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Saturday, November 25

The happiest cities in America, according to new research

I've spent my life traveling the world in the pursuit of health and happiness.

Friday, November 24

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A Mother’s Cry holds Thanksgiving Event at New Waverly AME

Over 300 women impacted by violence among attendees

Three men handed turkeys from the back of a truck parked outside of a church to dozens upon dozens of women.

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Not All Wounds Are Visible: A Community Conversation – Let’s Talk About Addiction, Substance Abuse

Addiction, substance abuse and drug overdoses are a growing epidemic across America, with more than 64,000 overdose deaths nationally last year.

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Christmas Village in Baltimore Celebrates 5th Anniversary with new Inner Harbor Tree Lighting

Christmas Village in Baltimore will again transform West Shore Park (501 Light Street) into a traditional indoor and outdoor German Christmas Market, open between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017.

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Third Annual Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival & Holiday Market

Everyone loves chocolate and Annapolis' will be celebrating by filling West Street with local chocolatiers ready to help chocoholics get through the holiday season.

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BGE, Ripken Foundation Unveil Eddie Murray Field in West Baltimore

Shortly after the demonstrations and unrest rocked Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation decided it was time to step up its efforts in West Baltimore.

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New lung cancer drug should help patients live longer

In Maryland, 60.3 people per 100,000 are diagnosed with lung cancer and that number increases in Baltimore City to 79.5 per 100,000, according to health experts. Those figures are just for white residents.

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Holiday Bazaar & Tea Returns to the Cloisters Castle

Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, 2017

Shop local this holiday season at the Holiday Bazaar & Tea at the Cloisters! Now two days, Friday, December 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Holiday Bazaar & Tea features 100 percent local Maryland artisans selling handmade items inside the historic Cloisters Castle.

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Clarence returns with new apparel, signature wrapping paper for the 2017 Holiday Season

Greentop Gifts’ Clarence Claus™ is back for the 2017 holiday season with a feature in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Take a ‘Holly Jolly Trolley’ Tour this holiday season

Trying to find a way to get into the holiday spirit? Take a tour aboard the Holly Jolly Trolley!

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Baltimore American Indian Center receives 2017 Maryland Heritage Award

In conjunction with American Indian Heritage Month, Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Maryland Traditions Heritage Award in the category of “Place” will be the Baltimore American Indian Center.

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New diversity officer at AACC aims to keep college headed in right direction

Dr. Deidra Dennie has one title but the description of her job quickly reveals that she wears many hats.

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Educators join forces to create new public charter school in Baltimore County

Jessie Lehson and Casey McDonough have little problem acknowledging that there are great schools that already exist in Baltimore County. However, the two friends haven’t always been sure if those schools were the right fit for their families. They also agree that private schools were just a bit out of reach.

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NAACP report on air pollution misses the mark

The health of African American communities is a genuine cause for concern in our country, but attacking the natural gas and oil industry is the wrong approach and detracts from the real work that should be done to reduce disparately high rates of disease among African Americans.

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New exhibition opens at Reginald Lewis Museum

The Reginald Lewis, which is located at 830 E Pratt Street in Baltimore City is Maryland’s largest museum focused on the state’s African American history and Culture.

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Confusion shouldn't stop patients from buying health insurance

This year's Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started on November 1. Millions of Americans will soon visit HealthCare.gov or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find.

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Hidden Figures author says history cultivates not just young readers but also the next generation of engaged citizens

Award-winning Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly didn't start out as a history buff. However her book, a number one New York Times bestseller, revealed an innate passion for history and a knack for telling compelling stories about the events that have shaped our country— and our lives.

Friday, November 17

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Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap preparing to bring school supplies directly to schools

At first glance, Wicomico Street in Baltimore City looks like any other industrial area with many warehouses and big trucks.

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Faith-Based organizations being recruited for third class for real estate certificate program

Training and technical assistance will enable organizations to use their real estate holdings for affordable housing and other resources

The University of Baltimore's Schaefer Center for Public Policy, in collaboration with Enterprise Community Partners’ Mid-Atlantic office, is inviting faith-based groups in the Baltimore area to be part of the third cohort of the Faith-Based Development Certificate Program.

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How to prevent diabetes!

