Tuesday, October 31
Marking an ambitious detour into comedy, "Thor: Ragnarok" conjures sparks but doesn't quite catch lightning in a bottle. Sporadically fun and visually impressive, this third film works a bit too hard at flexing its laugh muscles, while bogging down in a midsection built around the enticing prospect of Thor versus the Hulk.
It doesn't take long for Season 2 of "Stranger Things" to solve the mystery of Eleven's whereabouts. In the season premiere, which picks up the story about a year after the events of the first season, viewers learn that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) has been living off the grid with Sheriff Hopper (David Harbour), safe from anyone who might want to harm her and even those who don't, including her friends.
Justin Hartley is officially off the market.
Friday, October 27
Applications open November 1, 2017 for recent graduates of library/information science master’s programs
Students who can’t attend class due to illness or injury can still keep up on material, but they often lose the feel of the classroom and contact with their classmates as they do so.
PNC continues to immerse itself into the community as a good neighbor and responsible partner, supporting small businesses and those in the arts— particularly business owners who might lack some of the necessary resources of powerful corporate entrepreneurs.
Larry “Poncho” Brown has many accolades that he earned with the stroke of a paintbrush.
Governor Larry Hogan has directed 100 soldiers from the Maryland National Guard to deploy to the U.S. Virgin Islands to assist with ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma, at the request of Governor Kenneth Mapp.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he didn’t know. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and minority leader Chuck Schumer say they didn’t know either. Nor did several other U.S. senators say they knew that the US has nearly 1,000 troops stationed in Niger, where four Green Berets were recently killed while on a counterterrorism mission. Other U.S. congress members said they did know, but so what? None apparently raised an eyebrow at the growing United States military presence in Africa— a presence that includes combat and has not been authorized, much less debated, by congress.
On Friday, October 13, 2017, Donald Trump went before the annual Values Voter Summit hosted by the Family Research Council and declared America "a country that never forgets that we are made, all of us, by the very same God in heaven." In the name of Jesus, Trump vowed to "stop cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values," but the Values Voter Summit no more represents Jesus than did the church authorities that backed slavery.
The Celebrating African American History and Culture Forever stamp is now available for sale. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is located at 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C.
Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Iris Leigh Barnes of Havre de Grace to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. She was sworn in as a commissioner for a four-year term on Friday, October 20, 2017.
Medal to be part of permanent exhibit at the Central Library opening 2019
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski will loan her Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Enoch Pratt Free Library to be displayed in a new exhibit inside the renovated Central Library. A presentation of Senator Mikulski’s Medal of Freedom was held on the morning of Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Pratt Central Library.
Back-To-School is generally a time when school supplies are collected and ultimately distributed during community fairs and other events. However, the need for backpacks, notebooks, pens and other supplies continues well after the school year has started.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an ideal time to raise awareness about domestic violence but Owings Mills, Maryland resident, Cindy Tawiah is committed to helping women and young girls who have been touched by this issue anytime of year.
At the start of the 2017 season, many media outlets felt that the Ravens defense would be one of the best in the NFL. However, that has not been the case seven weeks into the season.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America's largest and original legacy civil rights organization, has unanimously elected Derrick Johnson president & CEO. Johnson, 49, has served as interim president and CEO since July of this year.
In a world that is becoming more and more digital by the day, protecting our sensitive information is more important than ever.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association has lost one of our own this week.
(Family Features) Spooky, silly or symbolic, carved pumpkins are an essential ingredient to any Halloween celebration.
(Family Features) For most kids, Halloween is all about costumes and candy, but it can also be a chance to demonstrate how helping others brings its own set of rewards.
Thursday, October 26
Antoine "Fats" Domino, a titan of early rock 'n' roll whose piano-based hits -- such as "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" -- influenced artists including Paul McCartney and Randy Newman, died Tuesday, an official said.
Kool Smiles Dentists exchange candy for toys to send to US Troops for "sweet" reminder of home
Hair Cuttery’s Veterans Day Share-A-Haircut Program to benefit former servicemen and women across the country
On Veterans Day, join Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, in saying “thank you” to our veterans through its Share-A-Haircut program.
The "Sparkle and Soul" concert is part of a continuing monthly series at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis now in its fourth year.
Monday, October 23
The Caribbean is fast approaching tourism season. But this year, some of the islands may not see their vital economic lifeblood.
