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Protective netting being extended at some MLB ballparks, but still no word on Camden Yards

Change doesn’t often occur quickly in baseball, and that’s because it’s a game steeped in its tradition, sometimes to a fault. Though the topic of possibly expanding safety netting at major league ballparks to protect fans from foul balls and bats has several times moved to the forefront — as it...

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Baltimore expands speed and red light camera system

Baltimore expands speed and red light camera system

Baltimore officials on Monday expanded the city’s speed and red light camera system — increasing both the number of cameras and the locations where they can be used. The expansion will more than double the number of places where cameras can issue violations on the city’s streets. This is Baltimore’s...

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  • The very narrow path for Democrats against Larry Hogan

    The very narrow path for Democrats against Larry Hogan

    If we were to try to find a bright side for Democrats in the first major poll on Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial race, released this week by Goucher College’s Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, it would be this: Four years ago, Larry Hogan was so little known (and not even certain to run) that...

  • Repeal and Replace: RIP

    Repeal and Replace: RIP

    Maine’s Republican Sen. Susan Collins drove a metaphorical stake through the heart of her party’s effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act on Monday when she announced she could not in good conscience support the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would would strip millions of Americans of...

  • How Baltimore can reduce crime

    How Baltimore can reduce crime

    Unacceptably high numbers of homicides and shootings, as well increasing rates of robberies and burglaries, have Baltimore collectively searching for explanations and answers. We are saddened by each life lost to violence and increasingly frustrated when crime strikes close to home. Through strategic...

  • Who will admit to being a racist?

    Who will admit to being a racist?

    Consider some of the most egregious evidence of racism. White supremacists proudly march and chant their vile slogans — we saw them at Charlottesville, and we know how quickly their hatred can turn violent. Bigots claim the right to openly spout racial epithets and even to kill. On a regular basis,...

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  • Veolia opens new chilled water plant in downtown Baltimore

    Veolia opens new chilled water plant in downtown Baltimore

    Veolia North America, the company that operates a network of steam and chilled water pipes in downtown Baltimore, said it opened a new $11.8 million plant on Monday to produce chilled water. The new chilled water facility, located in the Baltimore Convention Center, is a collaboration between the...

  • Financing options for redevelopment of Perkins Homes include controversial incentives

    Financing options for redevelopment of Perkins Homes include controversial incentives

    City leaders are considering millions of dollars in incentives for developers to overhaul Perkins Homes, a dated public housing project. Harbor Point developer Beatty Development was selected in August by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City to lead a team in redeveloping the 17-acre Perkins...

  • Colfax Corp. sells fluid handling business for $860 million

    Colfax Corp. sells fluid handling business for $860 million

    The industrial technology company Colfax Corp. said Monday that it had agreed to sell its fluid handling business for $860 million. Based in Annapolis Junction, Colfax will get $542 million in cash and 3.3 million shares of the buyer CIRCOR International Inc., a Massachusetts-based industrial systems...

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  • 'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Who was the first to go home?

    'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Who was the first to go home?

    This week’s “Dancing With the Stars” is all ballroom and our first elimination of the season. Let's get straight to the dances. Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten Quickstep It's lively, like you want a quick step to be, but there are several times when it feels like Debbie is very unsure of her choreography....

  • 'The Cradle Will Rock' to get revival from Iron Crow Theatre

    'The Cradle Will Rock' to get revival from Iron Crow Theatre

    On the day 80 years ago that a pro-labor, anti-monopoly/corruption/greed stage work was about to be premiered in New York, a wind from the federal government blew and down came the production, cradle and all. But the targeted piece, Marc Blitzstein’s “The Cradle Will Rock,” didn’t stay censored...

  • Early Ravens, NFL TV ratings a mixed bag after day of national anthem protests

    Early Ravens, NFL TV ratings a mixed bag after day of national anthem protests

    Some 425,000 Baltimoreans tuned in to WJZ to watch the Ravens get demolished by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday morning in London — about 6,000 more fans than watched the season opener against the Bengals, but some 21,000 fewer than watched last year’s Week 3 game. Nationally, NFL viewership...

  • Baltimore's first cat cafe opens this weekend

    Baltimore's first cat cafe opens this weekend

    Baltimore’s first cat cafe will open its doors to the feline-fervent masses this weekend. Charm Kitty Cafe is set to open Saturday at Whitehall Mill in Hampden. Serving cookies and coffee, the cafe will offer a place for customers to work in the company of adoptable cats. All of the cats in the...

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  • Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday at Pirates, plus series matchups

    Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday at Pirates, plus series matchups

    Orioles (75-82) vs. Pirates (71-85) Where: PNC Park First pitch: 7:05 p.m. TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (11-10, 4.61 ERA) vs. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (6-9, 4.18) Series matchup Offense (MLB rank) Runs per game: Orioles (4.69, 14th); Pirates (4.06,...

  • As a Northern Illinois senior, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck helped play a big role in upset of Maryland

    As a Northern Illinois senior, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck helped play a big role in upset of Maryland

    The football game between Maryland and Minnesota on Saturday in Minneapolis will certainly bring back some memories for first-year Gophers coach P.J. Fleck. As a senior at Northern Illinois in 2003, Fleck played a major role in his team’s 20-13 season-opening overtime victory against the 15th-ranked...

  • Athletes of the Week in 2017-18

    Athletes of the Week in 2017-18

    The Baltimore Sun takes Athletes of the Week nominations from Friday night until Sunday at 6 p.m. Please provide name, school, class, sport, position, team results and the athlete's accomplishments for the week, with statistics by game, and other supporting information. Coaches also should provide...

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  • Trump tweeted about Iranian missile launch that never happened

    Trump tweeted about Iranian missile launch that never happened

    When President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Iran had "just test-fired" a missile, he seemed to know something the rest of the government did not. Turns out, he did not. There was no Iranian ballistic missile launch, three U.S. officials said Tuesday. Iran's Revolutionary Guard had used...

  • Trump vows to 'fix the mess' as U.S. targets North Korea banks

    Trump vows to 'fix the mess' as U.S. targets North Korea banks

    President Donald Trump vowed to "fix the mess" over North Korea's nuclear program but warned any U.S. military attack would be "devastating." The tough talk came as Trump's administration sought to turn up the economic pressure with new sanctions punishing North Korean banks and their workers. ...

  • Republican leaders: Senate won't vote on Obamacare repeal

    Republican leaders: Senate won't vote on Obamacare repeal

    Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Tuesday not to even hold a vote on the GOP's latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party's banner campaign promise. "The bill is dead as a door nail," said Sen. John Kennedy,...

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  • Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

    Assaults climb at Baltimore Central Booking since city jail closing

    Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, the first institution people are brought to after being arrested in the city, has seen a spike in assaults since Gov. Larry Hogan closed the City Jail, state statistics show. Assaults by inmates at Central Booking, both on staff members and on other...

  • Is Baltimore bike-friendly enough for Amazon?

    Is Baltimore bike-friendly enough for Amazon?

    As Amazon seeks a site for a second North American headquarters, the Seattle-based online retail giant twice mentioned bike lanes in its request for proposals as an expectation for cities vying for the facility. “Include connectivity options: sidewalks, bike lanes, trams, metro, bus, light rail,...

  • When bullets kill someone in Baltimore, the public knows right away. When drugs do, notice takes months.

    When bullets kill someone in Baltimore, the public knows right away. When drugs do, notice takes months.

    When someone is shot in the streets of Baltimore, police release the details swiftly. If the person dies, the city police department publicizes the victim’s name soon afterward. The department’s releases allow the public to track the toll of violence in real time, and the homicide rate is a key...

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