WEATHER

Today's forecast calls for partly sunny skies, with a high temperature near 76 degrees. There's a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. It is expected to be mostly clear tonight with a low temperature around 52 degrees.

TRAFFIC

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FROM LAST NIGHT...

Protesters in downtown Annapolis call for Leopold ouster: Protesters held signs reading "Leopold must go!" "Spying un-American" and "Resign now" outside Anne Arundel County government headquarters Monday, criticizing an embattled county executive who faces allegations that he used his county police detail to investigate political opponents.

Baltimore Co. preparing for tough budget year: Baltimore County is bracing for another tough budget year, delaying new construction and improvements to infrastructure while looking for other ways to save. But County Council members and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's administration say they don't plan to raise taxes to bring in more revenue.

Smoke returns plane to BWI: A Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta returned to Baltimore late Monday afternoon after passengers smelled smoke in the cabin, an airline spokesman said. No injuries were reported.

Maryland women seeded No. 2 and will host Navy in NCAA first round: After waiting for most of the televised selection show, the Terps learned that they would be a No. 2 seed and host No. 15 Navy at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Comcast Center in a first-time matchup full of local flavor.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Constellation-Exelon merger, record find OK'd: The $245 million settlement that Baltimore's Constellation Energy Group agreed to pay is the largest of its kind to resolve allegations of market manipulation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Investigation highlights Balto. Co. minority hiring struggle: In a county that is 26 percent African-American, the department is 11 percent black, a figure that has changed very little in years.

UM student charged with threatening 'a shooting rampage': During a news conference Monday, University Police Chief David B. Mitchell described 19-year-old Alexander G. Song 2nd as "very emotionally distraught" when he was arrested Sunday morning. "He was shaking and crying."

Federal bill would provide money for bike trails: Baltimore and other Maryland localities would receive millions of dollars in federal money for bicycle trails, scenic pull-offs and street beautification projects as part of a huge, bipartisan transportation bill expected to pass in the U.S. Senate as early as Tuesday.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]