Annabel Lee Tavern In Canton To Shutter Its Doors This Weekend

Annabel Lee Tavern opened in 2007 in Canton, where dive bars filled the area. With two consecutive years of revenue loss, totaling up to $200,000 each year, the owner, Kurt Bragunier, feels his only choice is to close the restaurant and bar for good.

The restaurant at 601 South Clinton Street is now facing tremendous competition from nearby gastro pubs.


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Job Market Looking More Promising For The Class Of 2017

After many years of depressed wages and high unemployment, the job market is looking up for college graduates, analysts say. Job prospects for members of class of 2017 are better than those who graduated in the wake of the recession. At that time, there were limited jobs and college graduates had to compete with more experienced workers.

The National Association of College and Employers survived employers, who expect to increase hiring by 5 percent from last year.

Just this month, the Economic Policy Institute reported that wages are recovering and the unemployment rate for college graduates between 21 and 24 years of age has decreased to 5.6 percent, which is one percentage point of its precession level.


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Mayor Catherine Pugh Budget Would Ground Police Helicopters, Cut Funding To Youth Centers

In March, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh unveiled her first budget proposal. The $2.8 plan included the return of speed cameras, a modest tax cut for homeowners, refinancing of the Hilton Hotel owned by the city and millions in increased funding for police and schools.

However, agency-level details that have recently been released reveal other significant plans. The proposed budget would save $1 million, but ground four of the police department’s Foxtrot helicopters. Six aviation unit positions, including one police sergeant, two flight officers and three police officers would be abolished.

The proposal would save $70,000 by cutting services at two of the city’s youth curfew centers. In 2015, former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had planned to expand the curfew centers during the summer to give youth a safe place at night. According to city officials, Pugh is altering the curfew centers’ mission to an “outreach initiative” to make employment, recreation, social and educational opportunities more accessible to youth.

The centers formally opened on Friday for the summer.

“We’re going to fund the centers, whether that’s privately or publicly,” Pugh said. “We think that this is very important.”

The budget proposal includes 17 new positions, three community liaisons, three policy analysts, five compliance managers and six auditors, which would assist the Department of Justice in monitoring the Baltimore’s Police Department. The budget proposes $3.4 million to be split between an independent monitor ($1.45 million) and police ($220,000) for traveling to other cities to gain knowledge on police reform.

Additionally, the budget would allocate $430,000 for new positions to administer police body cameras. It also proposes three new positions to deal with Maryland Public Information Act associated with the body cameras.

Funding to the Comptroller Joan Pratt’s office would be increased by $646,000 for the hiring of three new auditors. At the request of Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Pugh authorized $100,000 in funding for a new fiscal analyst.

CEO of the organization, Visit Baltimore, would receive over $332,000, increased funding for several of the city government’s highest taxpayer-funded salaries and six vice presidents would receive $1 million under the proposed budget.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings Will Remain In Johns Hopkins Hospital After Undergoing Heart Surgery

Baltimore representative Elijah E. Cummings underwent heart surgery to correct a narrowing of the aortic valve at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His office said on Thursday that he would not be released for several days following the procedure.

Cummings, 66, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, underwent a trans arterial aortic valve replacement, a minimally invasive procedure on Wednesday.


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Newly Discovered Gene Responds To Electromagnetic Fields May Some Day Be Used In Gene Therapy

In a study, Johns Hopkins researchers and colleagues utilized the gene of a catfish to enable a rat brain to sense electromagnetic fields.

A wide variety of animals, such as newts, lobster, bees and birds are capable of sensing the Earth’s magnetic field, but humans are not. That exclusion has been the topic of debate for some time. A newly discovered gene that belongs to a glass catfish (Kryptopterus bicirrhis) seems to be able to respond to electromagnetic fields. Researchers believe the gene can be utilized to non-invasively trigger heart and brain cells.

That technique opens possibilities of treating epilepsy, developing wireless biological pacemakers or building brain machine interfaces that utilize electromagnetic signals to talk with human cells.


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New Study Reveals Safe Places To Use Drugs Would Save $6M In Opioid Epidemic-Related Costs

A new cost-benefit analysis led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers and collaborators revealed that safe drug sites would save $6 million annually in opioid epidemic-related costs.

In safe consumption spaces, people can utilize illicit drugs, while being monitored by medical staff, which are trained to treat overdoses. Advocates say it prevents drug users from being forced to use in high-risk places, such as on street corners and in abandoned buildings.

Users would also have access to social services like housing assistance and drug treatment.

In American, safe consumption spaces are illegal, but are utilized in some countries. Advocates are pushing to open locations throughout the United States, including two locations in Baltimore.

The findings revealed that the spaces would reduce, hepatitis C infections, HIV, overdose deaths, hospitalizations and overdose-related ambulance calls.

“No one has ever died from an overdose in a safe consumption space,” lead author, Susan G. Sherman, a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Bloomberg School, said in a statement. “Thousands of lives have been saved. There are lots of doors people can walk through when they are addicted to drugs. We want them to walk through a door that may eventually lead to successful treatment – and keep them alive until they are ready for that.”

Just this year, a measure permitting safe consumption spaces failed in the Maryland General Assembly.

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Baltimore Prosecutors, Police Turning To Child Witnesses To Solve Criminal Cases

Baltimore prosecutors and police rely primarily on adult witnesses to crime to solve cases, but with the increasing violence in they city they have begun turning to the most unlikely source, children.

On Monday, the state’s attorney office and Police Department announced a partnership with Baltimore Child Abuse Centers’ trained interviewers to question the youngest witnesses of violence and other crimes. The idea is to solve crimes and help children deal with the trauma.

“Children witnesses oftentimes suffer first-hand violence,” said Baltimore State’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. “The post-traumatic stress, the depression, attachment issues … If we don’t try to channel this in a productive way, it can be detrimental.”


