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Good Morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

Here's what you need to know to start your day.

WEATHER

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Partly sunny today with afternoon clouds ushering in rain for tomorrow and Saturday. So, keep the old umbrella and raincoat handy. Temperatures will top out at 44, with an overnight low of 33. There is a 5 percent chance of precipitation today with winds out of the north from 4 to 8 mph.

TRAFFIC

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

TRENDING ONLINE THIS MORNING

Protests continue in New York City today after a grand jury declined to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo who used a choke hold to subdue Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in the incident back in July.

Thursday is National Cookie Day! Need a new favorite recipe? Check out Sun's 2014 Holiday Cookie Contest winners.

Pop star Taylor Swift and others performed at the 2014 Victoria's Secret fashion show in London earlier this week. Check out pictures from the event.

FROM LAST NIGHT

Nick Markakis, who initially wanted to remain with the Baltimore Orioles, agreed to terms Wednesday on a four-year, $44 million deal with the Atlanta Braves pending a physical, according to industry sources.

Two Reisterstown men, Chaz Haggins, 20, and Ethan Turner, 19, have been charged by Baltimore police in the Nov. 2  rape of a 16-year-old girl at a Johns Hopkins University fraternity house.

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A federal grand jury in Maryland has handed up a new indictment against embattled insurance company owner Jeffrey B. Cohen, adding multiple counts of obstruction of justice related to his alleged plot to kill a judge overseeing his company's liquidation.

A Baltimore task force puts total number of heroin users at 19,000, up from 11,000 based on national data. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she wants to look at the heroin problem holistically to develop a comprehensive policy.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

In a case that could have a profound impact on the rights of pregnant employees, the Supreme Court on Wednesday wrestled over whether a Maryland UPS driver faced discrimination when she was asked to leave her job because her pregnancy prevented her from lifting heavy packages.

The future of the long-delayed $15 billion redevelopment project at State Center is uncertain amid fresh concerns about the state's role in a newly structured deal.

A group of Republican senators raised concerns Wednesday about the way Carolyn W. Colvin, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Social Security Administration, handled a troubled computer contract for the agency. Their concerns now casts doubt on her possible confirmation.

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The so-called "patient-centered medical home" concept in use at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center aims to improve work flow and patient care while reducing costs. 


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