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HBO movie on Henrietta Lacks puts spotlight on Johns Hopkins

HBO movie on Henrietta Lacks puts spotlight on Johns Hopkins

As a movie starring Oprah Winfrey about Henrietta Lacks and her groundbreaking cells hits television screens Saturday, one major character in her story has remained muted. Johns Hopkins Medicine, whose doctors took Lacks' cells without her consent during a diagnostic procedure in 1951, has kept...

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  • Trump's election has mobilized resistance, but will it divide Democrats?

    Trump's election has mobilized resistance, but will it divide Democrats?

    She knew to hold her tongue during a business trip to Chicago the night Donald Trump was elected, and endured a long evening of schmoozing with the other sales reps and executives. Back in her hotel room the next morning, Lisa drew a hot bath and sobbed. Then her sadness turned to an anger that...

  • Inside Donald Trump's obsession with cable TV

    Inside Donald Trump's obsession with cable TV

    During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Donald Trump's tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go. The president's response was swift and unequivocal....

  • Trump takes hard line on border wall as threat of government shutdown looms

    Trump takes hard line on border wall as threat of government shutdown looms

    President Donald Trump and his top aides applied new pressure Sunday on lawmakers to include money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border in a must-pass government funding bill, raising the possibility of a federal government shutdown this week. In a pair of tweets, Trump attacked Democrats for opposing...

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  • In defense of science

    In defense of science

    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate and defend science — at a time when many believe that science does, in fact, need defending. President Trump's budget proposal cuts 31 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, slashes the Department...

  • Eye on Ocean City's horizon

    Eye on Ocean City's horizon

    Imagine lying on the beach in Ocean City and feeling visually assaulted. Is it the looming stucco-plastered high-rises or the indiscriminant clutter of surf shops, arcades, bars and condos behind you? Let's say no. Or maybe the throngs of beach-goers in their colorful attire and various states...

  • Clearing cases isn't enough

    Clearing cases isn't enough

    The drop in the Baltimore Police Department's homicide clearance rate in recent years was a sign that the violence on the streets was overwhelming our ability to maintain order and safety. Each case police couldn't close was not only a wound to the victim's family, it was also an invitation to...

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  • Baltimore homicide closure rate near 50 percent, but figure is complicated

    Baltimore homicide closure rate near 50 percent, but figure is complicated

    The Baltimore police rate of closed homicides stands at about 49 percent for the year — but that doesn't mean half of this year's killings have been solved. About a quarter of this year's killings have resulted in handcuffs and charges against a suspect. The rest of the closed cases are killings...

  • Drug-related deaths overburden Maryland medical examiner's office

    Drug-related deaths overburden Maryland medical examiner's office

    The opioid epidemic that has claimed so many lives in Maryland is overwhelming the state medical examiner's office. The agency has exceeded national caseload standards — the number of autopsies a single pathologist should perform in a year — in each of the past four years. The office now risks...

  • Researchers find data breaches more likely at large teaching hospitals

    Researchers find data breaches more likely at large teaching hospitals

    Large health care providers and teaching hospitals face a greater risk of having their medical records compromised by hackers, researchers say in a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers, including Ge Bai, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins...

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