and a 20 percent chance of precipitation. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low around 77. But temperatures will heat up on Wednesday, when it's expected to be sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Heat index values will be as high as 102.



for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.


: Outgoing Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III took his last community walk as commissioner. During his five-year tenure leading the city force, Bealefeld emphasized community relations, attending sometimes three neighborhood walks per week and trying to repair the Police Department's image.

: On Monday night, at the direct request of the Ocean City Police Department, the Ocean City Town Council unanimously passed an "emergency ordinance" to change the punishment for possessing an open alcohol container in public from a municipal infraction to a misdemeanor offense.

: Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey held the Orioles to just one hit and recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts as New York beat the Orioles (39-28), 5-0.


: City health and planning officials want to strip 128 liquor stores of their licenses -- about a third of those licensed in Baltimore -- because, they say, the stores are linked to higher rates of violent criminal activity. About 90 percent of the liquor stores in Baltimore are owned by Korean-Americans, according to city estimates, and some community members believe the city is unfairly targeting Korean-owned businesses.

: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came under fire on two fronts Monday as the City Council sliced $6 million from her proposed budget and the city comptroller renewed allegations that the mayor's staff improperly purchased more than $650,000 in phone equipment. Council members, following a plan devised by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, cut $6.1 million from the mayor's $2.3 billion operating budget -- and asked Rawlings-Blake to divert the savings to prevent recreation centers from closing and to boost after-school and summer jobs programs.

: Should police officers and firefighters accept small gifts from local businesses? Public servants and merchants weigh in.

: As the Baltimore school system prepares to implement a more stringent curriculum next year, sample evaluations of more than two dozen schools show that many are struggling with how to effectively teach children.