Baltimore Police Interviewing Children To Solve Crimes

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In a city, where violent crimes and homicide is surging, with 130 homicides recorded this year so far, children are potentially valuable witnesses.

For years, law enforcement has partnered with the child abuse center to prosecute and solve cases of sexual abuse. The center can now prove even more valuable by helping to carefully get information from children on a wider array of crimes.

Detectives in the Baltimore Police Department’s family crimes unit moved to the center at 2300 North Charles Street. In addition to the move, the center’s staff is performing a higher number of forensic interviews. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the center a $600,000 grant, which will be utilized to hire new staff members and a specialized therapist to work with children, conduct research at Baltimore schools and train prosecutors.

Some children have already been brought to the center after being rescued from a sex trafficking ring and only minutes after witnessing a homicide. For other children, it may take weeks or months to arrive at the center.

In 2010, the center extended opening times to 24 hours a day, while adding services for youth involved in trafficking, domestic violence and pornography. In 2016, the center served over 1,000 children and nearly three years ago, it began aiding police in homicide investigations.

The center offers medical services, art therapy, yoga and referrals for counseling and psychiatric help. It also provides trainings for teachers, camp counselors, coaches and others who frequently interact with children.

Just recently, a mother brought her son and two daughters to the center to be screened for STDs related to an alleged sexual abuse case. Urine samples were collected, while Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer played in the background.

“There are kids who are experiencing a lot of trauma and if we do that right, if we respond correctly and get these children help, we will build a better city a generation from now,” said Adam Rosenberg, the center’s director.

Baltimore Child Abuse Center
2300 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 396-6147

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Hopkins Researchers Create ‘An Atmosphere In A Bottle’

An assistant professor of planetary sciences at Johns Hopkins would hop aboard a space shuttle and travel to Saturn’s largest moon ‘Titan’, if it was possible. Her best alternative was to bring Titan’s dust and gases to her lab at Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Horst and her team of graduate student researchers developed “an atmosphere in a bottle” in her lab, utilizing a metal canister, tubes and an electrical charge. Gases – similar to those potentially found on a distant body – are pumped into the cylindrical metal chamber through tubes, then heated or cooled with liquid nitrogen to the appropriate temperature and zapped with an electric charge that mimics a blast of charged particles from a star, such as the sun.


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Using Two Existing Drugs, Researchers Were Able To Alter A Biochemical Signaling Process

A study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers and collaborators has found a biochemical signaling process responsible for causing condensed cancer cells to separate from a malignant tumor and spread the disease to somewhere else in the body. In the study, the researchers utilized two existing drugs in combination to alter this process and in turn slow cancer’s inclination to travel, a behavior known as metastasis.

Metastasis is associated to 90 percent of cancer deaths and anything that is capable of derailing this action could potentially improve cancer patients’ prognosis. When the researchers closely examined cellular events that are responsible for promoting metastasis, they discovered the vital, new signaling process.

“We found that it was not the overall size of a primary tumor that caused cancer cells to spread, but how tightly those cells are jammed together when they break away from the tumor,” said lead author Hasini Jayatilaka, a postdoctoral fellow at John Hopkins’ Physical Sciences-Oncology Center. “At a fundamental level, we found that cell density is very important in triggering metastasis. It’s like waiting for a table in a severely overcrowded restaurant and then getting a message that says you need to take your appetite elsewhere.”

By utilizing a medication mix, the researchers were able to prevent this microscopic message from getting delivered. The researchers warned that this treatment had not yet been tested on humans with cancer, but was tested in animal models. However, the finding provides to an encouraging new focus for cancer research – impeding the biochemical activity that is responsible for prodding cancer cells to spread elsewhere in the body.

A senior author of the study, Denis Writz, director of Johns Hopkins’ Physical Science-Oncology Center, said there are currently no commercial drugs being produced specifically to stop metastasis, because pharmaceutical companies think the optimal strategy to prevent metastasis is to annihilate the primary tumor from which the cancer originates.

Two pivotal drivers of metastasis are the cancer cells’ ability to travel through surrounding tissue until they finally get to the bloodstream and their likelihood to reproduce a rapid rate. In the bloodstream, the cancer cells can get a free ride to spread cancer throughout the body.

The researchers utilized a 3D environment that replicates human tissue to determine how these activities begin. They found that as two forms of cancer cells reproduced and produced more dense conditions in the test site, these cells released specific proteins that motivated migration. These proteins were identified as Interleukin 8 (IL-8) and Interleukin 6 (IL-6).

“IL-6 and IL-8 seem to deliver a message to cancer cells, telling them to move away from the densely populated primary tumor,” said Jayatilaka.

In their animal studies, the research team discovered that implementing two existing drugs, Reparaxin and Tocilizumab, prevented the receptors responsible for enabling cancer cells to receive their relocation orders. The FDA approved Tocilizumab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and is currently in trials for use in ovarian cancer cases. Other researchers are evaluating Reparaxin as a potential treatment for breast cancer.

The study was published online in Nature Communications on May 26, 2017.

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Rocket Tiers Learning Center Employee Charged With Murder In Death Of 8-Month-Old

On Tuesday, daycare workers at Rocket Tiers Learning Center found an 8-month-old girl unresponsive and notified Baltimore Police Department. A staffer recounted the moments before Bowman was found deceased, saying she had fed the child, then wrapped her in a blanket and put into a crib for a nap.

According to Baltimore police, a video camera at the center contradicted the staffer’s story.

Criminal Investigations Chief Stanley Brandford, said the staffer, 23-year-old Leah Walden, of Windsor Mill, could be seen covering the child with “excessive blankets,” – covering the baby’s head completely.


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