Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

U.S. President Barack Obama makes an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Los Angeles.
U.S. President Barack Obama makes an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Los Angeles. (Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy, high near 72. Thursday night is expected to be cloudy, with a low around 61.

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


School buses rack up hundreds of speed camera tickets: Automated speed cameras, installed around area schools with the goal of punishing dangerous drivers, have caught hundreds of school buses speeding near the schools they serve, often with children aboard.

Hopkins report calls for tighter gun laws: In a report being released today, Johns Hopkins researchers contend that tighter gun control laws will save lives and reduce violence, particularly if "high-risk" people such as alcoholics and youths under age 21 are barred from buying or having firearms.

Meningitis concern spreads at Maryland facilities: The Food and Drug Administration identified 89 medical facilities in Maryland that bought drugs from the Massachusetts manufacturer being investigated for a national fungal meningitis outbreak.

Is expanded gambling a path to jobs or a bad bet for Md.?: The campaign surrounding Question 7 has been dominated by the lavish spending of rival casino giants on slick advertising spots, but for some voters, the issue is deeply felt and intensely personal.


Indiana candidate Mourdock sorry about rape comment: The Republican candidate for the Senate in Indiana, Richard Mourdock, said he was sorry if anyone misunderstood a comment on rape and abortion, and White House hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign said he would stand by the controversial candidate.




: The Ravens lead the AFC North going into this week's bye, but they have more questions than answers nearing midseason.

TERPS: Maybe you heard: Maryland football is having issues as it gets ready to play Boston College on Saturday.

WORLD SERIES: Pablo Sandoval hit three homers as the Giants defeated the Tigers, 8-3, in Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco.


Z ON TV: President Barack Obama's appearance on Jay Leno's "Tonight" show was a long, free, smiley-face ride through a land of pattycake questions teed up one after another to make the guest look good and mock his Republican opponent.

Maryland's outstanding blogs: Today is the last day to nominate your favorite Maryland-related blogs in our annual competition. Voting begins Monday.


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