Split ruling on Ten Commandments

A 6-foot-high Ten Commandments monument near the Texas state capitol can stay, but framed copies displayed with a hodgepodge collection of historical documents in two Kentucky courthouses must go, the Supreme Court said yesterday, as it searched for middle ground on the issue of religious displays on government property. [Page 1a]

Guilty plea in BTK serial killings

His gaze direct, his voice steady, a hint of pride in his chilling words, former Boy Scout leader Dennis Rader pleaded guilty yesterday in Kansas to killing 10 people to satisfy his sexual fantasies, acknowledging that he was the serial killer who called himself BTK. [Page 1a]

NASA said to fail on 3 safety points

A divided advisory group concluded yesterday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration failed to fully meet three key recommendations for safely returning the space shuttle to flight, including eliminating all critical launch debris and developing a way to repair the ship's heat shielding in orbit. [Page 3a]


U.S. to expand its prisons in Iraq

The U.S. military said yesterday that it plans to expand its prisons across Iraq to hold as many as 16,000 detainees, as the insurgency shows no sign of letup a year after the transfer of sovereignty to Iraqi authorities. The plans were announced on a day that three U.S. Army soldiers were killed. [Page 7a]

Gaza Strip protests on withdrawal

Tens of thousands of orange-clad activists lined major highways in a nationwide protest yesterday against Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, disrupting traffic, shouting slogans and drawing noisy honks of support from motorists. [Page 7a]


U.S. tries to protect beetle species

To protect a threatened species of beetle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to stop construction of a wall that some Cecil County residents say is needed to save their homes. [Page 1a]

Cab fares going up in city, county

Taxicab fares will go up Friday in Baltimore City and Baltimore County for the first time in seven years. A five-mile ride will cost $10.15 in the city and county, up about 20 percent from current rates. The increases are pushed by rising prices for gasoline, insurance and repairs. [Page 1b]

Girl, 5, dies in fire at Bel Air home

Neighbors in the Villages of Thomas Run community of Bel Air gathered yesterday as investigators searched the smoldering ruins of a townhouse for the body of a 5-year-old girl who had been spending the night with cousins. Investigators found a child's body 10 hours after the fire broke out. The girl's aunt and two cousins were injured. [Page 1b]


'War' opening versus Cruise antics

As War of the Worlds touches down in theaters tomorrow, people are still pondering the behavior of the movie's star, Tom Cruise, including Thursday's Today show tirade, when he lectured Matt Lauer on Ritalin, and last month's professions from Oprah Winfrey's couch of his love for Katie Holmes. [Page 1c]

Peabody director departing for N.Y.

Robert Sirota is leaving his directorship of the Peabody Institute to head the Manhattan School of Music. [Page 1c]

'Mambo' won't go to Broadway

The lavish $12 million musical The Mambo Kings will not open on Broadway in August, calling it quits after a critically panned tryout engagement in San Francisco that ended June 19. [Page 3c]


Court ruling favors cable companies

The Supreme Court ruled that cable companies can keep rival Internet providers from using their lines, a decision that will limit competition and consumer choices. The 6-3 decision is a victory for the Bush administration, which sought control to promote broadband investment from cable companies. [Page 1d]

Sears-product dealers file suit

A group of small-town dealers of Sears products sued the retailer yesterday, accusing Sears Holdings Corp. of cannibalizing their markets by selling Sears products through Kmart stores. [Page 1d]

NeighborCare turns down offer

In the continuing takeover battle for NeighborCare Inc., the Baltimore-based institutional pharmacy company rejected a new offer from its larger rival, telling shareholders that the $32-a-share bid was still too low. [Page 1d]


Kline tossed in 6-4 Orioles loss

Steve Kline was ejected in the eighth inning after being called for a balk, and the New York Yankees turned it into the go-ahead run in a 6-4 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Orioles squandered a 4-1 lead. [Page 1e]

Former Terp Wilcox arrested

Chris Wilcox, a former University of Maryland basketball standout now with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, was arrested after police discovered a gun in his car during a traffic stop early yesterday in Columbia. [Page 3e]

Hewitt advances at Wimbledon

Third seed Lleyton Hewitt wasted two match points in the third set and needed a fourth set to finish off Taylor Dent, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3, in the fourth round at Wimbledon. [Page 6e]



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"There is a sense of horror. Simple and complete horror."

Cindy Duckett, close friend of Nancy Fox, a victim of the BTK serial killer in Kansas (Article, Page 1A)



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