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WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for sunny skies, with clouds increasing this evening, and a high temperature near 82 degrees. It is expected to be cloudy tonight, with a chance of showers after 11 p.m., and a low temperature around 58 degrees.

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FROM LAST NIGHT...

Mayor tells Latinos they are important to growth goal: In a speech bookended by standing ovations, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told members of Baltimore's Latino community Thursday night that they are critical to meeting her goal of reversing the city's population decline.

Baltimore fire chief floats workforce reduction, more hours: Baltimore Fire Chief James Clack floated a plan Thursday to reduce the ranks by 25 percent and extend firefighters' workweeks by 14 hours, which he says could save the city $10 million annually.

Howard County board selects two finalists for school superintendent: The Howard County Board of Education has narrowed the search for its next superintendent down to two, and it hopes to name the new leader by the end of next week, it announced Thursday.

University of Baltimore announces finalists in search for law school dean: The university is seeking a replacement for Philip Closius, who resigned last year because of a dispute with President Robert Bogomolny over the university's reliance on law school revenues to support other programs.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Basilica needs millions in repairs after quake damage found: Baltimore's 200-year-old Basilica of the Assumption, the first cathedral in America, will be closed to many visitors over eight months as crews repair domes damaged in August's earthquake, church officials said Thursday.

Lawyer: Teare will not comply with Arundel council subpoena: Anne Arundel County's police chief could face arrest if he is unable to resolve a showdown with the County Council over his refusal to testify as part of an inquiry into corruption charges against County Executive John R. Leopold, a county lawyer said Thursday.

City makes $1.4 million mistake in water billing: Over the past three years, the managers of Mount Washington's Ivymount Apartments have struggled to get an accurate city water bill. But nothing prepared them for the shock of a $1.4 million bill.

Legislation would set rules for use of frozen eggs, sperm: If you wanted to use your late husband's frozen sperm to have a baby, you would need his written permission under legislation that appears poised for approval in the Maryland General Assembly.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]