.

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WATCH: Dreams come true at Africa's largest aviation academy

CNN's Zain Asher visits Ethiopian Aviation Academy where students from all over the continent receive training in everything from piloting to maintenance.

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WATCH: Finding prosperity after prison

Javon Gay went from prison to prosperity with help from an employment agency aimed at helping ex-cons find work.

Wednesday, March 30

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Ebola is no longer a world health emergency, WHO says

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, at one time considered the worst outbreak in history, is no longer a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

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Blackonomics: Do black organizations really have our backs?

While Black people are bogged down in shallow and meaningless political discourse, our vaunted Black organizations continue to be M.I.A. except for their time in front of the cameras with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

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WATCH: Fashion designer combines the best of Africa and the West

In Lusaka, we meet a fashion designer who's setting trends by professing a bold vision of a 21st century Africa.

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Film Review: London has Fallen

A good action-thriller movie keeps you tense, engaged and excited. A great action-thriller does all that and you still feel anxious long after you’ve left the theater. This sequel to the $161M-grossing Olympus Has Fallen, about a Secret Service agent who guards the president, is good but not great.

Tuesday, March 29

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WATCH: Ariell Johnson is taking the comic book world by storm

Ariell Johnson is the owner of Amalgam comics in Philadelphia.

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WATCH: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson': What really happened?

CNN's Don Lemon talks with Jeffrey Toobin and Alan Dershowitz about the O.J. Simpson trial and the realism of the FX television show, "The People v. O.J. Simpson."

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Lando Calrissian wants you to drink Colt 45

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Pabst is bringing back smooth-talking Billy Dee Williams of "Star Wars" fame to reprise his 80s role as the pitchman for Colt 45 Malt Liquor.

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Mediterranean diet wins again, helps bones

Results of the study suggest a healthy diet might play a role in maintaining bone health

The Mediterranean diet is well-known for its health benefits on your heart and waistline, but now your bones could benefit too, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Monday, March 28

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FBI investigating outage at Maryland hospital chain

The FBI is looking into how a computer virus infected systems at MedStar Health, a large Maryland chain with 10 hospitals and dozens of clinics.

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Film Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Director Christopher Nolan, gone. Oscar-winning actor Christian Bale, gone.

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A conversation with Civil Rights legends

Civil Rights legends visit Georgia high school seniors to discuss history and politics.

Friday, March 25

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Flint water crisis can still bring out best in Americans

Our nation continues to marshal support for the people of Flint, Michigan, after it was discovered that the water supply was contaminated with extremely dangerous amounts of lead

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Red Cross has significant need for type O negative blood

Type O negative is often needed in trauma situations

The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients.

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University of Maryland Medical Center leads in kidney transplants for blacks

Although African Americans comprise about 13 percent of the population in the United States, they represent 34 percent of the patients waiting for a donor kidney, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Electrifying 'Light City Baltimore' shines at the Inner Harbor March 28-April 3

You are at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and spot a giant lotus flower sculpture, which lights up the water. You walk along a little further and now see hundreds of paper boats, which are changing colors.

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Film activist empowers black girls through conversation, storytelling

Women’s History Month highlights the contributions of women in American history during the month of March

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Safe Streets opens new location in Sandtown-Winchester

Ten safety counselors joined representatives from the mayor’s office on March 17, 2016 to open a new Safe Streets facility in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

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Celebrating a PG County trailblazer during Women’s History Month

At age 86, Julia Clark is still working hard as an advocate with a stern resolve to see any task through.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Happy Easter to you!

Hello, everyone and Happy Easter to you and your family. If the Easter Bunny is here that means only one thing— spring is also here. You might want to put away your fur coats but I suggest that you keep out your heavy coats, hats and closed-toe shoes ladies.

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'My City Bikes' readies cyclists for spring commute

Between 2000 and 2009, U.S. Census data revealed the number of commuter cyclists in Baltimore increased by a whopping 233 percent. Nationwide, biking has also grown as the number of individuals who cycled within the past 12 months increased from 47 million in the spring of 2008 to 66 million in the spring of 2015.

Thursday, March 24

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Africa's youngest billionaire wants to take on Coke with 'Mo Cola'

Mohammed Dewji has ambitious plans to take on big brands in Africa.

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Watch sick teen's reaction to lifesaving news

Albert Jeffries IV (ALJ) was born with a debilitating heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy.

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VIDEO: 'We don't feel Belgian'

Young Muslims explain why they feel marginalized and alienated in their own country, leaving them at risk of recruitment by ISIS.

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Shemar Moore leaves 'Criminal Minds'

Moore has been on the hit CBS drama for 11 years

All fine things must come to an end.

