Sen. Bill Ferguson on Baltimore school arts funding

In a fusion of arts and activism, Major Key Foundation has collected video testimonials from a thousand Baltimore area residents on the importance of school arts funding. Center Maryland will release one testimonial a day in the lead-up to Major Key's concert at Soundstage on April 5, featuring Tupac's former bandmate E.D.I. Mean; Major Key co-founders professional flutist Sofia Hailu and hip hop artist Czar; and The Wire's Anwan Glover and his go-go Backyard Band. 

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Major Key Foundation connects hip hop and classical music for Baltimore students

Ahead of Baltimore School for the Arts alum Tupac Shakur's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Major Key Foundation is launching a pilot program to integrate classical music and hip hop for Baltimore students. Watch the Foundation's introductory video to learn more.

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James K. Glassman: An Unconscionable Mess as Maryland Attempts Drug Price Controls

Many states have decided to tackle the problem of rising health costs with regulations on pharmaceutical makers. But Maryland is going them one better. It wants to be the first state to empower its attorney general to take drug companies to court for “price gouging.” A judge can then fine the companies or force them to issue refunds.

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Ericka Alston-Buck: A Path To Recovery Is Needed To Lift Maryland Out Of Opioid Crisis

Michael Phillips: Unaccountable: Every Student Succeeds Act Fails Students

As a faith leader, I am deeply committed to my calling to shepherd members of my community toward a life lived in our shared ideals. For me, these ideals include compassion, service, opportunity and honesty. We must work together to deepen community, to make a conscious, intentional effort to build on the connections between us and resist the pull of the often shallow and disingenuous responses to complex issues that face our community. Here in Baltimore and throughout Maryland, we must trust one another.

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Gene Ransom: Opioids Talking and Hope

The Maryland General Assembly is considering countless measures to attack the opioid crisis in Maryland.  Many are with merit and some need work. Two proposals stand out as comprehensive real solutions to the problem, and have the support of MedChi, The Maryland Medical Society, other public health groups and officials. Those proposals are the Start Talking Maryland Act and the Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act of 2017.

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Carl Szabo: Merriweather Memories: Why I support a Ticket Rights Resale Act in MD

I have many fond memories of growing up in my hometown of Columbia MD – several of them are of the times I had with friends and family at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. I remember using the money I earned from delivering the Columbia Flyer to buy tickets to its concerts. I remember my Wilde Lake High School wrestling team providing security for its events. I remember seeing the Symphony of Lights and my high school graduation ceremony at Merriweather.   

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Dr. Leana Wen: Six reasons to fight the ACA replacement plan

For months, I have received questions from concerned residents about how repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would impact their health. My patients were worried about whether they could still get medications to treat their heart disease and diabetes, whether they would they lose coverage for mental health and addiction services, and whether they would continue to get basic preventive services such as mammogram, pap smears and blood pressure screenings.

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