Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 09, 2006

WORLD

Al-Zarqawi killed in Iraq

U.S. and Iraqi officials announced yesterday that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed Wednesday, when an Air Force F-16 warplane dropped two 500-pound bombs on a house north of Baghdad. pg 1a

MARYLAND

School closing postponed

In a reversal that could jeopardize millions of dollars in state funding, the Southwestern High School complex in Baltimore would not close this summer as scheduled under a proposal presented last night by the city school board chairman. pg 1B

NATIONAL

Cancer vaccine approved

A vaccine to prevent most cases of cervical cancer won approval from federal drug regulators yesterday in a move that could save the lives of thousands of women in the United States annually. As expected, the Food and Drug Administration allowed Merck & Co. to start selling the vaccine, Gardasil, to females ages 9 to 26. pg 1a

King archives to be auctioned

After years of trying to sell the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s archives to a library or university, the King family will instead put them up for auction on June 30, Sotheby's announced yesterday. The sale, expected to bring $15 million to $30 million, will take place exactly five months after the death of Coretta Scott King, King's widow, who was keenly interested in finding an institutional home for the papers. pg 7a

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+7.92

10,938.82

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-6.48

2,145.32

S&P -- UP

+1.78

1,257.93

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-2.34

334.98

T. Rowe Price splits stock

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. announced yesterday a 2-for-1 stock split that would make more shares available on the market for investors and double the number of shares in company coffers that the Baltimore-based investment management firm could use to make acquisitions. pg 1e

Retailer's stock tumbles

Wall Street pummeled Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. stock yesterday, sending it plummeting more than 30 percent - the largest percentage drop on the Nasdaq - after the Hampstead clothing retailer reported first-quarter earnings well below expectations. pg 1e

SPORTS

Castrale leads LPGA by 2

Nicole Castrale took a two-stroke lead in the McDonald's LPGA Championship at Bulle Rock golf course in Havre de Grace. Three-time and defending champion Annika Sorenstam shot 1-under-par 71, as did Michelle Wie after making birdies on three of the last four holes. pg 1f

TODAY

A lesson about `Cars'

Humans - including Hollywood moviemakers - can learn some lessons from John Lasseter's Cars. pg 1c

A good `Companion'

Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor provide good-hearted fun in A Prairie Home Companion. pg 1c

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This is a message to all those who use violence, killing and devastation to disrupt life in Iraq to rethink within themselves before it is too late."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, on the death of Al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Article, PG 1A

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