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Veterans and consumers of color often targeted for fraud

Although the former Corinthian Colleges, once one of the nation’s largest for-profit colleges, closed its doors last year, many of the problems incurred by its former students persist. The now-defunct college is the only questionable actor among for-profit colleges.

Wednesday, March 23

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From Mary Church Terrell to Barbara Lee: Black Women in the Peace Movement

Some words seem rarely mentioned in this highly toxic political season. We’ve heard about bombs and walls, but very little about peace.

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Trump’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party

I have repeatedly heard many of the talking heads in Washington, D.C. and the Republican establishment accuses Donald Trump and his presidential campaign of engaging in a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. I agree with them.

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Car Review: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

Apprehension came with the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. It was winter, at least technically, and in these parts, that means snow. We had the coupe version of the car. But four doors or two doors the Cadillac ATS-V is rear-wheel-drive and that can be hazardous in winter months, especially when you’ve got power under the hood.

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Detroit makes community college free

Detroit high schoolers just got a free ticket to community college.

Tuesday, March 22

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The growing danger of mixing prescription drugs and supplements

Many patients do not tell their doctors about nonprescription drugs they are taking

A growing number of older adults are combining multiple prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements in ways that could lead to serious side effects, according to a new study.

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Facebook activates Safety Check after Brussels attacks

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature, so people in Brussels can let loved ones know they're okay.

Monday, March 21

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King Promise wants to be known for good music

King Promise is a new musician hitting the Ghanaian airwaves with scintillating music that not only excites the ears, but also sets the mind thinking and gives the body with a feel for dancing. If your playlist has been feeling drab lately, maybe it is time you considered adding a King Promise track to spice things up.

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Black entrepreneur to investors: 'Stop pretending like race isn't an issue'

By every measure, Matt Joseph's resume points to an incredible pedigree. He went to Princeton and earned his JD and MBA from UCLA.

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Obama arrives in Cuba; hopes visit will usher in change

President Barack Obama touched down in Cuba on Sunday, definitively ending a half-century of estrangement in a dramatic personal demonstration of his core foreign policy principle of engaging America's enemies.

Friday, March 18

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Maryland taxpayers urged to E-File for quick refunds

With the tax-filing deadline a month away, Comptroller Peter Franchot encourages taxpayers who have yet to file to take advantage of all the conveniences of electronic filing.

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St. James’ Episcopal Church, churches of Lafayette Square to conduct Annual Blessing of City Palm Sunday

Political leaders in Baltimore will join the community and churches in Lafayette Square for the 13th Annual Blessing of the City on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at Lafayette Square Park bordered by West Lafayette Avenue; North Arlington Street; West Lanvale Street; and North Carrollton Street in Baltimore City.

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Meet the candidates for Congressional District 4

Candidates for the Maryland Congressional District 4 race will discuss their views on a variety of issues at a candidate’s forum from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.

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Despite low scores, new standardized tests deserve attention

Students across the country are increasingly failing a new type of standardized test.

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Author/publicist Cherrie Woods shares 10 Key PR tips in new book

Self-published authors need the tools to compete in today's saturated book market and public relations expert Cherrie Woods’ eagerly anticipated debut book “Where Do I Start? 10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Authors” fills the expertise gap for self-published authors.

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Last minute tax tips

Even though it's common knowledge that tax day is April 15 (April 18 for filing 2015 taxes in 2016), many people wait until the last minute to file their income taxes.

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Miracle City Church '100,000 Touches' Campaign sparks community service

A Baltimore resident pulls into a gas station, perhaps with just enough cash for a little gasoline in hopes of being able to drive a few miles further. Instead, a good Samaritan from Miracle City Church emerges to pay for a full tank.

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Outstanding youth recognized at 'She Matters & He Matters' Awards Ceremony

Opportunities to formally hear good news about young people are rare. However, Kendra Randall Jolivet and Yolanda F. Sonnier are helping to bridge the gap by highlighting stellar young ladies and young men through the “She Matters & He Matters Awards,” created in 2008 and 2010, to celebrate the accomplishments of young people.

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Eastern Shore Folklife Festival at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The public is invited to join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a day full of activities and presentations celebrating the culture of Maryland’s Eastern Shore region on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Black Girls Vote seeks to get women to polls

According to Nykidra Robinson, black women are the matriarchs of the African American family and when they lead, undoubtedly black men and their children will follow.

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Eric Weddle brings discipline to Ravens secondary

The Baltimore Ravens signed free safety Eric Weddle to a four-year contract worth $26 million. The deal includes a $7 million signing bonus and guarantees Weddle $13 million. His average annual salary is $6.5 million.

