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Wednesday, November 30

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Are you eligible for new Medicare benefits? Find out today.

Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change its benefits and costs each year too. That’s why it’s important to review your Medicare choices each fall. Compare your current plan to new options and see if you can lower your costs or find a plan better suited to your needs.

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Film Review: Almost Christmas

Watching this humorous film is like getting a funny greeting card that makes you laugh as it warms your heart. This ode to the joy and angst people feel as their family reconvenes for the certain chaos, gluttony and joy during Christmas, is a nice way to start the holiday season. It’s a very entertaining stocking stuffer. It’s comic relief.

Tuesday, November 29

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From Obama to Trump, D.C. and the arts could shift toward a big chill

President Obama handed out Presidential Medals of Freedom on Tuesday, to a glittering class of recipients that included actors and athletes, rock stars and business pioneers.

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Cicely Tyson Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Emmy Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson.

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Flying to Cuba: What you need to know

Hoping to fly to Cuba? It's complicated.

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Mortgage rates climb above 4% for first time this year

Mortgage rates have pushed past 4% for the first time this year.

Monday, November 28

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Where Brazil's best cooks come from

Someone said "gun!" while we were shooting a scene in a crowded cafe in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and the next thing I knew my director, Mo Fallon, had dropped his camera, dragged me to the floor and covered me with his body.

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Amazon unveils Cyber Monday deals

Black Friday sales are still going on, but Amazon has unveiled some of its deals for Cyber Monday.

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These Christmas lights don't need to be wrapped around the tree

Let's admit it. Hanging Christmas tree lights is annoying.

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Eli Lilly's promising Alzheimer's drug fails in clinical trials

A large trial of a drug to treat dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease has ended in failure after people receiving the treatment showed no significant improvements to those taking a placebo.

Sunday, November 27

North Dakota pipeline protests see peaceful Thanksgiving

While plenty of Americans gathered Thursday for a Thanksgiving that meant family and football, hundreds of protesters gathered in several sites to rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Winning $421 million Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee

A winning Powerball ticket worth $420.9 million was sold in Lafayette, Tennessee, in the state's second-largest lottery jackpot ever, the Tennessee Lottery said Sunday.

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HBCU Round UP: Thanksgiving Weekend

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

Saturday, November 26

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What about the black working class?

Amid all of the talk about economic populism this election cycle, one group has been largely left out: working class Americans of color.

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Dave Chappelle gets Netflix specials

Welcome back to the masses Dave Chappelle.

Friday, November 25

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Final games of Steve Smith Sr.'s NFL career

Steve Smith Sr. was released by the Carolina Panthers a few seasons ago and had a choice to make.

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Take Precautions to Be Safe this Holiday Season

The holidays bring an elevated risk for fires and burns, and many Americans may have a false sense of security.

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Customers turn to Harbor Bank to show ‘Black Dollars Matter’

After the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin, the “Black Lives Matter” movement began in earnest.

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Native Baltimoreans Own Tote Bag Company in Fells Point

Aaron Jones and Jason Bass are guilty of “treason.” They have defied the status quo by “going against the grain.”

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Back to Basics: No Permanent Enemies, No Permanent Friends, Just Permanent Interests

How should black American voters respond to the tectonic political rift and the stress of a permanently divided nation that the election of Donald J. Trump has laid bare?

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It’s time to give our money marching orders!

In April 2005, I wrote an article titled, “Billion Dollar March,” at the behest of “The Ice Supreme Man” Ashiki Taylor in Atlanta.

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PANDORA Ice Rink, It’s a Waterfront Life return to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Waterfront Partnership’s It’s a Waterfront Life is back this holiday season!

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Nation’s top young entrepreneurs invited to compete in Cupids’ Cup

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Cupid's Cup Entrepreneurship Competition, presented by Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank.

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Operation Homefront, Baltimore Dollar Tree Stores Launch Holiday Toy Drive for Military Children

With repeated and extended deployments and frequent relocations, the families of many junior enlisted service members and wounded warriors face financial hardships and must forgo spending money on gifts.

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Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, BGE break ground on West Baltimore youth development park

Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park to host James Mosher Baseball, the oldest continuously operating African American youth baseball league in the country

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Opera Great Luca Pisaroni Debuts at BSO

Earlier this year when making his debut in the role of Mephistopheles in the Houston Grand Opera’s production of Faust, Luca Pisaroni confessed that as a child in Italy he was unpopular.

