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Orioles clinch home field in ALDS despite loss
Despite losing, 5-0, to the Yankees on Monday night, the Orioles clinched home-field advantage in their American League Division Series with the Tigers' loss to the White Sox.

Showalter will go with four-man rotation in ALDS
Manager Buck Showalter is expected to reveal his full American League Division Series rotation in the next few days, but he did confirm on Monday night that he will go with four starters.

Markakis back in lineup; Pearce eyes Wednesday return
The Orioles' starting lineup looked a little more familiar on Monday night with Nick Markakis back for the first time since Tuesday while Adam Jones, who had two of the previous three games off, in center field.

O's late rally falls short in finale with Red Sox
The Orioles walked off the field on Sunday afternoon knowing this wouldn't be their last time at Camden Yards in 2014. And that was a really good feeling. While the O's regular-season home finale -- a 3-2 loss to last-place Boston -- was pretty forgettable, Baltimore has a chance to create some much more meaningful memories when the calendar flips to October.

Call upheld in Red Sox-Orioles finale
After Caleb Joseph hit a grounder in the seventh inning, the Red Sox thought the inning should have been over. Ryan Flaherty was called out at second, but Joseph was ruled safe at first. After a review of 3 minutes, 35 seconds for John Farrell's challenge, the call was upheld.

Jury awards $2.1 million in lead paint suit
Landlord ordered to pay damages for toxic exposure 15 years ago

A Baltimore jury has awarded nearly $2.1 million to a 17-year-old city youth who was allegedly poisoned by lead paint in the 1990s when he was a toddler in an East Baltimore rental home.

City Council approves tax credits for homeowners who move but stay in
Baltimore allocating $3M to help people who lose Homestead credit when they move

The City Council gave final approval Monday to a plan to offer up to $5,000 in tax credits to homeowners who move to new homes but choose to remain in the city.

Ravens reach out to sponsors over Ray Rice case
Backers express concern over recent reports

As their corporate partners express concern about the Ray Rice case, the Ravens have been reaching out to the sponsors — courting them anew — to try to ensure that dozens of long-held relationships remain intact.

Shock Trauma hospital worker among two dead in Baltimore shooting
A Maryland Shock Trauma Center hospital worker was among two people shot to death Sunday night in downtown Baltimore, police and hospital officials said.

PG County schools CFO resigns amid insurance fraud charges
School system orders external, independent audit to review its books, after Baltimore Sun report

The chief financial officer of Prince George's County public schools and his wife resigned Monday, after the Maryland Insurance Administration found that the couple committed fraud on their personal insurance.

Retro Baltimore: Joan Rivers visited Luskin's for autograph and photo session

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Romney’s Economic Plan
Filed under: — Robert Farrow @ 6:29 am

from Powerline

Earlier today, Mitt Romney released his plan to revive America’s economy. You can read it in its entirety here. Most of its prescriptions will sound familiar; in general, they are pretty standard conservative fare. Taken together, however, they are quite impressive.

Romney begins with five bills he would introduce and five executive orders he would issue on his first day in office:


The American Competitiveness Act
• Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent

The Open Markets Act
• Implements the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements

The Domestic Energy Act
• Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive survey of American energy reserves in partnership with exploration companies and initiates leasing in all areas currently approved for exploration

The Retraining Reform Act
• Consolidates the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the states

The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act
• Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion


An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare
• Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them

An Order to Cut Red Tape
• Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars

An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production
• Directs the Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to developers with established safety records seeking to use pre-approved techniques in pre-approved areas

An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices
•Directs the Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator in its biannual report and directs the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not quickly move to float its currency

An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers
• Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor, including the one encouraging the use of union labor on major government construction projects

That, of course, is only the beginning. I have had time only to skim Romney’s proposals, but they are worth studying in detail. Romney is blunt in calling President Obama a failure; this graph, which contrasts the Obama “recovery” with previous recoveries from recessions, pretty much says it all:

Democrats liked to call the recovery that took place early in the George W. Bush administration a “jobless recovery.” Today, for the first time America is experiencing a “jobloss recovery.”

