Bush plans plutonium productionThe Bush administration is planning the government's first production since the Cold War of plutonium 238, stirring debate over the risks and benefits of the deadly material. The hot substance, valued as a power source, is so radioactive that a speck can cause cancer. [Page 1a]

Mad cow testing changes vowed

A third and more sophisticated test on the beef cow suspected of having mad cow disease would have helped resolve conflicting results from two initial screenings, but the United States refused to perform it in November. The Agriculture Department is pledging that, from now on, it will conduct such testing on suspicious animals. [Page 3a]

Gray speculates on Deep Throat

L. Patrick Gray, the FBI chief during the Watergate break-in, said he believes deputy W. Mark Felt became the anonymous source known as Deep Throat because he was angry at being passed over as J. Edgar Hoover's successor. [Page 3a]


U.S., rebel contacts reported

Insurgents killed more than 30 Iraqis with suicide bombings and gunfire yesterday as a newly published report detailed direct contacts between leaders of violent rebel groups and high-level U.S. officials attempting to end the attacks. [Page 1a]

Israel OKs Gaza relocation plan

Israel's government approved a relocation plan yesterday under which Jewish settlers who move from the Gaza Strip would be granted the right to purchase land in a nearby coastal area. The plan would establish a local government for the new community if enough residents sign up to move there. [Page 7a]

Iran to pursue nuclear energy

Iran's conservative president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that he planned to move forward with his nation's nuclear energy program. But he also agreed to continue discussions with three European nations, which, along with the United States, fear the Islamic republic is intent on building nuclear weapons. [Page 10a]


BUILD urges hotel fight

In an emotional rally yesterday, Baltimore church leaders called upon their parishioners to fight plans for a downtown convention center hotel unless the city equally funds the redevelopment of blighted neighborhoods. [Page 1b]

New juvenile center planned

Hoping to keep troubled adolescents out of detention facilities, state officials want to place a new juvenile center with tutoring and activities in the Old Goucher community of Charles Village. Some neighborhood residents oppose the plan, saying the area already is home to some 40 social services agencies. [Page 1b]


CoverGirl reaches out to city

Women across the country have grown up with CoverGirl cosmetics. The company, known for its liquid foundations, eye shadows and lipsticks, is making an effort to reach out to its hometown girls in the Baltimore metropolitan area to raise awareness about its roots in the community. [Page 1c]

A music lover's paradise

Around Baltimore last weekend, you could easily find whatever kind of pop you dig, from schmaltz-frosted balladry to jazz-inflected go-go, from slick urban love songs to funked-up soul jams. Whether it was veteran crooner Johnny Mathis, in town to celebrate the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, or theatrical soul singer Ledisi, who performed at the three-day African American Heritage Festival outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Charm City brimmed with music. [Page 1c]

Box-office slump continues

Batman Begins took in $26.8 million to remain the top movie for the second straight weekend, but it could not keep Hollywood from sinking to its longest modern box-office slump. It was the 18th weekend in a row the box office declined, passing a 1985 slump of 17 weekends, the longest on record. [Page 3c]


Orioles lose fifth straight

The Atlanta Braves finished a three-game sweep of the Orioles with an 8-1 victory that knocked them 2 1/2 games out of first place. The Orioles have lost five in a row, their longest streak of the season. [Page 1d]

Birdie Kim wins Women's Open

South Korea's Birdie Kim holed a 30-yard bunker shot from across the 18th green to win the U.S. Women's Open at Cherry Hills by two strokes over teenage amateurs Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang. Fellow amateur Michelle Wie and Annika Sorenstam, trying for the third leg of a Grand Slam, both finished nine strokes back. [Page 1d]

Jays end Nationals' home streak

The Washington Nationals lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-5, ending their 12-game home winning streak one shy of the franchise record. [Page 5d]


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"Billy Graham is kind of the Protestant pope. He's the symbol of what we want Christianity to be."

Tera Cook, 27, who was visiting New York to attend what may have been the Rev. Billy Graham's final crusade. (Article, Page 1A)

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