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The double-glazed glass ceiling


“The bias that I face as a woman of color has become the elephant in the room. It means that I have to keep proving myself to clients, peers, superiors, and subordinates, even after each success. Sometimes others assume that ...

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A reminder on new PPP changes


President Biden recently announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, including a new 14-day window where loan applications must be exclusive to small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. As a result of this change, the PPP is ...

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Blood plasma can help us live with COVID-19


This past year has forced many of us to experience more isolation than ever before. With over 2 million deaths worldwide and more than 650,000 U.S. hospitalizations, almost every American knows someone who has been impacted by COVID-19. The new ...

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Protecting those being treated for addiction


No one who suffers from addiction should be subjected to sexual harassment or abuse as a condition of getting help. In Maryland, this fundamental principle has been violated because women themselves have been violated in addiction treatment facilities. Regrettably, the ...

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The 5 biggest myths about the Paycheck Protection Program


Through the first month of the 2021 version of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), about half of the $284 billion allocated to the program this round have been secured by businesses impacted by the pandemic. That leaves a lot ...

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Democracy depends on people doing the right thing


As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer. In particular, I keep returning to ...

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Mediating gun violence in Baltimore


For more than two decades, young people killed each other over lucrative drug trading territory in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City. The area was so dangerous locals called it “Baby Afghanistan.” “Lots of shootings and murders,” says Elgin ...

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The Conversation: Americans still need a lifeline

Natasha Blunt poses for a portrait in New Orleans, Friday, July 31, 2020. Blunt owes thousands of dollars in back rent after she lost her banquet porter job. She has yet to receive her stimulus check and has not been approved for unemployment benefits. Her family is getting by with food stamps and the charity of neighbors. (AP Photo/Dorthy Ray)

As Congress prepares another injection of COVID-19 aid for businesses and individuals, there’s been debate about whether it’s necessary on top of the $3.5 trillion spent so far. President Joe Biden had initially hoped to get bipartisan support for his ...

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Making health care in Md. more affordable


In addition to the devastating health impact of COVID-19, the pandemic has also caused undue financial stress on Maryland families, forcing many to choose between their health and financial stability. Unfortunately, some health insurers are making matters worse by preventing ...

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