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“If people in Philadelphia want to come down and watch the Nationals play, there’s a trip to do it,” he said.

Reversed course

Don’t ever let politicians say the press doesn’t affect their decisions.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley issued an order last week restoring more than $1 million in scholarships to the state budget, reversing a cut he proposed back in January.

What caused the Democrat’s sudden change of heart? A heart-tugging report in the Baltimore Sun that said the affected students — 350 graduating high school seniors in the state’s Distinguished Scholars program — already had been told they would receive the money, only to have it pulled from under them.

The program awards $3,000 a year for four years to exemplary in-state students to attend a Maryland college.

The Sun profiled a Baltimore County student who said she turned down Ivy League offers to accept the award and stay in state but was now second-guessing her choice as she scrambled to find replacement aid.

Within hours of the report, Mr. O’Malley had the funds restored.

He said he was unaware that recipients already had been selected, and his representatives confirmed that he became aware only after hearing about the story in the Sun.

“It was never our intention to impact prior awards,” Mr. O’Malley said in a statement.

Meredith Somers, David Hill and Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report