Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 04, 2006

NATIONAL

Moussaoui gets life in prison

A federal jury spared the life of Zacarias Moussaoui, ensuring that the first person to be held accountable for the Sept. 11 terror attacks will spend a lifetime in prison. pg 1a

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

MARYLAND

Utility to fix street damage

The utility company that operates 16 miles of steam pipes below Baltimore announced yesterday plans to spend $6.6 million to upgrade its system and repair some of downtown's most beat-up roads. The streets have been damaged by steam that leaked from the pipes. pg 1a

Arundel schools chief chosen

Impressed by his local ties, the Anne Arundel County Board of Education yesterday named Kevin Maxwell, a Montgomery County administrator, to lead the 74,000-student school system. pg 1b

WORLD

Iraqi parliament convenes

A spurt in violence left dozens of Iraqis dead as the first working session of the nation's new parliament, which is aimed at stemming bloodshed by drawing Iraq's disparate ethnic and religious groups into the political arena, was convened. pg 17a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-16.17

11,400.28

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-5.87

2,303.97

S&P -- DOWN

-5.36

1,307.85

SUN INDEX DOWN

-0.55

347.87

Venable makes changes at top

Venable LLP announced changes in its highest ranks, elevating Karl A. Racine to managing partner and making him one of only a handful of black lawyers to lead a major firm. pg 1e

SPORTS

Lerner group to own Nationals

Major League Baseball named a group headed by Washington native Theodore N. Lerner, a reclusive shopping mall and office complex developer, as owner of the Washington Nationals. pg 1d

TODAY

A new `Mission Impossible'

Tom Cruise runs, jumps and fights his way through Mission Impossible: III, which opens in theaters at midnight. pg 1c

Real-life role for Geena Davis

Geena Davis, who has had a taste of real politics in recent weeks, goes to Washington to promote gender equality in the media. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We are still going to be pushing hard for national standards and to get all sugary drinks, candy and junk out of schools."

Margo Wootan, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on halt of soda sales in schools. Article, PG 1A

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