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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

WEATHER

highs in the mid 60s, sunny skies and breezy conditions. There is a 40 percent chance of overnight showers, with lows in the lower 40s tonight.

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TRAFFIC

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

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FROM LAST NIGHT...

: Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim, Jewish brothers accused of beating a black teen while guarding their Park Heights neighborhood, withdrew a request to change the court venue Tuesday and elected to move forward with a Baltimore trial by judge, waiving their right to be heard by a jury of their peers.

: Authorities are investigating Tuesday's security breach at a Baltimore social services office, which police said allowed a woman hiding a large kitchen knife in a bag to enter the building and stab her 8-month-old daughter.

: Twice a month, the Natural Resources Police Tactical Response Team practices its craft. Tuesday morning's exercise was aboard the USNS Gilliland, a 956-foot vessel operated by the Navy Military Sealift Command and tied up at the Clinton Street Marine Terminal.

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: Gov. Martin O'Malley made a rare appearance at the state school board meeting Tuesday to welcome the new state school superintendent, Lillian M. Lowery, and encourage the members to work harder on preparing principals and providing vocational training to students.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

: Gov. Martin O'Malley and top leaders of the General Assembly are considering the possibility of holding two special legislative sessions -- one in May to deal with the state budget and another in summer to consider an expansion of casino gambling in Maryland.

: Maryland's Court of Appeals on Tuesday blocked police in most cases from collecting DNA samples when they arrest suspects in violent crimes and burglaries, dealing a blow to one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature initiatives.

: A Baltimore police detective who was thrust into the national spotlight while leading the investigation into a teenager who disappeared has been suspended after authorities said he allegedly went on a rogue hunt for his own missing daughter.

: Key senators reached a tentative agreement Tuesday to save a mail processing center considered significant to the Eastern Shore economy but left the fate of more than a dozen post offices in the Baltimore region uncertain as they considered a sweeping bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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