Eastern Market fire

Historic Capitol Hill Marketplace BurnsThe Post
Like many Washingtonians I was saddened to learn of the fire at Eastern Market this morning. I’ve never been a regular there, but periodic trips have always been enjoyable. I hope the flea markets continues while the structure is brought back.

Curious about the fate of Eastern Market? Over at Metroblogging DC, Tiff has an optimistic write-up about restoring the building. Marc Fisher of The Post blogged about it this morning too.

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So close, yet so far

Sunday: New York 1 WASHINGTON 0 (ESPN Boxscore)

Saturday: New York 6 WASHINGTON 2 (12) (ESPN Boxscore)

Friday: WASHINGTON 4 New York 3 (ESPN Boxscore)

Winning or losing a series is a fine line sometimes. On Friday night behind a strong Matt Chico outing, the Nats defeated the Mets 4-3 (The Post). RF Austin Kearns homered in the first to end the scoreless first inning streak.

On Saturday night Jerome Williams allowed only one hit over six innings befone leaving in the 7th with a sprained ankle (The Post). He is on the way to the DL. Leading 2-1 going into the ninth, Chad Cordero had a chance to get his third save in row, but allowed Shawn Green on. Inning-Endy Chavez pinch ran, scoring on a Julio Franco single to tie the game. In the 12th inning, the Mets exploded for four runs to put the Nats away.

Yesterday, Carlos Beltran homered and nobody else scored. The Mets only got three hits (The Post). Jason Bergmann gets the loss. Tough break.

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Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb

SIX NITTANY LIONS FACE FELONY CHARGESCDT
Six football players face chargesThe Collegian
The following players have been charged:

S Anthony Scirrotto*
DT Chris Baker
LB Jerome Hayes
CB Justin King*
LB Tyrell Sales
CB Lydell Sargent

*2006 starters

Bernd H. Imle, Jr. and Thomas Skalamera were also charged in the alleged altercation that proceeded the alleged assault.

A police report (PDF) from the State College Police Department was put online by the Collegian.

In addition to the charges, these players and perhaps others will probably be summoned by Judicial Affairs which has been known to punish students who were found not-guilty in criminal proceedings.

Scirrotto is facing the most serious charges. I don’t know the full story of what happened on April 1 at Meridian, but whether they are guilty or not none of them should be in the situation. Run Up the Score! has had the most thorough coverage of the blogs out there.

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Hill pitches 8+, Nats win

Shawn Hill pitched really well yesterday (The Post):

…where Hill became the first Nationals pitcher to complete eight innings, where he allowed three singles and Aaron Rowand’s solo homer, where he faced 29 men and went to a 2-0 count on only three of them. The Nationals beamed about Hill’s performance in beating a more highly touted prospect, Phillies lefty Cole Hamels.

but he was stilll made he started the ninth with a walk to Shane Victorino. Chad Cordero came in and allowed Victorino to score, but still got the save. He want back to pitching his way (The Wash. Times) with greater success that he had been haivng.Bang! Zoom! A curly W is in the book.

More from The Wash. Times: Hill gives Nationals long-awaited victory

Kearns Shows Promise After Power OutageThe Post
RF Austin Kearns has a good average, but no pop in his bat. That may be changing…3B Ryan Zimmerman loves the extreme shift that puts him near shortstop…Manny Acta says Brian Schneider isn’t a platoon guy, but Capitol Punishment says “maybe he should be.” The catcher stinks at the plate right now.

Half-smoke/Cheesesteak Challenge
Philadelphia 3-2
Washington 2-3

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D.A. to announce results of fight investigation

Football players might be charged tomorrowThe Collegian
We will know tomorrow if any Penn State football players are going to be charged with assault following an April 1 altercation at Meridian II.

The attorney, Steve Sloane, said authorities have identified six players who forced their way into a third-floor apartment at Meridian II, 646 E. College Ave. They will announce what charges, if any, will be filed at a press conference tomorrow morning, he said.

Additionally, Sloane said he intends to call several football players as witnesses at the preliminary hearing, in addition to any other students who may have been present.

“I expect to call 40 witnesses at that preliminary hearing, at least,” Sloane said.

It doesn’t sound good.

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Four centuries of Virginia

According to On this Day (The Times), the first permanent English colonists arrived 400 years ago today:

An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Va., to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Reports that they immediately placed additional taxes on the northern part of the colony can not be confirmed.

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Another loss in Philly

PHILADELPHIA 9 Washington 3 (ESPN Boxscore)

Just to be different, John Patterson pitched better than he had been, but poor fielding by Felipe Lopez and LF Robert Fick (Fick in left field — why?!) doomed him. For the night, Patterson gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Ouch.

Patterson Doomed By Nats’ DefenseThe Post

Struggles continue for Patterson, NatsThe Wash. Times

JIM BOWDENNats wear hearts on hatsThe Wash. Examiner
Bowden talks about the team’s decision to wear Virginia Tech caps last week.


For Lopez, Patience Is a VirtueThe Post
Lopez has improved his OBP by 22 points.

In left field, job remains wide openThe Wash. Times
Fick hopes to play left field more often. I hope not. Won’t Ryan Church move over there when Nook Logan returns from the DL?

Last night’s victory put the Fleas up 3-1 in the Half-smoke/Cheesesteak Challenge. I am not getting too concerned yet because if there is one thing Philly teams know how to do is choke.

Today’s game is at 3:05 p.m.

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Five centuries of America

According to On this Day (The Times), America was named 500 years ago today:

America got its name from German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller, who first used the term on a world map to refer to the huge mass of land in the Western Hemisphere, in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci.

I’m glad Waldseemueller went with the first name.

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