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Good Morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

Good Morning, Baltimore! Here's what you need to know to start your Friday.

Here's what you need to know to start your Friday and weekend. 

 

WEATHER

We had a dress rehearsal for winter last evening, with a little wet snow. No reason to panic because it was gone for most of us by morning. Today will be partly sunny with temperatures reaching 45, with an overnight low of 28. There is a 4 percent chance of precipitation and winds will be a gusty 10 to 20 mph out of the west northwest. Tonight might be a good time to light the fireplace.

 

TRAFFIC

Get the latest on delays for this morning’s commute from  baltimoresun.com

 

TRENDING ONLINE THIS MORNING 

Longtime “Today” show weatherman Al Roker goes for the world’s longest weather forecast record. 

You’ll have to wait until Valentine’s Day for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie, but you can check out the new trailer, which debuted last night

 

FROM LAST NIGHT

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler issued recommendations to the state’s universities as they work to revamp their approach to sexual misconduct, including training students to intervene when they can and directing school officials to work more closely with law enforcement.

Raking his statewide “thank-you tour” through the once-Democratic bastion of Dundalk, Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan was hailed as a conquering hero at the Boulevard Diner.

Consumers who buy certain policies from UnitedHealthcare through the Maryland health exchange will not be able to use Johns Hopkins physicians or hospitals, the health system and insurer said.

 

TODAY’S FRONT PAGE

Maryland’s medical marijuana program cleared a key hurdle as a state panel approved draft rules to govern the new business.

Baltimore officials will begin this month posting the outcomes of all civil lawsuits alleging police brutality and will reconsider their policy of requiring plaintiffs to keep silent after settlements are reached. These are part of a series of charges made in response to a six-month Baltimore Sun investigation of police misconduct. 

A $290 million construction project to replace a large elevated section of Interstate 895 north of the Harbor Tunnel will begin in 2016 and last five years -- causing considerable traffic congestion in the process.

The family of James Bethea, a city Fire Department officer whose death at a fire scene Wednesday remains under investigation, recalled how his mission to protect people did not stop with the end of his shift. 

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