Airport safety re-evaluated

Homeland Security officials moved yesterday to re-evaluate airport security checkpoint procedures and hunt for new scanning technology that could be deployed quickly in the wake of the decision to ban liquids, gels and creams from carry-on luggage. pg 1A

Five arrested in Mall attacks

U.S. Park Police announced five arrests yesterday in a recent series of armed robberies and sexual assaults of nighttime visitors to the National Mall, the capital city's leading tourist attraction. pg 3A


Judge rejects early voting

An Anne Arundel County circuit judge ruled yesterday that the General Assembly's plan to allow voters to cast ballots in the week before Election Day is unconstitutional, a victory for the governor who has made opposition to early voting a central issue. Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said he has filed an appeal of the decision. pg 1A

Two more mitten crabs found

Two more Chinese mitten crabs have been reported in the Chesapeake Bay, one near Solomons, and another south of Annapolis - raising questions about whether the exotic species has spread over a large part of the estuary, a scientist said yesterday. pg 1B


Butler is fifth in poker series

Rockville insurance agent Rhett Butler, a Dundalk native, mostly folded his way to more than $3.2 million by finishing fifth in the World Series of Poker Texas Hold 'em World Championship that ended yesterday. pg 8C

Pemco plant is closing

The Baltimore manufacturing plant that made coatings for Howard Johnson's orange roofs is closing. Pemco International's plant opened in 1911 and became the base for an international company. pg 9C


U.N. adopts war resolution

The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution yesterday that calls for an end to the war between Israel and Hezbollah, and authorizes 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israel withdraws. pg 1A

Iraqi clerics call for peace

A day after a suicide bomber killed 35 people at a Shiite shrine, clerics across Iraq called yesterday for an end to the sectarian killing that one imam described as waking every day to the view of blood. pg 8A


Not-so-far-away getaway

High gas prices got you down? Don't feel like standing in line at the airport? We'll give you 20 ways you can spend your vacation at home. pg 1D














Quote Of the day

"Now he can't hurt any other families. We're just so happy that it's over."

Lolita Horton on the guilty plea of Raymont Hopewell, who killed Horton's grandmother, 60-year-old Constance Wills, and four others Article, PG 1B

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