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News 2018 January

Stories for January 2018

Tuesday, January 30

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Charm City vs. Windy City Basketball Showcase

Four of the nation’s top basketball teams packed Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on the afternoon of Saturday, January 27, 2018 for a showcase of top talent from Baltimore and Chicago high schools.

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Patient First: Super Snacks For The Game

The big game is this weekend, and let’s be honest – some of the best parts of game day are tailgating and parties. It just wouldn't be football season without a buffet line of chips and Buffalo wings!

Monday, January 29

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BGE Crews Aiding in Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

Deployment is part of larger Exelon response

BGE is deploying crews to help restore electric service in Puerto Rico as part of a contingent of Exelon utilities responding to the request to provide mutual assistance.

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Governor Hogan: Our State Will Need To Address These Problems Head-On

Video Release From Governor Hogan - 1/29/2018

Friday, January 26

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Governor Hogan: We Simply Cannot Afford To Slam Our State Into Reverse

Governor Hogan: We Simply Cannot Afford To Slam Our State Into Reverse

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Three Prospects The Ravens Should Watch At Senior Bowl

The Baltimore Ravens are always well represented by a crew of scouts and personnel people in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl. It’s a time when General Manager Ozzie Newsome, head coach John Harbaugh and a number of position coaches get to see NFL Draft prospects in action first hand.

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Tuition-free education for 2018 BCPS graduating seniors at BCCC

Tuition-Free Education Offered at Baltimore City Community College

On Wednesday, Dec. 13 Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) President and CEO Dr. Gordon F. May and Baltimore City Public Schools' CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins-Santelises to launch the Mayor's Scholars Program.

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10 Cold Weather Tips for Pet Owners

Bitter cold temperatures have hit Baltimore and pets are in danger from being out in the cold just as much as humans are. Here are some tips from Baltimore Humane Society for Baltimore pet owners to keep their pets safe from the dangerous weather.

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William “Smooth” Wardlaw Brings Luther To Life In Production

If listening to the radio isn’t giving you the musical fix you need, consider spending an evening with Luther Vandross. But, before you rally against the fact that Vandross died almost 13 years ago, allow yourself to be transported and attend the "Luther Re-Lives" one-night only performance at Center Stage on Saturday, January 27, 2018 featuring Alexandria, Virginia native William “Smooth” Wardlaw.

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Six Unconventional Ways To Stop Snoring

News & Experts—An estimated 90 million American adults snore, according to sleepfoundation.org. And over half the country – 59 percent – has a partner who snores.

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Rambling Rose

Baltimore's Nightlife has a lot to offer

Baltimore's Nightlife has a lot to offer

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A Man On A Mission at Johns Hopkins

Chief Diversity Officer James E. Page, Jr.

James E. Page, Jr. is on a mission. His mission: to create a stronger “bond” between Johns Hopkins Medicine and its community, with a specific focus on addressing issues of race and health discrimination amongst residents in Baltimore.

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Johns Hopkins Holds 36th Anniversary MLK, Jr. Commemoration

Little Rock Nine’s Minnijean Brown Trickey Keynote Speaker

A historic part of the legendary Civil Rights Movement was in Baltimore recently for the 36th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration program held January 19, 2018 at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Turner Auditorium. Minnijean Brown Trickey of the famed “Little Rock Nine” was the Keynote Speaker for the event.

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Baltimore Couple On Mission To Transform Shipping Containers Into Housing For Homeless

Christian Wilson and his wife, Pamela, are on a mission to turn empty shipping containers into housing for the city’s homeless.

Black Leaders Need to Stand Up for Black People

'I am fond of saying, “weak people take strong positions on weak issues.” There is no better example of this than the embarrassing behavior of the weak Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the National Urban League (NUL).'

Federal funds Available For Summer Meals For Children And Teens

The Maryland State Department of Education is seeking public and private nonprofit organizations to serve free, nutritious meals to children and teens this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U. S. Department of Agriculture program.

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The Future of Transportation Isn't Just Self-Driving Cars. It's Public Transit.

Self-driving cars might seem to render public transportation obsolete. But the opposite is true. Autonomous buses have already made their way onto streets. And because Bus Rapid Transit tends to have dedicated lanes, the transition to driverless vehicles should be easier for public transit than for private transport.

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World premiere of Migration, part of Baltimore Stories project at CCBC

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) presents Migration, an original dance production created by internationally known choreographer and CCBC alumnus Peter Pucci as part of the Baltimore Stories Performing Arts series on January 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. at CCBC Essex, Wellness and Athletics Center.

