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May 18, 2007


World Bank leader to resign

Paul D. Wolfowitz, the embattled president of the World Bank, announced that he would resign effective June 30, bringing an end to weeks of accusations that he arranged a job transfer and salary increases for his girlfriend. pg 1A

GOP, Democrats agree on bill

Democratic and Republican senators reached an agreement on legislation that could drastically change the nation's immigration laws and give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship. pg 1A


Smoking ban becomes law

Gov. Martin O'Malley signs into law one of the most restrictive smoking bans in the nation, putting to rest four years of wrangling between public health advocates concerned about secondhand smoke and restaurateurs who say the measure would hurt neighborhood operations. pg 1A

City job fair canceled

Baltimore officials abruptly canceled a city-sponsored job fair after mayoral candidate Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. attempted to distribute a flier promoting the event. An official in Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration accused Mitchell of attempting to politicize the job fair. pg 1B


Israel pummels Hamas targets

Ratcheting up its response to militant rocket attacks, Israel moved tanks across its border with the Gaza Strip and pounded Hamas targets, killing nine Palestinians, medical officials said. pg 12a














Discovery to close stores

Discovery Communications of Silver Spring announces it is closing 103 retail stores - including three in Maryland - and laying off 1,000 employees to focus on selling its products online and through mass-market retailers. pg 1E

Md. man sentenced for fraud

The former chief marketing officer of U.S. Foodservice Inc., a subsidiary of supermarket giant Royal Ahold NV, is sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a widespread securities fraud that cost investors $800 million. pg 1E


Landis camp accused of blackmail

The Floyd Landis hearing took a chaotic twist when fellow American Tour de France champion Greg LeMond revealed he had been sexually abused as a child and said the Landis camp tried to use it as blackmail to keep LeMond from testifying. pg 4c


Akon cleans it up a bit

He was on his best behavior. Sort of. Pop-R&B sensation Akon played a packed house at Rams Head Live, barely a week after Verizon ended its partnership with the Senegalese star after a video showed him simulating sex onstage with a 15-year-old girl. pg 1F

Third `Shrek' a charm

Eddie Murphy's lovable, febrile Donkey hasn't lost his kick, and Antonio Banderas' debonair Puss in Boots overflows with a ticklish feline unpredictability. But Mike Myers' Shrek and Cameron Diaz's Fiona supply the comic heart that turns Shrek the Third into a genuine slapstick fairy tale. pg 1F

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