Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 25, 2006

NATIONAL

Bill would tighten secrecy

Amid intense debate over how far the government can go to keep its secrets, Congress is taking up an intelligence bill that proposes tougher steps in cracking down on leaks of classified information and authorizes broad arrest powers for security officers at intelligence agencies. pg 1a

WORLD

Explosions at Egyptian resort

A series of explosions ripped through the Egyptian resort town of Dahab, killing at least 22 people, injuring more than 150. pg 1a

Iran nuclear threat

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad said that his country might withdraw from the nuclear nonproliferation treaty if the International Atomic Energy Agency tries to prevent Iran from enriching uranium. pg 8a

MARYLAND

Annapolis spins free Web

Annapolis is close to becoming the first city in the country to offer free, wireless Internet access paid for entirely by advertising. pg 1a

School board elections sought

Expressing its displeasure with the current leadership, the Baltimore branch of the NAACP is calling called for the majority of the city school board to be elected, rather than appointed. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-11.13

11,336.32

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-9.48

2,333.38

S&P -- DOWN

-3.17

1,308.11

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.28

348.85

Enron founder lays blame

Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay declared his innocence yesterday on the witness stand, somberly saying the company's legacy of lost jobs and wrecked retirement savings pained him even more than the loss of a loved one. Lay blamed the implosion of Enron circumstances including theft by the chief financial officer, negative press, a bear market and investor anxiety after the Sept. 11 attacks. pg 1d

SPORTS

Wittman suspension extended

The Major Indoor Soccer League extended the suspension of Blast coach Tim Wittman two more years for actions after a game March 18. pg 1e

TODAY

Eating as competition

The "Competitive Eating" tour rolls into Baltimore this Saturday, and among the contenders are "Crazy Legs" Conti, "Mongo" Federighi, "Brickhouse" Braunstein and defending champion, Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, vying to see who can eat the most crab cakes. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We want to send a message that Maryland welcomes new Americans."

Del. Victor R. Ramirez, urging Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to sign a bill restoring health insurance benefits to poor women and children and recent immigrants Article, PG 5B

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