Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday


Today's forecast calls for 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.


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City proposes tax break for 'Superblock' apartment complex: 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.

Cardiologist's defamation suit dismissed: 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 make second arrest in videotaped beating: 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.

Pentagon creating new spy service: 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.


Bridge over U.S. 29 to unite Columbia villages seen as crucial for town: 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.

Lawyers claim Jewish brothers can't get fair trial in Baltimore: 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.

Police detail charges against Snowden: 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.

Patapsco Flea Market has history of alleged counterfeit selling: 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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