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Organizations partner to help families have a Happy Thanksgiving

Thanks to Hungry Harvest, Shop Rite and The Community Health Improvement team of the University of Maryland Medical Center, more than 100 families in West Baltimore will celebrate a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 24

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Tina Knowles-Lawson and Time Inc.'s Essence hosted 'Love on Louisiana'

Tina Knowles-Lawson and Essence joined forces with Solange Knowles and Kelly Rowland, with support from Beyoncé and BeyGOOD, to host Love on Louisiana: An Essence Hometown Heroes Tribute celebrating the resilience of the Baton Rouge community on Sunday, November 20, and the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, LA.

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How to talk politics at your family Thanksgiving meal this year

If you see the conversation starting to tip into potentially hazardous territory, don't be afraid to take the wheel. "Try to guide the conversation back into safer territory," Senning says. "That's usually a host's prerogative, but anybody can do it, and any talented conversationalist will recognize safe territory."

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Usain Bolt: The man behind the medals

Behind the showmanship, the blur of fast times and the resultant gold rush, who is the real Usain Bolt?

Wednesday, November 23

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Vitamin D doesn't prevent disease for most, study says

Vitamin D supplements do not help prevent disease for the majority of people, according to a new study published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.

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Selena Gomez returns to powerful spotlight

Selena Gomez has been off the scene for a while, but she came back Sunday night to share her heart.

Tuesday, November 22

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Soul singer Sharon Jones dead at 60

Sharon Jones, the lead singer with the band Dap-Kings, has died at the age of 60.

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Is that you, Snapchat? Instagram rolls out ephemeral messages

Instagram is going after Snapchat again, but this time it's targeting its core concept.

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There's a reason turkey (the bird) and Turkey (the country) share a name

When the guests around your Thanksgiving table are busy stuffing their bellies, here's one way to break the lull in conversation: dazzle them with some tasty turkey trivia.

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Janelle Monae on 'Moonlight' and 'Hidden Figures'

Janelle Monae is someone you'll be seeing a lot of this year.

Monday, November 21

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11/21/2016: HBCU Round UP

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

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AT&T customers can now send texts via Amazon Echo

Users of Amazon Echo's smart speaker can now tell its built-in assistant Alexa to handle your text messages. That is, if you're an AT&T customer.

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Obamacare: What should stay, and what should go?

Calling it "a fraud," "horrible" and "a disaster," President-elect Donald Trump said that rolling back Obamacare and replacing it with a "much less expensive" alternative is top priority for his administration.

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2016 American Music Awards top moments and winners

The 2016 American Music Awards brought out the biggest names in music Sunday night at Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater.

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11/19/16: Weekend HBCU RoundUP

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

Sunday, November 20

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Apple will fix iPhone 6 Plus devices with 'Touch Disease'

Apple is recognizing that "Touch Disease" is a thing.

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685 Harvard Business School women 'disavow' fellow grad Steve Bannon

Women graduates of Harvard Business School heartily disapprove of fellow alum Steve Bannon.

Saturday, November 19

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Shoppers guide to avoiding toxic chemicals

As you're poring over the holiday ads from major retailers to make your wish list, environmental activists want you to consider more than price when you shop.

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The world's best hotels, according to the experts

If anyone knows how to make a hotel stay exquisitely perfect, it's the people who make it their life's work.

Friday, November 18

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11/18/16: HBCU Round-Up

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

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Want to visit Europe? That's gonna cost you €5

Planning a European holiday? Get ready for some extra paperwork. And a new fee.

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Starbucks, Gap, Nike and others demand Trump to stand by climate deal

If President-elect Donald Trump is going to go soft on climate change regulations, big business is going to put up a big stink.

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East Coast Gospel Music Summit is ‘off the charts’

Some of gospel music’s biggest recording artists including Vashawn Mitchell, Troy Sneed, Gary Hines of Sounds of Blackness, Joe Pace, and Ted Winn were in town for the East Coast Gospel Music & Arts Summit.

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Yo-yo dieting dangerous for women's hearts, study says

Yo-yo dieting may increase the risk for coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death in post-menopausal women, according to a study presented to the American Heart Association on Tuesday.

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BSU alum teams up with Allstate to help students at HBCUs

Luke Lawal, founder and CEO of HBCU Buzz, a news site for college students, shows love to his Alma mater and other historically black colleges and universities

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Gwen Ifill: Informed Today’s Citizens, Inspired Tomorrow’s Journalists

American Peabody award-winning journalist, television news broadcaster, and author, Gwen Ifill died on Monday, November 14, 2016.

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Ravens passing game beginning to find consistency

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco continues to work his way back into form after tearing multiple knee ligaments last season.

