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Baltimore children practice reading with dogs, learn compassion

The gray and white pit bull sat in the center of the circle of fifth-graders. He listened attentively as the students took turns reading to him. At times, his droopy eyes appeared to lock with those of the readers. Four-year-old Knox is one of the “pet ambassadors” who travel to Westport Academy...

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    • Sessions, Nielsen to discuss immigration in Baltimore

      Sessions, Nielsen to discuss immigration in Baltimore

      U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen will address immigration enforcement and international gangs at a news conference in Baltimore on Tuesday. Both issues have been central for the Trump administration, which has cracked down on...

    • At Baltimore City Hall, 1-year-old girl is unofficial 16th council member

      At Baltimore City Hall, 1-year-old girl is unofficial 16th council member

      During her first year of life, the daughter of Baltimore City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed has napped, laughed and gurgled from the dais through votes, budget work sessions and public hearings. Baby Rae accompanied her mom to support legislation in Annapolis and slept through Mayor Catherine Pugh’s...

    • Governor's open house draws crowds despite snow

      Governor's open house draws crowds despite snow

      As snow fell Saturday afternoon, Greg Osborn and his 8-year-old daughter, Maddie, were among the guests waiting in a line that stretched along State Circle for a peek inside Gov. Larry Hogan and first lady Yumi Hogan’s Annapolis residence. The Hogans welcomed guests into the governor’s mansion...

    • Cardin campaign weighs in on Alabama Senate race

      Cardin campaign weighs in on Alabama Senate race

      Sen. Ben Cardin weighed in on Alabama’s unpredictable Senate contest Friday with a fundraising solicitation criticizing Republican Roy Moore as an “extremist.” The blast email described Moore as a “man who has spent decades spouting his racist, sexist, xenophobic beliefs,” though it made no mention...

    • Supreme Court agrees to hear Maryland redistricting case

      Supreme Court agrees to hear Maryland redistricting case

      The Supreme Court said Friday that it will hear a challenge to Maryland’s congressional districts brought by seven Republican voters who say the state’s 2011 redistricting violated their First Amendment rights. In a case that has been watched closely by state political leaders and that has already...

    • Madaleno to accept public financing in governor's race

      Madaleno to accept public financing in governor's race

      State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. has become the first of the eight contenders for the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nomination to choose public financing for his primary campaign. The Montgomery County lawmaker said his decision to accept public funding, announced Friday, gives him the opportunity...

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    • FAQ: What you need to know about medical marijuana in Maryland

      FAQ: What you need to know about medical marijuana in Maryland

      Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland, more than four years after the General Assembly passed a law legalizing it. Standing up the industry — with growers, processors, dispensaries and doctors — took longer than expected. The law needed to be tweaked, rules to needed to written and legal...

    • Parkinson's disease progression can be slowed with vigorous exercise, study shows

      Parkinson's disease progression can be slowed with vigorous exercise, study shows

      His friends noticed the tremor before he did. It started in his left hand, Geoffrey Rogers said, but before long the trembling affected his right too. The cause, doctors found, was Parkinson’s disease. At Rush University Medical Center, where Rogers, then 64, received a second opinion, the father...

    • Hopkins cardiologist says love is more than a matter of the heart

      Hopkins cardiologist says love is more than a matter of the heart

      Dr. Armin Zadeh was well established in his career as a cardiologist and professor at Johns Hopkins when he and his wife received news that shook their high-achieving lives. The baby Denise was carrying — their third child — would be born with Down syndrome. Zadeh’s first reaction, he regretfully...

    • Even newer forms of birth control can increase the risk of breast cancer, study says

      Even newer forms of birth control can increase the risk of breast cancer, study says

      A major new study has found that even birth control pills and other contraceptives that release low doses of hormones increase the risk of breast cancer in women. While the link between hormonal birth control and breast cancer has been known for years, many doctors and women had hoped that newer...

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    • Msgr. James O. McGovern III retired Ellicott City pastor, dies

      Msgr. James O. McGovern III retired Ellicott City pastor, dies

      Monsignor James Oliver McGovern III, the former pastor of an Ellicott City parish who in retirement worked for schools, died of multiple myeloma Dec. 8 at his Eldersburg home. He was 78. Born in Baltimore and raised in Westowne, he was the son of James Oliver McGovern Jr., an executive vice president...

    • Despo Sfakianos, bakery worker and sister of John Paterakis, dies

      Despo Sfakianos, bakery worker and sister of John Paterakis, dies

      Despo "Dee" Sfakianos, a retired bakery worker and older sister of the late John Paterakis, died of dementia complications Dec. 9 at a private assisted living facility in Clarksville. She was 92 and lived in Mays Chapel. Born in Greece in the village of Lithi on the island of Chios, she was the...

    • Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker, a Baltimore native, dies at age 99

      Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker, a Baltimore native, dies at age 99

      Simeon Booker, a trailblazing African-American journalist and the first full-time black reporter at The Washington Post, died Sunday at the age of 99. Booker died at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Md., according to a Post obituary, citing his wife Carol. He had recently been hospitalized...

    • Louise 'Pete' Clarke, owner of Pete's Pickins, dies

      Louise 'Pete' Clarke, owner of Pete's Pickins, dies

      Louise “Pete” Clarke, the owner of a popular antiques store who fought to maintain the quaintness of her hometown, died in her sleep Dec. 6 at the Upper Falls farm where she lived by herself. The cause of death was undetermined. She was 94. The daughter of Frank R. Hammond, a real estate entrepreneur,...

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