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By Orlando Sentinel | February 24, 2007
The voting machines used in the disputed congressional election in Sarasota, Fla., worked properly despite an unusually high number of blank ballots and widespread complaints that votes were lost, Florida officials said yesterday. After conducting a test election and inspecting the computer codes running the touch-screen voting machines, the state audit concluded that "there is no evidence that the results are in error." The audit, however, suggested ballot design might have led to voter confusion in the race between Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Christine Jennings.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
The architectural style is "Florida Picturesque," and the baseball amenities make Ed Smith Stadium a field of dreams, but there really is only one way to describe the dramatic restoration project that has created a beautiful new home away from home for the Orioles. Long overdue. Two decades after they began their quest for a new all-purpose spring training facility, the Orioles will christen Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays in what will be a celebration for an organization that has endured substandard and outdated spring facilities for years.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | July 23, 2009
After years of fishing, exploring and negotiating, the Orioles finally have settled on a new spring training facility in Florida. Starting in February 2010, the club, which has been in Fort Lauderdale since 1996, will hold spring training in Sarasota and its Ed Smith Stadium, on the western coast of the state. The big league camp will be within a dozen miles of the organization's minor league facility, which is already in Sarasota. "We look forward with great anticipation to becoming an important part of the civic fabric of the Sarasota community and to bringing Orioles baseball to the residents of the greater Sarasota area," Orioles executive vice president John Angelos, who has spearheaded the relocation effort, said in a statement.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 18, 2010
- Orioles officials are confident that when the $31 million renovation of Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lakes Park is complete, their spring training facilities, long regarded as among the major leagues' worst, will become one of baseball's best. "By the time we're through, when you consider travel, community, fields, facilities, absolutely it will," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "When it's all said and done, it's really going to be something that we'll all be proud of."
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | January 13, 2007
The latest attempt to upgrade or replace the state's paperless voting equipment was launched yesterday in the House of Delegates. Legislation proposed by Del. Sheila E. Hixson, a Montgomery County Democrat and chairwoman of the ways and means committee, would enable voters to review a paper record of their choices before their ballots become official. The goal of the legislation is to avoid the drama still unfolding in Sarasota County, Fla. -- where voting machines might not have registered the choices of 18,000 voters in a hotly contested congressional race in November.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | July 22, 2009
The Orioles are awaiting three governmental approvals in Florida this afternoon that would secure them a new spring training home for the next 30 years. The Orioles and Sarasota County officials have reached a tentative agreement that would relocate the club's spring training headquarters from Fort Lauderdale, in the southeastern part of Florida, to Sarasota on the state's western coast, starting in February. As part of the potential deal, $31.2 million in state grant money and a county tourism tax would be used to fully renovate 22-year-old Ed Smith Stadium, which hosted the Cincinnati Reds from 1998 to 2009, and dilapidated Twin Lakes Park, the Orioles' current minor league complex.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 3, 2009
Wednesday's exhibition game was the Orioles' final in 2009 at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, and it's still not official whether they'll be back in 2010 and beyond. The search for a new spring training facility has become a never-ending saga of fits, starts, flirtations, rejections and complications. Although some club officials are optimistic a long-term solution is coming, there's no concrete indication of when. Here are the four possibilities, all in Florida, and where the club stands with each: SARASOTA Attractive to the Orioles because their minor leaguers are already there and the big league club could move next year into Ed Smith Stadium, which the Cincinnati Reds are leaving this spring.
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By Rich McKay and Rene Stutzman and Rich McKay and Rene Stutzman,ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 7, 2004
SARASOTA, Fla. - Police found the body of 11-year-old Carlie Jane Brucia yesterday in a church parking lot, days after a surveillance tape that captured her abduction shocked a worldwide audience. The out-of-work mechanic suspected of grabbing Carlie on Sunday was charged with kidnapping and murder hours after the body was found behind the Central Church of Christ - just 2 1/2 miles from the car wash where she was kidnapped. In the end, police say, it was suspect Joseph Peter Smith's own words that broke the case when he told an unnamed witness in the Sarasota County jail that he killed Carlie and dumped her body.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 18, 2010
- Orioles officials are confident that when the $31 million renovation of Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lakes Park is complete, their spring training facilities, long regarded as among the major leagues' worst, will become one of baseball's best. "By the time we're through, when you consider travel, community, fields, facilities, absolutely it will," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "When it's all said and done, it's really going to be something that we'll all be proud of."
