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Tuesday, January 31

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CHILDREN'S BOOK COMPANY JOINS FORCES TO COMBAT SICKLE CELL DISEASE -- RELEASES NEW BOOK, "BREAKING THE SICKLE"

Melanin Origins LLC, a children’s book company that writes biographies of African-American leaders, has partnered with Sickle Cell Disease Association of North Texas (SCDANT) in effort to increase the quality of life for those living with sickle cell conditions

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HBCU Round-Up Women's Bowling Recaps - January 27-29

The Alabama State women's bowling team capped off its weekend with two wins to capture the Rattler Invitational title on Sunday.

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Girls feel less 'smart' than boys by age 6, research says

By the age of 6, girls already consider boys more likely to show brilliance and more suited to "really, really smart" activities than their own gender, according to a new study.

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'You are welcome here' - Refugee school plastered with signs

The International Community School has been a fixture in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur for 15 years. It's a public charter school where refugee children learn side by side neighborhood kids.

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Trump fires acting AG after she declines to defend travel ban

President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for "refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the White House said.

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Last chance to sign up for Obamacare for 2017 coverage

Attention: Now's your last chance to sign up for Obamacare coverage for 2017.

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Trump move leads to confusion and chaos between White House, Congress

It's not the imagery one might expect from a President who promised to bring private sector competency to governing.

Monday, January 30

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Baltimore Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show to be held, February 11, 2017

Join attendees at the Baltimore Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, in Baltimore, Maryland

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Serena Williams beats Venus Williams to win record 23rd major

Serena Williams rewrote tennis history books once again, this time with sister Venus across the net and her fiance Alexis Ohanian watching from the stands.

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SAG Awards 2017 gets political

From the moment the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony began Sunday, the stars wasted no time diving right into politics.

Friday, January 27

Maryland agencies pursue program to reduce lead poisoning, asthma cases

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has partnered with the Department of the Environment and the Department of Housing and Community Development to apply to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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Obama legacy captured in docu-series ‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’

Smithsonian Channel special tells the story of Barack Obama, writer in chief, and takes viewers inside the defining moments of his political career through the prism of his most memorable speeches.

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WomenHeart and Burlington Stores Host “Night Out to #KnockOutHeartDisease” Event in Baltimore

The event will include a free heart health screening to educate women on their heart health

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Ramblin Rose: Black History Month Begins

Black History Month is approaching, bringing with it a host of exciting events for the community.

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After Losing HUD funding, MCVET Sticking to values, pursues other revenue

the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has defunded more than $1.2 million in funding from MCVET

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Baltimore Sailor deploys to Support Operation Deep Freeze

As the USAP manager, NSF has a presidential mandate to manage three year-round research stations in Antarctica. McMurdo is the largest of the three stations and the globe's southernmost seaport.

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Colleges Are Failing to Prepare Students for Work; Here's the Solution

Job prospects for today's college seniors are looking up. The hiring of bachelor's-degree holders is expected to jump by 19 percent this year.

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Consumers Get Back Over $17 million, Thanks to CFPB

Dodd-Frank Reform Act Violations Hold TransUnion, Equifax Accountable

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"I Am Not Your Negro,"

The film, "I Am Not Your Negro," is a journey into Black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to the present Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement

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Weinberg Foundation continues great work in City Schools

Hampden Elementary/Middle School and George Washington Elementary School are the 12th and 13th schools, respectively, to receive newly-renovated libraries

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President Obama honors Anne Arundel Co. resident

January 18, 2017 was an extremely memorable day for an Anne Arundel County resident Kenneth L. Gray.

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FoodWorks program graduates 22nd Class of Certified Chefs

12-week program offers students a crash course in diverse culinary techniques, competency in nutrition and menu planning and, certification as a ServSafe Food Sanitation Management expert,

Thursday, January 26

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Applications Now Being Accepted for 15th Annual Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 15th annual Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide $192,000 in college scholarships across Maryland in 2017 to promising high school seniors interested in studying engineering.

