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The Sun's William Patalon III on the Verizon/MCI merger. The score: Verizon employs more than 10,000 in Md., MCI about 1,000.

Del. Dr. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) charged by state medical disciplinary board with mishandling three living wills.

Maurice Blackwell trial: Day 3.

Maya Marcel-Keyes, lesbian daughter of wacko conservative commentator/perennial candidate Alan Keyes, makes public debut at gay rights rally in Annapolis. More on Keyes' coming out party from Daily News' gossip column, Rush and Malloy.

Mayor O'Rumor updates: David Nitkin (remember, the banned Annapolis bureau chief) answers Sun readers' questions; was Joe Steffen's downfall a sting, of sorts, by a Democratic operative?; a yawn-worthy column from the Post's Marc Fisher. (He's mostly right and all, but tying Mayor O'Rumor in with Ehrlich's "respect" speech is so last week, and, ugh, "Bobby Haircut.") Finally, a localized roundup (reporter talks to Frederick pols) from the News-Post.

Police Beat: City cops add charges to racial discrimination suit; man breaks into P.G. County house, shoots occupant, steals SUV, crashes into another SUV, shoots and kills that vehicle's driver, remains at large; man kills wife, self at Cambridge-area motel; two men plead guilty in 1998 murder of Dundalk teenager; White Marsh fire ruled arson; daily blotter; woman killed in Charles Village accident named.

Two JHU scientists--Dr. Solomon H. Snyder and Nobel winner Riccardo Giacconi--win National Medal of Science. Sun story.

Cecil County probably going to be teaching creationism--um, we mean intelligent design--soon.

UMd cracks down on unruly Terps fans. Terps fans not happy. Also from the Diamondback, College Park airport reopens to public.

State Sen. Richard Colburn (R-Mid-Shore) proposes third Bay Bridge span.

In business news, Frederick Brewing Co. selling caffeinated beer, Third Rail, in Northern California. Old Beltway brewery coming down, site being redeveloped. Sun biz columnist Bill Atkinson on former RESI chief Michael Conte's attempted comeback.

Hopkins Jewish studies department gets Blaustein papers (Baltimorean Jacob Blaustein pretty much invented the gas station).

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