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Orioles to add netting in Camden Yards within foul poles

The Baltimore Orioles are extending the protective netting at Camden Yards in an effort to protect fans from foul balls hit into the seats. The netting will extend within the foul poles. It’s expected to be in place for Baltimore’s next home game on Sept. 5 against Texas. The Orioles also will extend protective netting to near the foul poles in 2020 at their spring training facility in Sarasota, Florida.

Camden’s field of dreams withers, but construction blooms

A baseball stadium once hailed as a sign of the bright future of the waterfront in the poverty-stricken city of Camden now sits mostly empty, but redevelopment projects worth hundreds of millions are rising up around it.

Spin Control: The way budgets are done could be this budget’s undoing

Shortly after dawn Wednesday, as the state Senate descended into recriminations about who was reneging on their word and who was being mean to school kids, the chamber’s chief budget writer made an impassioned plea to stick with the deal because that is the way budgets are done. Perhaps truer words never were spoken. “It’s not the way we do budgets around here,” Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, said of some Senate Democrats’ refusal to pass a bill that was connected to a budget they’d already approved, and without which the spending plan would have a $2 billion hole. A deal with things people don’t like but must vote for anyway “is standard budget practice,” he said.

Baltimore back in Camden Yard for first time since riots – and win

For their first game in front of fans at Camden Yard in two weeks, the Orioles took the field wearing specially-made white home jerseys that said “Baltimore” across the chest, a fitting tribute to their home city after a difficult time. The Baltimore riots forced the Orioles to postpone two home games, play another behind locked gates and relocate three more to Florida. But on Monday night, baseball returned to Baltimore as the Orioles played the Toronto Blue Jayes to open a nine-game, 11-day homestand.

MLB notes: Orioles defeat White Sox in empty stadium

Chris Davis might have hit the quietest home run for the home team in Orioles history. As the slugger pounded the ball deep onto Eutaw Street, just a few feet from where fans normally would have sprinted after a chance to catch a souvenir, there was almost nothing to hear.

Spin Control: What’s right when it comes to rights?

OLYMPIA – Standing in line at Safeway one evening last week, I was reminded that almost everyone considers themselves an expert in constitutional law. An irate shopper was unhappy that his total was more than the amount available on his bank card and a coupon he was sure was good, wasn’t. The more irate he became, the calmer the cashier became, repeating slowly that she was sorry but there wasn’t anything she could do. With increasing volume, he said he didn’t like her attitude and the way she was looking at him, reached into the bag and pulled out items to reduce the tab. The manager came over and offered to help if he would calm down, at which point the shopper declared with even more volume he was within his rights.

Spin Control: Court ruling on pensions, longshoremen’s agreement bring relief

OLYMPIA – If anyone heard some unusual sounds during the past week, chances are they were picking up collective sighs of relief, with some collective grumbling mixed in, for various events. The biggest sigh, likely loud enough to be heard all over the state, followed Thursday’s Supreme Court decision that the state isn’t on the hook for bigger pension payments to some state workers and teachers after the Legislature changed the rules on them.

Benefit game will raise money for scholarship in memory of CV grad

Members of the Central Valley High School class of 1978 decided at their 30th reunion they wanted to see more of each other. They thought maybe every five years they would gather to catch up on old times. Leslie Camden-Goold, a 1978 graduate and the homeless liaison for the district, said they wanted to do something more than just meet for dinner.