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Dixon's payroll grows

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon has increased the payroll of the mayor's office by nearly 15 percent since taking office in January. pg 1a

Correctional officer slain

A longtime Baltimore correctional officer was one of three men killed in separate incidents overnight yesterday. Lt. Perry Van Brooks, a 23-year veteran who has worked at the city's Central Booking Center, was found shot in his car behind his Northeast Baltimore home. pg 3b


Militants defy Lebanon

An Islamist militant group holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon will fight to the death, a spokesman said, adding that newly arrived military aid from the United States and others to Lebanon does not faze the fighters. pg 11a

Shiite cleric resurfaces

After an unexplained four-month absence, the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr re-emerged for prayers at a mosque in southern Iraq, raising questions about his motivations and how his return will affect efforts to stem violence. pg 10a


Rumsfeld policies changed

The Pentagon's new intelligence chief is rolling back some of former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's controversial policies, which expanded the Pentagon's spy operations and worked independently of other intelligence agencies, current and former officials said. pg 3a

State to probe gas prices

State Comptroller Peter Franchot says that he is launching a probe into high gas prices and wants answers from oil companies, particularly why the price can range 10 or 20 cents a gallon between nearby stations selling the same brand. pg 13c

Pay slips for some men

American men in their 30s have seen their median annual incomes slip 12.5 percent in a decade, according to an analysis of data by the Pew Charitable Trusts Economic Mobility Project. pg 13c


1996 Tour winner admits drugs

Bjarne Riis became the first Tour de France winner to admit using performance-enhancing drugs to win the cycling race. The retired Dane said he used the blood-booster EPO from 1993 to 1998, including during his 1996 Tour victory. pg 12c


Rosie asks for early exit

Rosie O'Donnell has fought her last fight at The View. ABC announced that she asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract at the daytime chatfest after her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. pg 1d

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