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By Cpl. Kam Cooke | August 26, 2014
African American Officers of the Anne Arundel County Police Department were shocked and taken back by the donation to the defense fund for Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Mo., by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 Board of Directors. While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions. This decision appeared to lack any regard for the many men and women of color, and even others with regard to the topic of Ferguson, Mo. The fact is that no criminal charges have been filed, and the facts of the case have not been fully released.
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NEWS
August 22, 2014
Our communities have reached a tipping point. Although Ferguson is in the fishbowl at the moment, the energy of frustration is felt throughout communities large and small across the country ( "Baltimore demonstrators to protest again for Ferguson," Aug. 20). I am frightened for the innocent young men of color who wake up with the same questions each day. I am frightened for my little brother Kaleb, a 9 year-old genius. Even though his mind is curious and his eyes are full of sunshine, I know that one day he too will be forced to face this challenge.
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By Tony Brown | August 22, 2014
My sophomore year Harvard announced a cost-cutting measure that made the news. Going forward the school would continue to provide toilet paper to freshmen dorms, but upper classmen would have to provide for themselves. Almost immediately, toilet paper began disappearing from buildings all over campus. One Monday night my roommate and I discovered that we were low on supplies, so after dinner we walked up the hill to Harvard Yard to visit the freshmen dorms. In a building with communal bathrooms (where we could easily lay hands on a few rolls)
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By Zoë Read, Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 22, 2014
Candles brightened the night Thursday as hundreds of people held up signs and chanted “Stop, don't shoot” outside a historic Glen Burnie church in remembrance of two young African-American men killed in shootings. The Anne Arundel County chapter of the NAACP led the rally at John Wesley United Methodist Church, saying it is seeking justice for Kendall Green of Glen Burnie and Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo. The event was attended by about 200 people, including the Green family, local politicians and Anne Arundel County police.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
A riot can be many things. It can be an act of communal madness, reflecting the emotional imbecility of those who believe the best way to express joy at their ball team's win is to overturn a car. It can be an act of opportunism, a chance, under cover of darkness, influence of chaos, suspension of order, to smash and grab and run away, arms heavy with loot. And it can be an act of outcry, a scream of inchoate rage. That's what happened this week in Ferguson, Missouri.
NEWS
August 12, 2014
The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in a suburb of St. Louis over the weekend has evoked a repeat of the turmoil that followed the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida two years ago. In both cases young African-American men just entering adulthood died violently under circumstances that fostered questions about whether they were targeted solely because of their race, and in both...
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By Chris Soto | August 11, 2014
Every so often, there is reason to cheer a little louder both within the gates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and 350 miles down Interstate 95 at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the academy had a banner admissions class, enrolling 256 highly qualified, bright-eyed cadets who took their oaths of office under a beautiful New England summer sky on June 30th. The group, not including international cadets, boasts an average GPA of 3.87 and includes 214 varsity letter earners, numerous class presidents and many other talented young people who will lead our great nation into the next generation.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
Last week, the Maryland Democratic Party took a swipe at Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan for his decision to use public campaign financing during the primary and general elections, noting in a news release that Mr. Hogan, "who often claims to be the only candidate who will protect tax dollars, received over $320,000 in taxpayer funds for the Republican primary and nearly $2.6 million for the general election. " But a story today in the Washington Post about the free flow of campaign contributions from the owner of one of Maryland's casino licenses to the coffers of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, offers a reminder of just how wise an investment public campaign financing is. The Democratic party is trying to make hay out of the idea that some of those taxpayer funds (donated willingly, incidentally, through a check-off box on state income tax returns)
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By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Dr. LeDamien Myers had just returned home after a 30-hour shift interning at a Baltimore hospital, when he happened to catch a CNN report about the challenges confronting America's schools. As the first male on the maternal side of his family to graduate from high school or college in several generations, Myers could definitely relate. "My mother had me at 16, and she pushed me to excel," says Myers, who was born in Michigan and moved to Baltimore from California in 2008. "I wanted to mentor kids and somehow help them.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Baltimore finance director Harry Black is resigning to become the city manager of Cincinnati - the latest of at least six high-level departures from City Hall in a year. A Park Heights native, Black had been the city's finance director for about 21/2 years. He will be replaced by Finance Department deputy Henry Raymond, according to the mayor's office. Black's last day in Baltimore will be Aug. 20. His new job is pending approval of the Cincinnati City Council. “I would like to thank Mr. Black for his dedicated service to my administration and the City of Baltimore,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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