Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Monday
WEATHER

The National Weather Service is calling for Monday to be mostly sunny in the Baltimore area, with a high near 92 and north winds between 5 and 8 miles per hour. There is a 30 percent chance of precipitation. Forecasters are warning that afternoon heat index values will reach 100 to 102 degrees. Monday night is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 73 and a 30 percent chance of precipitation.

TRAFFIC

Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.

FROM THE WEEKEND...

More than 257,000 still without power in extreme heat: BGE officials continued to scramble Sunday to restore power to nearly more than 257,000 customers as the area suffered with temperatures near 100 degrees for a third day and braced for a chaotic Monday-morning commute. After the state was rocked Friday night by a fast-moving series of storms, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would closely monitor the restoration work of Baltimore Gas and Electric, as well as Pepco, and would urge them to beat their own projections. The power companies have said they could restore power to nearly all area homes by this weekend.

Fires damage two Ellicott City houses: Howard County firefighters are investigating the causes of two fires in Ellicott City over the weekend, a two-alarm blaze that broke out in a home on Manor Lane on Saturday evening and a fire that began about 5:45 p.m. Sunday at a home on Valley Road.

Victims of 1998 Africa bombing still seeking compensation: Fourteen years after a truck bomb ripped through the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, the families of 12 Americans killed in the attack are still fighting for federal compensation that has been granted to other terrorism victims -- a struggle that has left many feeling betrayed and forgotten. The effort by the families, including two from Maryland, has raised difficult questions about who is entitled to federal support when relatives are killed by an act of terrorism directed at the United States, and how much money is fair.

Congressional map opponents turn in 36K signatures: A Republican-led effort to overturn Maryland's new Congressional map has theoretically turned in enough signatures to trigger a state-wide referendum, but the margin is so tight that it is still unclear if the issue will go to voters. The group, led by Del. Neil Parrott, filed a final batch of 36,267 signatures to the Maryland Secretary of State's Office late Saturday evening, according to documents obtained by The Sun. That brings the total number of signatures turned in to 63,030.

Adam Jones, Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters make All-Star team: The Orioles have not represented themselves particularly well of late, but at least they'll be well-represented at the All-Star Game. Center fielder Adam Jones, closer Jim Johnson and catcher Matt Wieters have been chosen by their peers to play in next week's Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Meanwhile, the Orioles lost to the Cleveland Indians, 6-2, on Sunday, their ninth defeat in their past 12 games.

Tiger Woods bests Bo Van Pelt to win AT&T National: Tiger Woods shot a 2-under par 69 Sunday for a four-round total of 8-under 276 to win the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Woods has now won three times in his past seven tournaments. Former Navy standout Billy Hurley III finished tied for fourth at 4-under par 280.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

More than 257,000 still without power in extreme heat: BGE officials continued to scramble Sunday to restore power to nearly more than 257,000 customers as the area suffered with temperatures near 100 degrees for a third day and braced for a chaotic Monday-morning commute. After the state was rocked Friday night by a fast-moving series of storms, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would closely monitor the restoration work of Baltimore Gas and Electric, as well as Pepco, and would urge them to beat their own projections. The power companies have said they could restore power to nearly all area homes by this weekend.

Coping with second day of no electricity frustrates many: Two days after ferocious thunderstorms ripped through the area, the frustrations of a second scorching afternoon without air conditioning were rising with the temperature. Residents complained about the inability to get information fromBaltimore Gas and Electric Co., having to throw out hundreds of dollars' worth of food and deal with intersections where traffic signals were not working.

Foose takes over as Howard superintendent: On Monday, Renee Foose begins her new job as superintendent of Howard County schools, becoming the first woman to head the system. She replaces Sydney Cousin, who is retiring. Foose, 45, takes over one of the state's highest-performing school systems but one recently fraught with controversy.

Some Baltimore County union contracts expire: About 2,400 unionized Baltimore County public employees are set to return to work Monday without contracts, following disagreements about workers' contributions to their health care benefits. The stalemate has left workers uncertain about a range of important issues, including vacation and sick leave. Other contract issues not addressed by law include allowances for uniforms and shoes, and paid leave to attend union training and other events.