Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 05, 2006

MARYLAND

Budget disregards guidelines

In pouring millions into his budget proposal this year for universities and colleges, programs for the disabled and school construction, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has ignored spending affordability guidelines designed to stop the state budget from increasing faster than the economy. pg 1b

WORLD

Israelis turn to centrist Kadima

After failing to secure a lasting peace agreement or a clear military victory over Palestinian militants, Israelis seem willing to try something different - a path that may not lead to a peace but may bring some quiet. That's the path many Israelis believe is offered by Kadima, the centrist political party created last November by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. pg 1a

Bush scores diplomatic success

President Bush returns from a four-day tour of Asia confident of presiding over a transformation in U.S. relations with India, as well as a secure alliance with neighboring nations committed to combating terrorism in a volatile region. pg 14a

NATIONAL

Scientists watch Alaska for flu

As spring approaches in the Northern Hemisphere and millions of birds begin their long-distance migrations, scientific evidence is mounting that the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus is flying with them. If so, the virus may soon wing its way into Alaska. pg 1a

Army to probe Tillman's death

The Army said yesterday that it would launch a criminal investigation into the death in April 2004 of Pat Tillman, the former professional football player who was shot to death by fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in what previous Army reviews had concluded was an accidental shooting. pg 3a

BUSINESS

New momentum for buybacks

Companies hunkered down after the corporate scandals, terrorist attacks and Internet bubble pop to focus on old-fashioned profitability. They amassed hundreds of billions of dollars of free cash, but what did they buy? Their own stock. pg 1c

Investors turn to ethanol

Once the domain of Midwest farmer-funded cooperatives, grain-based ethanol has become a rock star of energy investments. In Maryland, at least two efforts to build production plants are gaining momentum. pg 1c

SPORTS

Terps women beat Duke, 78-70

After losing 14 games in a row to Duke, the fourth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team finally beat the No. 2 Blue Devils, 78-70, in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. pg 1d

Hopkins' home streak ends

The seventh-ranked Princeton men's lacrosse team upset No. 4 Johns Hopkins, 6-4, ending the Blue Jays' home winning streak at 37 games - one shy of the NCAA Division I record. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

Sun critics' Oscar picks

Sun film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Kaltenbach survey the field and come up with their lists of probable winners and deserving alternatives in tonight's Academy Awards. pg 1e

Quote Of the day

"The undocumented worker is almost always the one who is placed in the hazardous or life-threatening jobs. If a trench caves in, nine times out of 10 the guy on the bottom doesn't have a green card."

Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons, a Montgomery County Democrat Article, PG 1A

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