After a break, winter returns


After weeks of freakishly mild weather - including temperatures in the 60s - Baltimore got its first real dose of winter yesterday. Cotton ball-size snowflakes fell from late afternoon and significant accumulation was predicted by daybreak today. pg 1a

City Council debates board


In an effort to elevate neighborhood associations above backyard politics, Baltimore's City Council is working behind the scenes to create a neighborhood board that would speak on citywide issues. But some council members and residents say the board will be little more than another easily ignored layer of bureaucracy. pg 1b


Lawyers say U.S. failed to act

U.S. agents knew in August 2001 that Zacarias Moussaoui was an acolyte of Osama bin Laden and had traveled to Afghanistan, but they did not aggressively investigate, Moussaoui's defense lawyers said in a closed hearing, according to transcripts released Friday. pg 3a

UAE firm could run ports

A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports, including Baltimore's, as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11 hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism. pg 3a


Iran threatens noncooperation


Iran's president threatened to revise his policy of working within international atomic frameworks, as diplomats in Europe said the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency had stripped most of its surveillance equipment from Iranian nuclear sites. pg 20a

Sharon survives operation

Ariel Sharon, the 77-year-old Israeli leader who has been comatose since a severe stroke more than five weeks ago, was said by doctors to be out of immediate danger after emergency surgery yesterday in which part of his intestines was removed. pg 22a


Boesel and the 'other streak'

Stephen Boesel, portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price Group, helped shepherd the Capital Appreciation Fund through some tumultuous times on Wall Street, and for 15 years in a row the fund hasn't lost a penny. It's the only stock fund in the nation that can make that claim. pg 1c



Terps beaten by No. 2 Duke

J.J. Redick scored 35 points and Shelden Williams added 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks to lead the second-ranked Blue Devils past Maryland, 96-88, at Comcast Center. pg 1d

First U.S. gold goes to Hedrick

Speed skater Chad Hedrick, a 28-year-old Texan, is the United States' first gold medalist of the Turin Games, winning the 5,000 meters by almost two seconds over the Netherlands' Sven Kramer. pg 1d



Cuba, a forbidden playground

Despite restrictions on travel to Cuba, it is an intoxicating destination for travelers: a place of fine rum and cigars, sugar-white Caribbean beaches, friendly people and potent music and dance. pg 1r

Quote Of the day

"You're in a city, you're not in a gated community. ... You either get involved or you get real unhappy after a while."

Beth Bullamore, Charles Village association president Article, PG 1B