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November, 13th 2013

City Has Big Plans For Inner Harbor Redevelopment

Baltimore magazine

A pedestrian bridge connecting Federal Hill and Harbor East is just one of the highlights of an ambitious Inner Harbor redevelopment plan released by city officials today.

Joining with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and the Greater Baltimore Committee, the city is pitching an overhaul of Rash Field, including adding a beach, barge pool, and kayak launch there. Plus, more parks, playgrounds, green space, and new bike-sharing stations around the rest of the Inner Harbor—as well a renovation of the outdated, existing promenade infrastructure.

Plans also call for a stage at West Shore Park, a new ampitheater and outdoor café's at Harborplace, and an expansion of Pierce's Park at Pier 5 and 6.

There is no timetable or budget, yet, for the proposed pedestrian bridge, which would include a turnstile design to allow tall ships.

Forty years after the Inner Harbor promenade was completed in 1973, city leaders say it's time to reinvigorate Baltimore's most valuable tourist—and local—attraction. "It's overdue for attention," said Donald Fry,...

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November, 12th 2013

Report: Texans to cut Ed Reed

Baltimore magazine

The Houston Texans have decided to cut Ed Reed, the beloved Ravens' former AFC Defensive Player of the Year and 9-time Pro Bowler.

Speculation has already begun that Reed, who signed a 3-year, $15 million contract in Houston after leaving Baltimore last season, could be headed to New England, where head coach Bill Belichick has always been a big Reed fan.

Although the Ravens recently cut veteran safety Michael Huff, signed to replace Reed in the off-season, there isn't much talk, yet, about Reed returning to Baltimore. The defense, of course, hasn't been the problem this season.

From ESPN:

"The Houston Texans are releasing safety Ed Reed on Tuesday, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The news had been earlier reported by The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV.
Reed, who was the Texans' prize acquisition of the offseason, said Sunday night after Houston's loss to the Arizona Cardinals that the Texans had been outcoached....

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November, 11th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

 

While this week's pick for "Ravens Stud of the Week" may seem controversial to some, we feel that there's a clear choice in our safety, who looked a lot like Ed Reed out there yesterday. Despite his self-proclaimed "bonehead move," the former New York Jet consistently made game-changing plays.

Week Nine Stud:
James Ihedigbo

The line:
Nine combined tackles and two interceptions, which he returned for a total of 46 yards.

Studliest moment:
In the second quarter, Ihedigbo got his first career interception by picking off Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and returning the interception for 37 yards. Two plays later, the Ravens scored a touchdown.

The clincher:
We have to commend Ihedigbo for not giving up after he nearly lost the game for us at the end of the fourth quarter. The Bengals had one desperate move left when they were down 17-10. Dalton heaved the ball toward the end zone, and it was deflected once (off the...

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November, 7th 2013

Mobbie Nominations: Vote for Us! (Our Shameless Plug)

Baltimore magazine

We may be Baltimore's most venerable print magazine—founded in 1907 as it were—but we've been honing our 21st century digital media skills, too. 

And so, we're pleased to report two Baltimore blogs—"The Chatter" (how is that for transparent self-promotion?) and Suzanne Loudermilk's all-things-food resource, "In Good Taste"—as well as our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages are nominated for annual Baltimore Sun "Mobbies" this year.

Suzanne's blog, of course, can be found here. Check our Instagram account—which we have fun with—and by all means, if you haven't, follow us on Twitter and click our Facebook "like" button. Seriously, we're stuck in front of the computer most of the day and crave reader engagement. 

This is where you can vote. You might even discover a few new blogs scrolling through the nominations. (But vote for us!)

 

 

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November, 6th 2013

Poll: Brown Has Name Recognition Edge in Gov's Race

Baltimore magazine

Among leading candidates to replace Gov. Martin O'Malley next year, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown polls slightly ahead of Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler—13 points ahead of Congressman "Dutch" Ruppersberger—and substantially leads top Republican candidates in an early name recognition survey released today by Goucher College.

Brown's name recognition among Maryland residents was 62 percent, four points ahead of Gansler, and exactly double that of Harford County Executive David Craig, who had the highest statewide name recognition among Republican gubernatorial candidates.

Former Republican Central Committee Chairman for Charles County, Charles Lollar, Anne Arundel County Republican state Del. Ron George, and Montgomery County Democratic state Del. Heather Mizuer polled at 23, 22, and 13 percent, respectively, in name recognition.

