Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 05, 2006

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NATIONAL

House passes port security bill

The House overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation aimed at shoring up vulnerabilities in the nation's seaports. pg 1a

Senate backs war spending

Defying the most serious veto threat since George W. Bush became president, the Senate passed an emergency war spending bill that includes $14 billion more than what Bush wanted. pg 3a

MARYLAND

E-mail shows plan to skirt rules

Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon's top aide discussed a plan in 2001 that for the past five years circumvented city rules and paid Dixon's former campaign chairman $500,000 without a contract, according to documents obtained by The Sun. pg 1a

Sniper trial begins in Rockville

Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad told a jury yesterday that he came to the Washington area on a desperate search for his children, and that he was shocked when he and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo, whom he called his son, were accused of being the snipers who laid siege to the region in 2002. pg 1a

WORLD

Peace talks continue in Sudan

Amid intense pressure to end the three-year conflict in Darfur, Sudanese government negotiators and Darfur rebels continued holding last-ditch negotiations early today in a bid for a deal, after a midnight deadline to conclude peace talks passed. pg 11a

U.S. awards flu vaccine funds

The federal government yesterday awarded more than $1 billion to five drug manufacturers including Maryland's MedImmune Inc. and DynPort Vaccine Co. that are developing methods to speed up mass production of vaccines in case of a pandemic flu outbreak. pg 1e

Retailers' sales rise in April

Consumers filled up Easter baskets and shopped for spring clothing in April, helping the nation's largest retailers to report better-than-expected sales yesterday. Shaking off soaring gasoline prices and two straight months of tepid shopping trends, consumers took to malls and shopping centers in April to ring up a more than 6 percent increase in year-over-year sales. pg 1e

TODAY

Kids rule the roost in `Hoot'

Hoot, based on a book by native Floridian Carl Hiaasen, needs more owls and fewer kids. pg 1c

SPORTS

Nats' groundbreaking held

Theodore Lerner and other members of the group chosen to buy the Nationals from Major League Baseball were on hand at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Washington Nationals' new stadium. "It will take a great deal of work and effort to get done, but it's possible to get it done," Lerner said. pg 4f

Ravens, McNair agree on deal

Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair and the Ravens reached agreement on the parameters of a deal that will pay him a signing bonus close to $11 million and an additional $1 million in base salary, according to the NFL's Web site. pg 1f

Quote Of the day

"For me, August 31 was my September 11."

Convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad in court discussing the day his children were turned over to their mother

Article, PG 1A

Up next

Wednesday

Madeleines and tea for Mom

Proust's madeleine is perhaps literature's most famous food, but madeleine recipes have become so varied that it's hard to reproduce the classic cookie that prompted a remembrance of things past. For Mother's Day, here's how to make madeleines for every taste and pair them with tea.

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Ballerina is back on her toes

Michele Wiles, the American Ballet Theatre ballerina from Baltimore who was injured in December, is all healed and back up on her toe shoes.

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IRAQ WAR

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RISING GAS PRICES

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