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Tuesday, July 31

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Home Court: Grub City

Under Armour Basketball's New Original Series Home Court: Baltimore now Live! Episode 3: Grub City

Friday, July 27

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Monument City Brewing Company To Host Benevolent Baskets Fundraiser

Everyone is invited to the so-called “Dog Days of Summer” event at Monument City Brewing Company to help an important nonprofit whose work over the past decade has helped women throughout the Baltimore area get back on their feet.

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CCBC Hosts Baltimore County College Promise Information Sessions

The Community College of Baltimore County will hold Baltimore County College Promise Information Sessions from July 31 to August 2, 2018 for students and their parents, who are interested in learning about how to earn an associate degree or workplace certificate tuition-free. Students and parents can learn about tuition-free educational opportunity between July 31 and August 2, 2018.

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This Is Why Migrant Parents Travel With Children

There has been a strange response by many white conservatives to the separation of migrant children from their parents. Whether we are discussing undocumented migrants or those requesting asylum, there has been rightwing pushback to the larger chorus of condemnation of the Trump administration for its zero tolerance. These right-wingers claim that it is the parents who are to blame for the separation crisis.

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Editor: Re: Trump Is A Security Threat

Trump is a threat to our security because he continues to befriend Putin, who is an adversary of the United States and the Western world; and Trump continues to condemn our intelligence agencies.

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Big Data Could Set Insurance Premiums, Minorities Could Pay The Price

“Existing health disparities mean that data will consistently show members of certain groups to be more likely to need more health care. What will happen, then, if this data starts being used against those groups?”

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Special Night With Bowie Baysox Benefits Chesapeake Kids Programs

Kids who attended Camp Nabi in 2017 run with Bowie Baysox starting players to take their positions on the field before the “Star-Spangled Banner” is performed.

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Marylanders Reminded To Take Basic Steps To Reduce Risk Of West Nile Virus

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced the first confirmed and locally acquired case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult who lives in the Baltimore Metro region. MDH routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections, including Zika virus, and no other locally acquired arboviral infections have been identified this year.

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Local Head Start Administrator Graduates From UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program

Training completed by Head Start executive Aamil Abdul-Saboor will ultimately benefit children and their families from Union Baptist-Harvey Johnson Head Start in Baltimore City.

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Lamar Jackson Already Excelling At Ravens Camp

The Baltimore Ravens traded back into the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft to select rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 overall pick. The Ravens offense has been in need of a jolt over the last few years.

Hair Cuttery Supports Underprivileged Children With Share-A-Haircut Program

Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children who need it most this summer. From August 1-15, 2018, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in the community.

Baltimore’s Allison Brown Is More Than just An Entrepreneur

Baltimore native Allison Elizabeth Brown has amassed more than twenty years experience in youth based, non-profit work. She has also worked professionally in the entertainment industry.

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Morgan State Student Receives First McDonald’s-TMCF Scholarship

Morgan State University Freshman Quamir Payton, a first-generation college student who boasts a 3.9 GPA, has earned the first $10,000 scholarship from a partnership between McDonald’s and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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Future Baltimore Earns Prestigious National Award

In 2017, Kaiser Permanente announced a $1.7 million commitment to launch a neighborhood revitalization project in partnership with Bon Secours that both entities said would advance health equity and economic opportunity in West Baltimore.

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Celebrity Chef Brings Culinary Arts Program To Baltimore

Baltimore native Robert “Chef Stew” Stewart (back row, white shirt) made his mark as a personal chef and caterer to celebrities. He was also the winner of the television show, “Cutthroat Kitchen” on the Food Network. Chef Stewart, the visionary and CEO of a new community organization called Transition Kitchen is counting down to the final push to prepare for a projected September launch of his new project. Currently, there are 150 students interested in learning the basics of the baking and pastry fields that will be trained in the next three months. Youth and young adults will receive on-the-job training and employment opportunities as a part of the free program. A fundraising campaign to cover the cost of supplies is underway.

