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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

8:47 AM EST, January 3, 2013

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TOP NEWS

Ray Lewis says he'll retire after Ravens season ends: Ray Lewis, the face of the Ravens since he played in the franchise's first game in Memorial Stadium and arguably the greatest linebacker in NFL history, will make this year's playoff run his last.

Seize guns after 'substantiated' threats, panel says: A state task force studying gun access laws for people with mental illnesses has proposed authorizing police to seize firearms from individuals deemed a credible threat to themselves or others.

Owner of Federal Hill restaurant charged with raping patron on New Year's Eve: Matthew Lasinski, 29, was taken into custody on New Year's Day and has been charged with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense, and assault charges in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred after midnight in Blue Agave Restaurante, according to police spokesman Vernon Davis.

Two killed in 2-alarm northeast Baltimore house fire: Two people died in a two-alarm house fire in a northeast Baltimore late Wednesday night, city fire officials said. Five other residents were able to escape with non-life threatening injuries.

Sandy Hook kids return to school for first time since attack: Hundreds of the children who escaped the harrowing attack on their elementary school in Connecticut, last month head back to classes today for the first time since a gunman killed 20 of their schoolmates and six staff members.

RAVENS

Mike Preston: There is really only one more appropriate ending for the Ravens' Ray Lewis, and that won't come for another five years when he takes his place in the NFL Hall of Fame as the greatest middle linebacker ever.

Lewis shocks teammates with announcement: Running back Ray Rice fought back tears as he discussed the impact that one of the game’s best middle linebackers had on his career.

Peter Schmuck: It's fair to ask just how the sudden volcano of emotion that just erupted in the locker room is really going to affect the Ravens heading into Sunday's playoff opener.

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