Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 26, 2006

WORLD

Belarus protesters arrested

A rally billed as a last-ditch attempt to challenge discredited presidential elections in Belarus erupted in violence yesterday as riot police plunged into the crowd with truncheons and arrested dozens of people, including opposition candidate Alexander Kozulin. pg 14a

Senators press Iraqi politicians

Two key U.S. senators visited Baghdad yesterday to pressure Iraqi politicians to act quickly to form a national unity government, as Russia's foreign spy agency denied that Moscow gave Saddam Hussein information on U.S. troop movements and plans during the invasion of Iraq. pg 14a

MARYLAND

Study finds rise in congestion

A report by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council finds that rush-hour traffic has grown worse on major highways over the past six years. While 75 percent of the region's highway lane miles were congestion-free during the evening rush hour in 1999, 59 percent had that rating last year. pg 1a

Delegates endorse merger bill

Voicing doubt about whether a merger between Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s parent company and a Florida utility will benefit consumers, members of the House of Delegates yesterday gave preliminary approval to a bill granting the General Assembly veto power over the $11.4 billion deal. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Rights march draws 500,000

More than 500,000 immigration-rights advocates marched in downtown Los Angeles, demanding that Congress abandon attempts to make helping illegal immigrants a crime and to build more walls along the border. pg 3a

Gunman kills 6 and himself

Six young people were shot to death early yesterday at a party in Seattle, and the alleged gunman committed suicide when confronted by police, authorities said. pg 3a

BUSINESS

Wal-Mart bank faces protests

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is seeking government approval to open a limited-purpose bank to process its own credit and debit transactions. Opponents, including 45 members of Congress, fear that the world's largest retailer is setting itself up to expand into retail banking in the future. pg 1d

SPORTS

Meissner wins skating worlds

Kimmie Meissner, 16, of Bel Air vaulted from third to first place in the free skate, giving her the gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Calgary, Alberta. pg 1a

A&E TODAY

Young star in Shore film

Tara Devon Gallagher, 13-year-old star of a new movie about watermen on Maryland's Eastern Shore, says acting is "not that big a deal." Swimmers opens Friday in Baltimore and Annapolis. pg 1f

MODERN LIFE

Stylish, sustainable decor

You don't have to drive a hybrid to love the look of eco-friendly home furnishings. Whether it's recycled, reclaimed or renovated, there are many stylish options in decor. pg 1n

TRAVEL

Street theater in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg hopes its Revolutionary City dramas will boost lagging attendance at the park, with costumed actor-interpreters bringing to life key events during the American Revolution. pg 1r

Quote Of the day

"What we want is ... to make sure it's a good deal for the citizens of Maryland. If that means BGE is going to sue, let 'em."

Del. Dereck E. Davis on the proposed utility merger Article, PG 1B

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