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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Latoya Peterson tagged maryland

"'For communities of color around the country, a 'lagging collapse' may be ahead, said Alan Mallach, a nationally known housing expert who has done extensive on-the-ground research into the foreclosure crisis. Prince George’s county is a case in point. The nation’s wealthiest majority-black county, it has been devastated by the foreclosure crisis. Heavily targeted by subprime lenders in the boom years, the county is now staggering under the weight of abandoned homes and plummeting prices. The county received more than 7,100 notices of intent to foreclose in March.

“'I think it’s grim. And it’s going to be grim for a while. I’m not sure we’re anywhere near the aftermath yet. We’re still in the middle of the storm,' said Mallach."

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"With the polls still open on Election Day, a woman’s recorded voice told tens of thousands of blacks who picked up the phone to 'relax' and not to worry about going to vote because O’Malley (D), the incumbent governor, had already been 'successful' in his rematch against Ehrlich. Henson has hired a lawyer, Edward Smith Jr., who shares his client’s panache for the provocative. Smith said the calls were a far cry from notorious attempts to restrict the rights of blacks after the Civil War and before the civil rights movement of the 1960s."

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"The Schurick document admits, 'The first and foremost desired outcome is voter suppression.' The attorney general says 112,000 deceptive calls were made, and each carries a potential $500 fine.The robocalls told likely Democratic voters to stay home because President Obama and Ehrlich opponent Martin O’Malley (D) 'have been successful.' 'Relax. Everything’s fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight. Congratulations, and thank you,' the robocalls said."

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"In a vote on Friday, April 8, 2011, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 74 to 66 in favor of the DREAM Act. This will allow undocumented youth who are seeking degrees in community colleges and state schools to receive in-state tuition as long as they graduated from a state school and their families pay taxes unless they are exempt for emergency situations (which right now are unclear to me what is considered an 'emergency')."

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"The greenhouse on the Maryland plantation where famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass spent part of his childhood was not as uniquely European as once thought: Its furnace was built by slaves, who hid distinctly African touches within it to ward off bad spirits, researchers said. A stone pestle to control spirits was concealed in brick ductwork used to heat the orangery — a type of greenhouse used to shield citrus and other trees from chilly winters — and University of Maryland archaeologists found charms buried at the structure's entrance, said excavation leader Mark Leone. The greenhouse was long considered a mark of European sophistication and was a status symbol of the era."

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"Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin (D), who 'is neutral in the race between King and Ali,' is not buying King’s explanation. Ervin left a comment on Maryland Politics Watch’s post, stating 'this is the second piece of mail that has left me wondering if Senator King has any idea how many people of color that she represents in her district.' Ali was equally bewildered by King’s denial, 'because clearly, to the plain eye, it’s obvious the photo has been altered. Without a doubt. So it’s one of those cases when someone says the sky is purple.'"

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