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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.

O's allowing Markakis, Pearce to heal
Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce were both noticeably absent again from Sunday's starting lineup, although Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't overly concerned and expected both to play during the team's upcoming four-game series in New York.

Cruz garners Most Valuable Oriole honors
Nelson Cruz was recognized on Sunday as the Most Valuable Oriole, beating out Adam Jones and Zach Britton for the team award.

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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Florida gives a boost to Herman Cain
Filed under: — Robert Farrow @ 9:37 pm

Posted by Neil Stevens at Redstate

Last week’s shock poll bringing Herman Cain into third place needed confirmation before we could be sure that Cain was a serious contender.

Two new polls of Florida Republicans by SurveyUSA for WFLA and by War Room Logistics seem to provide that confirmation and more: Both put Herman Cain in second in the key early primary state.

These are not national polls, so they aren’t directly comparable with the last four major national polls, three of which put Rick Perry first, and the fourth which put Perry in second behind Mitt Romney. But that fourth poll seemed to show Perry voters giving Cain another look, and these two bolster that theory.

Facts: SurveyUSA polled 500 likely GOP primary voters, mobile and landline users handled, MoE 4.5. WRL polled 1331 likely voters by phone, and the Republican-only subsample had a MoE of 4.2. The overall poll was weighted, but WRL tell me only the overall results were weighted, but not the Republican results.

In WRL polling of Florida, Herman Cain gains 18.8 points to land at 23.7%, in second behind Romney who gained 3.2 points to land at 28.2%. The big loser was Rick Perry, who fell off the map, losing 15.5% to fall to 9.1%, behind even Newt Gingrich’s 9.8%.

SurveyUSA gives the same top four. Romney leads at 27%, Cain follows at 25%, Perry falls way off to 13%, and Gingrich ends up at 6%.

Fascinating to me is the landline/mobile split in the SUSA poll. In a traditional poll, Romney would have led 34-22-14. But mobile users broke for Cain, giving him 20 to Romney’s 13 and Perry’s 11, which left the overall result so close. Romney’s remaining edge in the poll ends up being from “Moderate” voters, as “Very Conservative” and “Conservative” voters were about evenly split between Romney and Cain, but “Moderates” broke 34-19 for Romney.

Florida of course made headlines for Cain already when he won a straw poll there, but now we have two independent polls appearing to confirm a genuine swell of support for him there. The next national poll could be a critical moment for Rick Perry. If he is confirmed to be crashing nationally, he may have little time to recover, or be relegated to irrelevance like Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann before him.


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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.

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.

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 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.   __________________

Panthers injuries mounting at running back (The Associated Press)
The injuries continue to mount in the Carolina Panthers' backfield. Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that bruising Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert will miss Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with a hairline fracture in his left leg and running back Jonathan Stewart will be reevaluated on Friday with a severely sprained right knee. Rivera said while the injuries are another setback for Carolina's struggling running game, he added that the MRIs on the players indicated ''nothing is catastrophic - and that's the best part.'' Both injuries were sustained in a lopsided 37-19 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. The Panthers were already dangerously thin in the backfield coming into the Steelers game with starting running back DeAngelo Williams and third-string back Fozzy Whittaker out with hamstring injuries.

NFL vetting process: There are no sure things (The Associated Press)
By the time the typical player signs an NFL contract, around 100 scouts, coaches and general managers have pored over his history. Very little in the portfolios collected on Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson foreshadowed problems with the law. The process is flawed on both ends,'' said Charley Casserly, the former Redskins and Texans general manager, who spearheaded the teams' vetting processes for nearly two decades. None of us are perfect on either side of the equation.'' The process is much easier when the issues the players face are clear-cut, but that didn't stop Aaron Hernandez from being drafted.

Cowboys, Eagles and Ravens pull off comeback wins (The Associated Press)
Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys were big-time comeback kids in Week 3 of the NFL season. So were Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. Peyton Manning rallied the Denver Broncos back in a Super Bowl rematch, but Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks came up with the victory - as they did seven months ago on football's biggest stage.
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