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Good Morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday

Sunny today with some periods of clouds. Temperatures will hit a high of 44, and a chilly low of 25 overnight. There is a zero chance of precipitation and winds will be out of the west northwest from 7 to 14 mph.

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

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FROM LAST NIGHT

Towson University President Maravene Loeschke, 67, who has been on leave since August after being diagnosed with cancer, announced her resignation Thursday. She had served as president of TSU since 2012.

A new bridge on Sinclair Lane that spans CSX's Washington to Philadelphia mainline, will open Monday. The project which inconvenienced 30,000 motorists a day and took two years to complete, replaces a bridge that dated to 1893.

An appeals court has rejected a bid by the Baltimore County government to avoid reimbursing hundreds of police retirees who were overcharged for health insurance.

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FROM TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has rejected nearly 1,300 appeals for clemency and has only granted 146 to date.

Olympian Michael Phelps is schedule to face trial on drunken-driving charges this morning in a Baltimore courtroom. Experts expect him to plead guilty in Baltimore District Court on driving under the influence and by doing so, will avoid a potential one-year jail sentence.

Robert Caret, who earlier this week was named to head the University System of Maryland, will set the agenda for the system's 12 public institutions.

A program at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown preserves the tradition of making pinatas.

WHAT'S TRENDING

What did you think of the end of "Serial?" Your friends and co workers still aren't caught up yet? Well, read what others are saying about the finale here. And check out what the Sun's media critic David  Zurawik thought of the series here.

Last night the final episode of "Stephen Colbert Report" aired, ending the nine-plus year Comedy Central show. Colbert is moving on to host CBS's "Late Show," beginning late summer 2015.

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