Tobacco verdict thrown out
The Florida Supreme Court tossed out a $145 billion verdict against the country's five largest tobacco companies yesterday, finding the amount awarded by a Miami jury to smokers was excessive. pg 3a
Medicaid changes proposed
Scrambling to keep millions of low-income U.S. citizens from unintentionally being denied health care benefits, federal officials proposed alternatives that states can use to carry out a controversial law requiring Medicaid recipients to prove their citizenship. pg 8a
Aberdeen may tap the bay
Short on water and facing significant population growth, Aberdeen is considering tapping a bountiful source in its backyard: Chesapeake Bay. pg 1a
'Itchy Man' faces life term
Solothal "Itchy Man" Thomas, the West Baltimore hit man whose uncanny ability to avoid conviction turned him into a symbol of the endemic problems troubling state courts in Baltimore, was found guilty in federal court of murder for hire. He faces a mandatory life sentence in prison. pg 1B
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Md. home prices still rising
Only four states and the District of Columbia had more appreciation in home prices than Maryland in the first three months of the year, compared with the same period in 2005, according to a government report. pg 1F
Gaza Strip fighting escalates
At least 21 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed during clashes in the Gaza Strip reminiscent of the street fighting that broke out regularly during the years before Israel withdrew Jewish settlers and soldiers from the territory last summer. pg 1a
CIA probe widens in Italy
What began as an investigation into the alleged CIA abduction of a radical Muslim cleric in 2003 has widened into a probe of possibly illegal domestic espionage by Italian intelligence agents compiling dossiers on judges, journalists and prosecutors. pg 10a
Orioles demote Matos
The Orioles designated Luis Matos, their Opening Day center fielder, for assignment and called up outfielder Luis Terrero from Triple-A Ottawa. pg 1e
Few Emmy surprises
Despite new rules aimed at making the Emmy Awards more inclusive and less predictable, this year's nominations, which were announced yesterday, include only a few surprises. pg 1c
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"This is clearly a good day for the law-abiding residents of Baltimore."
Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, on conviction of hit man Solothal "Itchy Man" Thomas, who will spend the rest of his life in prison Article, PG 1B
Surf's up On the Shore
John Woestendiek's Shore Stories continues with a tale of learning how to surf.
in Go Today
From Fenwick Island to Cape Henlopen, 11 curious concrete cylinders rise from the Delaware coastline - the remnants of a defense system built on the eve of World War II to protect the country from attack.
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