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Barlow close to O's hearts on celebratory night
Never was Monica Barlow's memory on better display than after the Orioles' 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, as the O's clinched the American League East with hands full of champagne and their hearts with the longtime public-relations director.

Home field throughout postseason in play for O's
The most superstitious of Orioles fans can begin planning for the postseason. Baltimore clinched the American League East with an 8-2 win over the second-place Blue Jays on Tuesday. In all likelihood, the O's will be hosting one of the AL Division Series.

Turn back the clock: O's return to perch atop AL East
"Happy Days Are Here Again" pumped through the speakers at Camden Yards as thousands of rabid fans stayed on hand to celebrate from the seats and watch Orioles players and front-office staff spill out onto the field in a haze of celebratory champagne and drenched embraces.

Shrewd moves main reason why O's won AL East
Perhaps no playoff team looks as different heading into October than it did at the start of February than the Orioles.

New Jersey Gov. Christie to raise money for Hogan
Campaign says $400,000 collected at Bethesda fundraising event

Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan will get a helping hand today from one of his party's best-known figures.

Lawyer helping to revamp public defender's office among MacArthur winners
Jonathan Rapping works to help attorneys better represent their many poor clients

A law professor whose organization is helping Maryland's public defender system revamp itself is among 21 winners of $625,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants announced Tuesday.

Baltimore County man accused of plotting to kill judge faces more charges
Jeffrey Cohen of Indemnity Insurance Corp. indicted on charges of wire fraud and money laundering

The founder of a Baltimore County-based company that provided insurance to nightclubs and bars who authorities previously charged with misleading regulators now faces additional charges, federal officials said Tuesday.

Two cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to Econo Lodge in Ocean City
Two people who stayed at an Econo Lodge in northern Ocean City this summer have tested positive for Legionnaires' disease and low levels of Legionella bacteria were found in the hotel's water pipes, Worcester County health officials said.

Towson Bike Beltway officially open to riders
4.23-mile loop part of plan to ease transportation downtown

Baltimore County has listened to "spokes-persons" who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway.

Board approves changing Baltimore Arena's name to Royal Farms Arena
Deal would bring in $250,000 a year over five years

Deal would bring in $250,000 a year over five years.

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House “Blue Dog” Democrats Cave on Health Care
Filed under: — Robert Farrow @ 11:09 pm

Crossposted from Flopping Aces

They got their 30 pieces of silver. The rest of us will be crucified!

The “Blue Dogs” in the House Democrat caucus caved in to pressure today and signaled they would no longer block health care “reform” legislation from moving forward. Their price? $100 billion in cuts from a bill set to cost a $trillion and up.

As Gomer Pyle used to say: “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

There were a few other changes in the bill which while welcome, do not overcome the fact that this will be another massive intrusion by the federal government into health care and it will accelerate the financial collapse of Medicare and Medicaid.

The one good point in today’s agreement is that no vote will take place until Congress reconvenes in September. That will give Americans time to understand how dangerous even this watered down Democrat bill is.

My fear is that the majority of voters will be so relieved that the original socialist makeover of health care was defeated that they will be ready to accept the socialist-lite version which is hardly an improvement.


Only In Obama’s World Could We Talk With The Taliban While Doing Zelaya’s Bidding

The Obama world: (h/t Hot Air)

A concerted effort to start unprecedented talks between Taliban and British and American envoys was outlined yesterday in a significant change in tactics designed to bring about a breakthrough in the attritional, eight-year conflict in Afghanistan.

Senior ministers and commanders on the ground believe they have created the right conditions to open up a dialogue with “second-tier” local leaders now the Taliban have been forced back in a swath of Helmand province.


The U.S. government said Tuesday it has revoked the diplomatic visas of four Honduran officials, stepping up pressure on coup-installed leaders who insist they can resist international demands to restore the ousted president.

The U.S. State Department did not name the four, but a Honduran official said they included the Supreme Court magistrate who ordered the arrest of ousted President Manuel Zelda and the president of Honduras’ Congress.

The State Department is also reviewing the visas of all officials serving under interim President Roberto Micheletti, department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

Only in Obama’s world can we start talks with the Taliban, the guys who helped 9/11 happen, the guys who took over a country and then were run out of dodge by our own troops but meanwhile revoke visas for officials from Honduras that refused to sit by as a dictator took over their country and illegally changed their Constitution.

What a world.


Gets even better:

The ousted president of Honduras reportedly asked President Obama to revoke the diplomatic visas of members of interim President Roberto Micheletti’s de facto government.

Manuel Zelaya, who was removed from office on June 28 and has now retreated to the mountains of Nicaragua to organize a “resistance,” according to the Central American News Agency, reportedly sent a letter to Obama asking him to ramp up the pressure on the interim government and calling for the “revocation of visas” to those involved in his ouster, and the freezing of bank accounts.

The Zelaya letter reportedly names officials against whom the ousted president wanted action taken, including General Romeo Vasquez Velasquez, the head of the armed forces who was fired by Zelaya on June 25 for refusing to use the military to press forward with a referendum deemed illegal by the country’s highest court. …

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed at Tuesday’s news briefing that four diplomatic visas had been revoked by the U.S. Kelly did not name names, but the deputy foreign minister of Honduras’s de facto government confirmed that one of the visas belonged to Judge Jose Tomas Arita Valle, the chairman of the 16-member supreme court who signed the ruling ordering the detention of President Manuel Zelaya.

