Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

Senator Barbara Mikulski is expected to be approved as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.
Senator Barbara Mikulski is expected to be approved as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. (Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images)

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Accused cannibal guilty but not criminally responsible in Morgan beating: Months before he allegedly killed a family friend in Harford Co., eating his heart and parts of his brain, Alexander Kinyua was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and believed reptilian aliens were coming to destroy Earth, a judge said Wednesday.

Mikulski to lead Senate Appropriations Committee: In an unexpected move that could have significant implications for Maryland, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will be named the first female chair of the influenital Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

Faith leaders, city lawmakers urge new gun control laws: Several religious leaders joined Baltimore's mayor Wednesday in urging new state gun control laws, calling for a wide-ranging package of bills designed to prevent tragedies like last week's Connecticut school shooting.

'Batman' streaker at Orioles and Ravens games to be jailed: Mark Harvey, who gained brief notoriety for running onto the field at both Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, pleaded guilty to two trespassing counts Wednesday and received a short stay in jail.

Obama promises gun control action early next year: President Barack Obama vowed to press for tighter gun laws early next year, as he sought to turn national outrage over the Connecticut school massacre into action to ban assault weapons.



RAVENS: Quarterback Joe Flacco didn't duck responsiblity for his play this season, but he remains optimistic about a deal for his expiring rookie contract.

Kevin Cowherd: With two regular-season games left, there are a few reasons to feel good about the Ravens despite their serious issues of late.

ORIOLES: The Orioles continued to add first base depth on Wednesday, signing first baseman Travis Ishikawa and two left-handed relievers to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.


BronyCon 2013 headed for Baltimore: Thundering herds of "My Little Pony" fans will be descending on Baltimore next August for the fifth BronyCon, a bi-annual convention of rabid fans of the cartoon TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic."

Miss USA crowned Miss Universe in eighth American win: Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old beauty queen from Rhode Island, was crowned Miss Universe on Wednesday, the eighth time an American has won the pageant.

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