By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
There was a strong Baltimore flavor to the nominations for the 2014 Emmys announced today. Baltimore-made "House of Cards," the first non-TV series to win a major Emmy last year, scored in three of the highest categories with nominations for best drama, best actor in a drama (Kevin Spacey) and best actress (Robin Wright). Creator and showrunner Beau Willlimon was nominated for best writing in a drama series, while Carl Franklin is a nominee for his direction. Kate Mara and Reg E. Cathey also earned nominations as best guest actor and actress.
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Standing in the home clubhouse after the shortest outing of his career, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pondered why he has given up so many home runs lately, including three in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon. After allowing just three in his first eight games of the season, he's yielded 12 in his past eight outings. Chen tried to answer the question as honestly as he could, but the truth is that he doesn't know why he is suddenly elevating pitches and why the opposition - including a struggling offense like the Rays' - now is making him pay. “For every game, you don't want to give up any home runs.
Tim Wheeler | June 26, 2014
Many supposedly bee-friendly flowers and home garden plants being sold by major retailers have been pretreated with pesticides implicated in bee declines, according to a study by Friends of the Earth and other organizations, including the Maryland Pesticide Network . The study found that 36 out of 71 plant samples - 51 percent - bought at top garden retailers in 18 metro areas across North America - including 1 in 4 plants from...
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
When first-time House candidate Jonathan Goff Jr. was learning how to fill out a campaign finance report, an official at the Federal Election Commission handed him a sample filing from one of the most prominent members of Congress. The name stamped on the front: Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican and then-House majority leader. "I was astounded," said Goff, who is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland's 1st Congressional District. "This was big money.
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 22, 2014
Item: Washington is abuzz with the shocking defeat of House majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary. David Brat, a tea party-inspired college professor with little money but plenty of energy, pulled off the historic upset. Most of the mainstream media coverage focused on Mr. Cantor's support (albeit tepid) for a set of immigration reform principles that some on the right interpreted as "amnesty" - and that such support was the primary cause of his loss at the hands of an unknown, underfunded candidate.
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Freud once said the greatest works in literature involved parricide: “Oedipus,” “Hamlet” and “The Brothers Karamazov. " I'm not arguing that George R.R. Martin's “A Storm of Swords” should be placed in that canon. But I am arguing that when Tyrion kills Tywin in Sunday's “Game of Thrones” the show is invoking some major literary themes. Season 4 of HBO's “Game of Thrones” came to an end with a strong episode titled “The Children” that culminated with the murder of the Lannister family patriarch, who was killed (embarrassingly)
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
In less than decade, Caves Valley Partners has become one of the biggest players on the local real estate scene, with ambitious plans to reshape Towson and now South Baltimore. The principals of the Towson-based development firm, who have deep roots in the region, have drawn on those ties to build political and financial support for large-scale projects. Its latest proposal would plant a $250 million mix of offices, apartments and stores between Federal Hill and M&T Bank Stadium.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Major health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has asked the state to let it increase its rates in the individual marketplace by as much as 30 percent on average next year, but two competitors want to lower what they charge people who don't get coverage through an employer. The requests were released Friday by the Maryland Insurance Administration, whose officials emphasized that they could require modifications. The agency cut significantly the rate increase CareFirst had requested for this year.
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Through the Orioles' ups and downs this season -- and there have been plenty already -- there has been one constant: Nelson Cruz. Boy, has that guy been tremendous. Cruz hit two more homers last night, and he now leads the major leagues with 19. He has 48 RBIs, the most in the American League and just one shy of the Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead. He's batting .306 -- 10th in the AL -- with a .376 on-base percentage and an awesome .663 slugging percentage.
By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
After a 3-3 week that saw them split a two-game series on the road with the Pittsburgh Pirates and a four-game series at Camden Yards with the Cleveland Indians, the Orioles have tumbled down national power rankings. The updated rankings, which came out before Monday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers, reflect a week in which Orioles pitching surrendered 34 runs in the six games. The club also traded for catcher Nick Hundley from the San Diego Padres on Saturday. -- Sports Illustrated dropped the Orioles from 11th to 14th , explaining that the fall “has more to do with the teams behind them getting hot than the Orioles doing anything in particular wrong,” but the ranking cited pitching as a major concern.
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