Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 23, 2006

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MARYLAND

Dixon speaks out on probe

Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon broke her silence yesterday over an investigation into her ties to two city contractors by saying the state probe is "trying to destroy my character." Speaking to reporters, she said: "In my heart, I did nothing intentional in any of this." pg 1a

BGE draft proposal criticized

Lawmakers criticized yesterday a confidential draft proposal by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. executives that would spread a huge utility rate increase over eight years, saying it does not protect customers in the long run. pg 1a

SPORTS

Lopez to start in O's opener

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo named his 2006 rotation with right-hander Rodrigo Lopez getting the start on Opening Day. It will be Lopez's third Opening Day start in four seasons.pg 1e

Soriano takes outfield for Nats

Alfonso Soriano told Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson that he was willing to play left field. In his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic and igniting a controversy when he said he wouldn't play the outfield, Soriano batted leadoff and had the only hit off Cardinals starter Jason Marquis in 5 2/3 innings. pg 1e

TODAY

`Tales' of a British musician

Singer-songwriter and piano man Jamie Cullum aims to see his fan base steadily build as he tours in support of his latest album, Catching Tales. pg 6t

Struggling GM offers buyouts

General Motors Corp., struggling with mounting losses and eroding market share, has offered buyouts of as much as $140,000 to a third of its U.S. factory employees and agreed with its biggest auto-parts supplier on ways to entice workers to retire. pg 1a

Testimony in Enron case

Enron Corp. founder Kenneth L. Lay worried in 2001 that the company's financial problems would jeopardize its credit rating and inquired about managing its accounting to avoid a downgrade, a former Enron treasurer testified in Houston. pg 1d

NATIONAL

Chief justice's terse dissent

The Supreme Court strengthened the rights of residents to bar police from entering and searching their homes, but the ruling drew a sharp dissent from new Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. pg 3a

WORLD

Russian spies still work in U.S.

Even as the United States and Russia are cooperating to resolve international crises and track militant Islamic groups, Moscow is working at least as hard at stealing U.S. military and industrial secrets as during the Soviet era, current and former intelligence officials say. pg 1a

Quote of the day

"We used to see people who had been ripped off by the carloads."

Housing Counselor Frank Fischer, on property flipping

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