Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 17, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush's oil plan languishes

President Bush's plan to break the U.S. addiction to oil is languishing as Congress pushes instead for measures designed to address voters' more immediate concern about rising gasoline prices. pg 1A

Lawmakers speak out on Iran

The U.S. needs to pursue direct talks and other diplomatic avenues with Iran about its disputed nuclear program before considering a military option, lawmakers from both parties said yesterday. pg 3A

MARYLAND

Volvo boats set to arrive

Sailboats competing in the Brazil to Maryland leg of the Volvo Ocean Race are expected to begin arriving in Baltimore as early as today. The boats will be docked in Maryland for the next three weeks. Race organizers expect a half-million tourists to see the boats and pour $50 million into the economy. pg 1A

Rosenstein could get court spot

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, Maryland's top federal prosecutor, is under consideration to fill a long-standing vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, according to sources familiar with the process. pg 1A

Biotech groundbreaking today

After a ceremonial groundbreaking event today, construction is set to begin on the first building in a new biotech park that supporters hope will transform East Baltimore and the city. pg 1B

WORLD

Iraq fails to agree on minister

Efforts to form a unity government sustained a new setback yesterday as Iraqi leaders postponed a parliament session after failing to agree on a prime minister. Bombs targeted Shiites near a mosque and on a bus as attacks nationwide killed at least 25 people. Four Marines were reported killed in fighting west of Baghdad as the U.S. death toll for this month rose to 47 - compared with 31 in March. pg 8A

Irish mark Easter rebellion

In the first such commemoration in four decades, more than 2,500 Irish military personnel, some saluting atop tanks and others marching with fixed bayonets, paraded yesterday past the bullet-scarred spot where rebels launched a fateful Easter 1916 rebellion against British rule. pg 9A

SPORTS

Angels end O's win streak

Vladimir Guerrero hit two bases-empty home runs and an RBI single to lead the visiting Los Angeles Angels to a 9-3 victory over the Orioles, breaking their three-game winning streak. pg 1d

Wizards win, return to playoffs

Gilbert Arenas scored 35 points, leading Washington past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-92, to clinch consecutive NBA postseason berths for the first time since 1988. pg 1d

TODAY

Marketing in the fast lane

Marketing merchandise is nothing new in the world of sports. But NASCAR is blazing a new trail beyond the usual hats, sweat shirts and key fobs into the larger realm of lifestyle marketing. Included in its growing number of unusual business partnerships is one with Elizabeth Arden to create a Daytona 500 cologne. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Congress tried to cure the sickness of too much debt by making it harder to get to the hospital."

Brad Botes, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, commenting on legislation that made it harder to file bankruptcy

Article, PG 1A

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