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Cubs halt O's rally, third out confirmed by replay
The Orioles watched a potential fifth-inning rally go by the wayside, as a crew-chief review confirmed the on-field ruling that catcher John Baker wasn't illegally blocking home plate for the inning-ending out.

Norris looks to keep rolling, help O's build AL East lead
It might not be all that surprising if the Orioles-Cubs matinee on Saturday at Wrigley Field turns into a pitchers' duel. Baltimore righty Bud Norris, fresh off one of his best starts of the season, will get the ball opposite Chicago rookie Kyle Hendricks, who has turned in six straight quality starts.

O's hitters stifled by former teammate Arrieta
On Friday, Baltimore got a front-row seat to see Jake Arrieta's development, as he continued to put together a career season with seven dominant innings for the Cubs against his former club. Arrieta, who retired the first 13 batters he faced, held the O's to one run -- Nelson Cruz's career-high 34th homer -- and outpitched O's righty Kevin Gausman to hand first-place Baltimore a 4-1 series-opening loss.

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Man dies after being beaten and set on fire in Northeast Baltimore
Another man was shot and killed in Reservoir Hill early Friday

Two men were killed and two others wounded in separate incidents in Baltimore late Thursday and Friday. One of the victims died after being beaten and set on fire.








Man injured in grill explosion
Cause of East Baltimore incident under investigation

A man was seriously hurt Friday evening in East Baltimore when a grill exploded, a city fire spokesman said.








August downpour results in sewage overflow of 12 million gallons
Three previously unreported overflows add to total from Aug. 12 rainstorm

Three previously unreported overflows add to total from Aug. 12 rainstorm.


Maryland football players Levern Jacobs, Alex Twine charged with assault
Two Maryland football players — junior wide receiver Levern Jacobs and senior inside linebacker Alex Twine — were charged Thursday with second-degree assault, according to Maryland court records.








Bicyclists injured in early morning hit and run
Police say one person in custody

Two bicyclists suffered serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash in Stevenson early Friday morning, Baltimore County police said.







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Visitor logs: Knock, knock, knockin’ on Barry’s door
Filed under: — Robert Farrow @ 11:05 pm

from Michelle.

Who’s there?

In another business-as-usual Friday night document dump, the White House released logs on 110 White House visitors and trumpeted “transparency like you’ve never seen before.”

The self-congratulatory announcement conveniently omits that Obama originally blocked the logs’ release and only disclosed them under threat of lawsuit.

Also, this “unprecedented” disclosure is severely limited:

Most of the visitors from Inauguration Day to September will never be released by the White House under this voluntary disclosure — unless the public can guess their names. The White House policy doesn’t allow members of the public or press to ask for “everyone who visited health czar Nancy-Ann DeParle,” or everyone who visited on May 4, or everyone from the American Medical Association. Only individual names can be checked.

The list released at 4:30 p.m. Friday includes just about 110 names with 481 visits. Those names were among those requested by members of the public so far, for visits during the period from Inauguration Day through July. (That’s why we know of visits by the wrong Bill Ayers, the wrong Angela Davis, etc., but we don’t know of visits by countless unnamed lobbyists.) Members of the public who used the White House online form to check names did not receive a personal reply indicating whether or not the request was received, or whether the name appeared on the list, so the system provides no feedback…A request for the complete records of all visitors from the first months of the administration, filed by msnbc.com, was rejected by the White House, and an appeal is pending. The news organization requested the names of all visitors to the Obama White House beginning with Inauguration Day. Msnbc.com has filed an administrative appeal with the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Secret Service.

Let’s dive into the data dump.

*ANDY STERN. If you’ve been following my reporting and Culture of Corruption work on Obama’s special friends at the SEIU, you won’t be surprised to learn that one of the most frequent visitor knocking on Barry’s door over the past several months was…SEIU president Andy Stern.

They really just need to set up a cot for him at 1600 Pennsylvania. Stern clocked in with 22 visits, including seven with the president, one with the vice president, and meetings with Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Biden chief of staff Ron Klain, OMB director Peter Orszag, health czar aide Jennifer Cannistra, and Valerie Jarrett’s high-powered aide and Chicago fund-raiser Tina Tchen.

As I’ve noted from Day One, Big Labor’s investment in Obama has paid off mightily.

*GEORGE SOROS. And let there be no doubt that other far Left kingpins have easy access to this White House. Billionaire George Soros dropped in on David Lipton, Obama’s special assistant for international economic affairs and a longtime Treasury bureaucrat in past Democrat administrations whose contact with Soros goes back to at least 1998.

