Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 02, 2006

NATIONAL

Troubles still hinder FBI

More than four years after Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI is having trouble asserting itself as the country's preeminent domestic intelligence agency, according to specialists and congressional critics. pg 1a

Frist backs down on rebate plan

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, under pressure from business leaders, retreated from a plan that would have used a tax increase on oil companies and other businesses to fund a $100 gasoline rebate for millions of motorists. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Jury selection proves difficult

The difficulty of finding jurors in Montgomery County who have not decided that John Allen Muhammad is responsible for its six sniper killings in 2002 became apparent yesterday. Nearly all of the first 25 of 300 jurors questioned said they believed he was guilty. The session was disrupted by a profane outburst by a victim's relative. pg 1a

Text message leads to arrest

Police have charged a 17-year-old boy with last month's killings of a Carroll County man and pregnant woman in West Baltimore. Charging documents say the youth sent a text message acknowledging the killings. pg 1b

TODAY

Setting the bar too high

Many blue-collar saloons on Fort Avenue are going upscale to the disappointment of some residents who long for their old watering holes. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-23.85

11,343.29

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-17.78

2,304.79

S&P -- DOWN

-5.42

1,305.19

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-3.06

347.69

Funds could go to charity

Constellation Energy Group's chief executive, who critics charge is getting rich at the expense of Maryland power customers, has pledged to give millions of dollars in merger-related compensation to a charitable foundation if the company's marriage to a Florida utility owner wins approval, regulatory documents filed yesterday show. pg 1d

WORLD

Zoellick is sent to Africa

Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick was dispatched to Africa to push for a peace agreement to end political and ethnic conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. pg 10a

Israeli leaders nearly in place

A new Israeli government is set to take office Thursday after acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wraps up coalition agreements giving his centrist Kadima Party and its partners a majority in parliament. pg 10a

SPORTS

Blue Jays rally past Orioles, 9-7

Troy Glaus' seventh-inning home run put the Blue Jays ahead and former Oriole B.J. Ryan ended a ninth-inning comeback bid in Toronto's 9-7 win at Camden Yards. pg 1c

McNair wait might be long one

The Tennessee Titans are prepared to hold onto Steve McNair until a week before training camp begins in late July if they don't receive a satisfactory trade offer from the Ravens, a source says. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"And if things get too tough, maybe we'll pull out and move to another state. It can't be worse."

Debbie Haber of Hampden, on rising gas and electricity bills

Article, PG 1B

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