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Maryland Student Under Fire for Calling Students at Rival School a Racial Slur

"I want to be clear that I don't believe the actions of this single student, in any way, represents the mindset of the majority of our student body," said Principal Jim Todd.

Annapolis High School Boys' Basketball Team

A racist social-media post by an Anne Arundel County student after her team lost a basketball game on Monday is drawing outrage.

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#ShoppingWhileBlack: Maryland Couple Sues Costco for $4M

A routine trip to Costco turned into a case of racial profiling.

Courtesy of WBAL TV

Barbara and Bahri Wallace loved to shop at Costco. And this trip to the megastore should have been like every other trip. However, while the couple were shopping at the Costco in Anne Arundel County in Maryland in May, the husband and wife reported they were being watched by management.

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Catholic Priest Kicks Out Black Family at Funeral, Calls Deceased Black Woman 'a Thing'

"Everyone get the hell out of my church," said Father Michael Briese, who needed more than Jesus to help him with his shenanigans.

The death of a loved one is sad. Make the loved one a parent and your life will forever be changed. It is devastating. The Hicks Family was, painfully, aware of that feeling and planned to say their farewells at St.Mary's Church in Charlotte Hall, Md. Agnes Hicks had wanted her funeral at the church since she was a little girl. A series of unfortunate events changed all of that.

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Baltimore Detectives Convicted of Robbery, Racketeering

Officers stole money from victims, conducted illegal searches and were prepared to plant BB guns at crime scenes if they needed a cover story.

Two detectives in Baltimore have been found guilty on charges of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and robbery. The verdict simply confirms what has already been common knowledge about the corrupt Baltimore Police Department, a problem detailed by a Justice Department report in 2016.

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Baltimore Cops Allegedly Faked Evidence — Again

Forty-one cases in the city have been dropped after more body cam footage suggests officers may have been planting evidence; hundreds are under review.

REUTERS

New body cam footage has emerged that shows police officers in Baltimore working together to plant evidence at a supposed crime scene, according to the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender (OPD). The clip comes out just weeks after a different video was released showing a different group of officers also fabricating evidence.

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Judges Freeze Muslim Ban

Two judges blocked Trump's revised Muslim ban, using the president's own comments against him.

President Donald Trump / REUTERS

In separate rulings on Wednesday, two judges blocked President Donald Trump's revised Muslim ban.

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$21 Million Harriet Tubman State Park Project Now Open

"Harriet Tubman is a true Maryland treasure and who remains relevant to this very day," said Maryland Park Service Manager Dana Paterra.

The visitor center at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.

Harriet Tubman

In Dorchester County, Maryland, near the plantation where Harriet Tubman was born in 1822, now sits a 17-acre park to memorialize the iconic freedom fighter.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park is located in Church Creek on Maryland's Eastern shore, about 90 miles from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. A grand opening and festivities took place on Saturday and Sunday. The visitor center sits along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and offers a view of the surrounding Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

"Harriet Tubman is a true Maryland treasure and who remains relevant to this very day," said Maryland Park Service Manager Dana Paterra. "Her path to freedom was wrought with peril but she persevered and overcame many struggles to become an American icon."

Expert craftsmen from around the world worked on the $21 million project, which incorporated reclaimed barn wood, exposed timbers and stone. Views of the surrounding landscapes look much like they did in Tubman's time, according to VisitDorchester.org. The complex also features 3/4 of a mile in walking paths and a 2,600-square foot outdoor pavilion.

The visitor center includes green elements such as bio-retention ponds, rain barrels and vegetative roofs. It has an exhibit hall, museum store and research library. The exhibit features information about Tubman's early life and, after escaping from slavery in 1849, her role in leading African Americans to freedom using the Underground Railroad, a secret network of routes and safe houses that ushered slaves to the North.

"The exhibit runs chronologically, taking visitors through her childhood to her teenage years, when an overseer threw a heavy weight at her head, which left her with seizures for the rest of her life," NPR's Parth Shah said in an interview. "The visitor center was overflowing with tourists on its opening weekend, with a dozen standing in the blustery weather outside waiting to get in."

In April the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that Tubman would be featured on the front of a new $20 bill. She will make history as the first woman highlighted prominently on U.S. paper currency in circulation.

President Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, expressed disappointment in the Department of Treasury's decision to move former President Andrew Jackson to the back of the $20 bill.

"I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can come up with another denomination," Trump said at the time. "Maybe we can do the $2 bill? I don't like seeing it. I think it's pure political correctness."

The Republican presidential candidate called the recent decision to feature civil rights pioneer Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill "pure political correctness."

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson previously complained Tubman would diminish the value of the currency.

"Maybe she should be on a bill that's worth less?" Carson said on Fox Business Network's Cavuto Coast to Coast in April.

"Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt," Carson said. "In honor of that, we kick him off of the money."

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States Join Lawsuit to Block Muslim Ban

The revised executive order "will cause severe and immediate harms," according to a complaint filed Monday.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson / REUTERS

Several states have joined a Washington lawsuit to prevent President Donald Trump's updated Muslim ban from going into effect, arguing that it is still as discriminatory as the original.

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Racist, Sexist Maryland Sheriff Resigns

Sheriff James Fitzgerald was investigated for racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and abuse of power.

James Fitzgerald

A Maryland sheriff's last day was Saturday after an investigation found he frequently made racist, anti-Semitic and sexist comments at work and created a "hostile work environment."

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Murder Trial for Freddie Gray Officer Begins Today

In what could be considered the most important of the six trials, the only officer charged with murder faces a judge, not a jury.

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. Photo: Baltimore Police

The trial involving the most serious charges filed in connection to Freddie Gray's death begins today. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who drove the police wagon that transported Gray, faces charges including second-degree depraved heart murder.

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Flint II? Lawsuit Follows Plans to Build 5th Power Plant in Black Neighborhood

"The Maryland agencies that decided that this plant should be built are putting a bunch of pollution sources into a community that's 75 percent black, while whiter communities get cleaner air."

The practice of environmental racism in Maryland is now reaching the legal system. The state is facing a civil rights lawsuit after approving plans to build a fifth power plant in the unincorporated town of Brandywine, a majority-Black town located in Prince George's County that already struggles with problems related to pollution.

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Maryland Police More Likely to Use Tasers on Black Men

An investigative report also found police ignored safety procedures for Tasers.

In hundreds of instances over the course of three years, not only did Maryland police officers use Tasers against suspects who posed no immediate threat, many officers did not follow the proper safety recommendations when using the device.

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