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FROM LAST NIGHT...

Five groups vie to run city rec centers: Two groups that submitted bids would charge significant monthly fees for after-school programs that have traditionally been free. The bids mark the start of the second phase of the city's attempts to find private parties to take over some centers so it can improve other centers with limited resources.

Ground rent bill would set penalty for failing to register: A group of state legislators has proposed new ground rent rules that would prevent owners from collecting payments if they don't register properties with the state, an attempt to deal with an appeals court ruling that left an earlier registration law in limbo.

Chuck Pagano hired to coach the Indianapolis Colts: Three days after their stunning AFC championship loss to the New England Patriots, the Ravens were dealt another blow when they learned that the 51-year-old has been named the new head coach of the Colts.

Duke spoils Terps' fun with 74-61 win: Maryland, trying to reclaim a rivalry that has been receding because of recent Duke dominance, was worn down by the Blue Devils' inside strength on the night the court was dedicated to former coach Gary Williams at the loud, sold-out Comcast Center.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Want an app? There could be a tax for that: The bill is part of a move by the governor to close Internet tax loopholes, and includes a so-called "Amazon tax," which would require Maryland affiliate sellers of the world's largest online retailer to collect a sales tax if they do more than $10,000 in business over 12 months.

Federal birth control ruling upsets religious groups: Church officials and other religious-based groups are gearing up to fight an order by the Obama administration that they include birth control in employee health plans -- a requirement some say could threaten the protection of other moral beliefs and practices.

Shipowner, operator fined $1.85M in pollution case: Illegally dumping oily waste and garbage into the ocean resulted in the owners and operators of the M/V Aquarosa being fined $1.85 million in federal court Wednesday and alsoordered to pay $550,000 to a foundation to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Ron Paul is sweeping the GOP youth vote: Across the country, the youth vote is down. Registration is low. Voter enthusiasm for Republican candidates has been lackluster. Unless that candidate's name is Ron Paul.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]