Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday


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NAACP head gives keynote at LGBT conference: NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said Thursday the civil rights group supports legislation in Maryland to extend rights to transgender residents. Jealous spoke at a national conference in Baltimore on rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Baltimore selected to host Navy Week: The city has been selected to host a Navy Week in June, when the Blue Angels, the Leap Frogs parachute team and ships and sailors will join in the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration.

Maryland power plant closing to avoid pollution rules: An aging, little-used power plant in Williamsport is slated to be closed rather than meet new federal air-pollution limits, its owner announced Thursday, in what could be a spate of such shutdowns resulting from the controversial Obama administration regulation.

Man killed in car accident near Owings Mills Mall: A man died Thursday after he was involved in a two-car accident in the morning near Owings Mills Mall, police said. The police crash team is still investigating the accident.


Johns Hopkins unveils new hospital: In an effort to make the hospital experience more patient-focused, there will be Xboxes and a basketball court for kids, sleeper-sofas for families, single rooms for all patients, an improved dining menu and extensive soundproofing at the new $1.1 billion hospital.

Maryland man pleads guilty in terrorist bomb plot: A Baltimore-area man will face up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with a failed terrorist plot to blow up a Catonsville military recruiting center in December 2010.

Alderman Kirby serves Annapolis with no home of his own: Kenneth A. Kirby, who grew up in public housing in the capital city, is without a permanent place to live. He stays with a network of friends and family who open their homes to him -- a niece in public housing, a friend in Annapolis' moneyed downtown.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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