Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 24, 2006

NATIONAL

GOP assails Jefferson search

Republican congressional leaders rose to the defense of a Democratic congressman under investigation for possible bribery, accusing the Justice Department of improperly searching William Jefferson's Capitol Hill office. pg 3a

Lloyd Bentsen dies at 85

Former Senator and Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, the courtly Texan who famously put down vice-presidential rival Dan Quayle in a 1988 debate by telling him, "You're no Jack Kennedy," has died. He was 85. pg 4a

MARYLAND

Sniper master plan detailed

Had they not been arrested, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad would have claimed another sniper victim that day and begun a frightening master plan with Baltimore as the hub of a murderous campaign to use explosives against mourners at a police officers funeral and busloads of schoolchildren, Malvo testified yesterday at Muhammad's murder trial. pg 1a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-26.98

11,098.35

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-14.10

2,158.76

S&P -- DOWN

-5.49

1,256.58

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-0.98

333.71

Seminole Tribe suing Cordish

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is suing to overturn its casino gambling contract with Baltimore developer David S. Cordish, saying his company will earn as much as $2.2 billion over 10 years for developing the tribe's two Hard Rock Hotel and Casino complexes despite taking on virtually no financial risk and doing absolutely nothing once the casinos opened in 2004. pg 1d

WORLD

Bush praises Olmert plan

President Bush praised Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's controversial plans to redraw the West Banks borders as bold ideas that could open the way to a separate Palestinian state, even without agreement from Palestinian leaders. pg 12a

SPORTS

Ortiz leads Nats over Astros

Ramon Ortiz pitched seven strong innings, and the Washington Nationals hit three bases-empty home runs in a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros. pg 7e

TODAY

Gibson to anchor `World News'

Down almost a million viewers from last year and reeling from the death of one anchorman and the serious injury of another, ABC will take its flagship World News Tonight broadcast in a new direction on Monday with Elizabeth Vargas gone from the anchor desk and Charles Gibson at the helm. pg 1a

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm not proud of myself. I'm just trying to make amends if possible."

Lee Boyd Malvo, testifying at the trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad Article, PG 1A

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