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Governor Larry Hogan launches customer service initiative

Key principles to serve as basis for interactions between state employees and constituents

Governor Larry Hogan launched the Customer Service Initiative, a continuous program designed to foster improvements in customer service across Maryland state agencies.

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MTA debuts new Express BusLink service

New routes to improve suburb-to-suburb connectivity

Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn praised the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) for launching Express BusLink as the first new service offered as part of BaltimoreLink.Governor Larry Hogan announced the $135 million transit improvement plan in October 2015 to create an integrated transit system that is easy-to-use and better connects people to jobs, entertainment centers and other transit modes.

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Getting your child vaccinated over summer break? Don’t forget HPV

Vaccine helps prevent cancer but remains underutilized in Maryland

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is encouraging parents and providers to use every child’s visit to the doctor— such as an annual checkup or physicals for sports, camp or for other school-required immunizations— to discuss vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV) and to initiate or complete the series of three shots over six months.

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Baltimore Community Foundation raises $103.7 million to help city thrive

The Baltimore Community Foundation, the local philanthropic organization whose mission is to inspire donors to achieve their charitable goals from generation to generation and to improve the quality of life in the region through grant making, civic leadership and strategic investments, has announced that it has raised nearly $104 million in three years.

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New exhibit focuses on being Black in White America

A new exhibit at the Galerie Myrtis Fine Art Gallery explores the politicization of Black identity in the United States.

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Discover the unexpected: NNPA journalism scholars are breaking the news

Today people are exposed to 10-minute news segments six times per hour in a 24-hour news cycle in terms of television and radio news. Twitter, Facebook and other social media are now used for instantaneous news, commentary, and the sharing of perspectives by hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.

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Morris Day headlines Baltimore concert to honor Prince

Shortly after receiving the devastating news of his mentor Prince’s death, Morris Day stood speechless.

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D.C. native’s legacy: Promoting the best of Black music

Entrepreneur Darryll E. Brooks Still Opening Doors for Local Talent

Last week, as the Washington Informer began its coverage of African-American Music Appreciation Month, we featured veteran disc jockey Russ Parr who recently returned to the Greater Washington Area, bringing his unique style and long-recognized brand to the DMV as part of the weekly lineup on Radio One DC’s popular station, WKYS 93.9 FM.

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Scarborough Foundation to honor Earth, Wind & Fire

The Scarborough Foundation will honor music legends Earth, Wind & Fire, Melvin Miles and Dr. Hattie Bailey at its inaugural awards celebration, “A Musical Tribute to Skip Scarborough,” on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center located on the campus of Morgan State University.

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Tips for finding a great summer rental

The growth of lodging websites such as Airbnb and VRBO has given travelers more temporary housing options than ever before. Such sites may appeal to those vacationers who want a taste of home away from home without having to pay potentially exorbitant hotel prices.

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Researchers hope to go beyond wigs with 3-D printed hair

Any number of complicated things can be created in a matter of minutes with 3-D printer technology: weapons, robots, even pizza. But what if you could print hair?

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A glimmer of hope on gun control

The first sign of hope in the gun control debate in many years came this week as Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, offered legislation that would prohibit people who are on the "no fly" and other surveillance lists from purchasing guns. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer told reporters, "There may be a glimmer of hope now" since the proposal seemed to be a "step in the right direction."

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Master magical marinades

Grilled foods boast inviting flavors that put many diners on the lookout for second helpings. Quite often the magic behind grilled meals lies in the marinade used to give foods that flavorful kick.

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The best and worst states to raise children in

Minnesota reigns as the most kid-friendly state to raise a family for the second year in a row, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday.

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Gladys Knight's son accused of tax evasion as restaurants raided

Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles, an Atlanta dining institution that features Southern favorites and is named after the famed singer, was raided on Tuesday after Georgia's Department of Revenue accused the owner -- Knight's son -- of theft and tax evasion.

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Where are the African American and Latina Mark Zuckerbergs and Cheryl Sandbergs?

The question, which came from a participant in a minority business empowerment seminar, quieted the room. The answer is simple: “They’re out there. But they don’t have a data plan.”

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Senator John McCain foolishly blames President Obama for the massacre in Orlando

The cretin who took an assault weapon into Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, on “salsa night” is beneath contempt.

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Pfizer officials call for blacks to participate in Sickle Cell Disease clinical trials

June 19, 2016 marks World Sickle Cell Day.

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Roberts wins Heptathlon at Panamerican Combined Events Championships

Coppin State women's track and field student-athlete Khemani Roberts competed last weekend for her native country of Trinidad & Tobago at the Panamerican Combined Events Cup/Canadian Combined Events Championships on June 17-19 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.

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Can you recognize the faces in these combs?

Artist celebrates freedom activists through Afro comb

It's a well recognized image. Today's modern hand fisted Afro comb. One artist has used its symbol to celebrate black activists jailed fighting for freedom, fairness and social justice.

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