Hayden pick for CIA defended
Moving to counter critics of President Bush's choice for CIA director, the White House mounted an intense effort yesterday to defend Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden as fit to lead the embattled spy agency. pg 1a
Troop deployment delayed
The Pentagon announced that it has delayed sending 3,500 troops from Germany to Iraq as military commanders in Baghdad assess whether security conditions have improved enough to allow more cuts in forces. pg 5a
Juvenile jails assailed
The state's independent monitor has issued a scathing report about conditions inside Maryland's juvenile detention centers, describing them as crowded, understaffed and the scene of gang fights by youths who have too few activities. pg 1a
Appeals court hears death case
Lawyers for death row inmate Vernon Lee Evans Jr. told Maryland's highest court that they should be allowed to put on trial the long-held capital punishment policy of Baltimore County's top prosecutor, whose office has sought the death penalty more often than any other in the state. pg 1b
Rice dismisses Iran letter
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed a letter that Iran's president sent to President Bush, saying it does not help resolve the standoff over Tehran's disputed nuclear program. pg 9a
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Middle River site to be sold
A 50-acre industrial swath of Middle River that could be transformed into a mix of housing, shops and offices centered around mass transit will be offered for sale in an online auction by the federal government next month. pg 1d
Apple wins trademark case
Apple Computer Inc. won yesterday a significant trademark dispute with the Beatles, averting a threat that the iPod maker would have to strip its name and logo off iTunes, the world's leading music download service. pg 1d
Report slams Duke response
A report found that Duke's administration was "much too slow" to react to charges of a rape involving men's lacrosse players because police initially questioned the accuser's credibility. pg 1e
UM women get NCAA spot
Maryland was the only state team selected for the women's NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament and will face North Carolina in the first round. pg 7e
Fells Point mourns loss
Fells Point, home of upscale bars and pricey condos, mourns the passing of a homeless man who was a regular on the neighborhood's streets. pg 1c
Talking to kids about sex
Susan Reimer says there's something parents who are afraid to talk to their kids about sex should know: Almost a third of teen girls who have sex, get pregnant. pg 1c
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It is kind of ironic that this whole dispute is about a smiley face."
Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley, on retailer's effort to register the familiar image for its use. Article, PG 1D
Madeleines For Mothers
Proust's madeleine is perhaps literatures most famous food, but madeleine recipes have become so varied that its hard to reproduce the classic cookie that prompted a remembrance of things past. For Mothers Day, here is how to make madeleines for every taste.
Let's go fishing
Lure the kids away from the video games and take them on an old-fashioned fishing outing.
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