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New detainee policies

The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Conventions that explicitly bans humiliating and degrading treatment, according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards. pg 1a

Terror intelligence stressed

Tighter border controls between the United States and Canada are likely to be less useful than better domestic intelligence and information-sharing in detecting homegrown terrorist plots in North America, say experts on terrorism. pg 3a


Palestinian vote on Israel likely

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to announce tomorrow that he will use his power of presidential decree to hold a national referendum on the question of establishing a Palestinian state beside Israel, according to Palestinian officials. pg 1a

Bloody weekend in Iraq

Sectarian tensions escalated dangerously yesterday after gunmen north of Baghdad fatally shot 21 Shiite commuters and police in Basra killed at least nine Sunnis, capping a bloody weekend in which more than 100 people died in shootings, bombings and assassinations around the country. The bloodshed came as Iraq's new legislature failed for a second straight week to come up with candidates for the Interior and Defense ministries. pg 9a


Bill to ban plastic foam

Councilman James B. Kraft plans to introduce legislation at today's City Council meeting that would ban Baltimore restaurants from using plastic foam items such as cups, plates and takeout boxes. He said the move would help protect the environment, but some restaurateurs are skeptical. pg 1b

Ticket machines malfunction

The Maryland Transit Administration is working to fix malfunctioning ticket vending machines at stations on the light rail line between Hunt Valley and Anne Arundel County. The agency said it has no estimate of how much money it might be losing as a result of the inoperable equipment. pg 1b


Lopezes help O's beat Yankees

The Orioles averted a three-game sweep by defeating the visiting New York Yankees, 11-4, behind Javy Lopez's two home runs and Rodrigo Lopez's third consecutive victory. pg 1d

Kenseth takes race at Dover

Matt Kenseth caught teammate Jamie McMurray with three laps left and pulled away to win the NASCAR Nextel Cup's Neighborhood Excellence 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. pg 1d


Bracing for shore tradition

Every year, high school graduates flock to the Maryland shore, a rite of passage for them that is both a boon and horror to residents. pg 1c

Dress like a soap star

Fans of the NBC soap opera Passions can dress like the stars, thanks to a marketing campaign. pg 1c


"We've got taxes outrageously high in the city, and now you want to throw out foam? It's not very pro-business."

Business owner John Walterhoefer on a proposal to ban city restaurants from using plastic foam

Article, PG 1B

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Single women

Newsweek apologizes for its speculation 20 years ago on women's dwindling odds for marriage. About 90 percent of boomers have married or will marry, according to new reporting in the magazine.



A new Food Network star

Charm City Cakes baker Duff Goldman and his offbeat creations have landed him a reality show on the Food Network.





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