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Mike Klingaman | August 2, 2014
A century ago in spring training, a rawboned Orioles rookie stepped to the plate, swung from the heels and hit a fastball deep to right field. The ball landed in a rut in a cornfield, more than 400 feet from home plate. In Fayetteville, N.C., a historic marker notes the spot where George Herman Ruth, 19, hit his first professional home run in his first outing as an Oriole in 1914. He wasn't yet The Babe - teammates would pin that nickname on him within the month - but he surely was Baltimore's own. That Ruth began his career with his hometown team surprises many, sports historian Mark Millikin said.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
A two-alarm fire broke out in a vacant rowhome in West Baltimore early Friday morning, though no one was reported to be injured. Baltimore fire department spokesman Ian Brennan said the fire was reported around 4 a.m. in the 600 block of N. Carey St. in the Harlem Park neighborhood, with heavy fire showing from the rear of the building when firefighters arrived. The fire also damaged the two adjacent rowhouses, one which was occupied and the other vacant. Brennan said the fire took more than two hours to get under control because firefighters were unable to enter the vacant structures to attack it. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
John J. Ray, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. administrator of quality assurance who was a founding member of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore, died July 12 of acute myeloid leukemia at his Parkville home. He was 82. "Jack was a great guy, father and husband. He was a person you admired because he was a great family man, and you could see that in his interaction with his family," said City Councilman Carl Stokes, a longtime friend. "He was also a good church guy, and I always admired how he lived his life and how close he was to his family.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Robbery is believed to be the motive in at least two of the eight shootings that occurred over the weekend in Baltimore, police said. Sunday evening, a 46-year-old man was found shot in the torso and arm at North Payson and West Fayette streets. Police said the victim had been driving a scooter when a man fired several rounds in his direction. The police account says that robbery might have been the motive, though it does not elaborate. The unidentified victim was listed in critical condition, police said.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2014
Three men were shot in Baltimore in separate incidents this weekend, police said. About 10 p.m. Saturday, a man was admitted to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. The victim told police he was in the 3600 block of E. Lombard St. in the Baltimore Highland sections of Southeast Baltimore when he was shot. He could not identify the gunman, police said. He is currently listed in stable condition. Then about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, officers found a man with a gunshot wound to the stomach in 6500 block of Eastern Ave. in the Bayview section of Southeast Baltimore.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Janice H. Wilcox, former chief of staff for higher-education programs at the U.S. Department of Education and founder and CEO of Education Resources Group, died June 26 of neuroendocrine disease at her Towson home. She was 73. "Janice was the founder of the Patuxent Women's Coalition, and I was a member long before I became a City Councilwoman," said Sharon Green Middleton. "She touched my life, and I will always be grateful to her. She was the kind of person who did the little things in life well.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Two people were shot Tuesday, one of them fatally, bringing the city's tally to four shootings in 24 hours, Baltimore police said. Jamal Ross, 32, of the 1500 block of Bentalou Street, died after he was shot several times at North Bentalou Street and Windsor Avenue near Coppin State University in Mondawmin just before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Homicide detectives are investigating, and anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100. About 20 minutes earlier, officers found a 33-year-old man shot in the hip in the 800 block of N. Belnord Ave. in East Baltimore, police said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Three people were shot in separate incidents in Baltimore Monday, police said. Officers found a man shot in the face at the intersection of East Federal Street and Erdman Avenue, in Orchard Ridge just before 10 p.m., police said. Anyone with information may call Northeast District detectives at 410-396-2444. Another man walked into an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his elbow about the same time, and detectives have not determined where that incident happened. In West Baltimore about 7:15, police found a man 21-year-old man shot in the leg in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Sister Mary Mark Walsh, a retired teacher who was a member of the Sisters of Mercy for nearly 78 years, died of heart failure Saturday at the Villa, her order's Baltimore County retirement home. She was 97. Born Ruth Anna Walsh in Baltimore County, she was the daughter of Charles S. Walsh, a farmer, and Minnie Woolrey Walsh, a homemaker. According to a biography supplied by the Sisters of Mercy, she grew up on the family farm near the Liberty Dam. There were no Catholic schools in immediate area and she received her early religious training from the Jesuit fathers at the old Woodstock College.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Baltimore officials will open two youth centers in advance of the strict new curfew law that takes effect Aug. 8, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday. The curfew centers will open early next month on the city's east and west sides with staffs of about eight, including police officers and social workers, to link young people and their families with services, officials said. The curfew — believed to be among the strictest in the country — will require unsupervised children to be indoors by as early as 9 p.m. It is designed to identify youths and families in need of help, not bring more youths into the criminal system, Rawlings-Blake said.
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