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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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  • Live Casino & Hotel to open large outdoor smoking patio

    Live Casino & Hotel to open large outdoor smoking patio

    Live Casino & Hotel is constructing a large smoking patio that it says will distinguish it from its rivals by offering table games, slot machines and a bar, all in an outdoor space. Smoking is barred inside Maryland’s six casinos. But the patio, called “Orchid,” will be open on one side, enabling...

  • Under Armour's Olympics speed skating uniforms and, um, that crotch patch: what they're saying

    Under Armour's Olympics speed skating uniforms and, um, that crotch patch: what they're saying

    If you’ve watched any speed skating in the Olympics, you may have noticed the U.S. team uniforms. Under Armour makes them. And, well, the design kind of caught some eyes of Twitter users over the past couple days. There is some science behind the design, Under Armour says. The colors are different...

  • Dog food 'withdrawn' over euthanasia drug concerns

    Dog food 'withdrawn' over euthanasia drug concerns

    J.M. Smucker is “withdrawing” all lots of certain Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy canned dog food products manufactured since 2016 because they might contain pentobarbital, a sedative used in pet euthanasia. An FDA alert was posted Friday. “The FDA’s preliminary evaluation of the...

  • Lured by high payouts, Marylanders turn $30 lottery ticket into top seller

    Lured by high payouts, Marylanders turn $30 lottery ticket into top seller

    Records show the Maryland Lottery’s top-selling instant ticket in 2017 was – by far – the $30 ticket, which was a gamble when it was introduced last year because the state had never offered such an expensive ticket. But it's paying off for the lottery.

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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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