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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Monday

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WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for sunny skies and a high temperature near 60 degrees. It is expected to be clear tonight, with a low temperature around 38 degrees.

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FROM THE WEEKEND...

David Zurawik: Oscars telecast was actually painful to watch: "Sunday night's 84th Annual Academy Awards were actually painful to watch. I cannot think of any major TV franchise that has become so disconnected from cultural relevancy as the Oscar telecast has in recent years."

Md. expected to apply for NCLB waiver Monday: State education leaders expect to apply Monday for a waiver from some of the most rigid requirements of a federal law widely viewed as flawed because it has labeled so many schools as failing.

Maryland National guardsman killed in Afghanistan: Robert Marchanti, 48, a Baltimore County teacher, was on his first one-year tour in Afghanistan and was scheduled to return in September, said his sister-in-law Trish Sauter, who was reached at Marchanti's home in Baltimore.

Burglar shoots West Towson man in home, police say: The homeowner arrived at the house in the 500 block of Allegheny Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Sunday to find a burglary in progress, Cpl. Robert Carman said. The burglar shot the man and then fled, Carman said.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Assembly shifts attention from love to money: Thursday's Senate vote approving same-sex marriage in Maryland came on the eve of the halfway point of the annual 90-day session. Now legislators are turning their attention to the budget, and how exactly they will close a projected $1 billion deficit.

St. Joseph considers merger with non-Catholic hospital system: Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center may soon become part of a hospital system that does not follow its strict Catholic beliefs on abortion and reproductive rights.

Federal agency investigating sand-blasting hazards: Questions have been raised about whether those who do blasting with ground-up coal or copper slag may be unwittingly exposing themselves to toxic contaminants that could damage their health.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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