Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 06, 2006

NATIONAL

Dubai deal prompts reforms

Lawmakers said yesterday that reforms are needed to balance U.S. dependence on foreign investment against national security risks. It was a sign of the growing pressure President Bush faces to toughen the government's scrutiny of future transactions in the wake of the controversy surrounding Dubai Ports World. pg 1a

Weather satellites in trouble

The satellites that help forecast hurricanes, protect water supplies and predict global warming may be in jeopardy because of budget cuts and poor management, according to a committee that advises the federal government of developing and operating such environmental satellites. pg 3a

WORLD

West Bank pullouts

A leading ally of Israel's interim prime minister says the nation will move forward quickly to evacuate more Jewish settlements in the West Bank if the Kadima Party continues to be in power after elections scheduled for this month. pg 7a

Detainee details released

Thousands of pages of documents released by the Defense Department show that U.S. detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, include many who claim to be simple peasants with no knowledge of terrorism - and also some who say they are committed to a holy war against America. pg 7a

MARYLAND

Summer school may expand

Thousands more Baltimore students would have access to summer school this year under a proposal before the city school board, but the students would spend fewer hours in the classroom than those who went to summer school last year. pg 1b

Bird sanctuary raises questions

The Baltimore County Council is expected to consider a bill tonight to designate 24 acres near Carney as bird sanctuary. Proponents hope such a move would slow development in the area, but some officials question how the county would enforce the bill's provisions, which include fines for those who kill or injure wild birds or damage their nests. pg 1b

SPORTS

UM women lose ACC title game

The fourth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team lost to No. 1 North Carolina, 91-80, in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Jade Perry led the Terps with 18 points. pg 1d

Terps men edge Virginia, 71-70

Maryland's Mike Jones made a three-pointer with 1:11 remaining and J.R. Reynolds missed a three-pointer that would have won it for Virginia at the buzzer, as the Terps won the last game to be played at University Hall, 71-70. pg 1d

TODAY

`Madea' still on top

For the second week, Madea's Family Reunion grabbed the top spot at the weekend box office, earning $13 million to hold off 16 Blocks ($11.7 million) and Eight Below ($10.3 million). Madea's Family Reunion has earned $43.3 million so far. pg 4c

Still looking for love online

A new national survey by Pew Internet & American Life Project of online dating habits shows that despite concerns about safety and fears about deception, 7 percent of the online adult population, or 10 million people, describe themselves as single and looking for a partner. Roughly 3 million people say they have entered long-term relationships or married someone they met through the services. pg 4c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You probably got the best gumbo around in Maryland right here."

Paul Wernsdorfer, vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Chefs Association, a sponsor of the seventh annual Chefs Signature gumbo competition

Article, PG 2B

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Wednesday

It's easy being green

Kale, a hearty green available in Maryland nearly year round, is newly prized by gourmets for its versatility and health benefits.

IN TASTE

Sunday

Not wedded to dance bands

In the old days, dance bands played as many as five weddings each weekend. Today, in the era of disc jockeys and iPods, bands are lucky to get one wedding gig a month.

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