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How to talk with each other about our differences on abortion

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has split the country into joyous supporters and furious dissenters. Emotions are running high, and some protests have turned violent. Yet research shows that people on either side of the abortion ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Questions for Md. GOP nominees

Dan Cox, the Republican nominee for governor of Maryland, not only is an acolyte of former President Donald Trump, but chartered buses to take protesters to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.  Michael Peroutka, the Republican nominee for attorney general, ...

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How to get the school year off to a good start

As a former school principal and district superintendent, I’ve witnessed firsthand how some students struggle to settle into routines when a new school year begins. Some students would show up late, if they came at all. Some told their parents ...

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Transforming Lexington Market

Lexington Market has been an iconic presence in downtown Baltimore since its earliest days. Starting in 1782 on land between Eutaw and Greene streets donated by General John Eager Howard, the market was the destination of many horse-drawn wagons bringing ...

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Ode to the squeegee kids

A scraping tool with a rubber-edged blade Makes car glass gleam in the Charm City sun. Our youngsters on the curb, tool in hand, wade Into, traffic — working, not on the run. Unknown, resented, they offer their work Seeking ...

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Here’s how schools can strengthen the communities around them

Food deserts. Poor housing conditions. Lack of community investment. These challenges may not always come to mind when people think about how to improve America’s public schools. But when my colleagues and I studied the 21st Century School Buildings Program, ...

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