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HIV-testing changes suggested

Federal health officials recommended yesterday that HIV testing become a routine part of medical care for everyone ages 13 to 64, reversing old guidelines that directed most tests to people who are considered at high risk. pg 1a

More bacterial outbreaks likely

Consumers should expect more bacterial outbreaks such as the one involving bagged spinach because federal regulators lack the resources to do much more than react to such events after they occur, food safety experts say. pg 1a


Absentee ballots called option

Widespread use of absentee ballots in November would be "one option" for boosting confidence in Maryland's election system, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday, but he stopped short of calling on voters to abandon the electronic voting components beset by errors during last week's primary. pg 1a

Men get 2 life terms in killings

Ignoring the cries of innocence from one of the two relatives convicted of brutally slashing and strangling three children, a Baltimore judge sentenced the men to two consecutive life sentences without parole and an additional 30 years in prison. pg 1b


New 'King' fails to connect

The new, all-star version of Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men fails to show the bond between a politician and his people. pg 1f

Unpredictable live theater

Live theater proved to be unpredictable at the opening of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Hippodrome Theatre. pg 1f

Convention Center traffic down

Attendance at the Baltimore Convention Center dropped 25 percent in the first three months of this year, its lowest level in three years, and overnight hotel stays in Baltimore declined by almost 2 percent compared with a year earlier. pg 1e


Afghanistan on Bush agenda

The survival of Afghanistan's fragile government in the face of a resurgent Taliban threat will be high on the agenda for President Bush and the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan in a series of White House meetings starting today. pg 10a

Evasive on Hezbollah arms

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to say whether he would comply with a Security Council demand to withhold arms from Hezbollah, the Tehran-backed guerrilla group that fought a 34-day war with Israel in Lebanon. pg 10a


O's rally past Tigers, 4-3

Melvin Mora's two-run double in the eighth inning capped a comeback that carried the Orioles to a 4-3 win over the Tigers.. The final homestand will play a role in the tight American League Central race between Detroit and Minnesota, which visits Oriole Park for a three-game series starting tonight. pg 1c

Quote Of the day

"It is simply not acceptable for HIV-infected individuals to visit a health care facility without being able to learn they have a life-threatening infection."

Dr. Kevin Fenton of CDC's division of HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention Article, PG 1a

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