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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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San Fran mayor Lee pays off Super Bowl bet in Baltimore

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was in Baltimore on Friday to settle a bet he made with the city’s mayor on the outcome of the Super Bowl game between the 49ers and Ravens in February.

Lee agreed on a friendly wager with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ahead of the big game in New Orleans on Feb. 3, in which the 49ers fell 34-31.

As the losing mayor, Lee visited the winning city and started his day cooking Maryland blue crabs at Faidley’s Seafood at Lexington Market.

Rawlings-Blake then hosted Lee in a day of service.

The mayors attended a kick-off revitalization event at a vacant lot with Baltimore-based organization Power in Dirt and AmeriCorps, which is a federal community service agency.

Other events scheduled for the day were a repair of a police station, and a tutoring session with the city initiative, “Third Grade Reads,” which trains volunteers to be reading tutors for first-, second-, and third-graders who are reading below grade level.

(Report courtesy of Bay Area News)

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Rawlings-Blake announces Tuesday Ravens parade details

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Rawlings-Blake announces Tuesday Ravens parade details

Posted on 04 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Ravens Announce Details about Super Bowl Victory Parade
BALTIMORE, MD. (FEBRUARY 4, 2013)-A victory parade hosted by the City of Baltimore and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be held for the Super Bowl XLVII Champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, February 5.

Beginning with an introduction from Mayor Rawlings-Blake at City Hall, the Ravens’ parade will kick off at 10:45 a.m. From City Hall, the parade will proceed south on Commerce Street, continue to Pratt and Howard Streets, and end at M&T Bank Stadium.

Beginning at approximately at 12:30 p.m., fans are encouraged to attend a celebration featuring the team and live entertainment at M&T Bank Stadium. The event will be held rain or shine and is free for all fans. Concessions, merchandise and restrooms will be available at the stadium.

Parking for the stadium celebration is free in lots F, G, H & J and will open at 9:00 a.m. No tailgating will be permitted in these lots. Fans may enter M&T Bank Stadium through gates A, B, C & D beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Media will be permitted to park in Lot D at the stadium and must present an outlet identification card/badge for admittance.

Who:

Super Bowl XLVII Champion Ravens players, coaches and staff
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

What:

Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parade & Celebration

When:
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
10:45 a.m. – Parade begins at City Hall
12:30 p.m. – Celebration festivities begin at M&T Bank Stadium

Where:
Baltimore City Hall (parade start)
M&T Bank Stadium (parade finish/celebration)

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CAA hoops tournament to Baltimore 2014-2016

Posted on 12 December 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. (December 12, 2012) – The Colonial Athletic Association and the city of Baltimore have reached a three-year agreement to conduct the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship at 1st Mariner Arena beginning in 2014.

“We are excited to bring the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship and March Madness to Baltimore,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said. “Baltimore’s renowned attractions will captivate our fans during tournament weekend and the electricity of championship college basketball will bring tremendous excitement to the area.”

Baltimore provides a central location for the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Seven of the CAA’s 10 member schools are located within 250 miles of Baltimore and more than 370,000 alumni from CAA institutions reside within 100 miles of the city.

With its vibrant downtown waterfront community, Baltimore welcomes 22.3 million visitors annually. Baltimore is a walkable city that offers restaurants, shops, hotels, attractions and museums in close proximity of each other. There are more than 130 attractions to visit in Baltimore, including the National Aquarium which is located along the Inner Harbor.

The CAA Men’s Basketball Championship has been held at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. since 1990 and the arena will host the 2013 tournament on March 9-11. Total attendance at the championship has exceeded 42,000 for the past five years, including a tournament-record 47,833 fans in 2012. A recent study showed the CAA Tournament had a $5.8 million economic impact over four days.

“We appreciate the effort and resources committed by the city of Richmond, the business community and the staff at the Richmond Coliseum to promote our tournament,” Yeager said. “They have been a terrific partner for the past 23 years and together we created many magic moments for our student-athletes, alumni and basketball fans in the area. However, conference realignments have shifted our fan base and geography and the move to Baltimore repositions the conference to maximize those changes.”

1st Mariner Arena, which seats 11,800 for basketball, hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 1995. The venue was named the #1 arena in the United States by Billboard Magazine and Venues Today in 2009. It annually ranks among the top-five highest grossing arenas in the world for venues under 15,000 seats.

The first CAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Baltimore will be held March 7-10, 2014. Future tournament dates are March 6-9, 2015 and March 4-7, 2016. The semifinals and finals of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship are televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network and all four quarterfinal contests are televised regionally by Comcast SportsNet and other CAA television partners.

CAA teams have combined to win 36 games in postseason play since 2006, including 13 victories in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. During that seven-year period, the CAA has had two teams reach the NCAA Final Four (George Mason – 2006, VCU – 2011), one reach the semifinals of the NIT and has had squads capture championships of the CBI and CIT. The CAA has had at least five teams reach postseason play for the past four years.

Members of the CAA for 2013-14 include the College of Charleston (Charleston, S.C.), the University of Delaware (Newark, Del.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.), Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.), James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.), the University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington, N.C.), Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.), Towson University (Towson, Md.) and the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.).

Comments on the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship moving to Baltimore

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore:

“We are excited to host the CAA men’s basketball tournament in Baltimore, for three years starting in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of attendees annually. Securing this event affirms the belief that Baltimore is a great host city for a variety of major sporting events, and we anticipate bringing more of them to the city.”

Christian Johansson, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development Secretary

“With their three-year commitment to hold the men’s basketball tournament in Baltimore, CAA officials acknowledge what we’ve known – that Maryland has a long and proud tradition of supporting sporting events at every level. In professional sports and in college athletics, our state boasts successful sports teams and dedicated fans. We’re pleased that the CAA has chosen our state for the men’s basketball tournament and look forward to a long and successful partnership with the CAA, Baltimore City, Visit Baltimore and 1st Mariner Arena.”

Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore:

“We are proud and honored to welcome the CAA men’s basketball tournament to Baltimore for three years starting in 2014. This will be Baltimore’s big annual basketball event and is a great example of how partnership between Visit Baltimore, the City, 1st Mariner Arena and the state of Maryland can generate economic impact for the city.”

Terry Hasseltine, Maryland Office of Sports Marketing Director

“The sports landscape in Maryland has once again achieved another outstanding milestone with the announcement that the 2014-16 CAA Men’s Basketball Championships will be coming to Baltimore. We are extremely proud of the partnerships and working relationships we have forged in the process to bring this premier collegiate sporting event to Maryland.”

Frank Remesch, General Manager SMG/1st Mariner Arena:

“As the Arena celebrates its 50th Anniversary, it seems only fitting that we announce the return of college basketball at the level of the CAA teams back to Baltimore and the Arena. We are proud to continue to bring ground breaking sports and entertainment to Baltimore; proud to continuing making history.”

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