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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday

WEATHER

highs in the upper 50s, cloudy skies and gusty winds. There is a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows are expected in the upper 30s, with a chance of rain showers tonight.

TRAFFIC

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: Mayor

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

's administration is asking Baltimore's City Council to award a hefty tax break to a long-stalled west-side development project.

: A

Baltimore County

Circuit Court judge dismissed Monday a defamation lawsuit filed by

Dr. Mark Midei

against

St. Joseph Medical Center

, barring the embattled cardiologist from seeking damages against his former hospital in the scandal over unnecessary heart stent procedures he's been accused of performing.

: Police have arrested a second suspect in the videotaped beating in March of a man in downtown Baltimore, charging her with using a high-heeled shoe in the attack and slapping the victim after he had been knocked unconscious.

:

The Pentagon

is creating a new intelligence service aimed at gathering information on terrorist networks, weapons of mass destruction and other emerging concerns, a senior defense official said Monday.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: A group of residents has been lobbying

Howard County

to beautify and widen the structure to accommodate public transportation and unite the older villages in the east with a downtown that is slated to undergo an extensive, high-density redevelopment.

: Attorneys for two Jewish brothers, who are accused of beating a black teen while patrolling their Northwest Baltimore neighborhood, argued Monday that their trial should be delayed or transferred because African-American leaders and the news media have inextricably linked it to the Florida killing of Trayvon Martin.

: Carl O. Snowden, the civil rights chief for the Maryland attorney general's office who was arrested on a drug charge last week, was in a car with a convicted felon in

Druid Hill

Park when city police officers smelled marijuana, according to court documents released Monday.

: Undercover federal agents rented a booth at Patapsco Flea Market to gain access to its management as part of a 21/2-year sting targeting merchants selling counterfeit and pirated goods -- an investigation that resulted in a raid Sunday on the Southwest Baltimore marketplace, according to a search warrant and affidavit released Monday.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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