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A “New Generation” of Chinese cuisine in Towson

April 17, 2019

As Baltimore got its first taste of warm weather in mid-March, New Generation Hot Pot opened its doors in Towson. From the moment you step inside, it’s clear that Ming Zhang, the owner-manager, is living a kind of American dream. 

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Meat, vegetable, seafood and other foods to be tossed into boiling soup.

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Local Color Flowers offers flower arranging classes and sells bouquets of locally-sourced flowers.

Local Color Flowers is a new kind of bouquet shop

April 18, 2019

Are you looking to beautify your home? Have you always wanted to learn floral arrangement? Do you want to support local businesses? If the answer to any of questions is “yeah!” then be sure to stop by Local Color Flowers.


City residents reflect on the Baltimore Uprising four years later

April 18, 2019

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights co-hosted an event entitled “Baltimore After Freddie Gray” on Saturday. The event reflected how the 2015 Baltimore Uprising drew attention to systemic issues of racial inequality within the city, such as the implementation of zero-tolerance policing. 

Event attendees played the board game Factuality, where they acted as characters with different identities.

Nonprofit celebrates Monument Quilt with performances

April 18, 2019

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, a Baltimore-based arts and activist group, hosted an event called Grown in Baltimore at Whitelock Community Farm in Reservoir Hill on Saturday. The event featured performances from local musicians Uni Q. Mical, DZL MC and DJ Laila Snacks and celebrated the thousands of individuals who have contributed their resources and creativity to the Monument Quilt.


Baseball splits their four-game slate over a busy weekend

April 17, 2019

After a bit of a relaxing week with only one game played last Tuesday, Hopkins baseball played four intense games this weekend, finishing with a 2-2 record. The Blue Jays started off the weekend right with a 13-3 demolishing of the McDaniel College Green Terror on Friday. 

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Nate Davis’s 5 home runs earned him Conference Hitter of the Week

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Greg Chimera was named the James F. Margraff head coach of football.

Coach spotlight: Greg Chimera - Football

April 18, 2019

In late February, Greg Chimera was named the 27th head coach in Hopkins football history. Chimera was appointed as the successor to the late James F. Margraff, for whom the head coach position is now named. 


NCAA March Madness is all about the numbers

April 17, 2019

I may or may not have come in last place in my high school’s NCAA tournament bracket pool last year. Either way, it is irrelevant because this year, I placed in the 99th percentile of all ESPN brackets. After some embarrassments in years past, I made sure that this year would be better, and now I’ve won just about every bracket pool I entered, including The News-Letter’s Sports section’s bracket pool. With so many teams competing, many people think it all comes down to luck, but I’m here to tell you that there’s a method to the madness.

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Kyle Guy hit clutch free throws to help Virginia win the National Championship.

Track & Field divides and conquers between three weekend meets

April 17, 2019

The Hopkins track teams were all over the map this past weekend. Some Blue Jays flew off to Lewisburg, Pa. for Bucknell University’s Bison Outdoor Classic and Emmitsburg, Md. for the Mount Multis, while some stayed home for the Hopkins/Loyola Invitational, as both the men and women produced multiple winners.

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Justin Canedy won Centennial Conference Field Athlete of the Week

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Walker has had a stellar eight seasons during his time in Charlotte.

Should Kemba Walker stay or should he go?

April 17, 2019

Last week, I watched what may have been Kemba Walker’s last game in a Charlotte Hornets jersey. Now that he is a free agent, he has to choose whether or not to stay with the city that he has called home for his eight NBA seasons. Nothing could have summed up his eight-year career in purple and teal better than that game. Walker went off, going for 43 points with a 72 percent effective field goal percentage. It was as entertaining as it was dominant, with a slew of aerial acrobatics, mesmerizing handles and a jumper so sweet it would send you straight to the dentist.


World's first 3D-printed heart shows promise for organ regeneration

April 20, 2019

In recent years, the rapidly evolving world of 3D printing has given rise to numerous products that serve functional or aesthetic purposes. In an ambitious effort, scientists even successfully engineered simple human tissues using 3D printing. However, the latest breakthrough in the field is the creation of a product whose intricacy and complexity exceeds many’s expectations — a complete heart.


Drug-resistant infections threaten urban health

April 18, 2019

In Kibera, an impoverished area in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, widespread and uncontrolled antibiotic use is contributing to a significant increase in drug-resistant infections. Far from being an isolated example, Kibera is just one of a growing list of poor urban locations in developing countries where antibiotic resistance has become a deadly issue through a similar combination of factors. Dr. Guy Palmer, a professor at Washington State University who studies global health and infectious diseases, discussed this in an interview with the New York Times. 

 
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Antibiotic resistance is now a widespread issue in developing nations.

 
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Investigators found that ground beef was the cause of the mysterious wave of E. coli outbreak.

Solving the mysterious cause of the E. coli outbreak

April 20, 2019

On April 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 72 people in five different states were ill as the result of a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) with no confirmed cause. Now the outbreak has spread to at least 109 individuals, and the CDC reports that the source is most likely ground beef. 


Why is marijuana landing people in the hospital?

April 20, 2019

We’ve all heard that you can’t overdose on cannabis. This raises the question as to why, according to a recent study, a hospital in Colorado saw 9,973 cannabis-related emergency room (ER) visits between 2012 to 2016. 

 
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An increasing number of ER visits has been attributed to marijuana use.

New Zealand takes a stand on gun control

April 18, 2019

Ever since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last year, gun control has been at the center of political debate. Though millions have marched for their lives, countless town halls have been held, and thousands more lives have been lost to gun violence in the U.S. since Feb. 14, 2018, minimal steps have been taken to address this issue. 


Can sustainable investment fight climate change?

April 19, 2019

The Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs and the National Academy of Sciences will host a Climate Change Symposium on May 3 called Changing by Degrees: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change. In light of this, students and faculty are identifying different methods of achieving sustainability.

 
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The melting of ice shelves may not have an effect on global sea levels. 

TEDxJHU speakers challenge society’s status quo

April 18, 2019

TEDxJHU held its annual conference at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on Saturday. United by the theme of “Connecting the Dots,” six speakers shared their stories of overcoming adversity and challenging the status quo to effect positive change in the world. 

The TEDxJHU event “Connect the Dots,” took place in the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy.

Author Shapiro reads excerpts from new book

April 17, 2019

Renowned Shakespeare critic James Shapiro came to Hopkins on Thursday, April 11 to deliver an outstanding Turnbull lecture he called “Lincoln, Booth, Shakespeare.” He read for the first time an extract from his latest, yet to be released novel, Shakespeare in a Divided America.