Author Archives: Melissa Jones

  • Educator Fosters Teachable Moments at the Lewis Museum

    Dr. A. Skipp Sanders, interim executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, is the son of a Baltimore City Police officer and a factory worker. Despite his blue-collar upbringing he says that education was a vital component of the backbone of his working class family. His mother’s ...

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  • Penn State Counsel Emerges in the Midst of Scandal

    Cynthia Baldwin, general counsel at Pennsylvania State University, sits in the middle of a proverbial firestorm. Former defensive coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky was arrested on Nov. 5 on allegations of child rape that span 15 years. The major players are well known. Sandusky, ...

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  • Morgan Sets the Civil Rights Record Straight

    Hundreds of students and alumni of Morgan State University gathered in the Student Center Theater on Nov. 11 to witness the unveiling of a civil rights exhibit commemorating student led sit-ins and protests dating back to 1947. City and State officials addressed the packed auditorium and ...

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  • Early Voting Numbers Forecast Dismal Election Turnout

    Baltimore residents will head to the polls on Nov. 8 to select the city’s next mayor, city council president, comptroller and city council members. However, lackluster preliminary reports on early voting participation provided by the Baltimore City Board of Elections indicate a low ...

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  • City Children to Lose Rec Centers

    Baltimore City recreational centers are facing drastic budget cuts that may force a large number of centers to close. For fiscal year 2012 the city faced a $60 million deficit for the cost to maintain city services. In budget documents, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said “lower revenues ...

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  • Is a new generation of leadership needed in Baltimore?

    Catalina Byrd is running for mayor in the general election on Nov. 8. The lesser known challenger will face incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a 67-year stronghold by the democratic party on the highest elected office in the city. A win for her on election day would mean that at least ...

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  • Baltimore Loses Icon, Edward Z. “Easy” Watson

    The life of the party. Thoughtful. Funny. Compassionate. That is how family and friends will remember Edward Zarius Watson Jr. In an era when success and achievement for African Americans was an act of defiance, Watson defied all odds and soared to exceptional heights. On Oct. 15 after battling ...

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  • Clyde Hale, Tuscaloosa, AL

    Clyde Hale, 60, traveled from Tuscaloosa, Ala. with other members of the United Auto Workers, arriving early Sunday morning to witness the dedication ceremony for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. “This is a wonderful occasion. I am happy and proud to be here to celebrate the ...

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  • Hakim Turner, Richmond, VA

    “I came here to join in the festivities. It’s a beautiful day and everyone seems so happy to be here,” said 26-year-old Hakim Turner from Richmond, who chose not to enter the memorial site so that he could sell his commemorative buttons. “I am here to honor the legacy of ...

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  • Thousands Gather on National Mall for King Dedication

    As the sun began to rise over the nation’s capital, Oct. 16, thousands began to gather in the crisp morning air to honor the legacy of one of the most revered and respected men in American history. Like many others, E. Stewart, her daughter, Judith, and six year-old great granddaughter, ...

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