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UMB Making a Difference

Bill Freeman helps aspiring entrepreneurs in West Baltimore

William “Bill” Freeman, the business management consultant for the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) has helped all kinds of entrepreneurs develop their businesses. From carryout owners to casket makers, Bill draws on over 30 years of business development experience, 15 spent in Baltimore, to help guide entrepreneurs through the process of starting and sustaining a business.

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Baltimore’s Jearlean Taylor: A Model of Triumph over Tribulation

Jearlean Taylor has modeled on runways, has been in several publications including Essence and Heart & Soul magazines, and was featured on a billboard located at Charles and Penn Station in Baltimore earlier this year. The 50-year-old Taylor has been modeling for nearly 18 years, with interview, speaking and modeling engagements coming up in Baltimore, Atlanta and Colorado.

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CCBC Welcomes Award-Winning Journalist And Social Activist Jeff Johnson As Guest Lecturer For 2018 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series

In honor of Black History Month, CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis welcomes award-winning journalist and social activist Jeff Johnson as the guest lecturer for the 2018 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series.

Wednesday, January 24

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Maryland Mortgage Program Announces New Loan and Down Payment Assistance Products

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced new loan and down payment assistance products and debuted a redesigned website for the Maryland Mortgage Program.

Tuesday, January 23

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Governor Hogan: Welcome Back, Legislators

Governor Hogan: Welcome Back, Legislators

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Maryland Charity To Provide Military Survivor Benefits During Shutdown

A Maryland-based charity has promised to ensure the families of fallen troops will be paid survivor benefits during the government shutdown.

Monday, January 22

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Westport, Lakeland, and Mt Winans Recycling Pilot Proves Baltimoreans Will Recycle When Supplied With Recycle Bins, Education and Cash Incentives

Environmentalists team up with locals and successfully increase local recycling rates.

Sunday, January 21

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One Year Later, Women's March Returns

One year after women took to the streets in droves to protest President Donald Trump's inauguration, marchers are gathering again in cities across the country and around the world in a sharp rebuke of Trump's presidency and in continuation of a still-growing international movement.

Friday, January 19

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Shaquille O’neal Appointed As Carnival Cruise Line’s New ‘CFO’…Chief Fun Officer!

Shaquille O’neal Appointed As Carnival Cruise Line’s New ‘CFO’…Chief Fun Officer

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Four Tips to Stop Smoking from the FDA

What are your New Year’s resolutions? If you smoke, maybe this will be the year that you decide you want to quit. And you may not be alone: Nearly 70 percent of current adult smokers say they want to stop.

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Former Heroin Addict Peddling Hope

Tim Ryan once found himself playing the “cool dad” role with his son Nick.

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Time to focus on school choice in Baltimore and Across America

Next week, schools, homeschool groups, organizations and individuals in Maryland and across America will work together to raise awareness about the importance of opportunity in K-12 education.

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CASH Campaigns merge to assist more with taxes and other services

The 2018 tax season doesn’t have to be stressful for local residents.

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To truly remember Dr. King, political action and infinite hope must outweigh anti-democratic forces

Often lost in our celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. is his unwavering testimony of hope and his political action in the face of despair and nihilism.

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UMB Offers Employees New Homebuyer Incentive

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will offer employees a huge incentive to purchase a home in one of seven nearby West Baltimore neighborhoods under a new Live Near Your Work program introduced Jan. 9 by President Jay A. Perman, MD.

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Sorority chapter makes a difference with girls conference

The Baltimore Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is host to the M.A.D (Make a Difference) Girl Conference, a signature event within the award-winning Delta Academy youth program on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Delta Community Center on Springhill Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Morgan State president to serve on Lumina Foundation Board

Wilson joins diverse voices of national leaders in support of the foundation's goal to prepare Americans for future success

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Overview of Baltimore Ravens offseason game plan

The Baltimore Ravens were on the brink of making a return to the playoffs after not seeing the postseason since 2014. Unfortunately, an old friend in former defensive coordinator and current Bengals head coach returned to M&T Bank Stadium and ended any possibility of a playoff appearance— saving his job in the process.

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Historian to Discuss Baltimore County African-Americans role in Civil War

Very few documented histories of African American life and communities are available in Baltimore County. However, historian and author Louis S. Diggs, the president of the Friends of Historical Cherry Hill AUMP, Inc. and the president of the board of the Diggs-Johnson Museum in Granite continues his mission to tell these stories.

