The National Weather Service is calling for Friday to be


. Friday night is expected to be cloudy, with a low around 71 and light south winds. There is a 30 percent chance of precipitation. Saturday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 91. There is a 50 percent chance of precipitation.


for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.


: A Baltimore County police officer shot and killed a man while executing a warrant Thursday night, according to the police department.

: Gov. Martin O'Malleyis planning two days of meetings with key state leaders early next week that could determine whether he decides to call a special session on gambling expansion this summer.

Xavier Avery

: The Orioles announced Thursday night that outfielder Xavier Avery has been sent down to Triple-A Norfolk. Although they have not announced a corresponding move, left fielder Endy Chavez, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, is expected to come off the disabled list Friday.


: About 1,000 Baltimore-area residents are expected to receive thousands of dollars each under a landmark $175 million settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Wells Fargo over accusations of discriminatory lending practices. Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, Wells Fargo also will provide $7.5 million to the city of Baltimore, which federal officials credited with first raising issues of discrimination related to bank's subprime mortgages.

: Hundreds of Green Party members arrived Thursday in Baltimore to pick a candidate for president, even as the party has been forced to scramble for a spot on Maryland's ballot this fall. The national convention, which is taking place at the University of Baltimore before moving to a downtown hotel, doesn't have the glitz Democrats and Republicans will bring when they nominate Barack Obama and Mitt Romney later this year. But getting away from the money pervasive in national politics, Green Party leaders said, is at least partly the point.

: The Baltimore City Fire Department plans to implement new social media guidelines after Chief James S. Clack said he found that firefighters and officers were "crossing the line" by posting inappropriate or sensitive information online. The social media website Twitter has become a forum for griping about City Hall policies in 140 characters or fewer -- the maximum allowed in postings. The new policy comes after fire personnel have written a number of heated, politically charged barbs aimed at the department, Clack, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council over a recent budgetary decision to close three fire companies in the city.

: A special investigation pins much of the blame for the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal on the do-nothing attitude of four top Penn State administrators -- including legendary football coach Joe Paterno -- who kept allegations under wraps to protect the university's image, according to a searing report released Thursday. "The evidence clearly shows, in our view, an active agreement to conceal," Louis Freeh, a former FBI director who led the eight-month investigation, said at a news conference in Philadelphia.