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Stories for December 2017

Friday, December 29

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‘Anne Arundel County: Are We Closer to the Dream? A Dialogue on Race’

The Peer Learning Partnership at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) is sponsoring a Saturday symposium

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“Full Ride Scholarship” program for graduating high school seniors

One student will win a scholarship to cover all expenses to an HBCU of their choice, joining an impressive group of previous “Full Ride” Scholars

The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2018.

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Study to look at new approach to alcoholism, other trauma affecting blacks

More than six million African-Americans drink heavily, and many black Baltimore residents struggle with the problem and are unable to control their drinking, according to new research.

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Baltimore entrepreneur helping others reach new heights in business

Baltimore-born Nicole Webb provides a unique service to both men and women in business. She serves as a career coach helping her clients who are in the midst of changing careers or life changes.

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Twelve-year-old spreads holiday cheer, celebrates moving adoption story

For many people, Christmas is a joyous time to celebrate the birth of Christ and to reconnect with family and friends.

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Black women and girls deserve more respect, visibility in the #MeToo Movement

This has been a monumental year for the reaffirmation of women’s rights in the workplace and the ballot booth. This is long overdue.

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The food industry needs to stop hiding nutrition information

Nearly four in ten American adults are obese. That's an all-time high.

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Navigating the three stages of retirement

People often view retirement as just one more stage of life. However, that’s not exactly the case. Retirement isn’t just one stage; it’s at least three— although all three do share something in common.

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Rambling Rose: Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

Kwanzaa Celebrations will be held at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate the Annual African American holiday with African dancing, storytelling, drumming performances, workshops and traditional crafts using fiber art.

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Baltimore Singer and ‘The Voice’ Contestant is Living His Best Life

Davon Fleming’s gift of song helps him spread hometown pride

People often reflect on the way that music has the power to metaphorically “take them to another place.” For singers with abundant talent and ambition however, music really does transport them to many surprising settings.

Friday, December 22

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“Hope for All” lends helping hand to those in need

“Hope for All,” a nonprofit with a mission to provide basic human necessities to families and individuals without sufficient economic resources, has served more than 2,000 families in its over 10-year existence.

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Report reveals racial barriers prevent children of color and immigrant children from reaching potential

Between 2013 to 2014, just 49 percent of Latino children age three to five in Maryland were enrolled in nursery school, pre-school and kindergarten while the percentage was 63 percent for African-Americans and 65 percent for white children, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Three fitness tips to put the boom back in baby boomers in 2018

Baby boomers whose exercise routines have gone bust may be thinking about putting the boom— and a little sweat— back into their lives as they ponder New Year’s resolutions for 2018.

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Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wow! This is the event movie of the year. So much action— so much haunting drama and raw emotion. And it doesn’t just build to one climax; it crescendos from one climax, to the next and the next, ratcheting up the tension every time. Action/adventure fans will be dancing in the aisles.

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Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy: Homeless Drive Seeking Volunteers and Donations

Warm your soul this holiday season by helping Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy’s mission to bring warm clothes and other necessities to people in need and be a part of a volunteer experience for families and young adults that is meaningful, educational and fun.

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Bowie State University alumnus makes Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list

Bowie State University (BSU) alumnus, Dior Ginyard, was recently named to Forbes magazine’s ‘30 Under 30’ list in the sports category for 2018. The prestigious list spotlights 600 young innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs across 20 categories where 30 honorees are selected in each of them.

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Local designer launches ‘Knock Out Kidney Disease’ bracelet collection

New Vintage by Sam, a Baltimore-based accessory and apparel brand has “returned to the ring” with a powerful combination of style and philanthropy.

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Ravens still have outside chance of making the playoffs!

There was a time when it seemed like the Ravens were at an all-time low earlier this season. Protests during the National Anthem in London sunk the team to a new low with some of their fans in late September— followed by a 44-7 loss to the Jaguars, only made things seem worse.

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New entrepreneurship training program now accepting applications

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) will host an information session for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at CCBC Owings Mills located at 10300 Grand Central Avenue. The event is open to the public but registration is required.

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Baltimore celebrates ‘Project Runway’ model competition winner Liris Crosse

Baltimore’s best and brightest in the fashion, entertainment and media industries, stepped out “runway ready” to celebrate the success of plus-size model Liris Crosse at the posh Tell Tale restaurant in downtown Baltimore.

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How to have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas is the most depressing time of the year for many people. New Year's Eve is another difficult time. There are lots of reasons why depression and suicide rates soar during these holidays. Feeling alone, financial distress, health issues, family problems and the list can actually be long.