Romney understands, and emphasizes, that regulatory costs are just as important as high taxes. This chart is revealing:

The estimate of the cost of regulation comes from the federal government itself.

Romney also ridicules President Obama’s claim to have initiated an “unprecedented” effort to cut costly red tape. Here is the real Obama record on regulation:

There is much more. I will try to return to Romney’s proposals in days to come, but in the meantime I would urge you to take a look.

As far as I know, no one doubts Romney’s competence. Some members of the GOP base question whether Romney means what he says, and can be counted on, when in office, to fulfill his promises. I can understand that skepticism as applied to the social issues, where Romney’s record is indeed inconsistent. But is there any reason to doubt that Romney is serious about his economic proposals and will work hard to implement them? Not that I can see.


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Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Taking stock of the 3-0 teams (Shutdown Corner)
We're down to three undefeated teams after just three weeks. And the three undefeateds are far from flawless. The Bengals are the best of the group. Their offense has been diverse, especially with quarterback Andy Dalton playing well and running back Giovani Bernard emerging as a star. They're an impressive 3-0, yet you're forgiven if you have some reservations about completely buying in. You remember the playoffs the last three years. Then there are the Cardinals and Eagles. The Cardinals have a great coaching staff led by Bruce Arians. That's the best way to explain them overcoming their massive defensive personnel losses and winning despite having to go with Drew Stanton at quarterback. Their schemes on both sides are covering up some issues. It's hard to imagine the Cardinals being a Super Bowl contender with Stanton at quarterback (or, let'e be honest, with Carson Palmer at quarterback) but 3-0 is a great start nonetheless. The Eagles are just a strange 3-0 team. They're literally unlike any 3-0 team we've ever seen. They're the first in NFL history to go 3-0 after being down by at least 10 points in each of their first three games. They're 3-0, they also have a good coach, but do you really trust a team that allowed the Redskins and Jaguars to take double-digit leads on their home turf? All three of the 3-0 teams are in the top 10, of course, but none have cracked the top two yet. Onto the post-Week 3 power rankings: 32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3, LW: 29) Unbelievable. 31. Oakland Raiders (0-3, LW: 32) There's something to be said for moral victories. They played well. Not a win, but I bet they feel a lot better than after the Week 2 nightmare against Houston.

While going on offensive vs. Ray Rice, Ravens owner offends (Yahoo Sports)
This isn't the first tone-deaf, borderline misogynistic comment we've heard from a member of the NFL community lately. It's just the latest.

Ravens owner apologizes for not demanding Ray Rice video (Reuters)
By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens apologized on Monday for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team called to address an ESPN report that alleged the Ravens had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ...

Owner: 'No misinformation' by Ravens on Rice (The Associated Press)
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti refuted a report suggesting he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested in February for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. Bisciotti, who rarely met with the media before the Rice saga, said Monday he felt it necessary to respond to an ESPN story last week that described he, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushing Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for Rice. ''Their accusations didn't jibe with what we know is fact,'' said Bisciotti, who, sitting in a raised leather chair square in the middle of a raised stage at his team's training facility, also denied that he contacted the league on Rice's behalf. ''I expected four of six games and I was surprised as everybody else that it was two.'' The two games were Rice's original suspension by the league - the Ravens took no action at the time - for punching Janay Palmer in a casino on Feb. 15.

Ravens tight end Pitta has surgery, out for season (The Associated Press)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta has undergone surgery to repair a dislocated right hip and is done for the year.

Miscues cost Browns in 23-21 loss to Ravens (The Associated Press)
Browns coach Mike Pettine stepped behind the microphone Monday, then paused for several seconds and sighed. Without saying a word, he clearly conveyed his emotions one day after Cleveland's 23-21 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. We felt like we let the Ravens off the hook. There are no asterisks where we are.'' The Browns suffered their second last-second loss in three weeks Sunday when Baltimore's Justin Tucker made a 32-yard field goal as time expired.

