Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

WEATHER: Cloudy, with rain likely in the morning and a high near 49. Tonight is expected to be cloudy, low around 48.

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Parents unsatisfied with city school officials' answers about sex abuse suspect
: City school officials offered few answers to Hazelwood Elementary/Middle parents during a contentious meeting Thursday about an employee accused of impregnating a 15-year-old and misrepresenting himself as a child therapist.

Ravens' Suggs required to surrender 'several firearms' after domestic case: Linebacker Terrell Suggs was required to surrender several firearms last month as part of a domestic case involving his longtime girlfriend, his attorney said Thursday.

Baltimore residents get into holiday spirit at monument lighting: At the 41st annual lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument, another winter season in Charm City was launched. Thousands looked skyward as lights were turned on and a finale of fireworks burst into the air.

Remembering Pearl Harbor: One of four vessels owned by Historic Ships of Baltimore, the Coast Guard cutter Taney was on patrol in Honolulu on Dec. 7, 1941, protecting a vital power plant as the invasion of Pearl Harbor unfolded.

Tea Party leader DeMint to retire:  Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, one of the most influential leaders of the tea party wing of the party, will retire in January to head a conservative think tank in Washington.


RAVENS: The Ravens' challenge this week will be trying to defend the Redskins' fast-break, hybrid offense led by dynamic rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Mike Preston: One game does not define a team, but the next four will. With the rest of their schedule, the Ravens can silence their critics and go into the postseason pounding on their chests - or not get in at all.

ORIOLES: While the Orioles spent the winter meetings at the root of many trade and free-agent rumors that led to few actual transactions, executive vice president Dan Duquette was pleased with the moves the club made.

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Photos: Did you miss last night's Washington Monument lighting? Check out photos of this year's celebration and some of our favorite pics of the past.

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