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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for cloudy skies, patchy fog in the morning and a chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high temperature near 80 degrees. Wednesday night is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low temperature around 66 degrees.

TRAFFIC

Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

City schools pass 2013 budget; charters' per-pupil funding down: As the amount spent on students in traditional schools increases, the system's 33 charter schools will see their per-pupil expenditures drop by $257 from 2012, for a total of $9,007. The overall amount for charters, however, has steadily increased as their populations grow.

Balto. Co. man arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer: A 31-year-old Baltimore County man has been arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer in St. Mary's County, and police are investigating whether he may have committed similar offenses closer to his home.

Woman sexually assaulted in downtown Annapolis: Annapolis police are looking for a man who pulled a 21-year-old woman into an alley in downtown Annapolis and sexually assaulted her early Saturday morning.

Matusz dazzles Red Sox in Orioles' win: When left-hander Brian Matusz walked off the Camden Yards field Tuesday after throwing a two-hit gem in a 4-1 victory, the announced crowd of 25,171 -- at least those there to cheer the Orioles -- showed its appreciation with a loud and long standing ovation.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Race clouds debate over downtown crime: The ongoing debate over youth crime in downtown Baltimore has sparked a war of words over race -- overshadowing a debate over the police response to disturbances and objections from city politicians who say the issue is vastly overblown.

Law puts social studies back in the limelight: Under the legislation -- one of hundreds of bills Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law -- high school seniors will have to pass an assessment in government to be able to graduate starting with the Class of 2017. The Maryland State Department of Education dropped the test last year.

Owings Mills development fight takes on feel of campaign: As the debate continues about whether the county should allow a Wegmans supermarket and other development at the former manufacturing plant on Reisterstown Road, two other developers in the area are fighting the project -- and each side is trying to rally community support.

Injury prevention laws save lives, report shows: In Maryland, lawmakers have passed eight of the 10 key injury-prevention measures, according to the report. And the state beats the national death rate from injuries with 56.1 per 100,000 people. Nationally, the rate is 57.9 per 100,000 people.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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