Among other poll questions, Marylanders split, 41-40 percent, when asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable view of O'Malley. Not surprisingly, Marylanders similarily split on the direction that the state is heading. Forty-six percent responded that the state "has gotten off on the wrong track," while 45 percent said they believe that the state is "going in the right direction...

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November, 6th 2013

Crush it: Davis Named Finalist for AL MVP

Baltimore magazine

Baseball season just ended, but the honors coming Chris Davis' way after his record-breaking season may not be.

Major League Baseball announced three finalists for the American League's Most Valuable Player award Tuesday night and the O's first baseman was named an official contender with the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout.

Conventional wisdom says Carbrera is the favorite at this point after winning the Players' Choice Award for AL Outstanding Player and overall Player of the Year awards Monday.

The defending AL MVP, Cabrera put together another monster season, almost identical to last year when he earned the American League's Triple Crown, leading the league in homers, RBIs, and batting average. This season he hit 44 home runs, knocked in 137 runs, and batted .348.

Of course, Davis delivered even bigger power numbers, rocking an O's record 53 home runs, driving in 138 runs—both AL season highs—while batting .286.

Cabrera led his...

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November, 4th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Hey! We're not giving up on this season. Not yet. Sure, Sunday was a terrible loss to Cleveland, a team the Ravens had beaten 11 straight times, but division-leading Cincinnati is coming into town next weekend. Now that's a must-win game. Let's hope this guy, an undrafted rookie, makes some more plays like he did yesterday...

Week Nine Stud: 

Marlon Brown

The line:

Five catches for 54 yards, including two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Basically, he was the Ravens' offense.

Studliest moment:

With Ravens trailing 14-3 and the offense hapless for nearly the entire first half, Brown's catch, run, and head-long dive into the end zone with 14 seconds before intermission got the team back into the game.

The clincher:                                                     ...

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October, 29th 2013

Adam Jones is engaged

Baltimore magazine

While on vacation in Paris, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones proposed to his longtime girlfriend and Baltimore native Audie Fugett.

Fugett posted a photo on her Instagram account of the couple in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, while she showed off her ring and captioned the photo: "We're engaged!!!!! So excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend!"

Jones responded a few minutes later on his popular Twitter account: "Couldn't be happier right now and of course I'm about to go smash some French food. Au Revior. #StayHungryTheFrenchWay." You just knew Jones had to fit in #StayHungry somewhere in there.

Congrats to the happy couple!

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October, 25th 2013

Report: Orioles Valued at $1.12 Billion; 7th Highest in MLB

Baltimore magazine

How about spending some of that green on starting pitching?

According to a new report by Bloomberg, the Baltimore Orioles are the 7th highest valued team in Major League Baseball at $1.12 billion, based on, among other things, gate receipts, concessions, sponsorships, parking, media rights, and especially, the team's majority stake in MASN, the regional sports cable network. The stake in MASN is valued at $492 million alone, No. 4, in terms of baseball's regional sports networks.

The O's payroll, however, ranked dead middle at Opening Day last year. Which isn't to say we don't like the players we have, but it sure would be nice to have another big arm to join Chris Tillman at the top of the rotation.

Only the Yankees (of course), Dodgers, Red Sox, Mets, Cubs, and San Francisco Giants are valued at a higher figure than the O's—principally owned by Peter Angelos.

For the most part, a team's value corresponds to a higher payroll—and not surprisingly, success on the field. The Giants won World...

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October, 24th 2013

Gansler In Controversy Over Son's Senior Week Beach Party

Baltimore magazine

Update (4:36 p.m.): Thursday afternoon Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler posted this comment on his public Facebook page:

"As a parent of a 19-year old, I face the same issues as many of you. How do we get it right? How do we draw the balance between helping our college teenagers make good choices and when to pull them back? You try to always make the best decisions. In this case, maybe I should have done something differently."

The orginial story from this morning follows:

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler's shaky start in the governor's race continues.

Two weeks after the Washington Post first reported that state troopers described Gansler as a "reckless passenger," who regularly told troopers to use their sirens and speed to appointments, an Instagram photo emerged of him (above, in white shirt with cell phone in hand) at a senior "beach week" party in Delaware.

According to the ...

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