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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

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cloudy skies, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, and a high temperature near 70 degrees. It is expected to be partly cloudy and windy tonight, with a low temperature around 40 degrees.

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for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: The faculty at Coppin State University overwhelmingly expressed no confidence in the institution's president, Reginald Avery, in a vote taken Monday, according to letters obtained late Thursday by The Baltimore Sun.

:

M.J. "Jay" Brodie

, who has headed Baltimore's economic development agency under four mayors and helped shepherd projects such as the

Harbor East

redevelopment, said Thursday he plans to retire.

: Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that the FBI's Violent Crime Task Force, which includes members of the city force, will take over the case. He said federal authorities are being called in to send a message "that violent crime will not be tolerated in Baltimore."

: A federal jury on Thursday convicted the last of 17 Baltimore police officers charged in a broad kickback scheme, hours after another officer who had stood trial pleaded guilty.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: The Maryland Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday night, sending the Civil Marriage Protection Act to Gov.

Martin O'Malley

for his signature. Even supporters concede that the law will likely be petitioned to referendum, and they expect Maryland voters to have the final say in November.

: Francis McQ. Lawrence, one of George Huguely V's lawyers, will likely seek a reduced sentence at a hearing to be held later this year, and he could file an appeal based on perceived legal errors. But responsibility for the outcome of the trial probably rests with Huguely, legal analysts said.

: While Paul S. Henderson left what Maryland Historical Society curator Jennifer Ferretti calls an "unparalleled visual record of civil rights in Baltimore," he didn't leave behind captions. The names of his subjects aren't known, as Henderson didn't keep written files -- or they didn't survive.

: A man will lead Notre Dame of Maryland University for the first time in its 116-year history, after the board of trustees announced Thursday its unanimous choice of James Conneely as the institution's next president.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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