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Bonuses planned for elite force

In an effort to keep elite commandos from leaving the military for lucrative private security jobs, the Pentagon plans to offer Special Operations troops bonuses of up to $150,000 to remain in the military, officials say. [Page 1a]

President's father talks to press

Visiting with White House reporters yesterday, President Bush's father said his son's inaugural address was not intended to signal a new direction in U.S. foreign policy or portray arrogance. [Page 3a]

WORLD

Assessment of Iraq operations

A retired Army general sent to Iraq to assess operations there has concluded that American forces must bolster and speed up training of Iraqi security forces by assigning thousands of U.S. military advisers to work directly with them, military officials say. [Page 16a]

Women may not run in Iran

Despite reports in Iran's state-run media saying that women would be allowed to run for president, the country's hard-line leadership announced yesterday that the men-only policy remained in place. [Page 16a]

MARYLAND

City evidence practices reviewed

Gunshot-residue evidence, used for years in thousands of Baltimore investigations, is not as clear-cut as it has often been portrayed in court, or in the television crime dramas that have made forensics popular. Internal Baltimore police documents show that contamination has been a recurring problem, and city prosecutors have begun a review of the way the evidence is used. [Page 1a]

Year's first major snowstorm

The year's first major snowstorm churned through the Baltimore region yesterday, and the 5 to 7 powdery inches it dropped are expected to be blown about today by winds gusting to 40 mph. The snow made driving difficult and resulted in many cancellations and early closures. Some churches canceled today's services. [Page 1a]

Split on political issues

The boundaries between Baltimore and its suburban neighbors might appear to be just lines on a map, but the results of a recent Sun Poll show a real and growing division of attitudes. On opinions about politics, terrorism and war, and views about supporting Baltimore's schools, city residents and their county cousins seem to live in different worlds. [Page 1b]

BUSINESS

Behavioral experts on Bush bid

Some academics in the growing field of behavioral finance, which blends psychology and economics, are wary of the Bush administration's bid to let Americans invest in private accounts under Social Security, saying that not only are people uninformed on the ways of the markets, but that they also possess irrational quirks and impulses that can thwart smart investment choices. [Page 1c

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SPORTS

No. 2 Kansas upset by Villanova

Allan Ray scored 27 points and Curtis Sumpter added 25 as host Villanova dealt second-ranked Kansas its first loss of the college basketball season, 83-62. The Wildcats (10-4) led by as many as 32 in handing the Jayhawks (14-1) their worst setback since December 2000. [Page 8d]

Knicks coach Wilkens resigns

Lenny Wilkens, a 67-year-old basketball Hall of Famer, resigned his position with the New York Knicks, likely ending a record-setting coaching career that began in 1969 when he was still an All-Star guard. Wilkens is the NBA's career coaching leader in wins and losses. [Page 11d]

Navarre leaves mat for Maryland

Two-time All-Metro football player and wrestler Jeremy Navarre of Joppatowne will forgo the rest of his high school wrestling season, start classes at the University of Maryland on Wednesday and turn his athletic focus to preparing for spring football practice. [Page 12d]

ARTS & SOCIETY

Suing for the right to marry

Nigel Simon and Alvin Williams have good jobs, a nice home, a loving relationship and three thriving children. What they don't have - and are suing to get - is the right to marry. [Page 1e]

TRAVEL

A first-time visit to Tokyo

Incongruous is an apt description of Tokyo, a city whose contradictions fascinated and amazed a first-time visitor. [Page 1r]

HOME & FAMILY

Nurseries of affluent parents

Does a baby need a $1,100 cast-iron crib or a chandelier in the nursery? Some affluent parents think so. [Page 1n]

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I can't bear the pain of feeding just one child when just a few weeks ago, I was feeding four children."

Santhia, a Sri Lankan mother who lost three of her children in the tsunami (Article, Page 1A)

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