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Colon Cancer Awareness Month: What you need to know about #2 cancer killer

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, an important time to talk about the second-leading cause of cancer-related death and yet, one that many people feel uncomfortable discussing.

Thursday, March 17

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Film Review: Eye In the Sky

What is the tolerance level for collateral damage during drone strikes? It’s been a topical subject for years, as the U.S. and other countries fight the war on terrorism from the air and not so much the ground. British screenwriter Guy Hibbert (Prime Suspect) wrote the script for “Eye In The Sky” in 2008. Years later, after controversial U.S. drone strikes have killed scores of civilians, his fictional story is more relevant than ever.

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VIDEO: Queen Nefertiti's resting place discovered?

It's a mystery that has evaded the best minds in archeology for decades: the unknown fate of a beautiful queen who ruled over ancient Egypt at the height of its power.

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Morgan State showcases breakthrough research at Sixth Annual ‘Innovation Day’

As part of a sustained commitment to pioneering breakthrough advancements offering an economic benefit to the State of Maryland, Morgan State University (MSU) recently celebrated its 6th Annual ‘Innovation Day’ in Annapolis, Md. at the Miller Senate Office Building.

Wednesday, March 16

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NFL acknowledges CTE link with football. Now what?

For the first time, the National Football League has publicly acknowledged a connection between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the brain disorder better known as CTE.

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5 takeaways before the Fed's big day

Market mayhem. Negative interest rates. Growing jobs and wages.

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Sony to pay $750 million for Michael Jackson's stake in publishing venture

The King of Pop's publishing empire is about to shrink.

Tuesday, March 15

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Barack Obama, Misty Copeland discuss 'barriers' to the top

President Barack Obama and Misty Copeland -- the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater --- used a recent joint interview to speak out against barriers that prevent non-white and LGBT youths from following their dreams.

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Where is today's Madam C.J. Walker?

Women entrepreneurs have a powerful role model when they consider Madam C.J. Walker.

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Stephen Curry is making NBA history the new way -- by having a blast

Curry shooting better from 30 feet than normal 3-point distance

As the Golden State Warriors plow through their history-making season, superstar point guard Stephen Curry is having the time of his life -- and there's nothing wrong with that, says CNN's lead NBA analyst Steve Smith.

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VIDEO: Big Sean invests in Detroit youth

Rapper Big Sean established the Sean Anderson Foundation to help youth

For Grammy-nominated rapper Big Sean, Detroit is more than just an old-English "D" on his ball cap. It's the place where he makes his biggest investment.

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Goldseker Foundation awards Morgan State University $205,000 grant

Funding to support MSU graduate student education

In continued support of a longstanding effort to provide resources for graduates seeking to further their education at Morgan State University (MSU), the Goldseker Foundation has awarded the University a $205,000 grant.

Monday, March 14

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ASK ALMA: Should I sue my brother?

I need advice about a terrible family situation that involves me and all of my siblings, and it’s breaking us apart.

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AACC names Boykin Assistant Dean of Student Services

Anne Arundel Community College has named Tiffany Boykin, Ph.D., J.D., as the new assistant dean of student services, effective March 1, 2016.

Friday, March 11

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Protecting the right to vote: Fifty years after Selma

The “Bloody Sunday” beatings of civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, served as a catalyst for the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Fifty years after Selma, this Election Day reminds us of the struggles— past, present, and future— to ensure equal voting rights.

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Environmental justice leaders push benefits of climate change

Whenever they discuss the impact of climate change on the United States, environmental activists of color are quick to point out that African Americans in cities and towns across the country continue to be adversely affected by legislative and other policies that put them at greater risk.

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Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees.

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Blacks and hispanics charged higher interest rates

In recent months, this column has reported on a series of settlements reached between banks and finance companies with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice. All of the actions were taken to resolve claims of discrimination in auto lending.

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Indie Soul: Conscious Canvas

The Conscious Canvas is an event meant to tap into the art community in Baltimore, thanks to the creative mind of Stephen Wise, owner of SWB, custom menswear in Baltimore City.

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HopeSprings director honored as Alumni of the Year

Just two years! That was the gauntlet that Erin Donovan threw down before her husband, letting him know in no uncertain terms that they would only live in Baltimore a short time before moving on.

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Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO waiting for Senate confirmation to new post

Carla Hayden isn’t talking much these days, just patiently waiting. However, those who work with the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and library patrons can’t contain their excitement as Hayden prepares to become the next librarian to lead the Library of Congress, the first African-American to hold that post.

