- Benjamin Banneker is among the first Americans who documented the lifespan of cicadas, researchers Asamoah Nkwanta and his wife, Janet Barber, found.
- Albert Holley, owner of three Rita's franchises, uses his business to give opportunity to young adults.
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- The fast-growing Latino community in Southeast Baltimore is now home to an authentic Mexican sweet shop. Corazón Helado —meaning cold heart in English — features handcrafted ice cream and paletas (popsicles), which remind immigrants of home.
- In the early 1960s (with a nudge from the government, which offered do-it-yourself pamphlets), homeowners began constructing bunkers made of concrete and steel in their basements and backyards. Never mind their slim chance of survival; shelters gave folks hope against unseen horrors.
- In a series of videos posted to TikTok and shared widely across the internet, Seiss, his old Ikea lanyard around his neck, imitates customers and mocks their complaints.
- The Baltimore Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts & Entertainment District, an organization that works to promote local Baltimore artists, is hosting its first Black Artist Fair from April 30 to May 2.
- Maryland’s four HBCUs — Morgan State, Bowie State, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne and Coppin State University in Baltimore — are about to receive an infusion of funding that will allow them to expand academic offerings and offer more financial aid to students.
- The interior will be designed to the owner’s specifications, but the model includes a gas fireplace surrounded by shiplap, gleaming hardwood floors on the main level, a gourmet kitchen with an island and double wall oven, and intriguingly-shaped coffered ceilings on both upper and lower levels.
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- For Tanika Davis no TVs blaring, no click-clacking of keyboards and no siblings bickering means things are, slowly, starting to go back to normal.
- Francis Xavier Bushman, one of Hollywood’s first superstars who was known as the “Handsomest Man in the World” and thrilled 1920s moviegoers with his performance in the famous chariot race scene from “Ben-Hur,” was born in Baltimore in 1883, and grew up in a rowhouse at Argyle Avenue and Mosher Street in the city’s Upton neighborhood.
- Failing grades have doubled — and sometimes tripled — in school systems across the state, as the prolonged effects of learning from home take their toll on student achievement and well-being.
- Many favored Yale University to win but underdog University of Maryland, Baltimore County knocked off the Ivy League school in a tight match to claim their first national championship.
- Gary Bonner, 55, is the executive director of a nonprofit social enterprise called PCs for People. Since last summer, Bonner began leading an initiative to help close the digital divide in Baltimore.