Orioles Value Increases 12 Percent


Courtesy of Citybislist – The Baltimore Orioles are valued at $460 million, ranked 19 among 30 Major League Baseball teams, according to Forbes. That is a 12 percent increase from last year when the O’s were valued at $411 million.

Said Forbes: “The Orioles finished the 2011 season with a 69-93 mark, their 14th consecutive losing season. The team’s shoddy play on the diamond goes a long way in explaining their horrible local television ratings. Last season, the Orioles averaged 31,000 households per game on MASN/MASN2, which tied them with the Oakland Athletics for 28th out of baseball’s 30 teams in average audience size. The Orioles drew 1.76 million fans to Camden Yards last year, the fifth-lowest attendance in the major leagues.”

Peter Angelos bought the team in 1993 for $173 million. When MLB moved the Nationals to Washington D.C., Angelos secured a deal assuring him a price of at least $360 million should the franchise be sold.

Read more stats about the finances of the team at Citybizlist


Happy Free Rita’s Day


Free Italian Ice at Rita's

The first day of spring is the best. Daffodils! Robins! Free frozen slushy treats! Yes, to celebrate its annual seasonal reopening, everyone’s favorite ice/custard shop offers up free regular-sized Italian Ices for all customers, today only. So get thee to the nearest Rita’s today from noon to 9 p.m. and join in the celebration. (Find the nearest location here.)

More Schools Skew Rankings with False Data


More colleges give false data to US News rankings

Okay, this is starting to look like an epidemic. Two more schools have been caught reporting incorrect data to the U.S. News & World Report, after California’s Claremont McKenna got in trouble for similar fraudulence earlier this year.

RPCS Teacher to be Inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame

Students in the science department at RPCS

The science department chairman at Roland Park Country School, David Brock, will be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He learned Thursday at a special assembly at the all-girls private school that he was one of the five 2012 honorees to win induction into the national society sometimes called, “the Oscars of education.”

Read the story at The Baltimore Sun

This Week in Research: Surprising HIV Rates; A Baby Crystal

Johns Hopkins researchers birth tiny crystal
(The actual crystal is way, way tinier than this.)

Even the AIDS experts were shocked at the news: rates of HIV among black women in Baltimore and other urban “hotspots” turned out to be higher than expected. And not just one or two times higher. According to recent research, the actual infection rate among urban black women was five times higher than experts had predicted.

“This study clearly shows that the HIV epidemic is not over, especially in urban areas of the United States, like Baltimore, where HIV and poverty are more common, and sexually active African-American men and women are especially susceptible to infection,” said Johns Hopkins infectious disease expert Charles Flexner. Although black women make up 14 percent of the U.S.’s female population, they account for two-thirds of the nation’s new HIV cases — and the vast majority of infected women live in urban areas.