Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 13, 2006

MARYLAND

Rates at center of election

The legislature's failure to soften BGE rate increases has moved the issue front and center in the governors race, with the Republican incumbent, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., intent on a convincing show of leadership before the November election and his Democratic opponents eager to score points with an angry electorate. pg 1a

Becoming a varsity sport

When the University of Maryland's competitive cheer squad dethroned the five-time consecutive national champion Louisville Cardinals, it marked a watershed moment for what had been an obscure club sport, with competitors paying their own way. pg 1b

WORLD

Iran to expand program

A day after Iran announced that its engineers had reached a new, more advanced stage in uranium enrichment, a top nuclear official said that the nation planned to expand its nuclear program by installing and operating thousands of centrifuges in the coming years. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+40.34

11,129.97

NASDAQ -- UP

+4.33

2,314.68

S&P -- UP

+1.55

1,288.12

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.46

342.44

Md. hospital charges to rise

Under a compromise approved yesterday by state rate-setters, Maryland hospital charges will rise by more than 5 percent a year for the next three years - about four-tenths of 1 percent a year below the expected national rate increase. pg 1d

NATIONAL

Tape is chilling evidence

The government completed its case against Zacarias Moussaoui yesterday with its most chilling piece of evidence, a tape from the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93 that recorded the terrorists overwhelming the pilots Sept. 11, 2001, slashing their throats and praising Allah before crashing the jet into a Pennsylvania field. pg 1a

Levees to be rebuilt higher

The White House agreed yesterday to raise levees in the New Orleans region to protect against another Hurricane Katrina-force storm, clearing the way for tens of thousands of homeowners in the city to begin rebuilding their ruined properties, as long as they elevate them by as much as 3 feet. pg 2a

TODAY

Dogs center stage in production

At the Creative Alliance, two spunky dogs take their rightful, historical place - on the stage - in the production Caesar; Or the Watchdog of the Castle. pg 3c

Park to be ready for festival

West Shore Park, which looked anything but finished just a couple of weeks ago, is expected to be ready for the Baltimore Waterfront Festival, April 27-30. The new park sits between the Maryland Science Center and the new Visitor Center. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"D'Artagnan is like Errol Flynn. He knows he's handsome. He sort of swashbuckles around the stage and does all this stuff that isn't necessarily precise but that makes a big impact. Then he looks around for applause."

Bette Cassatt on one of her Shetland sheepdogs appearing this week in "Caesar; or The Watchdog of the Castle," at Creative Alliance

Article, PG 3C

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