Sunday, October 22
Consumers aren't going to the movies as much lately. It's been a terrible year for Hollywood and big movie theater chains.
Saturday, October 21
Oath CEO Tim Armstrong says he is on a mission to fill at least half of the leadership positions at the company with women by 2020.
Friday, October 20
Do we really have to go over this again? It hardly seems possible that, once more, people need to be reminded that women do not bring on or invite sexual harassment or assault.
The late Langston Hughes created a masterful body of poetry in the 20th Century that spoke about and to Black America’s unique experiences. Also an author and playwright, his words in all media pricked our consciousness to wonder and ponder how we somehow remained so different from others after living more than 200 years in this land. One of my favorite Hughes poems asks the question, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Today, that one question is as timeless as it is timely.
The first Minority Innovation Weekend kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2017 at Hotel RL - Baltimore Inner Harbor.
Four-time Stellar Gospel Music Award winning radio personality Lee Michaels is working overtime to make the 6th annual East Coast Gospel Music Summit the best one yet.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, which manages the Baltimore Mural Program, celebrated the restoration of one of the largest murals designed by Tom Miller (1945-2000), one of Baltimore’s most iconic muralists.
The American Diabetes Association has scheduled its annual Fabulous YOU gala luncheon for Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore.
The Inner City-Suburban Youth Foundation is at it again. After nearly 20 years of working diligently to positively impact countless Baltimore urban and suburban youth, the Baltimore-based organization is continuing its plight to keep young people involved, while ensuring that many of them are exposed to opportunities they may have never envisioned.
“HAVE FUN, ENJOY LIFE” Hello everyone! I hope you and your families are doing well. It has been a rough couple of months for so many people.
In its latest effort to close the nation’s digital divide, Comcast held an enrollment event offering new, qualified Baltimore City residents six months free Internet Essentials service. The on-site sign up event was held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Pleasant View Gardens located at 201 Aisquith St. in Baltimore.
The things that mean the most usually take the least time, 10 minutes to meditate, saying thank you, smiling at stranger or going for a walk. There are just a few examples of things that are really important to the well being of the mind often referred to as practicing "Mindfulness."
Governor Larry Hogan was named one of the Chesapeake Conservancy’s 2017 “Champions of the Chesapeake” for his dedication to Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts and improving water quality in Maryland and the Bay region.
Janis Davis sat in the audience on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and watched as her sixth grade son officially became a UMB CURE Scholar by slipping on the signature white laboratory coat.
Thursday, October 19
You don’t have to be loud in order to be heard. Lena Vongdachanh is a perfect example of that, and it’s what makes her our Class Act of the Week.
Ashley Smith said her two sons have been bullied for the past three years at school and while working to end bullying for her boys, she's hoping sharing their story will promote change.
Wednesday, October 18
Customers can take action now to save energy and money this winter
When her son was just 3-months-old, Elizabeth Guardino began to notice that he never responded when she smiled. Dangling a toy in front of his face, Christian did not follow it with his eyes.
Big Bird is upset. Angry, sad, confused, anxious. "I've got all these feelings, you know ... and they're all mixed together," he tells Alan the shop owner in a new "Sesame Street" video. "And I -- I don't know what to do."
Tuesday, October 17
Amazon is gearing up for the holidays, and plans to hire 120,000 temporary U.S. workers to help it fulfill the millions of orders coming its way.
Heidi Klum says it's not just Harvey Weinstein.
Delta wants to take the hassle out of checking into your flight.
Monday, October 16
The alpine ski racing season kicks off in the Austrian Alps at the end of this month. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't miss a thing.
Equifax has taken down a webpage after a visitor reported being targeted with malicious advertising.
Applications for the once-in-a-lifetime inspirational program are open through Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com
Saturday, October 14
Americans are less likely to share a roof with a partner than they were a decade ago, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
Entrepreneurs as Conscious Venture Lab Introduces Fall 2017 Cohort Takes Residence on Campus
On Monday, officials at Baltimore City Community College in partnership with Baltimore Innovation Village opened its doors to the Conscious Venture Lab’s Business Accelerator which introduced the seven start-up companies that will be a part of the Fall 2017 cohort at their new location at the College’s South Pavilion ,2600 Liberty Heights Avenue.
