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Laurel synagogue invites community to help restore Torah

Most Jews will never touch a Torah with their bare hands in their lifetime. But here was Jeffrey Shulevitz, encouraging them to not only touch the sacred scripture, but to vigorously scrub decades of dirt off. "We are doctors in the Torah," said Shulevitz, a scribe. He asked: Could a doctor heal...

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  • Bloomberg urges world leaders to ignore Trump on climate change

    Bloomberg urges world leaders to ignore Trump on climate change

    New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Bloomberg, who considered a presidential bid after serving three terms as New York...

  • Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for border wall

    Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for border wall

    President Donald Trump and White House officials pressed congressional Republicans on Sunday to use the looming threat of a government shutdown to win funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top priority for the administration as it nears the symbolic 100-day mark. Trump wants funding...

  • 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...

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  • Wedded: Sarah Lynam and Adam Shaub didn't let their career paths become a barrier

    Wedded: Sarah Lynam and Adam Shaub didn't let their career paths become a barrier

    Date: Feb. 25 Her story: Sarah Lynam, 31, was born in Newark, Del., and raised in Bel Air. She works as an OB-GYN in Baltimore and will soon start a fellowship in gynecologic oncology in Buffalo, N.Y. Her mother, Lynn Bayne, lives in Havre de Grace. Her father, Kenneth Lynam, lives in Newark. His...

  • Weekend Adventure: A visitors' guide to Frederick

    Weekend Adventure: A visitors' guide to Frederick

    The beauty of a weekend getaway is the option to do whatever we like in the moment. Whether we're in the mood to hike, eat and drink well, learn history, work up a sweat or simply relax — we need destinations that can accommodate such whims. Drive an hour west from downtown Baltimore, and you'll...

  • '60 Minutes' episode to highlight Maryland Hunt Cup Sunday

    '60 Minutes' episode to highlight Maryland Hunt Cup Sunday

    Emmy-winning journalist Charlie Rose will report on the long-held tradition of timber racing and will highlight the annual Maryland Hunt Cup this Sunday on “60 Minutes,” according to the CBS website. The annual race, in its 121st year held on April 29, features a 4-mile, 22-fence racecourse, which...

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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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