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Former Orioles utility man Ryan Flaherty starting over with Phillies

Former Orioles utility man Ryan Flaherty starting over with Phillies

Ryan Flaherty expected to be back with the Orioles this season, and so did most in the organization who kept in close contact throughout the offseason with the team’s utility infielder for the past six seasons. And as the offseason wore on, Flaherty remained a free agent and the Orioles didn’t...

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  • What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan

    What the candidates for lieutenant governor tell us about the fight to beat Larry Hogan

    Gubernatorial candidates like to talk about their choice of a running mate as if it were really consequential. They pitch their No. 2s as partners in governance and proof of their ability to make good and responsible decisions. And without exception, they try to pick someone who will enhance their...

  • Goldberg: Don't overestimate Trump's ability to knowingly collude with Russia

    Goldberg: Don't overestimate Trump's ability to knowingly collude with Russia

    Despite the indictment of 13 Russian professional social media pranksters who worked to tip the 2016 election to Donald Trump, I remain somewhere between skeptical and agnostic on the question of whether or not Mr. Trump knowingly and secretly colluded with the Russians to win the election. We'll...

  • 'Black Panther' offers new affirmation for Baltimore's black students

    'Black Panther' offers new affirmation for Baltimore's black students

    One afternoon during our social studies block, I did a lesson on race using the characters of “Sesame Street.” I asked my 6- and 7- year-old students: What race would Big Bird, Oscar, Elmo and Cookie Monster be if they were people and why? Using tally marks, my students decided that Big Bird and...

  • Targeting mental illness won't prevent mass shootings

    Targeting mental illness won't prevent mass shootings

    Following the latest mass shooting at a Florida high school, President Trump bypassed an opportunity to make a bold and progressive statement about this nation's abundant gun culture in favor of a much easier target, specifically people with mental illness. Rather than address the Florida regulation...

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  • Columbia-based Rethink Water sees growth in boxed water for kids

    Columbia-based Rethink Water sees growth in boxed water for kids

    Amid concerns about the use of plastic in bottled water, a relatively new Columbia-based brand might have found a sweet spot for rapid growth. Three years ago, two college friends launched Rethink Water, a fast-growing brand of highly purified water sold in a recyclable box. The brand got picked...

  • More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

    More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

    Several major companies - Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, Symantec, Hertz and Avis - have ended co-branding partnerships with the National Rifle Association as a #BoycottNRA social media movement picks up steam. Enterprise - the parent company of car-rental brands Enterprise,...

  • Maryland health care costs lower than other states, analysis finds

    Maryland health care costs lower than other states, analysis finds

    Maryland had the lowest health care costs in a comparison of five states conducted by the nonprofit Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement. The state’s total costs were on average 16 percent lower in 2015 than those in Colorado, Utah, Minnesota and Oregon, the study found. The overall price...

  • Glen Burnie tech firm moving to Hanover, adding 100 jobs

    Glen Burnie tech firm moving to Hanover, adding 100 jobs

    A Glen Burnie IT firm is moving to a new facility in Hanover, where it plans to add 100 jobs over the next five years. Vision Technologies Inc. said Thursday it will use $350,000 in state and county loans and grants to help with the move and expand its workforce. About half the company’s 500-plus...

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  • After a string of high-profile closures, looking at the state of Jewish-style delis in Baltimore

    After a string of high-profile closures, looking at the state of Jewish-style delis in Baltimore

    Marc Attman’s family has been piling corned beef on rye bread for generations — a lineage that he expects could end with him. Attman’s Deli on East Lombard Street is one of the last remaining holdouts of Baltimore’s famed Corned Beef Row. The deli has outlasted a number of its peers, and continues...

  • Maryland small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry

    Maryland small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry

    A year after the Maryland General Assembly passed regulatory reforms intended to help craft breweries grow, a debate over beer is set to be renewed Friday. But while last year's discussions were focused on Guinness' plans for a Baltimore County brewery, this time, the goal is less clear.

  • Indian-Pakistani restaurant opening in Union Square

    Indian-Pakistani restaurant opening in Union Square

    In Baltimore’s Union Square neighborhood, a to-be-named restaurant centered on Indian and Pakistani cuisine is slated to open this summer. The eatery will open at 1500 W. Pratt St. in the building that housed the International Academy of Hair Design and Technology, seating about 35 guests, according...

  • Local campaigns aim to help Baltimore students see 'Black Panther'

    Local campaigns aim to help Baltimore students see 'Black Panther'

    Aaron Maybin, the NFL linebacker-turned-art teacher who drew national attention to the city’s cold schools after posting a picture online of his students huddled in coats in a classroom, is looking to start another campaign to benefit his students. Maybin, an educator at Matthew A. Henson Elementary...

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  • Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    In a ruling that could have reverberations on this year's crucial elections, a federal judge Thursday ruled that Florida's current ban on former felons voting is unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a blistering ruling that says the...

  • Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    The oldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro killed himself on Thursday after months of treatment for depression, state media reported. He was 68. Official website Cubadebate said that Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart had been in a "deeply depressed state." A brief note read on state television said...

  • Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    When Barack Obama speaks, people listen. At least they did when he was in the White House. But that kind of authority didn't hold much sway when it came time for his presidential portrait. At a ceremony Monday to unveil portraits of him and former first lady Michelle Obama, the former president...

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