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Scene of scared newlyweds(Essence Atkins and Marlon Wayans)in the movie 'A Haunted House ‘2.
- A Haunted House, an irreverent spoof of Paranormal Activity, co-starred Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins as Malcolm and Kisha, a couple whose home was invaded by demonic forces. Along the way, she became possessed by the devil and turned on her man, despite the best efforts of an exasperated exorcist (Cedric the Entertainer). more More Arrow


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  2014 Black History Month: Civil Rights in America

 The Afro-American Newspapers’ Character Education program is designed to promote positive character traits in our public school students. Each year, several corporate professionals and business leaders join our effort and share stories that illustrate how the building of their character not only helps them personally but also in the workplace. During Black History Month, the AFRO is delivered to public middle schools across the region including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Each publication contains the testimonies of our corporate partners.  more More Arrow
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- "Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity."   Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Prioritiesmore More Arrow

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Hank Aaron speaks during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run as the actual bat and ball from the hit stand on display before the start of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Atlanta.
Hank Aaron received hate mail as he closed in on and eventually broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record in 1974. Forty years later, the baseball great has drawn a new round of controversy for recent racially-charged remarks.more More Arrow

This Feb. 20, 2014 file photo shows former NFL safety Darren Sharper appearing in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will return to a Phoenix courtroom Thursday April 17, 2014 to question the evidence being used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women. Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool
PHOENIX (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper lost his bid Thursday to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge found there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him in that state.more More Arrow

Michigan State basketball player Adreian Payne performs a
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lacey Holsworth did not stop smiling until cancer took her life.more More Arrow

Abigail Fisher and Edward Blum walk outside the Supreme Court in October 2012.
Edward Blum, a key player in the Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin affirmative action case and in the litigation that gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, is at it again. more More Arrow

Fisk University Wins 25th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge.
Fisk University took home its first college quiz bowl championship title from the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge on April 16, defeating second-place finisher Oakwood University.more More Arrow

In a photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb appears in a photo at jail. McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning. McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended. Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.more More Arrow

In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. The principal directly contradicted Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesman. Photo/Jon Gambrell
Nigerian military sources told international media that eight of the 129 Nigerian schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School who were abducted by gunmen in March remain missing.more More Arrow

In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Kansas City police and agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with canines investigated a shooting along southbound Interstate 435 in Kansas City, Mo. Police have connected 12 shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways since early March. Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire, though none of the wounds was considered life-threatening. Photo/The Kansas City Star, Jill Toyoshiba
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three people.more More Arrow

In this March 25, 2014, photo, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at Chengdu No. 7 High School in Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China. Obama's weeklong trip to China has included opportunities to try out tai-chi, walk the Great Wall and feed the pandas. That’s all to be expected from a first lady soaking up culture while traveling abroad. But at times, the first lady's words veered from soft subjects such as the value of education into more pointed messages about the importance of Internet freedom and respect for minorities. Photo/Andy Wong
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.more More Arrow

Students
Prestigious Harvard University made history this spring when it accepted the largest percentage of Black students to its freshman class in school history, capping with a series of notable individual achievements by Black students targeting Ivy League institutions.more More Arrow
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Health

President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.more More Arrow

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.more More Arrow

Hand hygience. www.cdc.gov
Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md. has achieved the status of “Top Performer” from the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative.more More Arrow

A report by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization, titled “Map the Meal Gap
Nearly 23 percent of Baltimore residents suffered inadequate access to food in 2012, according to a new report prepared by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization.more More Arrow