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"We are at a very decisive point of trying to understand how we should tell the story of the Holocaust."

Edna Wilchfort, a volunteer guide at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem (Article, Page 1A)


Drug linked to heart-attack risk

Pfizer Inc. warned yesterday that its painkiller, Celebrex, might raise the risk of heart attack. Many experts responded by recommending that patients stop using the drug. [Page 1a]

Guard struggles with new role

The National Guard is struggling to reinvent itself in the age of terrorism, but some active-duty officers and defense analysts doubt the Guard can quickly turn around weak recruiting. [Page 1a]

Ease flu-shot limits, panel urges

Two months after a flu vaccine shortage spread alarm, a federal advisory panel has recommended that the government ease restrictions on supply and make shots available to everyone age 50 and older. [Page 3a]


EU, Turkey agree to begin talks

European leaders agreed yesterday to begin formal talks next October with Turkey over entrance into the European Union. [Page 12a]

Cuba escalates decorations issue

Angered over American Christmas decorations that highlight the imprisonment of Cuban dissidents, Havana placed large billboards with swastikas and pictures from the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal across from the U.S. diplomatic mission. [Page 12a]


Governor to call special session

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said he would convene a special session of the General Assembly with the goal of passing legislation to ease rising malpractice insurance costs for doctors. [Page 1a]

Cell-phone records aided arrest

A security guard charged with arson at an upscale Southern Maryland housing development was arrested after cell-phone records placed him near the scene - not home in bed as he had told investigators - when the fires were set Dec. 6, court documents say. [Page 1a]

Fourth agency added to probe

A fourth Maryland agency has become entangled in an investigation of government procurement practices in the purchase of items at exorbitant prices. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services disclosed the "open and active" probe by the state attorney general's office. [Page 1b]

Ruling favors disabled students

A federal judge ruled yesterday that spending cuts in the city school system are interfering with services to disabled students. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis also agreed with a city judge who issued a decision this summer that the state is not providing adequate funding for Baltimore schools. [Page 1b]


Rahman could fight V. Klitschko

Negotiations have begun for a possible heavyweight title fight in the spring between World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko and former champion Hasim Rahman of Baltimore. [Page 1c]

Nets trade for All-Star Carter

NBA All-Star Vince Carter was traded by the Toronto Raptors to the New Jersey Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two first-round draft picks. [Page 5c]

Dolphins slow pursuit of Saban

The Miami Dolphins will put their courtship of LSU coach Nick Saban on hold to comply with the NFL's hiring policy by interviewing a minority candidate, a team source told the Associated Press. [Page 6c]


Settlement near at Legg U.K. unit

A Legg Mason Inc. subsidiary in London is close to a settlement that stems from a long-standing investigation into the subsidiary and 20 other money managers over a $1.5 billion investment-trust scandal. [Page 11c]

CBS, NBC to pull 3 Miller beer ads

CBS and NBC said they will stop airing three Miller beer commercials they found were unfair to rival Anheuser-Busch by, among other things, showing a Budweiser delivery man wearing Capri pants. Anheuser-Busch lodged complaints with ABC and Fox. [Page 11c]

Slots in plans for Bethlehem, Pa.

Plans to redevelop vacant land and buildings of the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. into a National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pa. are being set aside for a development that would include a lavish slots parlor illuminating the old blast furnaces and blending industrial motifs into its design. [Page 11c]


Season finale of 'Wire' is Sunday

The season finale of The Wire, the Baltimore crime drama, will air Sunday on HBO, with its producers uncertain if this episode will be the last. [Page 1d]

$44 million bid for N.Y. apartment

Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire chief executive officer of News Corp. whose holdings include Fox TV and 20th Century Fox, has offered $44 million for a New York apartment - the highest ever for a Manhattan apartment. [Page 2d]



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