Homeland security chief named

President Bush nominated federal Judge Michael Chertoff as the new homeland security chief. Chertoff, a former prosecutor who recently called for a new look at the tough terrorist detainee laws that he helped craft after the Sept. 11 attacks, is expected to easily win Senate approval. [Page 1a]

Bush focuses on Social Security

President Bush launched an aggressive marketing campaign designed to convince the public that a looming crisis demands quick and far-reaching action to shore up Social Security. But that position is under fire from Democrats and many economists. [Page 1a]

Study links red meat, cancer

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports the strongest evidence yet that eating a lot of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. [Page 1a]

Graner called 'primary torturer'

A Syrian man held prisoner at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003 called Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr. the "primary torturer" at the Iraqi facility and said he appeared to enjoy inflicting painful abuse. The prisoner appeared in videotaped testimony yesterday during Graner's court-martial. [Page 3a]


Parts of Iraq chaotic, Allawi says

Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi acknowledged that parts of the country were too chaotic to participate in the Jan. 30 elections. At least 23 Iraqis died yesterday in the latest round of insurgent attacks. [Page 1a]

New mad cow case in Canada

Canadian authorities confirmed a new case of mad cow disease in Alberta. Authorities said no part of the infected cow has entered the human or animal food system. [Page 14a]


Legislators override Ehrlich veto

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of a medical malpractice reform bill yesterday, rebuffing an intense lobbying effort by the governor and setting a tense partisan tone for the 90-day session that begins today. [Page 1a]

Killings cast light on group homes

The triple homicide inside a drug and alcohol recovery facility in Remington on Monday night opened a window into Baltimore's industry of small, unlicensed and unmonitored group homes. A state inquiry began yesterday into whether the Remington facility had the licenses required for the services it was providing. [Page 1a]

O'Malley studies Israeli security

Mayor Martin O'Malley and members of a delegation from Baltimore get a firsthand look at the security cameras that help law enforcement officials keep watch over Jerusalem. O'Malley, on a six-day visit to Israel, is considering installing cameras in sections of Baltimore. [Page 1b]


Celebrity couples dwindling

Without Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, stargazers are at a loss when it comes to celebrity couples. Are there any famous dynamic duos out there who can rise to the occasion? [Page 1c]

City teens in gospel program

The Cotton Blossom Singers, a choir from historic Piney Woods School in Mississippi, will present a program of spirituals, gospel and contemporary music this weekend. Two Baltimore teens, who attend the school on scholarship, will perform with the group. [Page 1c]

Mason promoted at CBS

On Monday, Linda Mason became the person to whom all CBS producers report when she was named senior vice president, standards and practices. Her promotion came in direct response to a report urging the creation of such a position after a 60 Minutes Wednesday story about President Bush's National Guard service. [Page 1c]


Steelworkers plan merger

The United Steelworkers of America, instrumental in the history of Baltimore and other industrial cities but shrunken by the rise of foreign steel and global competition, announced a plan to merge with the Paper, Allied Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union. [Page 1d]

Nortel slashes 2003 profit

Canadian telecom equipment maker Nortel Networks Corp. slashed its audited profit for 2003 by 41 percent and reported that a dozen senior executives would repay $8.6 million in bonuses and five board members would resign. [Page 1d]

Decoy auctioneers coming to Md.

The leading auction house for decoys, Guyette & Schmidt Inc., is moving its headquarters to St. Michaels from Maine this month. The owners said they were drawn by a warmer climate, lower taxes, hundreds of customers living in Maryland and the state's premier role in the craft. [Page 1d]


Wake Forest rolls over Terps

The Maryland men's basketball team suffered its second consecutive lopsided loss, falling on the road to No. 4 Wake Forest, 81-66, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game. The Terps had lost, 109-75, to third-ranked North Carolina on Saturday. [Page 1e]

Marino, S. Young finalists for Hall

Quarterbacks Dan Marino and Steve Young headed the list of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The late George Young, who was a City College coach and Baltimore Colts executive, was among the finalists, but Ravens owner Art Modell was not on the list for the third straight year. [Page 3e]


"Suddenly the beans and tofu are looking pretty good."

Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, on a study linking high consumption of red meat to an increased risk of colorectal cancer (Article, Page 1A)








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