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December 17, 2013
Since Gov. Martin O'Malley declared that the state's health insurance exchange website was functional for most users, anecdotal reports have been mixed. Some people report continued problems with frozen screens and other glitches that have bedeviled the site; others say they were finally able to enroll with relative ease. The preliminary numbers of new enrollments, though, suggest some genuine improvement. Monday saw about 1,100 enrollments, nearly 50 percent more than the site's best day before the fixes went into place.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Three days have come and gone at these winter meetings and the Orioles have yet to make an acquisition, but it doesn't appear to be due to a lack of trying. For the first time this week, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette made multiple offers to free-agents in the club's areas of need - closer, starting pitcher and a left-handed outfielder. And on Wednesday night, an industry source said that the Orioles were closing in on former Oakland closer Grant Balfour , who has been the focus of their free-agent search over the past two nights.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore | December 10, 2013
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette supressed speculation that the club was nearing a deal with a free-agent closer on Tuesday here at baseball's winter meetings. The day began with rumors that the Orioles were close to signing free-agent closer Grant Balfour, but Duquette told local media late Tuesday afternoon that those reports were way ahead of reality. “There's a lot of speculation out there with the closer thing and I think the speculation is pretty far ahead of the market and our involvement in the market,” Duquette said.
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Sports Digest | December 2, 2013
Et cetera Missed deadlines slow progress on a new stadium for D.C. United Five months after Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced a plan to build a new soccer stadium, the administration has missed a series of self-imposed deadlines, including a promise to deliver a land deal for the D.C. Council to vote on this year. City Administrator Allen Y. Lew , a top aide to Gray, said he was pressing to complete a land swap before Christmas with developers, utilities and business owners to obtain the land for the proposed 20,000-seat stadium and adjacent bars and restaurants on Buzzard Point.
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By Erik Rifkin | December 2, 2013
At a recent public meeting, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Maryland Department of the Environment, Honeywell International and Beatty Development Group made formal presentations focused on environmental concerns associated with the proposed development at Harbor Point in Baltimore. These organizations support the contention that there will be no significant human health and/or ecological risks associated with the Harbor Point project, situated on the site of a former chromium ore processing plant.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A Maryland men's soccer team seeded fifth in the NCAA tournament could welcome back an important member of its offense for Sunday's second-round game against Providence at Ludwig Field in College Park at 5 p.m. Sasho Cirovski said Friday afternoon that he is "hopeful" that Schillo Tshuma will return after suffering a muscle injury in last Friday's 1-0 overtime win against Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinal. The sophomore forward sat out the Terps' 1-0 decision against Virginia in the title game, but still ranks second on the team in both goals (six)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
Dr. Doris R. Entwisle, a professor of sociology and engineering studies at the Johns Hopkins University for nearly half a century and a pioneer in the field of the sociology of education, died Tuesday of cancer at her Towson home. She was 89. "Doris exemplified dignity and was extremely personal. She was a very warm person but did not wear that on her sleeve," said Dr. Karl L. Alexander, who collaborated with Dr. Entwisle on the Beginning School Study, which examined the personal and educational development of about 800 city first-graders over 25 years.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
COLLEGE PARK -- Surprisingly upbeat given his team's three-game losing streak that reached a low point with Saturday's 20-3 loss at home to Syracuse, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said at his weekly news conference Tuesday that he is not going to panic. “If I panic, the whole team will panic. Then I'm not being the leader that I need to be for our young team here," he said. "All I'm going to do is continue to go about the business of building this program and building it the right way so it can end up achieving the longterm success that we're going to have here.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Maryland fourth- and eighth-graders scored slightly lower in math on a national test than two years earlier, though the state's pass rates still remain among the best in the country, according to data released Thursday. "I was pleased that we are trending above the national average in all areas," said state schools Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery. She acknowledged the state has had more difficulty with math achievement. Maryland's reading scores rose in both grades on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one point in fourth grade and three points in eighth grade.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Midway through the NFL season, the Ravens' rookie class has shown incremental signs of progress. With the exception of undrafted wide receiver Marlon Brown and free safety Matt Elam, a first-round pick, the other rookies have yet to make an impact. Although the Ravens have yet to see significant contributions from most of their rookies, coach John Harbaugh said he is satisfied with their development. "They've done well, I don't have a grade," Harbaugh said. "We're pleased with those guys.
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