Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 29, 2006

MARYLAND

BGE rate plan approved

Barely two hours after being berated by consumers angered and confused by a BGE rate deferral plan negotiated by the governor, the Public Service Commission reconvened Thursday night and swiftly approved the measure 4-1 in a private session. pg 1a

Owens to face court-martial

Lamar Owens, Navy's former standout quarterback, will face a court-martial for allegedly raping a female midshipman, the U.S. Naval Academy announced yesterday. The charges could bar him from graduating and result in a life sentence. pg 1b

WORLD

New charges in Abu Ghraib case

The Army filed 12 charges against the former head of the interrogation center at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, making him the highest-ranking officer to face criminal prosecution in the abuse scandal. pg 12a

Utility reports profit drop

Constellation Energy Group reported a 5.6 percent drop in first-quarter profits, while critics say the company is making windfall profits as it prepares to raise electric rates in Central Maryland. pg 12c

NATIONAL

Global terrorism report

The State Department's annual report on global terrorism concludes that the number of reported terrorist incidents and deaths has increased exponentially in the three years since the United States invaded Iraq, largely because of Iraq itself. pg 3a

TODAY

Following her footsteps

On a 60-mile driving tour through Dorchester County, you can retrace the footsteps of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. pg 1d

SPORTS

Texans sign M. Williams

The Texans signed North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, snubbing Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush for the No. 1 overall selection. pg 1c

Orioles beat Mariners, 5-2

The Orioles defeated the Mariners, 5-2, at Camden Yards behind seven sharp innings from Daniel Cabrera. Miguel Tejada went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW

-15.37

11,367.14

NASDAQ

-22.38

2,322.57

S&P

+0.89

1,310.61

SUN INDEX

-0.42

350.75

Quote Of the day

"The Iranian nation insists on its right to peaceful nuclear technology. We will not back down one iota."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at a rally in northwest Iran yesterday Article, PG 1a

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