Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

January 25, 2012|The Baltimore Sun

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FROM LAST NIGHT...

Car suspected to be involved with burglary crashes, killing driver: Aaron Nathaniel McCoy Jr., 20, of the 4000 block of Cedardale Road in Baltimore, was killed when he drove into oncoming traffic while trying to elude police, who suspected him in a burglary, according to a statement from Baltimore County Police.

Balto. Co. to give hiring preference to returning veterans: Baltimore County will begin giving priority to veterans when making local government hiring decisions, officials announced Tuesday, a policy focused particularly on those returning from conflicts overseas.

O'Malley's digital download tax on ringtones, music, ebooks and more: One of Gov. O'Malley's tax proposals this year is to extend the sales tax to digital products. That means digital media you download could become subject to the state's sales tax of 6 percent.

Singer Mario to start alcohol abuse program at school: The program will promote healthy alternatives to smoking, alcohol and drug use. It will also teach the kids techniques to resist peer pressure to engage in these activities.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Obama targets economy, taxes in address: With the presidential election in full swing and Congress mired in gridlock, President Barack Obama used his third State of the Union address Tuesday to sound a populist message on the economy, outlining a series of policies he said would give the middle class "a fair shot" at prosperity.

Effort to save cranes sees successes, challenges: The stately, endangered birds at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel are being primed by their keepers for another season of carefully orchestrated mating with a "special breeder diet."

Labor Department: Maryland added 25,000 jobs in 2011: Maryland employers added nearly 25,000 jobs last year, according to new estimates -- the best performance since 2006, but one that still leaves the state with more than 80,000 jobs to make up, given the recession's losses.

Alonso wants to borrow $1.2 billion to repair city schools: Baltimore City's schools chief told state legislators Tuesday that he hopes to borrow that amount -- six times more than the school system's current bonding authority -- to pay for a massive and rapid overhaul of the city's crumbling public school buildings.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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