Friday, October 13
If Brenda M. Fletcher had any concerns about the viability of the ever-popular Kaiser Permanente Mobile Health Van parked a few blocks from her Short Cutz Hair Salon in West Baltimore, one of her clients arrived with news that could be categorized as a game-changer.
Do you know your numbers? What’s your blood pressure? How’s your cholesterol?
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is reminding Maryland residents of a new law effective October 1, 2017, that provides consumers the right to place a freeze on their credit reports free of charge.
An innovative public health program that provides free flu shots and a wide range of health and wellness services to Baltimore City residents continues to expand after a successful pilot program that began a year ago and now includes various neighborhood barbershops and beauty salons.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work to bring the “Social Worker in the Library” program to Baltimore. The new initiative brings graduate student social work interns into several library branches to help customers address issues such as poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and addiction.
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. Baltimore native and 2009 Hillwood High School (Nashville, Tn) graduate, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Monica Wahls, builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Mississippi.
10th Annual Harbor Harvest at Rash Field
I was recently approached by a father of a student from Ann Arundel County, Maryland that was disappointed that his son was unable to attend his neighborhood magnet school; his son met all the requirements to become classified as a magnet student.
I am not sure why the national anthem and the so-called American flag are part of our nation’s sports pageantry. Before 2009, while the national anthem was played, sports gladiators were not required to suit up, stand up, and put their hands to their hearts; and why should they? The song that is sung is an insult to people of color. When I hear “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” I think, “the land of the thief and the home of the slave.” The Department of Defense paid the National Football League (seriously?) to promote a fake sense of cultural hegemony, and to spread the false notion that we are all on the same page when it comes to patriotism.
Coppin State University (CSU) has been awarded a $268,608 grant over a four-year period from the U.S. Department of Education for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program. CCAMPIS supports the participation of low-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services.
Carver graduate lands aApprenticeship at Homewood General Contracting
Vernon Woodly, 18, a graduate of Carver Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore has dreams of starting his own Home Improvement business one day. Thanks to the Urban Alliance Baltimore’s Career Technology Education (CTE), he is well on his way.
One of Maryland’s oldest black-based congregations will celebrate 175 years of consecutive service during a special gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the BWI Hilton Hotel located at 1739 West Nursery Road in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The event dubbed “Come Feel The Spirit and Share The Love,” begins at 7 p.m.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Chevrolet recently recognized the achievements of eight students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. that participated in the 2017 Discover The Unexpected Journalism Fellowship program.
The recent tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas was an event that rocked the country at a time when people seem to be more divided than recent years.
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, one of the most iconic R&B groups in music history will take the stage at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric for the annual “An Evening of Unexpected Delights” fundraiser to benefit “The Journey Home,” Baltimore City’s 10-year plan to make homelessness rare and brief.
Thursday, October 12
The show, which aired Tuesday night, featured rapper Eminem roasting President Donald Trump during his freestyle and Cardi B performing her No. 1 single "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)."
After extensive dabbling in the world of superheroes, the CW plunges back into the super-rich and super-soapy with "Dynasty." Seemingly determined to out-sleaze "Gossip Girl," the catfight-heavy premiere largely delivers on that level, with the disclaimer that sustaining such serialized "Can you top that?" silliness is where the producers will have to earn their keep.
Wednesday, October 11
Volunteer dentists will treat uninsured patients at the Baltimore Mission of Mercy clinic
Volunteer dentists will treat uninsured patients at the Baltimore Mission of Mercy clinic
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I have a confession: I don't mind exercise-related pain. In fact, I welcome it. Now before you conclude that I'm a masochist, let me explain: The type of pain I'm talking about is soreness that comes after exercise and may last for a few days before going away. Known as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS for short, it's a sign that your workout is making you stronger. I consider it "good" pain. That's in contrast to "bad" pain, which typically happens during exercise and gets worse afterward. It's a sign that you have an injury.
From Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park on Monday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg's cartoon avatar announced an effort to help Puerto Rico. And on Tuesday, he apologized for what some considered a tone deaf way to deliver a message of humanitarian aid.
Tuesday, October 10
Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" opened in June of 1982 starring arguably the biggest actor in the world at the time, Harrison Ford. While it was positioned to be a blockbuster, the film faded after a few weeks with minimal box office gross and mixed reviews.
Harvey, Irma and then Maria. The Atlantic has produced a series of hurricanes this year that brought devastation and flooding.
