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  • HBCUs contribute to our nation's prosperity — past and future

    HBCUs contribute to our nation's prosperity — past and future

    One important contribution of the African-American community to our nation’s history and future prosperity are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The founders of these institutions recognized, as Frederick Douglass once said, that education “means emancipation.” Since their origination...

  • The wrong approach to Md.'s opioid overdose epidemic

    The wrong approach to Md.'s opioid overdose epidemic

    At a community meeting last month, a middle-aged woman came up to me. She told me her son, Andrew, is alive today because of the opioid antidote, naloxone. He has been in treatment for his addiction and is now employed as a peer outreach worker. “Andrew would have been dead 10 times by now,” she...

  • Baltimore City Council should pass bill banning sugary drinks from kids' menus

    Baltimore City Council should pass bill banning sugary drinks from kids' menus

    As a pastor in East Baltimore, I see my community suffering from improper nutrition on a regular basis. Poor eating and drinking habits contribute to chronic diseases as they affect children, adults and grandparents from generation to generation. Choosing healthy beverages is a huge problem for...

  • What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan

    What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan

    Gubernatorial candidates like to talk about their choice of a running mate as if it were really consequential. They pitch their No. 2s as partners in governance and proof of their ability to make good and responsible decisions. And without exception, they try to pick someone who will enhance their...

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  • Alcohol regulator Peter Franchot, lawmakers clash in heated hearing on beer regulations

    Alcohol regulator Peter Franchot, lawmakers clash in heated hearing on beer regulations

    Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot took his case for fewer limits on the state’s craft brewers before a panel of lawmakers whose hearing room turned into a lion’s den Friday as delegates accused him of fomenting rancor over the issue. Franchot had promoted the hearing on his Facebook page like...

  • More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

    More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

    Several major companies - Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec, Hertz and Avis - have ended co-branding partnerships with the National Rifle Association as a #BoycottNRA social media movement picks up steam. Enterprise - the parent company of car-rental brands Enterprise,...

  • Maryland health care costs lower than other states, analysis finds

    Maryland health care costs lower than other states, analysis finds

    Maryland had the lowest health care costs in a comparison of five states conducted by the nonprofit Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. The state’s total costs were on average 16 percent lower in 2015 than those in Colorado, Utah, Minnesota and Oregon, the study found. The overall price...

  • Glen Burnie tech firm moving to Hanover, adding 100 jobs

    Glen Burnie tech firm moving to Hanover, adding 100 jobs

    A Glen Burnie IT firm is moving to a new facility in Hanover, where it plans to add 100 jobs over the next five years. Vision Technologies Inc. said Thursday it will use $350,000 in state and county loans and grants to help with the move and expand its workforce. About half of the company’s 500-plus...

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  • After a string of high-profile closures, looking at the state of Jewish-style delis in Baltimore

    After a string of high-profile closures, looking at the state of Jewish-style delis in Baltimore

    Marc Attman’s family has been piling corned beef on rye bread for generations — a lineage that he expects could end with him. Attman’s Deli on East Lombard Street is one of the last remaining holdouts of Baltimore’s famed Corned Beef Row. The deli has outlasted a number of its peers, and continues...

  • Maryland small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry

    Maryland small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry

    A year after the Maryland General Assembly passed regulatory reforms intended to help craft breweries grow, a debate over beer is set to be renewed Friday. But while last year's discussions were focused on Guinness' plans for a Baltimore County brewery, this time, the goal is less clear.

  • Indian-Pakistani restaurant opening in Union Square

    Indian-Pakistani restaurant opening in Union Square

    In Baltimore’s Union Square neighborhood, a to-be-named restaurant centered on Indian and Pakistani cuisine is slated to open this summer. The eatery will open at 1500 W. Pratt St. in the building that housed the International Academy of Hair Design and Technology, seating about 35 guests, according...

  • Local campaigns aim to help Baltimore students see 'Black Panther'

    Local campaigns aim to help Baltimore students see 'Black Panther'

    Aaron Maybin, the NFL linebacker-turned-art teacher who drew national attention to the city’s cold schools after posting a picture online of his students huddled in coats in a classroom, is looking to start another campaign to benefit his students. Maybin, an educator at Matthew A. Henson Elementary...

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  • Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    In a ruling that could have reverberations on this year's crucial elections, a federal judge Thursday ruled that Florida's current ban on former felons voting is unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a blistering ruling that says the...

  • Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    The oldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro killed himself on Thursday after months of treatment for depression, state media reported. He was 68. Official website Cubadebate said that Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart had been in a "deeply depressed state." A brief note read on state television said...

  • Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    When Barack Obama speaks, people listen. At least they did when he was in the White House. But that kind of authority didn't hold much sway when it came time for his presidential portrait. At a ceremony Monday to unveil portraits of him and former first lady Michelle Obama, the former president...

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