Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

February 27, 2006

NATIONAL

Port deal set for second review

Intensifying its efforts to placate critics in Congress, a United Arab Emirates company volunteered yesterday to submit its takeover of some operations at six major U.S. seaports - including Baltimore's - to a second Bush administration probe of potential national security implications. The offer could turn down the heat on an issue that has opened a huge, and rare, split between President Bush and members of his party. pg 1a

Wal-Mart makes plea to states

With at least a dozen states considering legislation that could force Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to spend more on health care, the retail giant's top executive urged governors yesterday to resist such bills. The nation's largest private employer has been scrambling to stop states from passing laws similar to Maryland's Fair Share Health Care Fund Act. pg 5a

WORLD

Prisoners killed in Afghan riot

Prisoners in Afghanistan's main high-security prison, among them people accused of being members of the Taliban and al-Qaida, rioted and seized control of one cellblock Saturday evening, Afghan authorities said yesterday. As many as five prisoners were killed and 31 wounded, a health worker at the prison said. pg 1a

Iran, Russia form nuclear plan

Iran and Russia agreed in principle yesterday to establish a joint uranium enrichment venture, a breakthrough in talks on a U.S.-backed Kremlin proposal aimed at easing concerns that Tehran wants to build nuclear weapons. It was not known whether Iran will entirely give up enrichment at home, a top demand of the West. pg 10a

SPORTS

Tar Heels roll over Terps

No. 21 North Carolina routed Maryland, 81-57, and solidified its hold on second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Terps' hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament continued to fade with their seventh loss in nine games. pg 1d

Orioles sign outfielder Hidalgo

The Orioles signed outfielder Richard Hidalgo to a minor league deal. Hidalgo, 30, hit 16 home runs for the Texas Rangers last season and had 44 in his first full season in 2000. pg 1d

MARYLAND

Housing program may expand

A fledgling program that moves homeless people with addiction and mental problems from the streets into subsidized housing is gaining momentum in Baltimore. Twenty-five people have been placed in 19 apartments since August, and city officials are moving to expand the program. pg 1b

Proposed calendar criticized

A school board panel has made recommendations about religious holidays for the Baltimore County school system's calendar, and a leader of the Muslim community said he is disappointed that it didn't suggest closing for two Islamic holy days. pg 1b

TODAY

DNA plays role in genealogy

DNA technology has been unlocking crime mysteries for years, but increasing numbers of Americans now are using the science to solve mysteries about their family histories. pg 1c

Antennae generate static

Cell phone antennae on the roof of Baltimore City College are creating static with the school's alumni association, which says the towers are damaging the building. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Six months ago, when we were pulling people out of the flood, I would have never believed we'd be doing this now."

Police officer Jonathan Carroll Jr. on Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Article, PG 3a

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