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Here is how the Preakness has moved closer to leaving Baltimore

The Preakness Stakes — which Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has called the city's "Super Bowl” — might be leaving town. Here is a primer on how that happened and where things stand. How did we get to where the owners of Pimlico Race Course are talking about a "super track" at Laurel Park, effectively...

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Harford Tech girls just shy of indoor track state title

Harford Tech girls just shy of indoor track state title

The team scoring drama in the MPSSAA Class 2A girls’ State Indoor Track and Field Championships reached its peak during the last two events Monday in Landover. Harford Tech had just won the final race, the 4x400 relay, and led Hereford High School in the team scoring, 60 to 50. “I wasn’t sure if...

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    Alternative Fact of the Week: We feel your pain, Opportunity rover

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    Decision time for Preakness, Pimlico and horse racing in Maryland

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    UB law professor: Learn from history, don't whitewash it

    A brief glance at the barely known racial attitudes of the presidents we celebrated earlier this week would surely cause the current crop of historical revisionists to blanch and hyperventilate. Those seeking to cleanse the culture of politically incorrect views might find that the outrage they...

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    Bon Secours joins effort to build, sustain affordable housing projects

    Bon Secours Mercy Health System has joined five other hospital systems and a set of nonprofit groups to bring more affordable housing to communities including Baltimore. The hospitals are working with the Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a nonprofit group...

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    Lyft, racing Uber, could file for IPO by next week

    Lyft could file as soon as next week for an initial public offering and plans to target a valuation of $20 billion to $25 billion, a person familiar with the matter said. The ride-hailing industry's No. 2 plans to begin marketing shares in a roadshow the week of March 18, said the person, who asked...

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    Stronach proposes $40 million improvement to Bowie Training Center, $80 million for Laurel Park

    The chief operating officer of the Stronach Group said Wednesday that it wants to invest $80 million to make Laurel Park a world-class facility and $40 million to do the same at the Bowie Training Center — the latest move suggesting Preakness may move to Laurel Park. In recent years, the Stronach...

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    East Baltimore re-development project wins $3.4 million grant

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    Peter Tork, endearingly offbeat bassist and singer in the Monkees, dies at 77

    Peter Tork, a blues and folk musician who became a teeny-bopper sensation as a member of the Monkees, the wisecracking, made-for-TV pop group that imitated and briefly outsold the Beatles, died Feb. 21. He was 77. The death was announced by his official Facebook page, which did not say where or...

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    Shriver Hall Concert Series returns to namesake hall after $14 million renovation

    Following an 18-month, $14 million renovation, the Shriver Hall Concert Series will return March 3 to the venue that gave the popular music program its name. The organization announced Wednesday in a news release that the opening recital in its refurbished home at 3400 N. Charles St. will be performed...

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    If there’s one great thing about being an adult, it’s that (theoretically) you can eat dessert whenever you want. If you want to skip a healthy dinner and eat nothing but cake and brownies, no one is around to tell you no. The bad thing about being an adult is that it’s easy to forget just how...

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    At Hunt Valley's Charm School Chocolate, a former engineer creates a delightful formula for vegans

    To make good chocolate, it all starts with the right bean. The cocoa beans manufactured for Hunt Valley’s Charm School Chocolate factory and retail store arrive in 120-pound burlap sacks, with anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 large almond-shaped nuggets per bag. Carefully but nimbly, Joshua Rosen...

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    Winter, the season for snow, warm fires, and hot cocoa, is finally here. Use the next birthday on your calendar as an excuse to put on a party that will be so hot, everyone will forget about the chilly frost outside. With our warming recipes and appetizers, we know you’ll develop a perfect menu...

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    Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel's global icon, dies in Paris

    Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic couturier whose designs at Chanel and Fendi had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man whose career spanned six decades. Although he spent virtually his entire career at...

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    Ollie’s Bargain Outlet to host first wedding and formal dress sale in Baltimore-area stores

    Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, the Pennsylvania-based discount retail chain, will hold a five-day sale of wedding and formal dresses in five Maryland stores starting Thursday. The deep discounts include $2,500 wedding dresses marked down to $199.99, dresses originally more than $2,500 sold at $299.99,...

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    Ethel Ennis, Baltimore's 'First Lady of Jazz,' dies at 86

    Ethel Ennis, Baltimore’s “First Lady of Jazz” who during her seven-decade career performed with such musical luminaries as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, the Miles Davis-John Coltrane Sextet and Wynton Marsalis, and thrilled audiences at the Newport and Monterey jazz...

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