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  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Ted Cruz, school shootings and Japan

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Ted Cruz, school shootings and Japan

    One of the more popular internet memes regarding Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made a head-turning point about gun violence. Asked about school shootings during a debate with his Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke, the Republican senator pointed to a loss of Christian values, a not uncommon talking point...

  • Baltimore's squeegee dilemma

    Baltimore's squeegee dilemma

    People who drive through downtown Baltimore report a wide variety of experiences with the squeegee kids who try to make money by cleaning windshields at traffic lights. Some people are happy to give them a dollar or two, and to exchange a few words as they pass by. Some people habitually wave them...

  • Civility not yet dead in American politics

    Civility not yet dead in American politics

    Civility — the ability to substantively and respectfully discuss issues with those who see things differently from you — is largely assumed to have disappeared from American society. From California Rep. Maxine Waters’ urging people to “to push back on [administration officials] and… tell them...

  • Surviving a gunshot, one man's story

    Surviving a gunshot, one man's story

    I hurt for black men and boys who’ve survived getting shot and never sought help to deal with the emotional trauma. As a black man who's been shot before I know personally of the devastation that the victim must endure. Even though I was shot 26 years ago, on Oct. 13, 1992, it still haunts me every...

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  • Port of Baltimore sets new monthly auto record in August

    Port of Baltimore sets new monthly auto record in August

    More than 65,000 cars and light trucks were shipped through the port of Baltimore in August, a new monthly record for the state-owned terminals, officials announced Thursday. Due to its inland location and highway and rail connections, Baltimore’s port has been ranked the nation’s top port for...

  • Square unveils 'Terminal' gadget to rival keypad credit-card machines

    Square unveils 'Terminal' gadget to rival keypad credit-card machines

    Square Inc. unveiled a device that competes with old-school keypad-based credit-card machines, part of the payment company’s broader effort to attract new merchants. The product, called Square Terminal, enables sellers to ring up sales, process any type of payment and print receipts from one device,...

  • Ebay sues Amazon, alleges it tried to poach its sellers

    Ebay sues Amazon, alleges it tried to poach its sellers

    Ebay filed a lawsuit against Amazon Wednesday, saying the online retail giant used eBay's messaging system to steal its sellers. In the lawsuit, eBay said Amazon representatives signed up for eBay accounts and messaged sellers to get them to sell their goods on Amazon.com, which eBay said violated...

  • Kleenex to rebrand its 'mansize' tissues after gender complaints

    Kleenex to rebrand its 'mansize' tissues after gender complaints

    Kleenex will rebrand its "Mansize" tissues after consumers complained the name was sexist — touching off a social media conversation about what's in a name. The company behind Kleenex, Kimberly-Clark, said Thursday that the product, which is sold only in the U.K., will now be called "Kleenex Extra...

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  • New Maryland brewery 1623 Brewing Co. debuts in Carroll County with launch party tonight

    New Maryland brewery 1623 Brewing Co. debuts in Carroll County with launch party tonight

    Zac Rissmiller has degrees in engineering, but he calls them “just pieces of paper.” Instead of putting what he learned in college to work, he pursued his love of brewing. As a survivor of the Columbine High School massacre that left 15 dead in 1999, Rissmiller said life’s too short not to pursue...

  • Who would win a Hogan vs. Jealous rap battle? Find out this weekend — sort of

    Who would win a Hogan vs. Jealous rap battle? Find out this weekend — sort of

    Forget Drake, Kanye and Pusha T. Here’s a rap beef that could do some good. Rap battle organizer Shaka Pitts will host a free Gubernatorial Rap Battle at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center Sunday, which will feature Baltimore rappers Ray Cobaine and J. Law, who will represent the platforms of Republican...

  • How Julia Louis-Dreyfus quietly became the most successful sitcom star ever

    How Julia Louis-Dreyfus quietly became the most successful sitcom star ever

    In 1989, Jerry Seinfeld, a nasally stand-up who could turn mundane observations into nightclub gold, and Larry David, a cantankerous comedy writer coming off a failed stint at "Saturday Night Live," developed an idea for a TV show. But the pilot for "The Seinfeld Chronicles" bombed when NBC tested...

  • Deadmau5 drops from Laurel Park's Clubhouse Festival

    Deadmau5 drops from Laurel Park's Clubhouse Festival

    This weekend’s first-ever Clubhouse Festival — the Stronach Group’s attempt at a Preakness InfieldFest-like concert at Laurel Park — will not have its main headliner: the electronic dance music producer and DJ Deadmau5. Club Glow, one of the organizers of the event, announced the news on Twitter...

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