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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:26:33 GMT

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The edtech takeover of BCPS

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT

In a Martin's West hall festooned with student art at Baltimore County's State of the Schools' event, a few high-dollar donor tables featured education tech reps doing their own artful work.

Daly Computers — which is supplying up to 120,000 laptops to Baltimore County Public Schools under a multi-year...




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A duty to protect and serve

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:45:00 GMT

When the Anne Arundel County sheriff's office sent out a press release detailing the arrest of Sheriff Ronald Bateman on allegations of domestic violence this week, the under-sheriff took the extra step of adding a personal testimonial about his boss.

"I have never known the Sheriff to be a violent...




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Sugary drinks: a sickeningly sweet issue

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:39:00 GMT

Childhood obesity in the United States is a public health crisis of epidemic proportions, and it is time we speak honestly about the causes and get serious about the solutions.

The current generation is the first in history in which children may have shorter life expectancies than their parents;...




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Republican leadership void foretells chaos ahead

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:32:00 GMT

As speculation mounts on the prospect of an open, contested Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, the absence of old-time party leadership is painfully evident.

Until not long ago, the party's establishment had a recognized waiting list of leaders lined up for their "turn" to run...




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Bill Clinton's 'I almost want to apologize,' doesn't cut it

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMT

By the next day, Bill Clinton was feeling remorse. Almost.

"Now I like and believe in protests," he explained to an audience at Penn State Behrend. "But I never thought I should drown anybody else out. ... So I did something yesterday in Philadelphia. I almost want to apologize for it, but I want...




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Social entrepreneurs lack diversity in leadership teams

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:11:24 GMT

As social entrepreneurship has surged as a field dedicated to transforming inequities through the power of inclusion, what's emerged is a profound culture of exclusion.

In the landscape of competitive funding and make-or-break outcomes, entrepreneurs want to work with people who are adaptable, have...




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Eat well, save the bay

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:11:00 GMT

Simply put: The way we currently produce and consume food is ruining the Chesapeake Bay's health — and, too often, our own. The bay is one of our most precious resources, providing vital habitat and sustenance for the region. Yet large-scale industrial agriculture and over-fishing are exhausting...




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A Baltimore mentor learns from her ward

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:11:00 GMT

What does a Jewish grandmother have in common with a teen-age Muslim student? Quite a lot in point of fact.

I became Dima Zahan's mentor seven years ago shortly after she began the 6th grade in a city private school on a full scholarship. Now at 16, she has been accepted by several colleges but...




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Why Baltimore should support Sagamore

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:49:24 GMT

There was a time when Baltimore's Port Covington neighborhood was bustling. The Western Maryland Railroad opened a terminal there in 1904. Facilities included coal, grain and merchandise piers, as well as a machine shop, 11 rail yards, warehouses and other amenities. But those days are long gone,...




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Gun rights include the right not to be shot

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:49:23 GMT

President Barack Obama recently announced several executive actions that step in the direction of sensible gun policy. GOP presidential candidates have cried foul, claiming that these actions eviscerate the Constitution. Such hyperbole notwithstanding, there is a strong case for gun rights. But...




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Daughter's death stirs compassion for killer

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:49:21 GMT

I recently received a letter from Sean Harrington, who at the time was sitting in a jail cell in North Carolina, charged with murdering my daughter, Elisif.

Elisif died on Feb. 11, 2014, at the age of 24. Her story is all too familiar these days: A promising, bright young woman dies of a heroin...




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Bernie and the big banks

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMT

The recent kerfuffle about Bernie Sanders purportedly not knowing how to bust up the big banks says far more about the threat Mr. Sanders poses to the Democratic establishment and its Wall Street wing than it does about the candidate himself.

Of course Mr. Sanders knows how to bust up the big banks....




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A century of income tax headaches

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:35:00 GMT

If you're getting a headache trying to get your federal income tax forms filed before Monday's deadline (that's right, it's April 18th this year), it's good you weren't around a century ago when the tax-rite-of-passage was in its infancy — only two years old. In 1916, the Feds left unanswered so...




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Why national accreditation matters for public health departments

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:42:07 GMT

While high profile medical breakthroughs grab today's headlines, it is the low-tech, high-touch work of public health departments that keep most of us healthy every day. Each community needs a competent and effective health department that can be trusted to protect the public's health.

National...




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Prioritizing civic innovation in Baltimore

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:42:00 GMT

To become a world-class city Baltimore needs new approaches to the challenges facing its citizens and neighborhoods. Baltimore's next mayor needs more than strong messaging and leadership; innovation must be central to his or her agenda.

We propose that Baltimore create a city office tasked specifically...




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Queen Bey's I.P.

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:42:00 GMT

In her iconic video for "Single Ladies," Beyoncé effortlessly teases viewers with her left hand — flipping back and forth and back again-cooing "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it."

If this were 1999, we would have seen this music video introduced by Carson Daly for the first time...




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New York brings out the brawler in Bernie and Hillary

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:00:00 GMT

Leave it to New York City to turn a polite drawing room discussion into a street brawl. That is the sudden turn taken this week in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as it moved into the Big Apple.

Admittedly, the Democrats still have...




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Learning to embrace our sadness

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:15:00 GMT

"When the face is sad, the heart grows wiser."

— Ecclesiastes, 7:3.

Jesus did it. Lincoln had it. Mother Teresa of Calcutta went through it.

As my dad says everyone gets depressed, at least a little. He ought to know; he is a veteran not only of the Great Depression, a world war and multiple family...




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Where are Baltimore's values in the Port Covington TIF?

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:15:00 GMT

The proposed Port Covington Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package for Under Armour's new headquarters may be the largest in Baltimore history, but let's not call it a "game changer," as did one city councilman and mayoral candidate.

The game is the still same: City officials continue to funnel...




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The eventful life of a political utility infielder

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:08:00 GMT

The memoir of the late Frank Mankiewicz, "So As I Was Saying," has recently hit the bookstores. In his 90 years he was an avid baseball fan, and in the game's jargon he could have been cast as a utility infielder of the first order.

Son of Herman Mankiewicz, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of...




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