7:38 AM EST, February 7, 2013
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Barnes' family says guilty verdict boosts better investigations: When Phylicia Barnes' disappearance drew national attention two years ago, it prompted calls for stronger response to reports of missing children — particularly minorities. Some who made those pleas said Wednesday that Michael Maurice Johnson's conviction in Barnes' murder validated their efforts.
Report paints dire picture of city's finances: A report by a consultant concluded that Baltimore is facing a structural deficit of nearly $750 million over the next 10 years - opening the door for Baltimore officials to propose widespread cuts, including to city employees' health and pension benefits.
Police believe stabbing victim was downtown for parade: To Deontae Smith's mother, there was no question her son had been to the Super Bowl parade on Tuesday. And she's upset that Baltimore police didn't make the same connection sooner.
Thousands go to Annapolis for gun-control rally, hearing: As the General Assembly began considering Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to impose new limits on the purchase of firearms, several thousand Marylanders went to Annapolis to voice their opinions Wednesday.
Boy Scouts of America delay vote on ending ban on gays: The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday delayed to May a vote on whether to end a longstanding controversial ban on gay participants, giving membership more time to air their concerns.
RAVENS: The Ravens have several difficult decisions to make regarding how they'll shape the roster for next season. Today at team headquarters, the Ravens' top brass will field questions regarding their biggest offseason issues.
Contract negotiations between the Ravens and Joe Flacco have yet to resume, but the elite asking price the Super Bowl MVP hopes to command is becoming clear.
ORIOLES: The Orioles and Jair Jurrjens still have not finalized a one-year deal, nearly a week after the right-handed pitcher began his team physical.
TV: On a summer night in Mount Vernon, Kevin Spacey's mere presence was a lesson in star power — a power that executives behind House of Cards hope to parlay to draw a significant audience to an untested platform for original content: Netflix.
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