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Eric Green hoped to finish his career with the Ravens. His son Elijah might start his with the Orioles.

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Eric Green Hoped To Finish His Career With The Ravens. His Son Elijah Might Start His With The Orioles.

If former Ravens tight end Eric Green had his way, he would have retired with Baltimore. He might soon have a reason to make regular trips back to the city.

His son, Elijah Green, is one of the top prospects available in this weekend’s Major League Baseball draft, in which the Orioles have the first overall pick. An outfielder out of IMG Academy in Florida, Elijah is believed to be among the handful of players Baltimore is considering with its second No. 1 pick in four years.

“I dreamed of this, and he dreamed of this, and he worked hard for this,” Eric Green said. “I always told him, if you work hard enough, things will come your way, and things are coming his way.”

The elder Green played in Baltimore from 1996 to 1998 before closing his career with one season for the New York Jets. But he hoped to finish out his career as a Raven.

“They actually had to kick me out of Baltimore,” Eric said. “I did not want to leave Baltimore to go to New York. I tell you, I was on the phone with [then-general manager Ozzie Newsome] until the 11th hour when he was saying that they just couldn’t do it. And that’s when I signed with the Jets. But I would have retired in Baltimore, if it was up to me, because I love everything about the city, the people and the football team.”

The baseball team would certainly join that list if it picks Elijah, ranked a top-five prospect in the draft class by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. He’s built like a football player at 6 feet 3 and about 220 pounds, a frame that, when paired with his skill set, has led some evaluators to believe he has the most upside of any player in this draft class. Despite his size, he runs exceptionally well and has a strong enough arm to play a corner outfield spot if he’s moved out of center. His most impressive tool is his raw power, which he displayed for Team USA’s 18-and-younger group last summer, slugging .957 and homering four times in seven games — three of them played at the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Green’s home run and slugging tallies led a team that featured the other high school prospects the Orioles are believed to considering with the No. 1 pick. Green joins Georgia high school outfielder Druw Jones, Oklahoma high school shortstop Jackson Holliday, Georgia high school second baseman Termarr Johnson and Cal Poly shortstop Brooks Lee in what’s thought to be Baltimore’s targeted group of five.

Jones and Holliday are the sons of former MLB All-Stars Andruw Jones and Matt Holliday, but Green is well-positioned to be the first son of an NFL first-round pick to go in the MLB draft’s first round.

“Actually kind of feels surreal,” Elijah said. “It just has always been one of my dreams of mine, and it just doesn’t feel real at this point.”

As a senior at IMG Academy, he hit .462 with a 1.592 OPS. After striking more than twice as often as he walked as a junior, Elijah finished even in that ratio this spring, helping to minimize the swing-and-miss concerns that followed him into the campaign.

To his father, Elijah has always been at his best when trying to quiet those who doubt him.

“All he heard leading into the spring season was, ‘He’s swing and miss, swing and miss,’” Eric said. “He was befuddled because he said, ‘Dad, I just led Team USA in home runs, total bases, slugging percentage, in everything. But I’m just swing and miss.’ So he said, ‘Well, I’m gonna show them,’ and that’s when he went out and hit .462 and did what he did, and I can respect that. That’s Elijah.

“That’s what I’m most proud about. When people tell him he can’t do something, oh, my God, he goes through hell and Earth to show them that he can do it.”

It’s a mindset molded from his father’s. Before Elijah headed to IMG, Eric largely handled his training. It was goal-oriented and focused on the importance of discipline, with Eric knowing firsthand what was required to be a professional athlete. Drafted 21st overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1990, he followed five seasons there with one in Miami before joining the Ravens.

“Absolutely loved it,” Eric said. “I probably had more success in Pittsburgh as an individual. But as a football player, I think I had a better three years there than my five years in Pittsburgh because of who I was and what I brought to the team and the things we did off the field in the community. I love Baltimore.”

His affinity for seafood prompted him to frequent Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, and he makes sure to go there whenever he’s back in the area. He would love if Elijah and the Orioles gave him excuses to make the trip.

Elijah would appreciate that opportunity, too.

“It would mean everything to me,” Elijah said. “Just knowing that the hard work I put in all these years is finally paying off and the Orioles are recognizing that and taking a chance on me and just knowing that when I come in there, I’m gonna work so hard and just try to bring a World Series to that ballclub.”

Eric has seen that hard work up close. He coached Elijah in football, with their team winning four AAU national titles in six years with Elijah playing quarterback and middle linebacker. But early in his teen years, he went to his father and told him he wanted to focus on baseball.

“I had more love for baseball at that point,” Elijah said. “Football was always my first love, but the love kind of just ran out.”