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Column: Time for Goodell to really say something (The Associated Press)
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has spent some time in jail for abusing women himself, was speaking some truth when he briefly rose to Ray Rice's defense last week while trying to sell some pay-per-views for his latest fight. What went on in Adrian Peterson's household with a defenseless 4-year-old boy had to be so sickening that we can only be thankful there is no video of him wielding the wrong end of a tree branch against his son. Surely the suddenly reclusive Roger Goodell must have understood that, even if the owners of the Minnesota Vikings didn't. Meanwhile, Radisson hotels had already pulled its sponsorship of the team, and major sponsors like Budweiser started making noises that they were getting uncomfortable with the way things were going down in the NFL.

QB Hoyer showing Browns are his team (The Associated Press)
Brian Hoyer won't be hanging out at LeBron James' mansion watching NFL games anytime soon. Johnny Manziel's got all that - and more - to himself. Hoyer, though, has something Johnny Football covets: The Browns are his team. After rallying Cleveland to a 26-24 win Sunday over New Orleans in the home opener, Hoyer became a quarterback in high demand.

Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases (Reuters)
By Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken (Reuters) - Two NFL teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended two players enmeshed in domestic abuse cases on Wednesday in the midst of intensifying criticism by corporate sponsors and politicians of America's top sports league. Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were both placed on their team's "exempt list," putting them on paid leaves of absence while the cases against them are resolved. ...

A 'second chance' for NFL's Ray Rice not out of the question (Reuters)
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In launching a bid to overturn his indefinite suspension from the National Football League, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may be hoping for the same type of second chance that other tarnished NFL stars like Michael Vick have received. With the backing of the NFL Players Association, Rice on Tuesday filed an appeal of his suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell for knocking out his then-fiance and now wife in an elevator of a New Jersey casino. ...

Ex-Raven donates kidney to brother, ex-Steeler (The Associated Press)
Off the field, brothers Ma'ake (May-ah-kay) Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu), an ex-Baltimore Raven, and Chris Kemoeatu, an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler, are closer than close. When Chris' pro football career was cut short because he needed a kidney transplant, his older brother, whose organ was good match, quit the Ravens and donated his kidney to his 31-year-old brother. University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Stephen Bartlett said Wednesday that the surgery done Aug. 27 was a great success, and both brothers are on their way to recovery. ''He couldn't play anymore, and I didn't want to be in a position where he couldn't play but I'd keep playing,'' the 35-year-old former Ravens nose tackle said.

Ravens' Flacco misses practice, should play Sunday (The Associated Press)
Just when the Baltimore Ravens appeared poised for a return to normalcy, Joe Flacco missed practice Wednesday with an unspecified illness. The durable quarterback is expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but his absence was unusual and completely out of character. Flacco hasn't missed a start since launching his career during the first week of his rookie season in 2008. ''It was weird,'' defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said.

Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict suffers second concussion in as many weeks (Shutdown Corner)
Lost in the dark clouds of Ray Rice's videotaped domestic violence and Adrian Peterson's alleged child abuse hanging over the NFL for the first two weeks of the season is the damage players are inflicting on each other every Sunday, and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is the latest victim — again. Burfict suffered his second concussion in as many weeks, acording to the Bengals' official website . The 2013 Pro Bowl selection left Sunday's 24-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons when a teammate's knee collided with his helmet. The injury was originally described as "a stinger," but concussion symptoms led to a second such diagnosis, preventing Burfict from practicing on Wednesday. The undrafted third-year outside linebacker also suffered a concussion during a collision with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Cincinnati's Week 1 victory. Doctors cleared him to play five days later. According to brainfacts.org , " Studies show repeat concussions lead to severe long-term symptoms and longer recovery times," and, " experiencing multiple concussions before the brain has had time to fully heal can lead to more significant and potentially long-term changes in the brain." Even if he  clears the NFL's concussion protocol for a second straight week, t he question going forward probably shouldn't be about whether Burfict should play Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans, but rather about the dangers of potentially suffering three or more concussions throughout an entire season. While the concussion epidemic has taken a backseat to Rice and Peterson in recent weeks — and rightfully so, since there's a difference between defenseless victims and willing participants in a violent game — the league's weekly head-on collisions still lurk as a serious issue for all players going down that NFL road. (h/t ProFootballTalk )

Steelers-Panthers Preview (The Associated Press)
The unbeaten Carolina Panthers have managed to keep their focus on the field despite Greg Hardy's ongoing saga. The Panthers have removed Hardy from the active roster ahead of Sunday night's showdown with the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, who are looking to bounce back from an ugly Week 2 defeat. Carolina announced the decision Wednesday to place Hardy on the exempt-commissioner's permission list. The decision to take him off the roster came two days after coach Ron Rivera said Hardy would continue to practice and attend team meetings, although his status for Sunday was still up in the air.

Former Raven donates kidney to brother, ex-Steeler (The Associated Press)
BALTIMORE (AP) -- On the field their teams may be rivals, but off the field, brothers Ma'ake (May-ah-kay) and Chris Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu)-one a former Baltimore Raven, the other an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler- are closer than close.
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