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | March 19, 1991
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Any major-league team considering a nomadic spring training life, even for one year, should compare notes with the Orioles.Are you listening Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, California Angels? Less than halfway through the exhibition schedule, it is obvious the Orioles made a mistake transferring their entire operation to the west coast of Florida this year. Their intentions were -- and still are -- logical, but playing as a "traveling team" without a home base has been a distinct distraction and inconvenience.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | July 23, 2009
After years of fishing, exploring and negotiating, the Orioles finally have settled on a new spring training facility in Florida. Starting in February 2010, the club, which has been in Fort Lauderdale since 1996, will hold spring training in Sarasota and its Ed Smith Stadium, on the western coast of the state. The big league camp will be within a dozen miles of the organization's minor league facility, which is already in Sarasota. "We look forward with great anticipation to becoming an important part of the civic fabric of the Sarasota community and to bringing Orioles baseball to the residents of the greater Sarasota area," Orioles executive vice president John Angelos, who has spearheaded the relocation effort, said in a statement.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | July 22, 2009
The Orioles are awaiting three governmental approvals in Florida this afternoon that would secure them a new spring training home for the next 30 years. The Orioles and Sarasota County officials have reached a tentative agreement that would relocate the club's spring training headquarters from Fort Lauderdale, in the southeastern part of Florida, to Sarasota on the state's western coast, starting in February. As part of the potential deal, $31.2 million in state grant money and a county tourism tax would be used to fully renovate 22-year-old Ed Smith Stadium, which hosted the Cincinnati Reds from 1998 to 2009, and dilapidated Twin Lakes Park, the Orioles' current minor league complex.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 3, 2009
Wednesday's exhibition game was the Orioles' final in 2009 at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, and it's still not official whether they'll be back in 2010 and beyond. The search for a new spring training facility has become a never-ending saga of fits, starts, flirtations, rejections and complications. Although some club officials are optimistic a long-term solution is coming, there's no concrete indication of when. Here are the four possibilities, all in Florida, and where the club stands with each: SARASOTA Attractive to the Orioles because their minor leaguers are already there and the big league club could move next year into Ed Smith Stadium, which the Cincinnati Reds are leaving this spring.
NEWS
By Orlando Sentinel | February 24, 2007
The voting machines used in the disputed congressional election in Sarasota, Fla., worked properly despite an unusually high number of blank ballots and widespread complaints that votes were lost, Florida officials said yesterday. After conducting a test election and inspecting the computer codes running the touch-screen voting machines, the state audit concluded that "there is no evidence that the results are in error." The audit, however, suggested ballot design might have led to voter confusion in the race between Republican Vern Buchanan and Democrat Christine Jennings.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | January 13, 2007
The latest attempt to upgrade or replace the state's paperless voting equipment was launched yesterday in the House of Delegates. Legislation proposed by Del. Sheila E. Hixson, a Montgomery County Democrat and chairwoman of the ways and means committee, would enable voters to review a paper record of their choices before their ballots become official. The goal of the legislation is to avoid the drama still unfolding in Sarasota County, Fla. -- where voting machines might not have registered the choices of 18,000 voters in a hotly contested congressional race in November.
NEWS
By Rich McKay and Rene Stutzman and Rich McKay and Rene Stutzman,ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 7, 2004
SARASOTA, Fla. - Police found the body of 11-year-old Carlie Jane Brucia yesterday in a church parking lot, days after a surveillance tape that captured her abduction shocked a worldwide audience. The out-of-work mechanic suspected of grabbing Carlie on Sunday was charged with kidnapping and murder hours after the body was found behind the Central Church of Christ - just 2 1/2 miles from the car wash where she was kidnapped. In the end, police say, it was suspect Joseph Peter Smith's own words that broke the case when he told an unnamed witness in the Sarasota County jail that he killed Carlie and dumped her body.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
The architectural style is "Florida Picturesque," and the baseball amenities make Ed Smith Stadium a field of dreams, but there really is only one way to describe the dramatic restoration project that has created a beautiful new home away from home for the Orioles. Long overdue. Two decades after they began their quest for a new all-purpose spring training facility, the Orioles will christen Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays in what will be a celebration for an organization that has endured substandard and outdated spring facilities for years.
NEWS
By Rich McKay and Rich McKay,ORLANDO SENTINEL | February 6, 2004
SARASOTA, Fla. - The hunt for a missing 11-year-old girl, whose videotaped abduction crystallized every parent's fear, ended another day with no sign of Carlie Jane Brucia or certain knowledge of her fate. Sheriff's officials and the FBI asked the public yesterday to look in gullies, down dirt paths and under dense growth for any sign of Carlie's pink backpack. The hope is that the sixth-grader's book bag will reveal clues as to what happened to her, where she is now or if she's still alive.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | March 19, 1991
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Any major-league team considering a nomadic spring training life, even for one year, should compare notes with the Orioles.Are you listening Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, California Angels? Less than halfway through the exhibition schedule, it is obvious the Orioles made a mistake transferring their entire operation to the west coast of Florida this year. Their intentions were -- and still are -- logical, but playing as a "traveling team" without a home base has been a distinct distraction and inconvenience.
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