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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

WEATHER: Cold, cloudy with high near 40. Snowfall is expected by early Saturday morning.

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


Baltimore Police announce major reshuffling of command staff: Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts announced Thursday a broad reshuffling of the agency's command staff, with new leadership for four patrol districts and the homicide unit, as well as the creation of units focused on community relations and gangs.

Morgan's Board of Regents to discuss president's contract: Morgan State University's Board of Regents has scheduled a last-minute meeting for Friday to discuss its controversial decision to not renew the president's contract.

Gay man, beaten on Christmas, believes attack was a hate crime: As the punches kept coming, landing across his face and head, Kenni Shaw tried to talk to his five attackers but couldn't get the words out. Instead of letting him talk, he said, they were intent on beating him simply out of hate.

After surprise storm, ski resorts see promising winter season: The wicked warm spell that bedeviled the region's ski areas last year has been broken. Snow guns, ably assisted by Wednesday's storm, are turning the brownscape of late fall into the dazzling white of winter.

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies at 78: Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, died Thursday. He was 78.


RAVENS: With his six-year, contract expiring at the end of this season, free safety Ed Reed is acting like a man who's savoring every moment of his time with the Ravens.

Mike Preston: With the current seeds, the Ravens are in good position. They would host the Colts in a wild-card round game and then — if they win — travel to face the top-seeded Texans in the divisional round.

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Entertainment: Just days after the Season 2 finale of "The X Factor" comes word that Britney Spears is getting the heave-ho as a judge after just one season.

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