Protest commemorates war


On the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, as many as 20,000 people spilled into the heart of the nation's capital in a sometimes tense demonstration that reflected a deepening anger on both sides of the war debate. pg 3A

Bush, religious right clash


Supreme Court case about the free-speech rights of high school students, to be argued tomorrow, has opened an unexpected fissure between the Bush administration and its usual allies on the religious right. pg 8A


Jessup facility shut down

State officials abruptly shut down the maximum-security Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, where inmate violence left a correctional officer and three prisoners dead in the past year. The 129-year-old prison was to be converted to a minimum-security facility, but the state's top correctional official said yesterday he moved to close the prison hours after the March 2 stabbing of a correctional officer there. pg 1A

Man stunned by Taser dies

A mentally ill Essex man died Friday night after police, responding to a domestic violence call, subdued him with a Taser stun gun, Baltimore County officials said yesterday. pg 1B

Superintendent tapped at Navy

President Bush has nominated Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, a career submarine commander, to be the next Naval Academy superintendent. He would take command after the retirement of Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt. pg 1B



Fatah-Hamas union endorsed

A power-sharing deal by rival factions won approval of the Palestinian parliament yesterday, ending a year of one-party rule by the militant Hamas movement and producing the first crack in an international aid embargo against the Palestinian Authority. Moments after a vote of confidence, Norway recognized the new coalition government and said it was restoring political and economic ties. pg 19A


Season over for Maryland men

The Maryland men's basketball team, seeded fourth in the Midwest Regional, lost to fifth-seeded Butler, 62-59, in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Terps ended their season 25-9. pg 1d



Buyout proposals hit snag

Shareholder concerns about securing the best value for the company and worries that higher bidders might be scared away by those in charge are some of the hurdles facing a series of recent management-led buyout proposals, including one for Baltimore-based Laureate Education Inc. pg 1C


Late-season skiing, fun

For a $500 weekend getaway, head to the Poconos for some late-season skiing and winter fun. pg1R.



The dress dominates design

Fashion designers and retailers are making self-adornment simple by declaring one key piece the center of the spring season: The dress. pg 1n