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FROM LAST NIGHT...

: Some City Council members, led by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, want to halt the process of sending homes to tax sale over the bills after a scathing audit exposed tens of thousands of billing errors.

: Dozens of students and parents gathered at the school board meeting to call for the return of psychology teacher Andrew Cizek, who was reassigned in February.

: U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski was lauded Wednesday on the floor of the Senate for setting the record as the longest-serving woman in Congress, a streak that her colleague, Sen. Ben Cardin, likened to that of another Marylander: baseball's Iron Man.

: A Mexican man living illegally in Brooklyn was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Wednesday for making and selling fake identification documents worth more than $140,000, federal prosecutors said.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions handed down Wednesday likely bolstered the appeal arguments of a convicted child rapist, who was accused of terrorizing students at a Baltimore Catholic school in the 1970s and could, under the rulings, be released from prison despite having been sentenced to four life terms.

: Anne Arundel County's police chief has acknowledged that information allegedly gathered by officers for use in dossiers on Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's political enemies "possibly violates" state and federal law.

: Making what should have been a victory lap through Maryland on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was forced to defend his conservative credentials after an aide referred to his campaign as an "Etch A Sketch" that could be shaken up and erased for the general election in November.

: What's going on within a five-acre area of production offices and massive warehouses turned soundstages in Joppa is a new game altogether for the area. The makers of the $100 million Netflix political thriller "House of Cards" are virtually building their own Washington, D.C. in Harford County.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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