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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with breezy conditions and a high temperature around 41 degrees. It is expected to be partly cloudy tonight with a low temperature around 27 degrees.

TRAFFIC

Check our interactive traffic map for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

Scarlet fever identified at Baltimore elementary school: At least one student at George Washington Elementary in southwest Baltimore has been diagnosed with scarlet fever, according to the city health department. A letter was sent home to parents Thursday detailing the illness' symptoms.

Man seen in police-attack video arrested: The man who escaped police on New Year's Eve -- after another man attacked police in a videotaped assault -- has been arrested, according to court records.

Anne Arundel Co. MLK dinner honors community leaders: Ten people will be honored for their contributions to the community Friday at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Dinner. This year's event will also feature King's daughter, Bernice A. King, as the keynote speaker.

Elkton woman faces jail for giving teen abortion pill: An Elkton woman may face prison time for giving an abortion pill ordered from an overseas website to a pregnant 16-year-old girl.

Ex-Orioles SS Bordick signs on to be MASN color analyst: According to a news release from the team, former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick will join MASN as a TV color analyst. He will work approximately 80 games this coming season.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

City gets decked out for what may be purplest Friday yet: For months, Ravens fans have been trading in their Friday business attire, work uniforms and school clothes for purple-hued garments -- flaunting their support for the team. But this Purple Friday could be the most extreme yet.

Medical billing a target of fraud investigations: The practice of "upcoding" -- giving a patient a more severe diagnosis to receive higher reimbursement -- is a target in the federal government's push to root out billions of dollars a year in health care fraud.

Almost one-third of counties aren't meeting school funding requirements, state says: While Maryland has been ratcheting up aid to local school systems, state education officials say that seven counties aren't paying their share and are failing to fund schools this year at the minimum level required under state law.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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