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Boston survivor Brannock starter for Baltimore Marathon

Posted on 12 October 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) — Erika Brannock was back at a marathon Saturday, smiling as she held up the tape for the winners.

The 29-year-old preschool teacher lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombings in April. Six months later, she returned to a race course to serve as the honorary starter for the Baltimore Marathon.

“You can do this, and you will do this,” Brannock told the thousands of runners gathered for the start.

Brannock was waiting near the finish line in Boston for her mother to complete the race. Doctors amputated her left leg above the knee.

She spent 50 days in a Boston hospital. Last week, Brannock used a prosthesis for the first time, and she has returned to work part-time.

Her mother, Carol Downing, stayed close as Brannock encouraged the runners from a wheelchair Saturday. She joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on a platform.

“I got emotional even before I got up there,” Brannock said. “I was choking on my words. It came from my heart.”

Brannock used an air horn, and the race was on. Smiling, applauding and waving, Brannock repeated her encouragement for a 5-kilometer race 20 minutes later.

“That was one of the coolest things I’ve done so far,” said Brannock, who is from Towson, Md.

Her days are full with work, doctor’s appointments, physical therapy sessions, classwork and public appearances.

“Getting out and being active is the most important thing,” Brannock said. “It helps keep a smile on my face.”

Still, she said, “there are really horrible days when I just want to stay at home and cry.”

With her mother’s encouragement, those days don’t last long.

Life has changed in many ways, but there are constants. During football season, she wears purple nail polish every day for her beloved Baltimore Ravens.

Six months from now, Brannock is planning on returning to Boston for the 2014 marathon. She’s not afraid.

“Honestly, the safest place I can be is there. They’ve learned so much from that day,” Brannock said. “I don’t ever want to be afraid to go back there.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Frys.com Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from San Martin, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour SAS Championship (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Cary, NC live on Golf Channel), Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Thursday-Saturday 12am Sunday 12:30am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia live on Golf Channel); Preseason NBA: Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm Verizon Center); Boxing: Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on HBO PPV); High School Football: Perry Hall @ Woodlawn (Friday 7pm), Gilman @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm), McDonogh @ St. Frances (Saturday 5:30pm Utz Field Patterson Park)

10. Avenged Sevenfold/Deftones (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Zac Brown Band (Sunday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Wallflowers (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap); Motion City Soundtrack (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Sick Puppies (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Eddie Money (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lee Brice (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Atlas Genius (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Mint Condition (Sunday & Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); AFI (Tuesday 6pm 9:30 Club), Soul Asylum/Fountains of Wayne (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ra Ra Riot (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), They Might Be Giants (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), The Gourds (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); NEEDTOBREATHE (Wednesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Doobie Brothers (Saturday 8:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Hanni El Khatib (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Tim Reynolds (Monday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Janelle Monae (Monday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington “High Rise”, Cage The Elephant “Melophobia”, Alter Bridge “Fortress”, Korn “Paradigm Shift” and Panic! at the Disco “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

If someone wants to offer me a late invite to see ZBB Sunday night, the answer will not be “no”.

Oh man, I totally feel like Forrester should have asked me to go see Ra Ra Riot Friday night by now. I get stoked.

I assume that like me, the rest of you put this Doobie Brothers video on at least once a month while sipping a ginger ale on a coach in your tank top and boxers. Right?

Chester Bennington is not Scott Weiland. I want this thing to be okay, but we all know it isn’t.

9. United States Sailboat Show (Thursday-Sunday Annapolis City Dock); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Baltimore Museum of Industry); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Robert Kelly (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Captain Phillips” and “Machete Kills” out in theaters (Friday); The Hangover Part III“, “After Earth” and “The Purge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Sofia Vergara. Boob guns. Danny Trejo. America.

Also, I have no doubt that Captain Phillips is amazing. But there is no way it is greater than this Tom Hanks classic, or as we all know it-the greatest motion picture of all time. (Minor NSFW language.)

By the way, Brian Baldinger was great in “Catch Me If You Can”.

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Schedule-gate 2013: We’re not all going to get everything we want

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Schedule-gate 2013: We’re not all going to get everything we want

Posted on 20 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

“You play games on holidays all the time, including Rosh Hashanah. Just move the game to Wednesday.”  

I’ve talked myself into and out of writing about this about ten times in the last couple of days.

For some reason, a simple issue related to scheduling has turned into a referendum related to singular support of one of Baltimore’s two major professional sports teams. Once again, we’ve drawn a line in the sand and said “either you’re with the Orioles or you’re with the Ravens. No other way around it.”

It reminds me of how most people view social, economical and political issues in this country. You HAVE to support the beliefs of one side of the political spectrum or the other. There’s no room for discourse. Personally, I side sometimes with liberals (I am fully supportive of marriage equality) and other times with conservatives (Rand Paul had every right to know whether or not the President would be willing to kill American citizens on American soil).

Unfortunately, if I were to side with one political party or the other, I would find myself ostracized for not simply toeing the party line. This week has somehow because a week of talking points and finger pointing without any willingness to completely discuss all aspects of the issue and accept there may be a little bit more to be accomplished than playing a blame game.

We know the situation. Because the Ravens won the Super Bowl, the NFL intended to extend to them the recent tradition of opening the following season at home. Unfortunately for the Ravens, the Orioles are scheduled to host the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, making the game an impossibility because the Ravens share the downtown Camden Yards Sports Complex.

Somehow instead of working proactively to try to solve the problem, the two sides have instead reached excruciating levels to make sure the appropriate level of blame was placed in one direction or another.

The bad news for those who have supported the Ravens in this battle is that the people who point this out the holiday hypocrisy are absolutely right to do so. The NFL has claimed the Jewish holiday as the reason they don’t want to move the season opener back to Wednesday, as they did a year ago to not go head to head against President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Some fans have gone to an extremely ignorant level to make this point. I have stated that personally-I, Glenn Clark, would provide that no league play ANY games on any particular holiday. That’s a one man grandstand and as a caller reminded me this week, “that ship has already sailed.” The league plays on holidays.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it apparent at the league’s meetings in Phoenix he expected his team to be the opponent in the opener in Charm City. It has lead some to believe that this is simply the league kowtowing to Kraft because he’s Jewish. I’m not really going to even bother responding because the real answer isn’t particularly relevant.

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