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Celebrate the Landmark Exhibition at Art After Hours at BMA

See what The Washington Post, NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, and Artnews are raving about. Baltimore's liveliest art party celebrates the acclaimed Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition before it closes on Sunday, January 29!

Tuesday, January 24

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First family settles into White House life

One day after the inauguration, President Donald Trump is settling into his new duties.

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Writer Krystal M. Harris to Pen New Graphic Novel/Comic Book Series Featuring Five Black Female Martial Arts Warriors

Harris, who is also a talented actress, is co-starring in the highly anticipated “New Edition Story” biopic on BET

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Putting the 'active' in activism: How to get kids to step up and get involved

Katie Danziger, a mom of three in New York City, remembers when her daughter, a college senior, called last year as there were demonstrations around racial issues on campuses across the country.

Monday, January 23

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HBCU Round-Up: MEAC Tennis Recap, Jan. 20-22

NCCU Men Drop First Two Matches of 2017

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Black Women Business Moguls to Compete on "Queen Boss" Reality TV Show Hosted by Tracey Edmonds

Over 500,000 new businesses start up each month in the United States, and African-American women represent the fasting-growing group of entrepreneurs

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Milton Hershey School Students Receive 14 Medals at District SkillsUSA Contest

Students gained career exposure and tested their abilities in various career fields

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Obamacare in jeopardy, states protect no-cost contraception, including vasectomy

Even before President Elect Donald Trump suggested Obamacare was in jeopardy, Republican cries of "replace and repeal" inspired some states to protect the no-cost contraceptive benefit guaranteed under the federal bill.

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Trump to meet congressional leaders Monday at the White House

President Donald Trump will welcome bipartisan congressional leaders to the White House Monday night, according to three sources familiar with the meeting, his first gathering with the group since taking the oath of office.

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Celebs share their Inauguration Day thoughts

It's no surprise or secret that many in Hollywood are less than happy about Donald Trump becoming president of the United States.

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Brain cancer survivor to attempt 7 marathons in 7 days -- on 7 continents

For the past three years, BethAnn Telford has trained for a grueling athletic achievement, the World Marathon Challenge. It's seven marathons on seven continents over seven days. An ambitious goal, but not her biggest challenge.

Sunday, January 22

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More than 1 million marched against Trump in US -- and that's without counting DC

More than a million Americans took to the streets of the United States to protest Donald Trump the day after his inauguration. And that doesn't include the many thousands of people who took part in the main event -- The Women's March on Washington -- for which there was no official crowd estimate.

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Study: Facebook can actually make us more narrow-minded

On the surface, it seems like social media has the boundless potential to expand our world, connecting us to ideas and people we otherwise would never have found. However, a new study claims just the opposite: Social media actually isolates us, creating and facilitating confirmation biases and echo chambers where old -- and sometimes erroneous -- information is just regurgitated over and over again.

Friday, January 20

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TMCF launches new center with gift from Charles Koch Foundation, Koch Industries

Center for Advancing Opportunity will support HBCU researchers and work with Gallup to understand, and inform pressing issues in fragile communities

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MLK’s legacy for black America in 2017

As the United States of America and the global community salutes, recognizes and commemorates the 88th birthday of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is a providential time to reassess the meaning and challenges of his legacy for black America in this year of profound change, anxiety and hope.

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Annapolis unifies in celebration of MLK Day, educator honored

The City of Annapolis and the Annapolis community continued their collaboration to commemorate the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Parade and live concert on Jan.16.

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A Good P.L.A.S.E. to start off the New Year

Baltimore County official hosts fundraiser to fight homelessness

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Port Discovery hosts ‘I Have A Dream Weekend’

Families flocked to Port Discovery last weekend in search of a meaningful way to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many were pleasantly surprised to walk into an array of planned activities sponsored by the children’s museum to help young patrons better understand the history and culture of the times.

