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FROM LAST NIGHT...

O'Malley explains evolution of stance on same-sex marriage at Sun forum: Gov. Martin O'Malley gave his most detailed explanation to date for the evolution of his stance on gay marriage, at the inaugural Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum Wednesday evening.

Fire in senior high-rise sends 1 to burn center: A man was in serious condition late Wednesday following a kitchen fire on the 16th floor of a high-rise apartment building in the 500 block of N. Charles St. Four other occupants inhaled smoke and were treated for non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Baltimore police praise training programs at city council hearing: A parade of Baltimore police officers, from rookies to a 30-year veteran, told City Council members Wednesday night that training programs developed by the department have sharpened their skills and helped build camaraderie among the ranks.

Sheppard Pratt gets state approval for group home in Ruxton: Despite local opposition, Sheppard Pratt's application for a high-end group home in a residential Towson neighborhood has received state approval.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

I-95 plaza bidder prompts questions: The state is poised to approve a 35-year deal with the U.S. unit of a Spanish hospitality company to rebuild and manage two travel plazas on Interstate 95 even as questions emerge about its track record and experience.

Huguely lawyers fail to get charges dropped: Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire refused a defense request Wednesday to strike charges against George Huguely V, finding that there was "ample evidence to support a jury finding in favor of all of the indictments" against him, including premeditated murder.

Port workers, drinking buddies lament departure of USNS Comfort: The Comfort, a former oil tanker converted to its current use in 1987, was originally meant to provide emergency medical and surgical care for U.S. troops in combat, but it eventually proved more useful for humanitarian relief missions.

New Grand Prix chief is racing fan and driver: Indianapolis-based contractor Dale Dillon faces the daunting task of crafting a new image for the racing festival -- which drove the previous organizers to financial collapse -- and pulling together the massive event in little more than six months.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]