Unlucky leap sees Lions lose Tulloch for season (AFP)
Los Angeles (AFP) - Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the rest of the new NFL season after tearing a knee ligament in a sack celebration gone awry, the team said Monday.

Ravens deny cover-up bid in Rice case (AFP)
Washington (AFP) - Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti on Monday denied orchestrating a cover-up over the Ray Rice domestic violence case but apologized for the franchise's inadequate response to the scandal.

Ravens owner says demanding Rice video 'never crossed my mind' (Reuters)
By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens on Monday apologized for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team had called in response to address an ESPN investigative story that alleged the team had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ...

Kicking game: It is called football, after all (The Associated Press)
In the biggest game of the NFL season so far, the winning coach said the game wasn't decided by superstars Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman. The MVP, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, was punter Jon Ryan. The unsung heroes of special teams took center stage around the NFL Sunday, with crucial field goals, punts that flipped field position and electrifying returns. In the Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks, Ryan averaged 50.2 yards per kick and had five punts downed inside the Denver 20.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Rice scandal: 'Better late than never' (Shutdown Corner)
All of the parties involved in the Ray Rice elevator-assault scandal are being called to account for their actions, or inactions, and the Baltimore Ravens, Rice's now-former team, are now in the spotlight. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti held a news conference on Monday breaking down the organization's role in Rice's punishment. Bisciotti acknowledged the organization could have acted sooner in cutting Rice from the team. But he contended that the Ravens were the victim of unfair and inaccurate media reports and had expected the NFL to act before doing so themselves. "It was 'better late than never' when we made the decision to cut Ray," Bisciotti said. "And I stand by that." Rice was initially suspended two games this summer for a February incident in which he struck his then-fiancee Janay Palmer and knocked her unconscious. Videotape of the actual strike surfaced two weeks ago, and the Ravens immediately cut Rice. Soon afterward, the NFL suspended him for an "indefinite" period of time. Rice has appealed that suspension.  However, questions persist about why Rice's punishment was initially so lenient, and whether the NFL and the Ravens knew about the existence and contents of the second videotape. On Friday afternoon, shortly after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's press conference, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" dropped a toxic report that indicated the Ravens knew of the full extent of Rice's transgressions . According to that report, at least two high-ranking Ravens officials were told in explicit detail what was on the Rice tape, yet the team still pushed the league for more leniency in punishing Rice. The article also charged that Ravens coach John Harbaugh wanted to cut Rice after the first tape emerged, but was rebuffed on several occasions and forbidden from doing so. Finally, according to the article, Bisciotti reached out to Rice after the team released the running back, thanking Rice for his years of service and pledging a place within the organization for Rice after his playing days were done. Just minutes before Bisciotti spoke to the media, the Ravens released a detailed breakdown answering the ESPN article's charges. (See the end of this article for the full team statement.) "The majority of the sources are people that work for Ray," Bisciotti said. "Almost everything in there is anonymous, but it’s clear from the subject matter that the sources are Ray’s agent, Ray’s attorney, Ray’s friends. They are building a case for reinstatement, and the best way to reinstatement is to say that we were lying." Bisciotti indicated that the Ravens could have done more to obtain the tape, but noted that at the time, the league believed their hands were tied. "I'm sorry that we didn't push harder to get that tape," he said. "It seems to me in hindsight we certainly had the leverage to say to Ray and his lawyer that we can't have him play on our team until we see that evidence." He further contended that the team's hands were tied by then-current NFL procedure as it relates to domestic violence. "I was expecting a minimum of two [games of suspension] and a maximum of four to six because that’s what was relayed to me as the standard at the time." Bisciotti also continued to pile on the league, adding that the NFL "never elevated domestic violence to the level it should have been relative to other issues -- bar fights and marijuana possession, things like that." Bisciotti also noted that while Rice will never play for the Ravens again, he could envision Rice rejoining the team in an advisory capacity. "Rehabilitated people are the best people to talk about what they've been through," Bisciotti said, adding that he does not blame Rice for the actions of his attorneys and his advisers.   __________________
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