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New academic programs give students head start in college

For Woodlawn High School students Morgan Tate and Tatyana Brown, their academic future looks promising thanks to a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap, high school students have a greater opportunity to attend college and experience new opportunities.

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SECU initiatives continue to support community

SECU continues Points for Pediatrics and the United Way, and adds Love Blanket Project to its community initiatives

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Americans, not Moscow, are sending Trump to the White House

Let’s distinguish fact from fiction and separate out whining from winning. Vladimir Putin did not elect Donald Trump to serve as the next president of the United States. The American public did.

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Do as I say, not as I do. Really?

We’ve all heard that old familiar phrase from our parents, “Do as I say, and not as I do.”

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Commitment to peace!

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of impeccable word. He preached what he believed and lived like he believed every word he said.

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Housing Choice Voucher program ends, city housing ‘crisis’ continues

Demand for the Housing Choice Voucher program assistance has outpaced supply of the federally funded vouchers, a dilemma that has led the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership to close its waiting list for applications.

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Rho Xi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. MLK Day of Service

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church was a bustling scene of service this week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Baltimore-based music video earns Grammy nomination

A music video shot in Baltimore has earned a Grammy nomination for an up and coming R ad B artist who has been compared to greats like Sam Cooke.

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Baltimore County Native Leads UMMS’ Population Health Efforts

Stacy Garrett-Ray set her sights on becoming a doctor in the first grade. Growing up, her parents always told her that she could do and be anything.

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Governor's Office of Community Initiatives delivers books, school supplies

Governor's Office of Community Initiatives delivers books, school supplies to schools, after-school programs, recreational centers, churches across Maryland

Thursday, January 19

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This might be how stress and heart attacks are linked

Scientists have long known that stress can influence your heart health, but exactly how this relationship takes place has been something of a mystery -- until now.

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Michael Jackson episode pulled after backlash over white actor

After an uproar over the portrayal of Michael Jackson in a British TV production, Sky Arts announced it would not broadcast the episode featuring Joseph Fiennes as the late superstar.

Wednesday, January 18

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Isiah Thomas: The NBA great using hoops to help end gang culture

These are tumultuous times in the US. For two-time NBA champion Isiah Thomas, who is a native son of Chicago -- a city plagued by violence and gun crime -- part of the solution is sport.

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'Black-ish' presents message of unity in first post-election episode

The most recent episode of ABC's "black-ish" was not only the post-election episode viewers have been eagerly awaiting, it was also the one viewers may have needed.

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces 2017 Justice for Victims Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced January 12, 2017, the administration’s Justice for Victims Initiative, a series of proposals to help prevent future victims of crime, protect Maryland’s most vulnerable citizens, and stop repeat offenders. Joining the governor for the announcement were leading victims’ rights advocate Roberta Roper; Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis, and Sergeant David Owens, who investigated the 2009 murder of Sarah Foxwell by a repeat sexual predator; anti-drunk driving advocates Rich Leotta and Marcy Goldman; and Baltimore County Senator Jim Brochin, as well as cabinet secretaries, state’s attorneys, and state and local law enforcement officials.

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Democrats search for the next Obama

She’s a lawyer by trade and an accomplished politician who in November became just the second African-American woman to become a U.S. Senator.

Tuesday, January 17

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 At the Well Summer Leadership Academy Equips Girls of Color at Princeton and Swarthmore College

For the seventh straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy (ATW) will offer its two week summer enrichment program for minority girls entering the eleventh or twelfth grades of high school.

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Women's March on Washington: Moms and daughters marching together

Allison Busch-Vogel, a lawyer and mom of three in South Orange, New Jersey, was so devastated by Donald Trump's victory and Hillary Clinton's defeat in the presidential race, she couldn't get herself to work for three days after the election.

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Beyonce interviews sister Solange for magazine

It can't be easy to be a singer when your sister is Beyoncé, but Solange Knowles has shown the world that she can more than hold her own.

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What doctors think about the Affordable Care Act

It's hard to keep up with Atlanta urologist Brian Hill.

