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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

WEATHER

cloudy skies, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature near 74 degrees. It is expected to be partly cloudy tonight, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, and a low temperature around 58 degrees.

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TRAFFIC

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

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FROM LAST NIGHT...

: Downforce Racing, the new operator of the Baltimore Grand Prix, missed three of the five benchmarks that it agreed to have complete by March 15 under its contract with the city, a spokesman for the mayor said.

: Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced Thursday that he would not sign off on a County Council bill redrawing district boundaries, instead endorsing a map supported by an appointed bipartisan commission.

: The dream was certainly not a nightmare for Loyola in the school's first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years, but a 78-59 loss to Ohio State did not turn into fantasy or history for the Greyhounds

: City police have identified three recent homicide victims. In each case, police did not disclose a motive or suspects. Anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2100.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: With rising oil prices creating a drag on the economy and his re-election effort, President Barack Obama mocked Republican critics of his alternative-energy policy Thursday.

: Gov. Martin O'Malley's guests in the state's private skybox at Ravens games this past season included key politicians, campaign donors, and the family and friends of government officials, records show.

: The Senate's vote to adopt what is being dubbed a "millionaire's tax" came after some liberal-leaning senators said they would refuse to support a smaller, across-the-board increase in income taxes unless the wealthy took a special hit.

: By now, Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg says he expected big news from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City -- that it had found a way to resolve the millions of dollars in court-ordered judgments it owes former public housing residents who suffered lead paint poisoning as children.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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