Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday


Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 84 degrees. Wednesday night is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low temperature around 63 degrees.


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Bill to place advertisements on city fire trucks moves forward: A Baltimore City Council committee approved a measure Tuesday that would allow advertisements to be placed on fire trucks to help support the department -- and potentially prevent the closure of some fire companies.

Panetta tells Naval Academy graduates to look to Asia-Pacific: With Osama bin Laden dead, the war in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan winding down, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told graduating midshipmen Tuesday to prepare themselves for "one of the key projects" of their generation: building American strength in the Asia-Pacific region.

More Baltimore-area fish kills reported: State investigators estimated there were 10,000 fish floating in Stoney Creek in northern Anne Arundel County and in its tributaries, Back Cove, Beehive Cove and Nabbs Creek, according to Samantha Kappalman, spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Arrieta's struggles send O's to fourth loss in a row: The Orioles' 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays Tuesday night ended with catcher Matt Wieters watching his team's failed comeback from a seven-run deficit in the visiting clubhouse of the Rogers Centre, banished from the field after receiving the first ejection of his big-league career.


Same-sex marriage opponents gather twice the signatures needed for referendum: Activists working to repeal Maryland's same-sex marriage law have collected more than twice the signatures needed for a referendum -- likely ensuring that the measure will be on the ballot for voters to decide in November.

Arundel Mills casino attempts to set itself apart with electronic table games: Sprawling across a space larger than three typical Wal-Marts, the casino at Arundel Mills Mall, scheduled to open June 6, also features gaming consoles hooked into video feeds of real-time dice rolls, roulette wheel spins and card deck deals.

Henson ordered to pay $1 million for 2010 election robocall: Political consultant Julius Henson must pay the state $1 million for putting out 112,000 robocalls intended to discourage black voters from going to the polls on Election Day 2010, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Texting while walking emerging as possible danger for pedestrians, drivers: Though researchers and lawmakers have spent considerable time and energy worrying about distracted driving, distracted walking is low on the radar, but possibly beginning to get a little bit of attention as both an annoying menace and possible danger.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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