Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 06, 2006

NATIONAL

Terrorist cell has implications

The discovery of an alleged Canadian terrorist cell represents as much a victory for the movement Osama bin Laden has spawned as it does for government counterterrorism campaigns, intelligence officials said. pg 1a

Vaccines make a comeback

Vaccines, the venerable guardians against measles, mumps and polio, are making a comeback after years of neglect because of their potential to fight a bird flu outbreak and prevent deadly diseases, such as cervical cancer. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Ehrlich to call session on rates

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday that he will call a special session of the General Assembly to develop a new electric rate deferral plan. Hours earlier, the legislature's Democratic leaders had begun informing lawmakers that they had agreed to convene a special session next week. pg 1a

City Council OKs modest tax cut

Efforts by some members of the Baltimore City Council to secure deep reductions in the city's property tax rate appeared to fail yesterday, as the council moved ahead on a spending plan for next year. The council approved a more modest tax cut proposed by Mayor Martin O'Malley. pg 1b

WORLD

Militia takes over Somali capital

An Islamist militia alleged to be harboring al-Qaida sympathizers took control of the Somali capital Mogadishu yesterday after defeating a coalition of warlords reported to be backed by the U.S. pg 8a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-199.15

11,048.72

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-49.79

2,169.62

S&P -- DOWN

-22.93

1,265.29

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-5.81

337.29

Inflation fears cause drop

Inflation fears sent stocks plunging yesterday as jitters over high oil prices exacerbated signals that the Federal Reserve will keep lifting interest rates to contain price increases. The Dow Jones industrial average sank nearly 200 points. pg 1d

SPORTS

Wie misses shot at U.S. Open

Michelle Wie failed in her bid to become the first woman to qualify for the U.S. Open, teasing the gallery for 27 holes until three straight bogeys sent her into the middle of the pack. Wie will be in Maryland this week for the LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock. pg 1e

TODAY

It's a sign: `Omen' best avoided

Other than the creepy release date, there isn't much new in The Omen, a nearly scene-for-scene remake of the 1976 original. pg 1c

A life saved, a friendship born

Jim Addington stood up when flight attendants on a flight from Los Angeles to Baltimore asked for help, and Erin McKelvey of Columbia is glad he did. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We'll try to sell Maryland to people who are skeptical about wanting to come here."

Retired Gen. J. Michael Hayes, on appealing to military transfers Article, PG 1B

Up next

Tomorrow

Frosting on the cake

Charm City Cakes baker Duff Goldman and his offbeat creations have landed him a reality show on the Food Network.

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Thursday

The new rock opera

The East Village Opera Company is earning a reputation for turning highbrow into hybrid with their rock-inspired rewrites of opera's greatest hits. The group will introduce local audiences to its arias featuring two vocalists, a five-piece rock band and a string quartet at the Columbia Festival of the Arts on June 17.

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