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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The way the Orioles' current roster is shaking out, infielder Ryan Flaherty seems assured of starting somewhere in the Opening Day lineup against the Boston Red Sox on March 31. Just don't tell Flaherty that. In his last two springs, the unassuming 27-year-old had to scratch and claw his way onto the big league roster, not knowing he'd made the team until the final days of camp. Frankly, he prefers it that way. "I like the other role better. I like the idea that you are young, you've got to prove yourself," said Flaherty, who hit .224 in 85 games during three stints with the Orioles in 2013.
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NEWS
March 17, 2014
The Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company recently accepted a grant of $6,400 from Exelon Energy Company to help purchase a new thermal imaging camera for the station. The cameras use infrared technology to see through smoke and darkness to assist firefighters in finding victims, pinpoint fires and recognize structural dangers. Pictured, from left, are Exelon Industrial Services Vice President Glen Robinson, Orchard Beach Chief James Evans, Company President Walt Snyder, Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Michael Cox, Lt. Frank Smith, volunteer firefighters Wayne Snyder and Susan Kirby and Senior Safety Consultant Dennis Conlan.
NEWS
March 3, 2014
It's disheartening and downright shameful Baltimore City can't account for almost $40 million in grant money ( "Mayor to create a post to oversee city grant dollars," Feb. 27). If I ran my life that way, I'd be out of a job and on the street! However, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake doesn't need to create a post to oversee grant money, she has a management group already in place, namely the Office of CitiStat. It's on the Baltimore website, by the way, and it looks like a perfect place to investigate mismanagement of funds.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake plans to create a post in her administration to oversee hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money after the city's finance director found that agencies can't account for as much as $40 million. The city received more than $332 million in grants last year from the state, federal government and other sources. Andrew Kleine, Baltimore's finance director, estimated last year that city agencies haven't properly accounted for about $40 million they received over the past several years.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Baltimore City plans to help corner stores in West Baltimore stock healthier fare, and get kids and their parents interested in buying it, as part of an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Though on the decline among young children nationally, obesity remains a major problem in U.S. cities such as Baltimore, where about a quarter of students are excessively overweight and potentially at risk for lifelong health problems. Officials at the Baltimore City Health Department have identified limited access to low-cost and appealing healthy food as a barrier to reducing obesity and have worked to reduce the number of "food deserts" in low-income neighborhoods through programs such as a virtual supermarket that allows participants in public housing and elsewhere to order healthy food online for delivery.
FEATURES
By Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Two decades before Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote the best-seller "Lean In," urging women to empower themselves at work, a handful of female leaders in Baltimore joined forces to do the same thing. Network 2000, a statewide nonprofit, was launched in 1993 with a mission to promote the advancement of women in executive and leadership positions, and provide them guidance to help them succeed. Over the years, the organization's ranks have grown to 84 members — mostly women — who are, among other things, CEOs, bank presidents, judges, heads of nonprofits and entrepreneurs.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
There was a sense throughout the industry that the Orioles' decision to back away from closer Grant Balfour after his failed physical in December could adversely affect the club going forward. That reality apparently played a part in them not landing veteran starter Bronson Arroyo, who signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Arroyo will get a guaranteed $23.5 million over two years -- $9.5 million each season and an $11 million option in 2016 that includes a $4.5 million buyout.
NEWS
By Drew Greenblatt | January 27, 2014
Earlier this month, the powerful Senate Finance Committee met to consider crucial legislation that would grant the president Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which would make it easier for him to negotiate deals with other countries. Maryland's own Sen. Ben Cardin, who sits on that committee, will help decide whether the United States continues to lead the world in promoting jobs and market-opening trade deals or whether it falls behind. TPA is a common sense procedural agreement between the legislative and executive branches of government, and every president since Franklin Roosevelt has had it, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, where I'm an executive board member.
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.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Grant Balfour will be pitching in the American League East after all. And he'll have up to 19 chances in 2014 to show a little “Balfour Rage” against the Orioles, the team that spiked a free-agent deal with him in December. The 36-year-old Australian right-hander signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Tampa Bay Rays, one of his former teams, that is reportedly worth $12 million total. Balfour had converted 62 of 67 save opportunities since becoming the Oakland Athletics' full-time closer in 2012.
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