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Woman, 108, remains in assisted living home -- thanks to 800 donors

Carrie Lou Rausch, 108, has been in an assisted living facility for almost three years, but her funds to remain there were running dry.

Monday, January 16

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How to keep your New Year's fitness resolution from failing

If you're like most Americans, you've made getting more fit and losing weight your New Year's resolution to kick off 2017. Unfortunately, your resolution will most likely fail.

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'When We Rise' creator hopes 'that other America' tunes into show about LGBTQ rights movement

Dustin Lance Black admits he wrote his 2008 award-winning Harvey Milk biopic for young LGBTQ people "who didn't know they had a forefather who fought for them." But he penned his new miniseries for ABC, "When We Rise," about the movement born from the 1969 Stonewall riots, with a much wider audience in mind.

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Africa Cup of Nations: 'Egypt is here to win,' says Ahmed Elmohamady

For the first time since the Arab Spring of 2011 -- and the suspension of its domestic league the following year -- Egypt's national team will finally play in a major football tournament.

Sunday, January 15

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Why you shouldn't use cotton swabs to clean your ears

The doctors' advice hasn't changed much, but it's still so unsatisfying: You should not use cotton swabs to clean your ears.

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4 ways to jump-start your retirement savings in 2017

Afraid you might be behind on saving for retirement? There's one simple way to get ahead of pretty much everyone else.

Saturday, January 14

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Amazon worth more than Sears, Macy's and Target combined

Did you buy nearly all your presents for the holidays at Amazon?

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Is 50 the new 40 for motherhood?

Janet Jackson might be the most famous symbol of a growing trend: the 50-year-old mom.

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Take a swing at aerial yoga at home

Over the past decade, aerial yoga classes with names like "anti-gravity," "flying" and "acrobat" yoga have appeared on studio schedules -- and with names like those, there's an intimidation factor.

Friday, January 13

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Popular black-owned restaurants

This week, I want to remind you about a few popular black-owned restaurants in Baltimore serving up good food with good service.

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Former Obama adviser backs Trump's plans to boost women and minorities

President-elect Donald Trump has a strained relationship with women and minority voters.

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Makey Makey partners with Workbench to deliver a new online community for educators

Makey Makey, which produces invention kits, has partnered with project-based learning leader Workbench to launch Makey Makey Labz, an online community for students, educators and fans. The online community, powered by Workbench, is a place for users to share their Makey Makey inventions and find inspiration from other inventors around the world.

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Celebrate the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrate the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations at Reginald Lewis

MLK Day 2017 Celebrations at Reginald Lewis Museum

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Rambling Rose: Popular Black Owned Restaurants

This week, I want to remind you about a few popular black-owned restaurants in Baltimore serving up good food with good service.

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Baltimore’s expanded summer learning program a success

For more than a decade, Building Education Leaders for Life (BELL), a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap in underserved communities, has partnered with City Schools to deliver this expanded summer and after-school program.

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Jazz pianist Marcus Johnson Performs at Rams Head on Stage

It’s rare for music concert venues to feature the headliner on stage, as well as on the menu, but that’s just what jazz lovers will experience when they attend the FLO of Jazz with award-winning keyboardist Marcus Johnson at Rams Head on Stage on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti points out how team’s season fell apart

The Baltimore Ravens finished yet another season without making it to the playoffs.

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2017 Student Debt and Tuition Relief Initiative, Investments in Higher Education Announced

Student Loan Interest 100 percent Tax-deductible for all Marylanders making less than $200,000

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An Interview with Suzzanne Douglas

Actress recently performed in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Center Stage in Baltimore

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Black History Calendar, Resource Guide Offers Timeless Knowledge

You’ll never know where you’re going, unless you first know where you’ve been.

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Business Owners: Take Care of Your Business!

In my entrepreneurship and business planning classes I always place an emphasis on good service, integrity, and simply doing what you say you are going to do for the customer. Our businesses have it hard enough without heaping more problems on themselves by not following through on agreements— not opening on time, not showing up to do the job on time, cheating and stealing from their customers, and the list goes on.”

