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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

WEATHER: Cloudy then sunny, with a high near 55. Tonight is expected to bring snow, with a low around 34.

TRAFFIC: Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues.


Gambling expansion vote spurs casino hiring plans: A day after Maryland voters approved an expansion of gambling, the state's largest casino said it would hire 1,200 new employees for table games – even as the measure's top foe suggested it would turn to the courts.

Wedding bells to ring for Maryland's same-sex couples: If Tuesday was a day of white-knuckled worry for gay and lesbian Marylanders as they waited to see whether the voters would approve same-sex marriage, Wednesday was a day to celebrate — and to plan.

Probation violation puts Dixon's plea deal at risk: Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon could face the loss of her city pension — and possibly prison time — after being charged with a probation violation connected to a plea deal she struck on perjury and theft allegations.

Charles St. water main break could cause continued traffic snarls: Commuters north of downtown could see major traffic disruptions for some time, as Baltimore deals with another problem with its aging water infrastructure.

Obama, buoyed by election win, faces new battles: President Barack Obama had little time to savor victory on Wednesday. After winning a second term, he faces urgent economic challenges, a looming fiscal showdown and a still-divided Congress able to block his every move.


ORIOLES: Today's the one-year anniversary of Dan Duquette being named the O's executive vice president of baseball. Here's a look at Duquette's five best moves in his first year.

TERPS: Two days before the Maryland basketball team opens its season against defending national champion Kentucky, transfer Dez Wells was declared eligible by the NCAA.

RAVENS: The Ravens' penchant for collecting yellow flags this season is a source of worry for coach John Harbaugh.

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Baltimore's best: Starting with numbers 100-81, today we begin rolling out our list of Baltimore's best bars and best restaurants.

Opinion: Does President Obama's margin of victory in his re-election provide him with a mandate for bold action during his second term? Vote in our poll.

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