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Feeling the fire with the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club

Feeling the fire with the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club

I will forever associate the word “Hit!” with a splash of tepid bay water, the smell of the Domino Sugars factory and a strong, tearing pain in my obliques. In front of me, an octogenarian dipped her paddle into the water with the ease of an Olympian. Behind me, a woman stood yelling, “Give me...

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  • Access to addiction treatment restricted for middle class

    Access to addiction treatment restricted for middle class

    Addiction does not discriminate – it wreaks havoc on individuals and families regardless of race, age, gender or socioeconomic status. But there’s a huge gap in access to treatment for a very large portion of the population: the middle-class. The two primary socio-economic groups in this country...

  • Baltimore's 'crime creep' problem

    Baltimore's 'crime creep' problem

    One of my employees was mugged this week, a block away from our shop at 314 N. Charles St., near the intersection with Saratoga Street. It happened at 2:30 on a warm and sunny Tuesday afternoon, with plenty of people around. My shop’s security cameras caught two of the perpetrators following this...

  • Maryland Catholic Conference needs to a take a position on clean energy

    Maryland Catholic Conference needs to a take a position on clean energy

    Monday marked three years since Pope Francis released his path-breaking ecological encyclical “Laudato Si’ — On Care for Our Common Home.” It was a clarion call to Catholics like me, but really to all peoples and faiths, to take decisive action on creating a future based on clean, renewable energy....

  • Mental illness: a different kind of #MeToo

    Mental illness: a different kind of #MeToo

    The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are sparking a different kind of #MeToo movement in which others are coming forward and confessing their private pain across CNN, Twitter, Facebook and other media outlets. And that’s a good thing. It helps others know that they are not alone. I’ve...

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  • Schedule unveiled for October's Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore

    Schedule unveiled for October's Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore

    Air displays from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, public tours of nearly a dozen U.S., Canadian and British ships and a weekend festival at the Inner Harbor highlight plans for October’s Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore. Described as a “weeklong celebration of the rich maritime traditions...

  • Downtown Baltimore gastropub Alewife closes over the weekend

    Downtown Baltimore gastropub Alewife closes over the weekend

    A downtown gastropub closed over the weekend, the latest in a mounting list of shuttered bars and restaurants in Baltimore. Alewife abruptly announced it was closing for good in a Saturday Facebook post. “We’re leaving tonight having made wonderful lifelong memories and some life-long friends....

  • Baltimore native to bring New York-inspired corner store to the heart of Hampden

    Baltimore native to bring New York-inspired corner store to the heart of Hampden

    After years of scaling the tech startup scene, a Baltimore native has turned her sights to delivering the communality and convenience of New York bodegas to Hampden this fall. Tess Russell, a Baltimore native, is the one-woman show behind Prime Corner. The bodega-inspired store — just blocks away...

  • AFRAM Festival to expand back to two days in August at Druid Hill Park

    AFRAM Festival to expand back to two days in August at Druid Hill Park

    The AFRAM Festival, Baltimore’s annual celebration of African-American culture, will return to its two-day format in August at Druid Hill Park. Entering its 42nd year, the free festival will take place noon-8 p.m. Aug. 11 and noon-6 p.m. Aug. 12, said Tonya Miller, senior director of public affairs...

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  • In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

    In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

    President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports as the two nations move closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10 percent rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating...

  • Trump: News media would have called Obama 'a national hero' for meeting Kim Jong Un

    Trump: News media would have called Obama 'a national hero' for meeting Kim Jong Un

    President Donald Trump on Monday suggested a double standard in news media coverage of his achievements and those of President Barack Obama, going on Twitter to complain that his predecessor would have received far more credit for meeting with the North Korean dictator. "If President Obama (who...

  • Supreme Court leaves door open to curbing partisan districts

    Supreme Court leaves door open to curbing partisan districts

    The Supreme Court on Monday allowed electoral maps that were challenged as excessively partisan to remain in place for now, declining to rule on the bigger issue of whether to put limits on redistricting for political gain. The court issued a pair of unanimous rulings in partisan redistricting...

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