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O'Malley predicts voters would back death penalty: Expressing confidence that "the will is there" in the General Assembly to do away with capital punishment, Gov. Martin O'Malley predicted Tuesday that Maryland voters would uphold a decision to repeal the death penalty.
'Celebratory gunfire cases' a challenge to prosecute: The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down by apparent celebratory gunfire in Cecil County, faces long odds of having a shooter brought to justice because of the anonymity of the crime and weak laws against firing guns indiscriminately into the air.
Eighteen arrested in suburban drug conspiracy: Gov. Martin O'Malley will announce Tuesday that he will make an all-out push for repeal of the death penalty in Maryland, renewing an effort that narrowly fell short four years ago.
Baltimore teacher accused of sex with student denies allegations: The attorney for a Baltimore private school teacher has acknowledged that his client had sex with a former student, but says he is innocent of any crime because the contact was part of a consensual, adult relationship.
Obama to propose sweeping gun control measures Wednesday: President Barack Obama will propose an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers on Wednesday as part of a package of proposals to curb gun violence.
RAVENS: Due to a tight salary-cap situation, the Ravens could struggle to retain a trio of young defenders that has been pivotal to their success: Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams.
Peter Schmuck: There's no denying Ray Lewis' return has been a signficant factor, but the main reason the Ravens have come on so strong in the postseason is what has happened on the other side of the ball.
Crazed Ravens fan's video makes viral rounds: A series of videos capturing Keith Letourneau's reaction during the Ravens' playoff win in Denver - he appears in a Joe Flacco jersey weeping, leaping, and looking for all the world as if he's about to explode - has been making the rounds on YouTube and social media.
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