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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

WEATHER

The National Weather Service is calling for Wednesday

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. Wednesday night is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Thursday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 94.

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TRAFFIC

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

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: Gov. Martin O'Malley put the chances of calling a special session on gambling expansion at "fifty-fifty" and said in an interview that he plans to reach out to members of the House of Delegates to gauge interest in legislation that would allow a sixth casino.

: The mother of the Baltimore County teenager who died in a physical confrontation with an off-duty officer called the lack of police representation at a Randallstown community association meeting Tuesday "a cowardly move." Christopher Brown's mother told a crowd of about 100 residents who attended the Stoneybrook Community Association meeting that she was disappointed that police didn't send a representative to the meeting, where residents met to discuss the teen's death.

: Pamela Prowant was shot multiple times in her apartment in Laurel in 1985, lived with paralysis and used a wheelchair for another 27 years, and died in January of what appeared to be natural causes. In April, the office of the chief medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, essentially declaring that the injuries she sustained almost three decades ago caused her death this year while Prowant, in her early 50s, was still relatively young.

: Benjamin Wade, better known by his stage name, SideShow Bennie, was one of a quartet of performers at Harborplace on Tuesday for the official opening of the 32nd Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium. Although the Odditorium opened earlier this month, Tuesday marked the official coming-out party. Inside, VIPs such as Johns Hopkins faculty member John Astin -- aka Gomez Addams of "The Addams Family" -- inspected oddities, including an elephant with two trunks.

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: Brian Matusz allowed five runs on a career-worst 13 hits as the Orioles lost the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, 7-3, before an announced 24,296 at Camden Yards.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: On Monday, the City Council overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill, championed by freshman Councilman Nick Mosby, to make it illegal for liquor stores to sell anything to minors, including seemingly innocuous goods such as snacks or T-shirts. Through a spokesman, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday she will sign the bill into law. It will go into effect 30 days later.

: One of the largest malpractice awards in Maryland history -- against Johns Hopkins -- resulted from lack of oxygen at boy's birth.

: Fifty Baltimore schools are so dilapidated or underused that they should be closed or rebuilt, according to a new report that also identified $2.45 billion in school infrastructure needs across the city. The findings, released Tuesday, were used by school officials to launch a 10-year campaign to bring the system's buildings up to 21st-century standards.

: Tidy rows of more than 900 small gravestones, each with a number but no name, line a steep hillside at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, a state facility for the mentally ill. For decades the hospital buried patients who died indigent, without family or friends, in Sunny Side Cemetery. There they remained in obscurity -- until now.

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