Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 09, 2006

NATIONAL

Panel votes against ports deal

In a rare Congressional slap at President Bush, a powerful Republican-controlled House committee voted overwhelmingly to kill a deal allowing a United Arab Emirates company to take control of some operations at the Port of Baltimore and five other major seaports. pg 1a

Bush pledges to rebuild levees

Making his 10th visit to New Orleans in the past six months, President Bush promised to rebuild and strengthen the breached levees flooded by Hurricane Katrina and chastised Congress for cutting $1.5 billion from Louisiana's recovery funds. pg 3a

WORLD

Dozens abducted in Baghdad

Within hours of the discovery of at least 24 bodies - all victims of execution-style slayings - about 50 people were abducted in Baghdad by gunmen wearing the uniforms of a police paramilitary unit. pg 1a

Tehran warns U.S.

With the stage set for a U.N. Security Council debate next week on possible sanctions for Iran's nuclear program, Tehran warned the United States that it, too, can inflict harm and pain and hinted its weapon could be oil. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Midshipman's apology on tape

In a conversation taped by an investigator, Naval Academy quarterback Lamar S. Owens Jr. tearfully apologized to the female midshipman he is accused of raping. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+25.05

11,005.74

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-0.92

2,267.46

S&P -- UP

+2.59

1,278.47

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.40

342.57

Will BGE find competition?

BGE customers saved more than $1 billion under the electricity rate cap enacted in 1999. But now, in the face of higher power bills that will take effect in July, some say the lifting of price caps may spur the kind of competition that over decades transformed other formerly regulated industries such as telecommunications and the airlines. pg 1a

Defense takes shot at Fastow

Enron Corp.'s disgraced former finance chief, Andrew S. Fastow, went from star witness to dirty rat yesterday under cross-examination by a defense attorney who focused on Fastow letting his family get swept up in his crimes. pg 1d

SPORTS

NFL deal extended six years

Labor peace was restored to the NFL when team owners agreed to the players' union proposal, extending the collective bargaining agreement for six years. pg 1e

TODAY

Gordon Parks inspiring

Gordon Parks, the African-American photographer, filmmaker, composer and author who died this week at age 93, was the inspiration for a generation of artists - black and white. pg 1c

MoNique's welcome home

The five-city search for the next Miss F.A.T. brought actress and comedian MoNique home to Baltimore yesterday, where she was cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of 600 plus-size women. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He was to young photographers what Duke Ellington was to young musicians."

Jason Johnson, a Washington-based photojournalist on Gordon Parks, an African-American photographer, filmmaker and composer who died this week.

Article, Page 1C

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