Business

June 08, 2006

NATIONAL

Marriage amendment fails

Conservative Republicans in the Senate overwhelmingly failed in their effort to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage and require all states to recognize the institution solely as the union between a man and a woman. pg 1a

Prison conditions assailed

Overcrowding, cruel conditions and a lack of constructive activities for inmates fuels violence in Americas prisons and threatens public safety, according to a report to be presented to Congress today. pg 12a

MARYLAND

Voting equipment pact OK'd

The state Board of Public Works approved a $2.4 million contract for new computer equipment that elections officials say is crucial to administering early voting this year, despite continued reservations by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pg 5b

Carroll seeks help on districts

When the General Assembly convenes next week for a special session on BGE rates, members of Carroll County's delegation to Annapolis hope they will be able to persuade legislators to vote on a bill that would draw districts to elect five commissioners in the fall. pg 5b

WORLD

Iraq frees nearly 600 prisoners

Iraqi authorities released nearly 600 prisoners out of a total of 2,500 scheduled to be freed this week in an effort to appease Sunni Arabs who say their sect has been unjustly persecuted. pg 14a

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-71.24

10,930.90

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-10.98

2,151.80

S&P -- DOWN

-7.70

1,256.15

SUN INDEX -- UP

+1.93

337.32

Final chapter for Aether

Aether, a wireless communications innovator, was once the darling of Baltimore's "New Economy." But yesterday, years after the dot-com investment bust had cost the company billions and shriveled it to a handful of employees, Aether's final chapter in Baltimore appears to have been written. pg 1A

Southwest sues over Web sites

With more and more Web sites offering to help Southwest Airlines' passengers buck first-come, first-served boarding, the Texas-based discounter has turned to the courts to protect its system. The airline sent letters to about a dozen sites, and has sued one that refused to shut down, pg 1d

SPORTS

QB McNair headed to Ravens

Quarterback Steve McNair, the NFL's co-Most Valuable Player in 2003, was traded by the Tennessee Titans to the Ravens for a fourth-round draft pick pending a physical examination. pg 1a

TODAY

A Tony for Megan Lawrence?

A big voice and a musical family have helped put Megan Lawrence in the running for a major Tony Award on Sunday. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You can't continue to lock people up, and not do anything with them, and put them back into society with no tools to be able to cope."

Frank C. Sizer Jr., Maryland prison chief, on report criticizing conditions in U.S. prisons

Article, PG 12A

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