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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for sunny skies, followed by afternoon showers. The high temperature will be in the mid 50s. Low temperatures will be in the low 40s tonight.

TRAFFIC

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

Summer 2012 Bumper Bash canceled, organizers say: A bill supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is being considered in the General Assembly that would require organizers of events like the Bumper Bash to get permits far in advance and may demand groups to provide their own security.

Mayor seeks to allay immigrant fears: In response to a controversial federal immigration policy expanded to Baltimore last week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will sign an executive order Friday that would prohibit police officers from asking about a person's citizenship status.

Public defender bills advance in Assembly: Faced with a court decision that could cost tens of millions of dollars to pay for lawyers at bail hearings, the Senate and House of Delegates passed conflicting measures Thursday to limit the scope of the ruling -- setting up a potential tussle between the chambers on which approach to take.

Sparrows Point tin mill to be temporarily idled: The owner of the troubled Sparrows Point steel plant plans to temporarily idle its tin mill operation, the United Steelworkers union said Thursday. National USW spokesman Anthony C. Montana attributed the temporary shutdown to market conditions.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

O'Malley signs same-sex marriage bill: Amid cheers and camera flashes from a crush of onlookers, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Thursday his bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland -- legislation that raises his national profile and, advocates say, gives momentum to those pushing similar measures in three states.

City schools pay $14 million overtime in four years: The cash-strapped Baltimore school system has paid more than $14 million in overtime over the past four years, mostly to its understaffed police force and hundreds of temporary employees who have filled gaps created by CEO Andrés Alonso's plan to shrink the central office.

Study gives epileptics a better shot: Paramedics know what drugs stop epileptic seizures, but they have had trouble getting them into the veins of their convulsing patients. Now paramedics and doctors across the country have helped show that the drugs can be easily delivered into the thigh muscle using an injector similar to the EpiPen carried by those with serious allergic reactions.

Shooting case shows pitfalls, troubles of prosecuting in Baltimore: A trial that ended Thursday was fraught with many of the pitfalls common in the city's courthouse for years -- a victim with a criminal past who didn't want to identify his assailants, a dearth of forensic evidence and questions about the thoroughness of the investigation.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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