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FROM LAST NIGHT...

O'Malley grants clemency to two serving life sentences: On Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order commuting the sentence of Mark Farley Grant and a Washington, D.C., woman also serving life without parole for murder -- the first time O'Malley has used the power during his tenure.

Ali twin murder case ends in a mistrial : A few minutes before 6 p.m. Thursday, the jury, which deliberated the verdict for 18 hours over the course of three days, returned to the courtroom and the case was declared a mistrial.

Toddler hit by unmarked Baltimore police vehicle: A toddler was struck by an unmarked police vehicle on the eastern edge of the Patterson Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon, officials said. Police said the victim's injuries were not life-threatening.

Lawmakers, education leaders spar over embattled tutoring program: State education leaders say proposed legislation that would force local school systems to continue funding a federal tutoring program could derail their efforts to gain relief from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

At $540 million, a truly Mega jackpot: Even a lottery official, a woman who spends her days dealing in hundreds, thousands and, yes, millions, was having a hard time Thursday getting her head around this monstrous number: $540 million.

1 in 80 Maryland children diagnosed with autism, CDC says: One in 80 of the state's children is estimated to have the disorder, based on a survey of 8-year-olds in 2008. That's up 35 percent from 1 in 109 such children two years earlier.

Trayvon Martin case strikes deep chord with Baltimoreans: On average, one juvenile a month has been the victim of homicide in Baltimore over the past three years. None have generated the kind of fervor currently focused on Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida resident killed at the end of February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Prosecutors drop charges in South Baltimore robbery: Two men accused of robbing a couple who were walking home from a Federal Hill restaurant last weekend have been freed from jail and cleared of all charges by prosecutors, who acknowledge it was a case of mistaken identification.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]