Soros visited Lipton on February 25, just a few days after he made international headlines for statements at Columbia University about the global financial collapse, and again on March 25, the day he was quoted around the world gloating about “having a very good crisis.”

Soros also met with National Economic Council director Larry Summers and Valerie Jarrett’s gal Tina Tchen.

Inquiring minds want to know: Did Petrobras come up?

*JEFFREY IMMELT. GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt popped in for meetings with OMB director Peter Orszag and economic adviser Austan Goolsbee. Immelt serves on Obama’s economic advisory board. He also promoted smart grid programs at the White House — and then turned around at touted them on GE’s broadcast subsidiaries at NBC, CNBC and MSNBC. The perks of a left-wing corporate “news” empire.

*RACE HUSTLERS. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson checked in for various events ranging from poetry readings to congressional luaus to education and SCOTUS meetings, but “Malik H. Shabazz” in the visitor log is not the same Malik Zulu Shabazz who heads up the thug racketeers at the New Black Panther Party.

*HEALTH CARE LOBBYISTS. While far Left groups harass and demonize evil health insurance lobbyists, they’re more than welcome at the White House. UnitedHealth lobbyist Steve Elmendorf is listed five times and Alston & Bird “resource” (the kinder, gentler euphemism for lobbyist) Tom Daschle is listed 11 times.

*PAUL KRUGMAN. The NYT columnist spent two hours with Obama on April 27. Gen. McChrystal got 30 minutes.

*PHILIP GARA LAMARCHE. Another far Leftist philanthropist with repeat access to the White House, he’s listed nine times (two under “Gara LaMarche” and seven under “Philip G LaMarche.” LaMarche is President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies. As I reported in June, LaMarche is a George Soros acolyte whose charity pitched in $10 million to help fund the astroturf Health Care Action Now group. LaMarche met with Valerie Jarrett for hours-long meetings on two disclosed occasions. Last year, LaMarche’s group donated $18 million to a Chicago charity headed by Jarrett.

*SCOTT LEVENSON. Matthew Vadum notes the visit by ACORN spokesman Levenson with SEIU/ACORN operative-turned-White House political director Patrick Gaspard.

Membership in radical Left circles has its privileges.

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Redskins, Ravens focus on selves, not rivalry (The Associated Press)
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You can say a lot of things about Green Bay, and coming from someone who lived near there for a while, I've said all of them myself. But if you do an "NFL's best fans" ranking and have anyone but Packers fans in the top spot, you're trying too hard to be different. Forbes got it right. They ranked the best NFL fan bases , using a formula of attendance, television ratings, merchandise sales and percentage of population that watched or attended their hometown team's games. The Packers' fans ranked first, because there really is no other option. According to Forbes, market researchers Nielsen Scarborough found that "84 percent of adults in Green Bay are Packers fans, identified as such having watched, attended, and/or listened to the team’s games this past year." You can't find 84 percent of people in most communities to agree that water is wet, much less on a football team. Now, here's where you say that Packers fans are so into the team because there's nothing else to do in Northeast Wisconsin, and that's what Forbes did: "It seems little else goes on there to compete for their attention, and anything that does revolves around the team," Forbes wrote. They've totally glossed over deer hunting and ice fishing and cheese curd and 22-inch kielbasa eating, but that's fine. The Packers are indisputably the NFL's top fans, and I'm sure they're proud to be recognized as such. The top spot was a foregone conclusion, but the rest of Forbes' top 10 had some debatable picks: 2. Denver Broncos 3. New Orleans Saints 4. New England Patriots 5. Baltimore Ravens 6. Indianapolis Colts 7. (tie) Dallas Cowboys 7. (tie) Pittsburgh Steelers 9. Seattle Seahawks 10. Chicago Bears Now, you can click that link above and take a look at how they came to those rankings, but I think we can all agree the Steelers and Seahawks need to be in the top 5. After last season's Super Bowl, I'm pretty sure Seahawks fans booked flights to random destinations, just to walk around in their No. 12 jersey and accept congratulations for winning the title. They've been everywhere since early February. And Steelers fans just seem to travel in packs from visiting city to visiting city to buy up all the home team's tickets and be passionate (or, perhaps "obnoxious" if you wish) in their stadium. A bit surprising Washington wasn't in the top 10, but maybe Forbes couldn't remember them because we haven't heard much about the team and its nickname lately. Here's where you, fans of the 31 teams who did not make the top spot (eh, let's make it 30, I'm not sure there really are any Tennessee Titans fans) can vent. Why did Forbes screw up this ranking of best NFL fans? (Spoiler alert: I bet they're haters against your team.) Related Packers coverage: - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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