Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 26, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush acts on gasoline issue

President Bush, under pressure to address rising gasoline costs, called on regulators to investigate possible price gouging, as Republicans and Democrats jockeyed to wring election-year advantage from the issue. pg 1a

CIA officer may escape charges

Despite the CIA's goal of cracking down on leaks of classified information, the government may forego criminal charges against a senior agency officer fired last week for allegedly disclosing operational secrets, according to current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials. pg 3a

WORLD

Al-Zarqawi makes video

Terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi revealed his face for the first time in a video in which he dismissed Iraq's new government as an American "stooge" and called it a "poisoned dagger" in the heart of the Muslim world. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Dealing with young offenders

A lot of troubled kids in Maryland who get picked up by police for theft, drug-related offenses and other generally nonviolent crimes are simply sent home every day. pg 1a

City pledges cooperation

While promising to be more cooperative, the Baltimore school system has agreed to drop its challenge of a federal judge's order for state managers to oversee departments affecting special education. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-53.07

11,283.25

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-3.08

2330.30

S&P -- DOWN

-6.37

1,301.74

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-1.50

347.35

Security check on port workers

The Department of Homeland Security will begin checking the names of about 400,000 longshoremen and employees of port facilities against federal terrorist watch lists, the agency announced yesterday - six weeks after an Arab company's thwarted efforts to work in U.S. ports heightened concern about who should be allowed on American docks. pg 1a

SPORTS

Orioles lose third straight, 7-3

Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells broke a seventh-inning tie with an RBI single off Orioles reliever Jim Brower, and the Blue Jays scored three more runs against the bullpen, sending the visiting Orioles to their third straight defeat, 7-3. pg 1e

Duke suspect's D.C. deal voided

A deal that allowed Collin Finnerty, one of two Duke University lacrosse players charged with raping a stripper, to avoid a trial in an unrelated assault case was revoked in D.C. Superior Court, and a tentative trial date was set for July 10. pg 4e

TODAY

Malas to sing in Baltimore

After decades with the New York City Opera and other leading companies around the world, Spiro Malas is back in his hometown to sing with the Baltimore Opera Company, which launched his professional career in 1959. pg 1c

UMBC shows Phahl's photos

John Phahl's haunting photographs on display at the University of Maryland Baltimore County stir the deep feelings we have for nature. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"It is fundamental that individuals who pose a security threat do not gain access to our nation's ports."

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, announcing that the names of some 400,000 longshoremen and other workers will be checked against terrorist watch lists.

Article, PG 1a

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