Giuliani weighs in on abortion

Alone among 10 Republican presidential contenders, Rudy Giuliani says in campaign debate "it would be OK" if the Supreme Court upholds a 1973 abortion rights 1A


Queen arrives in Virginia

The Queen of England brings more than pageantry to Virginia, where she and her husband began a tour of the U.S. in honor of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, the first English colony. pg1A



Rice, Syrian diplomat meet

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with the Syrian Foreign Minister at a summit in Egypt, the first formal encounter between the two countries' top diplomats in more than three 16a

Thousands urge Olmert's ouster

Under a banner reading "Failures, Go Home," tens of thousands of Israelis from across the political spectrum joined in demanding the resignations of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his defense minister for their performance during last summer's war in Lebanon. Page 17A. pg 17a


Md. works on relocation perks

As real estate agents report the first trickle of what promises to be a torrent of military employees and contractors arriving in Maryland, the state is assembling a package of incentives to lure movers to Baltimore, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says. pg 1a


Teen girls held in bomb charges

Two teenage girls were held on explosives charges after a threatening note lead to the evacuation and early closing of Sudbrook Magnet Middle School. They tried to set off a homemade bomb about two weeks ago, police say. pg 1B

Missing drive had DNR data

A miniature data storage device containing the names and Social Security Numbers of 1,433 current and retired Department of Natural Resources employees has gone missing, but does not appear to have been used to exploit personal information, the agency's superintendent says. pg 1B












NCAA lengthens three-pointer

The NCAA men's basketball rules committee votes to push the three-point line back a foot, to 20 feet, 9 inches. There are no plans at this time to alter the three-point shot in women's basketball or in high school basketball. pg 1f

Medifast upgrades marketing

For years, Owings Mills-based Medifast has relied on under-the-radar marketing to sell its weight loss products. No more. The 27-year-old company is going mainstream, with clinics, franchises and a national campaign. pg 1E



Informality a treat at film fest

One of the distinctive pleasures of the Maryland Film Festival is the chance it offers to catch filmmakers with their hair down. The opportunity to talk to them in a relaxed setting is often what makes the experience memorable. pg 1C

Summer of all sequels

Call summer 2007 the season of the three-peat. After Spider-Man 3 comes the deluge: Shrek the Third arrives May 18, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End on May 25, Ocean's Thirteen on June 8, The Bourne Ultimatum on Aug. 3, and Rush Hour 3 on Aug. 10. pg 1C

'Lucky' cast dealt a bad hand

Lucky You is good at introductions, but doesn't develop far enough beyond spunky openers and cute come-ons. What's baffling is that its director, Curtis Hanson, the mastermind behind L.A. Confidential, is usually terrific on the follow-through. pg 1C