Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

March 28, 2006

NATIONAL

Moussaoui on White House plot

Taking the stand over his lawyers' protests, al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui declared that he and Richard Reid, the so-called shoe bomber, were slated to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House. pg 1a

Panel OKs immigration rules

A Senate committee voted to create a pathway for some of the nations estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to gain citizenship without first leaving the country, and to allow additional foreign workers to enter the United States temporarily. pg 3a

WORLD

Shiites decry U.S.-backed raid

The Shiite political leadership denounced a U.S.-backed military raid on a Shiite compound that left at least 16 people dead, as political leaders suspended talks on forming a new government. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Utility-related bills approved

With a 72 percent increase in electric rates looming, the House of Delegates and Senate passed bills that would give the legislature authority to quash a merger between Constellation Energy and Florida's FPL Group and appoint four members to the five-member state utility commission. pg 1a

Teachers accused of cheating

Two Carroll County fourth-grade teachers have been removed from their classrooms after officials discovered the pair had circulated copies of questions from a state achievement test to other teachers and pupils before the exam. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-29.86

11,250.11

NASDAQ -- UP

+2.76

2,315.58

S&P -- DOWN

-1.34

1,301.61

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.32

351.10

Mercantile to grow in Va.

Mercantile Bankshares Corp., Maryland's largest independent bank, is continuing its march into the lucrative Northern Virginia market by agreeing to acquire James Monroe Bancorp Inc. for about $143 million in cash and stock. pg 1d

Firms look more to buyouts

Companies struggling to contain current costs and staring at huge bills for post-retirement benefits are increasingly using voluntary buyouts as the preferred method to trim their work forces. pg 1d

TODAY

A quiet celebration

While the official festival and ceremonies are centered around Washington's Tidal Basin, the cherry blossom is celebrated more quietly in a District of Columbia suburb. pg 1c

SPORTS

Maryland women reach Final 4

Kristi Toliver set career highs with 28 points and six three-pointers to lead the second-seeded Maryland women's basketball team to a 75-65 overtime victory over fifth-seeded Utah, sending the Terps back to the Final Four after a 17-year absence. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This is not new and it's not unique to Maryland. It's tragic."

Francis Fennell, education professor at McDaniel College, responding to a report that two Carroll County teachers cheated on a state test Article, PG 1B

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