Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 22, 2006

NATIONAL

Troops in for long stay in Iraq

President Bush said that U.S. troops would remain in Iraq beyond his presidency, a message that could complicate his efforts to reassure an increasingly skittish public that the U.S. military deployment there is not open-ended. pg 1a

Guilty on Abu Ghraib charges

A military jury at Fort Meade convicted an Army dog handler of six counts of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, including a charge that he used his dog as part of a game to make prisoners soil themselves. But the jury cleared the soldier of more serious charges. pg 3a

MARYLAND

State widens Dixon probe

State prosecutors have broadened an investigation of City Council President Sheila Dixon by demanding that government offices and Comcast cable television officials deliver information about a city contractor that employs Dixon's sister. pg 1a

Ties of PSC chief, utility shown

The PSC chairman discussed with a power company official how to get Republicans into a utility regulators group's leadership and how to draft legislation on Maryland energy competition, e-mails show. pg 1a

WORLD

Israeli Arabs try to hold on

With national elections taking place Tuesday, Israel's Arab parties are battling to hold on to their small slice of power in Israeli politics. pg 1a

Gunmen kill 20 policemen

About 100 gunmen stormed a prison in Iraq, freed inmates and killed 20 policemen. pg 10a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

- 39.06

11,235.47

NASDAQ -- DOWN

- 19.88

2,294.23

S&P -- DOWN

- 7.85

1,297.23

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

- 2.11

346.74

Security of chemical plants

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called yesterday for federal regulation of chemical plant security. pg 1d

TODAY

If you can't buy, rent for a while

Middle-class Americans might not be able to afford to buy all the luxuries they desire, but they can rent them for a while. pg 1c

SPORTS

Ravens to judge Young today

Ravens officials will attend Vince Young's Pro Day today, trying to gauge whether the team wants to choose the University of Texas quarterback with the 13th pick in next month's NFL draft. pg 1e

Terps women defeat St. John's

Crystal Langhorne scored 30 points to lead the second-seeded Maryland women's basketball team to an 81-74 victory over seventh-seeded St. John's in the second round of the NCAA tournament. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"The pandas are a trick, just like the Trojan horse. Pandas are cute, but they are meant to destroy Taiwan's psychological defenses."

Lawmaker Huang Shi-cho of the Taiwan Solidarity Union party

Article, PG 13a

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