“The only thing I could do at that point is respect it,” Eric said. “As a kid, to come to me and know how much time I put in with him in football and say that he loves baseball more, that was great for me to hear. Then, we started putting that energy that we had in football into baseball.

“I had to teach him about things that he [may not] do that other kids his age may partake in, the discipline part of his life and all that aspect. Just trying to show him how to get to his dream.”

The “sweat equity,” as Eric put it, they’ve shared in those efforts will pay off Sunday, when Elijah will hear his name called in the first round of the MLB draft. Whenever that day has come up in conversations between father and son, Eric has gotten emotional. Elijah expects that to be the case again this weekend.

“He’s played a big role, just him knowing what it takes to get to the next level in any sport,” Elijah said. “He’s implemented that into my game and always told me to work hard, you never know who’s watching.

“He just always wanted the best for me.”

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Unemployment remains at record low in MN as state adds 19,100 jobs in July

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Unemployment Remains At Record Low In Mn As State Adds 19,100 Jobs In July

The unemployment rate in Minnesota last month remained at a record low as the state added 19,100 jobs, according to a state jobs report released on Thursday, Aug. 18.

New job numbers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show seasonally-adjusted unemployment held at 1.8% in July, holding at an all-time low reached in June. The state continues to outperform the national unemployment rate. In July, the national unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percent to 3.5% — still nearly twice that of Minnesota’s.

July job growth significantly outpaced June, when the state economy saw 1,000 new jobs. At 0.7%, Minnesota’s job growth rate is more than double that of the national rate of 0.3%.

“Despite a very tight labor market, employers are hiring at a fast rate, and continue to offer ample opportunities for Minnesotans seeking good-paying jobs,” DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said in a statement about the new jobs numbers.

Leisure and hospitality was the leading growth sector in July, adding 6,700 jobs. Government added 4,500, professional and business services added 3,900 and construction added 1,100. Since the beginning of the year, leisure and hospitality has had the most growth of any sector, adding more than 23,000 jobs, state numbers show.

While Minnesota unemployment held steady at a record low last month, the size of the labor force declined for the first time this year. With 4,000 people no longer participating in the job market, the state’s labor force participation rate shrank by one-tenth of a percent to 68.4%. For much of 2022, the workforce participation rate had been on the rise but slowing, according to DEED. The U.S. labor force participation rate is 62.6%.

Minnesota has not completely recovered its workforce after the pandemic recession. In March 2020 Minnesota’s workforce participation was 70.2%. That dropped significantly as many workplaces shuttered to slow the spread of COVID-19, and has not returned to the same level since.

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US to increase supply of monkeypox vaccines

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Us To Increase Supply Of Monkeypox Vaccines

The White House announced Thursday that it will make an additional 1.8 million doses of monkeypox vaccine available for distribution starting next week.

At a press conference, White House national monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said the additional doses will be available to US jurisdictions starting Monday, through the Department of Health. and Human Services (HHS).

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra also took part in the press conference.

Fenton said that in less than 10 days since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and CDC cleared the Jynneos vaccine for emergency use against monkeypox in people 18 and older, the HHS has delivered nearly one million doses to US states and cities, making it the largest such monkeypox vaccine program in the world.

Fenton said the additional doses are part of the National Monkeypox Response Team’s plan to control the outbreak of the viral illness in the United States and mitigate its spread.

He said HHS is working to launch a pilot program that will provide up to 50,000 doses from the national stockpile to be made available for events that will have a high attendance of gay and bisexual men.

Although monkeypox is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection or STI, it has been found to disproportionately affect men who have sex with men. The disease can be spread through close or intimate physical contact, such as hugging, kissing, and sex. It can also be transmitted by touching infected objects such as clothing, bedding or towels.

Fenton said the Biden administration has also dramatically increased the availability and convenience of monkeypox testing, increasing capacity from 6,000 tests per week to 80,000 tests per week.

Some information for this report was provided by The Associated Press and Reuters.

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Starbucks must reinstate fired workers, federal judge rules

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Starbucks Must Reinstate Fired Workers, Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge is ordering Starbucks to reinstate seven employees in Memphis who were fired earlier this year after leading an effort to unionize their store.

In a decision issued Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman agreed with the National Labor Relations Board, which had asked the court to intervene in May.

Lipman’s decision requires Starbucks to offer to reinstate the employees within five days. Starbucks will also be required to post the court order in the Memphis store.

The case has been among the most closely watched in the unionization effort at Starbucks, which began late last year. Since then, more than 220 U.S. Starbucks stores — including the Memphis store — have voted to unionize. Starbucks opposes the unionization effort.

Starbucks fired the seven employees in early February, citing safety. The Seattle coffee giant said the employees violated company policy by reopening a store after closing time and inviting non-employees — including a television crew — to come inside and move throughout the store.

