Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday
WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature around 43 degrees. It is expected to be partly cloudy with a low temperature around 35 degrees tonight.

TRAFFIC

Here are today's morning traffic issues.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

Jewish Times publisher, printer miss deadline for joint plan: The publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times and the publication's former printer have missed a third deadline set by a federal judge to submit a joint plan to take the company out of bankruptcy, and the years-long feud goes on.

Brooklyn Park blaze deemed arson: The New Year's Day blaze that damaged a Brooklyn Park house and was accompanied by racial and sexual slurs painted on the home's exterior was arson, according to the Anne Arundel County fire department.

Witnesses: Skateworks rape defendant was in room with girl: Two witnesses in the case against Davon Perry testified Wednesday that the defendant was in the room with the girl he is charged with attacking, but they told the court different versions of events that occurred that Saturday night in Woodlawn.

Ex-judge Murphy to represent Currie in ethics proceedings: Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., who retired from Maryland's highest court last fall, has agreed to represent Sen. Ulysses Currie in an ethics inquiry expected to get under way in the General Assembly later this month.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Members fret over Balto. Co. plans to close Essex Skypark: Baltimore County officials have developed a plan to clear the site's 2,000-foot runway and its hand-built hangars, planting the area with oak and maple trees to improve water quality, protect native species and replace forests destroyed by development elsewhere in the county.

State lawmakers hope to ride anti-incumbent wave to Congress: Nearly a half-dozen Maryland state lawmakers are hoping to exploit the nation's anti-incumbent mood with campaigns for Congress that focus heavily on Washington's dysfunction.

Appeals court ruling requires lawyers at bail hearings: The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the state must provide lawyers to indigent defendants during bail hearings, overturning a long-standing practice under which newly arrested individuals face court commissioners alone -- often in private, unrecorded proceedings -- to argue for freedom.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]