Sun News Digest

March 17, 2006

WORLD

U.S., Iranian officials may meet

U.S. and Iranian officials said that they are willing to hold face-to-face talks about conditions in Iraq, a rare hint of accommodation even as the Bush administration branded Iran one of the United States' gravest national security challenges. pg 1a

Iraqis, U.S. launch air assault

U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a major helicopter and armored operation north of Baghdad, targeting insurgent forces and weapons caches, in what Pentagon officials described as the largest air assault since the war began three years ago. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Ehrlich proposes tuition freeze

Tuition rates at Maryland public universities will be frozen next year under a plan unveiled by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday, giving parents and students a welcome break after years of increases in the cost of higher education. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+ 43.47

11,253.24

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 12.28

2,299.56

S&P -- UP

+ 2.31

1,305.33

SUN INDEX -- UP

+ 1.60

348.15

Price chairman to retire

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. Chairman George A. Roche announced yesterday his retirement after a 40-year career that paralleled the rise of mutual funds. Roche orchestrated the company's debut on the stock market. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Idaho governor is Interior pick

President Bush said that he will nominate Gov. Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho to be secretary of the Interior Department, selecting a former senator - and fellow bicycle rider - to "ensure wise stewardship of our resources." pg 4a

TODAY

Portman is a winner in `V'

The directors of V Is for Vendetta were concerned about how star Natalie Portman would look with a shaved head. But they never had to worry about what's inside her skull. pg 3e

SPORTS

George Washington wins in OT

Maureece Rice scored 20 points and had a key defensive play in overtime to help George Washington rally from an 18-point deficit and beat UNC Wilmington, 88-85, in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Atlanta Regional. pg 1f

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This means a lot to middle-class families, people struggling with their Pell Grants being less and not enough financial aid to go around."

Brian S. Bailey, president of the UMBC student government, on the governor's plan for a tuition freeze

Article, PG 1a

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