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No Iraq quagmire, military says

Top U.S. military leaders acknowledged yesterday that the number of insurgent attacks in Iraq has not subsided in the past year, but they denied suggestions that the mission was descending into a quagmire and stressed that the only way the violence would end is through the creation of political institutions in Iraq. [Page 1a]

Cities' power to raze reinforced

A divided Supreme Court ruled yesterday that local governments can seize homes and small businesses in the name of economic revitalization, handing cities broad powers to raze private properties to make room for shopping centers or office complexes that generate tax money and jobs. [Page 1a]

FDA OKs drug meant for blacks

The Food and Drug Administration approved yesterday BiDil, a drug specifically intended for use by African-Americans with congestive heart failure. [Page 13a]

WORLD

33 Iraqis killed in 12 hours

Car bombings continued for a second day in Baghdad, killing 15 Iraqis and wounding scores more yesterday. Over a 12-hour span, at least 33 Iraqis were killed in attacks. [Page 15a]

Syria gets blame for violence

In a diplomatic escalation, White House officials said yesterday that an international consensus is concluding that Syria is behind violence in Iraq and Lebanon, and against Israelis. [Page 16a]

MARYLAND

Proposed budget cuts criticized

Law enforcement officials criticized massive budget cuts proposed by the Bush Administration to a national network of drug-interdiction task forces, including one that provides more than $12 million to the Baltimore-Washington region. [Page 1b]

Central Booking's new manager

A top official in the state agency that runs Baltimore's jail facilities is taking over the daily management of the Central Booking and Intake Center, whose warden chose to retire despite being offered another position. The booking center has been wracked by problems, including the stomping death of an inmate by correctional officers last month, and complaints of overcrowding and deplorable living and working conditions. [Page 1b]

Guilty plea in Charles Co. fires

A security guard angry at his employer for denying him bereavement leave when his infant son died and envious of the wealthy residents moving into an upscale Charles County housing development pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to set fires that resulted in $10 million in damages. [Page 1b]

TODAY

Ex-GOP official to lead CPB

Refusing to bow to pressure from PBS and Democratic lawmakers, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting yesterday chose a former GOP official -- Patricia S. Harrison -- as its new president. Conservatives have attacked what they see as a liberal bias in public television. The CPB controls the flow of money to PBS. [Page 1c]

Theater renovations reveal tiles

Renovations at the century-old Hudson Theatre in New York's Times Square have revealed luminescent Tiffany mosaic tiles beneath multiple layers of paint and plaster. [Page 10c]

Stunts Oscar decided against

The Academy Awards have decided against adding an Oscar category for best stunt work, despite a plea from the men and women who make today's action movies possible. The organization also voted to limit the number of producers handed Oscars for best film, ruling that too many producers are being given credit for work they did not do. [Page 5c]

BUSINESS

Responding to China's bids

China's bid to buy such marquee American companies as Unocal Corp. and Maytag Corp. prompted a strong political reaction in Congress yesterday, with some lawmakers calling on the Bush administration to take a tougher stance against Beijing's trade policies and investigate its effort to take over a major U.S. oil company. [Page 1e]

Dow down 166 points

Stocks plunged yesterday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down 166 points as oil prices briefly moved past $60 a barrel for the first time. Oil's advance accelerated a sell-off prompted by lower profit than expected from FedEx Corp., which blamed high fuel prices for its disappointing profits. [Page 1e]

Latinos targets of fraud

Members of the Latino community increasingly are becoming targets of consumer fraud including sales of overpriced computers, credit card schemes, and predatory lending for cars and homes, say community leaders who are working with counties, cities, the AARP and the Federal Trade Commission to combat the problem. [Page 1e]

SPORTS

DO's drop series to Jays

Sidney Ponson allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Orioles, 6-2. The Orioles, who lost three of four in Toronto, lead the American League East by just a half-game over the Boston Red Sox. [Page 1f]

Sorenstam off to even start

Annika Sorenstam finished with an even-par 71 at the U.S. Women's Open in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., that left her two shots behind Angela Stanford and Duke sophomore Brittany Lang when the first round was suspended. Sorenstam is trying to become the first player to capture the first three legs of the professional Grand Slam. [Page 1f]

Spurs beat Pistons for NBA title

Tim Duncan scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the defending champion Detroit Pistons, 81-74, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It was the Spurs' third title in seven years. [Page 1f]

ARSONIST PLEADS GUILTY

Aaron Speed, one of six men charged in setting fires that caused $10 million in damage at a Charles County housing development, pleaded guilty yesterday to arson. For archived coverage of the worst residential arson in Maryland history, go to www.baltimoresun.com/arson

FEDERAL WORKERS Q & A

Submit your questions to George Nesterczuk, senior adviser to the Office of Personnel Management director and one of the key authors of the Pentagon's proposed personnel system overhaul. www.baltimoresun.com/federal

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This is a civil war over public broadcasting going on -- make no mistake about it."

Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a liberal group, on the election of a former GOP official as head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (Article, Page 1C)

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