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Johns Hopkins partners with Facebook for research

Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory have been selected to join a group of universities and research centers participating in a research agreement

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Obama Rallies America in Farewell Speech

“Yes, we did!” Those were the words that Barack Hussein Obama ended his farewell speech to America on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, eight years after he captured the presidency, campaigning on the slogan, “Yes, we can!”

Thursday, January 12

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3 Often-Overlooked Tax Tips For African Americans For the 2017 Tax Season

African Americans don’t think about taxes until the days and weeks leading up to April 15. However, there are many things you can do now to help our results then be more appealing.

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Yvette Lewis hired as Assistant track & field Coach at Norfolk State

Norfolk State University director of track and field programs Kenneth Giles announced Tuesday that former Olympian and local track and field legend Yvette Lewis has been hired as an assistant coach for the Spartans.

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Tom Joyner Foundation Kicks Off 2017 Fundraising Campaign

The Tom Joyner Foundation, a major driving force in raising money for historically black colleges since 1998, today announced the 14 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that it will raise money for in 2017.

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The mesentery: A 'new' organ you didn't know you had

In case you've ever wondered what connects your intestine to your abdomen, there's a word -- and now, a single organ -- for that: the mesentery. But don't worry; you haven't grown a new organ. It's always been there, performing important functions that affect systems throughout the body, from cardiovascular to immunological.

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Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation’s 2017 reassessment reflects strengthening real estate market

The Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation today announced that its 2017 reassessment of more than 750,000 residential and commercial properties marked that group’s largest increase in value since 2008.

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Trump holds press conference; Banks report earnings; Rex Tillerson confirmation

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase are set to release their fourth quarter earnings on Friday. All three banks had a strong showing in the third quarter -- even Wells Fargo beat Wall Street's expectations, despite its phony account scandal. So expectations are high.

Wednesday, January 11

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Howard University Introduces Mike London As New Head Football Coach

Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced Mike London as the new head coach of the Howard University football team, during a press conference today on the campus of Howard University.

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Tony Rock host TV ONE’S outrageous new game show “THE GAME OF DATING,” premiering Tuesday, JAN. 31

Network’s Original Primetime Series Takes a Voyeuristic Look at Real-Life Dating While Teams Watch, React and Compete to Win Cash Prizes Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT

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Final tally: Obama created 11.3 million jobs

The final tally is in: 11.3 million new jobs were created under President Obama.

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Hampton National Historic site in Towson announces black history events

Hampton National Historic Site has published its Black History Month events available to the public. Read below for more information on the upcoming events.

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Alcohol abuse linked to higher heart risks, study says

An estimated 10 million to 15 million Americans abuse alcohol, meaning excessive drinking negatively affects their lives. Now, research suggests a link between too much drinking and heart problems, the No. 1 cause of death worldwide.

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Video underscores warning to parents: Anchor your furniture

The viral video of a dresser toppling when two toddlers climb on it, with one brother helping rescue his twin, underscores a serious issue: On average, a child dies every two weeks from furniture or a television falling on them.

Tuesday, January 10

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HBCU RECAP: Morgan State returns to Indoor Track & Field Report

Following a four-week break from competition, the Morgan State men's and women's indoor track and field teams returned TO ACTION.

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African American Heritage Preservation Grant awarded to Hyattsville CDC for rehabilitation of Sis’s Tavern

On December 16th, 2016, The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (HCDC) was awarded a $50,000 grant by the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) through the African American Heritage Preservation Program.

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PGA Tour announces live stream coverage on Twitter

The PGA Tour announced Thursday that Twitter will be the exclusive platform for more than 70 hours of live golf coverage across 31 tournaments for the rest of the season.

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Quitting smoking is the hardest resolution to keep

It's that time of year when many of us take a cold, hard look at our lives -- and, more important, our vices -- to set a goal we believe will make us healthier or happier in the year ahead.

