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FROM LAST NIGHT...

Jury finds Stephens guilty in killing of Md. correctional officer: A convicted killer was found guilty Thursday of murdering a correctional officer at the now-closed Maryland House of Correction, opening the possibility that he will become the first person sentenced to death under the state's new capital punishment law.

College students rally on behalf of budget: Hundreds from Maryland's community and independent colleges rallied in Annapolis and lobbied legislators Thursday to avert cuts in Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed higher education spending.

Goucher senior Sarah Bart advances again on 'Jeopardy!': Sarah Bart, a senior at Goucher College, won again Thursday night on the "Jeopardy! College Championship" competition. It wasn't even close. She more than doubled the combined total of both of her competitors.

Marylanders line up as Powerball jackpot reaches $310 million: The odds aren't good, but lottery officials say they're better than before. With four fewer red balls in the mix since mid-January, the odds of walking away with the whole shebang improve to 1 in 175 million from 1 in 195 million.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Lacrosse players planned alcohol intervention too late for Huguely: With George Huguely V getting drunk on a regular basis, his University of Virginia lacrosse teammates were considering some kind of intervention in 2010, a friend testified Thursday in Charlottesville Circuit Court. But the intervention never happened.

Court sends Exxon spill case back to trial: The state's second-highest court has rejected much of a $147 million jury verdict that was awarded to hundreds of northern Baltimore County residents whose groundwater was contaminated by a gasoline leak at an Exxon station.

Common Cause: Mayor's skybox should be 'people's skybox': "We call on the mayor, going forward, to use the skybox to highlight good work being done by people in the city," said Susan Wichmann, the director of Common Cause Maryland about Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's box at M&T Bank Stadium.

Fate of same-sex marriage bill rests with handful of delegates: About a dozen members of the House of Delegates are believed to be undecided on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland as a hearing on the bill is scheduled for today.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]