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MLK Day Parade in Annapolis celebrates peace, recognizes community service

A sudden snow shower did not stop these energetic youth performers from jumping joyfully to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with a host of community groups, sororities, fraternities, politicians, other youth groups, Annapolis City employees, and exotic car drivers and passengers. The Annapolis fourth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade was held on January 15, 2018. The parade’s theme was “Pushing Peace in our Homes, Communities, Nation, & World!”

Wednesday, January 17

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Colin Kaepernick says he's completing $1 million donation pledge

Back when he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers -- and protesting by kneeling during the National Anthem -- Colin Kaepernick said he would donate $1 million plus all the proceeds of his jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities.

Friday, January 12

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Mold your mind with intent!

Life can be extremely trying at times. There are numerous ups and downs and a lot of the time and you never really know how the situation will turn out.

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Rambling Rose: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr, Weekend

Hello everyone, “Baby it’s cold outside!” But that’s okay— it goes with the season. Dress warm and in layers and meet me at these upcoming events, I promise you it will warm you up.

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Baltimore Area Companies Participate in Day of Service to Honor MLK

PNC, Wells Fargo, BGE, Comcast and the Johns Hopkins Medicine community are just a few of the Baltimore-area businesses and organizations that have joined the nationwide movement, Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, designed to make a difference by giving back and serving others.

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Special King Day Events at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture is preparing to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in what officials say is a special way.

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Black women need real change, not just thanks!

After Roy Moore’s defeat at the hands of Alabama voters— driven by black voter turnout, especially the votes of black women— we saw the celebration, credit taking and meaning-making that usually accompanies a progressive electoral victory.

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Former NFL player raises money for Baltimore City students

Thousands of people stepped up to help former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin raise money for students in Baltimore’s public schools after his tweets showing students wearing jackets and winter hats inside a classroom went viral. He has continued to raise awareness about the issue by promoting a clothing drive and other initiatives to support the students.

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Nine things you might not know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well respected, honored and appreciated for his civil rights activism, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rightfully earned his place as one of the most influential figures in American and world history.

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Former MLK aide celebrates civil rights icon

Dr. Clarence Jones met Martin Luther King Jr. when he was 29 and King was 31

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Comcast Foundation awards $70,000 to four area nonprofits

Grants will help expand digital literacy, promote community service and youth leadership development

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The Modell Lyric presents Dream Big Essay Contest

The Modell Lyric is excited to announce the Dream Big Essay Contest through it’s Education and Community programs.

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Prescription Medications: How to keep your family safe and healthy

Addiction to prescription medicine and narcotics is one of today’s leading health problems.

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New Program Helping AA County Residents Get Free or Low-Cost Emergency Dental Care

REACH PLUS, an innovative program funded through a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission, is helping low-income Anne Arundel County adults who need emergency dental services.

Friday, January 5

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Local teacher helps boys dress for success, gain critical life skills

While reflecting on 2017, it’s an ideal time to acknowledge caring teachers who make a difference in our communities.

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Ten Local Civil and Human Rights Activists to be Honored at MLK Awards Dinner

The milestone 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards Reception and Dinner will be held Friday, January 12, 2017 at 5 p.m.

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World premiere of skateboarding movie to benefit Jake’s Skatepark

Proceeds from Movie Premiere to support fundraising efforts for skatepark at Rash Field

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Pratt Library Announces Historic Expansion of Hours

Libraries to increase hours more than 30 percent thanks to state and city funds

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Relocating U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem a Bad Move

I wasn’t really surprised by Trump’s willingness to threaten the world for daring to stand up to his aggressive move of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

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The importance of diversity in media ownership

As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important.

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Four ways parents should comfort their kids after a tragedy

In an ever-dangerous world reported on by round-the-clock media, the emotional effects of major tragic events transcend local boundaries.

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Warner Bros, DC Entertainment bringing world of comics to D.C.

Locally, fans will get an inside look during a “DC in D.C.” event scheduled during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend when Warner Bros. Television Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will team up for a landmark pop culture event that officials said brings together the worlds of entertainment and public service to illuminate the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes.

Thursday, January 4

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Preparation and safety tips as extreme cold continues

Maryland is seeing bitter cold across the state, with wind chill and winter storm advisories and watches issues by the National Weather Service for many counties.