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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-hander Johan Santana, who is recovering from his second shoulder surgery in a three-year span, threw two innings in his first extended spring training game Monday afternoon at the Orioles' complex in Sarasota, Fla. Santana is continuing to improve his fastball velocity. He was clocked at 86 to 89 mph Monday, which is encouraging since it was his first outing in game action aside from simulated games. He is expected to throw three innings Saturday in his next appearance.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A man was killed when he was struck by an Amtrak train in Baltimore Monday night, authorities said. The victim was found dead on the tracks near a MARC station in the 400 block of N. Smallwood St. after being struck by the train around 9:30 p.m., police said. Peter Corbett, a passenger, said Amtrak Train 55 had been traveling south and was expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. around 10 p.m. The conductor stopped the train and told passengers it fatally struck a "trespasser" on the tracks.
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By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
Maryland prosecutors are concerned that the new law eliminating criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana will result in an increase in "drugged driving" that police are ill-equipped to handle. "It is inevitable that there will be an increase in drugged driving in Maryland," Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said. "We'd better be ready. " Maryland's decriminalization law, which makes possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil violation, takes effect Oct. 1. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and other prosecutors wanted state legislators to delay passing the law until such consequences could be better studied in Colorado and Washington, where voters legalized marijuana use in 2012.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The mother of a Maryland man with Down syndrome who died in police custody last year told a Senate panel Tuesday that the federal government needs to spend more to train law enforcement on how to approach the disabled and mentally ill. Patti Saylor, whose son, Robert "Ethan" Saylor, died of asphyxiation last January while handcuffed on the ground in a Frederick County movie theater, said more should be done to foster relationships between police...
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By Pamela Wood and David Anderson, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 26, 2014
A woman was struck by a CSX train south of Aberdeen on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Just before 4 p.m., the woman was struck by the train near the 4600 block of Pulaski Highway in the Riverside area, said Jennifer Chenworth-Price, a spokeswoman for Harford County Fire and EMS. A Maryland State Police helicopter was requested to transport the woman, who was in critical condition, to a hospital, Chenworth-Price said. Traffic was stopped in both directions as Medevac landed on Pulaski Highway around 4:20 p.m. and took off about 15 minutes later.
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By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
The Obama administration announced Friday that it is developing new rules aimed at improving schools by focusing on the training that teachers receive before they enter the classroom - an idea that met with a mix of cautious support and questions from Maryland's leading schools of education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the new regulations for training programs - which could direct more federal money to high-performing colleges and universities - will be unveiled this summer and could be in place within a year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
BOSTON -- After doing sliding drills Friday for the first time since offseason knee surgery, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will see his first game action Saturday at extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla. Machado is scheduled to play five innings at third base, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. His playing time will grow each game until he is ready to go on a minor league rehab assignment. Showalter wouldn't say how many games Machado would need to play in extended spring training.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
OXFORD, OHIO -- John and Jim Harbaugh are teaming up to orchestrate what they believe is another first. The head coaching brothers have scheduled joint practices between John's Ravens and Jim's San Francisco 49ers following the matchup between the two teams in Week One of the preseason on Thursday, Aug. 7 at M&T Bank Stadium. While more and more NFL teams are engaging in joint practices during training camp - the Ravens have not done it in recent seasons - those workouts typically occur in the days before the teams play in the preseason.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month. He immediately showed the contents of the manila envelope to Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells before informing manager Buck Showalter. "I'm like, Richie, can you believe this?' Then I told Buck about it," Matusz said recently, chuckling. "That's probably the most unusual, interesting item any fan has ever asked me to sign. I thought it was hilarious.
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By Jean Marbella and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Less than two years after he retired as the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps is diving back into competition next week - a move that could lead the Baltimore swimmer to his fifth Summer Games in 2016. Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix, held in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24 to 26, USA Swimming announced Monday. It is his first competition since the London 2012 Games that brought his total medal count to 22, 18 of them gold. "The One has returned," swimming analyst Mel Stewart said, in what was typical of the delighted response to Phelps' decision.
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