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  • Orioles' farm teams offer intimacy, craft beer, giant dog shit

    Among the joys of watching minor-league baseball in Maryland is that four of the Orioles' minor-league teams-the Frederick Keys, the Delmarva Shorebirds (Salisbury), the Bowie Baysox, and the Aberdeen Ironbirds-play in such close proximity to each other and the big-league club. In the press box at a recent Delmarva Shorebirds game, the visiting team's broadcaster loudly expressed envy over the relative closeness of the Orioles' minor-league affiliates to the parent club. There's also an intimacy associated with minor-league baseball that is absent at big-league games; whether it's the atmosphere and more affordable cost of tickets that create an opportunity for families to enjoy each other's company or the up and close and personal interaction with the ballplayers, minor-league baseball is more laid-back and casual than going to the big-league games. Plus, they're readily accessible at the spur of the moment. We made early-season excursions to three of the four local parks-the Aberdeen Ironbirds' season starts in mid-June-to let you know what's on deck for 2014.
  • Stories From the Polling Places Around Baltimore

    The day started with an early-morning call from a friend. She had gone to the polls to vote at 7 a.m. near her home in Fairfax, Va., and the line was super long--she waited for more than an hour and a half. She had to get to work on time, though, so she...

    Uncovering Baltimore's Earliest News Stories With The Baltimore Diary LP

    My pal Kara Mae is a pretty awesome and voracious record collector, particularly when it comes to old Appalachian/regional stuff. Recently, she dug out an old Ebay find for the Baltimore or Less blog: the News-American's Baltimore Diary 1773-1973 LPs....

    The Short List

    The Short List
    WEDNESDAY: Local pop-punk band Something More plays the Sidebar with Who Is Atlas? and Face Value. Connecticut band Estrogen Highs plays the Windup Space with Joy Classic and Boy Spit. Georgia trio The Casket Girls performs at Holy Frijoles in Hampden....

    Baltimore for Kids

    Baltimore for Kids
    For a city with a soaring murder rate, endemic poverty, and a horribly mismanaged public school system, Baltimore is a surprisingly great place to raise kids. Really! True, city parents have to work a little harder than their counterparts in, say,...