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Hillary Clinton steps up bid

Hillary Rodham Clinton met yesterday with New York's Democratic governor-elect to solicit his support for her likely White House bid, the latest indication that she is stepping up plans to join a growing field of contenders for 2008. One rival, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, announced that he was establishing an exploratory committee to raise money. pg 3a

Doctors blame child advertising

Inappropriate advertising contributes to many kids ills, from obesity to anorexia, to drinking booze and having sex too soon, and Congress should crack down on it, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. pg 4a


Deaf school may accept hearing

The Maryland School for the Deaf is considering a proposal to accept a limited number of hearing students. Such a step could be controversial at a 138-year-old school that has admitted only deaf students. Few other schools for the deaf include hearing students. pg 1a

City may expand gambling

A city council committee is expected to vote today on a bill that would allow Baltimore bars and restaurants to increase -- in some cases to double -- the number of video poker machines and other amusement devices they operate. pg 1b


Israel troops leave Lebanon

Nearly two months after the rest of its army left southern Lebanon, Israel agreed yesterday to pull its few dozen remaining soldiers from the Lebanese part of a village divided by the border, yielding control to U.N. peacekeepers. pg 8a

Colombians re-elect Chavez

President Hugo Chavez won another six-year term yesterday in an election that weighed the popularity of his oil-funded handouts to the poor against fears of increasingly authoritarian rule by one of the Bush administration's most outspoken opponents. pg 8a


Football: Terps learn bowl bid

The Champs Sports Bowl selected Maryland over Boston College and Clemson, and the Terps will end their season Dec. 29 in Orlando, Fla., where they will face Purdue at 8 p.m. pg 1d

Men's basketball: Terps lose

Kyle McAlarney scored a career-high 18 points and led a decisive second-half run to help Notre Dame beat No. 23 Maryland, 81-74, to hand the Terps their first loss of the season. D.J. Strawberry led Maryland with 17 points. pg 1d


Toe tappin' treat

Mumbles, the penguin in the popular movie Happy Feet, describes tap dancing as "singing with your body." These days, it seems, he has lots of company in the choir. pg 1c

Upbeat at the symphony

After a complete sweep of top management and a new music director about to take the podium, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is playing a happy tune. pg 1c

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