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  • Politicians use Olympics to cloud human rights abuses

    Politicians use Olympics to cloud human rights abuses

    There is a battle taking place at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and it is not about sports. The United States and North Korea are locked in a struggle over who controls the narrative on human rights abuses in the reclusive regime, for which neither will win, but many will lose....

  • What if 'Black Panther's' Wakanda were real?

    What if 'Black Panther's' Wakanda were real?

    Ah, Wakanda. Please bear with me, and millions of other moviegoers, as we relish the thought of that mythical land on the African continent that is more advanced than any other place on earth. Just let me savor that fantasy of an Africa, rich in natural resources as it is in reality, but an Africa...

  • We choose to allow school shootings in America

    We choose to allow school shootings in America

    “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer The ways in which modern America fails to meet the needs of our children are numerous and egregious, but perhaps the most basic is our failure to keep our children safe in their schools. In Florida,...

  • Trump's latest effort to undermine the ACA makes Maryland action all the more crucial

    Trump's latest effort to undermine the ACA makes Maryland action all the more crucial

    If the Trump administration’s goal was to increase the ranks of the uninsured, it could scarcely have thought of a better policy than the one it announced Tuesday, in which it expands the short-term insurance plans that are exempt from Affordable Care Act standards. In one stroke, it found a way...

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  • Safeway owner Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push

    Safeway owner Albertsons eyes Rite Aid deal in health care push

    The owner of Safeway and other grocery brands is buying Rite Aid, including 44 of the drugstore chain’s Maryland stores, as retailers continue to plunge deeper into health care and adjust to swiftly changing shopping habits. Albertsons Cos, one of the nation’s largest food retailers with more than...

  • Annapolis Mall getting a makeover

    Annapolis Mall getting a makeover

    Westfield Annapolis Mall is getting a reboot. Its modernization and revitalization program includes remodeling the food court into a “dining court” with some different options, adding a family lounge next to brand new restrooms and a total revamp of the Bow Tie Cinema. “Retail is ever-changing,”...

  • Biogas waste-to-energy plant proposed for Jessup

    Biogas waste-to-energy plant proposed for Jessup

    An Italian company that operates waste-to-energy plants around the world plans to build its first U.S. facility in Jessup near dozens of food distribution businesses that could supply its fuel. BTS Biogas established its North American headquarters in Columbia last fall and now hopes to break ground...

  • Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in deal that could remake U.S. retail and health-care industries

    Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in deal that could remake U.S. retail and health-care industries

    Grocer Albertsons will buy drugstore chain Rite Aid in a deal that would accelerate the remaking of the U.S. retail and health-care industries. The takeover serves several purposes. Rite Aid will get a buyer after a failed merger with another chain last year. Albertsons will add new locations and...

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  • Baltimore mariner Hugh Mulzac became first black man to command a U.S. merchant vessel

    Baltimore mariner Hugh Mulzac became first black man to command a U.S. merchant vessel

    Capt. Hugh N. Mulzac, who fought years of racial discrimination, made history in 1942 when he became the first black man to command a U.S. merchant vessel when given command of the new Liberty ship Booker T. Washington. A native of Union Island in the Caribbean, and after earning his second mate’s...

  • Photos: Top 10 honeymoon islands

    Photos: Top 10 honeymoon islands

    Planning your wedding day can be stressful, but picking your honeymoon location doesn't have to be. In that regard, Lonely Planet has got you. If you pick up its latest book, "The Honeymoon Handbook," you may pick up some pointers on 'mooning the best way possible. And if island life is your idea...

  • Timonium woman recalls final days of England's King Edward VIII

    Timonium woman recalls final days of England's King Edward VIII

    When she was in her 20s, Juliana Chatard Alexander was the night nurse for the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, the man who abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson. After long declining interviews with historians and biographers, the Mays Chapel woman spoke with royal biographer...

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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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