Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 15, 2006

NATIONAL

Drug plan changes weighed

Spurred by election-year jitters and anxious seniors, Congress may consider changes to the new Medicare prescription drug plan even as President Bush works to convince the public that he's getting the troubled program on track. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Rate phase-in gains support

A plan to limit BGE rate increases to 15 percent this summer with the remainder of the hike phased in over three years is gaining momentum among legislators reacting to a public uproar over the end of rate caps. pg 1a

Little special ed progress seen

The Baltimore public schools have made little progress in providing makeup services to special education students, state officials said. pg 1a

BlueHippo target of probe

BlueHippo Funding, a Baltimore County company that sells computers and plasma TVs nationwide to people with poor credit, is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. pg 1a

WORLD

Israeli forces besiege jail

Israeli forces besieged a Palestinian jail and seized inmates involved in the assassination of an Israeli Cabinet minister in 2001, unleashing a wave of retaliatory attacks by Palestinians. pg 1a

TODAY

Film recalls integration at Poly

Two seniors at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute hope their film about the school's integration will illicit shock, anger, hope, pride - and perhaps even a national prize. pg 1c

SPORTS

M. Anderson set to compete

Mike Anderson expressed no regrets about coming to the Ravens, saying he was assured that he will have the opportunity to compete against Jamal Lewis for the starting running back job. pg 1e

BUSINESS

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1,297.48

SUN INDEX -- UP

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're all horrified about the fact that the children are not getting services."

State school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, on lack of progress in providing makeup services to Baltimore special education students Article, PG 1A

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