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The best new restaurants for 2017

Korean barbecue in London, Danish cuisine in New York and a seafood specialist in Dubai all share one thing in common -- they're served at some of the world's hottest new restaurants for 2017.

Monday, January 9

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HBCU SWAC: Indoor Track and Field Recaps: Jan. 6-8

Indoor Track and Field Recaps: Jan. 6-8

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"MARKETING AND BRANDING YOUR BUSINESS TO SUCCESS" WORKSHOP FOR BLACK ENTREPRENEURS

African American entrepreneurs and business owners are invited to join A’nary Bellamy, Your Simple Mommie Marketer

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Applications Now Available for BGE Scholarships through April 1

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) announced that applications for the BGE Scholars Award are now available online through April 1. The nine new scholarships are part of BGE’s legacy gifts that marked the company’s 200th anniversary last year. Central Scholarship, a Baltimore-based nonprofit, is administering the scholarship program on BGE’s behalf.

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The CBC celebrates history with 49 members in the 115th Congress

During the Ceremonial Swearing-In event a few blocks from The White House, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., honored Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), the new chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and members of the CBC that will serve during the 115th Congress.

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Amtrak ski train debuts between Denver and Winter Park

Skiing and snowboarding are a lot of fun.

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US cancer deaths down 25% since 1991, report says

Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States. Still, there's reason for hope: Overall, the death rate from all cancers fell 25% between its peak in 1991 and 2014, the most recent year for data, according to a report from the American Cancer Society published online Thursday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

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Golden Globes 2017: Hollywood sings 'La La Land,' honors diversity

The 74th Golden Globe Awards Sunday night kicked off with a nod to "La La Land" and honored Hollywood's diverse talent.

Sunday, January 8

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Is cereal healthy?

Cereal is healthy only if you choose wisely.

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Eat Mediterranean diet for a healthier and younger brain, studies say

As we age, our brains naturally shrink and our risk of having a stroke, dementia or Alzheimer's rise, and almost everyone experiences some kind of memory loss.

Saturday, January 7

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A Catholic reads the Bible, Week 49: Training body and soul with St. Paul

St. Paul is my favorite. There is no other way to start this piece than by laying it out there. His words comfort me.

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Serena Williams shows off engagement ring

Serena Williams may have been quiet about her relationship, but she's not hiding her engagement ring.

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17 best places to visit in 2017

Lobster suppers near the rocky red shores of Prince Edward Island.

Friday, January 6

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The #BankBlack Movement goes live with largest black owned bank

Teri Williams, president, OneUnited Bank and Trabian Shorters, president, BMe Community to answer questions from Miami branch

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Bike Share donation to benefit city residents

Baltimore Bike Share has announced that Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is providing $10,000 to subsidize new monthly Bike Share passes to enable low-income residents better access to what the organization says is a convenient and healthy way of getting around town.

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Financial New Year’s Resolutions: Using Tech to Stay on Track

The New Year is symbolic in many respects. It gives you a chance to start fresh and set some goals that can improve your life in ways large and small.

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Hometown hero leaves lasting legacy

Former NFL standout Keion Carpenter dedicated his life to helping youth in his hometown Baltimore and around the country.

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Randallstown High School Speaker Series Inspires Students

Imparting knowledge, wisdom and understanding into the minds of teenagers is an ongoing mission and all in a day’s work for Maryland Delegate Antonio Hayes (D-District 40)

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Resolve to encourage your children to read in 2017!

“To succeed in school, students must read on their own. Our future depends on it.” —Kim Dallas

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Season nine of ‘AfroPoP’ starts with an ‘American Ascent’

“AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” documentary series premieres on WORLD Channel on Monday, January 16, 2017

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Changing the face of medicine

As women around the world continue to make small but significant socioeconomic gains, black women still lag behind as leaders in top healthcare positions.

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AA County holds 29th annual MLK Awards Dinner

Anne Arundel County’s largest celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held at the La Fountaine Bleue in Glen Burnie on January 13, 2017.

