Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 27, 2006

NATIONAL

Doubting immigration bill

The prime architect of the hard-line House bill on immigration policy said yesterday he was committed to finding a compromise with the Senate on the issue, but he expressed doubts about the chances of finding common ground. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Muhammad trial winds down

The murder trial of John Allen Muhammad wound down bizarrely yesterday, as a prosecutor described the accused sniper as a pathetic coward. pg 1a

Conference grant protested

A national watchdog group dedicated to the separation of church and state is protesting a $150,000 state grant for a religious conference that officials say will bring as many as 50,000 visitors to Baltimore next month. pg 1a

WORLD

Hamas withdraws militia

Nine days after sending a new militia into the streets of Gaza, the Hamas-led government yesterday withdrew the force to bases and barracks in an effort to cool fighting with security men from the rival Fatah faction. pg 10a

Pope prays for beatification

Pope Benedict XVI encouraged prayers yesterday for the beatification of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, an eagerly awaited remark on a cause close to the hearts of many Poles. pg 11a

Under Armour raises shares

Under Armour Inc. said yesterday that it had raised the number of shares its founder and other early investors plan to cash in and set the price of those shares at $34. The deal is the first major stock sale since the company became a public entity last year. pg 11c

Field of WTC buyers narrows

State officials have narrowed the field of potential buyers of Baltimore's World Trade Center, the slim, pentagonal tower that has marked the Inner Harbor for three decades. pg 11c

SPORTS

Calif. tracks going artificial

The California Horse Racing Board has approved installation of synthetic surfaces at major thoroughbred racetracks in the state next year. The Maryland Jockey Club says there is no such plan for tracks here. pg 1c

TODAY

Sowing a good impression

First impressions matter. So take time to create an eye-catching garden in that little plot of ground next to the curb or around the mailbox. When designing a curbside garden, there are several ways to go, including formal, natural or tropical. pg 1d

BUSINESS

DOW

+67.56

11,278.61

NASDAQ

+12.13

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S&P

+7.28

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SUN INDEX

+2.65

339.08

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"NOT HAVING THE CHESAPEAKE BAY INCLUDED IS LIKE NOT HAVING PEANUT BUTTER WITH YOUR JELLY. THERE'S NO OTHER BODY OF WATER THAT DEFINES A REGION THE WAY IT DOES."

CHRIS CONNER, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR THE FEDERAL-STATE CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM, ON THE NEW CHESAPEAKE BAY STAMP ARTICLE, PG 1B

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