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Inhaled form of insulin OK'd

Most diabetics who depend on insulin got a reprieve from needles with government approval of an inhaled form of the hormone. pg 1a

Democrats split over filibuster

Democrats lined up for and against a last-ditch effort to block the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., with some opposing the call for a filibuster and others supporting it even as they acknowledged that it was unlikely to succeed. pg 3a

WORLD

Palestinian protesters clash

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said he would ask the militant Islamic group Hamas to form a government as Hamas supporters and protesters from Abbas' Fatah partly clashed in scattered demonstrations. pg 1a

Suspects' wives said to be jailed

The U.S. Army in Iraq has at least twice seized and jailed the wives of suspected insurgents in hopes of leveraging their husbands into surrender, U.S. military documents show. pg 7a

MARYLAND

Surgeon testifies in death case

After more than two decades of daily intravenous heroin use, death row inmate Vernon Lee Evans Jr.'s veins are so compromised that executing him could require a medical procedure that carries life-threatening complications if it is not done properly, a surgeon who examined Evans at his lawyers request testified yesterday. pg 1b

Report offers fixes for city jail

A consultant's report on Baltimore's booking center offers a variety of fixes for the historically crowded jail, such as incorporating new technology, adding more televisions for inmates, and conducting a reviews of arrest and release practices of police and prosecutors. pg 1b

SPORTS

Horse at Laurel euthanized

A horse at Laurel Park that was believed to have been injured was euthanized, and tests are being conducted to determine whether it was suffering from the equine herpes virus that has affected Pimlico Race Course since Jan. 2. A hold order was put on the barn where the horse was stabled. pg 1c

TODAY

Mastering poker

You've got to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em -- and a few more strategies to master the game of poker. pg 1d

BUSINESS

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm gonna try to treat everyone with respect this year - even reporters."

Sen. Richard F. Colburn, a Dorchester Republican, during a tirade aimed at Baltimore County Democrat James Brochin

Article, PG 1B

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