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Tutors needed in under-resourced schools to provide literacy support

Learning to read proficiently in elementary school plays a crucial role in helping students achieve success, and Reading Partners is a place where communities can truly come together in service of that common objective.

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MECU Foundation donates to Baltimore City Schools, CollegeBound, Credit Union for Kids

The MECU Foundation presented $35,000 to CollegeBound Foundation, nine Baltimore partner schools, and Credit Union for Kids, at a reception on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

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HealthCare Access Maryland Open Enrollment Event to Help People Enroll in Health Insurance

HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM)— a Baltimore-based nonprofit working to expand healthcare access— will host an open enrollment event at the Highlandtown Library on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

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Wilkinson’s ‘Birds of Opulence’ wins 10th Annual Ernest Gaines Award

Kentucky writer, poet and educator Crystal Wilkinson’s novel, “Birds of Opulence,” has been named winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

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Trump’s Greatest Victory: Not over Clinton but the Media

It was Wednesday, November 9, 2016— the day after Election Day.

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Donald Trump stuns nation and world in upset over Hillary Clinton

New York real estate millionaire Donald Trump won the White House over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the biggest and most stunning upset victory for the White House in modern presidential politics.

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Morrell Park Students Welcome Operation Warm

Students at Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School won’t mind the chill in the air this fall— thanks to the new coats they received from Baltimore City Fire Officers, IAFF Local 964, The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 and Horizon Services, the region's largest privately-owned plumbing, heating and air conditioning company serving the mid-Atlantic.

Thursday, November 17

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11/17/16: HBCU Round-Up: UMBC men’s basketball win over visiting Delaware State

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

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Keys to success: Will Madison supersede Serena Williams?

While Serena Williams is fixated on number 23, Madison Keys is just focusing on number one.

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U.S. dollar hits 13-year high

America's dollar hasn't been this strong since April 2003.

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Obama commits to protecting allies

President Barack Obama repeated his assertion Wednesday that the US commitment to NATO and Europe would continue under Donald Trump's presidency.

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Jurnee Smollet welcomes first child

"Underground" star Jurnee Smollett has given birth to her first child.

Wednesday, November 16

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Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank and more team up for Global Down Syndrome fashion show

Jamie Foxx is a good big brother.

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High-protein diet linked to heart failure in older women

Women older than 50 who eat high-protein diets could have a greater risk of heart failure, especially if a lot of their protein comes from meat, according to a new study presented at the annual scientific conference of the American Heart Association.

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Virginia resident, ex-offender voted for the first time on November 8

Every Election Day for nearly 30 years, people have told Terry Garrett, that she couldn’t vote. Garrett was convicted of a felony for shoplifting at 18 and was stripped of her right to decide which people governed her community, her state, her nation.

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America, don't lose your optimism

History can be a harsh mirror for America.

Tuesday, November 15

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TV One's 'Rickey Smiley For Real' returns for third season

Radio personality, Rickey Smiley is busy daily bringing laughs to his fans, but life gets very real off-air.

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Chappelle is right: Trump needs to earn our support

"Saturday Night Live" kicked off its first show after Donald Trump was elected president with the perfect host: Dave Chappelle. As both African-American and Muslim, Chappelle stands at the intersection of two discriminated against minority groups. If Chappelle had also been Hispanic and a woman, he would've been every group Trump demonized in this campaign rolled into one. (Well, almost.)

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Stocks rally again; Bond market bombs; Japan's GDP surprise

1) Investors rush into stocks, ditch bonds: Investors continue to shovel their money into stocks following last week's U.S. election.

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This week's HBCU Round-Up

This week's HBCU sports round-up by Phinesse Demps.

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What Gwen Ifill meant to me

I will always regret not grabbing the reporter's notebooks that belonged to Gwen Ifill. I was a young reporter at the Baltimore Sun when I was assigned a desk that belonged to her years before. As I moved in my incidentals -- my favorite well-worn thesaurus, the mug I liked to use as a pen holder, a picture of whatever dude I was dating at the moment -- my foot kicked an old, dusty box under the desk.

Monday, November 14

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People want automation but are afraid of machines, study shows

It's time to update a tired cliche. The saying should be the following: Machines. Can't live with them, can't live without them.

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The three elections that shaped Obama's Legacy

The first backlash election of the presidency of President Barack Obama’s time in office was 2010 when Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives lost 63 House seats. It was the greatest loss of seats by a party in the House since 1938.

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FDA spotlights unapproved use of drugs, medical devices

Many rules regulate the way pharmaceutical companies tell you, doctors and insurance companies about their products.

