Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 16, 2006

NATIONAL

Cheney takes blame in shooting

Vice President Dick Cheney said in a broadcast interview that he accepts full blame for mistakenly shooting a hunting partner, calling the incident "one of the worst days of my life." pg 1a

Chertoff explains actions

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testified that he did not take charge of his department's faltering response to Hurricane Katrina because his personal experience during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks had convinced him that micromanaging by officials could make matters worse. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Schaefer is unapologetic

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer was unapologetic yesterday after ordering a young female aide to the governor to return to his table at a state Board of Public Works meeting and then "walk again" so he could stare at her from behind. pg 1a

Ehrlich wants vote change

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday that he has lost confidence in the state's ability to hold fair and secure elections this fall and called for paper receipts for Maryland's electronic voting machines and a delay until 2008 of early-voting procedures approved by the legislature. pg 1a

WORLD

Haiti elections set back again

Haiti's troubled elections were dealt another setback with the discovery of dozens of ballot boxes and polling materials scattered across a landfill just outside the capital. pg 16a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 30.58

11,058.97

NASDAQ -- UP

+14.26

2,276.43

S&P -- UP

+ 4.47

1,280.00

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1 .98

341.78

Downtown employment is up

Downtown Baltimore employment took a sharp turn for the better last year, reviving after years of losses or modest gains. Job were up by 6,200 jobs, or nearly 7 percent, from the summer of 2004. pg 1a

Google stock on down slide

Google Inc. became the unexpected darling of Wall Street when its stock skyrocketed to about $475 a share. During the past month, however, the stock plunged more than $120. pg 1d

SPORTS

Dawson takes bronze in moguls

American Toby Dawson won the bronze medal in the men's moguls freestyle skiing event at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Teammate Jeremy Bloom, an NFL hopeful, was sixth. pg 7d

TODAY

Voice-overs' bigger role in TV

With commercials taking up more airtime, a growing number of TV shows are using voice-overs to fill in the gaps for the viewers. pg 1c

Hippodrome season announced

The 2006-2007 subscription season at the Hippodrome Theatre will feature five current Broadway shows, including Tony award winners Spamalot and Doubt. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Downtown's stronger [than] at any point probably since the [development] of the Inner Harbor, when Baltimore was hailed as the comeback city."

Richard P. Clinch, University of Baltimore

Article, PG 1a

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