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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

WEATHER

rain in the morning, then cloudy, then mostly sunny, with a high near 60 degrees. It is expected to be mostly clear tonight, with a low temperature around 38 degrees.

TRAFFIC

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: If the Anne Arundel County jury convicts Lee Edward "Shy" Stephens in the July 2006 stabbing of Cpl. David McGuinn, he could become the first person sentenced to death under Maryland's new capital punishment law.

: The amendment allows for a one-time payment of $625 for all teachers, as long as the funding is approved by County Executive David R. Craig and the County Council, according to a statement Wednesday from Harford County's public schools.

: A state panel said Wednesday that members of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners violated the state's Open Meetings Act by holding a fee-based forum on a controversial smart-growth policy attended by a majority of the board.

: After Terrell Stoglin, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer, missed seven of his first nine shots -- followed by coach Mark Turgeon's second-half ejection -- the sophomore guard and Maryland staged memorable rallies, but they ultimately fell short in Florida.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

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: Harbor Point, a development project led by bakery magnate and developer John Paterakis Sr., will be the site of the headquarters for the combined Constellation-Exelon company if the proposed merger is completed, the energy giants announced Wednesday.

: Facebook filed paperwork Wednesday to allow it to go public this spring, a deal being closely watched internationally -- and especially at Baltimore's T. Rowe Price Group, which holds a stake of about $400 million in the social-networking behemoth through its mutual funds.

: Gov. Martin O'Malley used his State of the State address Wednesday to make his case for his most ambitious legislative agenda since taking office. Now comes the hard job of selling it.

: Advocates for Maryland's abused and neglected youths said Wednesday that the state's second-largest foster care placement company failed the children in its care by allowing the qualification assessments of the homes they live in to lapse.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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