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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Alexander M. "Marty" Todd Jr., a retired Eastern Shore vegetable farmer who was an 11th-generation member of the family that settled a farm that is now Todd's Inheritance Historic Site in North Point, died Sunday of respiratory failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 92. "He'd call me when I was in the Baltimore County Office of Planning and would regale me with stories. He was one of the last private owners of the Todd Mansion on North Point Road," said John W. McGrain Jr., a Towson writer and former secretary of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission.
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By Scott Dance, Kevin Rector and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
A nearly 120-year-old retaining wall that has troubled Charles Village residents for decades collapsed Wednesday amid a month's worth of rain, dumping street lights, sidewalks and half a dozen cars onto the CSX rail tracks below. No injuries were reported. City officials evacuated 19 adjacent homes along East 26th Street and urged residents to avoid the area in case of lingering instability. The landslide halted CSX rail traffic through what is a main artery to the port of Baltimore.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
First baseman-outfielder Steve Pearce was claimed on unconditional release waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, according to an industry source, but he rejected the claim, became a free agent and re-signed with the Orioles. Pearce now will re-join the club after being designated for assignment last Tuesday and put on release waivers Sunday. He could play for the Orioles on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards, if rain doesn't force a postponement for a second straight day. It has been a whirlwind week for Pearce, but it had to be. The Orioles needed to make the move with Pearce quickly, because they were utilizing a rule that allowed them to bypass a 30-day waiting period to re-sign a released player.
NEWS
April 28, 2014
Thirty years ago last month, the Baltimore Colts left town, and the loss of the beloved NFL franchise was a stunning blow not only to football fans but to the city's identify. Nine years later, Baltimore's image as a sports town suffered another big hit when, after getting passed over for an expansion franchise, then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue famously suggested a museum be purchased for the city instead. The beauty of that "Let them eat fossils and Pre-Columbian art" put-down was that it not only implied that an NFL team would never be coming to Baltimore but that the city had a cultural deficit, too. Whatever chip on the shoulder Baltimore had from the day of the Mayflower moving vans suddenly got a lot heavier.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
If your back aches or your ankle swells, managers of a Columbia-based company want you to forgo the ice pack and grab a TheraPearl instead. The maker of therapeutic pearl-filled packs that can be chilled in the freezer or heated in the microwave want their brand to be to ice packs what Kleenex is to tissues. The company appears on its way. After less than six years, the brand that started with an idea and three employees has grown to $10 million in sales at some of the nation's biggest retailers.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player or coach to get you better acquainted with the player and his/her team. Today's guest is UMBC senior faceoff specialist Phil Poe, who will graduate this spring as the program's leader in faceoff wins in a season (218 in 2013), wins in a career (604) and ground balls in its history in Division I (303). The Harwood native and DeMatha graduate ranks 14th in the country in ground balls per game (7.7) and 29th in faceoff percentage (54.5 percent on 157-of-288)
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | April 22, 2014
It would be easy enough to look at the way the Orioles have hung around the .500 mark through the first three weeks of the new season and wonder what might have been had Manny Machado been able to start the season on time and had J.J.Hardy not temporarily been reduced to a part-time player by back and hamstring problems. It also would be grossly unfair to the three players who have stepped into that breach. Jonathan Schoop might be getting more "seasoning" at Triple-A Norfolk now if Machado were playing every day at third base.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | April 21, 2014
The Chesapeake Bayhawks hosted three other Major League Lacrosse teams at a scrimmage day Saturday at Severn. The Charlotte Hounds, Denver Outlaws and Florida Launch traveled to the Severna Park private school for one last test before next weekend's season openers. Each team played two three-quarter games. Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle had mixed feelings after watching the Bayhawks defeat Florida, 11-5, and lose to Denver, 8-5. "Right now, I think we are an average team. I didn't see anything out there today that made me think we're a good team at this point, but we'll keep working to get there," Cottle said.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014
Defense has been a staple of the Orioles' success the past two seasons, and the team enters this afternoon's game against the Boston Red Sox leading the major leagues with a .995 fielding percentage. The Orioles have made just three errors this season, all of them at third base by players filling in for Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado. They also haven't made an error in seven road games this season. Last year's team set a major league record for fewest errors in a 162-game season (54)
NEWS
April 11, 2014
The marvel of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which the House of Representatives approved this week, is that for a piece of legislation that's essentially dead on arrival in the Senate, it's going to live on as a political document from now until November. That was the point, of course, but it seems more likely that Republicans will regret its passage than Democrats. Conventional wisdom in Washington is that the GOP has the upper hand in the midterm elections, and polls seem to bear that out. As recently as a few weeks ago, statistical wunderkind Nate Silver viewed Republicans as being the slight favorites to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from the Democrats this year.
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