Prediabetes A Growing Problem— Did you know that one in three Marylanders has what’s known as prediabetes? Having prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

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Rambling Rose: Two Baltimore Community Organizations that Represent Giving Back

Hello everyone! “Baby its cold outside”! My goodness gracious, what a difference a month makes! It is cold as hell outside. What can I say— please buddle up with your scarf, long johns, gloves and hat and let’s party!

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Flavorful holiday dishes for every course

Flavorful holiday dishes for every course

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Spice Up the Season

Whether this holiday marks your culinary debut or you’re a seasoned chef looking for a fresh take on seasonal favorites, you can take some notes from the pros.

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ADA names MECU’s John Hamilton a CEO Stopping Diabetes

MECU, Baltimore’s Credit Union, proudly announces that John Hamilton, President and CEO, has been named a CEO Stoppping Diabetes by the Maryland Chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

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Legislation introduced outlining governance of historic Children and Youth Fund

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young introduced legislation at the November 13, 2017 council meeting establishing the temporary administrative framework allowing for the long-term governance of the historic Children and Youth Fund.

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Democrats, black candidates win historic victories on Election Night

The blue wave that swept the country last week wasn’t just a victory for Democrats, but a resounding win for African American candidates, who defied the odds and Trumpism, to make history.

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Black celebrities, athletes and politicians must respect the Black Press

Throughout history, the Black Press has been the best friend that black celebrities, athletes and politicians have ever had.

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Amtrak prepared to accommodate surge of travelers for Thanksgiving

In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with additional trains and added capacity— operating every available passenger railcar. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early.

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Kim Fields’ Surprising Journey of Joy, Tears and Tales from Harlem to Hollywood

Veteran actress, TV personality, and star Kim Fields’ book “Blessed Life” is a chronicle of living, learning and ah-ha moments of self-discovery told with humor, transparency and refreshing honesty.

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Actress Sonja Sohn’s concern for Baltimore directs HBO documentary ‘Baltimore Rising’

As a young woman, actress Sonja Sohn took a career test that told her she was most fit to be either she says, “An air traffic controller or social worker.”

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Disney’s The Lion King roars into The Hippodrome

Walbrook High School Grad Among Cast

Disney’s The Lion King has roared into Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center for its long-anticipated return.

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Baysox Winterfest at Prince George’s Stadium

Tickets available for holiday pancake supper to benefit local charities

Thursday, November 16

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United Way of Central Maryland 25th Annual Harvest of Plenty Campaign

Individuals can provide a Thanksgiving dinner to a local family in need for only $25

Wednesday, November 15

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Lyft announces its first international expansion

Lyft is making its first stop outside of the U.S.

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Eminem drops song with Beyoncé

Beyoncé has a song out with one of rap's biggest superstars.

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Safety Information: The FDA Warns Against Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement

The FDA Warns Against Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring and Enhancement

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The richest poor country in the world

It is an island of fabulous beasts and unforgettable vistas.

Tuesday, November 14

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They purchased paradise ... then gave it all away

This is the story of the couple who purchased paradise, the neighbors who curse their name and the idea that might save life as we know it.

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The right (and wrong) way to apologize

There is a right way and a wrong way to apologize, psychologists say. Over the course of the past two weeks, we've seen two high-profile examples that fall somewhere in between.

Monday, November 13

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Former research NASA engineer writes about overcoming learning disability in new book

Lawrence Schneider, a former research engineer at NASA, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio but has lived a large part of his life near Baltimore, in Hunt Valley.

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Born before 22 weeks, 'most premature' baby is now thriving

Courtney Stensrud and her husband call their fun-loving, spunky daughter a miracle.

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Bill Gates' newest mission: Curing Alzheimer's

It's one of the holy grails of science: a cure for Alzheimer's. Currently, there is no treatment to stop the disease, let alone slow its progression. And billionaire Bill Gates thinks he will change that.

Friday, November 10

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VA volunteer receives award for thousands of hours of service

The leadership of the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center honored a special volunteer with the President’s Voluntary Service Lifetime Achievement Award.

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BCCC and UB apply "B-Power" partnership to bolster dual enrollment for city students

Continuing the renewed synergy of partnerships to boost student options and achievement before considering higher education, Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) and the University of Baltimore (UB) have launched the B-Power Initiative with help from funding from the University System of Maryland.

