Mary Cupo of Parkville, left, and Mary Sue Bride of Glen Arm stock up on fresh Ravens merchandise.
Mary Cupo of Parkville, left, and Mary Sue Bride of Glen Arm stock up on fresh Ravens merchandise. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun)

WEATHER: Winter weather advisory until 9 a.m., followed by more wind.

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Cold snap, far from letting up, raises health concerns: Baltimore will enter its third consecutive day below freezing Thursday, prompting health officials to warn vulnerable residents of deadly conditions, even as the region prepares for treacherous travel.
Leopold removed opponent's campaign signs, officer says: An Anne Arundel County police sergeant told a judge Wednesday that he drove County Executive John R. Leopold on a predawn tour, with Leopold directing him to spots where he uprooted his opponent's campaign signs.
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.


RAVENS: The story of the Ravens' remarkable rebound to get to the Super Bowl will be told many times before Feb. 3. The team's postseason run can be traced back to four decisions made over the past six weeks.

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.


Midnight Sun: It's being reported that superstar pop singer Beyonce lip-synced her moving rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration. But really, who cares?