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Thousands more bodies found

More than 7,000 bodies were found yesterday on the devastated western coast of Sumatra, raising the death toll from the tsunami to 147,000. A shaken U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan toured some of the most devastated areas, saying, "You wonder, where are the people? What happened to them?" [Page 1a]

Palestinian campaigns wind down

Palestinian candidates wrapped up their campaigns to succeed Yasser Arafat yesterday, as the front-runner in tomorrow's election, Mahmoud Abbas, said he was confident that a cease-fire could be reached with Israel. Israeli forces arrested another candidate, Mustafa Barghouti. [Page 8a]

NATIONAL

Ex-Klansman pleads not guilty

Stooped and frail, Edgar Ray Killen, a 79-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, was brought into court yesterday to answer for one of the most notorious crimes of the civil rights era - the killing of three voter-registration workers in Mississippi 40 years ago. Killen responded "not guilty" three times to the three murder charges. [Page 3a]

Jury selected in Abu Ghraib trial

A jury of 10 soldiers was selected yesterday to decide whether the accused ringleader of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal was illegally beating inmates or following orders to rough up the detainees for interrogation. The lead lawyer for Spc. Charles A. Graner said yesterday that he would show jurors that Graner was following lawful orders or, at least, orders he had good reason to think were proper. [Page 3a]

MARYLAND

Prospective aide under scrutiny

Andre J. Hornsby, the embattled CEO of Prince George's County schools, is considering hiring as his chief of staff the head of a Houston district under scrutiny for alleged cheating on state tests. James Henderson visited Prince George's to meet school officials, who appeared not to know of the problems in Houston. [Page 1a]

Witnesses amend their testimony

Two witnesses in the murder trial of Terrence Tolbert backed away yesterday from earlier testimony that linked Tolbert to a handgun possibly used in the killing of an Annapolis businessman. The victim, Straughan Lee Griffin, was shot, robbed and run over in September 2002. [Page 1b]

School monitor charged in fire

A hall monitor at Walbrook High Uniformed Services Academy was charged yesterday with malicious burning. Police said Lloyd Chris Stanton, 35, was seen attempting to set a newspaper on fire in the West Baltimore school. Stanton had been hired to prevent fires at the school. [Page 1b]

SPORTS

Reed NFL's top defensive player

Ravens safety Ed Reed was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. Reed, who led the league with nine interceptions, beat out Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Farrior. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis won the award last season. [Page 1c]

R. Turner may be top candidate

Ron Turner has re-emerged as a viable candidate for the Ravens' offensive coordinator opening - and perhaps the leading one. According to a team source, the Ravens offered the position to the former Illinois coach yesterday. Coach Brian Billick, however, said no offer had been extended. [Page 4c]

BUSINESS

Andersen case goes to high court

Arthur Andersen LLP, the defunct accounting firm, will get a U.S. Supreme Court hearing as it seeks to overturn its conviction for obstructing the federal government's investigation of Enron Corp. The justices agreed yesterday to review an appellate decision upholding the conviction, which forced Andersen, once the world's fifth-largest auditor, to stop conducting public audits. [Page 9c]

Essex plans to buy Windermere

Essex Corp., an optical electronics company, has signed a letter of intent to buy Annapolis-based Windermere Group LLC, a privately held engineering and software company that serves commercial and homeland defense customers. Both companies are enjoying an explosion in revenue, as intelligence agencies search for high-tech ways to filter terrorist communications. [Page 9c]

Sutton Place grocery closes

After 14 years of offering Pikesville shoppers fancy foods they couldn't get in standard groceries, Sutton Place Gourmet is closing its Woodholme Shopping Center store. The store, Sutton's only location in the Baltimore area, expects to stop operations for good by Jan. 18. [Page 9c]

TODAY

Lewis Museum to open June 25

Baltimore's long-awaited Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture will open to the public June 25. The five-story building at Pratt Street will hold the country's second-largest museum of black history. [Page 1d]

An uneasy collaboration

A rare collection of letters acquired last month by the health library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore reveals the relationship between Drs. Walter Reed and James Carroll, who helped rid the world of yellow fever. Their collaboration veered from respect to jealousy and distrust before their work was through. [Page 1d]

Stonewall clubhouse for sale

The Stonewall Democratic Club - a survivor from Baltimore's tradition of neighborhood political clubs - holds an open house today for people interested in buying the clubhouse that has been its headquarters on South Charles Street for more than 75 years. [Page 1d]

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I have never seen such utter destruction, mile after mile." U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, surveying areas hit by the Dec. 26 tsunamis (Article, Page 1A)

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TSUNAMI UPDATES

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MARYLAND WEATHER

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