Telecom firms to merge

France's Alcatel SA will acquire rival telecom equipment maker Lucent Technologies Inc. in a $13.4 billion stock swap that would form an industry powerhouse with a product line broad enough to entice customers in a consolidating telecom industry. pg 3a

Beefing up car-safety seats

Many young children are too heavy for standard car-safety seats, and manufacturers are starting to make heftier models to accommodate them, according to research on the obesity epidemic's widening impact. pg 5a


Assembly's unfinished business

The General Assembly enters its final full week today with contentious issues still unresolved despite an unprecedented rush to pass legislation in time to override expected vetoes by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pg 1a

O'Malley gains endorsements

More than 30 current and former elected Democrats from Baltimore County endorsed Mayor Martin O'Malley for governor yesterday, giving him an early boost in what could be the most pivotal jurisdiction in November's election. Strong O'Malley support in Baltimore County also would form a bulwark against the mayor's Democratic primary opponent, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. pg 1b


Pushing for Iraq government

In a surprise visit to the Iraqi capital yesterday, the top U.S. and British diplomats told Iraqi leaders they are growing impatient with the slow progress of political negotiations and pressed them to come to an agreement on a new government. pg 8a

China-Australia uranium deal

Australia, one of the closest U.S. allies, is scheduled to sign an agreement with China today to sell uranium for use in nuclear power plants in China's continuing drive to meet its soaring energy needs. pg 9a


Terps women advance to final

The Maryland women defeated North Carolina, 81-70, and will play for their first national championship tomorrow night. The Terps, the only team to beat the Tar Heels in the regular season, got 24 points from Laura Harper and 23 from Crystal Langhorne. pg 1d

Stewart wins DirecTV 500

Tony Stewart won the DirecTV 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia after a spirited duel with Jimmie Johnson. Stewart and Johnson were nose-to-bumper and side-by-side for four laps. After being rebuffed three times, Stewart got around Johnson with 27 laps to go. pg 1d


Baseball anthems

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" just isn't enough. It seems nearly every baseball team has its own tune to sing. pg 1c

'Ice Age' sequel dominates

Ice Age: The Meltdown heated up the box office with a mammoth $70.5 million weekend, while audiences gave the cold shoulder to Sharon Stone, whose Basic Instinct 2 debuted with a paltry $3.2 million. pg 3c

Quote Of the day

"We hope others will come to the table and work with us for the good of Baltimore."

Diana Morris, executive director of Open Society Institute-Baltimore, on a challenge to raise $20 million to support programs in the city" Article, PG 1B

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