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Brands turn to loyal customers to serve as their ambassadors

Brands turn to loyal customers to serve as their ambassadors

When Lauren Seserko wanted to get back into shape after college about five years ago, she went to the running store near her home in Baltimore for good shoes, a training team and advice on items to help her go faster and farther. Now a seasoned marathoner, she’s worked to encourage and guide others...

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  • Md.'s governor rejected fracking, now he should reject fracking infrastructure

    Md.'s governor rejected fracking, now he should reject fracking infrastructure

    Marylanders can be proud that our state was the first with natural gas reserves to pass a law banning fracking. Our governor agreed, concluding that the “environmental risks of fracking outweigh any benefits” and that we should protect our water and natural resources. After years of careful evaluation,...

  • Skinny repeal: Yet another terrible health care idea from the GOP

    Skinny repeal: Yet another terrible health care idea from the GOP

    Our view: With all other options failing, Republicans are turning to an Obamacare repeal plan that doesn’t even address their own concerns about the ACA Just when you thought Republicans had exhausted the universe of bad ideas for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Senate Majority...

  • Can football be played safely?

    Can football be played safely?

    Our view: The Ravens are back in training but increased evidence of serious brain injury among players may be dampening enthusiasm for the sport The Baltimore Ravens opened their training camp this week, and officials with the NFL franchise along with the Maryland Stadium Authority proudly unveiled...

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  • 'Trading Spaces' is casting Baltimore homeowners for reboot

    'Trading Spaces' is casting Baltimore homeowners for reboot

    “Trading Spaces” is coming back — and looking for Baltimore homeowners. The popular TLC reality show, on-air between 2000 and 2008, invites neighbors to swap houses and redecorate one room using a provided budget and the assistance of a professional designer. The reboot, hosted by Paige Davis,...

  • Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

    Pianists use their Concert Truck to make classical music more accessible

    Classical musicians everywhere face the persistent question of how to reach new audiences, to get more people enthused about an art form they might not know much about. Some pianists have gone the extra mile to address the issue — they give free performances on a mobile stage dubbed the Concert...

  • Hot sauce brand Huckle's to join Union Collective complex

    Hot sauce brand Huckle's to join Union Collective complex

    Hot sauce brand Huckle’s is the latest Baltimore company to join Union Collective, the manufacturing and retail complex anchored by Union Craft Brewing set to open next year in Medfield, said Huckle’s CEO Harrison Long. Huckle’s, which has been brewing and bottling at Maggie’s Farm restaurant in...

  • Celebrities rail against Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military

    Celebrities rail against Trump's proposed ban on transgender people in the military

    President Donald Trump hasn't exactly attracted many fans in Hollywood. And in the wake of his announcement Wednesday that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, he is facing a fresh wave of scathing criticism from a slew of celebrities who swiftly shared their...

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  • Orioles' Ryan Flaherty could start rehab assignment Thursday in Bowie

    Orioles' Ryan Flaherty could start rehab assignment Thursday in Bowie

    The Orioles could get utility man Ryan Flaherty – who has been on the disabled list for two months with a nagging injury in his right throwing shoulder – by the beginning of next week, manager Buck Showalter indicated. Flaherty will start his minor league rehab assignment on Thursday playing for...

  • The Rock compliments the Orioles' Adam Jones on his pregame wrestling form

    The Rock compliments the Orioles' Adam Jones on his pregame wrestling form

    A month ago, Adam Jones looked the part at Baltimore’s WWE Extreme Rules. Now he’s starting to act the part, too. Cameras last week caught the Orioles center fielder giving catcher Caleb Joseph a safe-for-work version of the Rock Bottom, one of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s finishing moves during...

  • Packed Smackdown Live features a big return (surprise!) and a title change

    Packed Smackdown Live features a big return (surprise!) and a title change

    It's no secret that often the televised shows are often better than the pay-per-views they follow. Tuesday night was striking in the difference, featuring two great matches, a return, and a title change. The new U.S. champion, Kevin Owens, kicked off the show celebrating his win from Battleground...

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  • Senate embarks on new round of voting to peel back Obamacare

    Senate embarks on new round of voting to peel back Obamacare

    Senate Republicans planned to forge ahead with a series of proposals aimed at revamping the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, hoping to produce some sort of legislation that could garner enough support to serve as the basis of negotiations with the House. But after winning a key procedural victory...

  • Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws subpoena for Manafort

    Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws subpoena for Manafort

    President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena. The committee withdrew its subpoena for Paul Manafort late Tuesday after Manafort agreed to turn over documents...

  • Justice Department rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities like Chicago

    Justice Department rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities like Chicago

    The Justice Department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities Tuesday, saying it will no longer give cities coveted grant money unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be...

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  • State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    State reaches settlement in Tyrone West death lawsuit

    Maryland has reached a $400,000 agreement to settle its share of a lawsuit in the 2013 death of Tyrone West from injuries received during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore. The settlement is scheduled for a vote Wednesday by the state Board of Public Works. It is part of the resolution of a...

  • Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

    A young woman who says she carried a gun for her own protection. A truck driver passing through Baltimore with a gun in his cab. The manager of an optometrist’s office who, after a car accident, was found to have a gun in his vehicle. As Baltimore’s City Council considers a proposed one-year mandatory...

  • Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    Neighborhood tensions arise as residents learn of plans for medical marijuana dispensaries

    John Seifert was having trouble renting out his shuttered flower shop in Baltimore County. Finally, a real estate agent found a potential tenant: a medical marijuana dispensary. Seifert signed a five-year lease with the firm, which wants to sell cannabis tinctures, oils and other products to patients...

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