Stephen Babcock

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Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

Fourth of July Events Calendar: Fireworks, parties, parades and more

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Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Jim Schuyler, via the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

When it comes to celebrating America, most of us know the basics of fireworks, sparklers and BBQ. There are plenty of places willing to help out with the celebration. Here’s a roundup of events before and during Independence Day, as well as the best ways to watch the fireworks at the Inner Harbor.

How a shipping container is connecting strangers around the world

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Photo by Stephen Babcock

A hackathon set to be held next week is bringing together students and medical workers in Baltimore and Gaza City.

It won’t involve travel. Instead, the key to link lies within a gold shipping container.

Weekend Events Calendar: Pride Weekend, Baltimore Wine Fest, Healthy Baltimore, Block Parties Abound

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It’s Pride Weekend in Baltimore. Get ready for three days of celebrating the city’s LGBTQ+ community in the streets, parks and terraces. Elsewhere, drink some wine by the river or tour some of Reservoir Hill’s best houses. And of course, don’t forget about dad on Sunday. Here’s the schedule.

Weekend Events Calendar: Preakness Stakes, Ta-Nehisi Coates at the BMA, a vintage expo, the Artubus Arts Festival and more

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Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day. Photo by World Red Eye.

All eyes are on Old Hilltop, as the Preakness Stakes brings lots of visitors to town for the weekend’s largest draw. But don’t sleep on chances to get out for a farmer’s market kickoff, birding or a bike tour of West Baltimore.

Note: With all the inclement weather expected this weekend, please check with the venue for any scheduling changes.

Medical device pioneer Robert Fischell gifts $20M for University of Maryland innovation center

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A rendering of University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Facility III.

A new center combining business, medicine and engineering to create new solutions is coming to the Baltimore-based University of Maryland School of Medicine.

This report looks at key changes in Baltimore over the last 20 years

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Image via the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Facebook page.

Compared to 20 years ago, the Baltimore area has a more diverse population and an economy that is more driven by tech, medicine and higher education.

This startup is bringing a human face to surgical masks

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A few years ago, Allysa Dittmar was about to go into surgery, but her interpreter didn’t show up.

Dittmar, who is deaf, was able to lip-read and recognize facial expressions during some of the mandated check that’s required before a procedure, but those were obscured when surgeons, nurses and anaesthesiologists, put on their masks. Things grew more frustrating, and the staff eventually gave up trying.

“At that moment, I could no longer communicate,” Dittmar said Tuesday night at the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab Impact and Innovation Forum.

Johns Hopkins students created a medical journal, without the jargon

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Rushabh Doshi wants patients to be more informed about medical care. To do so, a natural place to look would be medical journals. But Doshi realizes the articles in these publications aren’t necessarily written with the average reader in mind.

City: Cyber attack against Baltimore’s 911 computer-aided dispatch system was ransomware

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Photo by Flickr user Paul Sableman, used under Creative Commons license.

Ransomware perpetrators were behind Sunday’s cyber attack on the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system that supports Baltimore’s 911 operations, according to Baltimore City Chief Information Officer Frank Johnson.

Cyber breach against Baltimore’s 911 dispatch system under investigation

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A network that helps dispatch calls in Baltimore’s 911 center fell victim to a cyber attack on Sunday.

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