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Irlen Syndrome: Real science or false hope?
BY Simone Ellin
December 12, 2013

Westminster mother Anna Lipka had always sensed something was interfering with her daughter Adrianna’s academic performance. Yet, none of the professionals who tested Adrianna could find anything out of the ordinary. “I knew she was very smart — she talked at 16 months and could memorize all the books I read to her,” Lipka said. CONTINUE »

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Kosher coffee touts weight loss, energy benefits
BY Heather Norris
December 12, 2013

For coffee drinkers in the Jewish community, a kosher coffee that advertises benefits such as weight loss and increased focus and memory has made its way to Maryland. Javita coffee launched in 2011 with the introduction of its energy-plus-mind instant coffee. With ingredients such as South American estate-blend coffee (100 percent Arabica and Robusta), green CONTINUE »

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Making laws, improving lives and working to create a cultural shift
BY Melissa Gerr
December 12, 2013

Halacha (Jewish law), just like the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, states the right for citizens to own weapons for use in self-protection and to maintain public safety. In the case of Jewish law, however, it also mandates safe and responsible use with regard to ownership for the public good. “Safe and responsible” CONTINUE »

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Range of candidates struggle to stand out in a crowd
BY Heather Norris
December 12, 2013

Although it is still early, the race for governor of Maryland is already shaping up to be a competitive one. With nine candidates saying they plan on running, the field ranges from seasoned politicians to experienced businessmen and even to a Baltimore-area teacher, all of whom want to succeed the still-popular Gov. Martin O’Malley. So CONTINUE »

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Local school psychologist urges professionals not to miss red flags for suicide risk
BY Simone Ellin
December 12, 2013

It’s a day he may never forget. And while it is painful to remember as well as to talk about, Dr. Jonathan Lasson, 42, a certified school psychologist for the Maryland State Department of Education, believes it’s a day that warrants memory, and a memory that must be shared. Oct. 4, 2012 began like any other CONTINUE »