Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 24, 2006

WORLD

47 killed in attack near Baghdad

Gunmen fatally shot 47 people at a fake checkpoint north of Baghdad. The number of fatalities across Iraq climbed past 100 in sectarian attacks after the bombing of a Shiite Muslim holy site. pg 1a

Strife continues in Nigerian city

Christians in the southern Nigerian city of Onitsha burned Muslim corpses and defaced wrecked mosques after days of violence that has killed more than 120 people across the country. pg 10a

MARYLAND

2nd Navy player accused of rape

Another Naval Academy football player has been accused of sexually assaulting a classmate - the second time in a month that a member of the bowl-winning Naval Academy squad has been implicated in a rape. pg 1b

Plan to lift fishing ban dropped

The Ehrlich administration is dropping its proposal to end a 17-year moratorium on the commercial fishing of yellow perch in two Eastern Shore rivers. Environmentalists and sport fishermen had opposed the measure. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Firm says it will delay port plan

Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the United Arab Emirates, volunteered late yesterday to delay part of its $6.8 billion takeover of most operations at six major U.S. ports. pg 1a

Bigger U.S. role in disasters

The federal government must play a stronger role in dealing with natural disasters, the White House said in a report ordered by President Bush after Hurricane Katrina. pg 3a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 67.95

11,069.22

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 3.85

2,279.32

S&P -- DOWN

- 4.88

1,287.79

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

+ 0.70

345.03

Some good news, some bad

Families who own their homes have enjoyed strong gains in home values in recent years, but the other parts of their balance sheets haven't been doing as well, the Federal Reserve said. pg 1e

SPORTS

Meissner finishes sixth

Kimmie Meissner, the 16-year-old ice skater from Bel Air, finished sixth in women's figure skating at the Winter Olympics, one spot down from her standing after the short program. pg 1a

Terps women defeat Clemson

The fourth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team extended Clemson's losing streak to nine with an 89-63 victory at Comcast Center. pg 1f

TODAY

Temirkanov's cancellations

Baltimore Symphony music director Yuri Temirkanov canceled several Baltimore appearances because of the death of his close friend, Russian composer Andrei Petrov, the orchestra said. pg 10c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We hope to change the direction of development trends in the state."

Gerrit Knaap, director of the University of Maryland's National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education Article, PG 1b

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Maryland Shore in winter

A winter day trip to Ocean City and environs showed that the Shore is everything that it's not in summer with some pleasant surprises.

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Sunday

Teenagers mad about manga, shojo

Manga and shojo - graphic novels translated from Japanese best-sellers and meant to be read back to front and right to left - are a huge hit with U.S. teenagers.

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TODAY

Winter OLYMPICS

Get full coverage of ice skater Kimmie Meissner and all the Olympics news, including our sportswriters' blogs and podcasts.

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KATRINA Aftermath

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