Mental health of Iraqi troops
The U.S. military has knowingly sent mentally ill troops to Iraq in conflict with its own regulations and turned a blind eye to the mental fitness of thousands of other service members, a Hartford Courant investigation has found. pg 3a
Border plan raises concerns
On the eve of President Bush's Oval Office address on immigration, members of Congress expressed concern yesterday that using National Guard troops to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border would further burden an overextended military. pg 3a
Russia bans neighbor's wine
Until this year, the Republic of Georgia has sold nearly 90 percent of its annual wine production to neighboring Russia in an industry worth more than $60 million a year to the Georgian economy. But in March, alleging health and safety concerns, Russia indefinitely halted all imports of Georgian wine, the latest example of the escalating tensions between Russia and some of the former Soviet republics. pg 1a
Israel upholds residency law
Israel's Supreme Court upheld a law yesterday that prevents Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from gaining legal residency to join spouses and children who are Israeli citizens. pg 8a
Global health center planned
The Johns Hopkins University plans to start a new organization to help coordinate efforts to fight global health threats such as AIDS, malaria, avian flu and heart disease. The Center for Global Health will integrate work done by three existing Johns Hopkins institutions - the medical school, nursing school and Bloomberg School of Public Health. pg 1a
Police fatally shoot man, 18
Four Anne Arundel County police officers shot and killed an 18-year-old Glen Burnie man who police said ran toward them with a pair of 9-inch scissors early yesterday - the third shooting incident this month involving county officers. pg 1b
Panel to weigh school crowding
With homes continuing to be built near severely crowded schools despite a law to stop such construction, Baltimore County councilmen and representatives of county government plan to meet with education officials to find a way to prevent development from overwhelming schools. pg 1b
O's rally to beat Royals, 8-7
The Orioles scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Royals, 8-7, and sweep their three-game series. Pinch hitter Kevin Millar's two-out single drove in the winning run. pg 1d
Georgetown defeats Navy, 9-7
Georgetown rallied for a 9-7 victory over Navy in an NCAA men's lacrosse tournament first-round game. The Mids' season ended at 11-4. pg 10d
Florez takes stage in D.C.
Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez brings his voice and his star power to the Washington National Opera. pg 1c
The stories of black basketball pioneers are told in a new exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. pg 1c
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I understand it when people are not there for you or can't be there for you. Everybody's family is not like the Cleavers."
Katherine Perez, Maryland's independent juvenile justice monitor Article, PG 1a
At 83, cranky perfectionist Morris Martick still serves fine French food in a very dark restaurant on the west side of Baltimore.
When the gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday for the running of the Preakness, "it's like the running of the bulls," says a Pimlico Race Course spokesman.
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