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Comcast to create more than 1,000 Wi-Fi connected zones across the country, including in Baltimore

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Comcast will provide free Wi-Fi connection to more than 1,000 community centers nationwide, including locations in Baltimore City, as part of a multi-year effort to close the digital divide for low-income families, the company announced on Thursday.

BMA to live stream jazz with Akua Allrich, Monday, Sept. 21

Akua Allrich

The Baltimore Museum of Art will host on Monday, September 21 at 6 p.m., a live-streamed concert, Jazz: The Living Room Session. The concert will feature acclaimed jazz vocalist Akua Allrich, who will perform from the museum’s East Lobby installation Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure.

United Way donates laptops, sets up fund to provide computers to Baltimore City Public School students


With the start of a remote school year rapidly approaching, Baltimore families and educators scramble to prepare.

In Baltimore City, roughly 75,000 households, or one in three, do not have either a desktop or laptop computer, according to a recent study by the Abell Foundation. Around 15,000 households with children do not have either a desktop or laptop computer. These disparities are particularly pronounced for low-income houses with children – 80 percent of homes lacking computers are in the bottom half of the city’s income distribution. 

WYPR announces new board chair, four new trustees

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Today, WYPR announced a new chairman of the station’s board of directors and four new members. Matthew Martin, executive vice president and retail market manager for PNC Financial Services Group, will succeed Darcy C. Carroll as Chairman.

Baltimore City College student activists work to close the digital divide

Members of Students Organizing a Multicultural and Open Society.

As a member of Students Organizing a Multicultural and Open Society (SOMOS) at Baltimore City College, Yashira Valenzuela spends most of her time outside of school tackling systemic injustices in the Baltimore city school system. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift to remote learning, Yashira and her fellow SOMOS members began to realize how many Baltimore students lack access to affordable high-speed internet.

Maryland casinos report nearly $140M in revenue in first month after reopening


Horseshoe CasinoMaryland’s six casinos have completed their first full month of operation since their closure on March 16, generating $139,920,018 in gaming revenue. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the casinos reopened at 50 percent capacity, implemented temperature screenings, and required facemasks for both employees and patrons.