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- BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Public Service Commission says utility customers are getting a break after an unusually cold winter.more More Arrow

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say a man is dead after FBI agents opened fire on the person in a busy shopping area in Owings Mills.more More Arrow

Ralph Matthews, Jr. oolumn in the March 13, 1965 edition of the AFRO American Newspaper.
- Ralph Dawson Matthews Jr., a top-flight journalist who followed in the footsteps of his father as a managing editor of the AFRO American Newspapers, was a friend to Malcolm X and Miles Davis, among others. He died on April 3 at the Adelphi House, an assisted-living facility in Adelphi, Md. He was 86 years old.more More Arrow

Antonio T. Hurt, Frederick Douglass High School principal.
- Antonio T. Hurt, Frederick Douglass High School principal who made national headlines for a dramatic turnaround of the drop-out and suspension-plagued West Baltimore school, pleaded guilty April 10 to stealing nearly $2 million in federal money intended for breakfast and lunch for poor children.more More Arrow

Chris Brown, left, mother of Christopher Brown for whom the new law is named, is with supporter, Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore NAACP.
- Christopher's Law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and is awaiting the governor's signature. The legislation requires police officers to be trained in CPR, cultural sensitivity, the proper use of force, and interacting with the physically and mentally disabled. "This is an umbrella of protection," said Chris Brown, 40, for whose son the bill (HB0294/ SB0542) was named.more More Arrow

Veteran newsman, multi-Pulitzer Prize nominee, journalism professor and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr.
- The journalism fraternity is mourning the loss of a veteran newsman, multi-Pulitzer Prize nominee, journalism professor and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr., who died April 6 at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina at the age of 89.more More Arrow

- Baltimore’s Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings Blake and other political leaders and will be in attendance at the 11th annual ecumenical Palm Sunday event. more More Arrow

Dr. Joyce M. Thomas, left, Felicia Weeks, Maxine Bowers, Angela LaPrade, National President Loretta Kirk Adair, Lucinda Nobles, Rosalyn Stephens, Gloria Dorsey and Melinda Lawson.
- On March 30, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Epsilon Epsilon Chapter was chartered at a luncheon at the DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel in Pikesville, Md.more More Arrow

Pumpkin Theatre presents 'Jack & The Beanstalk - The Story of Jack and Daisy'.
- Pumpkin Theatre continues its 46th season, “Discovering New Friendships Through Familiar Tales,” with Jack & The Beanstalk - The Story of Jack and Daisy. more More Arrow

The site of the pending State Center Project. (Courtesy Image/
- Many argue a large swath of Old West Baltimore –once one of the most vibrant Black communities in America – was dissected and diminished by the city’s attempts at urban renewal from the 1950’s to the early 1970’s. Now the State Center Project some say once the sight of failed public policy hopes to breathe new life into some West Baltimore neighborhoods.more More Arrow

Acclaimed composer and conductor Darin Atwater’s 
latest original work is So Many Stars - a Concerto for Soulful Symphony
- The Hippodrome Foundation recently announced the world premiere performance of acclaimed composer and conductor Darin Atwater’s latest original work, So Many Stars - a Concerto for Soulful Symphony, 8 p.m., May 3 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center of the Hippodrome Theatre.more More Arrow

The Reverends Kirk J. Jackson, left, Alvin Gwynn Sr., Dean A Jones-Evans, Joel Small, Dontè L. Hickman Sr., Cleveland T. A. Mason 2nd, Bowyer G. Freeman, Franklin Lance, Domanic A Smith and Willie Mason.
- Several hundred pastors, officers and lay members representing churches affiliated with the United Baptist Missionary Convention and Auxiliaries of Maryland (UBMC) assembled at Wayland Baptist Church in West Baltimore to witness the group’s inaugural candidates’ forum.more More Arrow

- ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's legislature has given final approval to a bill that would eliminate criminal charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana, and the governor says he plans to sign it.more More Arrow

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., left, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., center, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., head to the chamber during the vote on restoring jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, legislation that expired late last year, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, April 7, 2014. With their 17-day spring break beckoning at the end of the week, House and Senate lawmakers will have to scramble to reach agreement.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.more More Arrow

Minimum Wage Increase
- ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly on its last full day of the session Monday gave final approval to incremental increases in the state's minimum wage over several years to $10.10 by 2018.more More Arrow