There are several locations along the Gulf Coast which will serve as refuge for anyone seeking shelter from Tropical Storm Nate.
Monday, October 9
AOL Instant Messenger is about to put up an away message forever.
Just when you thought there's an emoji for everything, Apple is adding hundreds more.
China's biggest e-commerce companies are hungry for groceries.
Continuing its mission of supporting hometown heroes, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation presented $63,899 worth of life-saving equipment grants to four local first responder organizations
Sunday, October 8
The number of obese children and adolescents rose to 124 million in 2016 -- more than 10 times higher than the 11 million classified as obese 40 years ago, in 1975.
The nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 were announced Thursday.
Get ready to embrace your inner child at Denmark's new LEGO House -- a 12,000-square meter house of fun, filled with 25 million iconic colorful building blocks.
Saturday, October 7
I can't stand the term "gritty" when it's used to describe my hometown and my residence of Detroit. It's empty. It's lost all meaning. It's an overused term that, far too often, simplifies this city to an easily digestible narrative when there are several storylines here.
Ask people with whom they'd like to be stranded in the wilderness, and Idris Elba and Kate Winslet would likely rate pretty high on the list. That's the main lure for "The Mountain Between Us," an old-fashioned star vehicle that seeks to thaw frozen hearts with only fitful success.
Friday, October 6
New suite of tools will provide additional level of support for students during the college planning and application process
A Baltimore native and 2004 Chesapeake High School graduate is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile cruiser, USS Chancellorsville.
Musician Rhiannon Giddens, a Greensboro, N.C., native, achieved international acclaim in 2010 with a Grammy Award yet, she remains somewhat mystified as to why her music has yet to catch-on with more African-Americans.
Award-winning writer and producer Rodney Barnes recalls walking to a convenience store on the corner of Chesapeake Avenue and 6th Street in Annapolis, Maryland, where he would read comics for hours.
After starting the season with a 2-0 record, the Baltimore Ravens were looking forward to a winnng year.
Over the past 14 months Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises says she has worked hard to address the many issues facing Baltimore City Schools
Jordan Yaffe of Lutherville, Maryland, was awarded $36,000 by the Helen Diller Family Foundation in recognition of his commitment to “tikkun olam”— repair the world.
A group of Capitol Hill lawmakers are combining efforts and influence to legislatively crack down on predatory lending, nationwide.
On Sunday, October 8, 2017, Trinity African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) will celebrate its 136th Church Anniversary.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has been awarded a three-year, $45 million federal grant to help advance literacy in students from birth through grade 12.
Greyhound is adding more Express departures to Baltimore and New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, as well as creating a new non-stop route to New York’s George Washington Bridge Bus Station.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the nearly 600 victims and their families of the largest mass shooting in US history last Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Entertainment round-up of activities and entertainment in the Baltimore area
Broadway revival of hit production opens at The Hippodrome Oct. 17
Thursday, October 5
Blanca Gamez uses one word to describe the day the President of the United States opened the door to the Oval Office and invited her inside: insanity.
Tropical Storm Nate formed Thursday morning in the southwestern Caribbean, and early forecast models show it taking aim this weekend at the central US Gulf Coast, likely as a minor hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Google has pulled the curtain off a whole collection of new gadgets.
Wednesday, October 4
The biggest data breach in history just got even bigger. Three times bigger.
The signs that he was spiraling downward were everywhere. They appeared in his scribbles in red marker all over his apartment walls. They materialized when he stripped down to his skivvies at a happy hour, after winning a court case while sporting a new mohawk.
Most parents have experienced it: that moment when their son or daughter has a full-blown temper tantrum, which may involve screaming, crying, stomping their feet, dropping to the floor or all of the above.
Tuesday, October 3
As the music blared the latest pop hits, kids ran back and forth in the afternoon sun. The gathering had all the energy of a block party -- but it wasn't.
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for their detection of gravitational waves, a development scientists believe could give vital clues to the origins of the universe.
Waiting in line for between six to eight hours, Las Vegas residents and visitors are out in force donating blood for victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Monday, October 2
Stephen Paddock, a 64 year-old white man from Mesquite, Nevada, identified as the gunmen in one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history.
It's called the City Different for a reason -- Santa Fe, New Mexico's creative culture and distinctive adobe architecture make it a total standout.
Sunday, October 1
Bill Gates now uses an Android phone.