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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles took an early lead in the court battle against the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball over television rights fees from the teams' shared regional sports network. A New York court temporarily blocked a recent Major League Baseball decision that would have diverted tens of millions of dollars in profits from the regional network MASN that flow primarily to the Orioles. The Orioles say that money is critical to maintaining competitiveness and affording quality players.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun and By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Swimmers describe the race as a snarling beast that will rob them of the energy needed for other endeavors. The greatest of all time, Michael Phelps, says he'll never swim it again. Too painful. You'll hear no such talk, however, from Bel Air native Chase Kalisz. For the 20-year-old Kalisz, the 400-meter individual medley is "my baby. " Phelps will garner most of the attention Friday as he swims the 100-meter butterfly, his marquee race of the Phillips 66 National Championships.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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