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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Roughly four hours before Tuesday's first pitch at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter held a meeting with his players and staff to ensure them that proper safety precautions were being made in light of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured at least 170. The brief meeting included Doug Duennes, the club's executive vice president of business operations, who oversees, among other things, stadium operations. Showalter said plenty of behind-the-scenes things have happened in the last year or so to guarantee the safety of all those at the park - and the players may not have been aware of some of the improvements.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Charnie L. "Les" Kinion Jr., a city firefighter who founded the Baltimore Road Runners Club and the Maryland Marathon, died July 23 of a heart attack in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 78. "The Maryland Marathon was Les' baby. He did a lot of the work and knew how to get races organized," said John Roemer, a friend for more than 40 years. "People liked him and he was the best face the Maryland Marathon ever had," said Mr. Roemer, who lives near Parkton. "It attracted some of the best runners in the world.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
A Linthicum firm is among several orthotics and prosthetics companies that will offer victims of the Boston Marathon bombing artificial limbs at no charge if their insurance doesn't cover all or some of the costs of the devices. Dankmeyer Inc., founded by an amputee who lost a leg in a childhood skating accident, joined with other firms Tuesday in announcing the Coalition to Walk and Run Again. The companies have agreed not to charge victims who provide a doctor's note proving they don't have insurance to cover the devices, which cost $8,000 to $60,000.
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May 28, 2014
Here we go again, blaming everyone but the family. Maybe family members called the sheriff's department "expressing concern about the young man's health," but it's not the job of the sheriff's job to act in loco parentis ( "U.C. Santa Barbara begins 'day of mourning' for shooting victims," May 27). Why don't people pay attention today? This sick kid had a therapist, posted crazy stuff on YouTube (no doubt elsewhere) and clearly seethed with hatred. Didn't anyone, anywhere notice he was dangerous?
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By Carrie Wells, Scott Dance and Patrick Maynard, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
Ryan McGrath and other Baltimore-area runners were relaxing after the Boston Marathon, refueling with some burritos, when they heard the blasts. "I thought maybe it's one of those boat-type things that just shoots off a cannon every day," said McGrath, a Highlandtown resident who organizes a running group through Falls Road Running Store in Mount Washington. "One of my friends was like, 'Man, that didn't sound like a cannon.'" Police and emergency vehicles quickly flooded the area, and marathoners and spectators ran by crying, McGrath said.
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Thomas F. Schaller | April 16, 2013
Less than 24 hours ago, an apparent act of terrorism marred this year's Boston Marathon. It's too early to know many of the details about this tragic event. Late last night, officials were reporting three deaths and well over 100 injuries; soon we will have a clearer sense of how many were killed and wounded. Their families, friends and co-workers will pay tribute to and then bury their loved ones. When they are ready, some of the wounded survivors and spectators will come forward to recount the horrors they experienced.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
Erika Brannock slides to the edge of her wheelchair. She looks down at a pair of carefully selected gray New Balance athletic shoes. And stands. Her thigh slides deeper into a flexible plastic socket as she shifts her weight from her right leg to a new prosthetic limb. The bone where her left leg was amputated above the knee sends a sharp, shooting pain, and she starts to cry. Not because it hurts. Because she is about to walk again. "It's been a long time," she says to her mother, Carol Downing, among those watching at an orthotics and prosthetics supplier in Linthicum.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | April 19, 2010
Runner: Will Knowx Hometown: Cockeysville Time: 2:33:25 Overall finish: 107 Runner: Mark Buschman Hometown: Columbia Time: 2:38:02 Overall finish: 175 Runner: Adnrew Jaffe Hometown: Baltimore Time: 2:38:48 Overall finish: 184 Runner: Yuji Funakoshi Hometown: Silver Spring Time: 2:41:25 Overall finish: 240 Runner: Brandon Brown Hometown: Hagerstown Time: 2:45:07 Overall finish: 338 Runner: Peter Henning Hometown: Chevy...
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Richard Gorelick
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| May 2, 2013
The friends and family of Erika Brannock are hosting a fundraiser at Mothers Federal Hill for Erika Brannock , the 29-year-old teacher at a Towson preschool who was injured at the Boston Marathon. The fundraiser for Brannock is 1 p.m to 5 p.m. this Saturday, May 4, at Mothers Federal Hill Grille, 1113 S. Charles St. Tickets are $40, but organizers of the event expect to raise most of their funds through raffle sales and donations at the event. For information call 410-244-8686 or go to the event's Facebook page , where there is a link to ticket information and a place to make online donations.