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Life in Baltimore: Follow your dreams

Baltimorean Daryl C. Smith is a community activist who spends much of his time enriching lives of others through youth advocacy. His lifetime goals include helping kids find their niche through mentorship and youth athletic programs.

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Annapolis group lends a hand to Flint residents during water crisis

In early March, eight members of an Annapolis based group called Black Wall Street Annapolis LLC (BWSA) drove to Flint, Michigan armed with optimism, bottled water and plans to do a good deed for the people affected by the city’s toxic water supply.

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RAMBLING ROSE: Historic Arch Social Club Celebrates 104 Years!

Hello everyone, this will be exciting weekend if you follow my lead. I want you to get all dressed up in your finest digs and strut yourself to the Arch Social Club on the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues to help celebrate the club’s 104 years.

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PNC Awards $6,000 to Johnson Square Academy Head Start Program

LIGHT Health & Wellness Comprehensive Services’ Johnson Square Academy has been awarded $6,000 by the PNC Foundation in recognition of the volunteer efforts of PNC employees Karen Burley, Seson Taylor-Campbell, April Harper, Angela McFadden, Lourdes Montes-Greenan, Franklin McNeil and Robin Chester.

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Hypocrites, hucksters, histrionics and hype

Aren’t you tired of the rap and clap sessions by political wannabees and their respective contingents? I know I am.

Thursday, March 10

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United Way of Central Maryland Celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Day at area schools

Baltimore City Police Officers join celebration, delivering book donations and reading to students

United Way of Central Maryland volunteers recently celebrated Read Across America Day, an annual, nationwide reading celebration that takes place on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2.

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First U.S. uterus transplant fails, patient has organ removed

Circumstance of complication under review

The first patient in the United States to receive a uterus transplant had to have the organ removed because of a complication, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday.

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Light City Baltimore teams up with accessible festivals to ensure accessibility for all

In an effort to provide a positive experience for all festivalgoers, Light City Baltimore announces its partnership with Accessible Festivals to ensure it is a fully accessible event.

Wednesday, March 9

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4 Common diabetes myths debunked

Knowing the facts about diabetes is important for everyone, as living a healthy lifestyle can play a key role in helping to prevent and control the disease.

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Michelle Obama to girls: 'Push past those doubters'

First lady's commitment to Let Girls Learn will extend beyond the White House

When Michelle Obama traveled to Cambodia last summer as part of her Let Girls Learn initiative, she had a message for any girls facing barriers to education: Move beyond the "doubters."

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Porter can be forced to testify against officers in Freddie Gray case

6 Baltimore officers are charged in connection with the 2015 death of Freddie Gray

Baltimore police Officer William Porter can be compelled to testify under immunity against fellow officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death, Maryland's appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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Tips to save money on paying debt

Over extending oneself on high-interest rate revolving debt purchases is not uncommon. Indeed, U.S. households who use credit cards have an average of $15,799 in credit card debt, according to the non-profit Consolidated Credit Counseling.

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Tyler Perry to narrate modern-day version of 'The Passion'

The Passion" will air Palm Sunday, March 20

New Orleans is famous for its processions, but on Palm Sunday, Tyler Perry and a host of stars will take things to a new level with a live, modern-day portrayal of the last hours of Jesus' life on Earth.

Tuesday, March 8

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Colon Cancer Awareness Month: What to know about getting tested

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the perfect time to think about colon health.

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Baltimore in top 10 for longest commutes

No wonder New Yorkers seem to be in such a hurry: They've got the worst commutes in the country.

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Lawsuit takes aim at Mississippi state flag

Carlos Moore had his 5-year-old daughter in mind when he filed a federal lawsuit over the Confederate symbol on their state flag.

Monday, March 7

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O.J. Simpson case: Questions, new twists after reports of knife discovery

Nearly 22 years after the fatal stabbing of Nicole Brown Simpson, reports of a knife discovered on her ex-husband's property are sparking a frenzy of questions.

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To find hope, look around you

These are very unhappy times in Washington, D.C. Relations between the executive and legislative branches are not just sour, but corrosive.

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Rosa Parks Collection at Library of Congress digitized and now online

The collection, which contains approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs, is on loan to the Library for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

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Zoe Saldana, Nina Simone and the painful history of blackface

In many ways the casting of Zoe Saldana as the singer and activist Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic stings more for people of color than the recent announcement that white actor Joseph Fiennes was selected to play Michael Jackson.

Friday, March 4

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Bank of America kicks off 19th season of Museums on Us®

Bank of America has announced the 2016 “Museums on Us” program roster, featuring many of the nation’s favorite arts, cultural and historical institutions.

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13th Annual MammoJam Music Festival

The 13th Annual MammoJam Music Festival will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Baltimore’s famed 8x10.

