Competitive bidding bypassed
The Baltimore school board is regularly resorting to the use of emergency contracts to conduct routine business, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and raising new concerns about financial controls 2 1/2 years after a budget crisis, a Sun review has found. pg 1a
Prison's use of 911 questioned
Officials at the state prison complex in Jessup are requesting emergency ambulance service for inmates who are not sick or injured enough to merit locally funded transportation to hospitals, Anne Arundel County records show. pg 1b
Last Israeli troops withdrawn
Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon, completed early today, marks a key step in the Aug. 14 cease-fire agreement, which halted 34 days of fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli forces. Yet many Israeli settlers doubt whether the U.N. forces and Lebanese Army will be enough to stop Hezbollah from rearming. pg 12a
Baghdad placed under curfew
The Iraqi government clamped a 24-hour curfew on Baghdad yesterday, shortly after U.S. forces arrested the bodyguard of a prominent Sunni leader on suspicion of plotting a suicide attack inside the capital's heavily fortified Green Zone. pg 15a
Troop strength debated
Renewed allegations that the White House and Pentagon blundered by not deploying sufficient troops in Iraq to deal with the aftermath of the 2003 invasion swarmed around the administration this weekend. But some analysts say it would be difficult, costly and ineffective to significantly raise troop levels in Iraq now. pg 1a
Dissent over detainees
A memorandum by two senior national security officials in June 2005 urged the Bush administration to seek congressional approval for its detention policies and called for a return to the Geneva Conventions' standards of treatment and for closing the Guantanamo detention center. pg 3a
CEG may challenge rate cuts
Legislation to lower electric rates for 1.1 million Maryland consumers next year may face a court challenge if the proposed merger by Constellation Energy Group and a Florida utility owner falls apart, legal experts say. pg 1c
Nats' Robinson won't be back
Frank Robinson, 71, will not return as the Washington Nationals' manager in 2007, the team has announced. The Hall of Famer and former Oriole was told last week he wouldn't be back, but the Nationals made it official yesterday. pg 14d
Styrofoam in motion
Daniel Steinhilber creates art by combining disposable objects to create intriguing sculptures and installations. At the Baltimore Museum of Art, he fills the front gallery with a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture made of packing peanuts set into motion by industrial fans and leaf blowers. pg 1e
Follow Wisconsin's lighthouses
With more than 300 miles of coastline and a collection of lighthouses, Door County, on the thumb of mitten-shaped Wisconsin, is known as "Cape Cod of the Midwest." It has the same tidy fishing villages, rugged coast and summer getaways, but no crowds and not a single Starbucks. pg 1r
QUOTE OF THE DAY
A lot of the people who practice paganism aren't terribly public about it. We jokingly say they're in the broom closet."
Sherry Marts, Open Hearth Foundation board member Article, PG 3B
The Baltimore School of Rock tries to turn wannabe musicians into budding rock stars.
At Dukem Restaurant, 50 to 60 people show up each Sunday afternoon for an aromatic, Old World ritual: the Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
The Departed, a film by Martin Scorsese, tells the story of two moles within Massachusetts law enforcement and the Irish mafia. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Martin Sheen.
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