Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 20, 2006

NATIONAL

McCain's quiet campaign

For months, Sen. John McCain has been quietly assembling the pieces of a national campaign: lining up donors, courting his Senate colleagues, reaching out to social conservatives, earning IOUs from other politicians. The outsider of the 2000 Republican campaign is still a maverick, but he is carefully following the insider strategy of the man who beat him. pg 1a

MARYLAND

States, insurance firm settle

Maryland and eight other states have reached a $171 million settlement with Zurich American Insurance Co., which is accused of inflating prices and fixing bids on commercial insurance policies, the Maryland attorney general's office said yesterday. pg 3a

Energy meeting this week

Amid mounting scrutiny of the commission that sets utility rates, lawmakers will be meeting this week with the governor and energy executives to try to lessen the blow of an estimated 72 percent electricity rate increase this summer. pg 1b

Reversing course in Harford

Several elected officials in Harford County who had promised not to accept campaign contributions while they were engaged in the politically delicate task of overhauling the county's zoning laws have reversed course now that a veto has sent the process into overtime. pg 1b

WORLD

Disputing Belarus election

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Minsk, Belarus, last night even as President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko seemed assured of an overwhelmingly re-election victory. However supporters of the main opposition candidate, Aleksandr Milinkevich, cite polling data showing Lukashneko failing to receive the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff. pg 1a

Renewing Iraq war debate

President Bush and his senior advisers sought yesterday to mark the third anniversary of the Iraq war with declarations of progress but found themselves embroiled in renewed debate about whether Iraq has fallen into civil war. pg 1a

Israel, Palestine compromise

With Palestinians facing severe shortages of bread, milk and other foods in Gaza, U.S. officials called an emergency meeting yesterday and brokered a compromise with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in a two-month-old border standoff. pg 8a

SPORTS

Terps women win NCAA opener

Maryland routed Sacred Heart, 95-54, in a first-round game of the NCAA women's tournament. Five Terps scored in double figures, led by Jade Perry with 20. Maryland improved to 29-4 and will meet St. John's tomorrow night. pg 1d

George Mason spills N. Carolina

The 11th-seeded George Mason men upset third-seeded and defending champion North Carolina, 65-60, in the NCAA tournament. The victory lifted the Patriots into a Washington Regional semifinal with Wichita State on Friday. pg 1d

TODAY

Where the poor pray

A photographer looks at the buildings where poor people worship in Baltimore and other U.S. cities. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Shabbos is not one of those things you can be late for. If it starts at 4:52, it starts at 4:52, not 4:53."

Yaakov Goldsmith, a general contractor on Shabbat, which starts at sundown Friday and lasts until after nightfall Saturday, creating a distinct rhythm to Jewish life

Article, PG 1B

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