Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and its moderating guide for 24 years on such hot-button issues as abortion and the death penalty, said yesterday that she would retire, touching off what is expected to be a fierce partisan battle to fill the first high court vacancy in more than a decade. [Page 1a]

Black heart drug poses risks

An active ingredient in a new heart failure drug tailored for African-Americans can increase the risk of developing a form of lupus, a debilitating disease that strikes black women in disproportionately high numbers, according to FDA documents and interviews with doctors. [Page 3a]

Reporters try to avoid jail

Time magazine and New York Times reporters held in contempt for refusing to name sources tried yesterday to stay out of jail by arguing for home detention instead after Time Inc. surrendered its reporter's notes to a prosecutor. [Page 11a]


U.S. military team missing

U.S. forces searched yesterday for a missing elite American military team in the same area where a U.S. helicopter was shot down. A reported Taliban spokesman claimed that one of the U.S. commandos had been captured, but U.S. authorities said they had no evidence to support the claim. [Page 12a]

China causes avian flu concerns

While the Chinese government is clearly concerned about the threat of a human outbreak of avian flu, officials still appear reluctant to cooperate fully with international health organizations - which, experts worry, could have major repercussions in containing an outbreak. [Page 13a]


City teachers to get raises

The Baltimore school board and the teachers union reached a two-year contract agreement yesterday, granting employees their first pay raises in three years: an immediate 2 percent increase, followed by a raise of 1 percent in January and 5 percent in 2006. [Page 1b]

Ehrlich faulted on fund-raiser

Some prominent African-Americans, including the associate dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, have criticized Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for holding a golf fund-raiser last week at Baltimore's Elkridge Club, which has had no black members in its 127-year history. [Page 1b]

Md. U.S. attorney confirmed

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Rod J. Rosenstein of Bethesda as Maryland's next U.S. attorney. Rosenstein, who rose quickly through the ranks of the Justice Department, could arrive in Baltimore to start as the state's top federal prosecutor as soon as next week. [Page 1b]


Slumping O's fall to Indians

C.C. Sabathia took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians used a three-run sixth to beat the slumping Orioles, 3-1. The Orioles have lost eight of their past nine games. [Page 1c]

Federer back in Wimbledon final

Roger Federer defeated Lleyton Hewitt, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to move within one win of his third consecutive Wimbledon title. The second semifinal between Andy Roddick and Thomas Johansson was suspended until today. [Page 3c]

Pitcher suspended for 20 games

Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 by Major League Baseball for an outburst that sent a television cameraman to the hospital and prompted a police investigation. [Page 5c]


Del. city ponders MBNA sale

MBNA Corp.'s imprint touches so much of Wilmington, Del., some residents joke that the credit card giant owns it. So, when the world's largest independent credit card lender announced Thursday it was being bought by Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America Corp. for $35 billion in cash and stock, many in town were consumed by what it would mean for the city and the state. [Page 8c]

General Motors sales soar

General Motors erased months of disappointing sales and declining market share by selling 550,000 vehicles in June, its best month since October 2001, when it launched zero-percent financing. The company's Employee Discount for Everyone boosted GM's sales 42 percent from May and 47 percent above June 2004, prompting the Chrysler Group to announce that it will launch a similar program. [Page 8c]

Microsoft settles with IBM

IBM Corp. will get $775 million in cash and $75 million worth of software from Microsoft Corp. to settle claims still lingering from the federal government's antitrust case against Microsoft in the 1990s. The payout is one of the largest that Microsoft has made to settle an antitrust-related case. [Page 8c]


Homer exhibition familiar

The National Gallery's exhibition of Winslow Homer's paintings, drawings, prints and watercolors that opens tomorrow doesn't really add much to what is already known of Homer's life and work; it's more like a refresher course a decade after the major retrospective the museum gave the artist in 1995. But it covers all important phases of Homer's long career, and in concentrated form, which makes its contours all the more clear. [Page 1d]

Ladybug deaths

At The Standard at 501 St. Paul St., custodians sweep the dead ladybugs off of the 20 glass-covered lights embedded in the sidewalk surrounding the apartment building. More than 100 ladybugs can die this way on any given warm-weather day. News coverage has been limited until now. [Page 1d]


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"It could change everything for women."

Wendy Royalty, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Maryland, on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. [Article, Page 1A]








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