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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

WEATHER

mostly sunny skies, a chance of showers and a high temperature near 80 degrees. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low temperature around 66 degrees.

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: The daughter of

Rep. Steny Hoyer

of Maryland disclosed Wednesday that she is a lesbian, an announcement gay advocates hope will boost their effort to keep the state's new same-sex marriage law on the books.

: On Wednesday night, after 18 months of construction and three years of planning, the $500 million Maryland Live casino in

Hanover

was ready for prime time. Before the casino opened to the public at 10 p.m.,

the Cordish Cos.

, Maryland Live's owner and developer, held a three-hour party and gambling session for about 2,000 VIPs.

: The extra police officers sent to the

Inner Harbor

and downtown to combat unruly youths and crime this past weekend recorded 40 arrests, including more than 10 for drug possession, and two handguns seized.

: Behind arguably the best big-league outing of Taiwanese lefty Wei-Yin Chen's brief career, the Orioles beat the Red Sox, 2-1, to capture a series victory and ensure they would win the season series at

Fenway Park

for the first time since 2005.

: The 6-foot-6, left-handed first baseman -- once best known for squirming around his father during some of the most memorable moments in Orioles history -- batted .377 with 25 RBIs in his senior season at Gilman.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: Baltimore prosecutors are scheduled to meet Thursday with a woman to discuss further allegations of sexual abuse against John Merzbacher, a former teacher at the Catholic Community middle school in South Baltimore.

: For years, restaurants at Power Plant have served food and drinks on floating piers along the Inner Harbor. But recent plans to expand or improve the facilities have triggered hefty bills from state regulators -- with one approaching $800,000.

: Crisis management consultants say Morgan State officials should speak up about

Alexander Kinyua

's time at the university -- before his arrest in the killing of Kujoe Bonasafo Agyei-Kodie -- and his confession, according to police, that he

dismembered

Agyei-Kodie and ate his heart and parts of his brain.

: Renee Washington says she's not asking for special treatment from City Hall. The 58-year-old paraplegic just wants to make sure she and her neighbors are reimbursed for the stoves and water heaters damaged during a Valentine's Day gas main break that caused water to rush into their appliances.

[Compiled by

Dean Jones

Jr.]

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