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FROM LAST NIGHT...

Wintry mix expected to start early Saturday morning: A wintry mix is expected this weekend with snow flurries beginning early Saturday, turning into rain, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said.

Balto. Co. Council hears testimony on transgender bill: Baltimore County Council members heard emotional testimony Tuesday as dozens of residents turned out to speak about a proposal meant to prohibit discrimination against transgender people.

Columbia mall development plans revealed: New development plans for the Mall in Columbia call for a large amount of retail space to be constructed at the heart of the mall's existing physical footprint in downtown Columbia, according to plans revealed at a community meeting Tuesday.

Terps have big problems in 84-70 loss to Florida State: Maryland, which had key players hampered by fouls, was led by Terrell Stoglin's 27 points. Alex Len (three points), James Padgett (eight points) and Pe'Shon Howard (four points) finished with four fouls.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Baltimore officials kept close eye on Occupy encampment: City Hall emails show officials closely monitored the movement -- here and elsewhere -- and were barraged by correspondence from both supporters of the Occupy Baltimore movement and those who wanted the encampment cleared out.

O'Malley proposes $240M shift of teacher pension costs to counties: As part of a plan to address Maryland's $1 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Martin O'Malley will propose a groundbreaking shift of teacher pension costs from the state to local governments, legislative sources said Tuesday.

For players, AFC championship the 'epitome' of where they want to be: For the fans, Sunday's AFC title game is just another step to the Super Bowl. But those who have played in a conference championship for Baltimore say that, psychologically, the game means much, much more.

Mourners remember Westminster airman killed in Afghanistan: Mourners of Airman 1st Class Matthew Ryan Seidler said the Westminster man had followed his dream of serving his country, found a band of brothers in the Air Force and died protecting his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]