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News 2018 April

Stories for April 2018

Friday, April 27

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CharmTV Gives Youth an Outlet for Their Point of View

“The Avenue,” which will air Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m., provides city youth with an opportunity to not only share their views but to get involved in the production of the show, which will include a work-study to learn about the ins and outs of television production.

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'Maryland 529' Enrollment Deadline Extended ‘til May 31

Maryland parents eager for their children to attend college should be aware of the new enrollment deadline for the Maryland Prepaid College Trust (MPCT). With enrollment now extended through May 31, 2018, families can save for college by locking-in tomorrow’s tuition at today’s rates.

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Self-Defense Training Offered in Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Krav Maga Maryland is hosting a women's self-defense seminar at its Columbia facility located at 8865 Stanford Boulevard (Suite 101) on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. to teach women practical, easy to learn self-defense and personal safety strategies.

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Local Author Shines in Literary World

Baltimore native Alexander London’s latest book “Black Wings Beating,” the first in a series of fantasy books set in a world of cut-throat falconry is scheduled to be released in the fall. The 38-year-old author has written numerous best-selling books including books for children and teens.

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Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk Scheduled at Weinberg YMCA in Waverly

The National Kidney Foundation, which serves Maryland and Delaware, will hold its 16th annual Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at The Weinberg Y located at 900 E. 33rd Street in the Waverly neighborhood in Baltimore City.

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Pasadena Native Serves With U.S. Navy Half a World Away

Pasadena, Maryland, native and 2012 Northeast High School graduate, Seaman Shaquona O'Berry is serving in the U.S. Navy forward-deployed aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Curtis Wilbur.

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I Say No To a Starbucks Boycott

"Again and again, Starbucks has been at the forefront of corporate America when it comes to cultivating a society where all people matter."

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Earth Day isn’t Just for Rich, White People

For most of my life, Earth Day has been a stark reminder of yet another American tradition in which the basis was formed without people of color in mind. In 1970, the first Earth Day, like the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act and the founding of the United States Environmental Protection Agency that same year, was held in response to series oil spills throughout the 1960s.

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Letters to the Editor: Re: Putin is the Enemy

Vladimir Putin denies Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, but U.S. intelligence agencies have conclusive evidence of the meddling.

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Baltimore City Students Express Views on Violence Through Art

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Violence Prevention Program sponsored a citywide Art Against Violence contest for students. The initiative gives kids an outlet to articulate their feelings and be part of the conversation about violence in Baltimore and throughout the world. The gallery show event took place March 23, 2018 at the Memorial Episcopal Church during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which seeks to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence. More than 100 artworks were submitted by Baltimore City Public School students.

Thursday, April 26

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Team Led by Cross Street Partners Formally Breaks Ground on Highly Anticipated East Baltimore Innovation Center

School children, residents, elected officials celebrate transformation of long-vacant Hoen buildings into a problem-solving center for neighborhoods.

Friday, April 20

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Cocktails & Creatives: Sip, Shop and Enjoy Live Music at Impact Hub Baltimore.

Two Maryland-based organizations, Speakable Joi, which helps solopreneurs balance life and hustle through community and courses; and Women Creatives Chat, a community and resource for women of diverse artistic disciplines have partnered to present Cocktails & Creatives: A Sip & Shop Event at Impact Hub Baltimore located at 10 E. North Avenue in the Station North Arts District on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides support services to cancer patients and their families.

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Library And County Officials Break Ground on New Annapolis Library

In the shadow of the 52-year-old building, representatives from the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) along with County Executive Steve Schuh and other local officials broke ground on the new Annapolis Library.

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Check ‘Em Lads: Why Young Men Should Care About Testicular Cancer

One thing is clear: The testicles are not immune from cancer. In fact, one in 250 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer, and it is the most common cancer in the age group of 15-35. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and this year alone more than 9,000 men will be diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Summer Camps For Grieving Children And Teens Return For 27th Year

The Chesapeake Life Center, a program of Hospice of the Chesapeake, is now registering participants for Camp Nabi and Phoenix Rising to be held simultaneously over the weekend of August 10 to 12 at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville, Maryland.

