Hitting snooze – Monday, March 9th

Yesterday’s thaw will continue today, with highs in the 50s. Warmer weather should stick around for most of the week.

Legislation to allow Baltimore City School Police to carry their service weapons during the school day is off the table for now. After pressure from students and parents opposing the law, members of the city’s delegation to the General Assembly were unable to reach consensus, so they pulled the bill from consideration.

Fan favorite Torrey Smith won’t play for the Ravens next season. The wide receiver became a free agent at the end of the season. Smith wrote a classy goodbye note.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is vetoing the residential parking permit (RPP) plan for Hampden. The controversial parking plan was a response to the pending opening of the Rotunda re-development that includes a shopping center and nearly 400 apartments. The mayor wants to take a “wait and see” approach.

The mayor will give the annual State of the City address later today.Rawlings-Blake is expected to announce increased resources for entrepreneurs, including a million dollar innovation fund for small businesses. The mayor is also pitching a website that tracks development news (um, ok), and a new plan to reduce homicides in the city.

Rep. Donna Edwards is expected to join the race for Barbara Mikulski’s open Senate seat. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who announced last week, already has the endorsement of Harry Reid and state’s attorney Brian Frosh – the early endorsements were likely to discourage other contenders from entering the race. More announcements are inevitable in the next few weeks.