Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 10, 2006

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+55.23

1,639.77

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-6.74

2,338.25

S&P -- UP

+0.48

1,325.14

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.98

352.51

NATIONAL

New confidence on Medicare

President Bush's swing through Florida this week to promote his Medicare prescription drug program reflects a new belief among party strategists that Republicans have neutralized seniors' anger about the plan and could even win election-year rewards for having backed it. pg 1a

Poll finds bleak outlook in U.S.

Americans have a bleaker view of the country's direction than at any time in more than two decades, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. pg 8a

MARYLAND

Utech's future to be weighed

The city Board of Estimates is set to consider today whether to strip Union Technologies, or Utech, a company with ties to Baltimore City Council President Sheila Dixon, of its privilige to apply for most future city work. pg 1a

Drama at D.C. sniper trial

In a strange courtroom drama, a survivor of the October 2002 sniper rampage in the Washington area came face to face yesterday with the man suspected of trying to kill her. pg 1b

WORLD

U.S. backs Palestinian aid

The United States agreed to support a new program to send humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, hours after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged allies to withhold financial or diplomatic support for the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority. pg 1a

Gold tops $700 mark

Gold soared above $700 an ounce yesterday, the first time it has broken through that barrier in more than a quarter-century as investors sought a safe refuge in the face of a weakening dollar, tensions in the Middle East and rising commodities prices. pg 1d

TODAY

Ferguson's spiritual side

Craig Ferguson may be known as the hilarious host of The Late Late Show, but it's a surprisingly cerebral and spiritual side that comes through in his new novel, Between the Bridge and the River. pg 1C

Old song has new fans

Neal Diamond's "America," a 26-year-old song that was inspired by the singer-songwriter's Jewish ancestors, has been embraced by a newer group of immigrants: Hispanics who have been playing it at recent rallies. pg 1c

SPORTS

Mora leads O's over Tigers, 7-6

Third baseman Melvin Mora's RBI single in the eighth inning scored pinch runner Luis Terrero and gave the Orioles a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers. pg 1e

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I have been told that Your Excellency follows the teachings of Jesus (Peace be upon him) and believes in the divine promise of the rule of the righteous on Earth."

Letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush. Article, PG 10A

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Saturday

Let's go fishing

Lure the kids away from the video games and take them on a fishing outing.

in GO TODAY

Sunday

Norton interview

Film critic Michael Sragow interviews Edward Norton, who starts in two new movies this summer - Down in the Valley and The Illusionist.

in A&E TODAY

ONLINE

TODAY

Craig Ferguson

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