Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 08, 2006

NATIONAL

White House defends action

The White House sidestepped allegations that President Bush single-handedly declassified an intelligence report, while steadfastly maintaining he has that power. But some intelligence professionals and security experts questioned if the president could know the implications of such a step without going through normal declassification procedures. pg 1a

Immigrant bill suffers blow

Landmark legislation offering eventual citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants suffered a potentially fatal blow in the Senate, the latest in a series of election-year setbacks for President Bush. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Movement on Annapolis front

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vetoed yesterday a bill that would block the state's plans to take over 11 city schools. Meanwhile, negotiators in Annapolis appeared to be nearing a deal on lowering electric rates for more than a million BGE customers. pg 1a

2 city police officers convicted

A U.S. District Court jury convicted two Baltimore police officers on charges of carrying a gun in multiple robberies and conspiracy to sell drugs. pg 1b

TODAY

Ripken still attracts the fans

Cal Ripken is still drawing crowds, this time as he promotes his new book, Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way, born of the retired baseball player's concerns that a lack of perspective is taking the fun out of childhood athletics. pg 1d

Employers add 211,000 workers

American employers added 211,000 workers in March and the unemployment rate matched a four-year low, capping the best first quarter for hiring of any year since 2000. pg 12c

WORLD

Bombs kill at least 78 in Iraq

Three suicide bombers, including at least one dressed as a woman, detonated explosives in a sea of worshippers at the main mosque of the most powerful Shiite political party in Iraq, killing at least 78 people and injuring at least 154. pg 1a

Hamas ready for solution

The Islamic militant group Hamas is ready for a two-state solution with Israel, a senior official said, a position that would imply its recognition of the Jewish state for the first time. pg 10a

SPORTS

Angelos testifies, faults Comcast

Appearing at a congressional hearing, Orioles owner Peter Angelos lambasted Comcast Corp. for monopolistic practices and implored the cable giant to televise Washington Nationals games. A standoff has left 1.3 million D.C.-area households unable to watch their home team. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW

- 96.46

11,120.04

NASDAQ

- 22.15

2,339.02

S&P

- 13.54

1,295.50

SUN INDEX

- 3.50

346.85

Quote Of the day

"You can't imagine that these things ever went on in the town you live in."

Joyce Trageser, chairwoman of the Greater Parkville Community Council's history committee Article, PG 1b

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