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Peter Schmuck | May 27, 2014
The weather is heating up and so are the Orioles hitters, which should make for a very entertaining summer in the wide-open American League East. Enjoy it while you can. The Orioles are looking more and more like the resourceful 2012 team that ended the franchise's 14-season playoff drought, and the addition of big-swinging Nelson Cruz has given the lineup additional swagger while the team works through a series of early season injuries. Whether that means this is the year when the Orioles make a serious run at the World Series remains to be seen.
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NEWS
By E.R. Shipp | May 25, 2014
While Cornell William Brooks may be a surprising choice to lead the NAACP, it takes neither an Einstein nor a soothsayer to know what challenges lie ahead for the clergyman-lawyer little known beyond his social justice network in New Jersey. Three words: money, membership, mission. The NAACP, headquartered in Baltimore, has always had difficulty financing the cause of freedom. The new chief has been tasked with increasing both fundraising and membership by 20 percent - a tall order for an organization that too many people look to only in times of personal peril.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
A proposal for Morgan State University to offer joint academic programs with Towson University is drawing objections from some Morgan officials who believe such a setup would benefit Towson far more than the Baltimore institution. The plan, which is in the early stages, emerged just months after a judge ordered the state and the state's four historically black colleges, including Morgan, into mediation to settle alleged disparities in funding and duplication of programs at historically black institutions by other state colleges and universities.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
On Memorial Day 2007, the possibilities for lacrosse seemed limitless. A record 123,225 fans had flocked to M&T Bank Stadium that weekend to watch the NCAA men's championships, and they were rewarded with a thrilling final between local favorite Johns Hopkins and perennial power Duke. The three-day event had drawn similar crowds the year before in Philadelphia and would again the next year in Foxborough, Mass. Youth participation was skyrocketing in states that had barely known the game 20 years earlier.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
The rideshare company Uber has launched services in Annapolis, despite having threatened to leave Maryland over potential regulatory changes. The company, which connects users of its smartphone app to drivers looking for fares and handles all associated transactions electronically, already operates in Baltimore. It opened all its services - uberX, UberBlack and UberSUV - to the Annapolis market Wednesday. Shwetha Rajashekara, Uber's general manager for Maryland, said the company has watched interest in its app grow in Annapolis and thought this weekend, with Naval Academy events underway, would be a good time to launch in the state capital.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
The big question facing Baltimore's National Aquarium - whether to keep Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the amphitheater pool or release them to an ocean-side sanctuary - is the latest twist in the decades-long evolution of American zoos and aquatic attractions from circus-like menageries to portals into the natural environment. Much of the change is driven by emerging scientific evidence that shows the advanced intellect of marine mammals compared with species such as sharks and puffins.
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
In between wide smiles, Victor Espinoza kept dabbing his eyes with an orange towel featuring the logo of the Anaheim Ducks, his favorite hockey team. It wasn't certain if the Preakness-winning jockey from Arcadia, Calif., had dust in his eyes, or if he was wiping away tears. California Chrome's rider says he rarely cries, but he had plenty about which to be emotional Saturday as he was interviewed near the winner's circle. Twelve years after missing out on the Triple Crown in the final leg, Espinoza is getting an improbable second chance.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is asking for feedback as it considers whether to keep the eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in its care or move them to an ocean-side sanctuary. The Inner Harbor anchor institution revealed plans this week to evaluate its future role as a conservation organization - including whether to keep the marine mammals - through a process it's calling BLUEprint. The aquarium launched the website aqua.org/future for the public to submit opinions.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday he wouldn't be engaging in contract extension talks with any players during the season -- meaning the future of pending free agents J.J. Hardy , Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis will be on hold until after this season ends. “We're not going to be exploring any extensions during the season. We are focused on the club during the season,” Duquette said. “Once the season starts, I think it benefits the team and the players and the fans to keep the focus on the field and the players on the field.” In May 2012, Duquette reached a six-year contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones.
NEWS
By Anirban Basu | May 8, 2014
The sale of Thames Street Wharf in Baltimore to California-based KBS Realty Advisors represents a watershed moment for economic development in Baltimore. The sale establishes a record price for commercial realty in Charm City. KBS paid $341 per square foot, easily exceeding the previous Baltimore record established when 100 E. Pratt Street was sold for $316 per square foot in 2005. But the sale represents much more than a one-time milestone. It reveals much about Baltimore's economic future, and the news is shockingly positive.
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