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Story Trail at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum Debuts on April 21, 2018

Baltimore County Public Library in partnership with Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum debuts a story trail in the park’s nature play area on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. The story trail, which is a series of picture book pages posted along a walking path, was developed to promote literacy, exercise and family fun for Baltimore County residents and visitors.

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Four Ways You Can Help Your Child Deal With Stress

It’s well-documented that adult stress can lead to serious illnesses. But many researchers believe that ongoing stress during childhood – from poverty, parents fighting or substance abuse, bullying, violence or other adversity – can harm kids’ brains and other body systems and possibly lead to major health issues when they’re adults. Therefore, it is vital for parents to help their children cope with stress.

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BOOST Scholarship Program Accepting Applications for 2018-19 School Year

The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program, entering its third year, will provide more than $7 million in scholarships for students who are eligible for the free- or reduced-price lunch program. The BOOST program was the result of a bipartisan compromise during the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly, and received widespread support from legislators in both parties.

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Top Five Reasons Reading Partners Volunteers Make Baltimore A Better Place

In celebration of National Volunteer Week in 2018 (April 15-21), Reading Partners Baltimore created a list highlighting the top five ways its volunteers make the community stronger and better.

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"Bangin' With The Boomers"

A Party for the Young at Heart

Everyone had a bangin' good time on Thursday, April, 12, 2018 at the Bangin' with the Boomers "party for the young at heart" hosted by Times Community Services, Inc.

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A New NAFTA Must Halt Intellectual Property Theft

As American negotiators push to conclude NAFTA renegotiations, they should prepare to demand stronger protection of intellectual property rights. Robust IP protections would prevent Canada, Mexico, and other trading partners from freeloading off American ingenuity— particularly our medicines.

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The Avenue Bakery Bakes Jazz with Their Rolls

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Black People Must Vote Or Reap The Consequences!

“Those who seek to disenfranchise black people from the voting process know exactly how important voting is. Those who seek to disenfranchise black people relative to the voting process know the profound impact that it has at every level of government—local, state, and national.”

America’s VetDogs Hosts 8th Annual Annapolis & Kent Island Fundraising Run & Dog Walk

America’s VetDogs®, is thrilled to host the family and canine friendly 8th Annual Annapolis/Kent Island Run & Dog Walk at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Maryland, on Sunday, April 22, 2018 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jason Newton, WBAL-TV news reporter, anchor and VetDogs’ fan will host the ceremonies.

Wednesday, April 18

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Barbara Bush, Republican Matriarch and Former First Lady, Dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died Tuesday, according to a statement from her husband's office. She was 92.

Monday, April 16

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The Women’s Challenge, Inc. Renews Its Mission: Equipping Homebuyers

The Women’s Challenge, Inc. (TWC) a non-profit focused on enriching lives through empowering and educating, will host a free homebuyer’s expo called Home is Where the Heart Is Expo 2018. The expo will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 10 AM to 4 PM at Woodlawn High School.

Friday, April 13

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Police Accountability and Qualified Immunity

“The Supreme Court has used qualified immunity to deny damages to an eighth-grade girl who was strip-searched by school officials who thought she had a rogue ibuprofen pill. It denied damages to a man who was held in a maximum-security prison for 16 days and on supervised release for 14 months, without cause for arrest or intent to use him as a material witness.”

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Baltimore’s ‘Little Big Shot’ Continues to Help Veterans

Tyler Stallings, age 6, shops for underclothes and other clothing items for female and male homeless veterans, in preparation for a delivery to the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET). Tyler raised thousands of dollars through his GoFundMe campaign to purchase a large supply of spring items and toiletries, which he selected from the Baltimore-based nonprofit's wish list.

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Driving + Inexperience + Texting = Trouble

Distracted driving is a growing problem with deadly consequences. In 2015 in the United States, almost 3,500 people were killed and 400,000 injured in car crashes involving distracted drivers.

