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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

WEATHER

sunny skies and a high temperature near 84 degrees. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low temperature around 65 degrees.

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: Jill Crowther-Peters was one of several hundred who marked Flag Day in Baltimore by gathering to marry a piece of the banner that 19th-century flag maker Mary Pickersgill was commissioned by the Army to make for the War of 1812 with the National

9/11

Flag.

: The Pride of Baltimore Memorial, which had been marred by 26 years' worth of exposure to the elements and recent vandalism, has undergone substantial repairs just in time for the city's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

: The

Morgan State University

student charged with dismembering a friend and eating his heart and part of his brain was indicted Thursday on an attempted first-degree murder charge in the beating of another victim who was bludgeoned with a baseball bat.

: On Thursday night, the upstart Orioles pounded the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-6, at

Camden Yards

, partially because of

Steve Pearce

, who hit his first home run in the big leagues since May 25, 2011, when he was with the Pirates.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: An off-duty Baltimore County police officer chased down a 17-year-old

Randallstown

High School student and killed him during an altercation Wednesday night, police said, after a group of youths threw a rock at the front door of the officer's home.

: The developers of National Harbor are expected to announce Friday that Las Vegas giant MGM Resorts International would operate a luxury casino at the proposed gambling site on the Potomac River.

: Baltimore's inspector general said Thursday he has launched a preliminary investigation into high-tech video phones the mayor's office bought for some City Hall offices -- a purchase that prompted allegations of contracting irregularities and outcry about such spending in a time of tight budgets.

: The sting Thursday that led to six arrests was one in a series of area operations by the

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

that have used robbery ruses to take suspects into custody just moments before they allegedly planned to strike. Two of the three recent incidents have erupted in gunfire.

[Compiled by

Dean Jones

Jr.]

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