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Iran to attend conference

After weeks of hesitation, Iran announces that it would attend a conference that is intended as a forum for Iraq's neighbors, along with the United Nations, the U.S. and the rest of the G8, to establish a regional consensus on ways to stabilize Iraq. pg 1a

Zimbabwe silences dissent

There are few independent news sources left in Zimbabwe, where the repressive regime of President Robert G. Mugabe has moved to silence dissent as the country plunges ever deeper into economic meltdown. pg 1a


Truancy center scrutinized

Concerns about the practices of an East Baltimore truancy center are prompting members of the City Council to reconsider plans to fund operations of a new center on the west side. pg 1b

Carney residents steamed

Carney residents are upset after the County Council did an about-face on a building ban near an intersection neighbors say will only get worse with a proposed development. pg 1b


Fire collapses freeway

A fiery pre-dawn tanker truck accident caused the collapse of a heavily traveled California freeway overpass near downtown Oakland yesterday, sending hundreds of feet of concrete crashing onto a highway below and hobbling a vital Bay Area interchange. The driver of the truck, which was carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline, was hospitalized with second-degree burns. pg 5a

Iraq rebuilding criticized

U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq are so beset with daily violence, corruption and poor maintenance that Iraqis will not be capable of managing reconstruction anytime soon, investigators say. pg 3a


Wright ailing; O's lose

The Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles, 6-1, at Jacobs Field. Pitcher Jaret Wright made his first start since going on the disabled list, but struggled through three innings before he succumbed to the pain that could force him out of the club's rotation indefinitely. pg 1d

Ravens land Ohio State's Smith

The Ravens selected Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, a Heisman Trophy winner, on the final pick of the fifth round of the NFL draft. pg 1d


Behind 'The Wire'

Behind the scenes of the hit HBO show The Wire, filming its fifth season in Baltimore, a team of costume designers plots and plans each character's outfits before an action- or intrigue-packed scene ever is shot. pg 1c

Architectural savior

So many historic structures have been threatened with demolition in Baltimore lately that it almost seems hard to believe when someone moves to save a building. That's what an Odenton developer wants to do with the Furncraft building, an early 20th-century warehouse at 301 Fallsway. pg 1c

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