Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 07, 2006

MARYLAND

Firm subcontracted work

The minority-owned firm tied to Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon - already under scrutiny for how it operates - has rarely, if ever, performed its own work on government contracts and city-backed developments, according to documents obtained by The Sun. pg 1a

Academy tackles sexual assault

The U.S. Naval Academy is pursuing a new tack in its crackdown on sexual harassment and assault, prosecuting a case with a rarely used form of court-martial that might make it easier to win convictions but metes out lesser punishments for offenders. pg 1b

NATIONAL

Cracking down on drug firms

A Civil War-era law designed to root out fraudulent Army contracts has been quietly employed by whistleblowers and federal prosecutors in recent years as a powerful tool for cracking down on pharmaceutical companies wrongly promoting their drugs. pg 1a

Democrats may gain seats

Six months before Election Day, prospects are growing for a Democratic takeover of at least one house of Congress in the 2006 midterm voting, according to independent analysts and politicians in both parties. pg 1a

WORLD

Crash kills 10 U.S. soldiers

Ten American soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed Friday in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border, U.S. military officials said yesterday, adding that the incident was not caused by hostile fire. pg 16a

SPORTS

Barbaro takes Kentucky Derby

Undefeated Barbaro, a dark bay colt who won his first major race at Laurel Park and spent last summer and fall at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, won the Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths. He is the first Derby winner with strong ties to Maryland since Spectacular Bid in 1979. pg 1a

BUSINESS

Medicare deadline approaches

The six-month enrollment marathon for Medicare Part D prescription coverage turns into a sprint to the finish. About 8 million seniors and people with disabilities who are eligible for the new Medicare prescription insurance plans have yet to sign up, with a May 15 deadline looming. pg 1c

FEATURES

Sightseeing on limited funds

Top European travel destinations are accessible on a budget, including Rome, London and Paris. pg 1r

Diving into swimwear store

Water Water Everywhere, based in Owings Mills, has made a name for itself specializing in high-end swimwear. Leading designers are arranging for the store to launch their swimwear lines. pg 1n

Quote Of the day

"The inter-national community can't just open the champagne now and say this is the end of the process."

Leslie Lefkow, an expert on Darfur with Human Rights Watch Article, PG 18a

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