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August, 21st 2013

Baltimore lessons on Twitter

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We're not exactly sure why (the Twitter-verse is a mysterious world), but yesterday the hashtag #BaltimoreTaughtMe was trending on Twitter. Not surprisingly, a lot of the responses referenced crabs, our accent, The Wire, and terrible Beltway traffic.

Using Storify, we compiled our favorite uses of the hashtag below:

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August, 19th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

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Man, last week was grim. Traumatizing even. We’re not sure we’ll ever be able to see the words “walk” “off” and “Diamondbacks” in a sentence together ever again. (Luckily, they don't come up very often in everyday conversation.)

But there were some bright spots: For one, we ended strong, taking two out of three against the Rockies. 

And there was a familiar beacon of light throughout this whole dark ordeal. And his name was Crush Davis.

Stud of the week for August 12-19:
Chris Davis

The Line:

Chris went a studly 4 for 5, and clubbed his 45th home run, in yesterday’s rubber match against the Rockies.

Studliest moment:

Unlike some sluggers, Davis is not over-eager at the plate. Against the Rockies, he went 4 for 9, with four walks.

The clincher:

Perennial Triple Crown threat Miguel Cabrera (he’s not bad. . . if you like that sort of thing) hit home runs in 4 straight games in an attempt to overtake Davis...

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August, 13th 2013

Twenty Years of Weird

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Summer intern Zoe DiGirogio went to Otakon this past weekend and filed this report.            

The lines started Thursday night, wrapping through the Baltimore Convention Center to keep guests out of the blazing midday heat and the powerful evening storm. While there were a few sightings of wigs, cloaks, and interesting hats on Thursday, Friday was the day the Inner Harbor exploded with color as more people began to congregate. Throughout Saturday and Sunday you could spy the ruffles of homemade dresses, spiky tresses, and the telltale red lanyards as far away as Harbor East.

And with all this came the whisperings: “What is going on this weekend?”

Those who have spent some time around Baltimore in late July or early August for the past several years know: It’s Otakon, the East Coast’s largest and longest-running anime and Japanese culture convention. Though the convention has not always been in Baltimore, this year Otakon celebrates it’s 20th year with a list of events big enough to match the immense crowd, which well exceeded last year’s attendance record of 30,000 guests.

For the uninitiated, Otakon is a three-day celebration of Japanese...

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August, 13th 2013

Shark Week in Baltimore

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Baltimore summer intern Chelsea Duff wrote this blog post after visiting the Aquarium's newest exhibit last week. 

             Last week, while my friends were settling in to watch Shark Week from the couch, I was gearing up to be one of the few people in Baltimore seeing the real deal. That’s right, on Monday night, I was lucky enough to attend the National Aquarium’s Grand Opening of the new Blacktip Reef Exhibit, kicked off with a Donor Appreciation Evening.

The night started with a cocktail reception, complemented by Miki’s Polynesian Music and Dance. Then, civic leaders including National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown explained why, for no shortage of reasons, the National Aquarium and the work that the aquarium does, is such an asset to the city. As it turns out, more than 1.8 million people visit the aquarium every year, and, of those making the trek from outside the city, or even outside the state, 85% cite the aquarium as the sole reason for their visit. The aquarium, it’s clear, is the anchor for both the Inner Harbor and for downtown Baltimore as a whole, employing more than 2,000 people and...

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August, 12th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

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The Orioles dropped a pair of games last week to Seattle and appeared to be struggling with eight dates remaining on the team's West Coast swing. No worries. Our San Diego-born star centerfielder came to the rescue with a big series in his hometown and hasn't looked back since.

Stud of the Week for Aug. 5-Aug.12: 
Adam Jones

The line:
Jones went 4-for-4, including a homer, in the first game in San Diego, and then added three more hits the following day to lead the O's to a 2-game sweep. Over the past week, he's leading all regulars with a white-hot .571 batting average.

