MARYLANDBGE issue splits RepublicansRepublican legislators have parted...


BGE issue splits Republicans


Republican legislators have parted ways with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. over measures designed to fend off a sharp rate increase from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. A majority of Republicans voted to give the Assembly veto authority over an $11.4 billion merger involving BGE parent Constellation. pg 1b

Officer charged with bribery


A Baltimore police officer was arrested on charges that he took bribes from a defendant in return for failing to appear at the man's trial. Police charged Officer Walter Jackson-Hill, 35, after a six-month internal investigation. pg 1b


Immigrants protest in N.Y.

Thousands of immigrants formed a line more than a mile long yesterday as they marched across New York's Brooklyn Bridge, waving flags from more than a dozen countries to demonstrate against proposed immigration legislation in Congress. pg 3a

Florida prisons under scrutiny

Florida's Department of Corrections, the nation's third-largest, is in the throes of a far-reaching scandal that shows no sign of stopping. A new interim chief has been firing wardens and probing possible corruption among prison personnel, while state and federal agents are investigating a prison-based steroid ring, theft of state property and misuse of inmate labor. pg 3a


Carroll disavows statements


Protected by the U.S. military at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, reporter and former hostage Jill Carroll strongly disavowed statements she had made during captivity in Iraq, saying yesterday she had been repeatedly threatened. pg 18a

Rice dogged by British critics

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heard passionate complaints yesterday from British Muslims about U.S. policies in Iraq, toward the Palestinians and at the American-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. pg 18a


Condo construction booms

In Baltimore, where condo sales faltered badly in the early 1990s and new development ground to a halt for much of the decade, more than 600 condo units are under construction and another 4,000 are in the planning pipeline, from Fells Point to Greektown. pg 1a


Upscale market expands

The Fresh Market, a North Carolina grocer that specializes in organic foods, is planning to open a store next spring in northwestern Baltimore County. It is the latest "Gucci grocery" coming to a region that was slow to get them and is increasing the pressures on traditional supermarkets. pg 1c


Florida ousts G. Mason, 73-58

Joakim Noah and Al Horford combined for 18 points, 21 rebounds and four blocked shots to help the third-seeded Florida men's basketball team beat No. 11 seed George Mason, 73-58, to reach the national championship game. pg 1d



New work from a veteran artist

In the early 1960s, Grace Hartigan was one of the most famous painters in America. Now in her 80s and teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she is still exploding boundaries and creating art. pg 1e

Quote Of the day

"I'm going to make sure she works on this so she can knock them dead. Deader. If they were dead today, they're going to be embalmed tomorrow when we come back."

Kimathi Evans, father of 9-year-old Sierra, who is auditioning for "Hair-spray" Article, PG 1B