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Susan Reimer | April 16, 2013
It is hard not to give in to despair. In the hours since bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, forever marking in blood a day that celebrates spring, our nation's founding and the joy of the human body, there has been a lot of talk about resilience. About the resilience of the American people, of Boston people, of running people. "Boston is a tough and resilient town," President Barack Obama told the country. "So are its people. " The Boston Globe's columnists are defiant, too. "Tomorrow, this city is going to get up and live its life," wrote Farah Stockman.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Boston-to-his-core horse owner did a slight double take when he saw a New York Giants cap in the same frame as his Kentucky Derby contender . That's what you get when you put a Long Island guy at the center of a heart-tugging Boston sports story. Donald Little Jr. laughed Thursday as he recalled seeing the photo of his longtime friend and thoroughbred trainer, Jimmy Jerkens. "I called him up instantly and said 'What the heck are you doing?'" Little said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Day baseball is great, but once Tommy Hunter shut the door on Boston and you were able to get back to work, you probably didn't do much further reading. That's why blogger/reporter Jon Meoli writes the Coffee Companion - where every morning, Monday through Friday, he'll run back the biggest sports headlines from the previous day. Some morning sunshine - Columnist Mike Preston believes the Ravens' best strategy in the NFL Draft is to trade back . If they don't, Aaron Wilson projected in his first mock draft of the season (and The Sun's third)
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
By the time Graham Peck was halfway up Heartbreak Hill during the Boston Marathon, he knew he'd be all right. The Fells Point resident had gone into Marathon Monday with a goal of finishing the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours and 28 minutes. Peck, running his first Boston Marathon, had made it up and over several other hills in Newton, Mass., and knew this hill, the course's most infamous obstacle, would be his most significant remaining challenge. "I think, at that point, with about six miles to go, is when I felt, 'I'm not going to screw up too much here,'" he said Tuesday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter, the king of early ballpark arrivals on the road, admitted it was a little difficult to turn off his alarm around 6 a.m. coming off Sunday night's game. Thank goodness for the cup of coffee Showalter had sitting on his desk in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park on Monday morning. The Orioles will have an extremely quick turnaround, with an 11:05 a.m. start against the Red Sox for the annual Patriots' Day game, which coincides with the Boston Marathon.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON - Everything seemed to go the Orioles' way for 5 1/2 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park. But after an ESPN nationally broadcast returned from a commercial break for the bottom of the sixth, everything unraveled for the Orioles. They lost a five-run lead and Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy to injury. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez lost his groove with one pitch that was sent into the Boston night, and the sure-handed Orioles defense committed three errors in the final three innings to set the stage for a walk-off loss, 6-5, to the Red Sox. “That's part of baseball,” Jimenez said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
BOSTON - Everyone knew that the American League East would be a battle this season, and that's certainly shaping up to be the case. Heading into Sunday, all five teams in the division are separated by just two games. The teams are constantly shuffling within the standings. And here in Boston, with the Red Sox coming off their third World Series title in a decade, it's not too soon for fans here to start panicking. The Red Sox came into Saturday's game with a 7-10 record, and in the first few weeks of the season, losses seem magnified when you're getting further away from .500.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Kathryn Ledwell turned at the boom and stared, confused in her fatigue by the plume of smoke rising behind her, the screams and the crowd - not just her fellow athletes but everyone - running in different directions. Then the second explosion occurred, not too much farther down the Boston Marathon course, and Ledwell, a 22-year-old Charles Village resident and Johns Hopkins University senior, knew something was wrong. "Honestly, the fact that I just completed a marathon was immediately gone from my mind.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
As a ranking member of the House intelligence committee, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says he was briefed every three hours o n the manhunt for the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. “Right after the bombs went off, we started getting information,” the Baltimore County Democrat said. He praised the FBI's efforts , saying agents have done an  “outstanding job in this investigation . ” Inside a week, two Chechen suspects were identified and tracked down.
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By Catherine Rentz and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
Lynne Douglas stood frozen some 100 yards shy of the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the second bomb exploded, bringing last year's race to an abrupt and chaotic end. Today, the Columbia woman will run to overcome that moment. "We're running not to forget, but to replace the terror with a happy experience," said Douglas, 58. Douglas, whose leg was bruised by shrapnel, had expected the 2013 race to be her last marathon, the apex of running years that had begun in her 20s. But like dozens of other Maryland runners, she wants to create a new memory in place of the images of fallen runners, rising smoke and utter panic that defined last year's event.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
Anyone who has competed in a road race knows that extra police and security are as much a part of the event as water stops and cheering spectators. But the last time John Gilligan ran the Boston Marathon in 2012 - a year before two bombs exploded near the finish line and changed the racing landscape - he didn't take notice of law enforcement. "I don't remember any security. You didn't think about it," said Gilligan, a 46-year-old Towson resident. "It didn't occur to anybody. You just hopped on the buses … You [could]
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