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Lessons from the African American vote in Alabama

The African Americans who have convinced themselves that one vote doesn’t matter, should take a very close look at what happened during the recent special election in Alabama. In spite of the endorsement of President Donald Trump and the extremely conservative white voters who supported Roy Moore, Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate won the for the United States Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones was the first Democrat elected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate in 25 years. How he won is very important to African Americans across this nation.

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Six tips for surviving the season: When someone’s missing from your holiday picture

Holiday traditions often come with nametags. Bob’s mulled cider; Jason’s family Menorah; Sue’s Christmas newsletter— these are special people, and the role they fill makes these seasonal traditions an integral part of family gatherings and memory making.

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Generation Hope Provides A Future for Teen Moms and Dads

Fewer than two percent of teen mothers earn a degree by age 30. It’s a statistic that Maryland resident Nicole Lewis wants to help change.

Wednesday, December 20

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National Park Service reduces free admission days

There will be fewer days to enjoy national parks for free next year.

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Bitcoin exchange goes bust after hack

A bitcoin exchange in South Korea has gone out of business after being hacked, highlighting the perils of trying to cash in on this year's stunning boom in digital currencies.

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What does the end of U.S. net neutrality mean for the world?

The vote to roll back net neutrality rules in the U.S. could have major global implications.

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2017 Men Impact Change Honor Ceremony

Over 300 people from diverse cultures, races & ethnicities gathered on November 18th, at the 2017 Men Impact Change Honor Ceremony, held at the Radisson Hotel in North Baltimore Timonium MD to break the cycles of Fatherlessness, of Violence and of Financial Illiteracy in Baltimore.

Tuesday, December 19

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and girlfriend are having a girl

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's life is about to get a lot more pink.

Monday, December 18

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Rambling Rose: ‘Hoppy Adams’ Legacy Continues to Help the Community

I remember the wonderful times that I had with a beautiful person who came into my life in 1973 in the form of Charles W. “Hoppy Adams, Jr.

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' falls short of sky-high hopes

If expectations for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" were inordinately (and perhaps unfairly) high, thank "The Force Awakens," which had a huge donut hole in the shape of Luke Skywalker at its center. Yet even with Luke integrated into the story, the film feels like a significant letdown, one that does far less than its predecessor to stoke enthusiasm for the next leg in the trilogy.

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Humanim Vice President of Advancement Diana Ellis Graduates from Leadership Maryland

Humanim is pleased to announce that Diana Ellis, Vice President of Advancement, has completed the Leadership Maryland professional development program, dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Leadership Maryland honored Ellis, a resident of Reisterstown, and the entire Class of 2017 at its 25th annual graduation ceremony held December 5 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Friday, December 15

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Rambling Rose: Big Sisters Club of Baltimore did it again!

Well, I guess winter is officially here— we had some beautiful snow last Saturday and I guess more is on its way before the season ends!

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Fashion Mogul Rolls out Dress Campaign for Girls

For the next few months, Sam Sisakhti will be traveling around the country delivering holiday dresses to underprivileged girls while also bringing in motivational speakers to lecture the recipients about cyber-bullying and positive body image.

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Meet Consultant Karenthia A. Barber: Helping Organizations Run More Efficiently

There is an old saying, “Behind every man is a good woman.” However, when it comes to organizational development, one local entrepreneur has her clients saying, “Behind every good business or manager is a ‘Karenthia A. Barber.”

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FAFSA Forward Workshop to help City Schools Seniors and Families with College Financial Aid Process

Demystifying how to pay for college and how to access financial aid is the goal of a free workshop, which will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay Street in downtown Baltimore from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Don’t delay, sign-up for Affordable Healthcare today!

The deadline to enroll or modify healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act is December 22, 2017 in Maryland. So, time is running out!

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Attendees, participants talk strategy for New Year at Baltimore Times Event

A Baltimore Times-hosted and PNC Bank-sponsored networking event brought out a who’s who in the Charm City area to reflect on 2017 and to determine just how businesses and entrepreneurs can continue building their legacy in 2018 and beyond.

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Let your comeback be stronger than your setback!

When things don’t tend to go your way you are ultimately left with two options: give up and throw in the towel or lift your head up and overcome.

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Holiday Meals: Invitation to Sedation, True or False?

Holiday tables are loaded with traditional, family-favorite foods. Remarkably, it is the time of the year when the most calories are consumed!

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Bearded Brothers of Baltimore create calendar to benefit cancer survivors

According to “Statistics at a Glance: The Burden of Cancer in the United States” from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the United States, and 595,690 people would die from the disease in 2016.

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Def Jam Records signs Baltimore Trio, Riplay

Marshaye Hebron, aka “Shay,” younger sister A’laiza Hebron, aka “Lay,” and Kiya Hawthorne, aka “Ki,” who are between the age of 15 and 17, have joined together to form the music group, “Riplay.”

