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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The root beer float is celebrated every Aug. 6 with its own special food holiday - National Root Beer Float Day. Basically a combination of root beer and vanilla ice cream, the effervescent soda-fountain treat is known in some regions as the black cow. We could go for one right now.  Johnny's   in Roland Park is offering complimentary floats from its menu from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday with a $10 purchase. A&W Restaurants nationwide are giving away free root beer floats from 2 p.m. until closing on Wednesday.
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NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
After nearly a dozen years of war and scores of deployments, the Maryland National Guard is sending its last soldiers to Afghanistan - even as the killing of a U.S. general this week underscores the continuing volatility of the country and the NATO mission there. More than 100 members of the Maryland Guard's 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group landed in Kuwait on Wednesday, the day after Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was shot to death at Afghanistan's national military academy in Kabul.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Though he has swum four meets since his return to competition, Michael Phelps will gain a truer gauge of his form this week at U.S. Nationals. The event, which begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday, will bring together the nation's best swimmers as they vie for spots in the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. Analysts will have their eyes on Phelps, not only to see how he fares against world-class competition but to glean a hint of which events he hopes to swim at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn | August 5, 2014
Franklin's football team received a No. 12 national ranking in MaxPreps preseason medium school rankings announced Tuesday. The Indians, who won their first state championship last season, return 18 starters including several of the area's best players. American Heritage, from Plantation, Fla., earned the top ranking among schools with 1,000 to 2,000 students. Last season, Booker T. Washington, which is No. 2 this preseason, finished as the top team in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25. Among the players returning for the Indians, who start practice Aug. 13 and open their season Sept.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Admittedly, I have shrugged off the whole Orioles-Nationals rivalry thing over the years because the two teams just don't play enough to really foster any animosity. But it struck me Monday night at Nationals Park that there was an extra energy in the announced sellout crowd. I don't know if it's because both teams are good, or if Stephen Strasburg's comments in July about how he hoped that at some point Nationals fans could drown out Orioles fans at the ballpark stuck with his club's fan base, or if the MASN dispute has further angered Nationals fans.
NEWS
Staff Reports | August 5, 2014
Communities throughout the Baltimore region are scheduled to host events Tuesday to mark the annual National Night Out against crime. In Waverly, though, the gathering designed to be a deterrent to criminal activity is also being billed as a “vigil” in memory of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, the local youngster killed in gunfire Friday while playing on a porch along Old York Road. The group, Better Waverly, is hosting the event beginning at 6 p.m. at the corner of Gorsuch and Ellerslie avenues.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
STX LLC has become an official equipment supplier to the US Lacrosse Women's National Team, the Baltimore-based company said Tuesday. STX, maker of lacrosse, hockey and golf equipment, signed a agreement to supply the team with sticks, heads, goggles, gloves and bags through 2017 and to sponsor team events, including the 2017 FIL Women's World Cup in Surrey, England. STX said it will also supply the U.S. Women's National Under-19 team. Team USA athletes Alyssa Murray, Sloane Serpe and Taylor D'Amore, who all recently signed with STX, will train and compete with STX equipment on Team USA. "With three First Team All-Americans already representing STX on the global stage, this new sponsorship will put STX equipment front and center with the women playing the game at the highest level," Kadie Stamper, women's lacrosse brand manager, said in the announcement.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON -- With Orioles sluggers Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz struggling, veteran Delmon Young has been getting more playing time in the second half of the season. Without a designated hitter available in Monday's interleague makeup game at Nationals Park, though, Young was back on the bench -- where he might be an even more dangerous weapon. In the Orioles' 7-3 win against the Nationals, Young had a huge pinch-hit single in a three-run seventh inning that gave his club a lead it never relinquished.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Heading into town from the west on U.S. 40, drivers take a bridge across the Susquehanna River and cut through treetops reaching up from another world below the rumbling road. It's green down there on Garrett Island, and busy with the activity of many creatures, if not people. People have been pinning their aspirations on Garrett Island since the 1600s, when one Englishman talked about building a college there. But lately, these 198 acres are reserved chiefly for plants, trees and nonhuman actors.
BUSINESS
By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
The Orioles and Washington Nationals are embroiled in a dispute - which might need to be resolved in court or by independent arbitration - over the economics of their shared regional television network. The outcome could affect how much money the Orioles have to spend on players and the team's profits. The conflict hinges in part on the interpretation of a 2005 agreement under which the Orioles ceded the Washington market as the team's exclusive domain but were permitted control of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which broadcasts both clubs' games Here are seven things to know about the flap: What is at the core of the dispute?
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