In the midst of a long hard winter, it’s nice to take a moment to reflect on one of the annual rites that give us hope the spring will soon be upon us. One such ritual is the beginning of Orioles spring training in Sarasota, Fla. Baltimore Sun photojournalist Karl Merton Ferron traveled south to capture images of the players as they stretch, run, throw and do drills as the team begins to take form.
Canada defeats US men’s hockey team to face Sweden in the gold medal game with a lone goal from Jamie Benn, the scent of scandal lingered over the Sochi Olympics on Friday after contentious judging favored an unfancied Russian over South Korea’s Kim Yuna in the women’s figure skating contest, US Speedskating and Under Armour announced an eight-year contract renewal through the 2022 Olympics on Friday morning and more.
Feb. 20 Daily Brief: Violence persists in Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine, snow-ridden areas thaw out, international cricket match
A perpetually edgy city, Caracas’ murder rate has shot up in recent years to become one of the world’s worst. Both Venezuela’s official national rate of 39 deaths a year per 100,000 people and an NGO tally of double that make the country an international leader in homicides, vying with gang-plagued nations such as Honduras and El Salvador and more in today’s daily brief.
The Desert Cafe, in Baltimore’s Mount Washington Village, has had some tough years with business, hit hard by the economy, competition and a lack of nearby parking. But owner Blake Wollman is also the proprietor of The Wild Pea Hummous, which has only managed to grow in that time. The photos here show the cafe – empty at lunch time on a recent Friday – and the bustling office space where Wollman and his team make and package all of their hummus varieties.
Russia’s Egor Korotkov, Sweden’s Victor Norberg, and Finland’s Jouni Pellinen fell on the final jump of their run, spilling across the finish line behind the winner of the heat, Armin Niederer of Switzerland, Switzerland comes from behind to beat Sweden, 4-3, to win the bronze medal in women’s hockey, some members of Ukraine’s Sochi Olympics team have decided to leave the Winter Games as violence in Kiev escalates.
Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times on Thursday with a gun battle in central Kiev as President Viktor Yanukovich faced conflicting pressures from visiting European Union ministers and his Russian paymasters.
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Feb. 19 Daily Brief: Baby race in Amsterdam, Blustery day at the Vatican, Ultra-orthodox Jewish wedding, midwives strike, Beirut bombing
Baby race in Amsterdam, Blustery day at the Vatican, Ultra-orthodox Jewish wedding, midwives strike, Beirut bombing and more in today’s daily brief.
Sochi Olympics Day 14: Injury ends games for Bode Miller; US men’s hockey beats Czech Republic, will face Canada
Russia was eliminated in men’s hockey after Finland defeats them 3-1 in the quarterfinals, Ted Ligety of US won Olympic gold in men’s giant slalom, US skier Bode Miller says he will not race in this week’s slalom after tweaking his already-injured knee, but will race the rest of the World Cup season, and more.
Feb. 18 Daily Brief: Libyans celebrate three years since Kadhafi’s fall, Italians protest economic policy
Libyans celebrate three years since Kadhafi’s fall, clashes continue in Ukraine, Italians protest economic policy and more in today’s daily brief.