CIA official fired for leak

The CIA has fired a senior officer for leaking classified information to news organizations, including material for Pulitzer Prize-winning stories in The Washington Post that said the agency maintained a secret network of prison facilities overseas for high-ranking terror suspects. pg 1a


State tax cut questioned

A state property tax cut pushed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and approved by the Board of Public Works has delayed $16 million in school construction projects across the state, legislative budget analysts said yesterday. The projects include $1.8 million for Baltimore, about $2 million for Carroll County and $8.4 million for a new high school in Allegany County. pg 1b


Shiites agree on nominee

Shiite political leaders agreed on a new nominee for Iraqi prime minister, raising hopes for an imminent end to the two-month stalemate that has paralyzed Iraqi politics. pg 12a

Hamas appointment blocked

In the most public clash to date between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas-led government, Abbas blocked Hamas' appointment of a prominent militant to a senior security position. pg 12a

Gas stations face fuel shortages

Scattered gas stations from New Hampshire to Virginia are facing temporary shortages as the industry grapples with a transition to more ethanol-blended fuel. pg 1a

Md. unemployment rate slides

Maryland's unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level in six years last month, the federal government reported yesterday. pg 11c


Ray, O's hold off Yankees, 6-5

Chris Ray struck out Hideki Matsui looking on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, saving the Orioles' 6-5 win over the Yankees in New York. pg 1c


Winterthur in full bloom

Winterthur in Delaware aims to make its gardens appear as if they grew naturally, aided by a particularly benevolent providence. pg 1d

Costello shines with BSO

In recent years, Elvis Costello has gained additional respect for tackling ambitious composition projects, including a full-length ballet score, Il Sogno, served up in an appetizer portion for his current tour with symphony orchestras. He recently played three gigs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. pg 1d














Quote Of the day

"It brings out the city, you know. Ain't too much you can do with the city. But it helps."

Resident Donna Parker on tulips planted along a median on Edmondson Avenue Article, PG 1A

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