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  • 20 area events that make for a fantastic Fourth of July

    20 area events that make for a fantastic Fourth of July

    July Fourth is not just for parades anymore. Not that there won't be parades aplenty of Saturday, but if this is the Fourth for stepping outside your normal comfort zone, we've got plenty for you, too. So get out your quill pens and tricorn hats and have yourself a flag-waving good time. For Fourth...

  • 10 star-spangled facts to share at your Fourth of July barbecue

    10 star-spangled facts to share at your Fourth of July barbecue

    Marc Ferris, author of 2014's "Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem," offers up some tidbits about Francis Scott Key's famous poem, which later became the country's anthem. Wow relatives and neighbors with your newfound knowledge.

  • Fourth of July dining in Baltimore

    Fourth of July dining in Baltimore

    We've gathered up a bunch of Fourth of July dinners, picnics and parties. Some restaurants located near fireworks displays are offering special prix-fixe dinners, and a few attractions are throwing family-friendly parties.    

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  • Dixon's return

    Dixon's return

    Given the riots after Freddie Gray's death, the ensuing spike in violent crime and all the systemic economic, educational and social problems that have been brought to light as a result, Baltimore could assuredly use an election. We need a real conversation about this city's leadership, and we...

  • The burdens of being black

    The burdens of being black

    I was born human more than a half century ago but also birthed with the burden of being black. I discovered racial discrimination early in life. I grew up among the black poor in Hartford, where a pattern of housing segregation prevailed. One city, but separated North end and South end on the basis...

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    Montgomery's sick leave experiment

    Long before there was a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants, Montgomery County adopted such a restriction when it was still a pretty controversial step to take. Before the Maryland General Assembly approved widespread use of cameras to enforce traffic laws, Montgomery County already had them...

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