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What's Going on this Week!

What's going on this week!

Thursday, July 26

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Focus On Transportation

Over the weekend, Baltimore will host more than 600 members and friends of COMTO, the Council of Minority Transportation Officials, as they convene for the 47th annual National Training Conference. The conference is being held at the Hilton Inner Harbor from July 28 to August 1.

Tuesday, July 24

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UA Basketball's New Original Series Home Court: Baltimore

Camera Ready

Under Armour Basketball's new inaugural series, Home Court: Baltimore is now live on YouTube! Episode 2: Camera Ready

Friday, July 20

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Is The Aim Of Education To Get Good Jobs Or To Be Good Citizens?

You’d think that the National Academies of Sciences would be out there promoting STEM education: the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, a new report questions whether the purpose of education is to provide students with “a path to educated citizenship or employment.”

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Something We Can Learn From The Rescue In Thailand

The world celebrated the rescue of 12 Thai soccer players from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Thailand. We grieved over the loss of one brave man, Saman Kunam who sacrificed his life to deliver supplies to the trapped boys. Many of us watched the media reports fearfully, while praying and hoping for a miracle.

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A Small Gift Can Leave A Lasting Legacy When You Invest In HBCUs

Earlier this year, a man named Jack Weldon Patrick passed away in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. A long-time lawyer, Patrick was remembered as a family man, an advocate for social justice, and a respected community leader.

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Annapolis City Dock Named To List Of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Annapolis’s City Dock to its 2018 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.

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Bowie Baysox Donate Ticket Proceeds To Capital Gazette Families Fund, Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Bowie Baysox will donate 50 percent of the ticket proceeds from their home game on Thursday, July 19, 2018 against the Erie SeaWolves (Class AA Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) to two funds set up to help and honor the victims and families affected in the Capital Gazette tragedy that occurred on June 28, 2018.

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Are You Ready For Summer Heat And Storms?

Summer’s high temperatures translate to more electricity use, as air conditioning units work harder to keep homes and businesses comfortable, but there are opportunities for customers to save. Starting June 1, 2018, the average BGE residential customer who purchases electricity from BGE will see a bill reduction of $11 a month due to the lowest electric commodity prices in a decade and distribution rate reductions spurred by federal tax-reform.

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Soundscapes Exhibit Currently ‘Playing’ at City Hall

Larry “Poncho” Brown

This collection of musicians includes saxophonists, guitarists, and pianists. They include “Big D” who is blowing away on the saxophone. “Big D” and the others have been “composed” over a 20-year period by Larry Brown. Currently, they are ‘playing’ at City Hall. “Big D” and his counterparts comprise a group known as “Soundscape.” However, these are not people— they are paintings created by Brown.

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Is Your Business Prepared And Protected For Hurricane Season?

“A remarkable number of business owners will spend a lot of time preparing their homes, but very little time preparing their businesses,” Strauss said. “Once a storm is on the radar, there is barely time to prepare your home, let alone your business.”

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Quarterback Robert Griffin, III Finds Himself In An Unfamiliar Backup Role

Once considered to be the cornerstone of a particular franchise down the road, Griffin now finds himself as a backup to Joe Flacco and a mentor for 2018 first-round pick Lamar Jackson.

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Artscape, America’s Largest Free Arts Festival Returns For Three Days

The 37th annual Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival returns to Charm City from Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. Artscape opens from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, with Artscape After Hours taking place Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Baltimore School Receives $100K Grant From Cooke Foundation

The Ingenuity Project at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute is among four recipients to equally share a $400,000 grant issued by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to selective public high schools.

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Pilot Program Seeks To Encourage African Americans To Consider Careers In Architecture, Historic Preservation

Only five percent of architecture students are black, according to data from the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and a meager 0.3 percent of licensed architects are African American women. However, all of that could soon change.

