Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday


morning rain then cloudy skies with a high temperature around 59 degrees. It is expected to be mostly cloudy tonight with a low temperature around 35 degrees.






: Maryland schools have been ranked No. 1 in the nation by a leading education publication for the fourth year in a row, earning a grade of B+ compared to the national average of C.

: A man in a wheelchair was struck by a subway train at Lexington Market station Wednesday afternoon, closing the station while rescue workers freed him.

: Because of lingering symptoms of a concussion suffered 16 months ago, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts most likely will be skipping next weekend's FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center.

: The Terps have often made their coaches and fans squirm, and they did so again Wednesday night before holding on to beat the Demon Deacons, 70-64, for their first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season.


: Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday floated the idea of adding one cent to the sales tax to address Maryland's budget problems, saying the money would give the state "flexibility" to pay for programs and to borrow more for road projects.

: For years, NFL investigators have worked with local and federal authorities to crack down on sales of counterfeit merchandise at the street level and in stores. Nowadays, NFL teams are grappling with the proliferation of rogue websites that promote themselves as an "official store" and lure unsuspecting consumers with their polished looks.


: "My brother is a good child -- a good, good child," said Abigail Richardson, 20. "Everybody has their snapping point, the point where they just ... everybody has one."


, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young urges Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to abandon the troubled street race and focus on "core issues that impact the quality of life for all Baltimoreans."

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]