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D.C. Museum Promotes ‘First Amendment’ Rights

The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol Building and the White House in Washington, D.C. The mission of the Newseum is “to increase public understanding and the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.”

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AACC Employee Recognized for Leadership and Service

Cassandra Moore, Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment Development at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) was recognized with the 2018 Thomas A. Bliger award recently.

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Live the Life You Love!

“Love the Life You Live, Live the Life You Love” is a quote by Bob Marley that means more to me today than it ever has.

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Millionaire May McCarthy Shares Spiritual Practices for Success

What if you could live from financial overflow instead of from paycheck to paycheck? What if you discovered a way to live comfortably within your means and pay all your bills on time? What if you could check something off your bucket list and pay Peter and Paul every 30 days? What if the weight of all your financial burdens, or aspirations, could be lifted with a shift in your perspective?

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Light City is Back!

Electrifying Festival Illuminates Inner Harbor Through April 21

Light City, the nation’s first large-scale light, music and innovation festival returns for its third year with the theme “More Love, More Lights!” This year’s festival indeed lives up to its 2018 theme, as it expanded to three weekends.

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From Brokenness to Wholeness

The WISEorg helping women battle mental illness

“I found purpose through my pain and haven’t looked back,” said Dr. Duru. “I love helping others, and TheWISEorg allows me to do that. We teach women to develop new habits to get them out of their brokenness. We help them to heal and that’s a real blessing. I am doing what God purposed me to do.”

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Organization Hosts Day of Pampering for Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

Mikey’s Miracle Foundation, which is dedicated to “providing everyday miracles to families with cancer,” hosted “A Beautiful Cause,” a day of pampering at Salon Avenue in Owings Mills, Maryland, for women currently undergoing cancer treatment, caregivers and cancer survivors on February 25, 2018.

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True Crime Story of First Death Row Inmate Saved by DNA is 2018 One Maryland One Book

Maryland Humanities has selected the book “Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA” by Maryland native Tim Junkin as the 2018 One Maryland One Book. It was chosen by a committee of librarians, educators, authors and bibliophiles in February from more than 209 titles suggested last fall by readers across the state under the theme, “Justice.”

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How High Schoolers Can Boost American Business

"It all starts at the local high school. With well-designed internship programs, businesses can help young people acquire the full range of skills they need to be successful throughout their lives."

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A Dangerous Game of Chicken

As the “tit-for-tat” trade fight between the US and China escalates, Donald Trump is likely to find that he doesn’t “know China” the way he once thought. When he said that during the presidential campaign, he based his understanding of China on one thing: the high rent in Trump Tower that he had exacted from a Chinese bank. Today, he may still assume he can win a game of chicken by upping the ante until the Chinese eventually fold.

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Flagger Force Urges Motorists ‘Stay Alert. Stay Alive.’

To prevent these statistics from rising, Flagger Force is committed to educating drivers and workers about the hazardous conditions in work zones with safety messages urging drivers to: slow down; avoid distractions such as texting and driving; and obey all posted signage.

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BGE Recognizes April as National Safe Digging Month

Company reminds customers to call 811 before you dig!

Tuesday, April 10

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The HBCU Community Needs Bipartisan Support

"We are cognizant that many lawmakers in the majority in Congress favor fiscal austerity to address budgetary issues, but in a legislative environment dominated by talks of budget cuts, critical HBCU funding lines were increased, which is a demonstrable return on our collective investment in bipartisan engagement."

Friday, April 6

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Bangin' With The Boomers: A Chat With Ms. Shirley Duncan

Hand Dancing, Growing up in Baltimore, and making a difference in our communities. We hope you'll join us for Bangin’ with the Boomers, a party for the Young At Heart, Come for the afternoon event on Thursday April 12, 12 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., at The Forum, 4210 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.

