A look at the State of the Union

Stung by the collapse of his ambitious plan to overhaul Social Security, unveiled in his last State of the Union speech, President Bush is not expected to propose sweeping policy changes in tomorrow's speech. Facing a swelling budget deficit and pressure from conservatives to curb government spending, he has little room to create new programs. And with his influence ebbing, Bush doesn't have much chance of getting his way on ideas that stir dispute. pg 1a

Aliases pondered in Hamas case

A federal judge plans to decide this week whether she will allow Israeli intelligence agents to take the witness stand in a Chicago courtroom and testify using aliases and wearing disguises. The case involves Palestinian activist Muhammad Salah, who is accused of illegally laundering funds for Hamas. pg 3a


Hussein trial turns into chaos

The trial of Saddam Hussein descended into chaos yesterday after the newly appointed chief judge sought to exert his authority on the court by expelling one of the defendants, prompting the former Iraqi dictator, two other defendants and the entire defense team to storm out of the session. pg 1a

At least 66 dead in roof collapse

Rescuers said they did not expect to find any more survivors or bodies yesterday under the twisted wreckage of an exhibition hall in southern Poland that collapsed during a racing pigeon show, killing at least 66 people and injuring 160. pg 7a


Maryland's Lotto ends this week

After more than two decades of drawings that produced (before taxes) 623 millionaires, Maryland's Lotto game is ending Wednesday night - falling victim to multistate games with far bigger jackpots. It will be replaced Saturday with a new, similar six-number game called Multi-Match that costs twice as much to play and offers greater chances to win, but smaller jackpots. pg 1a

Plan boosts transit spending

The Ehrlich administration has released a new capital transportation budget that significantly increases mass transit spending over the draft plan it issued last fall. Advocates of mass transit who were upset by the first draft were pleased by the final version of the 2006-2011 Consolidated Transportation Program. pg 1b


Federer wins Australian Open

Top-ranked Roger Federer beat unlikely finalist Marcos Baghdatis, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0 and 6-2, in the Australian Open. It was his seventh Grand Slam title and third in succession. pg 1d

Woods prevails at Buick

Tiger Woods made an 8-foot birdie on the 18th hole to get into a three-way playoff, then won the Buick Invitational with pars as Australia's Nathan Green and Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal made crucial mistakes. pg 1d


The new bird in Baltimore

Get ready, Baltimore. Anna Benson, the poker-playing, pistol-packing, ex-stripper-turned-model wife of Oriole's new pitcher Kris Benson, is coming to town. pg 1c


"Don't say I'm being thrown out! You are Iraqi, and Iraqis show respect for people who are older in age."

Saddam Hussein, addressing the judge in his trial

Article, PG 1A

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Ministry and music

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