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Harvey a talent beyond his years
Hunter Harvey has the repertoire, the mechanics, the mound presence and the command to become a highly qualified Major League starting pitcher. He throws strikes and takes charge on the mound. Harvey has the ability to repeat his simple, uncomplicated delivery and not waste energy with extraneous movement. He uses his size to his advantage, as he comes over the top and gets late life on all his pitches. Even at the young age of 19, Harvey has the ability to keep the ball down in the strike zone.

McFarland placed on bereavement list
The Orioles will place left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Angels. McFarland's grandmother, who was recently transferred to hospice care, passed away Sunday.

Bundy headlines Orioles' updated Top 20 list
With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.

O's end West Coast trip with extra-innings victory
Baltimore ended a tremendous three-city trip on the West Coast with Sunday's 3-2, 10-inning win over the Mariners at Safeco Field, the latest example of a thriving starting staff backed by solid defense and just enough from the bats.

Baltimore ties record low Tuesday as cool stretch begins | VIDEO
The passage of a cold front Monday brings a stretch of cool, dry weather starting Tuesday, with temperatures perhaps failing to top 80 degrees after matching a record low overnight.








Prosecutors will bring charges against suspected Modell grave urinator
Baltimore County authorities will charge a man they believe urinated through a catheter onto former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell 's grave.


Traffic: Disabled vehicle on I-95 South in Baltimore City
A disabled vehicle on Interstate 95 South in Baltimore City at the O'Donnell Street exit has closed the southbound right traffic lane and southbound right shoulder at 7:38 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Transportation.








Howard County teen accused in father's death due in court today
Attorney seeks to have Morgan Lane Arnold's case moved to juvenile court

A Howard County teenager accused of plotting with her boyfriend to kill her father is set to appear in court today as her attorney seeks to have her case moved to the juvenile system.








Chamber of Commerce developing smartphone app for all things Towson
To include cultural events, restaurants, sports, hotels, nightlife, parking, even courts

In the next few months, it will be a snap to find entertainment news and venues in Towson thanks to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is developing an online application, a one-stop shop of everything you want to know about what's happening, who's doing it and how to get there in downtown Towson.


Md. School for the Blind to get $30M campus upgrade
The Maryland School for the Blind will get a $30 million campus upgrade that includes a classroom building and two residential buildings, according to the school's selected construction manager.







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7/29/2009

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.

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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.

Meanwhile:

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.

UPDATE

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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Ray Rice earns big cheers from Baltimore Ravens fans at training camp (Shutdown Corner)
We've done our best to call out Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for his inexcusable actions (for which he never really actually apologized to his victim, who just happens to be his wife now), and we've taken the NFL to task for its two-game suspension, which — when you stack it up to some of Roger Goodell's other discipline — appears quite light. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] But the most forgiving group of people appears to be Ravens fans, who just love their players. Fans loudly cheered Rice on Monday, as his image repeatedly appeared on the big screen at M&T Bank Stadium, the site of the Ravens' first open practice at training camp.  Rice even beat his chest as a nod to fans. Per ESPN.com's Jamison Henley , many fans in the crowd Monday night were wearing Rice's No. 27 jersey, including several women and children.  The facts are these: Rice was beloved prior to his altercation with then-fiancée-now-wife Janay Palmer in February, and — if the cheers are any indication — he remains one of the team's most popular players. The team was cautious at first when the news of the incident broke, but make no mistake: It firmly has stood in Rice's corner, explaining the event as being out of character for Rice. Rice, who often speaks to the media, issued a statement through the Ravens' PR department last week after deciding not to appeal the NFL's two-game suspension. “It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault," Rice said. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously. “My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident. I am a role model and I take that responsibility seriously. My actions going forward will show that.”  His job earning back the trust of Ravens fans appears a fairly easy task. The rest of the country might come a little more slowly if the public outcry over the event and its aftermath (even if that scorn is aimed roundly at the NFL) are any indication. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

NFL roundup: League claims Rice message sent (The SportsXchange)
Uproar over the NFL's punishment for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is unfounded, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch said Monday. Rice was suspended two games for his offseason arrest and plea deal in a domestic violence incident involving his then-fiancee and now wife, Jenay Palmer. Rice was seen on surveliance video at a casino in Atlantic City dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator in February. The Ravens have supported Rice in the case, citing his sterling reputation before the incident, which create a social media firestorm in February and again last week when the NFL handed down a two-game suspension.

Browns put on the pads, get physical in camp (The Associated Press)
Behind his stylish sunglasses, Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine stayed cool and showed little outward emotion on a day he had been looking forward to for months. The Browns practiced in full pads. For the first time since training camp opened, the Browns weren't just running around the manicured fields behind their training headquarters in helmets, jerseys and shorts. They wore shoulder pads, thigh pads, hip pads, knee pads and whatever other protective padding NFL players decked out in these days.

Detroit Lions tabling contract extension talks with Suh until after season (Shutdown Corner)
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand told the media Monday that the team will table contract talks with free-agent-to-be defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the completion of the season. Lewand wouldn't rule out using the franchise tag to keep Suh next year, just said a lot of options on table — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 28, 2014 [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Although Lewand said he's optimistic the team can find a way to make the deal happen, Suh's massive 2014 base salary of $22.5 million (!) means that his franchise-tag number will be a whopping $27 million (!!) next year. If the Lions are nuts enough to tag Suh at that level, he should just sign the franchise tender and collect the guaranteed pile of cash. It would be more than what Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata received for guaranteed money for his entire extension and $11 million more than what Suh's teammate, Calvin Johnson, received in the form of a signing bonus a year and a half ago. This one is going to be extremely tough. The Lions, of course, don't have to make Suh their franchise player, but if they can't sign him now and Suh plays at an All Pro level this season, the price for an extension only goes up. And in Suh's mind — one that's tricky to crack — he might think his value should break the bank after this season even if he does not play at an elite level. Suh is a very good player whose inconsistencies have been a tad frustrating. He's better than most of the defensive tackles in the NFL, and Suh occasionally has played at a very high level. But the Lions always appear to be wanting just a little more. We'll need to see how he fares with a new head coach and defensive coordinator, but you might be able to make the argument that Gerald McCoy — taken one slot after Suh in the 2010 draft — might have passed him as a player. You get the feeling that the Lions are putting up a good front on their chances to re-sign Suh one day, but they can't really be feeling too good deep down. That franchise number would be cap-crippling to use on a quarterback, much less a defensive tackle, even one as talented as Suh. It's just not feasible unless it's a vehicle toward getting him signed for the long term. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

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NFL claims message sent in Rice ban (The SportsXchange)
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