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Maryland schools rank No. 1 for fifth straight year: For the fifth year in a row, Maryland has the best public school system in America, according to rankings published Thursday by a leading education publication that gave the state high marks for overall student achievement.
O'Malley predicts assault weapons ban will pass: Gov. Martin O'Malley predicted that Maryland will ban assault weapons during the General Assembly session that began Wednesday. "Their sole purpose is not for sport; it is to kill human beings — as quickly and as many as possible, as effectively as possible," he said.
Roadside residents want protection from speeders: Over the past five years, a two-mile stretch of Windsor Mill Road has seen an accident with property damage every other week, on average. Those living on the stretch just past Kernan Hospital are pressing county officials for help.
Hopkins study: Pap smears can detect ovarian and endometrial cancers: Johns Hopkins scientists have found a way to screen for hard-to-detect endometrial and ovarian cancers in women using a routine Pap smear.
Amid major U.S. flu outbreak, Boston declares health emergency: With flu cases in this city up tenfold from last year, the mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency on Wednesday as authorities around the United States scrambled to cope with a rising number of patients.
RAVENS: The Ravens already have to contend with the formidable Broncos, but Denver's high altitude and thin air gives the Broncos an extra advantage against the visiting AFC North Champions.
TERPS: Maryland lost a 12-point second-half lead, falling 65-62 to Florida State and ending a 13-game winning streak.
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