Orioles Great, Mike Flanagan Found Dead. A Major League Baseball champion and award-winning former Baltimore Orioles great was found dead Wednesday.Former Orioles pitcher and general manager Mike Flanagan was found dead on his northern Baltimore County property, WBAL-TV 11 Sports Director Gerry Sandusky confirmed through multiple sources close to Flanagan. He was 59.Flanagan’s body was found outside his house in the 15000 block of York Road in Monkton shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
MD Officials: Prepare For Irene. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has started preparing for Hurricane Irene and is urging state residents to do the same.Irene pounded the central Bahamas early Thursday, whipping the island chain with gusts of up to 150 mph, a Hurricane Center advisory said. In its 2 a.m. ET advisory, Irene had weakened slightly, dropping from 120 mph to 115 mph. Despite the drop in windspeed, the storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 4 storm Thursday with winds in excess of 131 mph.
Earthquake Damage Reported At USNA. The Naval Academy and Naval Support Activity Annapolis experienced minor damage from Tuesday’s earthquake. Repairs are being made to all affected areas, according to the Naval Academy’s media relations office. Midshipman routine and the overall Naval Academy mission were not affected.
4.5-Magnitude Aftershock Recorded. The 5.8-magnitude earthquake Tuesdaythat shook people from Georgia to Canada has produced at least five aftershocks.The U.S. Geological Survey said the aftershocks around the central Virginia epicenter had ranged in magnitude from 4.2 to as little as 2.2 since the strongest earthquake to strike the East Coast since World War II. Another hit early Thursday with a magnitude 4.5 and 3.1 miles deep.Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, said the number of aftershocks so far has been remarkably low.