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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

WEATHER

sunny skies with a high near 50 degrees. It is expected to be mostly clear tonight, with a low temperature around 35 degrees.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

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: Medifast Inc., an Owings Mills-based maker and provider of weight-loss programs, said Thursday it would replace its chief executive officer next week with the company's board chairman.

: Four men, ranging in age from 19 to 44, were arrested this week and charged with first-degree murder. Police say they have not determined a motive for the Dec. 19 killing, though they said 19-year-old Rodney Vest Pridget was clearly targeted.

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:

Maryland State Police

arrived at the Union Bridge home of Robert L. Mellema, 31, at 11 a.m. to arrest him for violating his probation. But Mellema, who lives with his grandmother, went into the house when he saw police and refused to come out, according to a statement from police.

: The Transportation Security Administration says checkpoint officers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport discovered the prod in the carry-on luggage of a passenger bound for Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: Lighting Maryland homes with power from giant turbines off

Ocean City

moved closer to reality Thursday as federal officials announced they are ready to go forward with leasing vast areas along the Mid-Atlantic coast for wind farms.

: Companies seeking lucrative state contracts and business deals in Maryland made five- and six-figure contributions in recent months to a Democratic governors group led by Gov.

Martin O'Malley

, federal records show.

: The inaugural Susan B. Komen

breast cancer

race scheduled for Ocean City in April was meant to be a feel-good event promoting a noble cause. Now uncertainty surrounds it, as fallout continues from the national organization's recent decision to pull funding from

Planned Parenthood

.

: Even as Baltimore principals have been given an unprecedented amount of responsibility over the past four years under schools CEO

Andrés Alonso

, their average salary has remained among the lowest in the state.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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