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  • Hey, Trump, hands off my health care!

    Hey, Trump, hands off my health care!

    Until Obamacare came along, I never imagined that I would one day be collecting a governmental subsidy to help me cover the cost of my health care. But I do. I am neither ashamed nor proud of it. I was previously uninsured and hoping like hell that I did not get seriously sick or injured. Then...

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    Don't let Trump weaken Russia sanctions

    If there’s one thing all our elected leaders from both parties ought to agree on, it’s that Russia’s role in cyberattacks on the 2016 election were a provocation that must be answered. In the Senate, that was very nearly true. An amendment to an Iran sanctions bill would add new sanctions against...

  • Learning shouldn't end just because school's out for summer.

    Learning shouldn't end just because school's out for summer.

    Ahhh, another “end” of the school year. Or is it? We typically think, by default, that our children’s “education” only happens from September to June. But while this time is certainly important, we need to expand our thinking — and our time frame — if we are going to truly support our children’s...

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  • Five minutes with Dana Stein, executive director of Civic Works

    Five minutes with Dana Stein, executive director of Civic Works

    As a youth, Dana Stein spent summers working a variety of jobs — cashier, busboy and typist, just to name a few. "What it taught me was the importance of showing up on time and working with others," he said, adding that those skills are needed for any job. Today as executive director and founder...

  • Port of Baltimore ranks as fourth fastest-growing port in North America

    Port of Baltimore ranks as fourth fastest-growing port in North America

    The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore handled nearly 10 percent more cargo last year than the previous year, making it the fourth fastest-growing port in North America, according to a recent study by the Journal of Commerce, an industry publication. In 2016, he port handled the equivalent of...

  • Long & Foster's Creig Northrop Team tops nation in sales volume

    Long & Foster's Creig Northrop Team tops nation in sales volume

    The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate topped the nation in real estate sales volume last year, according to a new analysis. The Baltimore-area residential agency completed 1,772 transactions with a combined value of $765.5 million in 2016, according to the analysis by REAL Trends,...

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  • 'Finding Neverland' heads to Baltimore with vintage message, new Hook

    'Finding Neverland' heads to Baltimore with vintage message, new Hook

    No less an expert on youth and adventure than Mark Twain loved J. M. Barrie’s play “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up,” declaring it to be “a great and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age.” That assessment was made a century ago, but the sordid, money-mad...

  • Serenade festival celebrates JFK centennial by bringing together choral groups from around the world

    Serenade festival celebrates JFK centennial by bringing together choral groups from around the world

    John F. Kennedy, born 100 years ago, left a sizable mark on culture and diplomacy in his few years as president. “The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose,” he said in 1962, “and is a test of the...

  • Thomas Dolby auctions off customized trailer to benefit Living Classrooms

    Thomas Dolby auctions off customized trailer to benefit Living Classrooms

    Looking for a traveling trailer that once doubled as a technology-driven recording studio — and want the purchase to benefit Baltimore students? You could be in luck, thanks to Thomas Dolby. The multi-instrumentalist, author and Johns Hopkins professor is auctioning off his customized 2011 Camp-Inn...

  • New movie 'All Square' seeks Little Leaguers for Dundalk shoot

    New movie 'All Square' seeks Little Leaguers for Dundalk shoot

    A new film starring actors from “House of Cards” and “The Wire” is looking for local Little Leaguers to serve as extras. “All Square,” with Michael Kelly from “House of Cards” and Isiah Whitlock from “The Wire,” will be shooting next week at Battle Grove Field in Dundalk and needs young baseball...

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  • Amid around-the-clock care, Maryland Zoo's baby giraffe gets a name fit for an emperor

    Amid around-the-clock care, Maryland Zoo's baby giraffe gets a name fit for an emperor

    A giraffe calf born in poor health earlier this month at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has been given a name fit for an emperor: "Julius." "The name means 'youthful, downy-bearded,' both of which he is," said mammal collection and conservation manager Erin Cantwell in a statement Friday. "But for...

  • Wedded: Jennifer Ahn and Justin Kolbeck had an instant connection

    Wedded: Jennifer Ahn and Justin Kolbeck had an instant connection

    DATE: March 18 HER STORY: Jennifer Ahn, 34, was born and raised in Baltimore. She works as a pediatric urologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her parents, Hyo and Soon Ahn, live in Cockeysville. HIS STORY: Justin Kolbeck, 36, was born and raised in Orange, Calif. He works as a management consultant...

  • Baltimore is getting yet another trash wheel

    Baltimore is getting yet another trash wheel

    Baltimore’s family of trash-collecting water wheels continues to grow. The Maryland Port Administration plans to install a trash wheel near its dredged material placement site in Masonville Cove in South Baltimore. The device, which the port administration intends to install in February, joins...

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  • Maryland's children fare well in well-being

    Maryland's children fare well in well-being

    Maryland children are thriving in most areas of life, but a recent spike in deaths unveiled in an annual report on the well-being of young people is raising concern among advocates. Maryland ranked 16th among states for the well-being of its children in the 2017 Kids Count Data Book, released each...

  • Pugh to travel to U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting

    Pugh to travel to U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting

    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh plans to travel to the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Florida next weekend, her first trip to the gathering since being elected last year. The bipartisan get-together is a chance for mayors to discuss common challenges and opportunities they see for the...

  • Baltimore County employee withdraws request for sewer deal that was questioned

    Baltimore County employee withdraws request for sewer deal that was questioned

    A Baltimore County government employee has withdrawn her request for taxpayer help to extend a public sewer line to a property she owns in Reisterstown, a proposal that was first approved by the County Council, then put on hold. Suzanne Berger, the county's deputy director of human resources, withdrew...

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