A chart prepared by Senate Democrats rests on an easel on the Senate steps before a news conference urging approval for raising the minimum wage, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. In the coming days, the Senate could debate a plan by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin that would gradually lift today's minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. President Barack Obama wants to increase the hourly minimum wage as part of an election-year economic agenda focused on working families.
- ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate voted Saturday to increase the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 in January, the first in a series of incremental hikes that will lead to a $10.10 wage in July 2018.more More Arrow

- (Updated 4/4/2014) With the end of the 2014 session of the General Assembly next week, and as legislators return home to focus more energy on their districts, a hotly-contested battle is shaping up in Maryland’s 40th legislative district in a 10-person race that is pitting veteran incumbents against a long list of motivated challengers.more More Arrow

AFRO publisher Jake Oliver focuses on founders whose portraits line the walls.
- It’s nice to be reminded of a hidden treasure. That was the mission of the Evening in the Archives, March 24, at the AFRO‘s Baltimore office on Charles Street, when supporters, subscribers, community leaders and friends and former employees dropped by for warm conversation and a stroll through history.more More Arrow

KIPP Academy in west Baltimore
- As police evacuated KIPP Academy in west Baltimore following reports of a possible gunman at the school April 3, anxious parents waited behind police lines for news of their children.more More Arrow

The Maryland State Boychoir.
- The Maryland State Boychoir, under the direction of Stephen Holmes and Joseph Shortall, will perform a concert, 4 p.m., April 6 at The Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts, 3400 Norman Ave. in Baltimore.more More Arrow

Ebenezer AME Church
- Ebenezer AME Church in South Baltimore is inviting the community to an exciting time of praise and celebration, 4 p.m., April 5 at 20 W. Montgomery Street.more More Arrow

Former teacher and researcher Jessie Gladden.
- Former teacher and researcher Jessie Gladden will present a talk, 2 p.m., April 5, on the fascinating life of medical pioneer, Vivien Thomas.more More Arrow

State Center Project
- After emerging from a prolonged legal limbo supporters of the billion-dollar State Center Project still believe it could be transformative for the chronically struggling neighborhoods that surround it.more More Arrow

- For many Baltimore City residents, accessing dental care is a journey fraught with prohibitive co-pays, lack of coverage, and difficulty finding practices accepting new patients. Outside of a social services center on North Broadway, a bus converted into a full-service dental office is helping to address the lack of access to dental treatment for Baltimore's low-income residents.more More Arrow

Tonia Lee, new general manager at Baltimore's TV25.
- Tonia Lee is a seasoned media executive who holds a multitude of extremely successful ventures in the industry. In her current role, the returned Baltimorean, has taken Baltimore's TV25 by storm as its new general manager.more More Arrow

The University of Maryland Medical Center.
- The University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown Campus plans to break ground at the end of this month on a new ambulatory care center in West Baltimore.more More Arrow

23-year-old Baltimore City resident Natalie Hickman, and her six-month-old daughter.
- Natalie Hickman, a 23-year-old resident of Baltimore City, makes $8 an hour working at a McDonald's located in BWI Airport. Only afforded four hours of work a day, Hickman spends as much time commuting to and from her job on public transportation as she does working her shift.more More Arrow

Baltimore Police Department
- Allegations by a Baltimore Police Department detective detailing harassment after he testified about wrongdoing on the part of two colleagues have highlighted challenges the department faces in attempting to enforce reforms instituted by Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.more More Arrow

In this Dec. 18, 2013 photo, fiduciary litigation attorneys Kelly Preteroti, left, and Jim Edwards pose in the Ober Kaler law firm in Baltimore. Lawyers who used to handle the occasional trust or will dispute are finding themselves in Orphans’ Court more and more these days. For some, what was once a “spinoff” has turned into their main practice area. In the last five years, the total number of hearings annually in Baltimore and five Maryland counties increased by about 24 percent, according to records collected from county Orphans’ Courts. Photo/The Daily Record, Maximilian Franz
- BALTIMORE (AP) — Lawyers who used to handle the occasional trust or will dispute are finding themselves in Orphans' Court more and more these days. For some, what was once a "spinoff" has turned into their main practice area.more More Arrow

- The Combined Choir of Providence Baptist Church presents “He’s Alive!”, a triumphant celebration of Easter, 3 p.m., April 13 at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore. more More Arrow