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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Friday


Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature around 51 degrees. It is expected to be cloudy with a low temperature around 41 degrees tonight.


Here are today's morning traffic issues.


O'Malley writes to Sparrows Point lender: Gov. Martin O'Malley has asked a key lender to R.G. Steel to reconsider its decision to freeze some company funds, saying the move has contributed to the firm's decision to lay off workers at its Sparrows Point mill.

Lengthy casework leads to charges in April slaying: Baltimore police have made an arrest in the killing of a 50-year-old man whose body was set on fire in April, and court documents appear to indicate an effort by the Police Department to be more deliberate in building cases.

Crash involving officer under investigation: Det. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department, offered new details that differ from a version originally given for the Wednesday accident.

Colts legend Raymond Berry to present Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl: After the game, Berry will parade the coveted trophy, a 22-inch, sterling silver award, to the winners' stage at midfield in Indianapolis. There, he will hand it to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who'll present the seven-pound trophy to the victors.


Five Maryland toll bridges to receive security upgrade: Work on the $11 million security upgrade for the bridges -- Bay, Key, Nice, Tydings and Hatem -- is expected to begin in late winter and take 18 months.

Advocates, experts call for more attention to bullying of special needs-students: Experts want officials to strengthen Maryland's anti-bullying laws to provide more detailed rules for educators to follow in reporting incidents and more scrutiny in situations that involve sometimes-fragile students.

Rawlings-Blake readies for battle over proposal to raise bottle tax: A bill to increase the 2-cent tax to 5 cents -- and devote all bottle-tax revenue to school renovation and repairs -- could be introduced as early as the City Council's first meeting of the year Jan. 9, officials said. It is strongly opposed by retailers and the beverage industry.

Hopkins to study genetics of asthma in African-Americans: Johns Hopkins researchers, in the largest study to date, will map the genetic code for asthma in people of African descent in hopes of better understanding why the disease and other allergy-related ailments disproportionately afflict that population.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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