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August 1, 2014
Dane Egli's commentary decrying the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees is wrong on every point ( "Bergdahl swap troubling amid recent violence," July 28). Legally, the Taliban detainees were declared to be "enemy combatants," not terrorists. That means that they are legally prisoners of war. We could not have held them for 10 years without trial otherwise. Similarly, Sgt. Bergdahl was not a "hostage," he was a prisoner of war. He was a soldier captured in a war zone, not a kidnapped civilian, as Mr. Egli asserts.
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BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Ripken Baseball is extending - and expanding - its partnership with Under Armour. A new five-year deal grants the athletic apparel maker new naming rights to several Ripken properties. The Ripken Experience youth baseball complex in Aberdeen is becoming "The Ripken Experience powered by Under Armour. " A similar designation is being given to the Ripken Baseball Virtual Academy. The Ripken Experience consists of seven fields and a training area that, collectively, have hosted more than 112,000 players since 2004.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette spoke to reporters before Thursday's game about the trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire left-hander Andrew Miller , as well as the nonwaiver trade deadline passing. Here is what he said: On Miller: "We were looking to add some depth to our pitching, and the acquisition of Miller gives us a left-handed pitcher that can dominate left-handed hitters. This year, he's been highly effective against righties, as well. And looking at the market, we had good depth to our starting pitching, and we thought if we're going to make a real impact acquisition, that this would be the players we would get.” More on Miller: “Miller's emergence this year being able to get out right-handers along with lefties made him very attractive.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The Orioles weren't close to acquiring Boston Red Sox right-hander Jon Lester on Wednesday - one club source said bluntly, “it's not going to happen” - but executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to work the phones as the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. today. The club continues to actively search for pitching - with a left-handed reliever that can get out hitters from both sides of the plate as one of the top priorities, according to several sources. “We have a couple of active discussions,” Duquette said before Wednesday's game.
NEWS
By Ray McGovern | July 15, 2014
Absent from U.S. media encomia for recently deceased former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze is any mention of the historic deal he reached with his U.S. counterpart James Baker in 1990 ensuring that the Soviet empire would collapse "with a whimper, not a bang" (Mr. Baker's words). Mr. Baker keeps repeating that the Cold War "could not have ended peacefully without Shevardnadze. " But he and others are silent on the quid pro quo . The quid was Moscow's agreement to swallow the bitter pill of a reunited Germany in NATO; the quo was a U.S. promise not to "leapfrog" NATO over Germany farther East.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
After months of negotiations, one strike and the threat of another, and intervention from the governor, Johns Hopkins Hospital and 2,000 service workers reached a tentative labor agreement early Tuesday that some said could become an "important benchmark" for the health care industry. The deal, which is to be submitted to the workers for a vote, came after seven hours of negotiations that ended at 2 a.m. It would affect housekeepers, cooks, janitors, surgical technicians and others.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
A Baltimore City schools police officer pleaded guilty Monday to drug conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court, and faces no less than five years in prison. Napoleon McLain Jr., 31, a four-year veteran whose father was a longtime Baltimore Police homicide detective, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and drug possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. According to his plea agreement, McLain sold cocaine to a confidential source, who was working with authorities, on four occasions between December 2012 and August 2013.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
BOSTON  -  Orioles executive director of international recruiting Fred Ferreira plucked Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez from the Mexican League, signed him to a minor league free-agent deal and saw him blossom into a major league starting pitcher. Now he hopes another pitcher - ironically, one with the same name - can reach the same heights. The Orioles have signed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, an 18-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, to an international free-agent deal.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Back in April, it seemed like a win-win deal. The federal government, with a workforce that has grown increasingly dissatisfied with training opportunities, negotiated a first-of-its-kind program: A Maryland college that caters to non-traditional students online would grant a big tuition discount for all 2.2 million federal workers — 25 percent off all undergraduate courses and most graduate courses — plus their spouses and legal dependents....
SPORTS
Sports Digest | July 3, 2014
NHL Ex-Cap Grabovski gets 4-year deal with Isles Former Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski has signed a four-year deal with the New York Islanders worth $20 million, his agent, Gary Greenstin, confirmed Wednesday. Nikolai Kulemin, Throughout the offseason, Washington general manager Brian MacLellan had maintained that the Capitals would explore keeping Grabovski, but only if the price was right. MacLellan said he might pursue another player to fill in at second-line center or use Evgeny Kuznetsov , Brooks Laich or Marcus Johansson . Last season, Grabovski had 35 points in 58 games.
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