Migrants throng to D.C. rally

Chanting with patriotism and in solidarity, tens of thousands of immigrants rallied on the National Mall, calling for laws to help pave a path to citizenship for illegal residents. pg 1a


Schools takeover veto reversed

As the legislative clock ticked down, Maryland senators reversed Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of a bill to delay the state's planned takeover of 11 failing Baltimore schools. pg 1a

BGE rate compromise dies

Negotiations aimed at averting a 72 percent rate increase for BGE customers broke down when the General Assembly's 2006 session adjourned. A special session is expected this month. pg 1a


No DNA match in Duke case

DNA testing failed to connect any members of the Duke University lacrosse team to the alleged rape of a stripper, lawyers for the athletes said. pg 1a

Huge 1-month gas-price spike

Maryland gasoline prices have surged 39 cents in a month - the largest March-to-April run-up in gas prices in Maryland since 2002. pg 1d

Home sales fall as prices rise

Home sales in the Baltimore region dipped in March, the sixth straight month of decline over the previous year. The buildup of inventory escalated as the market headed into the crucial spring selling season. Pricing, however, remained strong, posting double-digit gains over a year earlier. pg 1d


Young-worker law abandoned

Giving in after two months of protests by students and labor unions, the French government withdrew portions of a new labor law that had been intended to cut unemployment by making it easier to hire and fire young workers. pg 13a

Contention over Italian vote

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was locked in a battle for power today with his center-left challenger, Romano Prodi, as near-final results showed the country's parliament heading toward a split between their coalitions. pg 13a


Recalling O's 1st championship

The Orioles' first championship, a whitewashing of the mighty Dodgers, remains as stunning today as in 1966. Author Tom Adelman's book Black and Blue relives the magic moment. pg 1c

Quote of the day

"Gee, I didn't think that's where we were going to go with this."

Johns Hopkins University President Dr. William R. Brody, in reference to seeing advertising with what looked like a Hopkins endorsement of the new Cosmedicine products. Article, PG 1A

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