Good Morning, Baltimore: Phelps a winner; video clears suspects in killing of shock trauma technician

Good morning, Baltimore! Here's what you need to know for Friday.



Mostly cloudy and rainy today with temperatures rising into the low 70s, and overnight will fall to a low of 54. There is a chance of thunder boomers this afternoon and early evening with skies clearing after midnight. Winds will be out of the west southwest at 6 to 12 mph, with gusts possible of 20 mph.



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Baltimore prosecutors dropped murder charges against two men accused of killing Brandon Finney, 25, a Maryland Shock Trauma Center technician, as he waited for a bus downtown in September  saying video evidence shows Antwon Morton, 26,  and Samuel Rogers, 29, the men were somewhere else at the time.

A proposal to give the president greater authority to negotiate international trade agreements has become a rare point of contention among the Democrats in Maryland's nascent Senate race, with Rep. Donna F. Edwards accusing her opponent, Chris Van Hollen, of trying to back away from his past support of similar deals.

Frustration spilled onto the floor of the Coppin state University gym Thursday evening as hundreds of Baltimore residents gathered  to air grievances over years of harassment, beatings and other mistreatment they say they have endured at the hand of Baltimore police.

Maryland fire code bars children younger than 8 from being left alone in a car or home without the supervision of someone 13 years or older. State law does not define an age at which children are considered too young to walk or play outside alone.


Michael Phelps posted the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly, setting up a duel with longtime rival Ryan Lochte in Thursday evening¿s final at the Mesa Arena Pro Swim Series.


No Maryland hospital, not even world-renowned  Johns Hopkins Hospital, earned a top score under a new simplified ranking system for patient satisfaction released Thursday by federal officials.

Retired Court of Appeals Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. said Wednesday that he has no problem with law enforcement coordinating with federal authorities on the use of cell site simulators --- also known as "stingrays" --- or not wanting to publicize the technology.

About  50 protesters  gathered outside of City Hall Thursday to protest the city's decision to send turn-off notices to about 25,000 customers who owe a combined $250,000 in long-overdue water bills.