Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

June 15, 2006

NATIONAL

Housing aid for New Orleans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will reopen 1,000 additional New Orleans public housing units this summer and increase the amount it pays in rent subsidies to help the city's residents return. pg 3a

WORLD

Palestinians storm parliament

In the latest spasm of chaos, angry Palestinian government employees who haven't been paid in months stormed the parliament building in Ramallah, and skirmishes between rival factions in the Gaza Strip left at least one person dead. pg 1a

Bush adjusts rhetoric on Iraq

President Bush, after years of celebrating successes in the Iraq war only to see them give way to more violence, is toning down his rhetoric in what strategists see as a bid to calibrate public expectations of progress there. pg 1a

MARYLAND

Aquarium expansion

Baltimore development officials and the National Aquarium have brokered a deal that will allow a $110 million expansion on the Patapsco River's Middle Branch to proceed, a critical step forward for the once-desperate industrial area. The aquarium, which nearly lost the site due to its failure to pay the city $8 million, now has until the end of the year to purchase a 140,000-square-foot city garage that will house off-exhibit animals. pg 1b

SPORTS

Blue Jays beat O's, Lopez

Starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez lasted just 3 2/3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 6-3, at Rogers Centre. Lopez allowed home runs to the first two batters, and the Orioles fell to a season-worst seven games under .500. pg 1e

TODAY

Prell returns to city's airwaves

Allan Prell, the radio talk show host who gave Baltimore an earful in the 1980s and 1990s, returns to the air and he's as naughty as ever. pg 1c

History of a historian

At age 91, John Hope Franklin not only has studied American history, but he also has lived it. pg 1c

BUSINESS

DOW -- UP

+110.78

10,816.92

NASDAQ -- UP

+13.53

2,086.00

S&P -- UP

+6.35

1,230.04

SUN INDEX -- UP

+0.80

326.06

Producer in dispute with port

James G. Robinson is probably best known as the producer of such films as Young Guns and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. But the Maryland native, who got his start on the docks and still owns a small firm at the port of Baltimore, said his latest drama has been nothing like what he's made up in Hollywood: His Premiere Automotive Services Inc. has been embroiled in a dispute with the port of Baltimore that came to a head this week. pg 1d

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We ask, whose interests are you serving through these actions, burning down our institutions? It is uglier than the practices of the Israeli occupation."

Hamas official Farhat Assad, addressing Fatah supporters

Article, PG 1A

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