PSC sues to stop firings
The Maryland Public Service Commission sued yesterday to stop a new law that fires its five members, saying the measure is an unconstitutional power grab by a Democratic-controlled legislature looking to weaken a Republican chief executive. pg 1a
Schools dispute graduation data
Baltimore school officials are disputing the results of a new study showing that the city's high schools had the second-worst graduation rate among the nation's 50 largest school systems. The study, published by the journal Education Week, maintains that only 38.5 percent of Baltimore's high school students graduated four years after they began high school. pg 1b
Israeli troops gather at border
Israeli tanks and troops massed at Israel's border with the Gaza Strip last night, preparing to launch a military operation against Palestinian militants, including members of Hamas, in retaliation for the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier on Sunday. pg 1a
Rebel violence kills 38 in Iraq
A day after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unveiled a sweeping reconciliation plan to negotiate peace with Sunni Arab insurgent groups, rebel violence killed 38 people around Iraq. pg 9a
Buffett signs over fortune
When the world's second-richest man signed the bulk of his fortune over to the world's richest man's foundation, Bill Gates (No. 1) quipped to Warren E. Buffett (No. 2): "I didn't see your hands shaking there." pg 3a
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Steel mill's future uncertain
The future of the Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County could hinge on the outcome of a tug-of-war between its parent, Mittal Steel Co. of London, and Luxembourg-based Arcelor SA, which agreed Sunday to merge, forming the world's largest steel maker. pg 1d
Italy wins on penalty kick
Francesco Totti capitalized on a penalty kick to lift Italy over Australia, 1-0, in the World Cup. Australia's coach disputed the penalty, which came in the 95th minute. pg 1c
Booz Allen Classic suspended
The Booz Allen Classic at Avenel was suspended with Ben Curtis having two holes to finish and leading four players by seven strokes. Play will resume at 7:30 a.m., weather permitting. pg 3c
'Superman' stuck on the ground
Superman Returns tries to soar, but just can't get off the ground. pg 1e
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I love them. You can walk along with your pocketbook now. There are no bottles breaking at night. I can sleep better. Please, keep them."
Katina Randle, on Reservoir Hill Park barricades aimed at curbing drug dealing Article, PG 1B
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