Thursday, December 14

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Six tips to protect your company’s data from ransomware

Ransomware can quickly cripple a business and the problem appears to be growing, as evidenced recently when the U.S. government issued a warning about Bad Rabbit, a ransomware attack that spread through Russia, the Ukraine and other countries.

Friday, December 8

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Allstate Agency Owners Support Domestic Violence Nonprofit by Hosting Donation Drive

Allstate agency owners supporting nonprofit’s work helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Howard County

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MDOT MTA celebrates holiday season with annual Holiday Bus and Train Garden

Santa to appear on Holiday Bus that will provide free rides for bus patrons

Free bus rides and an interactive train garden are two ways the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is already spreading holiday cheer.

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UMMC JACQUES Initiative helping HIV/AIDS patients live healthy lives

One in 43 individuals in Baltimore over the age of 13 is living with HIV, stunning statistics provided by the University of Maryland Medical Center. However, officials at UMMC are continuing to do their part in trying to curtail the deadly illness.

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Living Classrooms ‘Changing the Game’ in East Baltimore

When Baltimore City Public Schools are closed Healthy Cities Game Changers Initiative offers a safe space for health, wellness and play

LLiving Classrooms Foundation has partnered with Morgan Stanley to provide local Baltimore families with wellness, nutrition and sports programming as part of Morgan Stanley’s The Game Changers Initiative will educate 300 of the most at-risk children, youth and families living within an impoverished area of East Baltimore with quality programming during Baltimore City school breaks throughout the 2017-18 school year.

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Ginna Barilone overcomes challenges to succeed as Mzz B

Ginna Barilone’s friends know all about her Mzz B Productions, a business she started after a sudden and painful divorce two years ago.

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Maryland Defense Contractor Seeking 100 New Employees

Polaris Alpha is looking for a few good men and women— 100 to be exact.

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Your kids’ FOMO is not worth more holiday debt

With the holidays upon us, parents are making a list and checking it twice— and that list seems to be getting longer while the bank account gets smaller.

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Need for a cultural shift on gender-based violence!

November 25 kicked off the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. At no time has this work been more necessary than now.

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NAACP opens voting for 49th NAACP Image Awards to the public

For the first time in its award show history, voting for the 49thNAACP Image Awards will be open to the public.

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Rethink office layouts to improve workers' health

Americans are gung-ho about getting in shape. Seventy percent say they want to take steps to improve their health, according to a new study from UnitedHealthcare. Those steps usually stop at the gym door.

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Gavin Buckley sworn in as new mayor of Annapolis

Gavin Buckley, the 137th mayor of Annapolis, took the oath of office on Monday, December 4, 2017 in front of a large diverse crowd on West Street.

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BGE Ready to Provide Safe and Reliable Service this Winter

BGE is investing more than $1.6 billion during 2017 in the electric and natural gas systems serving customers with safe and reliable energy.

As temperatures begin to drop, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) asks customers to prepare for a return to normal winter temperatures after mild winters during the past few years.

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Light of Truth Center Continues to Shine

Residential treatment program to open two more locations

Light of Truth Center, Inc. (LTC) continues to shine brightly in the lives of woman who have struggled with addiction. Karen Hall, who has been with LTC since April 26, 2017 is among them.

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Reginald F. Lewis widow celebrates anniversary of historic $1 billion deal

Thirty years after Reginald F. Lewis made history with a $1 billion leverage buyout of Beatrice International Foods, his widow is leading the commemoration and celebration of her husband’s...

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Golden Rules for Holiday Shopping!

If you bought the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” it would cost a record $34,558.65, according to the 34th annual PNC Christmas Price Index. Few have a budget for all those birds and performers,

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Calling All STEM Teachers: Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Vernier Engineering Contest

Vernier to recognize two teachers with $5,500 in prizes each for their creative use of Vernier sensors to introduce engineering concepts

Vernier Software & Technology is accepting applications for its 2018 Vernier Engineering Contest, which recognizes science, engineering, and STEM teachers for their creative uses of Vernier sensors to teach students engineering concepts and practices.

Thursday, December 7

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Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic Opens at The Lyric

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other characters will bring some of the most famous Disney shows of all time to the stage of the Lyric Opera House this weekend

Tuesday, December 5

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Young woman uses Instagram to help her lose weight

Twenty-year-old Morgan Bartley always struggled with her weight.

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A guide to raising good men, by my mom

I can safely declare that I'm not going to end up on any list of media dirtbags. Like most men I know, I have managed to have a professional career and personal relationships free of assault, harassment or even run-of-the-mill jerkiness.

