High court rules in marijuana caseThe Supreme Court ruled that federal agents can prosecute individuals who use marijuana to ease medical problems, even in the states where voters or lawmakers have carved out an exception in local drug laws. [Page 1a]

Wash. governor's election upheld

A judge upheld Democrat Christine Gregoires' victory in last fall's Washington governor's election, and defeated Republican candidate Dino Rossi said he would not appeal, ending the legal fight over the closest gubernatorial election in U.S. history. [Page 3a]

No verdict yet in Jackson trial

Jurors in the Michael Jackson molestation case ended their first full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict as the crowd of fans increased steadily and the tension among about 1,200 members of the media grew. [Page 6a]


Britain postpones EU vote

Britain has postponed indefinitely plans to hold a vote on the European Union constitution, following "no" votes in France and the Netherlands and effectively killing the document. [Page 1a]

War crimes in Sudan being probed

The International Criminal Court said yesterday that it had begun investigating alleged war crimes in Sudan and had compiled a list of 51 potential suspects. The Sudanese government indicated that it would not cooperate with the tribunal, potentially setting the stage for sanctions. [Page 8a]


Beilenson will leave health post

Baltimore's health commissioner will tell his staff today he is resigning next week to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin. Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, who has been commissioner for more than a decade, said he is leaving office to begin campaigning without running afoul of the Hatch Act. [Page 1b]

City to join in mercury challenge

Mayor Martin O'Malley announced yesterday that Baltimore will join a dozen states challenging the Bush administration's decision to exempt power plants from tough controls on mercury pollution. [Page 1b]

Night-scope test ordered halted

The governor ordered the state police yesterday to never repeat its experiment with using night-vision scopes to catch violators of the state's seat belt law. In Rockville, police borrowed night-vision scopes from the military for a trial enforcement run Wednesday night during which troopers issued 111 citations for seat belt violations. [Page 1b]


Guitar travels among musicians

Call it "The Brotherhood of the Traveling Guitar," a custom-made guitar that spends three months with a musician, who plays it, performs with it and records a journal entry about the experience before passing it on. [Page 1c]

Coldplay's 'X&Y;' is predictable

On British band Coldplay's X&Y; album, the music is more pumped up, full of surging arrangements crafted so there's hardly sign of a pulse underneath. Chris Martin, with his idiosyncratic vocal style, goes into self-pity overload. [Page 1c]

2 O'Briens on 'American Morning'

CNN announced more changes aimed at returning the cable channel's focus to hard news. Miles O'Brien, co-anchor of Live From, will join Soledad O'Brien (no relation) as co-anchor of American Morning. He replaces Bill Hemmer, who is pursuing "other opportunities," said CNN President Jon Klein. [Page 6c]


White-collar convictions difficult

Getting Americans outraged over corporate skullduggery? Easy. Winning high-profile convictions? Harder. Eleven days of deliberation haven't been enough time for jurors to decide if the former chief executive of Health South Corp. is guilty of fraud. [Page 1a]

CitiFinancial consumer data lost

CitiFinancial, the Baltimore-based consumer finance division of Citigroup Inc., said yesterday that it has begun notifying about 3.9 million U.S. customers that computer tapes containing information about their accounts -- including Social Security numbers and payment histories -- were lost in transit to a credit bureau. [Page 1d]

Apple changing over to Intel chips

After years of promoting its Macintosh computers as superior alternatives, Apple Computer Inc. said yesterday that it would switch to the Intel microprocessors that power machines designed to run Microsoft Windows. [Page 1d]


Orioles win in Pittsburgh, 4-3

The Orioles, playing the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time since losing the 1979 World Series, got a tie-breaking sacrifice fly from Rafael Palmeiro in the eighth inning and won, 4-3, at PNC Park. Miguel Tejada and B.J. Surhoff homered, helping the Orioles to their third straight victory. [Page 1e]

Pistons advance to NBA Finals

Richard Hamilton scored 22 points to help the NBA defending champion Detroit Pistons defeat the host Miami Heat, 88-82, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Pistons will meet the Spurs in the championship series beginning Thursday night in San Antonio. [Page 1e]

J. Lewis can't attend minicamp

Jamal Lewis' request to attend next week's mandatory minicamp was rejected by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, meaning the former Pro Bowl running back will now have to remain in Atlanta for the last two months of his federal drug conspiracy sentence. [Page 1e]



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"It's disappointing, especially since every time I turn on the TV, Martha Stewart is all over the country doing something. Evidently, she has a different furlough guy than Jamal."

Ravens coach Brian Billick, after the Federal Bureau of Prisons denied Jamal Lewis' request to be at a minicamp (Article, Page 1E)



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