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What It Takes: Chasing Graduation in High-Poverty High Schools

The nation's high school graduation rate is at an all-time high, but high-poverty schools face a stubborn challenge.

FREE Count Basie Orchestra concert @ UMES Sept. 26

Less than a week after a U.S.-brokered Syrian ceasefire collapsed, the city of Aleppo is being pummeled with the most intense air bombardment since the beginning of the conflict, according to the U.N.

The Miami Marlins ace pitcher José Fernández died in a boating accident early Sunday morning. He was 24 years old.

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," the team posted in a statement on Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time. Today's game against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled." Neither the team nor the league announced when the game would be rescheduled.

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Monday night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the first time the two square off directly during this general election campaign. At such moments, the stakes are invariably characterized as high for the candidates, their presidential prospects on the brink of success or ruin.

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Museum of African American History and Culture offers inspirational message

Sep 23, 2016
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Every year I get a little closer to understanding why I am passionately in love with African American history and culture. But every year it becomes less necessary to explain my love to anyone else.   

I got a sneak-peek at the Smithsonian’s new Museum of African American History and Culture. I am relieved that this place will have thousands of visitors every day for centuries because each day there will be fewer people surprised by my passion for Black history and culture.  

JERUSALEM (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says his delegation has made several successful business transactions with Israeli companies during a weeklong trade mission.

Hogan said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that "there is a real synergy between this nation and our state."

HAGERTOWN, Md. (AP) — A man convicted 36 years ago in the fatal shooting of a Garrett County sheriff's deputy is set for a plea hearing that could avert a retrial.

The hearing for 68-year-old Roberto Rezek (REE'-zek) is scheduled Friday in Hagerstown.

He was convicted in 1980 of first-degree murder in the 1979 slaying of Deputy David Livengood in downtown Oakland. Rezek's conviction was reversed in 2011 because his trial judge gave the jury improper instructions.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Morgan State University officials say a student died suddenly after exercising at a campus gymnasium.

Media outlets report that university spokesman Clint Coleman says 21-year-old Dmitri Clemons of Silver Spring was working out in Hurt Gymnasium on campus Wednesday when he collapsed. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will determine the cause of Clemons' death.

His death comes days after the off-campus stabbing death of another university student, sophomore Marcus Edwards.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge is holding a pretrial hearing to discuss evidentiary issues in the prosecution of a former death-row inmate for a drug-related killing.

Friday's discovery hearing involves Isaiah McCoy, who was convicted in the 2010 death of 30-year-old James Mumford in Dover.

Delaware's Supreme Court last year ordered a new trial for McCoy because of errors by the judge and prosecutor at his first trial.

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September is Hunger Awareness Month

Join the Maryland Food Bank and the Princess Anne Police Barrack in the event Stuff a Truck. Please bring non-perishable foods to donate and help members of the community in need.

Chuck Redd and the Jazz Young Bloods @ The Mainstay 9/30

Judith Hill @ Rams Head On Stage Sept. 30

Dee Dee Bridgewater @ Wolf Trap Oct. 5

Hiroshima @ Rams Head On Stage Oct. 27 @ 8 pm

Sheila E. @ Wolf Trap Nov. 9 & 10

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"The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band

"The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band kicks off its 2016 tour at UMES' Ella Fitzgerald for the Performing Arts on Sat., Oct.1