By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops took a step Tuesday toward aligning themselves with Pope Francis, selecting as their next president Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. — a man who built a career on a foundation of personal faith and service to the poor. Kurtz, 67, was the overwhelming choice of the nearly 300 prelates on hand for the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel in Baltimore. The Pennsylvania native received 125 of the 236 votes cast to easily outpoll the second-place finisher, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, for a first-ballot victory.
By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
The 3-year-old colt who inspired a summer fervor for Maryland horse racing by winning five straight races, including the 2013 Kentucky Derby, is entering retirement. Orb, owned by Baltimore native Stuart S. Janney III and home-bred at Phipps Stable, will enter stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky next year, finishing his career as a millionaire and multiple Grade 1 stakes winner. “I have very mixed emotions about it, because I really would have loved to run him next year,” Janney said.
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
As the nation prepared for the launch of federal health reforms, Maryland was lauded as a leader in adopting the president's signature program. Obama used a community college in Maryland as a backdrop to promote his plan — and to praise Maryland as a model. But nearly two weeks after Maryland's online marketplace opened to the uninsured, the state program remains plagued by technical problems, and officials say it could be six weeks before the system is running smoothly. The Maryland Health Connection enrolled just more than 1,120 people in the first 10 days — compared with more than 9,000 in Kentucky, which has fewer uninsured.
Sports Xchange | September 28, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - When sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds had to leave Navy's game Saturday with concussion-like symptoms in the second quarter, the Midshipmen never recovered. Western Kentucky knocked Navy from of the ranks of the unbeaten, defeating the Midshipmen, 19-7, at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Reynolds had 23 yards rushing and 20 yards passing before he left the game after a hit by Hilltoppers linebacker Andrew Jackson. Navy (2-1) struggled on offense without him and didn't score after his 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
When: Saturday, 2 p.m. Site: Houchens Industries L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky. TV: ESPNEWS Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM Series Record: Navy leads 2-0 Last Meeting: Navy won, 40-14, on Sept. 17, 2011 in Bowling Green, Ky. Navy offense vs. Western Kentucky defense: The Midshipmen have put up 40 points or more in each of their previous two meetings against the Hilltoppers and should have no trouble doing it again this time. Navy has averaged 46 points in its first two games this season in wins over Indiana (41-35)
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Alex Len was 13 years old, a gangly teenager whose body had been shooting up a startling pace from a young age. As he practiced gymnastics at a local school in the small, rural coal-mining town in Ukraine where he lived, Len was motioned over by a basketball coach walking by the room. "He told me, 'You don't belong there,'" Len recalled with a smile one afternoon last week. The coach invited him to practice with the basketball team. Having been told he was too tall for gymnastics and soccer, Len soon embarked on a journey that could reach a remarkable crossroad Thursday night, some seven years later and thousands of miles from where he lived with his mother, older sister, grandparents and an aunt.
By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
Wedding date: May 4, 2013 Her story: Ashley Valis, 31, grew up in Baltimore. She is the assistant chief of staff for Gov. Martin O'Malley. Her mother, Beth Russell, is a director of marketing and sales, and her father, Jim Valis, is a sales director. His story: Jim Gillis, 31, grew up in Baltimore. He is an assistant state's attorney for Baltimore County. His mother, Kay Gillis, is retired, and his father, Dr. David Gillis, is deceased. Their story: Ashley and Jim met in July 2006 at an event for then-Mayor O'Malley's campaign for governor.
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
With nearly every eye at Pimlico fixated on either the uncatchable leader, Oxbow, or the Kentucky Derby winner and heavy betting favorite, Orb, Itsmyluckyday cruised under the radar to earn a little bit of redemption in Saturday's Preakness. After failing to challenge Orb on the muddy track at Churchill Downs two weeks ago and finishing near the back of the pack, Itsmyluckyday finished in second place in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. "We did run our race, but we just weren't lucky enough to win," trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said.
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Maryland Jockey Club senior vice president for communications Mike Gathagan credentialed more than 1,600 media members for the 138th Preakness. We talked to a few of them to get their take on how Saturday's race might end up. Not surprisingly, they went heavy on even-money favorite Orb, with a healthy dose of Mylute, the top challenger out of the Kentucky Derby ridden by former Maryland leading rider Rosie Napravnik. Jennie Rees, Louisville Courier-Journal 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Itsmyluckyday Jerry Bossert, New York Daily News 1. Orb 2. Itsmyluckyday 3. Goldencents Tim Wilkin, Albany Times Union 1. Itsmyluckyday 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Gary Mihoces, USA Today 1. Mylute 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times 1. Goldencents 2. Orb 3. Mylute Claire Novak, Blood Horse 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Mylute Gabby Gaudet, Maryland Jockey Club analyst in waiting 1. Orb 2. Mylute 3. Goldencents Richard Migliore, HRTV 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Will Take Charge
By Chris Korman | May 14, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner Orb continues getting accustomed to his temporary Maryland home, which involves mostly eating the grass on a small plot of land outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course. He did that for another 40 minutes -- as per a routine trainer Shug McGaughey keeps with almost all of his horses -- after walking the shed row Tuesday morning. The Malibu Moon colt was due a break after a fast breeze Monday morning at Belmont Park before shipping down I-95 into the home state of his co-owner, Butler resident Stuart Janney III. Orb does not appear bothered by anything at this point.
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