Morgan president David J. Wilson

Morgan State University president David J. Wilson attends a rally held by students and faculty to support him. (Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun / December 13, 2012)

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Maryland gets better budget news: For the first time since a recession gripped the country in 2008, Maryland is approaching a General Assembly session with good fiscal news: Neither tax increases nor drastic budget cuts are likely to be needed to balance the budget.

Morgan students, faculty support embattled presidentStudents, faculty and alumni rallied for Morgan State University's president Thursday, protesting the board of regents' abrupt decision to not renew David J. Wilson's contract weeks after a positive performance evaluation.

'Perfect storm' of errors led city speed camera to ticket motionless car: The case of a Baltimore speed camera issuing a citation to a stationary vehicle indicates multiple breakdowns in the ticket issuing process, the Police Department's chief spokesman said, beginning with the radar-equipped camera and continuing through a review by the city's speed camera contractor.

Sparrows Point steel mill to be razed, county exec says: The owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill plan to raze the closed plant, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Thursday, as political leaders mourned the loss of a landmark that once employed tens of thousands.

U.S. defense chief orders missiles, personnel to Turkey: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order to send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey with 400 American personnel to operate them, in a move to bolster Turkey's defenses against the threat of Syrian missiles.

SPORTS

RAVENS: Set to call plays for the first time at the NFL level, new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has to rapidly absorb the big-picture details that accompany his high-profile assignment.

Mike Preston: If the next three games are Jim Caldwell's audition to become the Ravens' permanent offensive coordinator, then the odds are stacked against him.

ORIOLES: "They were my first choice all along," outfielder Nate McLouth told reporters Thursday after his one-year, $2 million contract with the Orioles was finalized and announced.

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