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    Maryland Addresses Opioid Abuse During Pregnancy

    By The Associated Press Maryland’s Health Department has received $3.6 million in federal funding to address opioid use among pregnant and new mothers. The department launched the initiative, called the “Maternal Opioid Model,” this month, according...

    Doctors: Teen Paralyzed After Shooting

    By The Associated Press Doctors say a 13-year-old girl would be paralyzed from the waist down after she was shot in her back last November in East Baltimore, according to police. The doctors at The Johns...

    The Death of Anton Black: Police Chief to Plead Guilty to Misconduct

    By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham Special to the AFRO A former Eastern Shore Police chief charged with misconduct is expected to plead guilty to hiding critical background information related to an officer who was later...

    Reparations and Religion: 50 Years After ‘Black Manifesto’

    By MATTHEW J. CRESSLER and ADELLE M. BANKS, Religion News Service This content is written and produced by Religion News Service and distributed by The Associated Press. RNS and AP partner on some religion news...

    Blackface Again Mars Philadelphia’s Troubled New Year Parade

    By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI Associated Press The mayor of Philadelphia sharply criticized two men who wore Blackface while marching in the city's annual — and often racially troubling — New Year's Day Mummers Parade, calling their...

    First Black Justice Takes Seat on Delaware’s Supreme Court

    By The Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — The newest member of Delaware's Supreme Court is also the first Black justice in the history of the state's highest court.  Delaware State News reported Monday that Tamika...

    Separate, Unequal, and Dismal: Urban League Rekindles Leaders’ Commitments to Improve Public Schools

    Posted By Jozef Syndicate, The Drum Newspaper The Urban League of Louisiana released an equity report examining the quality of Baton Rouge public schools and identifying gaps in outcomes, access, and excellence. Calling the findings “dismal”...

    Philadelphia Names 1st Black Woman Police Chief

    By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press The first Black woman named to lead Philadelphia's troubled police department pledged to be a "conduit" between the community and police and to address the racist and sexist tensions dividing...

    Church Doesn’t Track Minority Survivors of Clerical Abuse

    By GARY FIELDS, JULIET LINDERMAN and WONG MAYE-E, Associated Press The Samples were a Black Chicago family, with six children and few resources. The priest helped them with tuition, clothes, bills. He offered the promise...

    Ex-Maryland Lawmaker Sentenced to Prison for Misusing Funds

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland state lawmaker was sentenced Friday to six months in prison followed by two months of home detention for misusing campaign funds for her personal benefit. Tawanna Gaines, a...

    School Bus Driver Shortage Continues For PGCPS

    By Mark F. Gray Staff Writer [email protected] As the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year begins, the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) system is facing a transportation crisis.  The absence of enough bus drivers are...

    The Murder of Destiny Harrison

    By Sean Yoes AFRO Baltimore Editor [email protected] “In all reality when I die I want people to be like, “She was a legend at that hair s**t.” And I want my daughter to be like, “My mother...

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