Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 27, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush and GOP governors

Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose political standing is as low as President Bush's, exemplifies the trouble Republican governors are facing this election year. California and 35 other states are choosing governors, and Democrats are favored to make gains that could prove influential in the 2008 presidential election. pg 1a

Critical day for immigration

President Bush's long journey to immigration reform comes to a crucial test today, as the Senate embarks on an immigration debate that will shape lives, borders and political careers. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Dundalk complex to be sold

Baltimore County officials are set to announce today an agreement to purchase a blighted apartment complex in Dundalk's Yorkway corridor. Officials hope the plan to demolish the complex will help revitalize the neighborhood. pg 1b

Demolition plan opposed

Mercy Medical Center officials are exploring tearing down the last of downtown Baltimore's rowhouses from the 1820s, a move opposed by preservation advocates. pg 1b

Schools give to campaigns

Nearly 20 schools -- including a handful of public schools -- have made donations to political campaigns in Maryland in recent years, prompting criticism that the money should be spent on students, not candidates. pg 1b

WORLD

Violence, confusion in Iraq

On a day of violence and confusion in many parts of Iraq, American and Iraqi government forces clashed with Shiite militiamen in Baghdad in the most serious confrontation in months. Iraqi security officials said the fighting left at least 17 Iraqis dead in or around a mosque. pg 1a

Political comeback in Ukraine

Russian Viktor Yanukovych appeared to engineer a most unlikely political comeback in Ukraine yesterday, as voters disillusioned with the country's pro-West leadership supported his party in the new parliament. pg 10a

TODAY

New movie for Robinson

Award-winning hip-hop and rap video director Chris Robinson explores themes of friendship and sacrifice in his new movie, ATL. pg 1c

An American `Ring Cycle'

Washington National Opera puts an American spin on Wagner's classic Ring Cycle. pg 1c

Sports

Mason, Florida advance

George Mason and Florida advanced to the NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four with regional final victories. The Patriots beat top-seeded Connecticut, 86-84, in overtime. The Gators defeated Villanova, 75-62. pg 1d

Ames cruises to TPC win

Stephen Ames shot a 5-under-par 67 at the TPC at Sawgrass and won The Players Championship by six shots over two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen. pg 4d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It's how one lives life day by day. ... Putting a flag on the bumper of a car is not patriotism. Carpooling is patriotic."

Michael Buck, who is participating in a national project on patriotism Article, PG 1B

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