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'Orange Is the New Black' actress: Immigrants 'are here to stay'

Diane Guerrero, an actress who became an outspoken advocate for immigration reform after her undocumented parents were deported, published a tough missive Friday vowing to battle President-elect Donald Trump's anti-immigrant plans.

Sunday, November 13

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Russell Simmons aiding digital diversity

Russell Simmons is a pioneer in creating content for and about the underserved -- and he sees no reason to stop now.

Saturday, November 12

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'Almost Christmas' stars on holiday magic

Creators of the new film "Almost Christmas" hope it becomes part of the cannon of beloved holiday movies.

Friday, November 11

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Catherine Pugh Ready to Implement New City Agenda

After blazing a trail to election victory on Tuesday, Baltimore Mayor-elect Catherine Pugh said she’s ready to begin “lighting up our city.”

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Nation Election Leaves Democrats Red, Maryland Remains Blue

In the morning after what Democrats and their supporters— and even some Republicans— deemed a nightmare which resulted in the election to the Oval Office of bombastic, woman and minority-bashing Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton began her concession speech with two of the most sobering words in the American dictionary.

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Physical activity, weight control urged during Diabetes Awareness Month

Only 25 percent of diabetics know their status and 37 percent of Maryland adults are pre-diabetic

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Elections won’t change anything, until we vote with our wallets!

By the time you read this, I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it necessary to delouse, because the dirty, filthy, hateful, distasteful, embarrassing, vile, toxic, grimy, polluted campaign we all witnessed is likely the worst in the history of electing a President

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Virginia ex-felon joined others to vote for first time

Every Election Day for nearly 30 years, people have told Terry Garrett that she couldn’t vote.

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Federal grant awarded to city schools to promote literacy

Elementary school students and their families will receive an early holiday gift from Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) compliments of a $370,000 Innovations in Reading grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Morgan professor among new members tasked with establishing policies for National Science Foundation

Morgan State University’s Victor R. McCrary, Ph.D., has been appointed to the National Science Board (NSB).

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UPS helping veterans build careers

Once their military service ends, veterans can face obstacles in assimilating back into civilian life.

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Nonprofit awarded for helping military members, families

A staggering share of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning home with mental illnesses brought on by their time overseas.

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Study reveals Ravens fans among most dedicated

The Baltimore Ravens have established themselves as a dominant and ferocious team, and now their fans have been recognized among the most influential supporters in the National Football League.

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NKF-MD to provide health information at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Thanksgiving Service, Health Fair

Healthcare non-profit to give life-saving information as African-Americans are at higher risk for kidney disease

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Mikey's Miracle Foundation helping cancer patients in Baltimore

A graduate of Towson University, Merritt is a rising leader, microbiologist, creator of CharmCityPretty.com and proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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Open letter to our new President-Elect

Dear President-Elect

Thursday, November 10

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Exercise: It's what the doctor ordered

On Friday, Weill Cornell Medical College offered a seminar to its second-year medical students, one that's been offered only once before.

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Film Review: Arrival

Nearly 40 years ago, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” set the bar very high for sci-fi films that eschewed conventional all-out action sequences and garnered their strength from immense suspense, evocative visuals and mind-numbing mystery. “Arrival” is in that same elite category. Brainy. Intense. Scary. It joins a very exclusive club.

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Blackonomics: Elections won't change anything, until we vote with our wallets

By the time you read this, I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it necessary to delouse, because the dirty, filthy, hateful, distasteful, embarrassing, vile, toxic, grimy, polluted campaign we all witnessed is likely the worst in the history of electing a President.

Wednesday, November 9

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Celebs get in on #MannequinChallenge

Freeze! In case you haven't heard, the Mannequin Challenge appears to be this year's Harlem shake.

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New York AG, CFPB join forces to fight illegal national debt collection scheme

A new federal lawsuit alleges that since at least 2009, two major players in the debt collection industry have illegally operated, harassed, threatened and deceived millions of consumers across the country – often for debts that were either inflated or not even owed. The scheme based in Buffalo, New York, also netted tens of millions of dollars in revenue each year.

Tuesday, November 8

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Are you better off than eight years ago?

It's easier to find a good job. I'm making more money. I'm more optimistic about the future.

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Instead of detention, these students get meditation

Into a room of pillows and lavender, an elementary school student walks, enraged.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz urges 'dignity' during 'epic, unseemly election'

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is urging his employees to embrace "respect and dignity" in the face of an "epic, unseemly election."

