Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Monday


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



: "Sunday night's 84th Annual Academy Awards were actually painful to watch. I cannot think of any major TV franchise that has become so disconnected from cultural relevancy as the Oscar telecast has in recent years."

: State education leaders expect to apply Monday for a waiver from some of the most rigid requirements of a federal law widely viewed as flawed because it has labeled so many schools as failing.

: Robert Marchanti, 48, a Baltimore County teacher, was on his first one-year tour in Afghanistan and was scheduled to return in September, said his sister-in-law Trish Sauter, who was reached at Marchanti's home in Baltimore.

: The homeowner arrived at the house in the 500 block of Allegheny Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Sunday to find a burglary in progress, Cpl. Robert Carman said. The burglar shot the man and then fled, Carman said.


: Thursday's Senate vote approving same-sex marriage in Maryland came on the eve of the halfway point of the annual 90-day session. Now legislators are turning their attention to the budget, and how exactly they will close a projected $1 billion deficit.

: Financially troubled St. Joseph Medical Center may soon become part of a hospital system that does not follow its strict Catholic beliefs on abortion and reproductive rights.


: Questions have been raised about whether those who do blasting with ground-up coal or copper slag may be unwittingly exposing themselves to toxic contaminants that could damage their health.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]