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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

7:50 AM EST, November 9, 2012

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WEATHER: Sunny, with a high near 56. Tonight is expected to be mostly clear, low around 42.

TRAFFIC: Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues. Parts of North Charles Street remain closed due to water main repairs.

TOP NEWS

Caesars expands gambling plans after Question 7 passes: Caesars Entertainment announced its plans to spend $25 million more on a planned Baltimore casino and hire 500 additional people following the passage of Question 7.

Two men accused in area abductions, rapes and robberies: City and county police have charged two men in connection with a string of incidents in which they allegedly abducted their victims, robbing some and sexually assaulting others.

Charles Street businesses re-open after 'river' subsides: After a day in which they temporarily became waterfront businesses, shops and cafes on N. Charles Street began reopening Thursday, when the river created by a massive water main break receded.

Disabled woman with service dog could be barred from apartment: Hazel Sanders depends on her Rottweiler to get her out walking, which she needs for a disabling knee condition. Now, though, the 69-pound dog could stand between her and a new home, after a recent Maryland Court of Appeals case labeling some dogs "inherently dangerous."

Nor'easter piles on to Sandy-related woes: New York City drivers will wake up on Friday to the first widespread gas rationing since the fuel crisis of the 1970s, as the U.S. Northeast struggles to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and a subsequent snowstorm.

SPORTS

RAVENS: After the Ravens play the Oakland Raiders Sunday, the real fun begins. That's when, columnist Mike Preston writes, the Ravens will show if they are a quality team or a fraudulent one.

Relaying calls to the Ravens' defense falls on McClain: It took a little while, but Jameel McClain has finally gotten used to the voices buzzing in his head.

TERPS: The Maryland basketball team has undergone a makeover. Suddenly, these Terps look like a Mark Turgeon-coached team.

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TRENDING

The Mobbies: Blog the vote! Today is the last day to vote for Maryland's most outstanding blogs and social media accounts.

Baltimore's best: We're continuing to reveal our picks for Baltimore's best bars and best restaurants. Check out picks 80-61.

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