Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 03, 2006

NATIONAL

Asbestos brakes spark fears

A significant increase in imports of automobile brakes containing asbestos over the past decade is raising renewed concerns for the health of the nation's auto mechanics. pg 1a

Laura Bush seen as asset

In these days of tanking approval ratings for President Bush and re-election jitters for lawmakers, Laura Bush, perhaps more than any other figure in her husband's orbit, is viewed as the ultimate campaign trail asset. pg 1a

WORLD

Iran renews Israel threat

As envoys from Germany and the five permanent nations on the U.N. Security Council gathered in Paris for talks on Iran's nuclear program, an Iranian official renewed threats that his country would retaliate against Israel if the United States took military action against Iran. pg 10a

10 insurgents killed in raid

U.S. troops raided a suspected al-Qaida hideout in Iraq, killing 10 insurgents - three of them wearing suicide vests - as American forces stepped up the hunt for the group's leader, terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. pg 11a

SPORTS

Orioles handle Blue Jays, 9-2

Jay Gibbons, Miguel Tejada and Ramon Hernandez each hit a two-run home run, and starter Kris Benson delivered another strong outing as the Orioles defeated the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+73.16

11,416.45

NASDAQ -- UP

+5.05

2,309.84

S&P -- UP

+8.02

1,313.21

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.73

348.42

Pulte pursues city project

Pulte Homes, one of the first national builders to make a foray into Baltimore in years with a project now under way in Locust Point, is pursuing another new development on the industrial shoreline of Westport along the Middle Branch. pg 1a

April mixed for auto sales

Rising gas prices had a mixed impact on U.S. auto sales in April, with some automakers reporting plummeting sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles while others appeared unaffected. pg 1d

MARYLAND

Cable battle in Balto. County

Ratcheting up the battle between two media behemoths, Verizon Communications has struck a deal that positions the company to go head-to-head with Comcast to provide cable television in Baltimore County. pg 1a

Deal sought at sniper trial

John Allen Muhammad would confront the youth he used to refer to as "my son and sniper" during an alleged murderous rampage in 2002 under terms of a deal that prosecutors are trying to work out with lawyers for Lee Boyd Malvo, sources say. pg 1a

TODAY

For now, it's cheaper to fly

With gas prices soaring, it can be cheaper to take to the skies than travel the roads. pg 1c

Matisse show celebrates life

At the Baltimore Museum of Art's new Matisse exhibition, one finds a joyful celebration of life and the world. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I loved Enron very much. And I loved Enron's employees very much."

Enron founder Kenneth L. Lay, completing his sixth and final day of testimony at his federal fraud trial in Houston. Article, PG 1D

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