Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 20, 2006

MARYLAND

Authorities investigating crash

Authorities said it could take days for investigators to determine how two police cruisers collided in Southwest Baltimore early yesterday, claiming the life of a veteran officer and injuring another. The accident killed Officer Anthony A. Byrd, 31, an 11-year veteran, and injured Officer Raymond E. Cook Jr., 36, who has been on the force 10 years. pg 1a

Slogan part of branding effort

Baltimore officials are set to announce next week a new slogan for Baltimore in its effort to sell itself to tourists and visitors. According to sources, it is: "Get In On It." Officials said the slogan was just one element of the city's new branding campaign. pg 1a

NATIONAL

Coast Guard tipping off ships

Under pressure from shipping companies concerned about costly delays, the Coast Guard is tipping off some commercial ships about security searches that had been a surprise, Coast Guard officials said. A top policy official said the national policy on the boardings was fluid. But critics expressed concerns that the practice could undermine security. pg 3a

Employment growth slows

Employment growth slowed in Maryland last month, creeping up by just 700 jobs as unemployment also inched upward, the government said yesterday. Unemployment was 3.5 percent in April, compared with 3.4 percent the previous month. The share of Marylanders who are out of work and searching for employment remained well below the national rate of 4.7 percent. pg 12c

WORLD

Panel criticizes U.S. on torture

A United Nations panel investigating torture criticized the United States yesterday in an 11-page report, urging that the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center be closed. U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton dismissed the report as an unfair piece of anti-American propaganda. pg 1a

SPORTS

Mora signs 3-year extension

The Orioles signed Melvin Mora to a three-year, $25 million contract extension that includes a no-trade clause. The third baseman said his love for the community played a role in the signing. pg 1c

Invasor wins Pimlico Special

Invasor overtook favorite Wanderin Boy down the stretch and won the $500,000 Grade I Pimlico Special by 1 1/4 lengths. Invasor, the 2005 Uruguayan Horse of the Year, won in his North America debut. Regal Engagement captured the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes when Smart N Pretty was disqualified from first for interference. pg 11m

BUSINESS

DOW

+15.77

11,144.06

NASDAQ

+13.56

2,193.88

S&P

+5.22

1,267.03

SUN INDEX

+0.50

336.75

Quote Of the day

"What they're saying is come celebrate real estate porn. You know, when people talk about how much their house cost at parties."

Filmmaker John Waters, on Baltimore's new slogan Article, PG 1A

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