Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

April 30, 2006

WORLD

General warns of Iraq violence

Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the top U.S. general on the ground in Iraq, warned yesterday that a spike in violence is likely in coming months as Iraq's new government begins its full term in office. pg 19a

U.S. rebuffs Iran offer

Iran said yesterday that it would allow United Nations inspectors to resume snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, but only if the dispute again went before the U.N. nuclear monitor. The White House rebuffed the offer. pg 20a

MARYLAND

New homes outpace schools

Although there are laws to prevent new homes from overwhelming local roads, water and schools, plans for houses near overflowing classrooms are routinely approved in Baltimore County. More than two dozen residential projects have gone forward in recent years near schools that exceeded their capacity by 15 percent. pg 1a

Lawmakers slow to endorse

In a campaign in which race has been a not-so-subtle undercurrent, some of the most influential voices in the Maryland congressional delegation are cautious about embracing a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Repatriation risky, U.S. says

A long-running effort by the Bush administration to send home many of the terror suspects imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been stymied in part because of concern among U.S. officials that the prisoners might not be treated humanely by their own governments, officials said. pg 3a

ID companies seek revision

Executives from some of the nation's leading identity-verification companies are pushing Congress to rescind a provision that they said could lead to a foreign-owned company handling sensitive personal records for as many as 750,000 port workers. pg 4a

BUSINESS

Consumption key to oil pricing

With gas prices approaching their historical high in inflation-adjusted terms, many are pondering whether Americans have the power, and the will, to cut back. Even a small decline in consumption could be the catalyst needed to send prices lower. pg 1a

High court reviews patents

The Supreme Court is considering appeals in three patent cases, including one involving a Maryland biotechnology company, that could significantly alter the rules governing patent protection. pg 1c

SPORTS

Ravens draft Oregon's Ngata

The Ravens traded up one spot in the first round of the NFL draft and selected Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. They added Oklahoma offensive lineman Chris Chester in the second round. pg 1d

A&E TODAY

`Young Lion' from Texas

Roy Hargrove, an explosive 35-year-old trumpeter from Waco, Texas, has two CDs coming out this week: a funk fusion effort and one that's straight-ahead jazz. pg 1e

Quote Of the day

"I like to take first dates to Lexington Market. If they can't take real Baltimore, I don't want to date them."

Chris Olthoff, 34, of Patterson Park Article, PG 1N

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