Good afternoon, Baltimore: Monday lunchtime lowdown

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ON THE SITE...

City police investigate eight shootings since Friday: A 29-year-old man who was shot in the leg early Monday in Pigtown was the eighth person shot in Baltimore since Friday afternoon, according to police. Two of the victims died.

Rawlings-Blake plans to introduce property tax relief legislation: The mayor plans to use revenue from a planned city slot machine parlor to offset a 20-cent reduction to the city's property tax rate in a bill expected to be introduced at Monday's City Council meeting.

City bill would ban youths from liquor stores: City Councilman Nick Mosby plans to introduce a bill prohibiting liquor stores from selling non-alcoholic merchandise to those under the age of 21. They are already, of course, banned from selling youths alcohol.

More spring weather ahead, storms included: Last week's warm weather is expected to continue this week, with highs in the 70s daily. Heavy thunderstorms threaten Monday night.

Report: Peyton Manning expected to sign with Broncos: The former Indianapolis Colts quarterback is said to have decided on Denver as his new playing home. That would likely mean an end to Tim Tebow's stay in the Mile High City.

COMING LATER TODAY...

  • Memorial services are being held in Lutherville for Maj. Robert Marchanti II, 48, a Maryland Army National Guard soldier who died Feb. 25 during an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • The city's police union is holding a blood drive for Gene Cassidy, a police detective shot in the head in 1987 and profiled by former Sun reporter David Simon, who is waiting for a liver transplant.
  • The House of Delegates is expected to release its plan for next year's state budget this afternoon. The Senate plan, approved last week, includes $500 million in tax increases.
  • Community program Safe Streets is being expanded to the Mondawmin and Rosemont communities through a grant from the city health department. The program brings ex-offenders back into communities for counseling and mediation to help reduce crime.
  • The Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team takes on Louisville in its bid to reach the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen. The matchup features drama on the sidelines, as Louisville coach Jeff Walz was formerly an assistant to Terp coach Brenda Frese.
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