Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 22, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush taking new approach

President Bush's decision to step into the middle of an immigration crossfire among Republicans has opened a messy and high-stakes congressional battle that analysts and strategists say signals a new approach by Bush. pg 1a

Levees still unsafe, report says

Most of the major breaches in the New Orleans levee system during Hurricane Katrina were caused by flaws in design, construction and maintenance - and parts of the system could still be dangerous even after the current round of repairs by the Army Corps of Engineers, according to a long-awaited independent report to be published today. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Testing begins amid debate

Many Maryland students are to begin taking tests today that for the first time they must eventually pass in order to graduate from high school. Meanwhile, school systems in the area are once again ratcheting up their instruction in key testing subjects of reading and math - at the expense, some people warn, of subjects designed to produce well-rounded students. pg 1b

Sarbanes emphasizes checks

With commencement season at its peak across Maryland, thousands of graduating students at the University of Maryland, College Park, heard soon-to-retire U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes challenge them to ensure that governmental checks and balances are maintained. "Our time ... is marked by contention and deep uncertainty," Sarbanes said in his politically charged speech. pg 1b

WORLD

Moves aim to show leadership

A day after winning approval of most of his Cabinet, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki conducted a rapid series of meetings with top government and security officials, part of an orchestrated effort to signal urgency and leadership after a five-month power vacuum. pg 8a

2 killed in Afghanistan bombing

A suicide car bomber struck near a U.S. military base yesterday, killing at least two people, and a U.S. soldier was reported killed in fighting with insurgents in southern Afghanistan. pg 9a

Pro-independence effort leads

The pro-independence movement in Montenegro appeared to hold a slim lead in yesterday's referendum on whether to sever ties with Serbia, according to unofficial results announced by CEMI, an election monitoring agency. pg 8a

SPORTS

6 hours of surgery for Barbaro

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who was pulled up in Saturday's Preakness with a broken leg, had six hours of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery, was cautious about the horse's chance of survival.

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Nats take series from O's

The Washington Nationals defeated the Orioles, 3-1, before 32,152 at RFK Stadium, taking two of three in the first regular-season series between the teams. Orioles starter Bruce Chen allowed three runs and seven hits in four innings and fell to 0-5. pg 1d

TODAY

Musicians get a retreat

Lorin Maazel, music director of the New York Philharmonic, lends his lavish Virginia estate to students and young professionals for a production of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"What message does it send to a child who is a great artist and is not good in language? That you need to come to school each day, and the subject you thrive in, you'll have once a week?"

Baltimore County teachers union President Cheryl Bost, on a plan to increase reading and math time and cut electives Article, PG 1B

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