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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
As Grant Balfour was introduced as the Tampa Bay Rays' new closer on Thursday, he embraced a little personal redemption as he declared himself “100 percent healthy” and ready to pitch for one of the Orioles' American League East rivals. Last month, the Orioles were prepared to announce Balfour as their new ninth-inning man to replace traded closer Jim Johnson. But concerns raised over the 36-year-old free agent's shoulder in his physical exam squashed a two-year, $15 million deal.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | January 23, 2014
Johns Hopkins University will share in a $20 million award from GE and the National Football League to improve diagnosis and treatment for concussions, which has become a major focus as more is learned about the lasting effects of mild traumatic brain injury. The grants aim to benefit professional football players, who have been seeking compensation for their injuries and means to reduce problems. The grants also will benefit the community as a whole, officials said. Each grant recipient will receive $300,000.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
School districts across the nation will be able to apply for competitive grants to develop or update their school safety plans, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Wednesday in Baltimore County. The new Comprehensive School Safety Initiative will provide $50 million to school districts across the country who want to train and hire school personnel and buy equipment to improve school safety. Another $25 million will be used for research into analyzing the causes of school violence, including the gaps in mental health for students and their exposure to violence.
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By Oxiris Barbot | January 22, 2014
It is certainly not news that obesity is a growing health problem in this country and in the city of Baltimore. What is alarming, however, is that obesity has a disproportionately higher rate and impact on low-income, non-white populations in America. The city of Baltimore is no exception with a 36 percent obesity rate, including a 45.3 percent rate among African-Americans. Our goal in Baltimore is to decrease the number of adults who are obese by 15 percent by 2015. We have the opportunity to provide our communities with the tools and support they need to improve their health and slow this trend for the next generation.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
In his four years at Notre Dame, point guard Eric Atkins has gone from being a steady freshman who came off the bench for a veteran team to the unquestioned senior leader - and now unlikely leading scorer - on a young team searching to find itself in its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 6-foot-2, 182-pound Atkins, who grew up in Columbia and played at Mount St. Joseph, recently saw his role change from facilitator to first option after Notre Dame's leading scorer, fellow senior guard Jerian Grant, was suspended by the university last month for an academic issue.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
A tiny water view painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is finally headed back to the city where a judge has ruled that it belongs — 62 years, one month and 24 days after it was reported stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art . During a hearing Friday, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia granted the museum's request to throw out Marcia "Martha" Fuqua's ownership claim for the 1879 artwork, "Paysage Bords de...
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
Johns Hopkins University scientists will share in one of the largest one-time philanthropic gifts for cancer research ever made, $540 million aimed at preventing and curing the disease, officials are scheduled to announce today. The $90 million marked for Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center - among the biggest donations for the center and the university - will help researchers build on pioneering work identifying the genetic mutations responsible for cancers. The money comes from the New York-based based Ludwig Cancer Research, an organization named for the late shipping tycoon Daniel K. Ludwig.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
With the decision on Grant Balfour in limbo, the Orioles are expected to turn their sights to former Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney, according to an industry source. The Orioles had several discussions with Rodney before Balfour agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal, but nothing progressed at that time. Now, Rodney, who saved 85 of 95 opportunities in the past two seasons for the Rays, appears to be atop the Orioles' radar to fill the closer spot if the Orioles don't complete their deal with Balfour.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Here is a statement from Seth Levinson, whose agency ACES represents Grant Balfour, whom the Orioles decided not to sign after reviewing his physical. They had a two-year, $15 million deal before the Orioles backed out Friday. “Grant is completely healthy and that was told to us today by Dr. Koco Eaton, a well-respected club physician (with the Tampa Bay Rays). Dr. Eaton's opinion is based upon the fact that the MRI which was taken today is the same as the MRI which was taken in 2011 as a condition of the three-year contract that Grant signed with the A's. Dr. Tim Kremchek (Cincinnati Reds)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Fate has not been friendly to the Orioles so far this offseason, but frustration might have reached its peak on Friday, when the team cut ties with a player who would have been its prize acquisition of the hot-stove season, further compounding the club's star-crossed December. The Orioles officially parted ways with free-agent closer Grant Balfour on Friday when executive vice president Dan Duquette announced the club was diving back into the free-agent closer market after team doctors were not satisfied with the results of Balfour's pre-signing physical.
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