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B-360’s Brittany Young Is Making Her Mark

Engineer helping to put youth on the track of success

Brittany Young, founder of B-360 Baltimore, an organization that utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities. B-360 is changing the perception of engineers and dirt bike riders in Baltimore and beyond. Young says that most dirt bike riders start riding dirt bikes at the age of three or four. Since they start at such a young age, they have natural ability. They also have mechanical ability. Most fix their bikes, which is mechanics. This is all a part of the engineering design process. They have a leg-up because they have a different way of thinking that would elevate them on any level.

Wednesday, July 18

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NNPA, New Journal and Guide Host National Black Parents’ Town Hall in Norfolk

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) recently hosted its second National Black Parents’ Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence at the Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church in Norfolk, Va.

Monday, July 16

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UA Basketball's New Original Series Home Court: Baltimore

Under Armour Basketball's new inaugural series, Home Court: Baltimore is now live on YouTube!

Saturday, July 14

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The Angel Brown Affect

The infectious laugh, captivating smile, and endearing compassionate spirit of Angel Brown make the 5’2 real estate mogul a surprise to all who meet her and hear her story.

Friday, July 13

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Don't Just Do Infrastructure. America Needs Comprehensive Economic Development

President Trump recently proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. It's generally a good idea but infrastructure alone will not produce long-term inclusive growth. To achieve that, America instead needs a comprehensive economic development strategy. That means struggling communities must invest in many different types of capital: infrastructure, health, education, and small business development.

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AACC Architecture Student Ranks First In National Competition

Mark Davis, an Anne Arundel Community College architecture student, netted first place in a national competition with a design for a visitor’s center in California’s Joshua Tree National Park. He beat out 44 other submissions from 17 schools representing 13 states to win the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs, Inc. (CCCAP) 2018 Student Design Competition.

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BGE Customers Can Save Energy And Money By Shopping On BGEMarketplace.com

BGE customers can now purchase energy-saving products online at the BGE Marketplace. The newly-launched retail site offers energy-related products that save them time and money, such as LED lightbulbs, smart thermostats, advanced power strips, and more. The energy savings from these products support EmPOWER Maryland.

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Teen Author Shares ‘Real Talk’ In Her Debut Book

Book creates a conversation for young women to discuss bullying, self-love, romance and more.

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Local Barber Gives Back With Free Haircuts

Local barber Paul Vincent sees taking a razor to one’s hair as an opportunity to change a life by offering haircuts that cost as much as $50 to those who otherwise may not have been able to afford one.

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Baltimore Entrepreneur Already ‘Polished’ At Age 17

At 17, Madison Poole is already a successful entrepreneur. The Baltimore teen owns and operates Prince M Cosmetics, an online retailer with all-natural products and shades like Color Me Coral and Purple Fusion, which she helped to create with the assistance of a chemist she found on the Internet.

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Startup Nest Founder Offers Advice To Aspiring Entrepreneurs

“Keep going because there’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur of color, especially for women,” said Kyle O’Connor, the entrepreneur behind The Startup Nest, which in 2016 opened a 25,000-square-foot incubator in historic Pigtown in South Baltimore.

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Ravens Cornerback Tavon Young Makes His Way Back From Knee Injury

Third-year Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young will be one of the players to watch when the team reports to training camp in the coming weeks.

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T. Rowe Price Grant Spurs BCCC Engagement Plan For West Baltimore

The T. Rowe Price Foundation has awarded a grant to the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) to connect students in West Baltimore to jobs, community resources and success in higher education.

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August Deadline For 12th Annual Gaines Literary Award

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is August 15, 2018.

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Amazon Provides Backpacks To Six Head Start Locations In Baltimore

Large e-commerce company, Amazon worked with St. Vincent de Paul to donate 330 backpacks to six Head Start locations in Baltimore last month. The backpacks were filled with more than $8,000 worth of books, pencils, craft items and workbooks focused on reading, writing, math and science.

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Mental health Is A Real Thing!

