Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 19, 2006

NATIONAL

2 Duke players arrested

The arrests of two Duke University lacrosse players in the alleged rape that has enveloped Durham, N.C., left residents hopeful the development might defuse one of the case's more volatile elements: racial strain. pg 1a

Bush names new budget chief

President Bush tapped Rob Portman as his budget chief, turning to a trusted and popular former congressman to help shake up a White House team showing signs of strain amid Bush's record-low approval ratings. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Early voting stirs dispute

Maryland Democrats and Republicans appear to be on a legal and political collision course over a plan to allow early voting in November, with the GOP mobilizing to force a referendum to overturn an election bill the General Assembly passed in January over the governor's veto. pg 1b

Dead whale found in Patapsco

A team of scientists was trying to figure out how a rare species of whale, normally found in the deepest waters of the Atlantic and Pacific, ended up dead in the least likely of places: Baltimore's urban Patapsco River. pg 1a

TODAY

Elvis Costello, BSO collaborate

Music man Elvis Costello follows his inexhaustible curiosity to town this week as he performs three shows with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Costello will play his own classical composition as well as his pop hits. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+194.99

11,268.77

NASDAQ -- UP

+44.98

2,356.14

S&P -- UP

+22.32

1,307.65

SUN INDEX -- UP

+3.55

348.03

Duncan power plan dissected

Utility experts say re-regulating Maryland's power industry, as gubernatorial candidate and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan suggested, might be politically popular in the face of rising rates, but it also would be legally complicated, potentially costly and may not result in lower energy prices. pg 1a

Stocks surge on Fed news

News that Federal Reserve policymakers believe their run of interest rate increases likely is nearing an end propelled the Dow Jones industrials up nearly 200 points and helped offset the effects of oil prices that passed $71 a barrel. pg 1d

WORLD

Nazi records to be opened

Germany said it will help clear the way for opening records on 17 million victims of the Nazis, a major step toward ending a long battle over access to a vast and detailed archive from the Nazi era. pg 1a

Iran, U.S. refuse to yield

As diplomats meeting in Moscow failed to reach agreement on how best to raise pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, the U.S. and Iranian presidents, both using tough language, staked out unyielding positions. pg 10a

SPORTS

Chen struggles as O's lose, 15-1

A poor pitching performance by Bruce Chen and a series of defensive lapses caused the Orioles to be showered with boos in a 15-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We are losing the survivors, and anti-Semitism is on the rise, so this move could not be more timely."

Sarah Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, on the opening of Holocaust records. Article, PG 1A

Up next

Tomorrow

Hero Tour

Gospel sensation Kirk Franklin brings his "Hero Tour" to Baltimore and Washington.

in LIVE!

Saturday

A burst of spring

Take a day trip to one of the public gardens in the Baltimore area for a beautiful display of spring colors.

IN GO TODAY

ONLINE

TODAY

Duke allegations

For developments and archived coverage of the rape allegations against members of the Duke lacrosse team:

baltimoresun.com/duke

NFL draft Q&A

Ask our Ravens and NFL writers about the coming draft.

baltimoresun.com/ draftqa

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