Monday, November 7

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Press Room: #HowDoYouFeel? movement gives a voice to millennials about the election

“We don’t see ourselves represented in the mainstream media and it results in feeling disengaged and left out of the system.”

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'Loving' stars on the timeless message of the movie

When "Loving" director Jeff Nichols was sent a documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, it upset him that he hadn't known their story.

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What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease is a "progressive disorder of the nervous system," according to the Mayo Clinic, that primarily affects a patient's movement. It often starts with a small tremor in the hand or muscle stiffness and gets worse over time. There is no test for Parkinson's, so it is occasionally misdiagnosed.

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A hotel that's good for your health?

Vitamin C showers, circadian mood lighting and aromatherapy. These sound like holistic amenities you'd find in a lush spa -- not your hotel room.

Friday, November 4

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How do you eat Nutella? The FDA wants to know

The maker of the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread Nutella, loved by children and adults worldwide, wants a smaller serving size on its US jars to reflect how it says people use the product nowadays.

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'Scandal' Season 6 starts...

Get ready for a wild election.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade performers announced

There looks to be something for just about everyone at the 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Support our local musicians, entertainers

Hello my good friends, fans and followers, I don’t have much to say here because my photos and cutlines say it all.

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The Baltimore Times Positioned For 30 More Years

Jocelyn “Joy” Bramble laid out a vision for her life's work on the kitchen table of her West Baltimore home at 1800 Madison Avenue.

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Campaign launched in Baltimore Region

Three-month effort to enroll residents of Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County in health insurance

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Early voting is critical to our democracy

Early voting has already begun in some 37 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, many blacks remain unaware of this option, or of the benefits it offers.

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What you need to know about the NAACP’s war on charter schools

Calling for a moratorium is indicative of the NAACP’s disregard for existing charter schools established, funded and operated by black people. The use of scare tactics, such as ‘privatization,’ under the guise of concern for students, is either disingenuous or ignorant.”

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Breast cancer survivor striving to help others

DaVeeda White is an entrepreneur who says she is strengthened by transforming her personal health challenges into a viable service that allows others to see obtainable possibilities.

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MECU celebrates 80 years in Baltimore

Small community banks and financial service institutions like Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company, Provident Bank, MNC Financial closed one-by-one, disappearing from the Baltimore landscape during and after the Great Recession.

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Nine new annual scholarships to mark BGE 200th Anniversary

Through a partnership with the nonprofit Central Scholarship, the BGE Scholars Program will help students further their education

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Pay What You Want Day returns to National Aquarium

As part of its continuing effort to provide community access to Maryland residents, the National Aquarium announced the return of “Pay What You Want Day” on November 6, 2016.

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Ravens look for resurgence coming off bye week

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off the bye week having lost four straight games after starting the season with a three-game winning streak.

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‘Sweet Treats and Science Tricks’ at UM’s BioPark

On Halloween, students at James McHenry Elementary/Middle School learned a few science tricks from their neighbors at the University of Maryland BioPark and received oodles of sweet treats.

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Rams star hails LeBron James as 'perfect' NFL quarterback

Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold says basketball star LeBron James would shine in the NFL -- but has tough words of warning too.

Thursday, November 3

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Here's how far parents will go to pay for holiday gifts

Many parents will bust their budgets this year when it comes to fulfilling their children's holiday wish lists, and that could mean they will be paying for those gifts for months, and sometimes years later.

Wednesday, November 2

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Meghan Markle: 5 things to know Prince Harry's rumored love interest

There's a royals watch on Meghan Markle. The up-and-coming American actress is now standing under a bigger spotlight since news of an alleged relationship between her and England's most eligible bachelor, Prince Harry, broke over the weekend.

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Park's more than 400 colorful scarves help brighten winter for needy

The hundreds of scarves and mittens that adorned a New Hampshire park this week certainly brightened things up. But they were not meant to be decorative.

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Nearly 90 percent of black voters favor Clinton over Trump in new HU/NNPA national voter poll

Today, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Howard University, announced the results of the 2016 Howard University/NNPA National Black Voter Poll. Nearly 90 percent of Black voters plan to cast ballots for Hillary Clinton and two percent plan to vote for Donald Trump, according to the poll.

Tuesday, November 1

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The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself

It's time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true.

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Entrepreneurs grown their companies with Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program

A growing number of Atlanta businesses are living up to the city’s famous nickname: Hotlanta!

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Cell phones and screens are keeping your kid awake

These days, teachers often face classrooms filled with yawning students who stayed up late snapping selfies or playing online games.