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Baby is first to be born in US after uterus transplant, hospital says

A baby born at a Texas hospital is the first in the US to be birthed from a mother who had received a uterus transplant, according to the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

Monday, December 4

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Marian House gives new purpose to vacant Catholic school buildings for housing homeless

Twenty-two newly renovated apartments in the Pen Lucy neighborhood of Baltimore City are ready for its first residents, all of whom were previously homeless, to move in this December.

Sunday, December 3

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Principal warns parents about growing trend called 'Juuling'

A high school principal in Oregon is warning students and families about an e-cigarette that's now popular with a lot of teens called "Juul." The small vaping devices are becoming a big problem all across the country, and at Sunset High School in Beaverton, parents received an email just this week about what's known as "Juuling."

Saturday, December 2

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Selena Gomez gives tearful speech thanking friend who gave her a kidney

Selena Gomez gave an emotional acceptance speech on Thursday when she received the Billboard "Woman of the Year" award, saying her best friend, who gave her a kidney earlier this year, should be the rightful recipient of the praise.

Friday, December 1

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Gail C. Christopher to give keynote at 37th MLK Breakfast

Nationally recognized leader in health policy Gail C. Christopher will deliver the keynote address at the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, January 15, 2018, in the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway in Arnold.

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Baltimore native stationed in Guam continues 75 years of Seabee tradition

“We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees,” for the past 75 years.

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Pets for Patriots program helping veterans and service members, gives animals a home

Jasmine, Katie, Merlin, Minnie and Comanche— once homeless shelter pets, they are now sources of unconditional love and friendship to local servicemen and their families. A special program at Baltimore Humane Society (BHS) called Pets for Patriots is how they found each other.

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Holiday Festivities at Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar on Sunday, December 3

Just in time for the holidays, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar will host a Holiday Art Expo as the final “First Sunday” event of the season on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 7 a.m. to noon.

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Made In Baltimore Holiday Store featuring all locally-made products opens

Made in Baltimore is hosting a Holiday Store featuring products from Baltimore based businesses for the third year in a row.

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Time to Work program getting young people working

Baltimore officials have made it a mission to dedicate resources towards creating opportunities for the city’s youth population and one entrepreneur suggests that a quick way to accomplish this is by merging the needs of the city to the abilities of young individuals.

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Golden Rules for Holiday Shopping!

If you bought the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” it would cost a record $34,558.65, according to the 34th annual PNC Christmas Price Index.

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What everyone can learn from the Texas ESSA state plan

Education officials in Texas put a lot of work into the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan that they submitted to the Department of Education.

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Turkeys in the White House

Satire in the Time of Trump is becoming really tricky. Just when a satirist believes that he or she has the kernel of a silly or outrageous extrapolative idea, this administration jumps in front of it and even outdoes it.

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Remembering R.B. Jones: Longtime “Realside” columnist passes away at age 65

This writer can remember receiving a phone call approximately 15 years ago from columnist, teacher, poet and playwright Ronald Berry Jones, who was known as ‘R.B.’ Jones.

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Rambling Rose: Remembering Baltimore Popular Group

Hello everyone, hoping that your Thanksgiving was all you wished it to be. I know some of us, including me, was a little sad remembering the lost of family members and friends who would have been joining you around that Thanksgiving table is no longer with us.

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The Lion King’s Gerald Ramsey: Performer Received the Ultimate ‘Meal Ticket’

For Gerald Ramsey, the offer of a free meal to audition for Disney’s “The Lion King” was an offer he could not refuse.

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Bowie Baysox ‘12 Days of Christmas’ ticket package includes special fan experiences

Bowie Baysox are celebrating the “12 Days of Christmas” by giving special experiences to fans with a purchase of a Holiday Ticket Pack.

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Lady boxer proud to represent Baltimore

Even though she admittedly grew up in what she describes as one of Baltimore's roughest parts of town, Destiny Day-Owens remains committed to overcome her early obstacles to become one of America's premiere women boxers.

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Make a Lasting, Positive Impact This Holiday Season: Give Family and Friends Gifts from the Arbor Day Foundation

Celebrate this year’s holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation.

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Marylanders purchasing individual health plans on Maryland Health Connection urged to get advice to maximize cost-savings

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is advising Maryland consumers to shop around this year and not just allow their plans to auto-renew, and to seek expert advice or assistance in making their decisions about health insurance. Enrollment for individual health plan coverage for calendar year 2018 is currently open, and the deadline to sign up for 2018 coverage is December 15.

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Powerful stage play production ‘Serenity House’ looks at opioid epidemic

Unified Voices (UV) of Johns Hopkins will present the highly anticipated stage play, Ursula V. Battle’s “Serenity House” December 15, 16 and 17, 2017 in Johns Hopkins’ Turner Auditorium located at 720 Rutland Avenue in Baltimore.