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Delegate Adrienne Jones receives Grasmick Award

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Maryland Family Network honored Delegate Adrienne A. Jones (District 10, Baltimore County) with the Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick Leadership Award in Early Care and Education.

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HealthCare Access Maryland Launches Health Insurance Open Enrollment Campaign

November 1, 2017 marked the launch of the Open Enrollment period for Marylanders to sign up for insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Natural gas safety tips from BGE

With cold weather and the heating season quickly approaching, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) would like to remind customers to familiarize themselves with the natural gas safety tips provided in BGE’s natural gas safety brochure which is being distributed to homes and businesses in and around BGE’s natural gas service area. Customers should be mindful that households and businesses not served directly by natural gas are still in proximity to BGE’s and other operators’ gas equipment.

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CCBC partners with Horseshoe Baltimore to offer Casino Dealer Academy

The Community College of Baltimore County and Horseshoe Casino Baltimore are partnering to operate a “CCBC Casino Dealer Academy.” Housed onsite at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, this new academy will give individuals the necessary skills to compete for jobs locally and within Maryland’s growing casino industry as a table games dealer.

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Beyond Bars celebrates 25 years of uniting incarcerated mothers with their daughters

While flipping through the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) Beyond Bars 25th Anniversary program booklet at the luncheon at La Fontaine Bleue on November 4, 2017, the alarming statistics sprawled across two pages commanded attention. Two of which read: “Women, compared to men, are the fastest growing group of prisoners in the United States,” and “68 percent of incarcerated women have at least one child under the age of 18 left behind when they enter prison.”

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Maryland Lt. Gov. joins Larry Young to host radio show about opioid epidemic

WOLB 1010 AM talk show host Larry Young was joined by Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, to co-host a “town hall” style discussion on the causes and effects of the opioid epidemic in Maryland. The live broadcast aired Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

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Coppin’s strategic partnership wins Greater Baltimore Committee award

Coppin State University was among the named winners at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 14th Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards ceremony on November 1, 2017.

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Segregating public schools won’t make America great again

On November 4, 1952, Dr. Helen Kenyon addressed the Women’s Society of Riverside Church in New York City and opined that, “Eleven o'clock Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often paraphrased the quote.

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Dear Baby Boomers, your children need you

Your children and your grandchildren need you right now— their lives may depend on it. I know, because I am one of them.

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Maintain your childlike happiness!

One thing that I continually have to remind myself of each and everyday is to never lose sight of my childlike happiness. The way we live our lives has naturally turned us into an objective orientated society full of responsibilities, deadlines, goals and tasks. Because of these goal-oriented habits, many of us simply fail or have simply forgotten how to be happy.

Thursday, November 9

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Diddy is not really changing his name

Everyone can relax. Diddy is still Diddy

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iPhone bug frustrates users typing 'i'

iPhone? More like A?phone.

Wednesday, November 8

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Why I started a 'travel writers of color' book club

On the first day of a travel writing workshop I attended back in 2011, I asked the instructor if he knew of any travel books by writers of color.

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'Damnation' mines bleak Depression-era class warfare

Bleak and nasty, "Damnation" brings a "Mr. Robot" vibe to the Depression era, wrapping class warfare and hostility toward wanton capitalism in a drab, dusty package. The result is a bracing look backward informed by present-day parallels, in another show that feels like an outlier for USA -- one that should have critical admirers but might struggle to satisfy TV's capitalist demands.

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12 of the world's most enticing food and drink trails

Culinary trails pull together the best of a region's food and drink offerings, whether it's to showcase a specific food item or cuisine or to highlight the diversity of local producers.

Tuesday, November 7

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Minority Innovation Weekend

The National Society of Black Engineers – Baltimore Metroplitan Area Chapter (NSBE-BMAC) Launches the Minority Innovation Weekend in November

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Experimental technology can 'smell' disease on your breath

Smell is a primary human sense, key to our survival.

Monday, November 6

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Former gang member helps at-risk youth

Shanduke McPhatter grew up in the Brooklyn projects.

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Surrogate mom delivers two babies, one her own

The lives of Jessica Allen and her husband, Wardell Jasper, were changed permanently and for the better by a rare medical phenomenon. Their unique story begins with the hope of extending a lifeline to another couple around the globe.

