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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

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partly sunny skies, with highs expected in the upper 50s and gusty winds. Lows in the mid 30s are expected tonight.

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for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: Gov. Martin O'Malley says he won't call a special session of the General Assembly to fix what he and many other Democrats see as a devastating hole in the state budget until legislative leaders agree on a plan to fix it.

: The school, he said, is needed to relieve overcrowding. He said he will never shy away from making unpopular decisions, but that no matter how difficult the decision "it does not give you the right not to listen to people."

: More than 100 international teachers in the Baltimore city school system will most likely lose their jobs and work visas, after a recent labor market test conducted by the district showed that there were hundreds of foreign instructors teaching in subjects that could be filled by qualified and certified American teachers.

: The feel-good start to this Orioles' season may have officially come to an end Wednesday, with one swing that catapulted the New York Yankees to a three-game sweep and pushed the Orioles back to .500.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: In the little town of Thurmont (population not quite 6,200), the recession has taken a heavy toll on Main Street, but things are picking up as residents prepare for next month's G8 Summit at nearby Camp David.

: Officials throughout Maryland are pressing lawmakers to return to Annapolis and settle budget business left unfinished when the General Assembly session ended this week. The failure to come to an agreement by Monday's deadline raised the specter of more than $500 million in reductions, much of it in local aid.

: Late Wednesday night, Zimmerman -- his head covered -- was ushered out of a black SUV and into the Seminole County Jail. If convicted as charged, he could face a life sentence in prison.

: It took jurors only about an hour Wednesday to find brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson not guilty of setting a pit bull on fire -- a fraction of the 20 hours jurors spent in the twins' first trial, unable to agree on a verdict.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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