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Five-year-old rescues Baltimore veterans

It takes some of us years to discover our life’s calling, but for five-year-old Tyler Stallings the call to philanthropy and his current career as CEO of KidTime Enterprises came at the tender age of four.

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Black-owned ComproTax is one of the best in the business

Having written many articles on what takes place from January through April, each year, relative to our tax payments and refunds, I understand that we need reinforcement and repetition on certain issues

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Quitline provides free services to help residents quit tobacco

Quitting tobacco use is the single most important step a tobacco user can take to improve the length and quality of their life.

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Why is President Obama getting no credit as he leaves office?

In less than two weeks, Americans will be forced and some will be ready to drink President Trump’s Kool-Aid.

Thursday, January 5

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VETERAN BLACK CELEBRITY STYLISTS LAUNCH NEW WORKSHOP TOUR TO HELP ASPIRING STYLISTS GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL

The Style Room Workshop by Kesha McLeod and Calyann Barnett is a national tour that has it's first stop in San Francisco, CA.

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MEAC Announces Men’s and Women’s Preseason Tennis Predictions

All preseason honors were voted on by the conference’s head tennis coaches and sports information directors.

Wednesday, January 4

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BLACK-OWNED SWIMWEAR COMPANY LAUNCHES 2017 SPRING/SUMMER TWO PIECE COLLECTION AND ANNOUNCES THE #DIVAINYOU CAMPAIGN

Shalaja Swimwear (www.ShalajaSwimwear.com) announces the arrival of their spring/summer 2017 collection with the launch of their #DivaInYou campaign.

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2017 MEAC Basketball TV Schedule

Four regular season games and 23 tournament games on the ESPN family of networks highlights the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference TV schedule.

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The new face of Mother Emanuel

The young pastor stood in a house filled with mourners ready to minister. His parishioner had been strangled, her body dumped.

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Selfie-taking concept car for Millennials

What do Millennials want from a car?

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MARC Train Tickets on sale for limited special MARC Train service; Special schedules will be in effect Jan. 20

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration is selling commemorative tickets for the limited special MARC Train service to the Presidential Inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Tuesday, January 3

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Maryland Art Place announces double solo exhibit featuring Abhidnya Ghuge and Heather Harvey

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is pleased to present the work of Abhidnya Ghuge and Heather Harvey in a double solo exhibition exploring space intervention and material use. The two shows, Our Lives Are Green(Ghuge) and ENCAMPMENT (Harvey) will be on view from January 19th to March 11, 2017 at Maryland Art Place (MAP), located on 218 W Saratoga Street in downtown Baltimore. A reception for the artists will take place at MAP on January 19th at six in the evening.

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Monarch Academy Baltimore holds open house for prospective kindergarten families

Monarch Academy is accepting applications until Feb. 12, 2017. For applications and more information, visit www.monarchacademybaltimore.org, call 443-642-2402 or email info@monarchacademybaltimore.org.

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Children of obese parents at risk of developmental delays, says study

Being overweight may impact not only your health but your future child's development as well, a new study suggests.

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9 of the best new cruise ships launching in 2017

Do you long for the open sea, the wind in your face and the adventure that awaits in exotic ports of call?

Monday, January 2

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5 of the best food podcasts of 2016

Given our seemingly endless fascination with food as entertainment -- highlighted by shows like "Top Chef" and personalities like Anthony Bourdain -- it makes sense that there would be a great deal of interest in culinary podcasts.

Sunday, January 1

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Hall of Famer Porcher Had to Tackle Grades First

Former South Carolina State University defensive end Robert Porcher’s only objective when he went off to college was to get out of his parents’ house “because they had too many rules.’’

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First Ever Real Bank Opens on High School Campus to Teach Students Financial Literacy

Once students graduate from college, they need to make smart choices about their money if they want to become financially secure.

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Alabama's defense dominates to win Peach Bowl against Washington

This season's College Football Playoff centers on one simple question: Can anyone stop Alabama?