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Damian O’Doherty: Cancer Confessional – Papa’s Home

First in a series dedicated to The Johns Hopkins University’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, music, and our power, together, to heal. We awoke slower than the morning arrived. My wife and two year old daughter lay groggy and lethargic on the bed. Still clutching each other. Two days in a row for mom and her inseparable 2-year-old. The night before, as I crept into bed after a late night at work, Alycia had said something about waiting for a test for strep from Pavilion Pediatrics. Maybe the kid had strep throat. Why not, the hits keep coming, I thought. My wife had a miscarriage just three weeks before. I shook off the weary morning and the work travel that weighed on me, setting off on a short run through Towson. It felt good to escape the sick-yellowish hue of our bedroom to the orange morning glow outside. I was running.... Continue reading
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Featured Content | The Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk: Honoring Loss. Inspiring Hope. Funding a Cure.

Over the next several weeks, in honor of the Inaugural Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk on September 10th, Lisa, Carol, Rose, Holly, and Debra will tell their stories of adversity and unyielding hope battling brain cancer. This National Brain Tumor Society event will help fund critically needed research to find a cure. We encourage you to consider sponsorship opportunities or to walk with us.Learn more here: Continue reading
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Featured Content: Joe Curran Attempts to Thwart Robbery

“As long as I’ve lived, I’ve never seen anything like that happen; I’ve never seen anyone being attacked like that,” recalls Joe Curran, Jr., Assistant Vice President of Claims for Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, as he remembers the day he witnessed a robbery and an assault. “It was Monday, July 11, and I drove to the dry cleaners to pick up my shirts after work,” says Joe. “After I paid for my dry cleaning and I turned to leave, I overheard a man, whom I assumed was a customer, asking the female clerk behind the counter how much it cost to have shirts and a suit cleaned. I walked out of the store, but then remembered that I left my cane on the counter by the cash register. When I walked back in, I noticed the man who had inquired about pricing was now standing behind the counter and had the... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Waiting on Elijah, Jealous Guy and Other Convention Notes

At Passover Seders, Jews traditionally set a place at the table or pour a glass of wine for Elijah,  miracle worker of the 9th century B.C. Sounds a little bit like Maryland Democrats, no? After waiting several months for Congressman Elijah Cummings (D) to decide whether or not he’d run for Senate this year, or try to “save Baltimore” by running for mayor, some Democrats are now saying he’s their first choice to take on Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in 2018. I heard this surprisingly often in Philadelphia last week during the Democratic National Convention, from party stalwarts of all races, ages, creeds and geographical bases, even as three or four other Democrats were taking real steps toward running. But let’s face it: Elijah the lawmaker is probably no likelier to show up at the gubernatorial starting gate than Elijah the prophet is in your dining room. Even serving in the... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Philadelphia Freedom

PHILADELPHIA – Greetings from Camp Bernie.Yes, yes, Hillary Clinton is now the Democratic nominee for president, and convention planners are understandably milking the historical nature of her candidacy. But you’d never know it from walking the streets, or roaming the Wells Fargo Arena, or hitting the policy, political and social events around town. Each night, the convention hall turns a little more toward Hillary. But this is really Bernie Sanders’ convention – and Bernie Sanders’ year. It’s more than a little reminiscent of the 1976 Republican National Convention, when Gerald Ford won the nomination but Ronald Reagan stole the hearts and minds of the delegates. Every time Reagan’s name was mentioned on the convention floor, the crowd went wild. Most remarkable was the night Ford secured the nomination and then traveled to Reagan’s hotel room – a sitting president begging his vanquished rival for support. It should not be lost on... Continue reading
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