The NLRB had begun administrative proceedings against Starbucks, saying the company was unlawfully interfering in workers’ right to organize. But those proceedings can take so long that the NLRB asked the federal court for an immediate injunction requiring Starbucks to reinstate the workers.

“Today’s federal court decision ordering Starbucks to reinstate the seven unlawfully fired Starbucks workers in Memphis is a crucial step in ensuring that these workers, and all Starbucks workers, can freely exercise their right to join together to improve their working conditions and form a union,” the labor board’s General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said in a statement. “Starbucks, and other employers, should take note that the NLRB will continue to vigorously protect workers’ right to organize without interference from their employer.”

A message seeking comment from Starbucks was left by The Associated Press.

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Brazilian Bolsonaro catches heckler and tries to pick up the phone

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SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro briefly tackled a heckler and tried to snatch his phone on Thursday, highlighting possible challenges for the sometimes short-tempered leader to stay disciplined during the election campaign.

As Bolsonaro addressed supporters outside his residence in the capital Brasilia, social media influencer Wilker Leão used his phone to film himself repeatedly shouting at the president, calling him a “coward”, a “tramp” and “darling” of a hog- barrel faction in Congress.

Bolsonaro first got into his car, but then reappeared and grabbed the man’s shirt and forearm as he reached for his phone. The security guards took Leão away.

The presidential campaign that began on Tuesday is expected to be an uphill battle for Bolsonaro, who trails former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in all polls ahead of the Oct. 2 first-round vote.

A reporter from the G1 news site posted a video of Leão’s comments and the ensuing altercation.

“Don’t film this, don’t film this,” Bolsonaro told supporters as Leão was detained by presidential security. “It’s his right (to protest), but he was rude.”

Four minutes later, security allowed Leão to return to the scene and chat with Bolsonaro about politics. The two have spoken to each other several times before, without incident.

“You can talk to me as much as you want,” Bolsonaro told Leão. The two talked for five minutes until the president decided to return to his car and leave.

Bolsonaro has had previous confrontations, often with the press. In 2020, he told a reporter, “I want to punch you in the mouth” and once suggested he would like to shoot rival Workers’ Party supporters.

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Orioles closer Félix Bautista is embracing Michael K. Williams’ Omar whistle. Now he has his own T-shirt.

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Félix Bautista doesn’t really understand the reference. He’s never seen “The Wire” on HBO. But the Orioles closer still wore the T-shirt with his own face photoshopped where the face of Omar Little should be.

The Orioles love their T-shirts, and the latest addition was seen Thursday in the clubhouse with most of Bautista’s teammates wearing a shirt that reads “Félix Comin’,” referencing the phrase used in the show to signal that Little, the beloved stickup man played by the late Michael K. Williams, was on his way to the neighborhood.

The connection took off earlier this month when the Orioles began to play the iconic whistling of “The Farmer in the Dell” from Little on “The Wire” before Bautista entered for a save situation. The stadium lights flashed at Camden Yards, too.

“It feels great,” Bautista said through team interpreter Brandon Quinones. “It’s super enjoyable, super exciting. When I come in, there’s a lot of adrenaline.”

“The Wire” is set in Baltimore and was created by former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, and the whistling, a distinctly Baltimore tune, has been used before by the Ravens. Last year, less than two weeks after Williams died of an accidental drug overdose at 54, the Ravens played the whistling before kickoff against the Kansas City Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football” in September.

It’s not the first unique T-shirt to appear in the Orioles’ clubhouse. Earlier this month, they unveiled a “Robbie’s Playlist” shirt that featured all of catcher Robinson Chirinos’ favorite sayings. Several of the starting pitchers, including Tyler Wells, wore “Best dad ever” shirts with Jordan Lyles’ face on it for Father’s Day.

“It’s a light environment,” right-hander Joey Krehbiel said. “There’s no eggshells to be walking on. There’s guys with a lot of big league time. There’s guys that have five days of service time and everyone gets treated the same and we’re a winning environment, and we’re trying to keep that on the shirts, just any little thing like that helps.”

“Félix Comin’” is the latest addition, and fans can purchase it from BreakingT.

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Fed’s Bullard leans toward 0.75 percentage point rate hike in September

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Fed'S Bullard Leans Toward 0.75 Percentage Point Rate Hike In September

St. Louis Federal Reserve Chairman James Bullard said on Thursday he plans to back another big rate hike at the central bank’s policy meeting next month and added that he was not not ready to say that the economy had seen the worst of the inflation surge.

“We should continue to move quickly to a policy rate level that will put significant downward pressure on inflation” and “I don’t really see why you want to extend interest rate hikes into next year”, Mr. Bullard said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

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