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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday

WEATHER

rain with a high near 63 degrees. The low tonight is expected to be around 51 degrees. More rain is likely during the day tomorrow -- and there could be snow tomorrow night.

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TRAFFIC

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FROM LAST NIGHT...

: Since two pit bulls attacked a poodle near the park on Nov. 18, city police officers have issued 10 citations for having an unleashed dog in the park, Maj. William Davis, commander of the Southeastern Police District, said at the community meeting last night.

: Howard County became the third jurisdiction in Maryland to adopt a law prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The anti-discrimination law will take effect in 60 days.

: Maj. Melvin T. Russell, commander of the Eastern District, talks about his ownership of an Orleans Street rowhouse: "I'm an advocate against these people," Russell said, referring to owners of run-down vacants. "Unfortunately, I find myself in the same predicament I'm against."

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: At baseball's annual winter meetings, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations hopes to improve the pitching staff, yet still hold on to three top hitters -- catcher Matt Wieters, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: In a preview of her inaugural address, which is scheduled for today, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her aides said the mayor plans to attract more people to the city in the next 10 years. She also hopes to serve at least one more term after this one.

: Jay Davidson, an investor in the Baltimore Grand Prix's operator, Baltimore Racing Development, suggested in an op-ed article in The Baltimore Sun that the city could have done more to help the race. Mayor Rawlings-Blake's response: "He knows better. If I could have subsidized anything, it would be his business acumen."

: The two companies, whose $7.9 billion merger largely hinges on approval by state energy regulators, improved their incentive package and offered more commitments, but it's not enough for the deal's opponents.

: With many Americans turning to electronic forms of communication, the Postal Service proposed changes to its first-class delivery. Under the plan, mail would arrived two to three days after it is shipped, rather than as early as overnight.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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