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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

United Workers
- Donald Gresham, a medical technician, never imagined he would be homeless.more More Arrow

Seth McMillan, former Developer, now Illume Communications new Digital Strategy Director.
- When the AFRO ventured onto the Internet with its own website in 1994, it was the critical support of one of its employees, Seth McMillan, which played an integral role in that process.more More Arrow

Gov. Martin O’Malley holds up a phone number for people to call to get help enrolling in health insurance in the state’s health care exchange on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Annapolis, Md. While the state’s online exchange still has serious technology glitches, O’Malley says more people have been able to get through in recent weeks after improvements were made. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s health secretary is seated next to O’Malley, and Carolyn Quattrocki, the interim director of the exchange, is next to Sharfstein.
- BALTIMORE (AP) — A health care enrollment fair on Saturday drew hundreds of Maryland residents who lined up and waited to beat Monday's midnight deadline to enroll in a health care plan.more More Arrow

Proposed State Center Complex
- On March 27, the state Court of Appeals dismissed a lower court’s ruling that upended all-important state contracts with the developer of the $1.5 billion redevelopment of State Center, a potential economic boon for the West Baltimore community surrounding it.more More Arrow

27-year-old Laser Womack was arrested and charged.
- A home invasion in South Baltimore left one woman dead and two others injured after a man broke into their home and opened fire on the trio as they sat in the living room of their row home.more More Arrow

Baltimore City Police Lt. Col. Melvin Russell.
- As violence and fear encroach upon schools and shopping malls even in the sleepiest of Baltimore’s suburbs, so has the stark reality that crime is everywhere, and that faith leaders and communities must abandon their own apathy first in order to change anything.more More Arrow

- Marvin "Doc" Cheatham stared in disbelief at the posters he held in his hands. "We have taken down close to 80 posters," Cheatham told the AFRO. "There were blue posters posted on top of my posters that read: Do Not Vote for Marvin 'Doc' CHEAT HAM."more More Arrow

A woman points at details in Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting
- BALTIMORE (AP) — A Renoir painting returns to public display this weekend for the first time in more than 60 years since it was stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art.more More Arrow

Rev. Wanda Bynum Duckett
- As the basis of her doctoral dissertation for Wesley Theological Seminary, the Rev. Wanda Bynum Duckett explored how spoken word poetry can be used as a component of worship. Her work on her doctorate's degree in urban ministry complete, at 1 p.m. March 22, Rev. Duckett presented her finding to the congregation of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.more More Arrow

Pi Omega 2014 Talent Hunt Contestants: Talent Hunt contestants with members of Pi Omega Chapter and the Pi Omega Foundation. Foundation President Otho Thompson (First row, left), Pi Omega Basileus Malik Mosley (second row, left) and Talent Hunt Chairman John Berkley (First row, right) acknowledged the winners.
- Pi Omega Chapter, Graduate Chapter of Baltimore, Md., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, hosted its 58th Annual Bro. Kelvin J. O’Neal Talent Hunt Competition on March 2, at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, located at 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore.more More Arrow