Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday


The National Weather Service is calling for Tuesday to be sunny in the Baltimore area, with a high near 81 and northwinds between 10 and 16 miles per hour. Forecasters are warning ofa threat of wildfires in the area Tuesday afternoon and evening,due to "gusty" winds, low humidity and low moisture. Tuesday nightis expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 65.


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


Suspended, demoted Bel Air firefighters lose appeals: Four Bel AirVolunteer Fire Company firefighters, who were suspended and/ordemoted for their improper Facebook posts, have lost appeals of thedisciplinary actions, Chief Eddie Hopkins said Monday.

Council votes down bill seeking audits of city agencies: The BaltimoreCity Council defeated legislation Monday aimed at requiring cityagencies to be audited at least once every two years. The councilvoted 8-7 against the measure sponsored by Councilman Carl Stokes,who appeared disheartened by the outcome.

Baltimore man accused of killing girlfriend in South Carolina: LexingtonCounty deputies say a Baltimore man shot and killed his live-ingirlfriend as they drove to pick up their son who was staying withrelatives in South Carolina.

Phelps can't catch Lochte but does officially qualify for London Olympic Games: Michael Phelps finished second in the 400-meterindividual medley to arch-rival Ryan Lochte in the opening act ofthe Olympic swimming trials Monday, but both qualified for theLondon Games, setting the stage for another duel over their sport'smost challenging event.


High court repeals most of Ariz. immigration law: The Supreme Courton Monday upheld the main provision of Arizona's crackdown onillegal immigrants but threw out three other parts, handing partialvictories to President Barack Obama in his challenge to the law andto the measure's conservative supporters.

Supporters of gambling expansion take to the airwaves: Days afterpolitical talks on expanding gambling in Maryland collapsed, agroup pushing for a casino at National Harbor has taken its case tothe public by buying television ads in the Baltimore market andstaging a rally in Annapolis.

Bengies drive-in at risk, says owner: A lawsuit pitting BengiesDrive-In Theatre against a neighboring Royal Farms conveniencestore and its outdoor lights is being argued before a BaltimoreCounty Circuit Court jury this week. If the lights are not orderedremoved, or at least toned down, Vogel said in an interview, hecould be forced to shut down.

Perry Hall man convicted in biodiesel fraud case: A federal juryconvicted a Perry Hall man Monday of wire fraud and moneylaundering for selling $9 million worth of bogus biodiesel creditsto commodities brokers and oil companies -- a case that has shakenthe nation's renewable-fuel industry and prompted congressionalinquiries about the adequacy of federal oversight.

Tax credit errors spur calls for audits: City and state lawmakerscalled Monday for stepped-up scrutiny of property tax creditprograms in Baltimore, after a Baltimore Sun investigation foundthat chronic errors have cost the city millions of dollars in lostrevenue, despite warnings stretching back more than a decade.

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