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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles defied an order from commissioner Bud Selig to appear at a sanctions hearing, another sign of the team's widening rift with Major League Baseball. The hearing, which was canceled, was disclosed in documents filed in a New York court where the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is seeking to void a recent decision by a league committee that would force the network to pay substantially higher TV rights fees to the Washington Nationals. The documents also disclose that MASN filed an arbitration claim last month against Major League Baseball seeking $800 million to compensate for damages the network says it would sustain if the panel's decision is allowed to stand.
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NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
About 50 protesters rallied Wednesday outside Baltimore City Hall to object to a proposed study of the water system, a step they fear could eventually put the system in private hands. The group, led by labor organizers and the nonprofit Corporate Accountability International, is worried that a $500,000 consultant's study could lead to the private management of the water system. But the Department of Public Works request for proposals did not involve privatization, city officials said.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Andrew Baker Jr. and Angel Chiwengo were holding hands and listening to soft music on the radio as he drove her home from the Pikesville Doubletree Hilton where they worked. As they headed east on Northern Parkway and passed through the York Road intersection, a Honda Accord fleeing police blasted through a red light - at more than 100 mph - and smashed into his Jeep. Chiwengo, 46, and the two people inside the Accord died. Somehow, Baker, 54, survived. But with the anniversary of the Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
I only have 2 million other better things to write about. But after 24 hours of waiting for someone else to unload on Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who defines political stooge, I have to say something. I held off when this GOP tool ran around on the Texas border in sunglasses and a baseball hat on backwards with Gov. Rick Perry. I even ignored the picture Hannity tweeted of him with his arm over a machine gun as he posed in a boat on the Rio Grande alongside Perry -- who we now know is really an intellectual giant because he has glasses with thick rims.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
It was a summer job that turned into a career. Camp counselor positions in 1970 and 1971 introduced Stephen H. Morgan to working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and his interest was piqued. He finished college, took a full-time job with the organization that ran the camp and worked his way to the top. As executive director of The Arc Baltimore, Morgan runs a nonprofit that teaches daily-living skills, organizes work crews and provides other services.
NEWS
Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Michael Middleton calls poverty Baltimore's biggest enemy. The $1.1 billion plan to overhaul the city's schools is fine, he told Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and new superintendent Gregory Thornton, but the economic issues facing families need to be addressed first. The city's problems "won't be fixed by brick and mortar," the Cherry Hill Community Coalition representative said. "That's where I disagree with you," the mayor replied, adding that even the city's poorest areas produce good students, who desperately need a place to succeed.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
As kids spend time in the water, officials warn parents to keep a close watch to ensure children don't drown. But there is another condition parents should know about: secondary drowning. It afflicts children who survive a near-drowning incident. And though it's uncommon, it can be fatal if left untreated, according to Dr. Melissa Sparrow, clinical director for pediatric inpatient and emergency services at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. What is secondary, or dry, drowning? Secondary drowning is a term that is used by the public, and less so by physicians.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The mother of a 38-year-old man who police say sneaked a gun into a Baltimore police station and committed suicide said she doesn't believe the department's version of events. "I don't feel that my son committed suicide," Verdessa McDougald said. On Tuesday, police said officers from the Baltimore-area Warrant Apprehension Task Force picked up Woodson because they had a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of attempted murder in a recent shooting. He was taken to the Southwestern District police station.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A state consumer-rights watchdog on Tuesday called for formal investigations into ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, questioning the legality of their operations in Maryland. People's Counsel Paula M. Carmody sent letters to the Maryland Public Service Commission calling for investigations into Lyft and Uber's lower-cost UberX service, which both connect passengers with independent drivers through smartphone apps. "We have every reason to believe that the individuals responding to Uber's and Lyft's requests for drivers to provide these services are not aware that Maryland law requires them to have a license," Carmody said in a statement.
NEWS
August 4, 2014
Your report of the trial of an off-duty police officer from New Jersey charged with the fatal shooting of a man in Maryland raises a couple of general questions ( "N.J. officer not guilty of murder in Arundel road rage shooting," July 30). Just what authority does an off-duty, out-of-state police officer have to exercise police powers - flashing his badge in a different state, for example? And since 911 operators have answers for just about any emergency, what would the 911 operator's response be to an out-of-jurisdiction, off-duty sheriff or police officer's call saying he was holding someone at gunpoint?
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