Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, high temperature near 85 degrees, and a 50 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Thursday night is expected to bring increasing clouds, with a low around 65 degrees.
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FROM LAST NIGHT...
Arguments in Werdesheim trial conclude: Baltimore Circuit Judge Pamela J. White has heard a week of arguments in the bench trial of Eliyahu Werdesheim, 24, and his brother, Avi Werdesheim, 22. After the prosecutor and defense attorneys completed their closing statements Wednesday afternoon, White told them that she expects to issue her verdict at 3 p.m. Thursday.
O'Malley signs environment, social media bills: Gov. Martin O'Malley signed more than 300 bills into law Wednesday, including measures hailed by environmentalists as providing new protections for the Chesapeake Bay.
Arundel union says polling shows Leopold should go: A new poll commissioned by an Anne Arundel County police union shows a majority of county residents who are "aware" of the scandal involving County Executive John R. Leopold think he should resign.
Arrieta tosses eight innings in 5-0 win vs. the Yankees: Orioles starting pitcher Jake Arrieta followed the lead of his rotation-mates, throwing eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win over the New York Yankees in what has become an impressive and, frankly, unexpected run of starting pitching.
TODAY'S FRONT PAGE
Developer floats idea of Dundalk commercial, office project: The latest owner of the desolate 14.5 acres where a Joseph E. Seagram & Sons distillery used to stand is planning a redevelopment, and one of his ideas involves moving county-owned offices there, freeing up a nearby property for "big box" stores at one of the biggest crossroads in Dundalk.
Maryland hospital rates to tick upward: In a close vote, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission agreed to lower the rates for inpatients by 1 percent but raise the rates for those receiving outpatient services by 2.59 percent, giving the hospitals an overall increase of 0.3 percent. The rates are for the year starting July 1.
State won't renew contract with major foster care provider: Following a series of troubles at Contemporary Family Services, Maryland's second-largest foster care provider will lose its contract with the state to place children in homes, a Department of Human Resources spokesman said Wednesday.
Hopkins-led study observes destruction of star by black hole: It's rare to witness the entirety of a murder. But that's how some local scientists investigated exactly what happened during a fatal attack in 2010. The victim? A star 2.7 million light-years away that had lost its outer layers in previous brushes with its attacker -- a black hole.
[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]