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After abrupt ending to last season, Colby Rasmus looking for fresh start with Orioles

When Colby Rasmus abruptly left the Tampa Bay Rays last July to spend more time with his family, the veteran outfielder didn’t know whether he’d have the opportunityto return to the majors in 2018 — or even wanted to. Rasmus’ first half last year was slowed by lingering hip problems that limited...

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  • 911 texting a good start, but Md. system needs more to protect lives

    911 texting a good start, but Md. system needs more to protect lives

    Every child knows what to do in an emergency: They dial 911. But when 911 fails, people die. On April 19, 2006, Kaafee Billah called 911 from his office at MedImmune/AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg. He thought he might be having a heart attack. Emergency responders searched from office to office, looking...

  • What I learned as an anti-bias teacher at UMD

    What I learned as an anti-bias teacher at UMD

    For 10 years, I had the privilege of working with undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, focusing on anti-bias education in the five courses that I created and taught. Although I am no longer at UMD, I believe that some of the themes that emerged from discussions I had with African...

  • Pitts: The guy who paid Stormy Daniels to shut up

    Pitts: The guy who paid Stormy Daniels to shut up

    Dear Michael D. Cohen, Esq.: So you're the one who paid Stormy Daniels to shut up? According to The New York Times, you claim to have forked over $130,000 during the 2016 campaign to Stephanie Clifford, a pornographic film "actress" who performs under that nom de coitus, in exchange for her promise...

  • Md. 'Drug Cost Commission' would set fair prescription prices

    Md. 'Drug Cost Commission' would set fair prescription prices

    The soaring cost of prescription drugs is among the greatest drivers in rising rates for Maryland insurance premiums, according to CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell. And, coupled with our aging population, it’s likely to propel health care spending in the U.S. to a record-breaking one-fifth of the economy...

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  • Brookside Market opening in Jacksonville in Baltimore County

    Brookside Market opening in Jacksonville in Baltimore County

    Brookside Market, a new deli and restaurant, is preparing to open in Jacksonville in Baltimore County. Chef-owner Casey Brooks said he’s hoping to open the doors next week at 14232 Jarrettsville Pike in the building that most recently housed the Dogwood Tack shop. Brooks previously owned Casey’s...

  • Amid Russian ads, bots, trolls: Regulate Facebook, other platforms or risk losing democracy

    Amid Russian ads, bots, trolls: Regulate Facebook, other platforms or risk losing democracy

    You have to wonder how close we are going to skate to the edge of losing our democracy before we decide to regulate social media platforms like Facebook. You also have to wonder why there are so few calls for accountability as instance after instance of Russian interference in American life continue...

  • O.A.R. and OAR: Band from Rockville finds unlikely connection with Russia, Olympics

    O.A.R. and OAR: Band from Rockville finds unlikely connection with Russia, Olympics

    Russia and Rockville, together at last. OK, it’s not exactly an obvious pairing, but thanks to the Winter Games, an odd connection has formed. That’s because, due to Olympic sanctions for a nationwide doping operation, Russian competitors are competing in South Korea as “OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA.”...

  • New farmers' market coming to Rosedale

    New farmers' market coming to Rosedale

    A new farmers’ market will provide fresh produce to Baltimore County residents this spring. The Rosedale Farmers’ Market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays beginning in May. Operated by Tangled Roots farm owner April Downey and Robin Baux, head chef of the Charles Evering VFW, the market...

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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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