Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 13, 2006

MARYLAND

Leaders agree on rate plan

Leaders in the General Assembly agreed to a plan that would limit BGE electricity rate increases to 15 percent next year, with higher costs in the future to be determined by a reconstituted Public Service Commission. The plan is scheduled for a vote during a special session of the Assembly. pg 1A

Rescue effort looks grim

The extensive rescue effort to find missing publisher Philip Merrill turned to a recovery mission yesterday as authorities reached a grim reality: The long-time diplomat and boating enthusiast likely drowned during a weekend sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay. pg 1B

NATIONAL

Court rules on death row case

The Supreme Court broadened the legal path for death row inmates to challenge lethal injection as an inhumane method of execution. Its ruling could prompt a wave of appeals from condemned prisoners, but the court gave no hint that those arguments would succeed. pg 1A

SPORTS

Czech Republic routs U.S.

The United States was routed by the Czech Republic, 3-0, in a match that puts the Americans in danger of first-round elimination in the World Cup. Jan Koller scored five minutes into the game, and Tomas Rosicky added the other goals. pg 1e

Roethlisberger is injured

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash in which he was not wearing a helmet. Roethlisberger was in serious condition at a hospital in Pittsburgh. pg 1e

BUSINESS

DOW -- DOWN

-99.34

10,792.58

NASDAQ -- DOWN

-43.74

2,091.32

S&P -- DOWN

-15.89

1,236.41

SUN INDEX -- DOWN

-4.75

329.60

Hopkins, UMMS to own hospital

Baltimore's big medical rivals are going into business together. The Johns Hopkins Health System and the University of Maryland Medical System have agreed to co-own Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, which UMMS currently operates through a subsidiary. It's the first time the two institutions will share ownership, and Johns Hopkins is paying $3 million for the opportunity. pg 1D

WORLD

Abbas loyalists go on rampage

Hundreds of Palestinian security personnel loyal to the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, went on a rampage last night in the West Bank town of Ramallah, attacking the parliament and Cabinet buildings controlled by his rivals in the Hamas-led government. pg 1A

TODAY

The long road to a short car

It took John Robinson seven years to import a diminutive Smart car from Europe. But he thinks he's made a pretty wise purchase. pg 1C

The quintessential beach treat

If a person could pick only one the one taste that has evoked memories of vacations at the beach, it would have to be salt water taffy. pg 1C

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"This is one of the most gracious things I've ever seen or heard of one colleague doing for another. I thought I would be in a situation where I'd be always a bridesmaid and never a bride."

City Circuit Judge Clifton J. Gordy, who has been on the bench since 1985 and will briefly serve as chief judge when his friend, Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan, steps down Oct. 1 Article, PG 1B

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