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Getting Cirque du Soleil into Baltimore takes some gymnastics

Getting Cirque du Soleil into Baltimore takes some gymnastics

Even though she’s been doing it for a few years now, moving 100 people and 20 truckloads of equipment and supplies into a new town almost every week is a feat Heather Reilly never takes for granted. Which is why, every time she spearheads the roadshow version of Cirque du Soleil’s move to a new...

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  • Testing for the future means accepting low scores today

    Testing for the future means accepting low scores today

    The motivational set loves quotes like this one, funnily enough attributed both to Henry Ford and Soichiro Honda: “Success is 99 percent failure.” They may know more about cars than test scores, but it would be interesting to have them kick the tires on the school assessment test results released...

  • Baltimore Ravens need to specify which kind of Americans they're proud of

    Baltimore Ravens need to specify which kind of Americans they're proud of

    At the start of every home game I’ve attended since 2001, the Ravens organization has welcomed the American flag into M&T Bank Stadium with Lee Greenwood’s bellicose “God Bless the U.S.A.” song with its frequent refrain: “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, And I won't...

  • Monday's eclipse demonstrated our faith in science

    Monday's eclipse demonstrated our faith in science

    Monday’s total solar eclipse, which stretched a band of black night across the continent at mid-day, displayed the awesome power of nature in ways that make an individual human shudder at his smallness. But as the moon intruded on the sun’s direct line to Earth, another great power was on display....

  • Crowd-working for Amazon took a physical and psychological toll for one woman

    Crowd-working for Amazon took a physical and psychological toll for one woman

    Most people know about Amazon. Fewer know about Mechanical Turk, the crowd-work platform Amazon owns and runs. It’s a website where workers (“Turkers”) can find jobs, and employers (“requesters”) post them. Jobs are anything one might do on a computer that a computer cannot do alone — tagging photos,...

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  • Why we don’t hear Under Armour's Kevin Plank say ‘Nike’

    Why we don’t hear Under Armour's Kevin Plank say ‘Nike’

    Just as coaches from some football teams such as Ohio State generally decline to utter the name of their chief rival, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank will rarely if ever publicly say “Nike.” He calls his company’s adversary “my competition” or something similar. Most other Under Armour executives...

  • Seasons opens kosher supermarket in Pikesville

    Seasons opens kosher supermarket in Pikesville

    Seasons, a New York-based kosher supermarket chain, opened its newest grocery store Tuesday in PIkesville. The specialty grocer had announced plans more than two years ago to expand to Maryland. It opened its first store in the state in a former Office Depot on Reisterstown Road, just inside the...

  • Regulators, Whole Foods shareholders approve Amazon deal

    Regulators, Whole Foods shareholders approve Amazon deal

    Whole Foods shareholders and federal regulators approved Amazon's $13.7 billion acquisition of the organic grocer, a deal that could bring big changes to the supermarket industry and how people order groceries online. By buying Whole Foods, Amazon is taking a bold step into bricks-and-mortar, with...

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  • Maryland State Fair highlights: Then and now

    Maryland State Fair highlights: Then and now

    Call it the best lead-up to the first day of school that any kid could ask for. Call it, as organizers did for years, the “11 best days of summer” (even though this year’s edition lasts 12 days). Or call it, as they’ve taken to calling themselves, the “UnFAIRgettable My Maryland State Fair.” By...

  • Best Baltimore bars 2017: Beer havens, skillful cocktails and everything in between

    Best Baltimore bars 2017: Beer havens, skillful cocktails and everything in between

    There is no exact science to a great bar. Atmosphere can trump beer selection. A gracious, informative staff can be more valuable than high-end liquor. An exciting cocktail list makes it easier to forgive an unfortunate soundtrack. In Baltimore, we’re reminded of this every time we head out for...

