Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 24, 2006

WORLD

3 hostages in Iraq freed

U.S. and British troops rescued three peace activists abducted in Baghdad four months ago. pg 12a

Demonstrators in Belarus held

In Belarus, police stormed the opposition tent camp in Minsk this morning, detaining scores of demonstrators who had spent a fourth night in a central square protesting disputed election results. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Cut in energy tax proposed

Six Baltimore City Council members said yesterday they support reducing or eliminating a city tax on energy, hoping to provide relief in the face of steep rate increases expected this summer. pg 1b

SPORTS

LSU upends top-seeded Duke

Glen Davis scored 14 points and freshman Tyrus Thomas blocked five shots, leading No. 4 seed LSU to the final of the Atlanta Regional in the NCAA men's basketball tournament with a 62-54 upset of No. 1 seed Duke. pg 1f

TODAY

S. African film industry

Gavin Hood talks about why an Academy Award for his film Tsotsi is a huge boost for the small South African film industry. pg 3d

Celebrities in advertising

George Clooney does it. So do Julia Roberts and Donald and Kiefer Sutherland. Celebrities are lending their voices, if not their names, to TV ads. pg 7d

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-47.14

11,270.29

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-3.20

2,300.15

S&P -- DOWN

-3.37

1,301.67

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.10

348.67

New president at Legg Mason

Legg Mason Inc. announced yesterday the election of James Hirschmann, 45, as president, making him the heir apparent to Raymond A. "Chip" Mason, who built the Baltimore firm that bears his name from a regional stockbroker to the fifth-largest money manager in the world. pg 1e

Big increase in home sales

Mild winter weather sparked the biggest increase in U.S. home sales in two years last month, signaling the predicted slowing in housing will be gradual. pg 1e

NATIONAL

Red Cross faces accusations

The American Red Cross, the largest recipient of donations after Hurricane Katrina, is investigating wide-ranging accusations of impropriety among volunteers after the disaster, including improper diversion of relief supplies. pg 8a

Fire on cruise ship kills 1

A fatal fire on a Princess Cruises ship killed one man and left 11 guests suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire started about 3:10 a.m. and damaged at least 100 cabins before being put out. pg 3a

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We're in probably the most dangerous zone for sea level rise. ... It's not a trivial problem."

J. Court Stevenson, a professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, on the Eastern Shore's vulnerability to melting polar ice

Article, PG 1A

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