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  • Treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is and lift research ban

    Treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is and lift research ban

    As a mother, school shootings tear a hole in my heart, making me fear for a day when my own child doesn't come home from school. As someone who grew up in a gun-owning family with law enforcement family members, I respect the Second Amendment and believe there are many law-abiding citizens who...

  • 911 texting a good start, but Md. system needs more to protect lives

    911 texting a good start, but Md. system needs more to protect lives

    Every child knows what to do in an emergency: They dial 911. But when 911 fails, people die. On April 19, 2006, Kaafee Billah called 911 from his office at MedImmune/AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg. He thought he might be having a heart attack. Emergency responders searched from office to office, looking...

  • What I learned as an anti-bias educator at UMD

    What I learned as an anti-bias educator at UMD

    For 10 years, I had the privilege of working with undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, focusing on anti-bias education in the five courses that I created and taught. Although I am no longer at UMD, I believe that some of the themes that emerged from discussions I had with African...

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: NRA wants to regulate gun access

    Alternative Fact of the Week: NRA wants to regulate gun access

    Our view: The pro-gun script post-Florida features a robust combination of empathy and prevarication Viewers of CNN witnessed quite the spectacle this week when National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch appeared to commit her organization to gun control — and did so passionately. During...

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  • 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...

  • Brookside Market opening in Jacksonville in Baltimore County

    Brookside Market opening in Jacksonville in Baltimore County

    Brookside Market, a new deli and restaurant, is preparing to open in Jacksonville in Baltimore County. Chef-owner Casey Brooks said he’s hoping to open the doors next week at 14232 Jarrettsville Pike in the building that most recently housed the Dogwood Tack shop. Brooks previously owned Casey’s...

  • Amid Russian ads, bots, trolls: Regulate Facebook, other platforms or risk losing democracy

    Amid Russian ads, bots, trolls: Regulate Facebook, other platforms or risk losing democracy

    You have to wonder how close we are going to skate to the edge of losing our democracy before we decide to regulate social media platforms like Facebook. You also have to wonder why there are so few calls for accountability as instance after instance of Russian interference in American life continue...

  • Yelp calls this Baltimore restaurant one of the best places to eat in the country

    Yelp calls this Baltimore restaurant one of the best places to eat in the country

    A Little Italy focacceria is one of the top 100 places to eat in the United States, according to the latest list from Yelp. Joe Benny’s was named among the review website’s Top 100 Places to Eat for 2018. The eatery was the only restaurant in Maryland to make the list. The list was compiled by...

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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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