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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
City officials are poised to pay a New York-based firm $286,000 to redesign and host Baltimore government's website. The Board of Estimates is slated to vote Wednesday on a proposal to hire Interpersonal Frequency LLC to overhaul the city's site. The city's former chief technology officer began a redesign and overhaul of Baltimore's government website in 2012, but left the task unfinished, city officials have said. Interpersonal Frequency, which was among eight bidders for the job, worked with Baltimore's current Chief Technology Officer Chris Tonjes at his previous job at Washington D.C.'s library system.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The family of a plainclothes Baltimore police officer who was killed by friendly fire during a fight outside a downtown nightclub in 2011 is suing the city Police Department. Officers shot William H. Torbit Jr. 34 times — without recognizing him as a police officer — after he fired eight times into a group of people who had knocked him to the ground and were attacking him in the Select Lounge parking lot on Jan. 9, 2011, according to a police investigation. One of Torbit's bullets killed Sean Gamble, a man who had been attacking Torbit, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
Mera Rubell - a 70-year-old formerly penniless Jewish Russian refugee turned Head Start teacher turned hotel mogul turned art collector extraordinaire - is the kind of person who just naturally acquires an entourage. For example, a recent tour of Baltimore's art scene began quietly at 8:40 a.m. with just one car and six sleepy occupants. Eight hours later, the caravan that pulled up outside the Charles Village home of paper artist Cara Ober had grown to three vehicles containing at least 14 people, including four reporters and photographers.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | January 2, 2014
Et cetera Capitals' Carlson selected to U.S. Olympic roster The Washington Capitals' John Carlson was one of eight defensemen named Wednesday to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Sochi, Russia, in February. Carlson has led Washington in ice time and handled the toughest matchups the NHL has to offer every night through the first three months of the season. For Capitals coach Adam Oates , who has been lobbying for Carlson's inclusion since the summer, it was a no-brainer.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
If the Ravens aren't still playing in late January, second-year kicker Justin Tucker will head to Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl. He'll likely be joined by a couple of teammates who are familiar with the trip. Tucker, right guard Marshal Yanda, rush linebacker Terrell Suggs and nose tackle Haloti Ngata were selected to play in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, the league announced Friday night. It marks the eighth consecutive year where the Ravens have at least four Pro Bowl selections.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2013
Less than a week before state officials are expected to award a casino license in Prince George's County, one of the three bidders is calling the state's research "flat-out wrong. " Greenwood Racing, which wants to build a Parx casino on Route 210 in Fort Washington, has asked the state's special site selection committee to delay a decision currently scheduled for Friday. The company wants more time to challenge findings that a rival bid would be more lucrative for the state. Two weeks ago, consultants to the state concluded that a proposal from MGM Resorts International to build a casino at National Harbor would bring in more revenue than Greenwood's proposal or that of Penn National Gaming, which wants to build a Hollywood casino at nearby Rosecroft Raceway.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The lobby at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort quickly emptied out as Major League Baseball's winter meetings ended Thursday. While the Orioles only added a pair of Rule 5 draft picks this week, the club continued efforts to land a free-agent closer. The Orioles' focus remained on 35-year-old Grant Balfour, who recorded 38 saves last season, but whether the sides could come to an agreement before Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette flies back to Baltimore on Friday morning seems unlikely.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The crop of talent available in this year's Rule 5 draft wasn't perceived to be as deep as recent seasons, but the Orioles believe they acquired two players who can contribute in the major leagues this season. After three days of rumors, the Orioles' first true acquisitions of the winter meetings were made Thursday in the Rule 5 draft when they selected corner infielder Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox as the ninth and final pick in the major league portion and outfielder Julio Borbon from the Chicago Cubs in the Triple-A phase.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | December 4, 2013
Colleges Towson RB West selected as Payton Award finalist Towson junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern) has been named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award. The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in Football Championship Subdivision in 2011, West is joined by Eastern Washington sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams and Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as finalists for the award, which is presented to the top player in the FCS. West, the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year, is the leading rusher in the FCS, averaging 155.4 yards per game.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | November 15, 2013
Et cetera Terps ' Mullins, Metzger make All-ACC first team in men's soccer Maryland's Patrick Mullins and Dan Metzger were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer first team Thursday. Schillo Tshuma earned second-team honors, and Mikey Ambrose was named to the third team. Zack Steffen and Michael Sauers (Archbishop Curley) were selected to the freshman team. … Johns Hopkins sophomore defender Andrew Park was selected to the All-Centennial Conference first team, while junior midfielder Rob Heuler and sophomore forward Kenny DeStefano were named to the second team.
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