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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

WEATHER

sunny skies and a high temperature near 84 degrees. Thursday night is expected to be mostly clear, with a low temperature around 65 degrees.

TRAFFIC

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: A man who lived in the same townhome as a missing Joppa man now feared dead was arrested and charged with first-degree murder Wednesday, after parts of a dismembered human body were found inside the home and in a dumpster nearby, according to the

Harford County

Sheriff's Office.

: A real estate investment firm based in southern Florida, LNR Property LLC, purchased the mall on the behalf of the lender who foreclosed on the property, said Alexander Forbes, of Tidewater Auctions LLC in

Towson

.

: The Maryland State Lottery failed to collect tens of thousands of dollars from manufacturers who did not promptly fix inoperable slot machines, state auditors found in their first review of the agency since the start of the state's slots program in 2010.

: Maryland's legislative leaders today appointed a bipartisan panel to study the impact of recent court ruling that labeled pit bulls as 'inherently dangerous' for liability purposes and to make recommendations about possible legislative fixes.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: The street that runs through the heart of Baltimore's Jewish community is getting a new religious building: a mosque for Ahmadi Muslims. That plan has taken some area residents by surprise and even stirred some concerns.

: Elected officials from East Baltimore want to block the $1.8 billion urban renewal project in Middle East until more neighborhood residents and minority contractors are hired and displaced residents can benefit from the revitalization.

: George Stevenson's relatives continue to stress, even in the face of his death, that foster care and adoption are important and positive experiences, and they are speaking out to ensure that public perceptions of the institutions aren't tainted by this case.

: Three of the most popular books in America are being kept off the shelves of the Harford County Public Library system because administrators consider them to be pornographic.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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