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Federal funds available for summer meals for children and teens

The Maryland State Department of Education has announced that federal funds are available to assist public and private nonprofit organizations in serving free, nutritious meals to children and teens this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U. S. Department of Agriculture program.

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Registration for "Governor’s Young Readers" Program begins for Baltimore City

Governor Larry Hogan has announced that starting March 1, 2016, every child, from infancy to age five in Baltimore City can be enrolled, free of charge, in a new reading and book-delivery program.

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Comptroller reminds taxpayers that filing deadline is April 18, 2016

E-Filing promoted as Maryland surpasses one million tax returns processed

With the tax-filing season in full swing, Comptroller Peter Franchot recently announced that his office has processed more than one million tax returns. The one-millionth return was submitted by a Prince George’s County tax filer.

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Baltimore attorney wins engineering award

To some, it may be surprising to learn that one of the best-known lawyers in the country, Baltimore’s Billy Murphy, received the Birth of a Legacy Award at the 2016 Black Engineer Conference in Philadelphia.

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Popular gospel artist to headline fashion show in Baltimore

For lifelong Baltimore resident OL Williams, music is a passion that developed decades ago when he was just 13.

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Hip-Hop star and producer living strong after kidney failure

For hip-hop star David Rush, formerly known as Young Bo$$, touring the world with such superstars as Pitbull, was only one part of his dream and life goals. He also wanted a wife and children, but kidney failure almost derailed those plans.

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Diversity among doctors drives trust in health care

Black History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on the countless examples of the contributions that African-Americans have made to build our country.

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Paul’s Place helping to 'stabilize' southwest Baltimore

For 35 years, Paul’s Place has provided emergency assistance to individuals and families who are faced with an expense they are unable to pay.

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Ravens Joe Flacco: The Ultimate Team Player

The Baltimore Ravens faced salary cap issues as they entered the free agency period. The team has a number of veteran players under contract, which has limited their cap space. One of the big- gest cap numbers was the one occupied by Joe Flacco.

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Baltimore City Public Schools re-engage city youth

The Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) Re-Engagement Center has shifted the academic trajectory from a bleak past to an optimistic future for 19-year-old Destiney Turner and 15-year-old Donay Sims.

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Civic Works’ Tiny House: A small home that saves big on energy

City Youth Helped to Construct Dwelling

What’s mobile, features more than a dozen “green” and energy-saving materials or technologies, including solar panels and a tankless water heater, a “pedal generator” that produces power by an individual pumping it with their arms and legs, a loft-style sleeping area, a solar powered generator, and was built by city youth?

Thursday, March 3

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Jay Z's Tidal streaming service sued by musician

Jay Z started streaming music service Tidal last year, claiming that it would benefit artists. Yet a recording artist is suing Tidal, which allegedly paid him less than he's owed.

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Obama welcomes Crimson Tide to White House

During the annual celebration of the college national football champion at the White House, President Barack Obama joked Wednesday that he obviously is the reason for the continued and dramatic success of the University of Alabama, the winners of the 2016 college football championship, their fourth in seven years.

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Are female emojis sexist and harmful to girls?

Female emojis are limiting and stereotypical, argues a new #LikeAGirl video

My girls will think it's more than a little bit ironic that I am writing a story about emojis, those characters you find throughout texts and social media, since they believe I'm the last person on the planet to download them on my phone. (I only did that a few months ago!)

Wednesday, March 2

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Blackonomics: The silly season is upon us

The “Silly Season,” as many call it, is well under way; and Black people are up to our necks in it.

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5 simple ways to go green at home and save money

Thinking green throughout the year can offer some significant benefits. Here are some easy ways you can go green in your own home and lower your energy bills:

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Revolver-themed shoes deemed a no-no in carry-on

Woman was trying to board at flight at BWI Airport

They are the kind of shoes designed to start a conversation, but not one with the Transportation Security Administration.

Tuesday, March 1

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Film Review: Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

Spike Lee, the old guard of Black indie filmmaking, gets his mojo back with this classy, urbane vampireish art film that is a beauty to behold. Sophisticated, demented, eerie, erotic – prepare to be shocked and flabbergasted.

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ASK ALMA: I hate my husband’s best friend

I hate my husband’s best friend. They are total opposites and I just don’t get it.

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Justice Clarence Thomas breaks 10-year streak, asks question in court

For the first time in a decade, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke during oral arguments.

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March is National Nutrition Month: Develop better eating habits

Have your healthy New Year’s habits already begun to fade? Recharge your resolutions in March during National Nutrition Month and remember the importance of developing and following sound eating habits.