Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 20, 2006

NATIONAL

Terms of port sale criticized

U.S. terms for approving an Arab company's takeover of operations at six major American ports are insufficient to guard against terrorist infiltration, said Rep. Peter T. King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. pg 3a

WORLD

Israel suspends fund transfers

A day after members of the Islamic militant group Hamas were sworn in as Palestinian lawmakers, Israel's Cabinet suspended the transfer of tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue to the Palestinian government. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Campaign donors hedge bets

Hundreds of Marylanders are playing it safe by contributing to more than one candidate in the gubernatorial election, a telltale sign of a close race, experts say. Some 189 donors gave to both Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., and 65 gave to both Ehrlich and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. pg 1b

SPORTS

Johnson wins Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson, whose crew chief was sent home 10 days earlier for cheating, won a two-lap shootout at the Daytona 500, the biggest event of the NASCAR Nextel Cup season. pg 1c

TODAY

Changes ahead for city skyline

Even if the $300 million condominium and hotel tower proposed for the former McCormick & Co. property does become the city's tallest building, it definitely won't be the only new tower to rise downtown. Baltimore's skyline is on the verge of changing more than at any time since the Inner Harbor renewal effort began in the 1960s. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He did have a lot of dental problems. There are references to him being in a foul mood because of his teeth."

Scott Swank, curator at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, on President George Washington's dentures

Article, PG 1B

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