Studliest moment:
After doubling in the 8th inning to drive in a run yesterday, Jones ripped a line-drive over the leftfield wall, knocking in Manny Machado and Nick Markasis to finish off San Francisco. The O's took two of three from the defending World Series champs and are now 4.5 games out of the American League East lead.


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August, 9th 2013

Ogden: Hall-of-Fame Size in High School

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With former Ravens' tackle Jonathan Ogden's introduction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend, his high school, St. Albans in Washington, D.C., put some pics of its old gridirion star out on Flickr.

Let's just say Ogden was not a late bloomer. 

The first player ever selected in the NFL Draft by the Ravens, Ogden towered over teammates and opponents in high school. Come to think of it, he kinda did in the pro's, too.

In the above photo, St. Albans' running back Phil Perry smartly has both arms wrapped around the pigskin and is following the future 11-time Pro Bowler — in full stride — upfield.

A clip of Ogden's Hall of Fame induction speech can be found here.

Congrats, Jonathan. We've never seen anybody play left tackle better. 

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August, 8th 2013

Vote Baltimore best city in America

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For the past seven years, Travel + Leisure has run a Best Cities in America campaign, asking readers to select their favorite of 35 cities.

Baltimore could use a little boost in the competition—we’re not currently doing as well as we know we can—which is where you come in.

Once you fill out the survey about Baltimore, and enter to win a $25,000 vacation, rally everyone you know to do the same. Share the survey link on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using the hashtag #TLCities.

The results will appear in Travel + Leisure’s December 2013 issue.

So let’s help Baltimore get the recognition it deserves. We’re a city of winners and it’s time we let the rest of the country know. 

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August, 5th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

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The Orioles dropped a pair of games Saturday and Sunday to finish their homestand a disappointing 4-5. Too bad, because things looked promising after scoring a combined 17 runs Thursday and Friday to end the Houston series on a high note and start the Seattle series with a *bang.*

Stud of the Week for July 30-Aug. 5: 
Nate McLouth

The line:
Since the All-Star break, the hustling left fielder and lead-off man leads all O's regulars with a .328 average, including three doubles, three triples, and a homer.

Studliest moment:
On Friday night, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder muscled up on a fastball that drifted back over the center of the plate and blasted his first career grand slam to deep right center. The bases-loaded dinger proved the winning margin in the 11-8 series-opening win over Seattle. 

The clincher:
A midseason, scrap heap bargain in 2012 after the Pirates and Braves had given...

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August, 4th 2013

Baltimore’s Beloved ‘Artie’ Passes Away

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Sunday night, a day after perhaps Baltimore’s best-ever lineman, Jonathan Ogden, entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Baltimore’s most-beloved lineman, Art Donovan, passed away.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection at defensive tackle, named to the 1950’s All-Decade team, key member of the Colts' championship teams in 1958 and 1959—and Hall-of-Famer—‘Artie’ was 89.

Nicknamed “Fatso,” also the title of his autobiography, Donovan, a former U.S. Marine who fought in the Pacific during World War II, was as tough as nails on the field and fun-loving off it. He garnered a whole new generation of fans in the 1980s with appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, where he shared his rambunctious blend of old school football tales and Irish wit.

But those are not the biggest reasons we loved Artie, a Bronx-native who became Charm City’s favorite adopted son. We all seem, somehow, to have known him, or at least met him, and have our own 'Artie' story. If not, at least we all have a buddy with a little story from a chance meeting at a restaurant, a bar, from a sideline or...

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July, 31st 2013

Ravens' 'D' Earns Its Ice Cream

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Two-a-day July and August practices in full pads and helmets are the stuff football players talk about not missing when they retire.

So, hey, ice cream at the Ravens' practice? Check the video here, courtesy of Yahoo Sports. It was enough to turn the big mean guys back into kids for a few moments Monday afternoon.

At least the defensive players. Coach John Harbaugh declared the Miss Twist Ice Cream truck off-limits for the offense, which lost the day's battle. That said, we think there might be an offensive player or two sneaking into the above photo . . . 

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