Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

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O'Malley predicts voters would back death penalty: Expressing confidence that "the will is there" in the General Assembly to do away with capital punishment, Gov. Martin O'Malley predicted Tuesday that Maryland voters would uphold a decision to repeal the death penalty.

'Celebratory gunfire cases' a challenge to prosecute: The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down by apparent celebratory gunfire in Cecil County, faces long odds of having a shooter brought to justice because of the anonymity of the crime and weak laws against firing guns indiscriminately into the air.

Eighteen arrested in suburban drug conspiracy: Gov. Martin O'Malley will announce Tuesday that he will make an all-out push for repeal of the death penalty in Maryland, renewing an effort that narrowly fell short four years ago.
Baltimore teacher accused of sex with student denies allegations: The attorney for a Baltimore private school teacher has acknowledged that his client had sex with a former student, but says he is innocent of any crime because the contact was part of a consensual, adult relationship.

Obama to propose sweeping gun control measures Wednesday: President Barack Obama will propose an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers on Wednesday as part of a package of proposals to curb gun violence.



RAVENS: Due to a tight salary-cap situation, the Ravens could struggle to retain a trio of young defenders that has been pivotal to their success: Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe and Cary Williams.

Peter Schmuck: There's no denying Ray Lewis' return has been a signficant factor, but the main reason the Ravens have come on so strong in the postseason is what has happened on the other side of the ball.

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Crazed Ravens fan's video makes viral rounds: A series of videos capturing Keith Letourneau's reaction during the Ravens' playoff win in Denver - he appears in a Joe Flacco jersey weeping, leaping, and looking for all the world as if he's about to explode - has been making the rounds on YouTube and social media.

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