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Robots are spreading through the workforce. Will they crowd out humans?

Robots are spreading through the workforce. Will they crowd out humans?

The Swingobot 2000 was showing off, navigating a busy hallway at Sinai Hospital to scrub the floor. Then Tug, a smaller robot, glided up unexpectedly from behind, returning to the pharmacy after delivering medication to nurses. Tug was programmed to detect people and other obstacles in its path....

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  • For Florida schoolchildren, a day of violence and fear; for Baltimore schoolchildren, a way of life

    For Florida schoolchildren, a day of violence and fear; for Baltimore schoolchildren, a way of life

    Listen to the kids from Parkland about gun violence, but listen to the kids in Baltimore, too. Since the killing of 17 students, teachers and coaches at a Florida high school on Wednesday, many brave students who survived have spoken out about the need for change. As victims of the psychological...

  • Mass shootings and mass marketing: America's gun culture

    Mass shootings and mass marketing: America's gun culture

    For years, those who profit from the manufacture and sale of weapons and ammunition have relentlessly campaigned for an interpretation of the Second Amendment that ensures not only the right to bear arms but an entitlement to own them in vast numbers and to include among them weapons and high capacity...

  • Howard County: best in many ways, but biking

    Howard County: best in many ways, but biking

    Howard County has long been recognized as among the “best”: best places to live, best schools, highest median family income and high job growth. Its guiding principles have always been to provide an environment of optimal health — physically, mentally, socially and environmentally. Yet many communities...

  • Dreamers in limbo

    Dreamers in limbo

    Here’s a question for a civics debate: Which of the following bills has the best chance of becoming law — the one that failed to win a veto-proof majority in the Senate on a 54-45 yea vote or the one that couldn’t even win a simple majority, having gotten deep-sixed by a 60-39 nay vote? Most Americans...

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  • Federal Hill firm designed wearable technology to keep U.S. Olympians warm

    Federal Hill firm designed wearable technology to keep U.S. Olympians warm

    U.S. athletes appeared stylishly dressed in Polo Ralph Lauren parkas as they streamed into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremonies a week ago. And thanks to some wearable technology, designed in part by a Baltimore-based firm, Team USA came prepared for the region’s frigid weather....

  • Longtime Baltimore developer Reed Cordish to leave White House post

    Longtime Baltimore developer Reed Cordish to leave White House post

    A former Baltimore-based developer who led a White House effort on infrastructure and government innovation is leaving the job, the White House said Friday. Reed S. Cordish, a former partner at the Cordish Companies, joined the Trump administration in January as the head of the Office of American...

  • Five Minutes with Leo Kelly of Verdence Capital Advisors

    Five Minutes with Leo Kelly of Verdence Capital Advisors

    Leo Kelly’s clients at Verdence Capital Advisors are mostly business owners, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and athletes, many whose wealth exceeds $10 million. They seek advice from the Hunt Valley-based financial advisory firm on decisions such as selling businesses, setting investment strategies,...

  • Gourmet grocer to set up shop in downtown Catonsville

    Gourmet grocer to set up shop in downtown Catonsville

    More than two decades ago, downtown Catonsville’s only grocery store closed, leaving no replacement in its wake. Today, Catonsville residents Patrick Baldwin and Dan Zakai are working to bring groceries back to downtown with a new gourmet grocery store called 818 Market. Named for its address,...

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  • Baltimore's Davon Fleming of 'The Voice' forming city youth choir

    Baltimore's Davon Fleming of 'The Voice' forming city youth choir

    “The Voice” contestant and Baltimore singer Davon Fleming is forming a youth choir with the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department. Fleming, hired last month as a consultant by city officials, announced the call for auditions earlier this week in a BCRP Facebook video that featured Fleming...

  • BSO spotlights neglected African-American composer Florence Price

    BSO spotlights neglected African-American composer Florence Price

    Friday night’s Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert proved rewarding in many ways, not the least that it opened with a piece by Florence Price, a trailblazer as an African-American woman in the first half of the 20th century. That this Arkansas-born composer — whose output includes symphonies,...

  • Towson theater cancels 'Black Panther' opening night screenings, leaving moviegoers frustrated

    Towson theater cancels 'Black Panther' opening night screenings, leaving moviegoers frustrated

    Scores of potential “Black Panther” fans left a Towson theater angry and disappointed Thursday night, after multiple screenings of the much-anticipated movie were canceled because of what they were told were technical problems. Several planned opening-night screenings of the movie were canceled...

  • Dooby's owners plan to open a pizzeria in the Fitzgerald building

    Dooby's owners plan to open a pizzeria in the Fitzgerald building

    The owners of Dooby’s and Sugarvale in Mount Vernon are planning to open a new restaurant in Midtown-Belvedere. Husband-and-wife team Phil and Jennifer Han are working to open a pizzeria in the Fitzgerald building at 1203 W. Mount Royal Ave., in the storefront where Two Boots Pizza previously operated....

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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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