Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Monday


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for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.


: The mayor's office said the panel will conduct interviews of internal and external applicants and recommend finalists to Rawlings-Blake. It's headed by Baltimore attorney Ken Thompson, a partner at Venable LLP.

: Mayor

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

's proposed increase to the city's tax on bottle beverages is expected to move forward Monday after being corked up for months by a City Council committee.

: When the Hampden couple chose the second Saturday in June for a wedding date, they had not realized that their nuptials would coincide with the annual festival. But, Angie Gentile, 37, and Andy Snair, 45, decided to weave the festival into their celebration.

: Mason, the franchise's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference Monday at the Ravens' practice facility, the

Under Armour

Performance Center, in Owings Mills.


: Contrary to popular assumption, blind people do attend the theater. It's just that their insights might be slightly different, because they were provided by the theatergoers' ears and hands, instead of their eyes.

: Because authorities rarely find witnesses for overdoses, the medical examiner frequently labels such deaths "undetermined," a distinction that has led to debate over whether deaths in Maryland, including homicides, are being counted accurately.

: The Montford Point Marines, named for the segregated camp near Lejeune where they trained, have been featured in books and documentaries. The Navy has named a new troop-landing ship the USNS Montford Point. And this month, those who are still alive will gather in Washington to receive the

Congressional Gold Medal

, the nation's highest civilian honor.

[Compiled by

Dean Jones