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Senate's Part D Budget Deal Is No Victory for Seniors

Earlier this month, the Senate announced its two-year budget deal. It contains a healthcare provision that many are touting as a victory for American seniors. The reform aims to close the so-called "donut hole" coverage gap in the Medicare Part D drug benefit by shifting more of the program's costs to drug companies. But that provision is a gift to insurers -- not to patients. The policy could end up raising costs for seniors on Part D, some of our most vulnerable patients. It must be eliminated from the deal.

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Fair Housing’s Unfinished 50-Year Journey

"Although golden anniversaries are often considered milestone moments accompanied by festive celebrations, two such observances in April 2018 are bittersweet memories for much of Black America. One took the life of an unparalleled preacher, orator, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The other marks the enactment of what many would argue is the strongest of the civil rights laws enacted during the 1960s: The Fair Housing Act."

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Special Event Spotlights New Black ‘Essence Magazine’ Owner, Editor

About 300 well-dressed locals showed-up on the 7th Floor Conference Hall of the Newseum in Washington to acknowledge the recent purchase of Essence Magazine by entrepreneur Richelieu Dennis.

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"MOTOWN, THE MUSICAL" is Coming to the Hippodrome

Cast of ‘Hit’ Production includes Baltimore native Isaac Saunders

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL sings its way to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre Friday, April 13, 2018 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. The limited five-show engagement is back by popular demand, and is part of the 2017/2018 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series.

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Karen Gibbs’ Financial Perspective and Advice for Women of Color

Karen Gibbs, who runs “The Gibbs Perspective” blog, received honor with a “Community Champion” award at the recent 5th annual Maryland Financial Education & Capability Awards – a statewide program that recognizes the importance to children and adults of understanding money. Gibbs, who was featured during Black History Month by Roosevelt University, desires to help close the gap between the “haves and the have nots.”

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Youth Prepare for "Kidpreneur" Event

Entrepreneurship Nonprofit for Children Expands

Four years ago, Dr. Marlene Jackson— a Columbia, Maryland resident— and her daughter, Ashley Jackson answered a call to help empower girls by founding a nonprofit called Le’ Chic Academy. But young people who wanted to create viable businesses became a part of a growing trend to implement their ideas at an early age. In response, The “Biz Kidz” Program was later added to inspire both girls and boys to build kids’ business awareness, explore how to make money as successful kidpreneurs, and engage young entrepreneurs in real-world business experiences.

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Keeping your Beneficiaries Up-to-Date

Life moves fast, and as the days go by in a blur, updating, or even designating, your beneficiaries can fall to the bottom of your proverbial “to-do” list.

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Rambling Rose: Caton Castle

Enjoy the Best Non-stop Live Jazz!

Enjoy the Best Non-stop Live Jazz!

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State’s Attorney’s Victim Fund Run/Walk Scheduled Saturday

The office of the State Attorney’s Office will hold its 14th annual Crime Victims’ Fund Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 in Druid Hill Park.

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MOD Pizza Joins Generosity Feeds to Make 20,000 Meals for Needy in AA County

Volunteers from various companies partnered to support Generosity Feeds for event that packed 20,000 meals for local kids.

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Picture Perfect Photography Book Captures Various Civil Rights Efforts Across America’s History

The Good Fight is a meticulously curated 250 plus pages charting many of the men and women whose struggle for (and in some cases against) justice were caught on camera. Most of the pictures were taken by people trained to find and be ready to claim for posterity, incredible never to be duplicated moments. They capture them in a way that challenges the viewer to feel and to act. Smolan observes, “It’s easy to take dramatic pictures during a war. It’s harder to take pictures in a shopping mall and make those pictures move you and make you think.”

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Letters to the Editor: The Kirwan Commission

"It is incumbent on us, the citizens of the state, to support the needs of our children and thus, the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission."

Wednesday, April 4

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Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination 50th Anniversary

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, setting off a period of mourning, reflection and anger that gripped America.

Monday, April 2

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Winnie Madikizela–Mandela: 1936-2018

Remembering the former First Lady of South Africa

Winnie Madikizela–Mandela: 1936-2018