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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday

Baltimore Sun reporter


The National Weather Service is calling for Tuesday mostly sunny in the Baltimore area, with a high near 94 and south winds around 6 miles per hour. Forecasters warn that isolated thunderstorms are possible Tuesday afternoon and evening and that a few thunderstorms may produce large hail and damaging winds.Tuesday night is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 80, with a 30 percent chance of precipitation. Wednesday (July 4) is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 97 and a 40 percent chance of precipitation.


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


Seven Md. deaths tallied so far from heat, storms; mayor, governor urge utilities to speed power restoration: A summer heat wave expected to last through the weekend is now blamed for seven deaths across Maryland, and public officials called Monday for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to act quickly to repair power outages or risk more deaths. Check baltimoresun.com throughout the day for complete coverage of power restoration efforts.

Hammel gets little help from defense or offense as O's lose 6-3 to Mariners: The Orioles' managed just three hits -- none after the fourth inning -- and their defense was rife with holes in a 6-3 loss to the Mariners in front of an announced crowd of 14,805 at Safeco Field. The loss was the Orioles' 10th in their last 12 games and sixth out of their last seven.

GOP confident in petition bid to challenge redistricting: The Western Maryland Republican leading a campaign to repeal the state's new congressional map said Monday that the signatures his group collected will withstand Board of Elections scrutiny, forcing a fall referendum on the issue. "This was a very thorough validation process," Del. Neil Parrott of Washington County said at an Annapolis news conference.

Howard Council passes Downtown Columbia Partnership bill -- with amendments: The Howard County Council Monday, in a 4-1 vote, passed legislation that would form a Downtown Columbia Partnership, but only after adding amendments aimed at changing the partnership's leadership structure and the entity administering funds collected for affordable housing.

Protesters rally for more serious charges against officer indicted in teen's death: About 50 members of Christopher Brown's family and community, as well as others, gathered outside the Baltimore County Courts Building on Monday evening to protest what they believe to be preferential treatment of an off-duty officer charged in the 17-year-old's death.

Balto. Co. Council spars over Owings Mills Metro Centre bill: Baltimore County Council members sparred Monday over a bill that will exempt the Metro Centre at Owings Mills from many development regulations, with the legislation's sponsor accusing some of his colleagues of working to change it behind his back.


Seven deaths tallied so far from heat, storms: A summer heat wave expected to last through the weekend is now blamed for seven deaths across Maryland, and public officials called Monday for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to act quickly to repair power outages or risk more deaths.

Residents cope after three days without power: As Baltimore-area residents adjusted to life after the storm, they slept in unusual places, shared their precious power, drove miles for ice and stayed on the lookout for rumbling white trucks with the green BGE logo.

Maryland's crab outlook, like weather, iffy: Independence Day means steamed crabs for many Marylanders, but the outlook for celebrating the nation's birthday with a heaping tableful of locally caught crustaceans is as iffy as the weather of late. Despite a bumper crop of crabs tallied in the Chesapeake Bay during last winter's survey, that bounty has yet to show up at local docks or seafood outlets, watermen and dealers report.

Baltimore braces for Fourth of July crowds: Baltimore police say they plan to change some tactics from last year's Fourth of July celebration to make sure the violence that stained the event won't happen again. Police will use low fencing to restrict access to the Inner Harbor and will shift officers to potential trouble spots such as transit stops as the night progresses, officials said Monday. Several hundred officers, including some from the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Transportation Authority, will patrol the harbor area.

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