Tighter border-crossing rulesAmericans returning from Mexico and Canada will have to present passports or their equivalent starting in 2008, the Bush administration said yesterday. The crackdown along borders that have cultivated openness could hinder tourism and commerce, officials said. [Page 1a]

Floods force evacuations

Thousands of people packed into shelters, hotels or friends' houses yesterday, forced from their homes by flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. [Page 3a]


Pope's burial plans discussed

Cardinals met privately at the Vatican yesterday to discuss the burial of Pope John Paul II and plan for deliberations for his successor, while more than a million mourners filed past the pontiff's body. [Page 1a]

Progress made in Iraqi politics

Breaking a deadlock, Iraqi lawmakers announced yesterday that they had reached an agreement on selecting a new president and two vice presidents, clearing the way for lawmakers to write a permanent constitution. [Page 1a]


Wal-Mart focus of health-care bill

Maryland would become the first state to tax large companies that fail to meet a mandated level of employee health-care benefits under a bill approved yesterday by the state Senate. The measure would affect one corporation: Wal-Mart. However, smaller businesses worry it could be altered to include them in the future. [Page 1a]

Senate to vote on airport bill

Legislation that seeks to rename Baltimore-Washington International Airport after the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is on its way to a full vote in the state Senate, although it faces an uncertain future, the chairwoman of the committee reviewing the proposal said yesterday. Several advocates, including U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, testified in favor of the change. [Page 1b]

Pressing for child welfare reform

Child welfare advocates are pushing for reform at the state Department of Human Resources after an audit this week found lapses in care of almost 9,000 children in foster homes and group facilities. They are seeking legislation that would require changes in how the agency tracks foster children and a requirement for quarterly staffing reports. [Page 1b]


Maryland Film Festival set

This year's Maryland Film Festival, set for May 5-8, promises a weekend of cinematic extremes. Patrons can expect a sing-along screening of Disney's Mary Poppins, hosted by Olympics figure-skating champion Dorothy Hamill, and Porn Theatre, this year's selection by Baltimore's own John Waters. [Page 1c]

Jennings diagnosed with cancer

Less than a week after ABC announced that Ted Koppel would leave his post as long-time anchor of Nightline this year, Peter Jennings, the network's anchorman of more than two decades, announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer. He will begin outpatient chemotherapy treatment next week. [Page 1c]


Tax relief for homeowners

State legislators are pushing for increased property tax relief for low-income homeowners, especially seniors being buffeted by Maryland's rapidly rising home values. The state Homeowners Tax Credit Program is designed to aid a small, vulnerable percentage of the population. [Page 1d]

A push for an inside hire for CEO

A day after Morgan Stanley said it planned to spin off its Discover Card division, dissident shareholders demanded yesterday that the investment firm's chief executive, Philip J. Purcell, be replaced by one of their own. The group of eight former executives and current shareholders said Purcell should be replaced by one-time Morgan Stanley President Robert G. Scott, and a separate non-executive chairman should be named. [Page 1d]


Baylor women win NCAA title

Baylor used a brilliant inside-outside performance to defeat Michigan State, 84-62, in the NCAA women's basketball national championship game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. It is the first national championship for Baylor in any major sport. [Page 1e]

Jeter's homer lifts Yankees

Derek Jeter hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox, New York's second in a row over Boston to begin the season. Jason Varitek had a home run in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3. [Page 5e]

Celtics hold off Wizards

The Boston Celtics blew a 16-point lead but closed with a 21-12 run and beat the Washington Wizards, 116-108, behind 25 points from Paul Pierce and 21 from Raef LaFrentz. After watching the Wizards spend practically all of the game at the free-throw line, the Celtics won by making all 17 of their free throws in the fourth quarter. [Page 8e]


Dads struggle with balancing act

Dads born after the baby boom are struggling to balance career and family issues more than the generations of fathers before them. But even with more families juggling two careers, the trend of men taking leave or reducing hours has been slow to surge, experts said, since most employers do not offer paid paternity leave. [Page 1k]


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"It's the end of a few generations in this case. Those guys have lived a long time."

Louis Galambos, history professor at the Johns Hopkins University, on the fading of World War I veterans (Article, Page 1C)








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