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How UMBC guard Jairus Lyles and UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski reached 'BFF' status

As Dr. Freeman Hrabowski scrolled through the text log on his iPhone in his 10th-floor office earlier this week, going back in time to find the day when Jairus Lyles wrote to say that he would be returning to UMBC, he stopped to smile at a photo. They text regularly, the university president and...

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After Russian tampering, Maryland officials look to improve election defenses

After Russian tampering, Maryland officials look to improve election defenses

As details emerge of the Russian campaign to influence the 2016 election, officials in Maryland are working to protect the state’s voting system for this year and beyond. State elections officials are working with federal authorities to shore up Maryland’s defenses against tampering with electronic...

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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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