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Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Gay marriage bill advances; home construction expected to grow (A.M. Buzz)

Here are our picks for the top stories to read this Ash Wednesday:

Rep. Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore), left, hugs Rep. Anne Kaiser (D-Montgomery), a fellow openly gay member of the Maryland House of Delegates, after the House passed a gay marriage bill in Annapolis on Friday. (Patrick Semansky - AP)
Gay marriage bill advances: A Maryland Senate panel voted in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The full Senate could begin debate on the legislation as early as today.

Residential construction expected to grow: A local professor expects single-family home construction to pick up this year, mainly because of pent-up demand among first-time home buyers.

Deer causes fatal injury to driver: An Arlington County man was killed when a deer, which had been hit by another car, was thrown through his windshield.

Read what’s coming up today on after the jump:

— The suspect in an alleged plot to detonate a bomb inside the U.S. Capitol in a suicide operation is expected to appear in court today.

— Jurors will begin deliberations in George Huguely’s trial today. They will be asked to decide whether the former University of Virginia lacrosse player is guilty of murder or a lesser crime, or not guilty at all.

— President Obama is expected to be present at today’s symbolic groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

By Sylvia Carignan  |  08:19 AM ET, 02/22/2012

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