Nineteen years ago today (Aug. 2, 1993), a group led by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos purchased the Orioles for a then-record $173 million. “This brings back control of the club to Marylanders, but to be candid, I didn’t think the price would go so high,” Angelos said at the time. Fast-forward to 2012 and the Orioles franchise is valued at $460 million, according to Forbes. And the current record price tag for a Major League Baseball club? Try $2 billion, the staggering amount Magic Johnson and investors paid for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year. That’s more than 11.5 times what Angelos and company plunked down for the Birds nearly two decades ago. More
August 2 Photo Brief: Elephant burial, Kofi Annan steps down as UN-Arab League envoy and Day 6 at the Olympics
Local villagers of Assam bury an elephant, Russians celebrate Paratroopers Day, Kofi Annan steps down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the Syria conflict and more in today’s daily brief.
Typhoon Saola hits the Philippines, praying for peace in Congo and more Olympic moments in today’s daily brief.
As we continue to look at the art of motion at the 2012 Olympics in London, here’s a selection of photos highlighting the competitive world of swimming and diving from under the surface. They include Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, and Ryan Lochte.
Photographers featured: Michael Dalder (Reuters), Al Bello (Getty Images) and Francois Xavier Marit (AFP).
Army Sgt. Kirk Bauer lost most of his left leg in a firefight in Vietnam, but that hasn’t stopped him from tackling some the world’s greatest challenges with Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports. He’s been with the organization for 42 years, and is now its executive director. Their goal is to help wounded veterans returning from war realize that they can still achieve great feats.
In June 2012, Bauer led four Iraq and Afghanistan veterans — two double-leg amputees, one single-leg amputee and one with muscle damage – up North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley in Alaska.
Their tagline: Five wounded warriors, four good legs, three wars, two generations, one mountain.
Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports gave us some of the photos and video clips from the climb for a story Catonsville Times reporter Brian Conlin wrote this week about Kirk Bauer.
In 2012, we’re very lucky to have unparalleled access to images from world events, such as those zipping through the wires from the Summer Olympic Games in London. And with the vast technological advances in digital photography, these images have become increasingly more intimate. This has led to a number of reports pointing out the tattoos adorning the bodies of this year’s athletes. And here’s another one.
Tweeting isn’t officially a sport at this year’s Olympic Games in London, but the social media site is certainly having a bigger impact than any one event. Just in the games’ first week, Twitter has been responsible for a police investigation, two athletes being sent home, corporate protests and, of course, some wacky off-the-cuff comments. Here are some of the highlights:
July 31 Photo Brief: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in the Middle East, soccer ball stitching programs, bull racing in India
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on a five-day trip to the Middle-East, Pakistan’s military launches a soccer ball stitching program in the town of Chaghmalai, bull racing in India and more in today’s daily brief.
The Darkroom highlights the art of motion by featuring some of the best experimental photography being taken at the 2012 Olympics in London. Weightlifting, canoeing and badminton are a few of the latest sports to be added to the creative series below.
The following gallery highlights the use of multiple exposures, fish-eye lenses and extended exposures in creating artistic sports shots.
Otakon 2012 Photo Booth: Fans embrace characters from My Little Pony, Gurren Lagann, Batman and more
Photo booth photos from Baltimore’s annual East Asian fan convention Otakon, taken by Baltimore Sun Photographer Kenneth K. Lam.