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Court OKs development

Maryland's second-highest court gave the go-ahead yesterday to a 4,300-home development - Terrapin Run - on a scenic stretch of highway in mountainous Allegany County, renewing debate about whether the project fits into the state's Smart Growth policy. pg 1b

Senate wants voting paper trail

The Maryland Senate unanimously approved a bill yesterday that would require the state to scrap its $65 million electronic-voting system and switch to new machines that have a paper record. The House has passed a similar bill. pg 1b

House passes MBA bill

The House of Delegates approved by 109-28 a bill last night designed to resolve through mediation a bitter, two-year dispute over the new MBA program at Towson University. A more litigious approach to the conflict was endorsed by the Senate last month, raising the possibility of a showdown on the racially charged issue. pg 4b


The downloading generation

Music play lists - which can be burned onto a CD or loaded into an iPod - are this generation's mix tapes. They set the tone for home parties. Music downloading Web sites such as iTunes have made it easy for people to be DJs for their friends. pg 1d

Feel the beat, feel the burn

Fitness instructors find that music is a key element in their classes - maintaining motivation and pushing exercisers to work harder. pg 1d

Vonage kept on hold

Vonage Holdings Corp. dodged a bullet yesterday but was left gasping for air after a federal judge ruled that it can continue operating but may not recruit new customers during its patent dispute with Verizon Communications Inc. pg 11c

Jobless rate at 5-year low

The economy added 180,000 new jobs, dropping unemployment to a 4.4 percent rate that matched a five-year low. This was good news for the national economy, which is suffering a sluggish spell and a painful housing slump. pg 11c


Two tied for lead at Masters

Tim Clark and Brett Wetterich shared the lead at 2-under par after the second round of the Masters golf tournament. Tiger Woods was five strokes back at 3-over and defending champion Phil Mickelson was at 5-over. pg 1c


Justice official resigns

A high-ranking Department of Justice official who repeatedly refused to cooperate with congressional Democrats investigating the firings of eight federal prosecutors resigned yesterday, the third close adviser to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to step down since the furor over the dismissals erupted. pg 3a


Signs of apocalypse now

A global warming report issued yesterday by the United Nations paints a near-apocalyptic vision of Earth's future: more than a billion people in need of water, extreme food shortages in Africa, a landscape ravaged by floods and millions of species sentenced to extinction. pg 1a

Sailors recant confessions

For two weeks, their televised confessions were seen by many in Britain as a humiliating case of surrender first and apologize after by the British Navy. But yesterday, the sailors who spent 13 days in an Iranian jail disclosed that they were blindfolded and threatened into making their confessions. pg 8a

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