Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

WEATHER: Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Tonight is expected to be mostly clear, low around 36.

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Former Oriole Doug DeCinces indicted on insider trading charges
: Former Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces was indicted by a federal grand jury on securities fraud charges, for allegedly cashing in on inside information about the acquisition of a California medical company, prosecutors said.

Winning Powerball numbers drawn; jackpot worth $588 million: In the end, after millions purchased Powerball tickets hoping to win a record jackpot, winning tickets in Arizona and Missouri matched the numbers drawn Wednesday night.
NAACP will step up Maryland death penalty fight: The NAACP is vowing to mount in Annapolis its largest-ever effort to abolish the death penalty in a state, saying Maryland's historic role in the civil rights movement makes it an appropriate place for the push.
Starter pistol found in Balto. Co. middle school student's locker: A Holabird Middle School student was disciplined after an inoperable starter pistol was found in his locker Wednesday, Baltimore County schools officials said. The incident came in the same weke as a fight between two Perry Hall High School students, involving brass knuckles, led to assault charges.

Diverse coalition funded Md. same-sex marriage effort: A broad coalition of donors — including casino giant MGM, Delta Airlines, a D.C. nightclub and thousands of individuals across the country — gave nearly $6 million to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.



RAVENS: The Ravens rank 21st in rushing yards and 18th in yards per carry, and only eight quarterbacks have been sacked more often than Joe Flacco. Given that, it is fair to question exactly how much better the offensive line has gotten since Week 1.

Kevin Cowherd: There's no better rivalry anywhere than the Ravens vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Except somehow Sunday's game between the two feels different this time around.


ORIOLES: Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has not ruled out the possibility of improving his bullpen – and one consideration is a reunion with former Oriole right-hander Koji Uehara.

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The Darkroom: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House Wednessday for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations.


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