Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday

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Revelations in abuse case spark calls for reform: State legislators and sexual-abuse victim advocates called Monday for reforms in the way such cases are handled in Maryland, in the wake of a Baltimore Sun investigation related to John Merzbacher, a one-time teacher at Catholic Community Middle School in Locust Point.

Rawlings-Blake names new Rec and Parks director: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has chosen a new director of recreation and parks, hiring an experienced manager who has headed similar agencies in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Detroit.

Cyber Monday sting hits counterfeit sports apparel sites: Federal agents in Baltimore seized 36 commercial websites on Monday, alleging that the sites have been selling counterfeit goods — including athletic gear bearing the copyrighted logos of pro sports teams.

Patch editor suffers 'life-threatening injuries' after Goucher Blvd. crash: Baltimore County Police said Monday afternoon that 24-year-old Towson resident Tyler Waldman is at Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries after a two-car crash earlier this morning in Towson.

'Fiscal cliff' talks slow as Congress returns:  Congress returned in a lame duck session with no signs of quick compromise to prevent a tax hike for most Americans early next year. Current tax rates expire on December 31.


RAVENS: Thirteen-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker Ray Lewis could return to practice as early as this week, coach John Harbaugh said Monday.

Peter Schmuck: It's fair to ask whether it is really necessary for Ray Lewis to rush back when the Ravens defense has made great strides over the past several weeks and the team has built a nice cushion in the AFC North.

TERPS: Just when Mark Turgeon had grown weary of answering questions about Maryland's move to the Big Ten in 2014, along comes a game with Big Ten school Northwestern to revive the discussion.

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Holiday shopping beyond the mall: Between now and Christmas, a bevy of events will be popping up throughout the Baltimore area, offering handmade and out-of-the-ordinary gifts. The best part? Even if you don't buy anything, you'll have fun looking.

After Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday?: Today is the first Giving Tuesday, a national event that encourages charitable donations and hopes to become as popular as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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