Sparrows Point auction brings hundreds to buy mill's pieces: Hundreds of people gathered on Wednesday for the first public opportunity to buy the silenced remains of the Sparrows Point steel mill — from forklifts and slab haulers to cabinets and snowblowers. Among the hopeful bidders: welders, scrap dealers, equipment resellers and steel companies.
Mayoral critic jailed, barred from City Hall: A frequent critic of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration was arrested and jailed Wednesday morning when she tried to enter City Hall to attend a public meeting. Officers told the activist she had been banned from the building, though top police officials said they were investigating whether such a ban was legal.
Pentagon lifting ban on women in combat: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will end the long-standing prohibition on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The move is expected to take years to implement fully.
Tom Brady fined for leg striking Ed Reed on slide: The NFL has fined Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for unnecessary roughness for kicking Ravens free safety Ed Reed in the midst of a slide, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
ORIOLES: The talk about the Orioles' interest in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel is again gaining steam. But the Orioles won't trade away a significant piece unless they're sold that 30-year-old Kubel will make them dramatically better in 2013. And they're not convinced.