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A boon to watermen

Maryland set up the Oyster Recovery Partnership more than a decade ago to revive the bay's dwindling oyster population, which had been ravaged by disease and overfishing. But the aim of the program has shifted to creating income for watermen instead of bringing back the oysters. pg 1a

Schools target gang violence

City school officials have drafted a safety plan to address the upswing in student gang violence. Interim city schools chief Charlene Cooper Boston has earmarked an extra $1 million for more police and $1.8 million for hall monitors in her budget, which was recently approved by the city school board. pg 1b


Iraq hospital blast kills five

As people flocked yesterday to a hospital in a Shiite Muslim district of the capital to visit loved ones injured in recent attacks, a car bomb tore through the crowd of well-wishers, killing five people and wounding two dozen others. Bombings concentrated in Shiite neighborhoods and towns killed hundreds of people across Iraq last week, including the single deadliest bombing of the war. pg 17a

Iran calls for Britain's apology

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused London yesterday of turning a dispute over his government's detention of 15 British military personnel into an international crisis. He said Britain should be offering apologies instead. pg 17a


Bush, da Silva talk in Md.

Meeting at Camp David, President Bush and Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva discussed cooperation on freer global trade and increased use of alternative fuels in talks that brought the allies together for the second time in less than a month. pg 3a

Nominees put forward again

The White House has renominated three people for top jobs affecting the environment who were previously blocked in Congress because of their pro-industry views. If necessary, said industry lobbyists and Republican aides in Congress, Bush intends to skirt the Senate approval process by making recess appointments to put the three nominees in the posts. pg 3a


Even with no deal, CEG thrives

In the five months since Constellation Energy Group's proposed merger with FPL Group Inc. fell apart, the Baltimore energy conglomerate has seen its value soar along with predictions that wholesale energy prices could double over the next several years. pg 1c


Florida, Ohio State in final

Defending champion Florida dismantles UCLA, 76-66, to advance to tomorrow's NCAA men's basketball championship game. The Gators will face Ohio State, which defeated Georgetown, 67-60. pg 1d


Filmmakers' hand in the game

As another baseball season is about to begin, movie directors talk about the allure of the game, from Barry Levinson (The Natural) to Ron Shelton (Bull Durham). Current and former O's also weigh in with their favorite baseball films. pg 1e


New challenge for aging gays

Gay and lesbian boomers have fought discrimination and confronted AIDS. Now they face the prospect of growing old. pg 1n

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