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Sports Digest | September 19, 2014
Et cetera Nationals claim former Oriole Florimon on waivers The Washington Nationals claimed former Orioles infielder Pedro Florimon on waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The Nationals designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment. Florimon, 27, was the Twins' Opening Day shortstop but struggled this season and wasn't a September call-up in Minnesota. He hit .092 (7-for-76) with a .310 OPS, 22 strikeouts and eight walks in 33 games this season. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Rochester, playing mostly shortstop but with some second and third base.
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NEWS
September 18, 2014
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from "Defense of Fort McHenry," a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in the Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812. Baltimore should be proud of this heritage and the 200th celebration that has taken place over the last week. The Star-Spangled Banner is the most patriotic song in United States history, and it originated in Baltimore.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Army National Guard units in Maryland and across the country will begin holding drills again now that Congress has resolved an unexpected budget shortfall, a spokesman for the Maryland National Guard said Thursday. The Maryland Army National Guard planned to delay drills for 3,900 Maryland guardsmen this month to save $1.5 million, Col. Charles Kohler said. But lawmakers approved legislation allowing the Department of Defense to reallocate money from other funds to cover the shortfall.
BUSINESS
By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
After three years mixing, bottling and boxing natural personal care products to be sold in local shops at their home in Annapolis, Robert and Zoe Benzinger are poised for bigger things. For the first time their company, eco-armour, will be among the exhibitors starting Wednesday at Natural Products Expo East 2014 in Baltimore, billed as the largest trade show on the East Coast devoted to goods made from ingredients found in nature treated with relatively little processing. The industry says sales of natural food for people and pets, diet supplements, and cosmetics and grooming products are growing about 8 percent a year.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
- In the heart of this town on the old U.S. National Road in Western Maryland, a woman leans on the front desk of an 1890s-era hotel, her face a study in mixed emotions. Tina Storey loves her work as office manager of Failinger's Hotel Gunter, the grande dame of lodging in Frostburg with its polished oak staircase, Victorian settees and zillions of artifacts and displays that evoke the history of the so-called "Mountain Side of Maryland. " But she's still grieving the woman who revived the place.
NEWS
September 14, 2014
Whether "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" is destined to become the city's official motto, as the City Council recently endorsed, is less important than a troubling bit of information that arose during the council's debate over the matter. Polls suggest only about one in five people living in Baltimore know of the city's link to the national anthem and even fewer are aware of it outside this state. This weekend's festivities may change that - although probably modestly so given that the PBS' Great Performances series doesn't exactly have the ratings of a "reality" TV show, let alone a major sporting event.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous. " Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has become an advocate on the issue of sexual harassment in the military -- as well as sexism in Congress -- said that the Ravens and the league should have taken faster action in dealing with Rice.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Three Vietnam War veterans stood on the ramparts of Fort McHenry, gazed onto the Patapsco where British warships launched hundreds of rockets and mortar shells almost 200 years ago, and imagined the scene that unfolded during the Battle of Baltimore. "I know rain was pouring down, and with all the shooting and shelling for more than 24 hours, they had no idea if they were going to survive," said Chuck Gallinger, 69, of Oshkosh, Wis., who served in Southeast Asia in 1966. Gallinger and his friends - in town for a reunion of their unit, the 709th Maintenance Battalion of the 9th Infantry - had stopped for a taste of the Star-Spangled Spectacular, Baltimore's bicentennial celebration of its defense against the British and the writing of the national anthem.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Baltimore may have abandoned its "City that Reads" slogan too soon. Federal consumer spending data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Baltimore-area residents spent an average of $154 annually on books, newspapers, magazines and other pleasure reading - about 45 percent more than the $106 national average. That's just a tiny fraction of area expenditures, but it's consistent with the profile of the wealthy, middle-aged average consumer revealed in the BLS data.
FEATURES
By Audrey A. Cockrum and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
As the Star-Spangled Spectacular, one of the largest events in Baltimore history, takes place across the city this weekend to commemorate the 200th birthday of our national anthem, Janine Stange will be celebrating her own musical milestone. On Aug. 28, the New York native became the first person to perform the national anthem in all 50 states. As part of this weekend's festivities, Stange, also known as "National Anthem Girl," will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at events around the city.
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