Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday
Downed wires block a street in Oakland, Md. Garrett County is still struggling to recover after Sandy dumped over two feet of snow in the area, causing massive power outages. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

WEATHER: Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 56. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, low around 40.

TRAFFIC: Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues.


Garrett Co. still reeling from Sandy-related snowstorm: Sandy ran into a brute of a cold front bearing polar air in Western Maryland. Together, they threw down more than two feet of snow — burying roads, downing hundreds of trees and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people across Garrett County.

New police commissioner is learning Baltimore street by street: As Anthony W. Batts travels through Baltimore to learn on the job about his new town, he will also get a close look at the uneven relationship between police and the community.


NBAC swimmer dies after being rushed to hospital: Louis Lowenthal, a freshman at Towson High School, has died after the North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer was rushed to the hospital following a Sunday morning swim practice, a hospital official confirmed Thursday.


Md. voters get hearty menu of celebrity robocalls: All over the state, Marylanders have been receiving robocalls from celebrities and elected officials regarding state ballot issues or political candidates. This year's voices include Eva Longoria and former President Bill Clinton.

Presidential candidates return to active campaigning: President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney went back on the attack on Thursday, breaking a storm-induced campaign truce to pound home their closing messages in the election's final stretch.


RAVENS: Sun columnist Mike Preston writes that the Ravens are at a crossroads in their season, with time left only to find strengths, build on them, and hide weaknesses.

ORIOLES: We already handed out Peter Schmuck's grades for the 2012 Orioles. Now it's your turn to play professor and offer your assessments.


EDITORIAL: Whether you support gambling or not, Question 7 is a bad deal for Maryland's taxpayers.

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