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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for morning rain then cloudy skies with a high temperature around 59 degrees. It is expected to be mostly cloudy tonight with a low temperature around 35 degrees.

TRAFFIC

Here are today's morning traffic issues.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

Maryland ranked No. 1 in schools again: Maryland schools have been ranked No. 1 in the nation by a leading education publication for the fourth year in a row, earning a grade of B+ compared to the national average of C.

Man in wheelchair rescued from under subway car: A man in a wheelchair was struck by a subway train at Lexington Market station Wednesday afternoon, closing the station while rescue workers freed him.

Orioles' Roberts 'highly doubtful' to attend FanFest: Because of lingering symptoms of a concussion suffered 16 months ago, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts most likely will be skipping next weekend's FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Maryland holds on to beat Wake Forest: The Terps have often made their coaches and fans squirm, and they did so again Wednesday night before holding on to beat the Demon Deacons, 70-64, for their first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

O'Malley floats sales tax increase: Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday floated the idea of adding one cent to the sales tax to address Maryland's budget problems, saying the money would give the state "flexibility" to pay for programs and to borrow more for road projects.

Ravens, NFL pursue online sellers of bogus merchandise: For years, NFL investigators have worked with local and federal authorities to crack down on sales of counterfeit merchandise at the street level and in stores. Nowadays, NFL teams are grappling with the proliferation of rogue websites that promote themselves as an "official store" and lure unsuspecting consumers with their polished looks.

Half-sister calls Bel Air slaying suspect 'a good, good child': "My brother is a good child -- a good, good child," said Abigail Richardson, 20. "Everybody has their snapping point, the point where they just ... everybody has one."

Council president urges mayor to end Grand Prix: In an op-ed article submitted to The Baltimore Sun, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young urges Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to abandon the troubled street race and focus on "core issues that impact the quality of life for all Baltimoreans."

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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