Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 31, 2006

NATIONAL

Bush coming; Steele going

When President Bush arrives in the Baltimore area this evening to raise campaign money for Maryland Republicans, one potential beneficiary wont be there to greet him. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, whose Senate bid stands to gain from the $1 million-plus that Bush's appearance is expected to draw, will be at a Las Vegas, Nev., fundraiser. pg 1a

WORLD

Ruling goes against EU

The European Union's highest court ruled that the EU had overstepped its authority by agreeing to give the United States personal details about airline passengers on flights to America in an effort to fight terrorism. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Jury convicts Muhammad

A jury convicted John Allen Muhammad, 45, of murder yesterday in the 2002 sniper shootings that left six people dead in Montgomery County. Prosecutors said they will seek multiple life sentences without parole in case Muhammad's Virginia verdict is overturned. pg 1a

Grant rule waived in Arbutus

The volunteer fire department that protects Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s boyhood home in Arbutus has received $250,000 in grant money since 2004 from a state program whose rules explicitly prohibit payments to fire stations. pg 1a

City tries to pre-empt lawsuits

Facing a series of lawsuits over lead paint exposure, Baltimore's Housing Authority is trying to convince a judge to rule that it doesn't have any money to pay any judgments against it. pg 1b

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-184.18

11,094.43

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-45.63

2,164.74

S&P -- DOWN

-20.28

1,259.88

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-4.58

334.50

Energy merger in doubt

The political uproar over rising electric rates has at least temporarily halted merger-related planning between Constellation Energy Group Inc. and a Florida utility, and the Baltimore-based company's chief executive said yesterday that there's no telling whether the $10 billion deal will survive. pg 1a

Bad news sinks stocks

U.S. stocks plummeted yesterday as a slew of bad economic news - higher oil prices, falling consumer confidence and weak sales at Wal-Mart - triggered widespread selling. pg 1d

SPORTS

Patterson lifts Orioles, 7-5

Center fielder Corey Patterson hit two home runs and made a leaping, ninth-inning catch to preserve the Orioles' 7-5 victory last night over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Camden Yards. Starter Rodrigo Lopez lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and no walks. pg 1e

TODAY

Spellers going prime time

Spelling, once the province of geeks and word freaks, is suddenly hot. It's the subject of a Broadway musical, a film and a book, and tomorrow it will be featured on prime-time TV with coverage of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This is going to knit our state together in a way that has never been achieved before."

Transportation secretary Flanagan on the ICC toll road

Article, PG 1B

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