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Medicare denies supplies

The new Medicare drug program is denying supplies that seriously ill patients need to administer intravenous antibiotics and other medications at home. Some patients are being referred to nursing homes and others have had to go into the hospital. Although no national estimates are available, the number of patients affected -- including some with life-threatening diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis -- could run into the thousands. pg 3a

WORLD

Hamas gains control

The overwhelming victory in Palestinian elections by the radical Islamic group Hamas ushered in an era of uncertainty and anxiety yesterday, as Palestinians and Israelis wondered what kind of government to expect from an organization best known for suicide attacks, not politics. Hamas won 76 seats in the Palestinians' 132-seat parliament, an outright majority, ending decades of dominance by Fatah, which won 43 seats, according to preliminary results released last night. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Ehrlich is 'agent of change'

In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. called himself an agent of change, claiming credit for a fiscal turnaround that he said transformed a $4 billion deficit into a $2 billion surplus and for pouring more money into education, transportation and the environment. pg 1a

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Indiana company buys GM plant

Industrial developer Duke Realty Corp. has purchased General Motors' shuttered Baltimore van assembly plant and plans a $150 million project to demolish the 70-year-old factory and make way for an industrial park. The Indianapolis developer disclosed it had bought a 184-acre Baltimore site in a news release about mid-Atlantic acquisitions, but did not identify it as the GM plant. pg 1e

TODAY

'Annapolis' sails to nowhere

Naval Academy grads who watched a screening of Annapolis declared it to be a fine story, but couldn't help but notice the sloppy mistakes the film makes. pg 1c

'Hairspray' movie in the works

Mark Kaufman, an executive vice president with New Line, confirmed yesterday that plans call for the movie version of the Broadway hit Hairspray to be filmed in both Baltimore and Toronto. "That has been our intention from the start," Kaufman said. pg 3c

SPORTS

Laurel racing cut back

A lack of available horses forced Laurel Park to cancel Sunday racing for the next two weeks. The equine herpes virus apparently has spread to Maryland's Eastern Shore. pg 1a

J. Lopez wants extension

The agent of Oriole Javy Lopez said the displaced catcher wants a contract extension by mid-February, or he will request a trade. pg 1f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I really feel duped. I've been in television since I was 19 years old, and I have never been in this position."

Oprah Winfrey to James Frey about his book, "A Million Little Pieces"

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