7:43 AM EST, January 22, 2013
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Obama begins new term with calls for unity, equality: President Barack Obama began his second term Monday by calling for an end to the rigid ideologies of modern politics but laying out a broad policy agenda more likely to stoke partisan confrontation than avoid it.
Leopold trial scheduled to resume Tuesday: Testimony from prosecution witnesses is scheduled to resume Tuesday in the trial of Anne Arundel Co. Executive John R. Leopold, who is battling charges he used his police protection officers and staff to perform personal and political tasks.
Disabled Marylanders join class action over delayed benefits: Citing a severe and chronic backlog, advocacy groups have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the state of failing low-income and disabled Marylanders by regularly taking nearly a year to approve medical assistance applications.
Trial in Phylicia Barnes case set to start: Michael Maurice Johnson is scheduled to stand trial starting Tuesday in the death of North Carolina teenager Phylicia Barnes, with court proceedings that could include prosecutors playing a sex video and defense attorneys revealing details from an internal affairs investigation of the lead detective in the case.
RAVENS: The Ravens arrived at their team facility in Owings Mills on Monday, short on sleep but long on adrenaline and anticipation. Veteran center Matt Birk, who delayed retirement to get the chance to go to the Super Bowl, admitted he was still "kind of numb."
Mike Preston: When you look at the injuries, staff changes and young players, the Ravens are on a remarkable run because of the strong coaching.
Peter Schmuck: The Ravens players and coaches know what they accomplished in Denver and Foxborough, Mass. They just aren't built to spend much time congratulating themselves when the the biggest prize is still out there.
Super Bowl-bound Ravens fans snap up flights, hotels: New Orleans may be the Big Easy, but for Ravens fans following their team to the Super Bowl next month, it's also likely to be a Big Expense.
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