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Good afternoon, Baltimore: Monday lunchtime lowdown

ON THE SITE...

GOP opens session with roar of protest: Republican lawmakers opened a special session of the General Assembly by denouncing Gov. Martin O'Malley as a liar and vowing to fight plans to raise taxes and shift pension costs to counties.

BWI concourses evacuated for 90 minutes: Investigators were trying to determine the nature and source of an unusual odor. All checkpoints reopened at about 10 a.m., after investigators removed what they believe was a can of pepper spray from a trash bin.

Four homicides reported in city on Mother's Day: City police are investigating four homicides and a shooting that occurred in area neighborhoods Sunday.

Baltimore County Police form metal theft task force: The Metal Thefts Team is being called the area’s first law enforcement group dedicated to investigating thefts of copper gutters off homes or electronic devices from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. facilities.

Preakness week off to a rainy start: Two inches of precipitation are expected between Monday and Wednesday morning, but skies are expected to clear by Thursday in advance of Saturday's races at Pimlico.

 

COMING LATER...

  • Coverage of the General Assembly's special session, including whether any Democratic opposition arises to proposed tax bills or whether any other legislation is introduced.
  • Preakness week coverage begins with a look at the impact of slot machine gambling revenue on the second gem of the Triple Crown.
  • In Sports, Preakness coverage will also include updates on the potential field, including Bodemeister.
  • A Howard County teacher is being commended for pulling a student from a burning car.
  • Columnist Jean Marbella is reporting from Dallas at the U.S. Olympic Committee's media summit in advance of the 2012 London Summer Games.
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