Remember that it’s okay to take care of your mental wellbeing and put yourself first!

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The Baltimore Washington One Carnival Is Back!

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The Baltimore Washington One Carnival is an annual event in July that celebrates local Caribbean communities and their culture. Highlights of the Carnival weekend include a Caribbean-style street parade and a two-day outdoor festival. This year's event takes place on Saturday July 14, and Sunday July 15, 2018 at Clifton Park in Baltimore, Maryland.

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President Trump’s Useful Idiocy

Though the president still has many supporters, there is a growing consensus, especially as the Trump-initiated trade war heats up, that he does not have their best interests in mind, never mind the best interests of the nation as a whole.

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MDH Reminds Marylanders To Keep Wildlife In The Wild

Each year during the spring and summer months, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) receive reports of captive wildlife situations in which residents attempt to care for or possess wild animals. These attempts are often made with good intentions but pose serious risks to both the animals and humans involved.

Saturday, July 7

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Petition To Protect Our Journalists

In a special tribute to the victims of the tragic fatal shooting in Annapolis last week, Rocky Twyman and his wife dedicated an afternoon to gain signatures in respectful petition to Baltimore's politicians.

Friday, July 6

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Ravens Need To Keep Linebacker C.J. Mosley For The Long-Term

Baltimore picked up the fifth-year option for Mosley's rookie contract in April, which assures that he will be in a Ravens uniform in 2019. However, if the team wants to do right by Mosley, they'll sign him to a long-term deal.

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‘Text Neck’ Means Trouble For Anyone Addicted To Mobile Devices

Well before the invention of cell phones medical experts agreed that poor posture is the leading cause of back and neck pain. However, the explosion of 24-7 cell phone use has seriously compounded this problem— even giving rise to a new medical condition: ‘Text Neck.”

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Tribute To The Capital Gazette

On behalf of The Baltimore Times, The Annapolis Times newspapers and the people of the community, thank you for your service and your commitment to the community. — Joy Bramble, Publisher

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Don't Manage Diabetes, Reverse It

"Diabetes is reversible. That's the exciting conclusion of a study I'm leading at Indiana University Health."

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Dole and ShopRite Partner Bring Special Learning Garden to School

Dole Packaged Foods partnered with ShopRite and Captain Planet Foundation to install Project Learning Garden at Liberty Elementary School

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Our Children Are At Risk!

“Today, kids who bully and assault their classmates too often do so without fear of punishment. They know teachers have lost control and they realize they can get away with behavior that never used to be tolerated.”

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Vlad’s Man In The White House

"Your boy in the White House, the oafish, tweeting puppet of master string-puller Vladimir, is waiting for your further support this fall in our elections. Give Putin the extra power he craves and Vote Republican."

Legacy Of Maya Angelou Carries On With African American Expressions And Caged Bird Legacy LLC Partnership

Dr. Maya Angelou had a spirit full of love and hope. The power of her words and the stories she told were precious gifts given to us all. Now with the help of Caged Bird Legacy LLC, African American Expressions has created a multitude of products just in time for that wonderful time of the year, the Holiday season.

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Baltimore Polytechnic Student Wins 5th Annual Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announced that the winner of the fifth annual Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (The Fred) is Kailah Foreman, a senior at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

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Historic Annapolis Hosting Gospel Brunch

Historic Annapolis will host Gospel Brunch on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the William Paca House and Garden located at 186 Prince George Street in Annapolis from 10 a.m. to noon. The highlight of the brunch will be a performance by Extensions of Faith Praise Choir.

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Amazon To Help Hundreds Of Entrepreneurs Start Businesses Delivering Packages

Company continues its long-time commitment to supporting small businesses with an innovative new offering that helps individuals build their own delivery companies

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UMMC Embarks on Youth Summer Jobs Program for 16th Year

For the 16th year, the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is providing young people, ages 14 to 21 with work readiness skills training through targeted job matching to their career interests.