The First Tall Ship Arrives At The Inner Harbor Just In Time For The Light City Festival

The 2017 seasons’ first tall ship, Sørlandet, arrived at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor today, with crew, along with teachers and 50 high school students. Sørlandet is a Norwegian term that means “southern land.” The 212-foot fully operational ship was built in 1927, in Kristiansand, Norway, earning it the title of the oldest full-rigged ship in the world.

Since 1975, the nonprofit organization, Sail Baltimore, has brought over 500 ships to Baltimore. The rigging, a ladder-like rope that spans from the masts to the deck, will be lighted up in celebration of the Light City Festival, which is expected to kick off on Friday.

 

Sorlandet Norwegian Tall Ship

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Teenager Undergoes New Technique To Repair Cerebral Aneurysm

In 2015, California high school student, Brianna Atkins, was preparing to play a soccer game, when she began to exhibit a severe headache. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was examined and told that her symptoms were probably the result of the flu. Thankfully, her mother urged the emergency room staff to delve a little further into Atkins’ condition.

Atkins’ brother, who had also suffered similar headaches, died in his teens as a result of brain cancer. After undergoing a CAT scan, doctors told Atkins that she had a large brain aneurysm that would require surgical intervention.

 

Pipeline Embolization Device Approved By FDA In 2011

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New Study Shows Economic Despair Linked To Spike In The Mortality Rate Of White Middle-Aged Americans

A recent study led by Princeton University economists, Ann Case and Angus Deaton, shows a sharp increase in mortality rates among white Americans are contributed to the feelings of economic despair.

The findings suggest that Americans, with less education are dying from alcohol and drug overdoses, obesity, alcohol-related liver disease and suicide, along with cancer and cardiovascular disease. The researchers are referring to the phenomenon as “deaths of despair.”

 

Mortality And Morbidity In The 21st Century

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Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar To Add 14 New Food Vendors

The Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar is preparing to launch its 40th season, by adding 14 new food vendors and special events. The market is held every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to12 noon on Saratoga Street, beneath the Jones Falls Expressway. The season will run from April 13 through December 17.

 

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Prince George’s County Will Invest $2 Million For A Litter Cleanup Campaign

In an effort to reduce litter on roadways and streets, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III will invest an additional $2 million for litter pick-up. The Department of Public Works and Transportation will lead the cleanup effort, which is set to kickoff this week.

 

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Baby African Penguin Chicks At Baltimore Zoo Take A Plunge For The First Time

Last week, the Penguin Coast staff decided that it was time for seven endangered African penguin chicks to join the rest of the colony in the outdoor pool. The chicks, Sputnik, Hubble, Luna, Hydra, Sirius, Io and Apollo, were born at the zoo in October and November, so they had to wait until they were old enough to keep up with older juvenile and adult penguins.

 

Baby African Penguins Take Their First Dive At Maryland Zoo

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U.S. Census Bureau Report Shows Baltimore Population Reaching 100-Year Low

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the number of people leaving Baltimore had doubled. The report was released as city leaders celebrated signs that appeared to show a slight population gain.

Maryland House Of Delegates Approve Legislation To Delay Selling A Home To Pay Unpaid Water Bill

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Recent Study Shows In 2016 Baltimore Issued Nearly 340,000 Parking Fines

A recent study released by the Law Offices of Randolph Rice shows Baltimore issued parking tickets for a variety of violations in 2016, the nearly 340,000 fines totaled up to over $16 million.

The most common offense, parking meter violations, made up $3 million of the fines. Street-cleaning violations came in second totaling up to $2.4 million, $1.9 million in tow-away fines and $1.3 million in residential-permit-only area fines.

 

Baltimoreans Pay Less In Parking Fines Than New Yorkers And San Franciscans

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Baltimore County Students Will Now Be Able To Attend Non-Air Conditioned Schools On Hot Days

Last week, the Baltimore County Board of Education voted to get rid of a policy that prompted the closure of non-air conditioned schools, when the heat index was forecasted to reach 90 degrees before noon. The heat closure policy had led to the closings of over 36 county schools, during the 2016-17 school year.

Along with schools being closed, sporting and other scheduled events were canceled. The 12-member board voted on March 21 to abolish the policy on a 7-5 vote.

 

Baltimore County School System

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Women Are Being Encouraged To Pursue A Career In Construction

Men have benefited from working in the construction industry for decades, gaining experience and skills to help them advance their career. Now, women are being urged to trade in their stilettos for a pair of work boots. The Baltimore Black Worker Center recently hosted an event that encouraged attendees to consider career fields that are not specifically designed for women.

 

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