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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

WEATHER

mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 81 degrees. Showers are likely before 8 a.m. There is also a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 62 degrees.

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

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: The

Maryland

Court of Appeals' decision that the breed is inherently dangerous could have far-reaching implications for landlords and dog owners who rent, experts said.

: Starting in July, Baltimore homeowners can expect to see their tax bills get a little lighter. That's when Mayor

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

's property tax reduction plan goes into effect, resulting in a 2-cent cut per $100 of assessed value next fiscal year.

: Four Baltimore recreation centers will shut down for good at the end of the summer as part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's strategy to target limited funds to improve some centers while closing others, officials said Tuesday.

:

Baltimore County

police are searching for the driver of a white sports-utility vehicle that did not stop after striking a 15-year-old Dundalk boy riding his bike on the shoulder of North Point Boulevard early Saturday morning.

: By the end of Tuesday night, Orioles manager

Buck Showalter

had reached the 1,000-win milestone, left-hander Brian Matusz had sidestepped club infamy and designated hitter Nick Johnson had finally exhaled in a 7-1 victory.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: All northbound lanes of the

Jones Falls Expressway

near the 29th Street exit will be closed each night from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. between this Thursday and Monday, signaling the start of a $2 million project to replace crushed drainage pipes and to shore up the soil that supports the crucial thoroughfare for commuters and residents.

: Two city youths charged with fatally shooting a 13-year-old girl in the chest and then hiding her body under a pile of trash in an East Baltimore alley admitted to their respective roles in the killing Tuesday afternoon in juvenile court.

: Maryland's attorney general asked the state's highest court to reconsider its recent ruling or allow police to continue to take the samples while the state asks the Supreme Court to step in. At issue is whether taking the samples before a conviction violates an individual's constitutional rights.

: The Baltimore County executive and some County Council members accepted thousands of dollars' worth of tickets to sporting events from developers and others last year, a practice the county has continued to allow in violation of state ethics standards.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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