  • A 350-pound banana split and other indulgent foods found at the state fair

    A 350-pound banana split and other indulgent foods found at the state fair

    Oversized sweets are among the main attractions on the menu at the 2017 Maryland State Fair, but they won’t overpower the flavors of traditional deep-fried fair food. The 136th annual event will showcase several larger-than-life desserts, including a 10-foot-long Cow Tales candy, the caramel and...

  • Symphony Number One showcases new work from diverse composers

    Symphony Number One showcases new work from diverse composers

    Baltimore’s cultural life frequently gets vivified by startups when young (or not so young) actors, musicians and visual artists create their own outlets. Among those adding to this energy is Symphony Number One, a chamber orchestra that debuted in 2015 and quickly made its mark by providing a...

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  • Fictional characters you might not know are from Baltimore

    Fictional characters you might not know are from Baltimore

    Admit it -- it's a small thrill to pick up a book or settle into your movie seat and realize that a character that sprang entirely from an author's imagination -- an enigmatic underling or even the leading lady -- hails from Smalltimore or at the very least, Maryland. We've started a list of fictitious...

  • Ballet After Dark uses dance, meditation to heal emotional scars

    Ballet After Dark uses dance, meditation to heal emotional scars

    “Suck in the guts and squeeze the butts,” Tyde-Courtney Edwards reminded the group of women in front of her as she slowly bent her knees in a plié. She placed her right hand on her stomach and her left hand on her back as she explained the proper body placement for ballet. She then gave life advice...

  • Breast cancer survivor goes on 300-mile kayak trip to raise money for UM

    Breast cancer survivor goes on 300-mile kayak trip to raise money for UM

    When Carolyn Choate was in the midst of her fight against breast cancer, she turned toward the epics for inspiration. “I thought, ‘Wow, all these battles these males went through, if they knew what it was like to go through chemotherapy, now that’s a battle,’ ” the Havre de Grace native said. Choate...

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  • Federal judge again throws out Texas voter ID law backed by Justice Department under Trump

    Federal judge again throws out Texas voter ID law backed by Justice Department under Trump

    A federal judge who has compared Texas' voter ID requirements to a "poll tax" on minorities once again blocked the law Wednesday, rejecting a weakened version backed by the Trump administration and dealing Texas Republicans another court defeat over voting rights. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales...

  • Energy Department's recommendations would bolster coal, nuclear power plants

    Energy Department's recommendations would bolster coal, nuclear power plants

    A much-anticipated Energy Department report on the electricity grid made recommendations for regulatory changes that would bolster coal and nuclear power plants. The changes, if adopted, would alter the way prices are determined in electricity markets, ease environmental reviews for coal plants...

  • Pardon for Arpaio would be rare but not unprecedented act

    Pardon for Arpaio would be rare but not unprecedented act

    If former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is pardoned in coming days - as President Donald Trump strongly suggested Tuesday night - the move will be the latest in a long line of hotly-debated political pardons that critics say violate the spirit but not the laws of executive authority. The U.S. Constitution...

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  • Maryland Democrats request details on Jared Kushner apartment holdings in state

    Maryland Democrats request details on Jared Kushner apartment holdings in state

    Congressional Democrats from Maryland are asking for thousands of pages of documents to review the business practices of the apartment rental company owned by Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump. In a letter Friday, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps....

  • Baltimore day care remains closed following death of 8-month-old

    Baltimore day care remains closed following death of 8-month-old

    Following the death of an infant in May, the Rocket Tiers Learning Center in Baltimore remains under emergency suspension as the Maryland State Department of Education investigates whether the facility is safe for children. The center had appealed the suspension, but it was recently upheld after...

  • Baltimore to pay $3.9 million to help clean up pollution from dump site

    Baltimore to pay $3.9 million to help clean up pollution from dump site

    Baltimore officials agreed this week to pay $3.9 million to help clean up hazardous pollution from a dump site in East Baltimore. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, voted Wednesday to enter into a consent decree with the federal government and state of Maryland...

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