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FROM LAST NIGHT...

'Undisputed evidence,' unanimous vote needed to oust Kirby: The Annapolis mayor and city council are tasked with enforcing residency requirements for the city's elected officials and would be required to vote unanimously in order to remove a sitting alderman found in violation of those requirements, according to an opinion issued by the city attorney.

Rawlings-Blake outlines federal wish list: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake laid out a broad federal policy agenda in a meeting with the city's congressional delegation Monday, detailing a wish list for Washington that includes additional money for transportation projects, crime prevention and school construction.

Plans scuttled for Howard courthouse temporary move: Plans to relocate court proceedings in Howard County so the courthouse can undergo an $8.58 million renovation were scuttled Monday when the Circuit Court's administrative judge decided that security in the temporary location wouldn't be adequate.

Group tries to halt new rules for gifted education: A proposed regulation governing gifted education in Maryland has come under criticism from opponents who contend it would identify students for the program too early and limit opportunities for minorities and low-income students.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Md. Guard major who taught in Balto. Co. is killed in Afghan ministry shooting: As violent protests continued in Afghanistan over the burning of copies of the Muslim holy book by NATO forces, the Pentagon confirmed Monday that a Maryland National Guard major was one of two U.S. military officers shot to death inside a ministry building in the heart of the Afghan capital over the weekend.

City officials want to spread word about homeowners' tax credit: Two Baltimore City Council members are planning campaigns to get the word out about property tax assistance for homeowners with modest incomes, reacting to a Baltimore Sun article that showed the pool of apparently eligible city homeowners is far larger than the number of people actually receiving the help.

Loyola offers online counseling to students coping with trauma: In November, Loyola launched REACT, an interactive online program that simulates the guidance a student might receive on an initial visit to the counseling center.

Mayor launches campaign to raise bottle tax for schools: Rawlings-Blake launched her campaign to repair Baltimore's long-neglected schools Monday, introducing a bill to more than double the city's bottle tax as part of a plan to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to fix dilapidated buildings.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]