Grudge match takes shape

As he prepares to announce his re-election bid and choose a running mate this week, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. finds himself where he always expected to be: in a tooth-and-nail fight against Mayor Martin O'Malley, ready to promote his accomplishments as governor and bash the Democrat for his record in running Baltimore. pg 1a

Fines sought for noncompliance

Waterfront developer Richard Swirnow, who defied an order to stop work on million-dollar homes that violated height restrictions, should be punished by the city, Baltimore councilmen and community residents said yesterday. pg 1b


Israel conducts Gaza raid

Israeli commandos seized two Palestinians suspected of being Hamas militants during a pre-dawn operation yesterday that was the army's first arrest raid in the Gaza Strip since Israel's withdrawal nearly a year ago. pg 18a

Iraqi death toll over 50,000

At least 50,000 Iraqis have died violently since the 2003 invasion, according to statistics from Iraqi agencies - a toll 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration. Many more Iraqis are believed to have been killed but have not been counted. pg 20a


Patsy Ramsey dies at 49

Patsy Ramsey, who was thrust into the national spotlight by the unsolved 1996 slaying of her daughter, 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenet, died yesterday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her lawyer said. She was 49. pg 3a

Study supports antibiotics use

Antibiotic-free foods are not necessarily safer, according to an Institute of Food Technologists study to be released tomorrow. The study, conducted by a panel of food scientists and microbiologists, aims at marketing campaigns by organic food advocates, who believe antibiotics are overused. pg 3a


Decaf with your deposit

Union National Financial Corp. in Lancaster, Pa., has opened its first "financial barista," an upscale coffeehouse that doubles as a full-service bank branch. Its business model is the latest twist on a branch-building bonanza in the banking industry. pg 1d

Mass marketing phonics

More than a decade past the backlash against whole-language reading instruction that propelled "Hooked on Phonics" into infomercial ubiquity, Educate Inc. is aggressively reintroducing the brand at mass retailers and discount clubs. pg 1d


Orioles outlast Nationals, 3-2

Ramon Hernandez's RBI single in the ninth inning gave the Orioles a 3-2 victory over the visiting Washington Nationals in a rain-delayed game that ended nearly six hours after it started. pg 1d


A simple Man of Steel

With a new Superman movie opening this week, The Sun's Chris Kaltenbach examines the legend of Superman, a mainstay of American pop culture for almost seven decades. He's essentially the same pure-at-heart superhero his creators envisioned back in 1938. pg 1e


Bright lights, small budget

We go to town in New York City for the $500 getaway and find bargains do exist in the Big Apple, if you take the bus there and stay far away from Tiffany's. The best and cheapest sights are all available on foot. pg 1r

Quote Of the day

"When Martin O'Malley calls to ask me for my support, he's going to have to pull me out of Mass because I'm going to be there praying for his victory."

Del. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., a Montgomery County Democrat Article, PG 1A

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