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There are health-tracking wearables for babies, too

In their Atlanta home, 6-month-old Avery giggled and rolled on his piano mat, kicking his tiny feet into the air, while his mother, Crystal King, quietly checked his temperature on her cell phone.

Friday, November 3

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AFRO Strengthens Digital Efforts

After more than a year of careful planning, the AFRO American Newspapers Company is currently in the process of completing the relocation of its Baltimore principal offices to a more efficient venue.

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Rambling Rose: Local Promoter brings Royal Theatre Reunion Live to Community!

Hello everyone! I truly hope everything is well with you. It has been a sad couple of weeks for me, because of the passing of loved ones. I have been to several funerals and viewings in the last couple of weeks; David “Hollywood” Hollingsworth; Gabrielle Goodman and David Bun’s Mother, Elizabeth Gambrill Bun; Dr. Doo-Wop, Howard Easley’s brother and renowned popular drummer, Bobby Ward’s brother, John Ward who was a renowned saxophonist.

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More that 2,600 students received BOOST scholarships in second year of program

BOOST provides financial assistance to attend nonpublic schools

The second year of the State’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provided scholarships to more than 2,600 low-income Maryland students to attend nonpublic or faith-based schools during the 2017-18 school year, this fall.

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Trump makes George W. Bush sound eloquent

I never thought I would miss President George W. Bush, our 43rd president, and I’ve never thought of him as a great, or even a good speaker. However, the speech he gave at a conference convened by the George W. Bush Institute was simply eloquent, excellent, thoughtful and compelling.

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GoFundMe and TMCF partner to help students pay for college

On October 31, 2017, GoFundMe announced a partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community.

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Ford empowers HBCU students to pursue STEAM careers

There is no debate about the continuing historic importance and strategic mission and purpose of the nation’s 120-plus Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). During the 2017 homecoming festivities that are now occurring on HBCU campuses across the nation, I believe it is also important to salute and recognize the companies that financially contribute to the success of HBCUs.

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Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore Benefits from PNC, Donors Choose Initiative

For Mary Gunning, the new PNC Foundation alliance with DonorsChoose.org has been a godsend for Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore.

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Grammy Nominated Calvin Richardson’s ‘All or Nothing’ touches the soul!

The voice of Calvin Richardson stirs emotions deep within with his earnest delivery but on his newest album “All or Nothing” (Shanachie) the multi-Grammy Award nominated vocalist goes beyond that and touches the soul.

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Maryland Film Festival presents Student Film Showcase featuring high school, college students

On Monday, November 6, 2017, and one week later on November 13, the Maryland Film Festival will host the Fall 2017 Baltimore Student Film Showcase at Theater 2 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway located at 5 W. North Avenue in Baltimore City.

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Chick Webb Memorial Recreation Center to be designated a Historic Landmark

Seventy years ago, and about eight years after the death of its namesake, the Chick Webb Memorial Recreation Center opened at 603 N. Eden Street in Baltimore.

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Life in Baltimore: Peace Corps Volunteer from Baltimore Teaches in Mozambique

"When I graduated from college, I was looking for the next great adventure of my life," Nancy Holt said about her desire to join the Peace Corps, a world-class organization with a remarkable track record for making a positive impact all around the world for more than fifty years.

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i-Ready® Mathematics Wins a 2017 THE Journal Readers’ Choice

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Mathematics recently won a 2017 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Award.

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Local Mortgage Professional Travels to Africa to Help Refurbish School

While many often travel to South Africa to experience the rich culture and the world famous safaris, Academy Mortgage District Manager Shawn Williams discovered an entirely different way to enjoy that nation.

Thursday, November 2

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First Sunday Arts Festival Holiday Market Sunday, November 5th

This holiday season, experience shopping from the regions best artisans at the popular First Sunday Arts Festival - Holiday Edition on Sunday November 5, 2017

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How #MeToo could move from social campaign to social change

It's the hashtag that rocked the world.

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Study ties pesticides in food to reduced fertility in women

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy pregnancy diet, providing vitamins and fiber. Yet some might also come with pesticide residues.

Wednesday, November 1

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Why keep San Juan on 'best cities to visit in 2018'?

As you may have noticed, CNN Travel has published a list of the best cities to visit in 2018.

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Tituss Burgess is just being himself

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star Tituss Burgess returned to his native Georgia on Wednesday as a state hero -- even though he doesn't consider himself one.